I’ve had this sort of crazy fascination with cotton bolls since I saw this post by Puttin’ On The Grits. Long story short, I wanted cotton bolls to copy (for a copycat challenge) Nicole’s dresser but couldn’t find them…and believe me I looked.
My friends Jane and Leo from Cottage at the Crossroads read about my search. One day not too long ago Jane and Leo were driving along a South Carolina road when they passed a cotton field. Jane made Leo stop the car so she could get out and pick me some cotton. How’s that for a friend?
For those of you raised in the South where cotton bolls are no big deal, you probably think I’m nuts…but I’m from Ohio and we don’t grow cotton up here. I had never seen a real cotton boll. When I opened the box from Jane and Leo I was thrilled.
I knew I wanted to somehow use them in my kitchen. This is the one piece of counter top which doesn’t get much traffic so it stays clutter-free. I used an ironstone tureen and a silver creamer, and of course the cotton bolls, to freshen things up.
I added a tray and cloche to finish things off.
The bolls are so organic and add texture. They are also tall on the interest factor…at least here in Ohio!
I couldn’t resist adding a little bittersweet. In my opinion they make the perfect pair.
Blogging has opened many doors for me and I’ve met some wonderful people. Jane and Leo are among my favorites. Of course, I use the term “met” very loosely. We’ve not ever seen each other. Hopefully we will meet someday, for real.
To find out more about how cotton is grown and harvested visit Cottage at the Crossroads. Jane has shared all sorts of interesting tidbits about South Carolina cotton. She also made her own cotton boll wreath. Definitely worth stopping by!
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