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06 June, 2013

Mason Jars and Bird Nests...The Story of a Simple Summer Centerpiece

As soon as I saw my vintage blue Mason jar, I knew this centerpiece was coming! I just had to wait for the perfect bits of nature to complement it…and I found them at last! But I will be honest here…my centerpiece didn’t start out this way.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Summer CenterpieceYou see…it started on my new zinc tray…mostly because I wanted you to see it…my Pottery Barn Outlet bargain! And I wanted to use my favorite colors…blue and yellow. Now I am no minimalist, but I still knew something was wrong.

Ozzie And then my oh-so-wise CEO Miss Ozzie, who always gets straight to the point, had a suggestion…Edit, my dear, just edit. Focus on the things you love best!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Simple Summer Centerpiece And she was right! So I pulled out my favorite ironstone tea pot…

Mason Jar …and I added my wonderful vintage blue Mason jar…

Hydrangeas …filled with a beautiful blossoming hydrangea and a bouquet of yellow and white flowers.

NestNext came my favorite bird’s nest whose creator had lovingly decorated it with a crape myrtle seed pod. Then I filled it with bluebird eggs from an abandoned nest…thanks to a very territorial pair of mocking birds who want to remain neighborless.

And there you have it…my simple summer centerpiece...with all of my new loves in one place! Yes…I have to admit…Miss Ozzie was right. Sometimes less is more!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed having a little peek at my simple summer centerpiece! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop on Tuesdays , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, The Everyday Home for Home{work} Wednesday  , Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , DIY by Design for Swing into Spring , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays , Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays , My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday , French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday , Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
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  1. Great vignette Debbie! I have trouble with the edit part too!

  2. Luvly Debbie! I might have to borrow your CEO next time to help me edit! :-)
    Note to self... must get some of those jars!
    Happy Thursday evening.
    Hugs, Gee

  3. Oh, she is so right. Beautiful centerpiece. I believe we love the same colour combinations.

  4. Just lovely ... it really speaks summer...fresh Happy Thursday with love Janice

  5. Pure charm, Debbie! I'm bringing out my aqua Ball jars for some summer blooms on the sun porch. '-)

  6. Debbie, I have a very similar vignette on my patio coffee table but there's a funny story with mine. My eggs are blue candy eggs....or they were. They've been out there a week. We went out yesterday morning to have our coffee and the nest was torn up and the eggs were gone!! Some varmint got them. I'm probably going to post about it just because it's funny to me. :)

  7. Beautiful vignette! Love your beautiful photos and the backdrop of blue & white dishes. So pretty with the yellow touches, nest and sweet kitty!
    Would love for you to share at Amaze Me Monday, hope you'll add it to your party list!

  8. Lovely! Good help is hard to find so you should give Miss Ozzie a special treat! I'm busy packing instead of creating, but that will change once I move! I'm going to move to Athens to be closer to my family and be able to babysit Tiger more often! I am so happy! Moving in July, Paris in Sept! Life is good!


  9. Oh my goodness that nest is just beautiful!! And I can't believe those are real eggs?! Love the lemons you added to this -- a great reminder that the simplest of elements can create a stunning presentation!

  10. Miss Ozzie really has a sense of style. She knows how to put that perfect look to a vignette. :) I love it, too, especially the nest with the blue eggs.

  11. What a pretty tablescape! It would be a perfect addition to Fresh-Cut Friday. I hope you will consider joining us.


  12. It looks gorgeous!! I love it and really love the way Ms Ozzie dresses the whole thing up!l>) xo Diana

  13. Beautiful vignette! I love the crepe myrtle seed pod on the nest. I'm hoping to do a vintage jar vignette sometimes soon. I inherited bunches of very interesting ones.

  14. I love Miss Ozzie's eye she's got it! This is very pretty and simple. I love hydrangeas.


  15. It's beautiful, Debbie. Love every little piece of your vignette, and wonderful all together!

  16. So so pretty Deb and I do love the combination of all the elements together. You know me Less Is More big is better gal so I think your editing paid off with a beautiful table vignette!! Happy weekend,

  17. Love this, Debbie, and those blue bird eggs are just precious. xoxoxox

  18. So beautiful! I have such trouble with tablescapes - I tend to use too little.

    And...I just wanted to tell you how much I love your office staff! You are a truly wise woman.

  19. I love it, Debbie. Wish I still had all my old blue jars. They were given to a friend when we moved from the farm.

    I made my trip to Tractor Supply yesterday. Found a couple of cute things. I'll publish a post tomorrow or Monday. Now, I need to go to Farmer's Coop and Orscheln and see what they have.:-)

  20. Debbie,
    Simply divine, dear friend!!!
    Many times, I'm swayed to try something trendy and 'in vogue',
    but when I stay true to my Traditional roots. . .it just feels 'right'!!!
    Love the centerpiece!!!
    I'd say . . ."You got this one just right"!!!

  21. Oh Debbie I love this post it looks so beautiful.I have just found your blog from your newest follower from Australia-love dee x

  22. You've done it again, Debbie! Such a sweet centerpiece. I adore the simplicity of it. I have GOT to get myself a zinc tray!

  23. BEAUTIFUL centerpiece! I love the flowers of course and the nest is fabulous. I am so glad our baby bluebirds were allowed to hatch!!! XO, Pinky

  24. Lovely centerpiece. I love hydrangeas and the nest is the perfect accompaniment. It was so smart to put the lemons in to team up with the flowers!

  25. I love your new tray, it is fabulous. I wish we had an outlet here, I could have so much fun. Your vignette turned out beautifully. Love it. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty


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