Friday, August 24, 2012

Hot Pink for a Hot Pink Saturday

It’s amazing that this Texas heat hasn’t wiped out my Mandevilla vine, but it has been really showing off this month. The young buds are pale pink when they first appear. The color becomes richer as they burst into full bloom.Mandevilla in August 002

This is what the newly opened buds look like…next to a bright mature lady flower…

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The mature flowers are vivid, hot pink. They last for several days.  This year there have been nice clusters all summer long so there has been a colorful show for months…

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I don’t usually have such  lovely pictures to share in late August…the flowers and I usually are pretty faded and droopy…like this elderly lady on her last legs…

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But I think you’ll agre she is still beautiful…I hope you are enjoying the final weeks of summer and finding the Pink  all around you. Speaking of pink. head over to Beverly’s How Sweet the Sound for this Saturday’s links. There’s sure to be lots of beautiful things to see.

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.