Friday, May 30, 2008


Hello, thank you for stopping by, I thought I'd share one of my favorite flowers with you. I don’t usually use purple in my decorating except as an accent in a floral arrangement but I love purple when the lilacs are in bloom. It seems every spring lilacs delight me with their intoxicating scent and colors in varying shades of purple, blue, white and pink. During that time I pull out all of my purple and lavender from around the house and make little displays on my kitchen window sills along with bouquets of lilacs. Please feel free to click on the pics to enlarge and get a closer look!
Lilacs can survive hundreds of years. The oldest living lilac in the United States is said to have been planted in 1750. There are more than 20 species and 1,000 cultivars of lilacs and all bloom at a different time so you can really extend the lilac bloom time well into summer. I plant a few every year and this year I planted two lilacs that re-bloom in summer. I purchased them from Michigan Bulb Company. As little as they were (only 7 inches tall) one of the plants arrived with little blooms on it.
In Kate Greenaway’s book “The Language of Flowers” she explains that in the Victorian Era they used flowers to express their feelings. The meaning of a purple lilac is “First Emotions of Love” and white lilac is “Youthful Innocence”.
My husband built me this cabinets under my kitchen windows, they are actually kitchen wall cabinets that he mounted on the floor under all four windows, they make a nice place for plants and seasonal decorations.

This cute little bear is made from a lilac print fabric. I bought it years ago and it's still one of my favorites.

These pretty little crochet lavender glass cozies I purchased on my last trip to NJ, I found some really nice antique malls that I go to on every visit. I always come out with some real treasures.
Some of the other jadeite on this cupboard I picked up on the same trip.

While I was in my purple mood, I pulled out this little Victorian cross stitch that I had done years ago and made it into a tote bag.

This pretty vintage crochet basket I picked up in the same antique store that I got the glass cozies at. I guess I was in a purple mood that day!
Of couse I had to have some bling so I used a vintage button with a little bling glued on top of it.
I love this print that I used on the inside, I have some left over that I thought would make some really pretty yoyo's for a quilt I'm working on.

My wisteria did not do to good this year because of a late frost but I did get a few blooms from it. This is the first time I’ve brought a bloom in the house, the scent was heavenly!
The next four pics are all my little clippings that I pulled out of magazines on lilacs, I have a folder full of them. They are nice to look back on when I'm in my purple lilac mood! If you enlarge these you can get a better look at some of the pretty clippings.

Well I hope you enjoyed this little visit of me while in my purple mood! Why not plant a lilac tree or two? I'm sure you will enjoy them as much as I do! Please stop by again!
Blessings, Shirl


Connie said...

I love purple too. I have a pair of purple crocks I just love wearing. I did enjoy the tour!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

HI Shirl! Your photography continues to AMAZE me!!! I have really been drawn to your jadite & now, seeing it coupled with the lilac, oh, gosh, it looks yummy together! And that tote you sewed, crosstitched, & blinged! is sooo everything I love! Just perfect.

What a happy feeling I'm getting from seeing your beautiful home!!

Love ya,
Angelic Accents

Miss Rhea said...

Lavender is one of my favorite colors. :) I just love that pretty tote you made, it is SO pretty !! I also collect Cherished teddies, yours are sweet !! Very Pretty my friend. :)

Bertie said...

Loved this purple post!! It was my grandmother's favorite color and she also had a great love for lilacs. Her bushes surrounded the entire yard and they were about 15 feet tall. What a heavenly smell when they were in bloom! She'd opened every window (except the parlor) and let the smell permeate the house. Thanks for stirring up a memory.

Aunt May's Cottage

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

FABULOUS GORGEOUS BEAUTIFUL post Shirl!!!!! I have always loved purple! Lilacs are the best smellung flowers of all and so beautiful! You know I LOVE that tote :) WHERE did you get that bunny with lilacs and flowers on it? That is so pretty!!!

Love ya,

vickie said...

Shirl, I love this post. My mom had lilacs growing when I was a little girl. I love the smell of lilacs. Purple is my favorite color, I think. Your pictures are beautiful, love the jadite with the lilac. I enjoyed this post so much, thanks for sharing.

Lori said...

Oh how I loved falling into lavender bliss!!! What beautiful things you've shown!! Love the crocheted pieces! My email is Thanks so much for making us a tag!! I'm so excited to put them all together!!! later,Lori

Rhondi said...

Hi Shirl
I am so glad you found me and are going to join in the proch party. I love lilacs too but they don't do well where I live. I remember them from growing up in Canada. The scent is heavenly.
Al your purple accents are beautiful and I love how you've arranged them so artisticly.
I'm going to come backlater when I have more time and enjoy some of your older posts. See you Thursday.
Hugs, Rhondi

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet Shirl!

I have been thinking about you today and yesterday and there you came to visit! I should have beat ya to it! Your blog is always soooo lovely! I LOVE all your pretties! You have such a beautiful collection of vintage goodies! Hope all is well your way and think of you often! If I see a tiny bike, I will let you know!

Have a wonderful evening!

Hugs, Maryjane

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

How pretty you made everything look Shirl! I had a lilac bush growing by my bedroom window when I was a girl. The wind would blow the fragrance through my open window! blessings, Kathleen

rosechicfriends said...

WOW Shirl...all of the lavendar/purple goodies is just stunning. You have so much great eye candy that makes me happy!

Be sure to take a peek at my blog...I have given you an award...if you have already received this..sorry for the duplicate...but I do love your blog!


Lynne Laura said...

Wow, your purple mood suits you...I can almost smell those lilacs coming through the many lovely things...those lavendar glass cozies are such a treasure and the purse you made is so special...and that bee hive creamer!

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

celestina marie said...

Hi Shirl, Oh I am just lost in this post and so love all the lavender. This was my wedding colors so I am partial! Your under window cabinets are perfect to display your great collection like this. Your photos and vignettes are just stunning. What magazine do you write and shoot for??!!!!! It is always amazing to see your great posts!
And the lilac bush really takes me back to childhood. My mother had one and the scent was beautiful!
Love ya, Celestina

Joy said...

What a beautiful porch and home you have. I love all the details too!