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Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer Cloche Party

Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life is having a Summer Cloche Party. And we have all been invited. Yipee!!!

You know how much I like parties and I love cloches. So you knew I was going to be in attendance. Even if I am a tad late.

The problem is, I didn't prepare for this party. In fact, I completely forgot about it. I had such great plans for some new summer cloches to show you. Not really. I don't think that far in advance. I'm a spur of the moment kind of gal.

So I guess you will be stuck seeing stuff I've already posted about. But it might be worth a 2nd looksy. At least I think it is. But then I might be a little biased. Or self centered.

Anyways, let's start with my June bride cloches.

This is a vintage cake topper that someone placed inside a glass dome. My hubby got this for me last Christmas from an antique mall. I just love it!!! I used it on this years anniversary tablescape in June. Yup, I am a June bride.

This bride & groom figurine sits under a cloche on a home made cake plate for most of the month of June. I love using my bride & groom figurines to decorate with in the month of June. And they look even better under glass.

Now let's move on to July and my patriotic cloches. You already saw most of these cloches when I posted about my thrifty red, white & blue hutch, and when I posted more 4th of July decor.

Cheese domes make great cloches, but they are a little harder to decorate as they are kind of short & squatty. Kind of like me. Wait, I'm not short & squatty, I'm tall & fat. But you get the idea.

Under this cheese dome I placed a vintage flower frog & just stuck flag toothpicks in almost each section. Easy, peasy.

This small cup & saucer looks fabulous with a small cloche placed over it. Both came from a thrift store.

In this cloche I placed a reproduction vintage 4th of July postcard nestled in another vintage flower frog. I placed fire crackers on top of the base. Don't worry, I don't have any small children in my house. And no one smokes so I don't think think the firecrackers will be going off. At least I hope they don't.

I think this is actually a glass terrarium. But it still works as a cloche. It came from Goodwill last year. Inside I placed a green plant ball on top of a small white vase. In front I just printed out a vintage patriotic print from my collection of CD's and placed in front. I added a flag toothpick to the top of the ball. And instant 4th of July decor.

Inside this cloche I stacked 3 blue & white transferware cups and saucers. Luckily they didn't fall over when we had our earthquake a few weeks back. I love to collect blue & white transferware. All of mine comes from thrift stores, garage sales or antique stores.

This is a cloche that I made by gluing a glass knob on top of a glass dome that I found at the thrift store. I placed some vintage bottles inside & placed a small flag in one of the bottles.

Here is another cloche I made. This is a smaller one. I placed a small patriotic birdhouse that I've had for probably 15 years inside & placed on top of some ironstone saucers I picked up at a thrift store.
This cloche has some more vintage bottles. This time with 2 flags and a small wooden star sitting in front.

I found this patriotic creamer a few weeks back at a thrift store. I placed a small Uncle Sam (from Michael's) inside and placed under the cloche. I printed out some patriotic music onto paper, cut into strips & then curled the strips as a filler.

In this cloche I placed a vintage stencil with the number 4. I taped a small piece of patriotic paper behind so you could see the 4 better. Stuck it in a vintage flower frog. I found some grape vine at my local thrift store to use on the outside of a lot of my cloches. Placed this cloche on another stack of white ironstone saucers from the thrift store.

And did you notice the cheese dome in the background? I made a patriotic fan pinwheel & placed it under the dome. I did prop it up a bit.

Besides cloches, I love apothecary jars as well. And Marty said we could show them off too. In this one I placed my scrabble pieces. I finally found a scrabble game at the thrift store. They are hard to find. I need to find another one as there aren't quite enough letters to fill this jar.

This jar has some number balls. I hung a star from the lid to give it a patriotic look.

And this jar houses some dominoes that I picked up from a thrift store.

So far we have covered June and July. But summer doesn't end in July. Next comes August. August is one of the hottest months here so I like to decorate beachy for the rest of summer, to try & trick my brain that it is actually cooler than it is. But to tell you the truth, my patriotic decor is still up. I've thought about what I would do for my beachy decor for August, but so far I haven't gotten any further than the thinking stage.

Probably due to the fact that Summer has finally arrived here in southern California. We've had a cooler than normal summer up to this point. But yesterday it was like 110 degrees at my house. So that would make my attic (where my beachy decor is stashed) about a gazillion degrees. Too hot for me to venture up there.

Since I don't have any current beachy cloches or jar stuff to show you. I'll show you what I did last year.

This apothecary jar sits on the small cabinet at the end of my kitchen cabinets. I just filled it with shells. Doesn't get much easier or summery than that. Thanks to my son who was once obsessed with collecting shells when he was a child, I have quite the collection to display.

I picked up these blue canning jars last summer at a thrift store. I filled 2 with shells and the 3rd with small glass thing a ma bogs (can't think what they are called) that I got from Dollar Tree.

Don't have a cloche or an apothecary jar? Use a crystal glass or compote & fill it with shells.

Under this cheese dome I placed a summery looking bowl filled with shells & placed some glass beads around the base.

Have a collection of something? Put it under a cloche & it makes any collection look fabulous. I placed some of my vintage bottle collection under this cloche.

More jars, vases & compotes filled with shells.

Shells, shells and more shells. Can you have too many shells for summer?

Well I hope that you enjoyed my cloches, apothecary jars and just jars in general. Even if I did cheat a bit.


  1. Good morning my Calif friend...Kim I love all you do with your cloche's you have so many and are so great with all your displays my friend...Ok we are suppose to be 103 here on my mountain tomorrow can I come a take a dip in your wonderful pool...PLEASE!! I know it would make me feel like a whole new girl ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT weekend my friend and I just love it when you come by for a visit...Your the best...Hugs and smiles to you sweet friend...Gl♥ria

  2. Oh you have so many gorgeous displays and ideas. I LOVE them all. You are definitely very creative and so many great ideas that I need to borrow. Love them all. I know you will inspire a lot of people. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  3. WOW! Now THIS is what I call inspiration!! Just beautiful. You are very creative AND funny! :)

  4. I enjoyed seeing your cloches again! A few I hadn't seen, like the one with firecrackers! Cute! I'm glad you posted them for new people to see, you are so inspirational!


  5. Hi Kim,
    Wonderfully creative. Loved your 4th of July cloches, but my favorite have to be your June bride ones...What can I say, I'm a hopeless romantic :-) Have a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  6. Your cloches definitely deserve a second look, Kim. Thay're all very pretty. My favorite is the terrarium.....Christine

  7. Oh, WOW WOW WOW, save the best for last, well, you're not last, you just said you were late, LOL

    Absolutely wonderful displays and cloches!!! AND I gotta love your sense of humor!!!!

    It must be HOT in your area! I'm outside of Sacramento and it's going to be 104 today . . . . I can feel the heat rising!!

    Thank you for stopping by and visiting!


  8. Very nice! I think the little red, white and blue bird house is my favorite!

  9. Hello Kim,

    I love all your displays, especially the shells, scrabble tiles and dominoes. Great variety of cloches, jars and apothecary jars!

    ~ Tracy

  10. Now that was a lot of fabulous cloches!!! You've given me some great the vintage frog used as a holder, the transferware cups and best of all the idea of gluing a glass handle on a glass dome. I'm never able to find a large enough cloche so that dome might be the answer!
    BTW, check out my etsy shop as occasionally I sell some vintage pocket watches that aren't running...perfect for display.

  11. I adore your July 4th themed cloches. Theys are unique and pretty. olive♥

  12. Oh I really love them all! Glass is a favorite of mine and you have such lovely pieces!
    Hugs, Lisa

  13. O.k, I think I am in love. You have shown so many wonderful ways to use these beauties. I love them all and some are great finds too. What a gorgeous display of lovely cloches, Char

  14. Wow, Kim, you have a wonderful collection of favorite is the one with the transferware...a close second would the be the cake toppers.
    Have a great weekend!

  15. Kim! All of your cloches are simply too, too, cool and pretty. Love the one with the firecrackers! What does that say about my personality? Thanks for sharing them all, I think I may have missed some of them from back posts... As Gloria says- stay cool. It's hot here in OH, but the humidity is down for the day. Halleluia! Because that's what makes it unbearable.
    hugs, Sue

  16. Ok girl...I am so copying the scrabble letters....that is fantastic!

  17. Very, very pretty Kim & creative, too! Lots of great ideas...thanks for sharing yours.

  18. You always do such a great job with these, Kim. I'm going to have to come over here to get inspired for the next cloche party. I love the stacked teacups and the short one with the flags.

  19. Hi Kim, I think you should get the prize for most creative cloches! The flags in the vintage frog is a favorite as well as the one with firecrackers. They are all wonderful.
    Hugs, Sherry

  20. Wow..I didn't even know there was such a variety of cloches, and would never think to use some of the fun things you've put in them...just a glorious collection! I particularly like the flower frog with the little's so very touching.

    I'm so glad I came by to visit...


  21. Wow, you did a great job! They are all so unique...very clever!

  22. Wow! I just love all your cloches! So many wonderful ideas here. I especially love the wedding couple, great idea! All of these really are marvelous!