Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fresh New Beginnings


January is a month of fresh beginnings.
I enjoy the sparseness of things after the tree is
down and other Christmas decorations 
are packed away till next December.

To start off the new year, I gave the buffet a simple 
vignette with a small painting, a touch of greens, and a
favorite MacKenzie-Childs vase filled with peonies. 

The vase is the Cheltenham Thistle Vase.
 It features sculptured thistle petals, hand-painted 
Courtly Checks and Stripes, and a base of faux marble.  
All of the work is done by talented artistans at 
MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora, New York.  
To create the faux marble, the artists paint with 
natural sea sponges and use a bird 
feather to create the veining.

Blush and pink peonies are the perfect mix
to give a nod to a fresh beginning.

Fluffy and full of fragrance, I was surprised to find
a bouquet of peonies available at the market.

Light and delicate, much like the
fresh feeling of a clean slate of the new year.

Here's to fresh beginnings!

Sarah
Sarah

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.

38 comments:

  1. Peonies are my favorite flowers, and they look so pretty in your vase! I love the combination of the soft pink paired with the graphic black and white.

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  2. beautiful bouquets, Sarah. Here's to fresh beginnings!

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  3. I love the combination of the pink peonies with the black and white vase. It's simply elegant and so very lovely!

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  4. It is so beautiful to see the peonies in the winter and the flowers are perfect in a vase that is its own work of art.

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  5. Ooooh, what a beautiful vase with such pretty flowers! What's not to love about that?

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  6. Beautiful decorations..

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  7. Your peonies are lovely.

    My kids are always asking me what I want for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, etc. After seeing all your Courtly Checks, I have starting making a list of the Courtly Checks items I would like. That way they can choose which one they want to buy me.

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  8. What a lovely vase! Have a great weekend!

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  9. Beautiful vignette, Sarah! I love the blush pink peonies, and that vase is just gorgeous.

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  10. You have the most beautiful pieces! I love your fresh, new vignette.

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  11. Sarah, this sure brightened a very dark and rainy morning. What could be more beautiful than a bouquet of peonies in a Courtly Check MC vase? Absolutely gorgeous!

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  12. The vase is beautiful on its own but add the peonies, and it's perfect!

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  13. The peonies are breathtaking Sarah! Of course they are perfect for your gorgeous MKC vase! I love January to catch my breath and yes, it's a new beginning! I must get some flowers today!
    Jenna

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  14. Here's to fresh beginnings, Sweet Sarah. I love peonies! Your table looks gorgeous!!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. Sarah,
    Love your peonies... here's to fresh beginnings.

    Judith

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  16. Love those pink peonies and that MC vase is to die for! Beautiful!!!

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  17. Hi Sarah,

    Your vase is very pretty; I love Scottish thistle flowers, so that shape really intrigues me. Those peonies are just gorgeous! How wonderful to find those in the midst of winter -- one of my favorite flowers. Fresh new beginnings are my favorite part about this time of the year. I enjoyed your post and hope you have a good weekend!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  18. This looks so pretty, Sarah. I adore small paintings.♥ Happy Pink Saturday. Thank you for joining us, and thank you for always making Pink Saturdays special. You are the best.

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  19. I love peonies and these look beautiful in that amazing vase. Lovely fresh look.........

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  20. I think your post is so sweet , Peonies is one have alway liked
    The black and white checksI are the best., going to design a wool punch rug with them
    HPS

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  21. Such a lovely post Sarah. I love the pink peonies in the MC vase. Absolutely perfect! I noticed peonies in Whole Foods here in So. FL last week. It seems to early to have them in store, but they were so pretty and I was so tempted to bring home the arrangement.

    Catherine
    Smashing Plates Tablescapes

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  22. Sarah your pink peonies are my very favorite flower, and in your home they look absolutely lovely. Your vase is so special, love the checks. And I agree about the refreshing feeling that happens after all the decorations are down. I've been getting rid of a lot of clutter lately. Hope all is well with you.
    xo
    Leslie

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  23. Sarah, such a great way to start a new year, it is refreshing to deckutter. The peonies are a favorite. Gotta love pink. The vase is so beautiful. I have always admired your gorgeous collections. Happy weekend.

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  24. Beautiful and I love peonies, but unfortunately we can't get them very often here in So CA.

    I like fresh beginnings - and all my stuff is put away hopefully for another year. Like everything fresh and decluttered.

    Stay warm and have a wonderful week.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  25. Sarah,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! If I did not have my floored attic, I do not know what i would do as far as storage was concerned. We do rent a storage shed for outdoor decoration and seasonal things....
    I love your Mackenzie Child's pieces. So pretty ! Soon I will be posting my Kitchen Winter Hutch. I have dishes that I bought in Wegman's now in there. The pattern is Holiday Harlequin and they have the same look of Mackenzie Child's with the black and white Chevron design..
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  26. Dearest Sara,
    You sure did find a picture perfect nosegay of fresh peonies! How lovely in this post.
    Feeling great after having sang the National Anthem with our choir yesterday at a Georgia Basketball game in Athens, UGA. Got compliments on my oversized Escada Rose sweater, appropriate for the UGA Bulldog win at the Rose Bowl lately.
    Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

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  27. BEAUTIFUL vase and peonies to die for! Happy New Year!

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  28. Such a charming vignette Sarah! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  29. The Peonies are gorgeous, my almost fav flower. The MCH vase is lovely too.
    Yes I like simple and I love to enjoy January as a serene month too. My hubby's birthday, my dear granddaughter's too, so it is wonderful.
    Big hugs and thanks for your sweet visit dear friend.
    Fabby

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  30. gorgeous!!! You have captured all those beautiful hues of pink and blush. I, too, like the fresh start of a new year as we pack away all the Christmas decorations and return to a simpler look. Pretty vignette!!!

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  31. Those flowers are gorgeous! Makes me remember a quote in Anne of Green Gables about the showy peonies in the neighbor's garden! And I love January too! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  32. Beautiful Sarah! Peonies are one of my favorite flowers. Can't wait until they are blooming in my garden. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  33. Fresh and beautiful new beginnings Sarah! I honestly don't think I've ever seen cut peonies for sale ... Especially this time of year -- what a wonderful small miracle to find them... and they perfect in that color! (One of my favorite spring flowers when we had our Oregon home, but another one I don't see often now that we spend most Springs here in Florida).

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  34. Peonies are such pretty flowers; I'm surprised to see them in January. They look lovely in your black and white vase.

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  35. A nice touch to place your vignette on a tray - makes it look so 'together'. Who would have thought to use a feather for painting? Perhaps this is why I am not that sort of artist. Thanks for sharing your 'new beginning'.

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