Green Vintage Glass – Friday Flowers

So I have to come clean, it’s always best to be honest and confess. I have a mild obsession with glassware, and as my friends will tell you, also the colour green. And although I absolutely love all colours, each holding something special for me, my absolute favourite has to be green. All shades of green, lime, moss, mint, sage, emerald, bottle-green, chartreuse – I adore them all.

Green Vintage Glass Stemware

Green Vintage Glass Stemware

So it was inevitable that I end up with a selection of vintage green stemmed glasses. Very few of them matching or in pairs, but to me that only adds to their charm.

Green Vintage Glass Stemware

Green Vintage Glass Stemware

Picking the last of the Spring blossoms was a joyful task, although also slightly sad, as I realised it will be another whole year before I can enjoy picking them again.

Green Vintage Glass Stemware with White Blossoms

Green Vintage Glass Stemware with White Blossoms

All to soon the table centre display was finished. The selection of odd vintage glasses, filled with white blossoms and  presented on a green glass tray, looked lovely on my dining table.

Green Vintage Glass Stemware with White Blossoms as a Display

Green Vintage Glass Stemware with White Blossoms as a Display

This whole look took me about 10 minutes to do, including picking flowers, cleaning and filling the glasses and then arranging them. If you want to recreate this, of course any other stemware glasses will look great too, play with different heights to add interest and keep your flower selection simple.

Styling and Photography: Theoda Solms Iles

 

 

My weekend buy, Mr Cuthbert’s Gardening Books

Just look what I bought on the weekend, eight vintage ‘Mr Cuthbert’s Guide to Growing‘. I couldn’t believe it when I saw them in my local charity shop, I literally grabbed them up and made a dash for the till. I rushed home to show Peter (my husband). He looked at them and said, “very nice, but what are you going to do with them?”. And just like that my bubble was burst. Could he not see how utterly beautiful they are? Well, that got me thinking, I will show him exactly how I will use them. And here are some of my ideas; how to incorporate Mr Cuthbert’s (or any other vintage booklets) into your life.

Dating from 1953 – 1954, Just look at those fabulous illustrations.

Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Mr Cuthbert’s Guide To Growing

Make a display of them. Bundle them all together and tie them up with a pretty string. They will now stand upright so show them off under a glass cloche.

Cloche disply with Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Cloche display with Mr Cuthbert’s Gardening Books

Use each one as a little token gift for a spring lunch with friends. They will brighten up your place setting and make a fabulous talking point. Your friends will love their unique vintage gift.

Table setting gift with Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Table setting gift with Mr Cuthbert’s Guide to Growing

Use them for what they were intended for, great gardening advice on an array of topics and different plants. They will make great reading during those essential tea breaks!

Gardening with Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Gardening with Mr Cuthbert’s Guide to Growing

Enjoy them for their individual charm, appreciate their pretty illustrations and pick up tips along the way.

Gardening tips from Mr Cuthbert's Gardening Books

Gardening tips from Mr Cuthbert’s Gardening Books

All Photography & Styling by Theoda Solms Iles