Sunday, July 3, 2011

Whimsy in the Garden

Hello everyone,
     I hope you all enjoyed your long weekend. We had beautiful weather and enjoyed having a few garden tours but also visiting with some of our children and grandchildren who were camping at a lovely campground. They had beautiful fireworks there to celebrate Canada Day.
    I did steal a little time out to do a little makeover of an old iron baby crib that I bought for $10. and I enjoyed taking some photos to share with you.
There is so much going on in the garden right now-that I don't want to miss capturing any of it.
I gathered together some fabric,pillows and an old foam mattress and did a little whimsical vignette.
Some bunnies and an old doll carriage and doll added just the right touch of whiimsy.
Now ,it is a charming spot for a cup of tea.

You can enjoy the fragrance of the roses and the pink beautybush behind you while you linger.

This is what I started with.  I didn't paint it because I like the shabby look.

I think a little whimsy in the garden adds a bit of charm-don't you?

As many of you know Prince William and Lady Catherine are visiting our little Island tonight and tomorrow and my sister and I are planning to go into Charlottetown in the morning to see them. My sister has just arrived home from Vancouver for a visit so we will be busy enjoying ourselves!

I am joining Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday-you should see Susan's patriotic porch makeover but of course, there is always lots to see there.I am also joining Cielo for Show off your Cottage Monday at the beautiful house in the roses.

Thank you for visiting,



Unknown said...

A visit with a sister is the best way to spend the weekend. How lucky to be able to see Kate and William! Happy Fourth!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Have a lovely time with your sister. I hope that you both will get to see Prince William and Princess kate :) :) They talked about her visit to PEI yesterday on the news...and her favorite book "Anne of Green Gables" that brought a big smile to my face :) :) I love that seris by L.M. Montgomery.

I love what you did with the iron baby crib. It's just gorgeous. I like the shabby look, too. Did you add a mattess to it, so peole can actually sit on it? Or is it more for display? Either way, it's beautiful. You did a lovely job with all the extra details :) :)

Have a lovely weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Karena said...

Carolyn really beautiful!! How exciting, the chance to see the Royals!

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Bernideen said...

I had just such a crib for my children and loved it! Very fun photos here!

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Carolyn, Beautiful makeover. Enjoy your visit with your sister and I hope you get to see the Royal Couple. Take care!

Pamela Gordon said...

I just love that old baby crib and carriage. We had an old carriage like that when I was a little girl and we used it for our dollies. You are so fortunate to be able to see Prince William and Catherine. Have fun with your sister! Pamela

maría cecilia said...

so charming and lovely!!!
hugs dear

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Carolyn
Loved your vignette, you are so creative.
Enjoy the visit with your sister and I hope you're able to get pictures of the royals to share.

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Beautiful post! Love all the pictures!

Anonymous said...

Oh Carolyn what a wonderful whimsical area you have made!!

How lovely that you will be seeing the royal couple! They look happy

bee blessed

Cottage Rose said...

I never get tired of looking at your beautiful garden... I love the iron baby bed,, how gorgeous it look... and all the pretties around it,,, just lovely.... how exciting getting to see Prince William and Kate,,, I hope you can get some great photos to share,,,,


Victorian1885 said...

Oh my Carolyn..what a romantic setting you have created with your new treasure! You really should consider putting your photos in print..I sure would purchase a copy of your book! Have a great time with the Royals..


Anonymous said...

Incredibly romantic and feminine!



La Vie Quotidienne said...

So pretty what you did. I love whimsey in the garden and you have made this so special. Lovely!

Anonymous said...

What a delightful bit of whimsey in the garden - I especially liked the doll carriage and shabby little lady inside. Just picked up a sweet carriage repro this week and can't wait to put a little scene together with some of my favorite dolls. The baby crib was a great idea - I thought it was a daybed. Enjoy your royal visit - be blessed!
Miss Kathy

Unknown said...

beautiful setting, I love all your pretty florals!

Paintings by Louise, Maison Louise said...

This is realy beautyful!!!

Greatings Loes (Louise)

Florentyna said...

Hi Carolyn!
Beautiful summer pictures;-)
Very pretty.
Sweetest greetings.


Dear Carolyn,
your pictures and arrangements always leave me breathless!

Sanna - My Blueberry House said...

Hi Carolyn,

Love your whimsy little corner. The crib is wonderful, I wouldn´t paint it either. Cute dresses hanging from the tree.

Love the views of the garden too.

Have a nice day,

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

This is so pretty. Love that old crib.

Carol said...

Utterly charming Carolyn! Every detail . . . precious. Great ideas and photographs! Enjoy the royalty and your sister.

podso said...

What a wonderful find with that crib! You prettied it up so well, as usual! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Raffaella said...


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love your sweet old crib and the darling way you've dressed it up. How fun to visit Kate and William! Your summer days look full of bliss!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Carolyn, Such a sweet spot to relax. I could plop down right now for a nap. I think if i bent my legs I would fit on your sweet bench. It looks so comfortable.

Marie Arden said...

Happy Canada Day and I am so glad you will be able to see the Royals.I'm glad she chose to wear Canadian designers.
Your crib makeover is delightful. And the garden is just bursting with beauty.

Barb said...

Carolyn, what a feast for the eyes.
Thank you.

Happy July 4th


CIELO said...

Carolyn... so so lovely! Enjoy your little piece of Paradise my friend... enjoy summer and everything that's good and lovely!

Hugs from afar and thanks for participating in our "SOYCM"!


Beverly said...

It looks charming and inviting, Carolyn. I would love to sit and read in this lovely spot.

I hope you got to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They seem to be a very special couple.

Anonymous said...

Now that's a crib!!! SMILE.

Unknown said...

I am not surprised that you turned that into such a lovely setting. I enjoyed this post very much as usual and glad you enjoyed your fun time!

Hélène Flont , french illustrator said...

What a pretty arrangement!!!
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Diana (Apple Pie) said...

Wow..A Prince and a Princess in a place like a dream!
I'm not surprised!


Amy Chalmers said...

Love the crib like that too! YOur garden is so lovely!! Say hi to the Duke and Duchess for me!

Elzie said...

So beautiful.....
Love Elzie

lala said...

Your crib is absolutely dreamy, and looks perfect in the garden. I have wanted one for the longest time to put in my sitting room and finally found one - EXACTLY like yours, only I didn't pay $10, I paid $250!!!!!! Oh well, it makes me smile every time I look at it.

Marie said...

Oh dear Carolyn...I cannot stop looking at this post and all the photos! Especially of the crib...I've been wanting one of those forever and they are hard to find. Incredible and inspiring photos as always. Love em all!

Marie said...

Omigosh, I just re-read your post. Did you say $10 bucks...that's just a steal milady! The one I found a while back was at an antique store for $250 and almost bought it. Whew! Lucky find!

June said...

Oh Carolyn, I knew I was missing so many gorgeous posts here. It has been such a pleasure going back to read and view what I have missed here. Who needs magazines when we have Carolyn's blog?????
Your vignette in the garden is so lovely. I do love your little iron crib. I found one two years ago and I haven't done anything with it yet. You have such pretty pillows and laces to adorn it.
I have enjoyed spending time here this morning walking through your gardens and looking at your posts of your amazing tablescapes.
I know, I know...I say it all the time...but you are my 'Victoria' magazine!!!
Have a wonderful time with your sister and your trip to see the William and Kate! How awesome that would be!
hugs from here...

Amanda said...

So lovely! Thank you for sharing such wonderful inspiration with us! I agree with one of the other comments...who needs magazines! I so enjoy your blog!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I simply adore your old crib that you created such a delightful outdoor vignette with.
Unfortunately, this was the same baby crib that was mine as a child and when I was in high school, I remember my parent's putting it out to the side of the curb for the scrap man to take.
It does make me sick now! I wish I knew then what I know now!!


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Marvelous pics... You are amazing...
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