Friday, July 15, 2011

A love of roses, a dear friend named Jo~Anne Coletti, and a beautiful new magazine...

I have a deep and passionate love of roses... it started when I was just a little girl, in my great~grandmother's, my grandmother's and my mama's rose gardens... my love for this most precious flower continues still... my gardens are full of luscious blooms whose Heavenly scent perfumes the air...

It was through my love of roses that I first met my friend Jo~Anne Coletti at her gorgeous online boutique "Vintage Rose Collection" some years back... I was so excited to find her beautiful shop, featuring her own handpainted roses and vintage finds... through her shop, I found her blog and became a follower right then and there... Jo~Anne was creating beautiful rose tresors both in her shop, and in her photos on her blog... I was hooked... I hadn't really even known what a blog was back then, but I couldn't wait for her next post, her luscious photos and heartwarming words... she and I share many of the same loves and have corresponded back and forth about so many things from our shared love of roses, to our both being "daddy's girls", to our pets and so much more... Jo~Anne is as beautiful as her soft, romantic roses...

I asked Jo~Anne several years ago if she would paint my favorite roses for me from a picture I had taken... which is also my header photo... she did, and now my precious painting is one of my most prized possessions...(see photos on my sidebar)... she flattered me by asking if she might include my rose photo in her first magazine, "The Feminine Home" last year ... I cannot tell you how honored I was!...

I am just a simple country girl, with my little point and shoot camera, nothing fancy about my camera or me... but I do love to take photos of flowers and Nature... of all God's precious little creatures...

Once again, my sweet friend has bestowed yet another honor upon me... her second edition of her stunning magazine, "The Feminine Home, Where the Heart Is" is available on August 1st. I am so happy to tell you that I am featured once more by Jo~Anne, this time with something she asked me to write along with one of my photos... coming from such an accomplished painter, photographer and writer as Jo~Anne... well, you can imagine how excited I am... and the fact that she is my dear friend makes everything even more precious to me...

Jo~Anne is the epitome of loveliness and her new magazine promises to be even more beautiful than her last one, if that is possible... Jo~Anne's dreamy photos and softly written words will just take your breath away... I hope you will visit her at Vintage Rose Collection and place your order for one (or more!) of these keepsake magazines... please tell her Julie Marie sent you!... to Jo~Anne... I cannot thank you enough for the kindness you have shown me and the privilege of contributing a small part to your "baby"... xoxo... (PS Photo of magazine by Jo~Anne, all other photos by me)