Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Gardening Bliss...


Hello ladies... have you seen this beautiful new magazine yet?... it is called "Gardens of Bliss" and is a special collectors issue from Victoria magazine... I pre~ordered mine over a month ago, and it has not arrived yet... but they are all over in the markets here, so I snatched one up... I am not a patient person when waiting for a beautiful magazine to get here!... it is overflowing with gorgeous blooms and gardens of all kinds...
I admit I have always bought tons of magazines... but I keep them and refer to them over and over again, so I feel like it is money well spent... since our weather here is still not really nice enough to do much in the gardens, what with rain and snow almost every day despite the warmer temperatures, I have been browsing through alot of my collection of garden and home magazines...I think this issue of Country Living Gardener from Summer 1995 has got to be my most favorite ever!...
Look at this precious kitty, yawning all stretched out on the beautiful old wooden fence in a field of poppies...loving the glorious sunshine... too cute!...
Another favorite is the August 1993 Country Living issue below... I miss the old Country Living magazines and still look at my original ones often... this issue is all about one of my favorite places on earth... Carmel, California...the homes and gardens featured here are just beautiful!... my friend Julie at A Vintage Chic lives close enough to drive to Carmel in about an hour and recently posted beautiful photos from there here... sigh...
I also spent hours sipping tea and pouring over this issue from September 1990 featuring magical gardens in the Pacific Northwest... I spent alot of time in the Pacific Northwest as I was growing up when my daddy who was a Colonel in the United States Army was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington... what a beautiful state and the gardens are all so stunning...
Country Homes Country Gardens from Spring 1997...love, love love the stick fence!...
I also subscribed to Better Homes and Gardens Floral and Nature Crafts... I so wish they still published these beautiful magazines!... I am still inspired by them, and plan on crafting some of the beautiful things they have shown... these are from 1995 but the contents are still gorgeous today and will look as pretty in my country home today as the ones I crafted back then...

So, I will bide my time... trying to be patient (I said "trying") as I await the Spring days when I am out in my own gardens once more... in the meantime, the kettle is whistling on the stove... my tea is ready... so I will relax with my magazines and wait... not really so patiently... xoxo...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Vintage Cowgirl Boots...


I absolutely LOVE cowgirl boots, especially my beautiful vintage white ones... I am reposting a photo of them so my friend Rebecca of A Gathering Place can see how darling boots are as she mentioned in her post today she is thinking about getting a pair...



I have owned cowgirl boots all of my life... and they go so cute with just about anything, from jeans to a frilly dress to a prairie skirt... so Rebecca... you go girl!... I want to see you in some vintage cowgirl boots... there are even PINK ones!... xoxo...


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Heartsease and Pansies...


Heartsease
... what a beautiful name for these diminutive harbingers of Spring... today, I bought my first pot of them, the gorgeous purples ones I put in a galvanized bucket, along with a pot of purple and white Pansies on the step above...



"If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in Spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom" ~ Terri Guillemets

Today my soul is in bloom... wishing you a beautiful Spring day... xoxo...


Friday, March 18, 2011

Welcoming Spring...


My calender says the first day of Spring is Sunday, March 20th... growing up, it was always on March 21st... I know not why the date was changed, but I will gladly take it a day earlier... in fact, I shall proclaim today the first day of Spring at Idyllhours!... the sun is shining, the sky is blue... the Robins are singing their beautiful song... my sweet violets are covered in teeny buds... I want to just sit and soak up all the beauty this day has to offer me... life is too short to let precious moments drift away...with all that is wrong with the world today, we must still take time to remember the good things as well... and count our many blessings... so, come celebrate with me!...



"The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day He created Spring"
~ Bern Williams

Happy Spring!... xoxo...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

St. Patrick's Day...


Jack is Irish, so we celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a big way at our home... dinner is all planned out for Thursday... corned beef, cabbage and sweet red new potatoes... mmmm... grey poupon for the corned beef, sour cream and home~grown chives for the new potatoes and red wine vinegar for the cabbage... then of course, Irish coffee for dessert... our once a year treat as, other than an occasional glass of wine, we do not drink... but St. Patrick's Day is a day of celebration... of all things Irish... a day to honor and remember Jack's Irish heritage... I absolutely love everything Irish and the beautiful folklore that surrounds the Emerald Isle... I love stories about "the wee folk" and the gorgeous Irish countryside they inhabit...


An Irish Prayer

"May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for every prayer."

Happy St. Patrick's Day!... xoxo...



Sunday, March 13, 2011

Where the Fairytale Begins...


As I was picking out beautiful songs for my playlist, I came across the first one playing now called "Where the Fairytale Begins"... where DO fairytales begin?... for me, they began many, many years ago... when a much, much younger Julie Marie lived an enchantingly beautiful childhood in a fairytale~like setting in my quaint little town of Bountiful... my sisters and I were encouraged to let our imaginations take flight and our thoughts and dreams carry us where they may...

Our days were filled with searching for magical four~leaf clovers, making beautiful garlands to wear in our hair out of sweet clover blossoms or pretty marigolds... heaven~scented sachets out of fallen rose petals from mama's rose garden... listening for the soft laughter of flower fairies as dusk began to fall... we truly lived a magical life back then... with our unlimited imaginations filling our days with memories to cherish our lifetime... fireflies and fairy dust... hollyhock dolls and snapdragon bouquets... I am quite certain, yes, infact I know without a doubt that the flower fairies dwelled amongst the delphiniums and larkspurs in our cottage garden... so, I began to write stories and poems about them... one day, perhaps I shall post my favorite one... I have always loved to write about the things that make my heart sing, and I wrote a beautiful little poem called "Fairies in the Moonlight"... I won a first place at my school when I was thirteen years old for it... yes, one day soon, I shall post it... but for now, you may click here to read a pretty fairy poem I wrote just last year and posted last May... I hope you too will let your imaginations soar and your dreams take flight... Believe in fairytales... they really can come true!... xoxo...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Life...


"Live today as you want tomorrow to be" ~ Anon


Hmmm... okay, I want tomorrow to be Spring... so today, I made this little bunny and eggs vignette out of things I already had...
You probably want tomorrow to be Spring as well... so I will quit whining about it...
And I will quit whining once Spring is here... bunnies and eggs and nests and flowers... sunshine, blue skies, warm days... painting my toenails pink, finding that perfect Springtime purse... leisure days at the garden center down the lane... Robins singing... days getting longer... air smelling fresher... clothes hanging out in the fresh air to dry... tulips and daffodils bursting forth with blooms...daydreams on the porch... need I say more???... xoxo...




Monday, March 7, 2011

Comfort Food From Wayside Treasures...


Today, I am craving some good old~fashioned comfort food... for a number of reasons... one of the latest reasons is we are expecting a major winter snowstorm to come blowing in early this afternoon... winds of 30 mph plus and throughout the night snowfall anywhere from 8-12 inches... I am sooo sick of winter... my friend Sandi at Wayside Treasures posted this recipe for Penne Pasta With Tomato Herb Cream Sauce a while back... it is so delicious and satisfies my need for comfort food... it looks as yummy as it tastes... here is Sandi's recipe...



2 T oil
1 clove garlic minced
1 med onion chopped
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
3 c penne pasta (I used 3 1/2)
1/2 c whip cream (not sour cream whipping cream)

Saute onion and garlic in oil. Add tomatoes, sugar, basil, oregano and salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile cook pasta. Stir cream into sauce and heat through. Pour over noodles. This is the second time I have made this... it is so easy and so yummy!... and truly comforts the soul...I forgot to add the other picture, but we had it with a glass of wine and crusty hard rolls... xoxo...


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring... where ARE you??? ....


I can never remember a winter seeming to last as long as this one has... and I am craving Spring more than ever!!! ... a look in my garden journal from last Spring tells me that at this time last year, I had already worked in my gardens and they were ready to be planted... my gardens still have snow all over them... not pretty snow either, but dirty, ugly end of winter snow... the weatherman predicted "sunshine, blue skies and warm days"... hmmm... I'm starting to trust the Groundhog in his predictions more than our local weatherman!... so, I decided to bring more Spring to me... inside!...
This darling bunny is anxious to "Welcome Spring" as well... she is from my friends shop Madeleine L'Amour... isn't she precious!...
This sweet pink bunny carrying eggs is also from their shop...
"Sunshine Bunny" is from my friend Amy's shop at the Shabby Rose Bunny... I ordered it new this year and it makes me smile!...
This adorable little bunny and chicks basket was purchased last year from Amy's shop as well... it just sings out "Springtime" to me!...

This pretty Bunny Queen was a giveaway win last year from my friend Jenn at Sweet Eye Candy Creations... love, love love her sweet tiara!...
The little egg in the front of the photo below and the cute little basket with chick is also from Madeleine L'Amour... the "chocolate" bunny was a gift with my order from Amy at the Shabby Rose Bunny...
All of these darling little bunnies and chicks can't wait for Springtime either... while I am waiting... I think I will go buy me a real chocolate bunny and eat it's ears right off!... is that how you eat your chocolate bunnies too?... xoxo...



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Beauty of Nature...


The weather did not do what it was supposed to this week... I had my week all planned out in my gardens, with sunshine and warm temperatures predicted... what's the old saying about the best laid plans???... not to worry though!... I jumped in my CRV and headed ten minutes to the northwest of me... down Glovers Lane and out to Farmington Bay in the Great Salt Lake... from December through March, the beautiful Bald Eagles migrate here for the winter... as many as 400 of these gorgeous creatures call Farmington Bay "home" during these months... I have visited them ever since I was a little girl and our family would make the drive out to the Bay to see them... yet, I am always in awe of these magnificent birds... our Nations symbol... their wings spanning an impressive 8 feet... I am truly blessed to live in such a Nature lovers paradise... those are our breathtaking Wasatch Mountains to the east... as you can see, we still have ALOT of snow here in Utah!...

We had massive floods here in 1983, and the Great Salt Lake covered literally acres of land east of the shore... many of the trees died from the flooding... this is the Farmington Bay Bird Refuge, and the old trees are left standing... "favorite snags" to the Eagles during the day...
These two in the upper right hand corner of the photo below look like they are snuggling!... the immature Eagles are brown... perhaps last years baby and it's mama...

I have posted before about my love and respect for Native American beliefs... the Native Americans believe the Eagle is a messenger to the Divine... I must agree...

I shall send my prayers of thank you to Him with this beautiful bird for all that He has created... xoxo...