Monday, March 19, 2012

Yellow Bells

Hi everyone! We have been having summer-like weather here, and although it has been nice, it is abnormal, so I am hoping all the budded trees, plants and food crop are not killed by a freeze later.

I have always loved bringing flowering branches inside, and I got an early start this year. I remember my grandmother's "yellow bells" as a child, always bursting with those brightly-colored yellow blooms. I learned later they were actually Forsythia. I have two different varieties to show you.

This is the kind most people have. I placed them in an old bottle on my piano over a casually draped piece of burlap. 

This is one of the bottles I found here on the property.

These are actually from my great grandmother's plants, and you can see why people here call them "yellow bells" as the flowers hang down and have a bell shape.

Also in an old bottle, these are on my sideboard with some of my grandfather's books and my grandmother's candlesticks.

I also added some to "the box" in between birch log candleholders.

I ended up changing out the matelasse runner for the Waverly toile runner as I wanted more color.

These branches have lasted for several weeks and I have really enjoyed having them. I think they add more of a contemporary feel to all the vintage things I have in here.

I'll be sharing a tablescape this week here with Pfaltzgraf, Mikasa mixed with vintage Franciscan pieces, so be sure to stop back by Thursday for that.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I have not been able to visit much because I'm busy planning and rehearsing special services for Easter and also working on some recording for my mom's gospel project. But I love and appreciate all your visits and sweet comments:-)


I'll be joining:


  1. Your dining room centerpiece is fantastic. Love the candles in the bark.

  2. Beautiful, Anita! You have such style sense and wonderful treasures from your grandparents. Have a great week!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  3. Looks great Anita... these simple yellow flowers add such spark and beauty to your Dining table... lovely... And the burlap bow is a darling truly...
    Hope you will enjoy a visit at
    to have some fun with crochet doily bowls
    With love

  4. I love forsythia Anita and yours look beautiful displayed in those pretty jugs! Have a great week!

  5. Anita, I love forsythia plants! That pop of yellow just works in so many settings! I love how you have displayed it in your home. All of your vignettes are gorgeous! Looking forward to your tablescape, too!

  6. Anita, how gorgeous,spring and a foretelling of Pascha,Easter!I love them,Saturday was thinking of buying a silk garland of Forsythia at our local Amish country store. I can't bring in too much real plantings due to asthma, but enjoy the pops of yellow and wispy look so much. I love your burlap and glass and especially the burlap bow, just beautiful. I love your Toile runner too! Will visit Thursday for sure!Thank you for sharing and much success for your work. OX

  7. Sister girl, is there ANYTHING you can't do???? Love, love, love this! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. I love forsythia, Anita, it is an early sign of spring, and I look forward to the bright splashes of yellow around here. Don't think I have seen it just yet, but the weather has been so mild and so great. I like the way it looks in the centerpiece. Looking forward to your tablescape. xo

  9. Anita, Yellow bells was what my grandmother always called them. All your arrangements are lovely, but I really like the one on your dining table with your antique box. It's really a great look. I saw a couple of English brass plaques/plates like yours at an antique mall. They had painted them a soft robin's egg blue and "antiqued" them with a taupe/beige color.I was surprised, but it actually looked ok that way. However, I like that you left yours brass. It works so well with your colors.Have a great week.

  10. I LOVE bringing in flowers! They so easily brighten up a room!


  11. Hi Anita! I loved your sideboard but then I scrolled down and I think I love the Box on the table even more! Actually, I love it all. Your home always seems so warm and welcoming.
    XO Cindy

  12. I love how the warm yellow of the flowers works with your decor!

  13. Just lovely!! Yellow is my favorite color so I am especially fond of yellow blooms. Everything is gorgeous!

  14. So very beautiful! Love all the ways you've used the Forsythia/yellow bells.

  15. I always enjoy my stay on your super creative space. Beautiful, warm yellow here. Great shots and the room looks gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  16. Anita your photos are exquisite and perfectly capture the beauty of those flowering branches! My most favorite is the gorgeous centerpiece! :-)

  17. Ah, so beautiful! I love the yellow bells, as for me, yellow equals springtime!

  18. Never heard them called 'yellow bells'. But I do love them in those jugs. Great look!

  19. Congrats on the feature at Debbie's. Your home is lovely but more important it's warm and cozy. Very welcoming!