Monday, October 15, 2007

Dried Hydrangeas for me!

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The other day I mentioned on my blog that I wished I had saved some of my hydrangeas to dry. My mother-in-law read that on my blog and brought me over these from her garden! I know what you're can I have a mother-in-law when I'm divorced? Well, in my case, when I divorced my ex, thankfully I didn't have to divorce his family. She also brought over some beautiful crocheted lace pillows which I forgot to take a picture of. The colors of these flowers are so beautiful! They make me happy every time I walk by them!

I started stripping my table this weekend...started is the key word here. I worked on it for 4-5 hours yesterday. Stripping a piece of furniture with that much detail is a huge job. Getting the gunk out of every crevice is very time consuming and the muscles in my hands are so sore. I finally got sick of working on it and decided to stop and finish up the stripping next weekend. This table, which I now call the wedding cake table because that's what it reminds me of, will probably take me a month to finish but I hope it's worth it.

I've also been rewiring another crystal chandelier for my kitchen and I've almost got that finished too. I wish there were more hours in the day. Oh, and I think I've found a paint color for my kitchen walls...actually my daughter found it. I'm learning that she has a very good eye for color. I thought it was going to be too gray but it looks blue on the wall. I have too many projects and not enough time!

I hope when I get home tonight, my Victoria Magazine is in the mailbox!


Sharon Kay said...

Love the colors of the flowers and so happy that you can keep the family and friendship you have had with your mother in law through the years. She sounds like a very special person.

Susie Q said...

I adore these flowers and that you and your in-laws have remained close. That is really special.

I can not wait to see your new treasured table and the chandelier! Your home is amazing! Your talents are amazing!!

Have a sweet week!


BittersweetPunkin said...

Well you are BLESSED! My birthday was yesterday and my mother in law didn't even call....(sigh)

I love the fallish!!

Melissa said...

Awesome! These are so beautiful!

Michelle said...

Your hydrangeas are beautiful! I treasure my hydrangea bushes - one of my favorite flowers.

What a nice mother-in-law!

Michelle said...


Please stop by.. I have a gift waiting for you.

Judy said...

Cindy, I would never 'divorce' you. You are very special and I will, and always have, considered you just like a daughter to me. You, Vince and Lauren will always be a big part of our family - we love you!

your 'mother-in-law'

Alison Gibbs said...

Cindy what gorgeous hydrangeas.
look froward to the after pictures of your table.

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. Waiting anxiously to see the table! Have a lovely week Cindy...

Linda's Blue Gate said...

I just love hydrangeas.... they change to so many wonderful colors. That is such a blessing that you and your sweet mother-in law care so much about each other. You are blest Cindy and I'm sure Judy feels the same way.

Anonymous said...

What beautiful hydrangeas! I don't think our hot, dry, windy weather will allow us to grow them here but I am going to buy some dried ones, the next best thing! Of course, the BESTEST part of your story here is that you and your mother-in-law are still such great friends. :)
Good luck on your wedding cake table. Just take your time and it is going to be sooo worth it. It's gonna be just lovely.
Oh, and I haven't received my Victoria magazine yet, either.

Rosemary said...

What a nice ex-mother inlaw.
Can't wait to see your finished wedding cake table, and new chandelier.

the feathered nest said...

I love the color of those hydrangeas! That's so nice that you still have a good relationship with his family. It's a blessing to have a nice MIL and when she's and ex - that makes it even more special.


Anonymous said...


Love the hydrangeas! What a beautiful color. Enjoy them! You are so blessed that you still have such a nice relationship with your mother-in-law.

Debbie from NJ

Mary said...

So beautiful! I love the name you've found for your table, and I can't wait to see it, and your new chandelier. It's lovely that you've stayed close to your mother-in-law.

Terri and Bob said...

Those are gorgeous flowers. I know that table is hard, but I know you will love the results. I was going down your list of favorite blogs and we share many of the same!

lucinda said...

I can't wait to see the results of your table stripping! I have several subscriptions to magazines all of which haven't come to me yet.[grrr..I was looking forward to curling up w/one tonight!} The one I am really looking forward to is the new Victoria! I hope your's came today!

Anonymous said...

The color of those hydrangeas are beautiful, and perfect for a fall bouquet.

You continue to be an inspiration. I can't wait to see your wedding cake table!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I posted a dried hydrangea wreath on my blog tonight! Your flowers are beautiful and it is so nice that you and your mother-in-law are friends!

I am looking forward to seeing your table finished!

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how we have a vision in our minds eye regarding a color, only to see it in the room and find that it doesn't work. The light in the room makes a huge difference.

I bet that table will be lovely and I can't wait to see it finished!

It was sweet of your mother-in-law to think of you.


Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Cindy,

What pretty hydrangeas and how wonderful that you have a close relationship with your ex husband's mom. That's a blessing in and of itself. I can't wait to see the table when you finish. I'm sure it will be well worth your efforts because those sore hands of yours always create such magic.


Robyn said...

OH me too! I am waiting for my mag too! Can't wait to see the finished table!

Gail McCormack said...

I'm loving the mirror with the little cherub underneath, the dried hydrangea sets it off to perfection
Hope your MIL approves of the way you've presented her hydrangea, well I know if it was me I would.
you are a clever cookie!

Lady N said...

I have faux hydrangeas that are very similar - I just can't keep plants alive :(.