Friday, April 29, 2016

I'm a Copy Cat

The other day I saw a beautiful vignette using blue dishes and it inspired me to gather up some of my blue dishes for a vignette.


And fortunately, I actually had blue and white flowers in the garden.


Just like that, an inspiring photo created a new look in the entry.


I thought it would be fun to create vignettes or just "look alike" photos of some of my favorite pics.


First,  I had to make a run to Trader Joe's where I went a little crazy buying flowers, but these days flowers seem to be my main indulgence.


This photo shared on Instagram by Benita of Chasing Quaintness and  @chasingquaintness inspired a mantel change,


but no Trader Joe's flowers were used here.


I'm loving that I my garden is filled with cutting flowers this spring.


This gorgeous photo shared by June of Laughing With Angels and @laughing_with_angels is all over Instagram and you can see why - every single photo June shares is awesome.


I don't have that sweet little bench so my copy cat photo is slightly different and it won't stay as a vignette because those flowers will end up in various photos throughout the day.


I love the simplicity of this vignette shared on Instagram by Brittany of @frontporchtraditions


so I created my own version on my dining room table with a favorite April Cornell enamel bowl.


When I saw this driftwood garland shared by Darrielle of D.D.'s Cottage and Design (dds_cottage_and_design on Instagram), it reminded me that I started a driftwood project over a year ago.


Yesterday I dug out all the supplies and made a driftwood heart.


I don't have an armoire with the fabulous detail of this one shared by Sandra of @vintageticking,


but I'm happy any time I can find a fun way to display my old quilts.


Anita of Castles Crowns and Cottages and @les_dames_dabord on Instagram is a fabulous photographer and I had to try to copy at least one of her gorgeous photos.


I will never come close to Anita's prowess with a camera, lighting and styling, but I like this display I created on a dining room shelf.


I didn't create the vignette I had planned to copy with these hydrangeas despite the fact that I  literally played with my camera all day and completed few of my chores - now it's time to get ready for my "date" with Steve.


I never got to these flowers either so I guess that means there will be another "Copy Cat" post coming soon.


But, I couldn't stop before I showed you the vignette I copied after seeing this gorgeous shot Michelle of @the_darling_buds posted recently.


It reminded me of the pink Bauer pitcher I have been planning to mail off to Linda of A La Carte and the tablecloth I have been planning to mail to Rita of Panoply - I will mail them soon and explain what has taken so long.


And I leave you with a question, am I the only Copy Cat in blogland?

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57 comments:

bj said...

Two things I really enjoy about blogging...taking photos and playing with them in editors and copy catting...LOVE it...
You did so good...

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Love all of the photos of your vignettes and others.

I always love June's photography, absolutely beautiful.

Have a wonderful weekend ~ FlowerLady

Susie said...

Carol, You are such a good copy cat. As soon as I saw your dishes, I knew I wanted to do that...so I will post when I do. I love June at Laughing With Angels. ...she is so sweet and does have the prettiest flowers. But then look at all those pretty flowers you have just shown us. Very nice. Blessings you, xoxo, Susie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your copy cat photos are absolutely gorgeous. You are a true original, Carol.

Laurie said...

You're a pretty good copy cat, Carol...HaHa. But seriously, I love your blue and white vignette.

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

Love this post and you have given me some ideas. I just posted about my blue dining room, but I don't have any blue dishes. I must put that on my to buy list.

Laura said...

You are not cop catting when you had your special touch!
I love this idea of using inspiring photos.
And isn't June the greatest gardener and photographer in the world?
Thank you for joining us at TOHOT!

PS- I enjoyed being with all of you at our recent garden party.

Laura
White Spray Paint
TOHOT

bobbie said...

No ~ you aren't the only "copy cat" out there!!

And I never feel guilty, because once we add our own special touches, it isn't really a copy any more!!

Jackie @ travelnwrite said...

What a fun post and what great copy-catting! I do the same but my results are usually quite pitiful in comparison!

Sarah said...

What a fun post, Carol! I don't realy consider it "copy catting" but rather inspiring. I love the way others inspire me with their photos and ideas. I've learned so much from my blogging friends, you included. I think I need a trip to Trader Joe's tomorrow. All out of fresh blooms here. '-)
Thanks for inspiring me with this post of both your inspiration photos and those of others.

Pondside said...

I agree with Sarah - we are all inspired by and encouraged by what we see. I love that part of Blogdom!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH CAROL!!!!!!!!!!!! I was enjoying all of the beauty (love June Stockton's photos), and here I scroll down to see my ironstone! THANK YOU! I am so very honored and flattered that you liked this photo! And I love your "copy cat" version!!!!! Are ya lovin' this white canvas upon which you can add all your fabulous blues and reds?You and I both have the same textured plaster on our walls, so the look we share is sooooo "California", isn't it!

All of your vignettes are wonderful, and I so love your blue against the white. That color blue just charges me up. I have to tell you about this photo of mine....a few weeks ago, our neighbor gutted his kitchen for renovations. I looked out the window to see what all the noise was, and as I saw them hauling out the white beadboard paneling, I ran out there and asked if I could have a piece! They gave me a perfectly sized piece and now I use it as a backdrop!!! But I have plans to paint our kitchen white this summer and if I can get him to do it, I'll have Ruben put up some white beadboard in our nook area. However, he doesn't know that yet. Am I the only sneaky wife in Blogland? :)))))))))))

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

You have been a busy cat and this was fun to see! :)

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Oh what a fun day you gave yourself! Love all of these- such great inspiration. I have a pink teapot of my mother's that I never thought to use for flowers- now you've inspired me!

Helen Philipps said...

So many gorgeous images and inspiration...you did so well Carol :)
Helen xox

Pamela Gordon said...

Absolutely gorgeous flowers and arrangements! They are so pretty and inspiring. Yes, I do copy cat as I don't have a great imagination at times. ;) Thanks for sharing these beautiful images. Have a lovely weekend Carol.

Rita C. said...

Carol! Wow, what gorgeous FLOWERS and photos (and tablecloth! really, that is super awesome of you!). I'm always hesitant to cut my flowers, but I really should - they're so beautiful. You must've spent the whole day cutting, styling & photographing - that all takes time! And yes, I think you've touched on one of the points of social media - we all get inspired, and the wheels in our minds start turning - "hey! I can do that, I have those things"...and off we go. I love being inspired and getting that mental charge to want to put my own spin on an interpretation of something I've watched or seen.
Happy Saturday.
ps - the last time you mentioned me in one of your posts, I went online to source one of those cute MC stocking purses! pss I found it. :)

Kate D said...

The sweet peas in the pink pitcher are completely swoon worthy. Gorgeous and inspiring copycats!

Kate D said...

I guess they are snapdragons :) - still stunning!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

You are a very good copy cat!! Most of my "ideas" are copied from others. I like to think that they are inspired copies! I do add my own personal style to them as you did and they usually come out fine. Every one of yours turned out beautiful and your pictures are amazing. You are quite the photographer!

craftyles said...

Are you kidding? I think that's half the fun of Blogland. Some of your copycats are prettier than the original. Love all the flowers. Your blue and white vignette looks as though it should be in a magazine. Great ideas here!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

It surely is wonderful how we are so fortunate to receive so much inspiration from one another!

I see so much creativity and beauty and think to myself "I want to do that too!)

I am particularly happy today as our Sacramento family is flying in for a 10 day visit! We are going to Waco on Tuesday where I hope to be able to copy many things.
Thanks so much for sharing this with the ladies at TOHOT!
Jemma

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, all your copy cat photos are gorgeous. I love your style and what a treat to add all the beautiful flowers. You are a talented photographer!!
It's very special that we are all inspired by each other in blogland and beyond.
Have a nice weekend.

Patty Antle said...

I'm a copycat too! Others photos are so inspiring. Love your vignettes!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Carol, what a fun post!! I love all your copy cat photos. Such gorgeous flowers to play with is fun also. I'm swooning over the pink Bauer pitcher now that I've seen its picture!! I am a copy cat also. There use to be a party where everyone picked a photo and did their copy cat version, it was lots of fun!
hugs,
Linda

Karen L. Bates said...

I am not a fan of blue but you knocked my socks off with that first vignette! Awesome job and I love all the rest, you are making me wish I had flowers right now. Thanks.

Stacey said...

Oh girl, I think we are all copycats to some degree or another. My son's name is Tanner and seriously...I thought I made that up. See? We are all inspired somewhere even when we don't realize it.

June said...

I LOVE your versions of the photos you find inspirational! I am so pleased to be one ♡. You were so sweet to link to my IG because I don't even know that I did it right on my blog's sidebar...I'm so inept at social media.
Every one of your vignettes is just beautiful! Do you know how happy the color in your home makes me? Whenever I see your photos I want to change up my whole decor! The top of your table is beautiful and I want to be a copy-cat and have dale put a new top on ours ♡.
Such a beautiful post Carol!
Sending hugs. ..

June said...

I LOVE your versions of the photos you find inspirational! I am so pleased to be one ♡. You were so sweet to link to my IG because I don't even know that I did it right on my blog's sidebar...I'm so inept at social media.
Every one of your vignettes is just beautiful! Do you know how happy the color in your home makes me? Whenever I see your photos I want to change up my whole decor! The top of your table is beautiful and I want to be a copy-cat and have dale put a new top on ours ♡.
Such a beautiful post Carol!
Sending hugs. ..

Cozy Little House said...

Of course you aren't! No one in Blogland really reinvents the wheel. Love your vignettes!
Brenda

karen@somewhatquirky said...

You the only copycat in blogland????! Psshhaaaw!!! The next time you have apink Bauer anything please send it to memememe!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

You the only copycat in blogland????! Psshhaaaw!!! The next time you have apink Bauer anything please send it to memememe!

podso said...

I always enjoy your posts when you duplicate vignettes you like. These are all great!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You are the most talented person in BLOGLANDIA. I adore every single one of these arrangements and am amazed that they are YOUR flowers. Oh, my! What a treat to have these lovelies in your garden. I am deeply impressed.

How are you, my friend? I hope well. I know it's been a loooooong while since I visited or posted, but I have been up to my eyeballs in renovations. I have done work on several houses, but this? This has really been something. I came up for air today when I had an old blog friend get in touch, and I wanted to drop by to see you. You never disappoint. Your posts are as colorful and beautiful as ever. I have always loved you and your blog.

I wanted to thank you, too, for the well wishes on my last post which I am ashamed to admit is months and months old. The stress started, and I had to unplug to get better even though I had every intention of returning. I'm feeling some better now, but I am sans a computer as my IPAD bit the dust. On hubby's now. I hate to think how many devices I have killed over the last ten years! ;-)

I'll be back someday. And I will.

Sending much love across the miles.

xoxox

Sheila

Dawn said...

Love the one on your dining table in the polka dot bowl. They're all fantastic but that's my fav :)

Jann Olson said...

Oh my, that polka dot bowl! I am coveting for sure!! I think we are all copy cats and you do it so well. I'm smiling because I have quilts stacked on the large cabinet in my entry. Have had them there since March. Looks like I'm a copy cat of something and didn't even know it. lol!
hugs,
Jann

Pam Richardson said...

Carol, I loved your copycat vignettes! Such pretty eye candy! Instagram is the best for loads of ideas! Pam @ Everyday Living

Renee said...

LOL I prefer the term inspired by. Love all the pictures. We have so many things in bloom here now. I love spring. Although it does feel more like summer for the past few days and I have had to resort to the air conditioner for a bit each afternoon.

Patricia @ CorninmyCoffee-pot said...

I think we all copy what we see...but by adding our own ingredients...it gives it a sweeter flavor! :)
I certainly enjoyed sampling your "taste"

Micupoftea said...

photo after photo of loveliness! Such charming arrangements! The flowers, quilts and dishes look wonderful. Happy May :)

Kathy said...

Carol, I don't think being inspired is copy cat at all. I adore your vignettes and photos!!

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

I think blogging is meant for copy cat-ing ;) So much fun, this post, seeing their versions and yours. I always love the color in yours and again, you didn't disappoint. I might have to copy cat you!

Mary

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

P.S. I would love you even more if you put "Pin It" buttons on your pix ;)

Mary

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

P.P.S. Just turned off my filter and voila! Pin It buttons ;)

Mary

Katie Mansfield said...

Gorgeous copycats! I love the blue and white.

September Violets said...

Well they say that copying is the highest form of flattery ;)
I think you made some beautiful vignettes, and your sharing the photos of the originals and all the links makes for an entertaining post. It's great that you have been inspired by so many fellow bloggers and instagrammers!
Wendy

Lorrie said...

Beautiful flower vignettes. It's hard to choose, but the blue and white one you created in your entry is a favorite. I just love the combination, and hydrangeas are such wonderful flowers.

Consider It All Joy said...

All of your 'copycat' vignettes are beautiful and I'm quite sure that Many people 'copycat' your lovely and creative vignettes all the time! Blessings to you! Cindy xo

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I really love that blue on the plates...reminds me of a set that my late mamaw used to have when I was a little boy :)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

WOW!! What amazing photos!! Just beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Hugs,
Deb

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Gorgeous images, Carol! I like to play copy cat once in a while too. I'm not on Instagram so I guess I'm missing out on a lot of pretty images. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Lovely photos Carol! I think we're all copy cats and that's why we share idea on our blogs. What a wonderful way to be inspired!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Truly fabulous inspiration! I am a bit late to the TOHOT party due to my college semester finals but I'm so glad that I didn't miss this. Have a wonderful week.

Down by the sea said...

Wonderful what a great idea! I think your versions are better than the orginals! Sarah x

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Don't we all love to copycat from each other, Carol? That's the great part about blogging...the sharing and inspiration from each other! Your vignettes were fabulous!!

Carla said...

Being a copycat is the greatest form of flattery these days. You did a great job copying and photographing.
Those cream colored roses sure were pretty.

Winnie said...

Everything looks just BEAUTIFUL !! Wonderful job on your part! :)