Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hey Y'all!... Don't forget to enter my giveaway! ...

Hey y'all!... (that's official Barn Chick lingo!... well, maybe it's the Beverly Hillbillies)...tee hee hee... anyway, just a reminder to be sure to enter my Barn Chicks Party post giveaway!... I have some fun things in store for the day of the party, actually five prizes I am giving away... all you need to do to enter is leave me a comment, on any of the posts including this one, since my giveaway began on July 14th, up to and including my party post...

If you follow my blog (thank you!), then you know I cannot keep a secret, nor am I patient about alot of things... just had to show y'all my "new" vintage white cowgirl boots I got about a month ago... I was going to wait and show them at the party, but, well, here they are!... I will tell you the history behind them at the party... I also wanted to show you my Prairie Gypsy belt buckle made out of all vintage rhinestone jewelry I purchased from Jill at Gypsy Brocante... some time back... if you click to enlarge the photo I think you can see it... she creates the most beautiful one of a kind belt buckles... they are so pretty and feminine!...and look beautiful with jeans or a sundress... Karen, our hostess at Brayton Homestead Interiors said in her post today to "get your boots on"... so I did!... this is too much fun!... I am not sure who is more excited, Karen or Moi!... not only am I excited to show you all of our beautiful local barns, I am sooo excited to see all of the other gorgeous barns across our country that the other "Chicks" will be showing! ... okay... see y'all at the big bash! (now go put YOUR boots on, we've got alot of walkin' to do that day!)... xoxo...





Rebecca's Christmas in July Giveaway...


My dear friend Rebecca of A Gathering of Thoughts is having a beautiful "Christmas in July" giveaway... please click on the link above or on my sidebar to enter... her giveaway gifts are just stunning, as are all of her creations...

I hope you will visit her beautiful blog... be sure to tell her Julie Marie sent you! xoxo...



Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sweet Eye Candy Creations... and Lucky 13...


I would love to have you meet Jennifer of Sweet Eye Candy Creations... Jennifer, or Jenn as she likes to be called, lives in Georgia and is the epitome of a beautiful Southern lady... I have followed her blog for some time now, and it is always filled with beautiful sugary~sweet creations, and wonderful photos of her family and friends in the South... she has an online shop, and also hosts some of the most enchanting events... she recently hosted "Petticoats and Parasols"... oooh, how I would have loved to attend!... the photo below is of pretty Jenn at that event... she graciously allowed me to use one of her photos... thanks Jenn!...

Not too long ago, she had a wonderful giveaway on her blog... I left my comment and saw that I was the 13th person to comment... she had stated she would use the random number generator to pick the lucky winner... 13 has always been my lucky number... I was born on a Friday, the 13th... ( I used to tell my mama it was her lucky day, tee hee hee!)... somehow I just KNEW it would come up number 13... don't ask me how, just one of those "feelings" one sometimes has... anyway, when she posted about the winner, she showed that the number generated was THIRTEEN!!! Wow! Out of 190 comments!!! I was jumping up and down with excitement!... Wait till you see what I received today... first, this darling "Sugar~filled Kit"... it is absolutely brimming over with yummy vintage goodies inside to create my own sweet eye~candy creations!...

Take a peek inside... darling little vintage cupcake toppers, vintage millinery flowers, crystals, vintage playing card and bridge tally,vintage rhinestones, the most adorable little bisque kewpie doll from the 40's stamped "Made in Japan" on the back...(click on the photo to enlarge and see all my treasures!)...

Also included was some yummy old~fashioned MaryJanes candy and some flirty girl lip shines... hmmm, it says "flirty girls don't kiss and tell"!...

Next are these adorable little lamb tags with vintage millinery flowers... and little bells hanging from them...

And I LOVE these tags with vintage images of Storeybook dolls all prettied up with ribbons, feathers and vintage rhinestones... how beautiful!...

Oooh, and my fairy~princess bunny!... is she the cutest thing you have ever seen??? Look at her beautiful tiara!... I love her!... and purple and pink are my very favorite colors!...

Then, this took my breath away!... this stunning dressform... Jenn made some of these for centerpieces at her Petticoats and Parasols event... it is so gorgeous and stands about 30 inches tall, with a beautiful petticoat, vintage millinery flower and pearls with a cameo around her neck... it is sooo pretty!...

Today I am feeling like it must be Christmas or my birthday!... and once again, 13 was my lucky number! ... I hope you will stop in and visit Jenn at her blog... please tell her Julie Marie sent you! Merci Jenn! I love everything! ... xoxo


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Have I Told You I Love Barns??? ...


Next week is the big Barn Chicks Party hosted by Karen at Brayton Homestead Interiors... my post is in drafts, ready to go, and so am I!... Our main computer is fixed now, I swear, Jack can fix anything... I call him MacGyver... (remember that old show, where he could make or fix anything... well, that's Jack!)... so, since I can now transfer pictures in again from my camera, I walked around our home, and took some photos of some of the barn paintings we own... see, I told you I love barns!... this first photo is a closeup of an original oil painting my daddy gave Jack and me quite a few years back of a gorgeous barn and outbuildings in the little town of Farmington where he lived, and where my sister still lives... the artist's name is Shirley Aday and she was a dear friend of my daddys...


It always has a special place in our home...

This is an original watercolor by a prominent Utah artist named James Bell... my little sister Jill had given Jack a number of smaller paintings of his that are ducks... which we also love... then I found this large one of a barn with ducks at a local thrift shop for $15.00!... (an original watercolor of his that Jill values at over $300!)... got to love those thrift shops!...

The next two are original oil paintings by a dear friend of ours who was also the police chaplain, by the name of Max Yospe... Chaplain Yospe was one of the kindest,most lovable men I have ever met... and I will never forget him... he has passed on now... but we think of him every day as we admire our beautiful paintings...


And the last one... well, it was done about ten years ago by a little known (but highly sought after) artist by the name of Julie Marie... (tee hee hee!)... I have painted about twelve paintings... this is the only one that I ever had framed and the only one that hangs in our home... I want to start painting again... especially as I drove around and photographed all of the beautiful old barns I will show you in my party post next week...


In the autumn, many artists set up their easels along the little country lanes in my town and paint the beautiful barns... this year, I am going to join them!... don't forget to leave me a comment so I can enter you in my giveaway... see you next week at the party!.. xoxo


Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Dog Days of Summer...


I grew up with the saying that this incredibly HOT HOT time of year is called "the dog days of summer"...you know, when it is just too darn hot to do much of anything!... I decided to interview some of my doggie pals and see how they are handling the heat. First, I asked my sister Jill and her family's Yorkie Pico... Pico said...


"I just grin and BARE it!"...

Next I asked Dino, my daddy's Italian Greyhound who my niece Filly inherited when my daddy passed away, but we all consider him ours... Dino said...

"I try to take my Nature walks early in the morning or later in the evening when it is not so hot... I don't have much hair and I sunburn easily, so I always wear a tee shirt... I try to behave on my walks so they will take me to get a hamburger or an ice cream"...

Next, I chatted with "Stormie", a Border Collie I rescued and my sister Jill and her family welcomed her into their home... Stormie said...

"I LOVE to roll in the cool grass and have my tummy scratched!"...

"Scrappy" belongs to my niece Liz...like Pico, Scrappy is Yorkie and ???... Scrappy said...

"This is me, doing my award winning style of "dog paddling" in the pool!"...

Next up, "Pita" my neighbor's Pomeranian... Pita replied...

"I love to come visit Julie and Jack... it is nice and cool inside their house and they give me treats"...

Then I caught up with "Piper" another neighbor's Papillion as she was going for her walk... Piper answered...

"This HOT summer sun makes even MORE freckles on my nose!"...

Then "DeeDee", the French Poodle (with her mom Cherie in the background trying soo hard to get her to hold still for me to photo!)... DeeDee said...


"I just LOVE this French twist Julie did for me the other day... it really does keep me alot cooler with my hair "up"... and I feel sooo pretty in ribbons and lace... it brings out the French in me!"...

Last to be interviewed are the two little Jack Russell puppies we visit each morning on our walk... Lily and Olive... the girls said...

"Dog days???... what's dog days???... hey!... is there a puppy days???"...

So now you have the latest "scoop" on dog days!... (How could I have paw~sibly just said that!)... Hope you are staying cool wherever you are!... xoxo



Saturday, July 24, 2010

Dino and his Happy Meal...


This is Dino... Dino belonged to my daddy, and when my daddy passed away, there was never a thought that Dino would live anywhere except with family... I know he misses his daddy too, but he happily lives in my daddy's house (which is still in our family), where he always did, now with Filly and Ellie... every now and then he enjoys a hamburger if he has been an extra good boy... last night he got a happy meal... I think the look on his face says it all!... (he only got to eat the hamburger out of it!)...


I also wanted to thank Filly and Ellie for the darling Minnie Mouse collectible shotglass they brought me from Disneyland, but we are having major computer problems (HATE IT!)... and I cannot load any new photos right now... I snatched this one from my nieces blog but cannot load the ones in my camera right now... so, thanks girls! I love it!... I also want to thank my friend Dawn of Dawn's Craft Place for the darling fairy card she sent me... I tried to do a post on that too, but cannot get the photo in... she has shown it on her blog if you click here you can see how adorable it is! Thanks so much Dawn! Dawn is such a sweetheart, I hope you will visit her blog! ... Hopefully our computer gets fixed soon!!! I'm sorry I could not show the photos I wanted to... our laptop is sort of working for now... but no pics can go in that one either... computer parts are on their way... (if I lose my Barn Chicks Party post I have ready and in drafts, you will hear me SCREAM no matter where you live!)... at least I can still visit you all on your blogs!... xoxo






Friday, July 23, 2010

"Covered Wagon Days" tomorrow...


Tomorrow is a state holiday in Utah... I posted about it in detail here... our family will celebrate all of Utah's pioneers... my mama was one of the Queens in July of 1940, and I just could not let the day go by without doing another little post for her today... my mama is on the left in the top photo...I treasure these old newspaper clippings that are now 70 years old...


And in the middle in the next photo... wish I knew what her beautiful horse's name was?...

So, whether you call it "Covered Wagon Days", like it was in 1940, or "Days of '47", "Pioneer Day" or simply "24th of July" I am wishing everyone a beautiful day and hope you will also honor all of the pioneers !... xoxo (I love you mama!)...



Thursday, July 22, 2010

A hidden treasure...


While driving around the other day photographing more wonderful old barns for the Barn Chicks party on August 6th, (click on the button on my sidebar for all the details!) I spotted this fabulous old building, sitting way back in behind a beautiful old home down an old country lane not far from me... I went to the door at the home and knocked... I always like to ask permission to photograph someones property... no one answered so I meandered back in the little old driveway and approached this enchanted place that literally took my breath away!... it is in a very old part of town, and as I got closer, I noticed the original old paint was still on the bricks, with the name of the once~upon~a~time furniture store...

Here's a closer look...

As you can see in the top photo, a door was open so I crept up and gingerly peeked inside... FULL of old vintage items!!!... I thought I surely must be dreaming... Jack had asked me to call him from my last stop when I was through photographing, and since I didn't want my phone call to be made from inside our local jail, I opted not to go inside without permission! ...

But today, I am going back, to the little home, and try to talk to the owners... you just never know... many times I have stopped to talk to people and they are most happy to chat with me, and relate wonderful stories of days~gone~by, eager to share their memories with an interested listener... like me!... and yes, sometimes I have even had the owners actually delighted that I want to haul off some of their old treasures... (although Jack is not always delighted, like when I bring home the front door off of an old home, or a fireplace mantle in the back of my SUV (those things are kind of hard to sneak inside, you know what I mean!) So, I am off on another adventure!... wish me luck!... and be sure to leave me a comment so I can enter you in my Barn Chicks Party giveaway... I hope you will visit my Barn Chicks post on August 6th, I am having sooo much fun getting ready for it!... wishing you a day full of adventure too! ...xoxo... P.S. Just returned from this enchanting old place... I met a wonderful vintage gentleman there whose son and family own the structure and the historic home that sits in the front of the property but are out of town right now... and he is staying there...he told me a bit about the history of the property... I am invited back when they return for a complete tour of the entire home and outbuildings!... turns out, this old structure was originally the carriage house~barn that went with the home that still sits in front... it is on the State Historical Register... I had so much fun chatting with this gentleman... he told me that the lettering had been re~painted some time ago as the structure was used in two episodes of Touched By An Angel... that entire series was filmed here in Utah, mainly in Salt Lake City which is about 20 miles to the south of where I live... in the 1800's, it was actually home to one of Utah's infamous mormon polygamist families, and they kept their carriages in one side, where you see the larger doors, and their farm animals in the other side... I was allowed to take photos of the inside of the barn, but not the contents for now... I will post those another day... I am of a curious nature, and always love knowing the whole story behind everything... there is so much to learn each and every day and I find it all fascinating... plus you meet the nicest folks when you just walk up to the door and introduce yourself!... xoxo Julie Marie






Saturday, July 17, 2010

The 24th of July 1940...

The 24th of July has been called many things over the years here in the State of Utah where I live..."Days of '47", "Handcart Days", "Pioneer Days"... but in the year 1940 it was called "Covered Wagon Days"... and a pretty lady was chosen as one of the Queens to reign over the festivities... that pretty lady was my mama, Phyllis Ann Worden. She is on the right in the photo above and below... besides riding on floats in parades throughout the state, they also rode horses in all of the rodeos... I just love those cute little cowgirl outfits and cowgirl boots they have on!... My mama is gone now, passed away much too young 28 years ago, and is my guardian angel who is always close by in my heart and watches over me... I am so very proud of her... I miss you mama and love you so much!... this post is for you...

My mama on the left in the photo below...

My favorite era is the 40's... I love how feminine the ladies were and how beautifully they dressed the part... don't you love their pretty dresses, hats and open~toed high heels! Their little waists and ankles were sooo teeny! ... my mama on the right in the next photo...

I Googled Pioneer Days and here is what I found: "Pioneer Day is an official Utah State holiday celebrated in the US state of Utah, with some celebrations in regions of surrounding states originally settled by mormon pioneers. It commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley in July of 1947, where they settled after being forced from Nauvoo, Illinois and other locations in the eastern US." That saddened me that it only mentioned mormons, as it was originally intended to celebrate ALL Utah Pioneers. Our family is not mormon, and nowadays to be considered for royalty in the celebration, one must be a direct descendant of a mormon pioneer. But in 1940, that rule did not apply. I did some more research on Google and was happy to find this additional description: "Many Utahns also celebrate the day by remembering other pioneers such as Bishop Daniel Tuttle, who was responsible for Utah's first non~mormon schools, Rowland Hall St. Marks, and first public hospital, St. Marks in the 1800's. The Intertribal Pow~Wow in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City honors the rich cultural heritage and contributions of the areas American Indians, helping Utahns gain a deeper understanding of the regions history." This week, I will celebrate ALL of Utah's pioneers and Native Americans, just like my mama did in 1940... my mama is on the left in the photo below... the name of their float was "The Land of Liberty"...

I love you mama, and I miss you so much! ... you will always be Queen of my heart... xoxo



Friday, July 16, 2010

Pretty Is As Pretty Does...


This is a pretty lady named Rebecca, who is a dear friend of mine... with her is her pretty little granddaughter Kylah, who is also a friend of mine...


Pretty Rebecca creates pretty tresors from vintage items, like this pretty vintage ladies glove box she added her magic touch to with vintage lace, hankie, millinery flowers and all sorts of other pretty embellishments... it is absolutely stunning!... and I was the lucky one who was able to purchase it from her pretty shop A Gathering Place...

Here is a closeup of all the pretty embellishments...

She included this pretty card she designed and created herself... love it!...

She also included a pretty little handwritten note to me and some yummy herb tea... Merci Rebecca! ... now, wasn't this a pretty little post? ... xoxo... PS I snatched the photo of you from your blog again Rebecca... hope you don't mind!... xoxo


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Barn Chicks and Giveaway...


Hi there! ... I have been having soo much fun running around photographing our local barns and getting ready for the "Barn Chicks" party on August 6th hosted by the lovely Karen at Brayton Homestead Interiors... I'm having such a good time, I decided I would do a giveaway on that date too... one of the gifts will be a brand new copy of "Western BBQ" recipe book...two winners will each receive a copy of this... the recipes look so mouth~watering, I bought myself a copy too! YUM! ... all you need to do to enter is leave me a comment starting with this post, and up to and including my Barn Chicks party post... I will enter your name in the drawing once for each post you comment on from now thru then... I do it the old~fashioned way too, I will have Jack draw the names from a hat... you may comment up to midnight on August 9th and we'll draw the winners and announce them on August 10th... more surprises to give away on the party post! ...

I will be doing a special post between now and then, honoring my mama who is now my guardian angel... my mama was one of the Queens for our State celebration, which is on the 24th of July each year... Nowadays it is called "Pioneer Day"... but in the year 1940, a pretty lady, my mama, and the two other Queens reigned over what was then called "Covered Wagon Days"... I can't wait to show you the photos from the old newspaper clippings I have... that was seventy years ago now... the 24th of July is a big day here in Utah... so I am really in a "Barn Chicks" mood! ... getting LOTS of freckles being out in the sun, but I am off to photograph another beautiful barn! ...

Be sure to leave me a comment so I can enter your name... and be sure to visit between now and then... I am so proud of my mama, and so excited to show off our local barns too!
Wishing you a beautiful day! xoxo