Sunday, June 28, 2009

Birdhouses for sale... bird not included...

I have so many favorite places I love to visit... down the road a piece from my home is one of them... A wonderful man makes birdhouses in his backyard and sells them out front of his home.. I have bought many of mine from him through the years... Strolling through his gardens with him is such a delight! Every adorable little abode is full in the Spring... Today as I passed by there, his sweet peas were so gorgeous spilling over his fence, I knew I must stop and take a picture...

I was not the only one admiring the sweet peas today...

Apparently one of my little feathered~friends wanted to say hello to me, and landed on top of this one just as I clicked my camera...

I walked over to take a photo of this one that sits in the owner's yard year~round and my little sparrow friend followed me ... (the little squirrel is a garden ornament, the bird is real...) Isn't that just "tweet"...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Thank you sweet Jeni...




Thank you sweet Jeni, (of Everyday Sparkles) for taking this picture of "Moi" at your beautiful home to use on my blog as my profile picture...Now maybe I don't look like my "mug shot" should be hanging up in post offices everywhere!... Jeni has a special way about her... everything she touches turns into something magical...


Friday, June 26, 2009

Sweet somethings...



Yesterday I received two very special gifts from my niece, the beautiful French book~treasure box in the photo to the left...the second gift, hearing "I love you Ju"... I love you too Filly!!! Juju


Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Not so Extreme" Makeover, Home Edition...

This is the lovingly restored home where I buy fresh, homegrown black raspberries in the summertime... a wonderful couple lives here and tends to a bountiful garden out back... the lady invited me inside to see all of her gorgeous antiques... then out to the garden to taste fresh raspberries last year... they grow both red and black berries that are so yummy!... Yes Wes, (my brother~in~law), I WILL be making more homemade black raspberry jam this year!

I LOVE old houses! They have so much more charm, character and warmth than many of the newer homes today. Oh, the stories they could tell...

I get terribly sad when I see a beautiful old home demolished for ANY reason. I do not buy into the reasoning "well, it was old and falling apart." So are alot of people I know, (including "Moi"!!!) but I still want them here with me! And yes, I think THEY have alot more charm, character and warmth than some of the younger people these days...I LOVE old people too...

There are alot of wonderful old historic homes here in my little bucolic town of Centerville. I always try to ask the owner's permission to photograph them. Most times I have found that the people who lovingly restore these beauties to their former glory are quite happy to talk to me, fondly recalling wonderful stories about their homes and the history behind them, allowing me to take my pictures...(some even want to be in the pictures themselves!)

I then print a copy of their home for them as well and deliver it to them as a kind of "thank~you" gift for being so gracious towards me...

I have so many lovely photos, I will try to share some each week so my post isn't fifty pages long! It makes me smile to see that these homes have been "restored" to their original style, with just enough updates to make for comfortable living today...

Even the gardens reflect a sense of days~gone~by... a quieter, gentler time...

This one looks so inviting...

It is hard for me to pick a favorite...

I love the Oriental Poppies in the cottage garden in front of this one... I have been invited back to visit another day soon by the elderly couple who live here... I do hope you will come back with me...



Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Every blooming thing...


By now you know I love roses... truth is, I love all flowers...just like I love all animals and Nature... This African Violet of mine had not bloomed for several years. Then one day recently I noticed little buds deep down inside the leaves... I was so excited, this is how it looks today. It sits happily on my dresser, along with my tiny treasures and some vintage finds. The key with the ribbon is an antique French skeleton key I found on Heather Bullard's site. The gorgeous postcard in the background, on my mirror, is from her site as well. (You can click on the photo to enlarge it) I love to visit shabby shops on the Internet... You can visit Heather at http://www.heatherbullard.com/. Her blog is as lovely as her shop, and she is always so gracious in sharing her ideas...

A favorite find...


I have searched for some time for one of these beautiful vintage knife~rests. I finally found one at Just a Bed of Roses. It is crystal, quite old and in mint condition. I found a very old silver butter knife engraved with roses to sit on it, however, I decided my little new~found treasure was too exquisite to cover it up. I love how the shabby white painted vintage fork looks next to it... what do you think...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Secret Gardens... I want a closer look...

There is just something so enchanting about a rose~covered arbor...

I love this old~fashioned vegetable garden...

A white picket fence is soo romantic...

They must have painted their house pink just for me...

I could sit here all day and read, or nap, or watch the birds, or daydream...

Wish I could see inside better...

May I come inside..... pretty please?.....




Sunday, June 21, 2009

Tres chic...

I received a gift certificate to TJ Maxx from my sister for my birthday recently... I wanted to find something really beautiful to spend it on... I think I found it... I LOVE these gorgeous vintage~look French steamer trunks! They are perfect for storing so many things, my journals, magazines, photos, mementos, what~have~you, and look fabulous!

P.S. Jeni, they had two more... I think they qualify for an "emergency" shopping trip! P.P.S. The lovely satin heart pillow was a gift from Jeni's sweet mom to me... Merci, Elaine!


Tiny treasures...


I love collecting these beautiful little bejewelled boxes. Some of them I received as gifts, others I bought for myself. They are so perfect to hold a ring, a necklace or some other little treasure. I found the most precious teeny weeny hummingbird feather one day and placed it in my newest addition to my collection, the hummingbird, of course!



Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The day I met Jenni B...


One day last summer I was out at Just a Bed of Roses in Farmington, Utah doing a little shopping... (ok, I was doing ALOT of shopping!) I had my eye on some yummy looking miniature cupcakes that were out on a pretty vintage platter. Brenda, the shop's owner, puts out little plates of goodies for her customers to nibble on while they are shopping. I was trying to decide if I wanted a chocolate one or a white one. Since I usually spend a couple of hours there, I decided to take one of each. Just then the cutest young lady walked in the door and Brenda excitedly called out "the cupcake lady!" I must have felt guilty taking "two" so I quickly set them back down.



I started eavesdropping on their conversation...no, actually I just plain stood right there and listened to it. It was then that I realized this cute young lady was the one who made these scrumptious looking little pretties. What I didn't know was they were faux cupcakes, even the frosting that looked like it had just been whipped up!

Soon Brenda introduced me to Jenni B. Turns out Jenni is originally from Utah, in fact, I went all through school with her dad, Ted. (I had a secret crush on him in junior high, all the girls did! I am not good at keeping secrets, but I kept that one until I told Jenni that day!)

I knew I must buy some of these adorable little cupcakes, so I picked out five of them, assorted colors and "flavors". Jenni is as sweet as her cupcakes, she signed the bottom of each one "To Julie, JenniB." She even signed the cute little cupcake tag on my vintage cake dome you see in the photo of my precious little cupcakes! Then, I found out Jenni taught MARTHA STEWART how to make these! Wow! A beautiful celebrity right from my own hometown! You can go to Jenni's site at http://www.jenniboriginals.com/ and see Jenni in action on the show! On her site you can also read about something really special she is planning for later this year...

The day I met Jenni B... It's a Good Thing!!! (Sorry Martha, I just HAD to say that... you don't OWN that or anything, do you ???)...


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Flag Day...

Jack and I found this tattered little flag lying in the roadway after the 4th of July parade last year in our little hometown. We knew we could not leave it there so we gently picked it up and placed it in the grass beneath a towering pine at a local business. We would check on it each day when we walked past that spot. One day towards winter we decided we should bring it home or it would surely not survive the harsh sleet and snow that was to come... Today I will place it in a flowerpot on my front porch, among the nemesia and bacopa... I love this tattered little flag... and I am so proud to be an American!...

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Haunting Passion...

June 12th, 2009...

I am drawn to this place. I am not sure by what... (or who?)... The obvious answer would be by the breathtakingly beautiful roses. But there is something more... This is the same little old abandoned store in the photo next to a previous post about my childhood. It is not on my way to anywhere I am going today, yet I suddenly realize I am here... I pull to the side of the road and get out of my car. Something is calling for me to take a closer look...

The roses, of course! That's it! But my mind is saying "there is still something more..." Every one of my senses tells me this is not a frightening thing. I admire the roses, the old wooden fence is overflowing with them...



The building is very old and paint is flaking everywhere, yet the roses appear as if someone has lovingly tended to them...




I can not see through the old screened windows, yet I have that uncanny feeling that comes over you when you believe someone is watching you...

Could it be a previous owner, long gone from this life, but still comes here to tend to the roses?...Is it because they know how much I treasure all things from the past, and the people whose lives they were a part of?...

I must think more about all of this... before I return... again... soon...