They have quite a light fragrance, much more delicate than the blue ones I had last month. But as lovley as they are, I confess I can't help myself from wishing that they were a proper rich, deep pink colour, rather than this very pale pink. I do really like my interior floral accents to be vibrant....
Aren't they gorgeous? I bought them from the market on Friday, five stems of happiness. Mr Plant Man had several buckets full of tulips of all different colours, but I instantly fell in love with these fiery coloured ones.
Whilst I was tidying up the considerable mess on the dining table this afternoon and arranging my tulips, I also decided it was high time I sorted out my mantel. It was still bare following the removal of Christmas, and the jug of bare twigs was making me feel a little sad. So I strung up my crochet heart garland, and decorated the twigs with the Teeny Tiny Hearts I made two years ago.
And I put all the sweet little miscellaneous objects back up there that mean so much to me. The mug of feathers, the little tin plaque of Robin Hoods Bay (one of my favourite places in the whole wide world). The little house tin that holds my white angel feather, gorgeous Miss Fleur. The wooden ladybird that was given to me by my grandparents when I was three and has the date 1971 written on the back in biro. The china toucan that was given to me by a family friend when I was in my teens, and has moved through every single house move with me (thirteen in total). The ceramic house number 24 bought in Barcelona.
And there are a couple of new things up here too....do you like the sweet little tin globe I bought a few weeks ago from the local antique shop? It's an old child's one from the 1960's and I just fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I've been looking for a globe for years as for some obscure reason they really appeal to me. But I've never managed to find one that was affordable enough or charming enough, until this one that is.
Isn't it lovely? It's a handmade mosaic picture made by the very talented Felicity at "Just Mosaics". I actually found it via her Facebook page :: Felicty was showcasing a number of her smaller mosaic pieces, and this was one of them. I really liked the sunflower and the sweet little clump of snowdrops, but it was this vase of tulips which really pulled at my hearts strings.
A few days after I bought this mosaic, I happened by chance to come across this image on the internet................
......WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Breathtaking eh? It shows an aerial view of the Dutch tulip fields, and I was completely mesmerized by it. Wow. wOw!! I couldn't stop looking at it, and was compelled to go and drink in more images (type "dutch tulips fields" into Google and you will drown in the gloriousness of it all!)
And it also struck me how very, very, very, very, VERY much I would like to see these fields for myself. Oh my. Can you imagine?! Can you just picture me hyperventilating with excitement and leaping around at the edge of these fields like a deranged colour-mad loon?!
Gosh, yes, that sort of trip would be a dream come true. I am trying
unbelievably hard to persuade my family that we need a holiday to the
Netherlands sometime in mid April. Failing that, I will be trying very hard to persuade my family that they can do without me for a few days in mid April while I run away to the tulips fields. I'll keep you posted on progress.
Meanwhile, back on the home front, my own creative colour journey continues. I've been working really hard on the Little Squares blanket for the Red Nose day Dolls and late this afternoon I finished. One Hundred and Eight teeny tiny crochet squares all patched and stitched together and turned into the cutest little blanket ever. My friends, it looks a-w-e-s-o-m-e. Really. As soon as I've blocked it out I'll share with you, you're going to swoon!