A New Kind of Hostess Gift

I love putting together a whimsey with my hostess right there choosing her dishes.  It's a great way of showing your appreciation for the visit.  This one was intended for her beautiful back garden.  

 The special thing about a garden whimsy is, no one has another like it.  

While she was at work, I scoured the thrift shops for fun dishes that complimented each other.  I always choose dishes safe for food even if I plan to make a garden whimsey.  Who knows?  It might turn into a tidbit tray. 

First I placed all the dishes I purchased out on the kitchen table that I had covered with newspaper.  Each dish had been washed and all tags removed.  

We then had a fun time putting different dishes together until we decided on the combination she liked best.  I applied a  special glue that was for outdoors and can weather heat and freezing temperatures.  There was an overnight wait to set completely and viola!  Her whimsey was done!  

She plans to enjoy it for a bit on her patio while she decides where to place it.  A sprig of ivy is to be planted in the cup to trail over the sides.  In her area, it is recommended to come in for the winter as ceramic and glass may break if ice forms in it.  

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Unknown said…
Such a great idea!
Deli said…
Cool! I must say I love that yellow cup :) Here for some mellow yellow time :)
BLOGitse said…
:) I'm sure you had fun playing!
Have a good week!
Lola said…
Have a great mellow yellow week!
Leovi said…
Nice composition, like a fountain, I like!
What a wonderful idea. I think I will make a few for Christmas gifts. I think it would be nice to put some bird seed in the plates as well.
Ann said…
I love these whimsical pieces made with dishes. You did a great job.
LV said…
It is so nice when someone has the ability to use things in such a lovely way. These are great and looks nice.
Sally said…
You are creative to even THINK of making this thing of beauty. I'm sure it'll be loved for years to come.

Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday, Jeannie.
This is really really cute, I always love seeing dishes and silver pieces in the garden, I must try this! Thanks for sharing such a fun idea!
joyh82 said…
Love it, very unique and whimsical.
Happy Blue Monday!
Rajesh said…
Wonderful, you are very creative.
Noel Morata said…
nice, I can see this as a little fountain
Hannah said…
Cute idea, I read a post recently using thrift store glass glued to make cake stands, and another using glass- bowl-plate-bud vase to make a garden flower which is mounted on rebar stuck into the neck of the bud vase.
Love this idea!! I will be out on the look out for plates and dishes to creat something similar!!
Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

Thanks also for stopping by!

Hazel said…
Now that's my kind of garden whimsey! Those cups and dishes look so ready for a lovely afternoon tea!

Karla B said…
This is adorable!Hugs from Brazil!
Anonymous said…
How cute is this, what a wonderful project. xox
Cute as can be. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty
Sooo cute and the perfect hostess gift!
Unknown said…
Love your blog. I just followed you and hoping you'll follow back :)
This is adorable ~ so creative.
lorik said…
Such a pretty picture --lovely flowers and lush green and a little orange pot. Thanks for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

I also love your collections of cups and dishes! And a lovely idea too:)
I love the whimsy Jeannie!! Very creative.
Have a great day!! Tami xo
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