Thursday

~Cloche Encounters II~

One of my favorite decorating accessories is a cloche, I love changing the vignettes with the holidays and seasons.
Bird nests, santas, chocolate bunnies and cookies are examples of what I've displayed beneath a cloche.
Many times, I've displayed a cloche empty. The simplicity of the form being all the ornamentation needed. ~From Back Porch Musings Archives-03/09/2007~

Published March 9, 2007, Cloche Encounters was one of my earliest posts. I was using a Kodak P850 camera, in those days. I began Back Porch Musings three days prior. Needless to say, I was still very tentative about blogging. I received 3 comments, on the post. I’m so appreciative to all who have visited the Back Porch, over the past 2 years.

Below is that same cloche, shown in the top photo. The photo was taken June 13, 2009. The camera is Canon Rebel xti, using a Tamron 18-200 lens. Photography and blogging are continuing learning adventures.

Originally, cloches were used in gardens, to protect plants from cold or frost. In recent years, I’m happy to say, they’ve become popular for use as decoration, indoors.

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Welcome to Back Porch Musings’ contribution to Marty’s Cloche Party.

clocheparty1 Drop by A Stroll Through Life where other cloche enthusiasts are talking about their “cloche encounters”.

The following photos were taken with the Canon Rebel xti, from Christmas 2008 thru June 18, 2009.

Christmas Cloches

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clocheFaThe “bb gun movie”, A Christmas Story, under glass, Christmas 2008.

Bunnies and Other Cloche Dwellers

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clocheUI’ve collected cloches for about 7 years. I look for unusual shapes, like the little dome cloche, above. I also look for etched glass cloches.

A Note: I was asked about the plates, I used in the Wednesday, June 17, post. I bought them at Nell Hill’s in Atchison, Kansas. There are Nell Hill’s stores in Atchison, KS and Kansas City, MO. Mary Carol Garrity announced, recently, Nell Hill’s is now online. For shopping, click HERE.

87 comments:

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I don't own a single cloche, can you believe that? It is the one thing that I am on the lookout for as I go to moving and garage sales. I just know eventually I will find one, (hopefully more).

I love how you use them in your decorating.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I too love decorating with cloches, you can do so much with them. Great post, T

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I have always admired the way you display your cloches. Every single vignette is wonderful! I loved the glass bowls stacked inside the cloche!
Penny

Terri and Bob said...

I have learned so much about cloches from you today. I'll experiment over the weekend!

Sharon said...

I love the way you display them.
I only have one and I got it as a gift but she glue it to the plate.
Thanks for sharing yours.
God bless

Beverly said...

Stunning. My favorite is the one with the glass bowls stacked.

Pat, you are fantastic!!!

Florida Sue said...

I love them all Pat. You just have a way of arranging things that I very much admire. That little mouse with the apple is brilliant.

Cheers,
Sue.

momstheword said...

I don't own a single cloche, but I have often seen them and I love how people are using them.

It's like a simple vignette, capturing a slice of life or a still life. Loved your pictures!

JanMary said...

I love how great these look in every season. Have been looking for an apothecary jar, but need to look for cloches too.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Pat, I love your cloche collection, love it so much in fact, that I began looking for cloches after Christmas and found my first at Pier 1. Thanks for all those inspiring pictures! ☺ diane

Domestic Designer said...

One word describes this post....Beautiful!

marty39 said...

Oh my goodness, you have done some of the prettiest things I think I have ever seen. I would never in a million years thought of putting the christmas houses and figures under the cloche, and then the bunnies and the pretty glass bowls. You have shown so many great ideas I am just amazed. Such inspiration. I just love it. Thank you so much for participating, I think you out did yourself. I really appreciate it. I just published my post, so if it ever shows up please link up with Mr. Linky. Hugs, Marty

Lisa said...

I'm so envious of your growth as a photographer! Hopefully my photos will look better in 2 years time.:) Great post!

its so very cheri said...

Love them all and the decor inside as well

Cheri
www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

Melissa Miller said...

~Wow! Pat I'm speechless they are all so gorgeous. I do love the sheer simplicity and elegance of yours.

I see now I definitely displayed mine wrong....Oops.
I'm a little bit embarrassed.

Allidink said...

Oh how sweet! I have just started collecting cloches :) I love all your photos you've given me so many ideas!

All the best,
Allison

salmagundi said...

You are the 'queen of the cloches'! Did you start the trend? I bet so. Plus your photography skills make them look spectacular. Thanks for the heads up on Nell Hill's online. I hadn't checked her web site for quite awhile. Take care, Sally

Linda said...

Pat, you have a gorgeous collection, and the ways that you have displayed them are stunning. Linda

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

I like the small glass dishes stacked under the cloche. Great post! And I just noticed your award free/tag free notice. I understand and I think that is a great idea, Pat. ~Mindy

Kathi said...

These are the most beautiful displays I've ever seen! I love the Christmas ones you did and that little mouse with the apple is just darling!
I'll never look at cloche again without thinking of you!
I'll be on the look out for one!
I might even just pay the price - the ones I've seen are SO expensive!!

Lisa Shatzer said...

I love your Christmas dispays!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Yup! you definately get the Cloche Queen crown!! They are all wonderful! Since starting beekeeping my eyes seem to be drawn to bee things- that little white bee skeep you have under the cloche is a sweetie!

blessings
mary

ellen b said...

Oh girl! Your new camera was a great purchase!! What a difference. Love it. I was way to hasty in giving out the Queen of Cloche award. You knew what a cloche was way before I knew what a blog was!! I really love your collection and the variety of goodies you have under them!!

Brenda said...

Cloche Encounter! I love it. And you know I love everything you decorate with. Oh goodness, I don't know where to start. That one with the picket fence is dancing in my brain. Probably will be all night now. Your holiday displays are fantastic. Just when are you going to do a book with your photography and table displays, Pat? I'll be the first to buy one.
Brenda

bj said...

They are all lovely, Pat. I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite...but I think I am partial to the Christmas scenes.
Just beautiful!

Kammy said...

Pat....you have the biggest collection and oh so pretty too ! I love all your pictures...I am finding with my new Rebel that glass is hard to take pictures of..got to practice more ! Anyway,
loved your post !
Hugs ~ Kammy

The Stylish House said...

Pat,
You have created many great looks and I will be “borrowing” a few of your ideas. Also thank you for sharing the type of camera you are using. I covet to upgrade my basic point and shoot and have been looking for a new one. ~Cathy~

dana said...

You are sooooo dang talented!! I love your amazing display of cloches and your terrific photography skills. But Pat, you could use a disposable camera for pictures and a Mason Jar for a cloche and still create the most fabulous pictures and decor. You just have the GIFT!!

Dana

Roeshel said...

Wow! What stunning cloche eye candy! You have quite a collection. Beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration.

ceekay said...

They are all beautiful and photos are gorgeous. I just love that wire cloche! Got to find one of those! Happy cloche party!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

These are all so pretty! It was fun to see the Christmas ones at this time of year!
~Michelle

Shelia said...

Dear Pat! Your cloches are so beautiful! You really know how to dress them and my friend, your pictures should be published in a book! They are so gorgeous!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Decorated House said...

Over the years I've enjoyed every single new arrangement you have come up with! I've never seen quite a few of these so it was so much fun to see them.

Yes, you have Cody described perfectly! We laughed so hard about what you said...."a wicked sense of humor." Oh my, you do know this kind of pup! We keep pointing fingers at each other claiming hey! he's YOUR karma.
Donna

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Pat - I have been so excited about this Cloche Party because I bought a new one at All About Home per you suggestion. I have found so many ideas for creating something exciting with new one. Your's are always so lovely. It would be hard to pick my favorite but I would say the "chocolate" bunnies. That is the non-caloric "vitamin C". At least I think they are!!

Thanks for sharing,

Charla

Miss Janice said...

Now, YOUR cloches are just beautiful. I got a lot ideas of here lady! Love the Christmas season settings:)

Catherine Holman said...

What a beautiful collection! I love painting cloches with my cupcakes too!
Hugs,
Cathie

susan said...

I love your clever title! You really have made decorating with cloches an art form! I think I like the cloche with the dessert dishes (?) in it the best! I loved seeing your very early post!

Mrs. Petrie said...

Your collection of cloches is awesome! The Christmas group was my favorite. It just looks so classy. :)

tales from an oc cottage said...

Fabulous!!!

m ^..^

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

I just HAVE to get me a real cloche! I just improvised with things I had for today's party. Yours are all so very pretty. I especially love the ones with the Christmas houses! Thanks for the inspiration.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Love all your cloches Pat.Good ideals too.

Picket said...

Oh my word....this is so pretty it makes you cry! What a post girl filled with so much beauty and inspiration...I loved that 'chicken wire' looking cloche and the beautiful ones on the white pedistals and the Christmas village one..oh girl....a whole book worth of ideas!!!!! Great post sweetie..thank you so much...have a great weekend!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh Girl just box them all up and send to me COD...ha ha!! just beautiful me friend...when I seen your nme on the list I just knew I was in for some great eye candy and you never disapoint me my friend...very clever...and girl when I heard about a blog I thought it was like a horror movie titled..like the BLOG that Eat New York ha ha!! and now I'm doing one too funny...Thanks so much pat for this great post....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Chandy said...

Pat I love them all! The Christmas one are so cool! I will so borrow that idea! So glad you decided to blog and glad I found it! I'm having so much fun gaining ideas from wonderful women like you!

BECKY said...

Hi Pat!! Just love all of your cloches, but truly adore the ones featuring Christmas!! Again...all you do is so delightful and right up my alley!!

Blessings to you, friend,
Becky

Ann said...

Those are gorgeous cloches and are even made more lovely by what's inside them. Who knew you could put so many lovely things in them? Thanks for sharing your design ideas.

Allison said...

I love your christmas scenes.....

debbie said...

Dear Pat,
I am in awe...cloches are new to me...I don't own a single one but you really gave me an education...based on how stunning yours are...it explains why I don't have any.
you could do a really beautiful book on cloches and how to decorate with them....plus with your photography skills you could write and illustrate it
thank you so much
a beautiful post that made me want to find a cloche
hugs sweet lady
debbie

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

As always Pat, you do things with such perfection. I love the nest on the pedestal under glass. Have a super great weekend. xo Lynn

stella said...

Now I just have to have a cloche. I don't remember seeing them in stores but will now keep an eye out for one. Love the mouse and apple. I was excited to see how polished your blog is after two years. I just started blogging and hope mine will come close to resembling yours in two years. Please stop by and visit starlightstella.blogspot.com

Dana and Daisy said...

Oh Pat, this is s pretty and sparkling!
I love the little bunnies and the little mouse under the cloche!

I'm glad you showed seasonal cloches, I had thought of doing that but decided to just show how I have things right now in my home.

Joyce said...

I love the chocolate bunnies and the little mouse made me SMILE. Looks like you had so much fun decorating. I don't own a cloche but after seeing your collection I am so inspired to buy one soon.
Joyce

skoots1mom said...

thx 4 sharing!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Pat,

If I have told you once I have told you a thousand times, but I am going to say it again, because I adore you....I find such inspiration in your blog, in your decor, in your photography. Your blog is one of my absolutle fav's. And I know I have been visiting over a year. I feel blessed.
Thanks for dropping by Bloggertiaville today. Come back soon! I (heart) bloggy my friends. And you know I love you!

Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.http://lbratina.blogspot.com

Painter's Place said...

You are so creative! I love all of your cloche ideas. I definitely need to get me some more!!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Pat, I love all the pictures. So glad you showed the Christmas ones as I have not seen those. Everything is so lovely, as always.

Barb

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

so many ideas for using a cloche ....you have shown us... now, if I can only find one... I think I will buy myself one next month for myself for my birthday! Susan

DeAnna said...

Pat - I am so honored you stopped by my blog, thank you for the kind words. I absolutley be copying the village under glass this christmas. You are so creative, such an inspiring blog. Thank you. Please join me for my Christmas in July Party.

Jenglamgirl said...

"WOW" love all that you have done! love father Christmas with the kids and the chicken wire cloche ones! very nice job it all looks great!

movingonlady said...

You really have alot of these cloche. And I love all the different decorating ideas.
thanks for sharing.

Pamela said...

an amazing collection. I have one that goes over a little clock. Now I'm going to be on the lookout for them. I had no idea there would be so many

A Touch of Country said...

oh my goodness...your ideas are fabulous! I love Nell Hill's stores and all her products!

You are very talented!

Rhondi said...

Hi Pat
Every one is lovely. You have a gift for creating beauty.
Rhondi xo

Beth at Aunties said...

Pat,

I adore visiting your home. It is jusr like perusing through of one of the best designer magazines around. Loved all your Christmas cloches! In fact I enjoyed it all! I come away loaded with ideas and wonder if I too could pull it off... creating like you do!

Beth~♥

Susie Q said...

I knew I would be filled with inspiration and delight visiting dear Pat on Cloche Day! You have the best eye for design and the most amazig collection of treasures...no one deis it better.
I love it all but i do believe that the last photo, the sweet mouse and apple slice, is my favorite. SO presious and ingenious! Only our Pat would do something so wonderful!

Love,
Sue

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pat, it was so much fun to see all of your cloches change for the seasons, and how amazing to see the difference in the two cameras you have used. I loved all of your wonderful "season changing" cloches. laurie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Pat, what a wonderful collection of cloches. I love the unique shapes and sizes. I think one of my favorites was the one on a pedestal with the clear glass stacked inside. Wasn't this just the most fun? Hope you found some treasures while out this morning.
hugs ~lynne~

Cindy said...

These are fabulous! You have quite the wonderful collection. I love the santa's and the villages, well I love them all but that apothecary jar with the lemons and spigot is really just my fave!! Cindy

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I love all your cloche displays, particularly the Christmas ones! I also like all the different sizes and shapes you have!

Manuela

Chari said...

Hi Pat...

Oh my goodness, Girl...you have quite the cloche collection going on there! Hehe! They are all so beautiful and beautifully decorated! I just love the photo of the cloche with the beautiful stacked sherbet dishes!!! It's gorgeous! I always enjoy your photos, my friend! You really are such a talented photographer!

Thank you for sharing your fabulous cloche collection with us!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Beautiful use of cloches! I think you are the winner! An inspiration! Love your blog to!

Hugs!
Maryjane

Sandra said...

Wow! I love how you displayed every one of them! The holiday ones are especially my favorite!
Blessings,
Sandra

Mary said...

Pat they are all just so beautiful - you are the expert when it comes to cloche displays!!

RobinfromCA said...

Oh, I really love all of your cloche displays! I adore that tall cloche with the etching on it. So elegant. And the display with the glass bowls inside is so unique. You are a terrific cloche decorator! I didn't even get to posting my holiday cloche displays - love yours! I hope Marty has another party!

Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh what a collection you have -- I love your ideas -- Since I only have one - what you've shown on your blog could give me enough ideas to last a whole year! Lovely!

Jerralea said...

You've inspired me - I have to be on the lookout for a cloche now. My favorite was the nest displayed on a glass pedestal under a cloche.

Linda said...

Pat, you have a wonderful collection of cloches and each vignette is wonderful. I tried to pick a favorite but couldn't.....I love them all...hugs, Linda

Frippery said...

Love the etched glass and the chicken wire. Great displays.

CIELO said...

I can't make a decision... they're all so pretty! ;) Have a blessed day, Pat.

cielo

Liz said...

Your Cloches are so cute! I just love how versatile they are. Thanks for telling us about the online store. That is great news!

Love your blog and your home is just lovely!

~Liz

Karen said...

Hi Pat,
Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos from your gorgeous collection of cloches. Also, thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Your etched cloches are beautiful - I have come away with lots and lots of ideas from visiting your blog. You are a fantastic photographer - I know you have written about your camera, but have you studied photography? You are amazing and so inspiring!!
Karen at Pine Cone Retreat

Andi said...

Hi Pat! I haven't been much of a blogger lately...had a few issues with my computer and then my internet connection. I think they're all resolved now.

So glad I stopped by to read your post and view the beautiful photos of your displays using your collection of cloches. I love how you change them out.

I only have 1 cloche and it's rather small but I do fit a little birdnest beneath it and change it from season to season. You've inspired me to look for another larger one to add to our decor.

Hope all is well with you. Hugs, Andi

Carrie said...

Your array of cloches is just fabulous...your displays give lots of ideas for using cloches in home decor!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I so enjoyed seeing all your lovely cloche displays! With your magic touch they are wonderful creations!

Katherine

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

Your cloches all look so beautiful!

Karen Valentine said...

Hi there! I'm sorry I'm late for the party! I just found it, but I'm so glad I did! Your blog is fabulous! I'm adding you to my blog roll so I can keep up with all your wonderful posts! Have a great weekend!

Karen
My Desert Cottage

Suzanne said...

Pat~ I love seeing your collection of cloches. I need to keep an eye out for more, I only have one. Thanks for all the cloche decorating ideas!