Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Celebration for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth... and a Giveaway Coming Up in Her Honor...

I post often about my French heritage on my daddy's side of the family... today, I shall post about my English heritage from my mama's side of the family... celebrations are under way in London and all across the UK in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee Celebration, honoring her 60 years as Queen... I am getting a very special post ready for later in the week, which will include a giveaway as well... being that I am half English, it shall of course include tea and pretty tea~time accoutrement's... below, is one of my most treasured vintage tea sets (not included in the giveaway however!)...


My niece Filly lives in London now, along with Dino pictured above... Dino is an Italian Greyhound who belonged to my daddy and when my daddy passed away, Filly inherited our precious pup... Dino enjoys a royal life in London as well!... Filly's emails to me describing all of the preparations for the celebration sound so exciting!... the official celebration starts Saturday, June 2nd and goes through Tuesday June 5th... on Sunday, the Queen will lead a flotilla of 1000 boats down the Thames River... doesn't it all sound simply smashing!... so, I must begin my own preparations... see you soon for tea and celebrations!... xoxo... (I am also celebrating my 3 year blog anniversary on June 5th... and 35 years with Jack, my love on June 4th)...


Monday, May 28, 2012

Don't Worry... BEE Happy...

I am so happy that some of my gorgeous Delphiniums were spared from our harsh winds the other night...

My special little garden visitor today seems quite happy as well... xoxo...



Saturday, May 26, 2012

Decoration Day......

Growing up, Memorial Day was always known as "Decoration Day"... a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service...

Wishing you all a safe and happy Decoration Day~Memorial Day weekend... as you enjoy your barbeque's, picnics and such, please don't forget to honor those who have lost their lives serving our country, our wonderful veterans who have given us so much and the brave men and women who currently serve in our Armed Forces... I am also including all Law Enforcement and Firefighters and Paramedics... I salute you all... God Bless America... xoxo...



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer Is A Comin' In But Fast...

Springtime here in my little town has been absolutely beautiful this year... I have savored each and every precious moment of it... now... the Seasons are changing and as the lyrics in one of my favorite songs say "Summer was a comin' in but fast"...

I love Summer as much as I love Spring... growing up, my sister Jill and I could never get enough of Summer... leisurely spent days laying out in the sun... making beautiful necklaces out of sweet clover blossoms... and tiaras for our hair out of mama's marigolds... I was a tomboy growing up... but I also loved beautiful things... so I now call myself a "fufu tomboy"... Summer meant bare feet, Keds or sandals... a cute straw purse and hat... and sunglasses of course... naturally, I still love all of those same things today... (and I am STILL a fufu tomboy!)...

I love to shop, but I am a bargain shopper... okay... I sometimes splurge on purses... but even then they are usually on sale... I wanted to fufu up a cute straw hat... so, I found the perfect plain straw hat at Ross, $8.99, plus I got another 10% off since it was Tuesday and I am over 55... making it about $8.00... I used pretty lace from my stash... and a gorgeous silk flower I already had... and Voila!... the perfect Summer straw hat... oops!... same pic again!...

My cute espadrilles were from Coldwater Creek about 10 years ago... an end of Summer clearance that year for $5.00... and I just bought my ADORABLE PINK sunglasses yesterday at Dollar Tree for, you guessed it!... one dollar!...

New straw purse with cute beads on the handle... TJ Maxx $19.99...


Pretty pink roses scarf headband $3.99 Shopko, beaded bracelets $10.00 Shopko... "Island Fuschia" nail polish $2.49 at Classy Chassy (my favorite beauty supply shop in Bountiful)...

Total spent ... $50.47...

Feeling like a kid again... PRICELESS!... wishing you all a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend... Welcome Summer!... xoxo...



Monday, May 21, 2012

An "Udderly" Beautiful Day...


My day started out beautiful... as always this time of year... my cup of coffee in my favorite cup, a leisurely stroll through my gardens... a full Nature walk with Jack (my foot is all healed now!)... another walk... this time with Tessy down the trail... how could it get any better I thought... well... it did!... there was a knock on my front door early and the postman was standing there with a package for me... Tessy must have missed the class about chasing the postman... she darn near licks them to pieces... anyway... when I saw who the package was from, I was sooo excited!... Last week, I won a beautiful giveaway from one of my very favorite ladies ever, Sharon Lovejoy... this cute little antique quilt cow pillow ... have you honestly ever seen anything so "udderly" adorable!... she immediately wanted to graze out on my front lawn... I have named her "BlueBelle"...

Also, Sharon sent me a gorgeous little tin full of the most wonderful organic vegetable seeds to plant come Fall... peas, red cabbage, white icicle radishes... kale, broccoli and so much more... this was a bonus gift to me, as I am also a member of her "Grimy Hands Girls Club"...

Sharon is the President of the club, and here is her button, also on my sidebar with a link to her blog... I first met Sharon some years back through the pages of Country Living and Country Living Gardener... I could hardly wait to read her feature "Heart's Ease"... I still have all of my old copies... I have been a fan and admirer of hers ever since... I loved the name of her column which was also the name of her shop at the time... as my great~grandmother Sarah always called the delicate little violas "Heart's Ease"... I was smitten... Sharon is an author, illustrator, lecturer... and friend... her many talents truly amaze me!... her beautiful blog is called "Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island"... I have learned so very much from Sharon, about gardening and Nature... we are kindred spirits in so many ways... and we also share a very special bond that makes her even more loved by me... and how fun being a member of her club!... we really DO get down and dirty... literally... in our gardens... and it's so much fun!...

If you have not visited Sharon's blog, you are in for a real treat!... she makes you feel so welcome and at ease... just like you were sitting right there with her... sipping tea and chatting... please tell her Julie Marie sent you by... dear Sharon... thank you SO much for my giveaway prizes... I will treasure them always... before I met Jack, he used to work for two dairies as a milkman... one day out junkin', I found two little old cream bottles, each had the name of one of the dairies he worked for... Clover Leaf and Meadow Gold... I think BlueBelle will enjoy having them by her...

And the beautiful blue and white quilt in my photos... it was handmade by my great~grandmother Sarah in the 1800's and she left it to me... like Sharon, my grandmother, great~grandmother and my mama were all wonderful gardeners and besides inheriting my great~grandmother's quilt, I also inherited her love of gardening... my great~grandmother spun so many enchanting tales for me as I tagged alongside her in her cottage garden when I was a little girl... like why "Foxgloves" are named what they are... "why, because the little foxes would slip the glove~like blooms on their paws to quietly sneak into the chicken coop" she would tell me... and I would giggle... and say "tell me again, grandma"... so, Foxgloves in my garden...

For you... great~grandmother Sarah...

My grandmother Delphine...

For you grandma... Delphiniums of course...


And for my mama... roses... everywhere... these are my roses from the little cutting I took from my "secret spot"... I don't edit my photos at all, unless I fade the edges sometimes... so the color really is that brilliant red...

My beautiful mama... Phyllis Ann...


Hanging baskets of Lobelia, Million Bells and Pink Nemesia on both sides of my front porch...


All of God's creatures are welcome in my garden...

Dames Rocket, Gertrude Jekyll Rose... LaBelle Campanula...

Thank you for visiting me today... you are always welcome at my home...

...and my gardens... please do stop in and introduce yourself to Sharon... and once again Sharon... thank you so much!... we'll chat soon!... xoxo... Linking this post to Cottage Garden Party at Fishtail Cottage... also Share Your Cup Thursdays at Have a Daily Cup From Mrs. Olson... and Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground...


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Once Upon a Time... A Fairy Tale by Julie Marie...

Once upon a time... (don't you just love stories that start out that way)... a beautiful Princess named Julie Marie (hey, it's my blog and my fairytale, I can be whoever I want to be!)... kissed a FROG... hoping it would turn into a handsome PRINCE...

But instead it turned Princess Julie Marie into a FROG...

So, since she always tries to make the best of things... she decided being a frog was not that bad after all...

And Princess Julie Marie and her Froggie Prince Jack lived happily~ever~after... rivet..rivet!... xoxo...



Saturday, May 19, 2012

Little Green Apples...


If you follow my blog at all (Merci!)... then you know I post often about fairytales and daydreams... nursery rhymes and happy things... cherished memories, old friends and new... blissful days and starlit nights... once~upon~a~time stories and happily~ever~afters...

I read a darling post this morning by one of my blogger friends and a particular comment left by a woman I do not know on my friends blog just hit me the wrong way... my friends post was about a cute little song her grandmother and mother had sung to her as a child and she now sings to her own children and grandchildren... the woman who commented stated that "she didn't like it and it must be from the time when nursery rhymes were nothing but disguised political commentary"... so... being... well, ME... I felt the need to write this post... I wonder what this crazy world would be like for me had I not been raised with a loving mama who read me fairytales and taught me nursery rhymes... cherished my daydreams and encouraged me to let my imagination flourish... too much sadness in the world today... all once~upon~a~times do not have happily~ever~after~endings... I know this firsthand... I've had my share of life's up and downs like most everyone has... but that's life... and I deal with it... there is also nothing the matter with escaping to my fairytale world at times... letting my daydreams take flight and my imagination soar... just like when I was a little girl... to say that a nursery rhyme was actually a "disguised political commentary" is absurd... why can't we let children be children these days... let them play make~believe and don't rush them to grow up so fast nowadays... read them a fairytale bedtime story and rock them to sleep with a lullabye... life is much too short not to enjoy these things... and I am so thankful my mama gave these precious childhood gifts to me... and if that's not lovin' me... then all I've got to say... is...

"God didn't make little green apples
and it don't rain in Indianapolis
in the Summertime...
And there's no such thing as Doctor Seuss
or Disneyland and Mother Goose...
No nursery rhymes"...

Thank you God... for making little green apples... and mamas... my mama passed away 30 years ago this Wednesday...suddenly and unexpectedly... much too young... I miss you mama... and I love you... xoxo...



Friday, May 18, 2012

It's the Weekend...

Relax... daydream...


... and don't forget to take time to smell the flowers... (beautiful floral pillows for my favorite garden chair from my friends Jen and El's luscious boutique "Madeleine L'Amour")... xoxo...


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Spent Blooms and Promises...


This evening as I was deadheading my flowers in my garden, I looked at my old pail of spent blooms and thought how quickly these beautiful days in May are going... just like some of my flowers have already blossomed and I will miss them now until next Spring, so have the days flown by... May Day... Mothers Day and my birthday... all anxiously awaited... how quickly they all came and went... my Lilacs and Bleeding Hearts are putting on their final show... I hate letting go of these precious days of Spring... just like my spent blooms...

But then I am reminded of the promises to come... here is my gorgeous red rose's first bloom... this is from the little start I took several years ago from my "secret spot"... the one I started under a little fruit jar in my garden... now today, Tuesday May 15th... offering me this first precious bloom... and the promise of many more to come... the promise of warm leisure Summer days filled with sunshine and daydreams... and cool starlit Summer nights counting fireflies at dusk...

Since I do not know the name of my enchanted rose, I am calling it "The Promise" rose... a rose this beautiful certainly needs an equally beautiful name... don't you think?... xoxo... PS After reading sweet Nana Diana's comment, I am going to call it "Julie Marie's Promise" rose... thanks Diana... and I shall wish it holds beautiful promises not just for me... but for all of you as well...

PPS Here she is today, (above) Wednesday May 16th... I am in love...

PPPS And the photo above is what started this all... my little "secret spot"... xoxo...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Blissful Day...

So... how was your day?... I hope you all had a wonderful Mothers Day... I had such a beautiful, blissful birthday~Mothers Day today... it could not have been more peaceful and full of love... Jack and I started out with an early~morning Nature walk, my favorite thing in the world to do... and my foot has healed almost 100 percent so I am back to our full walk... absolutely lovely gifts from my sweetheart... my favorite being a beautiful Limoges box, all the way from France... with my birth~flower, Lily of the Valley (Muguet) on it... I will take a photo of it soon to post... precious time spent in my gardens... my Dames Rocket (below) is so stunning right now, I just keep taking more and more pictures of it... the fragrance is so Heavenly... and I love how it looks growing alongside my Clematis by my little butterfly house... then I took flowers to the cemetery for my mama and sister for Mothers Day... then a long walk down the trail with Tessy my love...

Lingering over coffee and writing in my Nature journal... soaking up sunshine... listening to bird song... my favorite kind of day... nothing fancy... just my old comfy jeans and blouse... no need to dress up fancy... dinner at home and a chocolate cake with ice cream... our favorite bakery changed hands (and recipes) so I baked my own cake... it was yummy!... tomorrow a birthday lunch with my sister Jill and the girls and my celebrations are complete... new blooms are opening daily in my garden, and I can hardly wait for my red rose I took a cutting and started from my "secret spot" to bloom... any day now... I am soo excited... now it is time to sit out on the front porch... the hot sun has given way to a cool evening breeze... perfect for a relaxing end to a special day... with my loves Jack and Tessy at my side... this is what makes me happy... simple things... small town USA... and I wouldn't have it any other way... xoxo...



Friday, May 11, 2012

My Little Red Wagon...


** May 29th, 2013... I first posted this last May, but wanted to post it again and link up to my sweet friend's party... "What's It Wednesdays" at Ivy and Elephants ...

For as far back as I can remember, I have had my little old red wagon... I received it when I was just a little girl back in the 50's... it was brand new then, and shiny red... a gift from Santa one year for Christmas... I took my wagon everywhere... sometimes, I hooked it onto the back of my bike and pulled it along with me... our little Chihuahua Tina often riding along in it... now Tessy thinks it is a wonderful place to lay and daydream while I am working in my gardens...


When my nephew was born years ago, I loaned it to my older sister so he could enjoy it as a little boy... then, along came my sister Jill's girls, my nieces Filly and Liz... they too borrowed it and enjoyed it for many years, carrying many of the same things I did in it... dogs, toys, dolls... now, they are all grown up and it is home with me... my little red wagon has come full circle...


It is wonderfully worn and loved... just the way I want it to be... many a Summers day was spent with my little red wagon... sometimes, riding head first in it down our hill, like you would a sled... despite the fact that my daddy told me not to... yes, I came home more than once with a split lip from crashing... and of course even though I had been a naughty girl, a kiss from my daddy made it all better... as I promised never to do it again... (he knew better! and I should have too...)... it is an original Radio Flyer, heavy metal, not plastic like toys nowadays... we had real toys back then... and yes, I survived my childhood... in spite of the way things were made back then... (I had a cap gun and Army jeeps too!)... so sad kids today cannot experience what we enjoyed as little girls... when times were innocent and kids could be kids... since I will be turning 63 on Sunday, my little red wagon is well over fifty years old and half of the way to becoming an antique!... I have had many offers from people wanting to buy it... but would never, ever sell it... it is a part of me... a part of my childhood... a part of who I am... and I love it... you cannot put a price on something like that...


Sometimes, I carry some of my teddy bears in it... on those days when I am pretending I am ten years old once more... yes... I do that often... you should too... remember what I always say... "you aren't just the age you are, you are all the ages you ever have been"... besides carrying bears, dolls, toys and dogs... it carries a lifetime of precious memories...


It is so handy for carrying my vintage gardening tools, which I still use as well... they just don't make them like these anymore either...


...and my favorite old watering can... a most~treasured gift from my sister Jo when we had our little farm I have posted about...


Perhaps one day, I shall hook my little red wagon onto the back of my bike and ride down the trail... (not head first this time though!)... But for now, Tessy is enjoying laying in it in the cool shade... relaxing... and taking time to smell the flowers... she thinks it is a perfectly delightful way to spend an afternoon... I think so too... don't you???... (by the way, those are not orbs in this photo, they are teeny little solar fairy lites so they can find their way along my garden path should the moon be hidden beneath the clouds at night)...


I would like to thank you all for my birthday cards, gifts, ecards, emails, phone calls, and birthday wishes... and especially for all of your heartfelt comments on my post just previous to this one for Mothers Day... I get really emotional at Mothers Day, especially when it falls on my birthday... you are all so sweet to understand... you have made my birthday week and upcoming birthday on Sunday so special in every way and I so appreciate everything and all of you!... Merci!... and once again, I wish you all a most beautiful Mothers Day... xoxo... Julie Marie