Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Harvest time...


Whether you celebrate today as the First Day of Autumn as the calendars now read (why do "they" have to change things???)...  or on the 21st as it has always always been until recent years, like I do...  either way...  it's officially Fall!...Harvest time... my favorite time of the year... my sweet friend Sandi from Wayside Treasures created my darling Harvest pumpkin... isn't is precious!...  you will want to check out her pumpkin patch at her Etsy shop by following this enchanted link here... even Linus would agree it's the most sincere pumpkin patch!...


Autumn is also my very favorite time of all for our Nature walks... so much beauty... quiet...  calm... serenity...  sincerity... a crispness in the early morning air...  I wear a scarf or muffler as we walk...  and just finished crocheting my newest one...   the name of the color of the yarn?...  "Autumn"...  what else could it have possibly been...  I love the variegated yarn in the stunning colors that whisper "Fall" to me...


I got my cornstallks Saturday at my little farm stand down the lane and around the bend...  I just need a few more pumpkins and gourds to finish decorating, then will post a photo of my front porch...  wishing you a beautiful beginning to a most beautiful Season... "Fall" in love with it...  xoxo...  Julie Marie

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

My treasured vintage Victoria magazines... and the First Day of Autumn...


Seems like just yesterday I bought my first Victoria magazine...  the premier issue...  when infact it was way back in the Spring of 1987... we had our little farm back then that I've  posted about in the past...  we didn't have a computer back then... most folks didn't... so I spent many carefree hours lingering over my favorite magazines...  in those days, they were the old Country Living which I adored...  (I do not even buy the new one, I don't like it at all!) and the old Country Home...  when Victoria came along, it became my third favorite...  I could hardly wait for each issue to come out...  I was taught as a little girl to take care of my possessions, and that carries through with me to this day...  I have the entire collection of old Victorias... my treasures...  I would not part with them at any price... I have them tied up with twine in little bundles according to the month... each month, I bring out the proper ones and it's like getting a new "subscription" all over again!... after Nancy Lindemeyer left as editor, they lost that enchantment she gave them...  I still bought them...  but don't cherish those like I do the ones Nancy created... then, Victoria went under until Phyllis Hoffman brought it back again some years later...  still, not the same as these beautiful magazines from yesteryear...


Those are my September issues above...  I just finished reading them all once again...  and brought out my October issues...  I thought it might be fun to show you each cover...  and a few exquisite photos from inside a few...  okay... the first one is from Fall~Winter 1987...


October 1988...


October 1989...


October 1990...


October 1991...


October 1992...


October 1993...


October 1994...


October 1995...


October 1996...


October 1997...


October 1998...


October 1999...


October 2000...  when Nancy Lindemeyer said goodbye as editor... (sad)...



Here are just a few of the beautiful photos from some of my favorites...












I hope you enjoyed seeing these as much I enjoy them...  Victoria is a classic...  as are all of the clothes and articles...  as timeless and beautiful now as they were back then...  you can double click on any photo to enlarge it and also to see the date of each... wishing you a blissful Autumn day... growing up... for as far back as I can remember...  today, September 21st was always considered the First Day of Autumn...  nowadays, things are changed so...  not exactly sure why... the calendars may say different...  but for me, I will still celebrate today as the first day of Autumn's arrival...   xoxo...   Julie Marie