A Haven for Vee

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The BrocanteHome Puttery Treats Challenge

"There is a surface in your house you see more than any other. Where is it? The mantelpiece? The sideboard the TV sits on? The windowsill above the kitchen sink? Your bedside table? Wherever it is, decide now to completely re-invent it. Remove every object on it. Polish it to a shine and then give it new life. Imagine you are setting up a still life for a painter. Add quirky, silly temporary touches... an orange, or a bowl of apples. A little bundle of handwritten letters and a pen. A branch of blossom from the garden. Put a mirror behind the display to double its deliciousness..." ~Alison

Sooooo, here I am skidding in kinda late for Alison's Puttery Treats Challenge. This challenge ends November 15 (*hint* *hint* *nudge* *nudge*). It's going to be a lot of fun to see what everyone has done. My entry is going to be fantastic for its sheer simplicity. Simplicity. That's the key word. Let me just show you so you can be as amazed as I am by simpleness. ;>

Everything about my former display from those hideous green candles to the tiny little things scattered about is all wrong. One is a bird from a box of tea, another a teeny-weeny bottle of amber from Denmark's shore (a gift from my niece), and the wee little chickadee plate that my mother-in-law gave me. Oh dear! Can this window sill be saved?????

See how simple? Yes, I cheated by lighting the new candles thereby picking up the gold rim in the plate. Notice how cleverly I positioned the chickadee plate for a layering effect. It's Thanksgiving so tossing in some little pumpkins, etc., seemed right with just a hint of bittersweet to the left.

This has been great fun even if I have all the hope of a snowball in well-you-know-where of actually taking the prize.

If you haven't, and I can't imagine who you might be if you haven't, you must visit Alison of BrocanteHome. Alison has such amazing ideas. Real ideas. Fresh ideas. New ideas that can be put to good use today. Not to mention that her blog is beautiful and that she is generous with free downloads and that she is an amazing writer.


  1. Hi Wee...It's amazing how a small detail can change the look entirely isn't it?? Now my kitchen island...thats another issue....LOL!

  2. hahaha I'm so funny...I meant to say hi Vee not Wee!!

  3. Your new display is very pretty - very autumnal - what a cunning arranger you are! :-)

  4. Wow Vee...looks like a lot of hard work to me...are we sure I'm up to it? Don't you want to come over and point me in the right direction, lol?

  5. Vee,
    My, you post faster than I can read! I am so enjoying your blog and it looks to me like you have a lovely view from your newly decorated window, I'll be sure and pay the BrocanteHome a visit.
    Miss Sandy

  6. Hello Vee...this looks like an interesting challenge. It's wedding week here, so not sure if I'm up to the challenge, since I'm limited to time, or I'm supposed to be limited to time, on the computer. I will stop by BrocanteHome, to see what I can see.

    I like your changes...very nice.

  7. Thank you for commenting. I'll be peeking in to see if any of you tried a puttery challenge. There are soooooo many to choose from!

    Wee, Vee, I answer to anything, Robin. Ha!

    Miss Sandy, my goal is to post daily. It's all about my need to write something sensical. It's not as easy as it used to be.

  8. Guess what I found there??? This!!! This is my dream!! Except for the 'Grands,' and a couple of things for hubby.


  9. Oh and yes, you did good, Girl! It's just that I'm so pretty-little-groupings-challenged that I can't get too excited. I'm "nowhere," at making little vignettes. :-(



  10. Just noticing the link you provided, M-N. That's a good one. I may find myself tossing a few of those together myself. Thanks! (You should really post that on your blog! Lots of folks are thinking about a simpler Christmas.)


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