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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday - Party Preview

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Thanks to Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this wonderful event.  You will definitely want to visit her blog to see all the wonderful things everyone has been up to.  You are sure to be inspired by all the creativity.

This post is a preview of the "CLOCHE PARTY" we are having on June 19th.  So many of you said you did not have a cloche and wanted to use your apothecary jars and other types of containers.  I think that would be a great idea.  So I thought I would redo one of the jars I have to give an idea of how differently they can be used.  For full details on the party click here, Mr. Linky will be up on June 18th by 8pm.  I hope you will all join the fun.

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This is a container that I've had on the top of the fridge holding some red and green apples.  I thought I would change it up a bit and also use it in another room.

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I thought I would do something sort of coastal or seashore.  I found all these bags of Shells and Starfish at the Dollar Tree store.  Gotta love that place.  I placed a small glass in the bottom of the jar to sit the candle on and elevate it. It also helped to make the candle stable.   Then I just started pouring the shells all around it.  I placed a few of the Starfish in every once in a while, and ta-da.

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Done!!! And I have a lot of shells left to use in another project.  Not bad for $4.00 from the Dollar Store.   I just realized if I turn this jar over it will be a cloche.  Now I know you ladies all can find a jar in your stash.  Yippee!!!  Join in the fun.

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Just a close up to see all the different shells.  Now I know some of you are so creative that you could have placed all the shells in a very special way and it would have been spectacular, but I am the just dump and pour kind of person. lol 

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For now I have it sitting on the DR Buffet, but I think I see a tablescape coming in the future. 

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So, ok ladies, let's dig out all those cloches, apothecary jars and whatever you have and decorate them and show us what all you create, where you use them and let's all get inspired.  Use what you have and join the party.  This will be fun.    I can't wait to see what everyone has to share.   So grab the button on my sidebar and post it on your blog and let all your friends know so everyone can join the party.

Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy your visit and look forward to your comments.

 

Hugs, Marty

72 comments:

  1. Wow Marty! Love those big photos! I can see all the details! OK...so an apothecary jar counts? Then I'm OK. I'll see what I can find while GW hunting tomorrow! Love the arrangement with the sea shells!...hugs...Debbie

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  2. What a great idea! Inexpensive and ingenous, my favorite!
    Your cloche party sounds like alot of fun! I'm looking forward to participating.

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  3. Marty...you just dumped them in there because they turned out beautifully...mine would be upside down. :-) I love this idea! I am definitely going to try something like this. Love you new big pics! :-) Susan

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  4. Ta Da! It looks great! You made it look easy. Hey, how did you get the big pics? ~ Robyn

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  5. Hi Marti,
    You are so creative, I think it looks so coastal and pretty! Hey my dear, I changed to the big pics too, I am just figuring it out. Can't wait for the party, Cindy

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  6. Marty this came out beautifully. It certainly doesn't look "dump and pour" - you just crack me up. You know I love the coastal theme, this is very inspiring. Hugs, Kat

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  7. gotta love a dump project!

    a great idea, funny I saw a whole bunch of shells at the dollar store and didn't get any...

    sarah

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  8. My goodness, I need to head out to the Dollar Tree! Love it! And I can't wait to participate in your party!!

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  9. Cute!
    I'm excited about the cloche party!

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  10. Marty I am loving your new BIG pic look...now girl if I just dumped it would look dumped this looks wonderful my friend...May you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  11. Can't wait for the party! I'm spreading the word.

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  12. Mary - love the big pics. So much easier on the eyes and saves time b/c you don't have to keep clicking to enlarge pics.

    Love your beachy upside-down cloche. LOL I love that it added a touch of summer for $4.

    Hope you have a great week. Hugs my friend, Barb

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  13. Marty, you sure know how to dump and pour it looks perfect and so nice for a summer look. you are just getting more and more clever,it is fun to share in all of this with you. The new look of your blog is great. Perfect size, I am very impressed with you , as always, hugs Kathysue

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  14. Hi Marty! Oh, how pretty! I love your shell projects! This is a perfect look for the summer time and yes, you've got to use these on a tablescape.
    Love your large pix!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  15. Hi Marty, I just purchased two cloches in addition to the three I already have. I thought I had only one....I am slacking off. Ha.

    I am so excited and dreaming up tons of ideas.

    Thanks so much for thinking this up. How delightful!!

    Hugs, Barb

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  16. I love it! Great idea, Marty. I have to go to the Dollar Store for some shells!

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  17. Wow! I've put sand and candles in before but these are fantastic. The starfish really set them off. And the Dollar Store no less. I've got to get to mine and see what they've got to offer. Keep creating!

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  18. Marty,
    What a great idea! It turned out beautifully. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Blessings,
    Traci

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  19. Now how come when you "dump and pour" it comes out looking elegant? I know mine wouldn't. Can't wait to see all the ideas at the cloche party!
    ~Sherrie

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  20. Great transformation, Marty! and great idea showing an idea. Now, more bloggers should participate...Christine

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  21. oh marty, how nice! who needs to go to the beach when you can go to the dollar store right??lol, it really does looks great and i'm loving the great pics i wanna try that too..lol..have a great day my friend...xo..

    silvia.

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  22. The cloche party sounds great ! Just Hope I will remember to to it!

    blessings
    mary

    love you seashell jar!

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  23. Love your post! the finished product is very nice! I might have to make one too!!! I am not willing to give up my blog dress....so I have to stay with the smaller photos

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  24. Oh, I loooove the shell display together with the candle.

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  25. That looks amazing...So much you can do with these. I have a few from my daughters wedding that will be showing up now around the house :)
    Happy Met Monday
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  26. How cute! I really like how you organized the shells I your jar. I love the shape of your jar.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  27. Aw, that's the day I'm moving, so I won't be able to join in the fun. Maybe you'll make this an annual event.

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  28. Lovely makeover, Marty!! I really should pick up some more shells, for here at home.

    I wouldn't miss the cloche party. I'm taking your button today, to exchange for the picture, on my sidebar. I'm already thinking about how to "present" my cloches. Thanks so much for hosting the event.

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  29. I love it! So perfect for summer!
    Roeshel

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  30. Marty,
    So clever....and you wouldn't think something so simple would have such an impact but it does! Great job...and I think you have them arranged just so nicely in there! I don't have apothecary jars either...boo!

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  31. What a lovely transformation! Well done~!

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  32. That looks so beautiful with the shells and I do not have a cloche (yet:) Thanks so much for your good wishes and I needed that "hug" today!

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  33. That is beautiful! I love all the different ways shells can be displayed, they are so natural! I gotta say that I liked the apples too!
    Michelle

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  34. I know I have a cloche in the garage that I bought from Enchanted Treasures. Now, I must find time to clean out the garage!

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  35. My goodness, if I could just "dump" and have it look like that ..believe me I would be doing a lot of it! Your creation turned out just beautiful!

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  36. Oh I love this idea!!! I am definitely going to have to give this a try. I liked the before too!!!

    Enjoy the day!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  37. Beautiful and summery. I love Dollar Tree! I am so going to join in the cloche party. I am a cloche addict. I have to start selling some or we will be overwhelmed. But everything looks better under glass! Hugs, Pam

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  38. Thanks for the tip... seashells are so much more expensive at the craft store! Great job!

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  39. WOW! What a beautiful transformation. And what a difference. Great job!

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  40. Marty, you are so talented... and the price tag was great. I'm such a "beginner" with decorating. I didn't know what a cloche was other than a hat. Thanks for educating me.
    Karen

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  41. Mine would definitely look like I dumped them in / ha

    Have a training session on the big pictures, and make it simple/ha
    They are excellent!

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  42. Marty, you gave a great example and explanation. That's going to be a fun party. Linda

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  43. Hello Dearheart...

    Ooooh...Girl, I love what you did with that pretty glass container!!! It turned out beautifully...Ohhh, I could see those on my water tablescape table..can't you? Hehe!!! It's fabulous!!!

    Well my friend, I'm starting to think about cloches, etc. I'm so excited about your cloche party! I would like to do a post about it...maybe tomorrow or Weds. Thanks for coming by my frenchy studio/office today and for your sweet compliments!!! You always light up my day, Girl!!!

    I'm loving your new blog look! Don't you like these big photos so much better? They're sure easier on my old eyes too!!!

    Have a wonderful week Darlin'!
    Love ya,
    Chari

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  44. Every one is doing shells lately. They look so great I really have to get some.

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  45. This is beautiful!! What an amazing idea~ I love it!! :-) L~

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  46. Marty,
    I'm a dump & pour kind of gal too! Your apothecary jar turned out fabulous. I need some starfish. I can feel a trip to the Dollar Tree coming on real fast. See you later!
    Kim

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  47. Beautiful shells! I'm in if I can use an apothecary jar - no cloche! the closest I have is a glass cake cover. :D Jewel

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  48. Love the new look....real summery and beachy! I can't wait for the cloche party. See you then!

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  49. Just stopped by from Susan's blog!

    Is that a painting by Sorolla on your header? I love Sorolla - one of my favorite painters!

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  50. Marty, that looks beautiful! I'd better get to thinking about something for the party. laurie

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  51. I love it, Marty! I've got a couple bags of those Dollar Tree shells too that I want to do something with.

    Also, I read on Grits and Glamour that it's your anniversary. Just wanted to say Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby. You are such a sweet lady. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  52. Marty, I'm back to say Happy Anniversary! I was at Barb's blog and she told me! Have a wonderful time and many many more years of wedded bliss!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  53. Hey There, You With The Stars In Your Eyes ..... Happy Anniversary!!

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  54. Marty, I like this idea! We are going to the beach next week and I'm going to collect shells!

    Congrats on your anniversary too! Have a very special day and give my best to your other half too! :)

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  55. Happy 25th Anniversary Marty & Jim, and best wishes for many more! ♥ I hope you have a wonderful day! ♥


    Loved your coastal idea & it turned out beautifully! Dump & pour? You're good! ☺

    ☺♥☺ Diane

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  56. Happy,happy, happy 25TH Marty and Jim, We love you sweet lady, hugs Kathysue

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  57. happy anniversary Marty and Jim!!wishing the best day today and always my friend, we love you and wish you many more years of happiness,have a wonderful day.......xox

    silvia..

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  58. GM Marty and "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY" my Dear friend...WOW!! 25 years and still counting...May it be a blessed one for you and your Hubby...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  59. Hi Marty :)

    That turned out really cute!! I think I need to buy some sea shells :)

    hugs,
    rue

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  60. Beautiful photos. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you both. May you be blessed with many more. TTFN ~Marydon

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  61. A cloche party, sounds wonderful! I'll have to try and remember to take some pics! The candles and shells look fabulous. Great idea!
    ~Michelle

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  62. Hi Marty,
    This is so weird....I was the first to comment today and wish you a happy 25th wedding anniversary and I don't even have a comment on here! I don't know what happened? Well, here goes again! Happy Anniversary to you and Jim! I hope it's been a romantic day! Love, Luanne

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  63. Oh and I also commented on how much I like your new look in my morning post... with the large photos...I want to try it but I'm scared! I have not even been able to do a test blog....it won't even let me...just puts me into my own blog? Take care tonight and have fun!

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  64. Happy Anniversary to you Marty and Mr. Marty. I love your makeover with the shells, looks so pretty and i love anything that reminds me of the beach.
    hugs
    janet

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  65. HI there!! Guess I don;t need to tell you how much I love this post, anything to do with the sea is o.k. by me!! Great job, love it all,take care...Chrissy

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  66. Hi Marty, I just noticed the big photos. Nice, I like the new look! I hope you are having a good day. I went shopping and was having so much fun until dh called, upset b/c the guys who delivered the armoire broke the crown and then broke my antique trio angel figurine. I was excited to get home to see the armoire in place but now have to return it. Hmmp! I don't know why movers can't be careful when they are dealing with antiques....Christine

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  67. Happy Anniversary Marty!
    A little birdie named Gloria told me. News travels fast in Bloggyland. Hugs, Cindy

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  68. Oh Marty, if I poured them, it wouldn't look as good as yours! What fun and really a great look for anytime, but especially summer and the beach.
    Happy Twirls

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  69. Hi Marty! I have missed you since I've been away from blogging for numerous weeks. Also...love your cloche/apothecary party idea! The one you did with the shells is beautiful. ;) I'm not sure if I can participate yet...but I'm going to try! ;) Chat soon! ~CC Catherine

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  70. Marty,
    I can't wait! I think this is a great idea and I added your party button to my sidebar. Cathy

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  71. The shells and candle in the jar look really good. What a great idea. I have a couple of cloches around here. If I can think of something creative to do with them, maybe I'll come and join the party.
    Hugs, Rhondi

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  72. Hello Marty - I'm new to your blog! I love your shell/candle display. So fabulous!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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