An Elmwood sister weekend

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We spent our first afternoon making the rounds at our favorite junky antique stores and I loaded the car with vases, old brass curtain rods, a general store paper roll, massive used flower books and two special little silk vintage things. This 1920s Erté-esque dress was hanging off the side of a cabinet covered by an unfortunate 50s prom dress and cost less than the price of a dozen doughnuts. The flowers were leftovers from a photoshoot earlier in the week that I brought up with us.
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It wasn't until I got home that I realized my two favorite finds matched my two favorite arrangements. The little wrinkly peach silk blouse is of indeterminate vintage, but quite old and was found stuffed unceremoniously into a ziplock bag on a folding table at a multi-dealer mall. It needs a solid soaking but the metal-backed, faceted glass buttons alone could confirm a belief in god.

I clipped the columbine from along the stone wall where the foundation of Elmwood's barn once stood and the mauve lady slipper tucked in the center grows wild on the path through the woods. My dad wouldn't condone its cutting, some flowers are too special for mere mortals to possess. But I'm hopelessly mortal and can't stop myself biting that fruit every time. 

46 comments:

  1. You have a really beautiful and organized blog. :)

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  2. Stunning and lovely. Thank you ~ L.

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  3. I love your pics...theu are so vintage!ila

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  4. I love so much your blog!So beautifull & romantic pics!Love

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  5. A wonderful post and wonderful photos. Inspiring.

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  6. Your sense of beauty is so pure, romantic, and spontaneously precise... your posts are true gifts to all of us. Thank you.

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  7. I pick lady slippers all the time. I think it's prohibited by NH state law somewhere as they are an endangered species, but I wont tell if you don't... It looks like you had a lovely stay!

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  8. Oh lady slipper! I love flowers that evoke their names

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  9. Lady slipper, i think it looks more like something else ladies have! haha!

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  10. Such amazing photos - as always! The yellow dress is fantastic!

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  11. Oh my, you are such a lovely lady. So inspiring!

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  12. I love your romantic look on everything beautiful. :)

    I still remember the day I found your blog and fell in love with Elmwood. I hope this house never leaves your family, except if it went to me!!!

    Beautiful photos as always ~
    Sarah

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  13. The silk finds are so incredibly gorgeous. The buttons and the shades. All of this post makes my heart ache in a good way.

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  14. That yellow dress makes my heart sing, as do those lovely arrangements.

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  15. You wouldn't happen to know what kind of Columbine that is, would you? I'm a hopeless collector of Columbine seeds for my cottage garden and this is one variety I do not have. Any info would completely make my day. Thanks!

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    1. I'm sorry I don't! It's growing in a very funny spot that makes me think it's naturalized there or has been growing for ages...

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    2. Ahhh, well thanks for the reply! I'll resume my searches.

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  16. I love the contrast of the pink shirt with the pink flowers! Both so pretty!

    Jessica | Vixenelle

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  17. amazing photos, love the yellow dress!

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  18. Oh sigh...your flowers are always just gorgeous. The color combinations are just stunning! You always make me want to paint flowers :)

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  19. I love this... that you bite the fruit...

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  20. Can I ask - do you ever feel bad for your flower collecting habit? Don't you want the flowers to continue to grow in nature instead of cutting them, enjoying them for a while, and then watching them die?

    Everyone can enjoy the flowers if they are left in nature.

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  21. So I'm a total flower snob. I just want you to know that the arrangements you create fill my mind with utter peace. I absolutely love your blog and while we've never met, I think you are indeed my non imaginary flower friend! :)

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  22. Please keep biting the fruit---your photos are soul-comforting!
    :)

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  23. I love your blog. Its so cute and interesting. You're a real inspiration. Please check out mine. I just started it!

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  24. I would absolutely LOVE to have fresh flowers all throughout my home.

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  25. It's hard to determine the silhouette with the blouse hanging on a hanger, but at a glance I would make my educated guess for the 1910s. The color and details seem about right for that decade. However, I think I can safely say that it is probably no earlier than 1905 and no later than mid 1930s.

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  26. That post had the perfect colors for the end of May! The bouquets look like spilled sunshine fading into evening. So nice.

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  27. Your find's and floral arrangement's are exquisite! The color combination's are truly lovely. And thankyou for alway's sharing your wonderful family farmhouse, it remind's me of our's we used to have, and love as well.:)

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  28. You bought beautiful things. This tone of orange is fantastic!

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  29. Lovely post...makes me want to go to the farmer's market and purchase flowers. Your blog makes me happy!

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  30. I love your Elmwood posts. A lot of what you write reminds me of my grandparents' homes and happy times in my youth.
    Now come to Australia and take lots of photos of our native flora for your blog! --Ruskindays

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