~Written and edited by Veronica Clark ~

Monday, 31 October 2011

Oh my cloche...a masquerade!

Hi dear ones! Marty at A Stroll thru Life (click to visit)  announced that she wanted to have a cloche party and since I missed the previous one, I made a mental note to join in this time. Very last minute again on my side but that's life folks... The theme was fall cloches but since we are supposed to be having spring...well, certainly not the last few days..its brrrrrr here, I looked around the house for some things to "do" my cloches with...

Yesterday, I drove to Franschoek and when I passed that wonderful shop called Masquerade in the main road, the penny dropped...So, I found all the Venetian masks and gave it a bash. Not the cloche....!!!

It looks all "autumny" anyway since my home is all in fall colours ...

I raided the kids bedrooms for theirs. The one leaning against the painting is my own one. The black one on the top of the cloche is my daughter's and the one in the cloche, my son's!
When we visited Venice, each one just had to buy their own and what a difficult choice it was to make, believe me it took an old age. I love all three and they fit together beautifully in the little  impromptu vignette.

This is my mask leaning agaist the painting and I adore the detail...

The bicycle always stands on the hall table...in case the car doesn't start!
Hmmm....but someone will have to do a quick "Honey I shrunk the Kids move " on me if I needed to use it...
It's quite a work of art in its own way.

From my "Kitch" collection I included the gondola that Mr. Tassels bought in Venice. You guessed it gals , its fantastic plastic! Shhh.... don't tell the Jones's.
I surrounded the bottom of the cloche with a pearl strand.
The mask inside belongs to my son thus the music notes.


The plastic was so dazzling that the my Canon wouldn't focus properly...

This one belongs to my daughter and is quite glam.
I am feeling a bout of "O solo o moi "( sung in my best operatic voice) coming on.
Okay, you can remove your earplugs, I'm done.

Africa sneaked into the equation in the form of the spear on the back of the book.

He doesn't normally live here in the entrance hall but was appropriated  from around the corner in the formal lounge.

I have two tiny cloches and last weeks rose bouquet fills them this week on the sill in my kitchen window.
They were drooping in the vase but I always struggle to throw them out and they have been sitting in a white bowl for a couple of days still smelling great.

The colours of the rose petals picks up those in the pictures.

Love the texture of the pot.


Lastly, I was now running out of ideas as well as time and started thinking of lunch instead...
Well, and then I popped the tomatoes under the last cloche.

They look luscious!

I will also be linking to Wow us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style here
Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here click
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage here
Hooking up with House of Hepworths here
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home here
Feather your Nest Friday at French Country cottage here
Vintage Inspiraion Friday at On Common Ground here
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of a Home here
Sunday Best at My 1929 Charmer here

The tomatoes will end up in a tomato salad that I will share with you soon.

Phew... that was a cloche encounter! I have one more cloche left but came up blank so I am all eyes to see all the other cloches.

Lunch time...

Live well



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Thanks for stopping by.


  1. What a pretty post and so full of beautiful little vignettes...NOW I know why I saw so many posts with cloches..not that I was complaining..I LOVE THEM! Yours is beautiful.

  2. Fantastic autumn post! Love those roses...gorgeous fall settings. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Halloween!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  3. Oh wow, your masks are exquisite. I don't think I've seen anything quite like them. Such a beautiful display and so pretty to have the one under a cloche with the beautiful glass piece. I love the roses and the tomatoes too, great fun. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  4. i love those old stacked books and the gondola. how fun-you'd never know it's plastic!

  5. You have really cute accessories. Love your cloches!..Christine

  6. Gorgeous Veronica! You have a nice variety and your displays are so pretty.

  7. I loved all your beautiful masks, and your cake stand and bell shaped cloche too. I also have a thing for silver so I have to mention how much I loved your silver fish you had displayed as well!
    I enjoyed my visit to you blog, hope your weather warms up soon! Have a lovely day!!

  8. Hi Veronica! Oh, what a great post! I love your cloche set up. We've just gotten back from Venice and I should have picked up one of those cute little dazzling plastic gondolas! :) Love seeing those delicious looking tomatoes under glass too!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Gorgeous vignette. I love the different masks - I think you should keep them permanently displayed. Masquerade is such a beautiful shop. I haven't been there for a while - I think a little trip to Franschoek is in order. s Sharon

  10. Hi Veronica, thanks for visiting my blog! I love what you did with your cloches! So creative & fun, glad to find your blog. Happy November!

  11. Hi lovely lady.
    Your masks are Gorgeous I love them all!!!!
    You did a beautiful job with your Cloche putting them together like you did.!!! I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescapes.
    I hope you have a great week with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  12. You really had so much fun with your beautiful clochés.

    I love the last one specially the shabby cakestand.

    Greetings from Stockholm,

  13. What a lovely post and beautiful cloche. Love the use of the masks ~ so very unique and that little black bike is darling. So nice to meet you ~ newest follower.

  14. Such an enchanting room ~ the ENTIRE room is gorgeous. Love all the sweet vignettes and special touches you added. The masks are incredible. How fun to see that you placed rose petals under the cloches ~ now why hasn't anyone else ever thought of that ~ such a simple, yet beautiful idea! So happy that you are now following my Christmas blog, too! You are a sweetie!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  15. Beautiful pictures. Those roses are georgous, I would have a hard to time letting them go also. That mask is so elegant - love it.

  16. Your cloches are fantastic - very, very creative with the masks - I had the Phantom of the Opera song, Masquerade, going on in my head while reading through your post - amazing masks! Love the tomatoes - now that summer is passing here, I will truly miss their fresh goodness! Oh, and the roses - gorgeous! Hope you have a wonderful day,

  17. What a beautiful blog! And, what beautiful cloches! I love your Venetian masks! What a great way to display your travel mementos.

  18. Hi Veronica! Your blog is fabulicious. So happy to have stumbled upon it. Of course I'm gonna follow from now on. Love all those beautiful masks.
    Stop by for a visit sometime!

  19. I love all the masks, Veronica, and they make for such a striking cloche display!

  20. Great post Veronica. I love the masquerade theme. It's so romantic and mysterious.

  21. Quite ingenious. A delghtful twist on the norm. Fiona

  22. I love all the cloches but that tomato one is my fave!


  23. Hi Veronica.
    I love your venetian vignette! The masks are wonderful! I get weak kneed from anything under a cloche *winks* I'm just crazy for them! And reusing the petals like that is a great idea! I'll be trying that with the last of my poor pooped out roses.Thanks for the inspiration. Vanna

  24. I enjoyed your cloche tour, those mini masks are adorable. I'd totally love to have that painting at my house!

  25. Your mask are unbelieveable!! That is one thing I do not own. That is the cutes bicycle I have seen. Glad you dropped by!

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

  26. I think my favorite is the litte bike, cute!!

  27. i adore your tomato cloche!! it is definately an original idea...you are so creative!!
    i am joining up!!

  28. You are one very stylish lady. I love the masks and the little bicycle.
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog I suffering an acute attack of bloggers block! I put it down to the fact I don’t like winter. I have been studying hard to, so that has been keeping me busy to.

  29. Veronica, I love the rose petals under glass! Simply stunning colors! I really like the masks and the bicycle too.

  30. Love your cloches. The masquerade is my fave. Just discovered your blog and I love it. I'm a new follower. Hope you stop by and check out my blog. I also have a link party every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

  31. Wow, love cloches, but I'm not good at decorating them! but you sure do, loverly! I want that tomato recipes, cause I love tomatoes. Thanks so much for stopping by and loving my Frenchy Mag Rack. Sure would love it if you posted this at my Sunday's Best Party. This definitely a Sunday's Best. Start in the afternoon!

  32. I love the old books combined with your beautiful masks! And the rose petals are perfect! I don't have a cloche but I need to get one to join in! I love your ideas for decorating with them! And my condo is decorated throughout with fall colors...we call them mountains colors! ♥

  33. So pretty! I like your daughter's mask a lot & also those cloches with the rose petals in them! So pretty!

  34. Hi Veronica, I am so glad you joined the Open House party so I was able to find your lovely blog. The cloche with the Venetian Masks is wonderful. We just got back from a holiday in Venice so of course I love your theme. The painting is fabulous too. Thanks for joining my party and I am now a follower.

  35. What gorgeous vignettes you haver Veronica. The masks are so elegant and I love all the elements you added in your cloche.


  36. The masks are beautiful. Love the cloches with the rose petals and tomatoes too! Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best =)

  37. Very nice! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  38. I fell in love with them all! I found you at Sunday's Best Party!, and so glad I did.

  39. Still loving it and just wanted to say thanks for stopping by and linking up with Sunday's Best. PS - did I tell you I love name of your blog.

  40. Prezada Veronica, Parabéns, seu trabalho é maravilhoso. amo receber suas postagens, seu blog é divino, de sonho, muito bom gosto.
    Feliz Natal, saúde, paz, alegrias e prosperidade.
    bençãos de Deus para a sua vida.
    Maria de Fatima Moraes Rodrigues