Thursday, November 29, 2012

Just one more vintage tree???... So much for simplifying!...



What to do...  I said I was going to simplify this year... so far I have... kinda... sorta... I was not going to use these beautiful pink vintage ornaments from the 50's this year...  I just have sooo many vintage ornaments which you will see in the rest of this post on our big vintage~decorated tree...  but these oh~so~softest palest~of~pale  pink balls keep tugging at my heartstrings... how can I keep precious memories and whispers of stories from Christmases long long ago packed away?...  can I???... I can't!... so much for simplifying... besides...  'tis the Season!... actually, I did simplify...  I didn't put out the gumdrop tree this year!... (does that count, even if it's only because I couldn't find the darn thing???)...  Jack loves our home all decorated too...  and I love how he smiles and listens to my stories... year after year... always the same...  as I excitedly tell him of how each and every ornament came to be mine...  "Jack!...  did I tell you about the time I found these beautiful pink ornaments?...  oh, I did?...  every year for the past 35 years?... well then, did I tell you about the time I found a teensie little vintage star in the bottom of one of the boxes?...  oh, I told you that too huh?... every year for 35 years now too?... how about when I was a little girl and... and..."  and he smiles at the excitement in my eyes and says tell him again anyway...  (I love that guy!)...  "well...  once upon a time"... tee hee hee!...  


 So it looks like today I will be looking for the perfect tree for my precious pink ornaments...   


For now, here is our big vintage decorated tree that holds between 300~400 vintage ornaments that I have lovingly collected over my lifetime...  many were mine when I was a little girl in the 50's... sooo...  here she is...  in all her vintage glory...  if you would like to see more photos of ALL of my vintage Christmas, (I am not going to post ALL of it again this year...  see, I simplified some more!)... you can just click on my November~December posts from the past three years... everything looks pretty much the same year to year as far as my vintage things go...  I keep saying I will not buy any more vintage Christmas...  but... we all know how that goes too!...


More precious vintage Christmas treasures underneath the tree...


Many of my treasures date prior to WWII... including the light sets above from the 30's...


Precious little elves and kneehuggers brought to life once more... I treasure each and every one of these and the beautiful memories they hold and stories they whisper to me of Christmases from days~gone~by...  xoxo...  Julie Marie  PS  Be sure to enter my "Tres Jolie" giveaway!...  leave me a comment on any of the last three posts, including this one, for three chances to win!...Linking this post to Vintage Inspiration Christmas with Debra at Common Ground...


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My "Très Jolie" giveaway...



Okay...  so I was not going to post my giveaway for a couple of days...  but...  well...  just like I cannot ever keep a secret, I cannot wait to show you  what I am giving away!... sooo...  we'll start my giveaway right here and now!... I wanted to do something to say "Merci" to all of you who have followed along with me on my journey here at Idyllhours over the past almost four years... and a warm welcome to all of my new followers...  we all love everything French...  and I am blessed with a French family heritage and I have traced my family back to the 1600's in Soual, Tarn France...  sooo, I thought wouldn't it be fun if everything had a French flair?...  Oui!... sooo...  my giveaway includes all of the following...


First, these darling Advent vintage clothespins...  with vintage string and French script... you may remember I showed you a set I had bought myself a while back from Vintage Marketplace...  well, I love mine so, I ordered a second set for one of you!... also... a Heavenly shabby gorgeously tarnished vintage silver plated tray...the tray is not from France but was soo incredibly beautiful when I saw it in a little antiques shop I knew I wanted to include it as well...

 
A box of my favorite cookie ever...Petit écolier, made in France and très délicieux!...                


This stunning book "French Country Living"...  yep, I bought myself one as well...


Here's a little peek inside...


My giveaways have no rules...  just leave me a comment on this post... and be sure to visit my previous post where I first talked about my giveaway... (gee, was that just today???...  see, I get excited over things!)... and leave me a comment there as well for an extra chance to win...  anyone is welcome to enter, whether you have a blog or not... if you do not have a blog or website,   just BE SURE in your comment to leave me a way to reach you by email should your name be drawn...  also, I will ship anywhere in the world...  if my friends from around the world are kind enough to visit me and leave sweet comments, I could certainly ship these little gifts to them... you can enter up until midnight my time (Mountain Time) on Sunday, December 2nd... as always, I will have Jack drawing the winning name and will post it first thing Monday morning December 3rd...  that way, I can beat the holiday rush at the post office and mail these pretties right out to my lucky winner... bonne chance!...  Bisous...  Julie Marie 

 

What Makes A House A Home... and My French Inspired Giveaway Coming Up!...


Can you describe your home in just one word?...  if you have followed my blog at all (Merci!), then you know I am French on my daddy's side of the family and English on my mama's side... I absolutely LOVE everything French AND everything English... many of my family heirlooms are from France and England and hold precious memories for me... our home is very eclectic... I never follow fads or trends...  always just kinda dance to a different drum... and follow my own path in life...  everywhere you look in our home are beautiful reminders of my heritage... what shall I call this humble abode of mine?...  sort of shabby French farmhouse with some English cottage tossed in... and of course filled with all of my treasures from the trail from our daily Nature walks... a farmhouse kitchen with vintage treasures everywhere... somehow it all blends together beautifully...  in my eyes anyway... so I simply call it "Home"...  it reflects the lifestyle Jack and I have always lived... I love pretty things...  but nothing is too over the top fancy...  cozy and warm...  welcoming and inviting to family and friends...  doggies included!... (kitties too... and any other of God's precious little creatures you want to bring!)...


 I love spending a quiet day at home... reading and relaxing... baking something yummy...  or simply sipping coffee and whiling away an afternoon lost in daydreams...


Precious family photos are everywhere... like my great~grandfather Pierre Seraphin Vicknair...  I whisper bonjour grand~père to this dear great~grandfather of mine I never met yet know well... the soft look in his eyes tells me all I need to know...


 A plump, mushy bed to lull me to sleep at night... my favorite shabby writing desk nestled in a corner by the window...  a perfect spot to watch my feathered friends at the feeders in our backyard...


Vintage French tresors that speak of days~gone~by mingle with newer ones like my teeny Limoges Muguet (my birth~flower) heart box that was a gift from Jack my love for my birthday last May...


Flowers lovingly dried from my garden are scattered everywhere throughout our home... they make me smile... and think of a beautiful Summers day in the midst of a long cold winter...


My favorite thing of all that fills my  home and my life?...


Love...  wishing you all a beautiful day... xoxo...  Julie Marie  PS  I am going to have a beautiful French~inspired giveaway coming up very soon...  a sort of "Merci" to all of my beautiful blogging friends for your visits here to Idyllhours...  anyone who leaves a comment on this post will be entered as well as the actual giveaway post in several days where I will post the gifts...  the rules to enter?...  there are none!... hooray!... just your comment will enter you... I haven't always played by the rules in my life...  so we  won't have any now!...  xoxo...  Moi

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Paperwhites and Jeanne D'Arc Crocus...



Remember my little paperwhites I showed you here  just a little over ten days ago?...  they are the ones in the little vintage teacups...  the vintage sugar bowl and little tin planter contain Jeanne D'Arc crocus and mixed crocus...


Well... here they are today... can you believe how fast these pretties grow...  mine have buds on them already...  I have had them in my windowsill in our breakfast nook...  lovin' the sunshine warming them... I put them back in my bedroom chair for their photo op today...


The little Jeanne D'Arc crocus and the mixed crocus are just beginning to poke their little heads up...  I can hardly wait!...  pure bliss for us gardeners who already miss our flowers!...  xoxo... Julie Marie


Sunday, November 11, 2012

I always was a Summer girl...



Yep, here I am struttin' my stuff back in 1950...  you don't need to try to guess my age now...  I was one year old then... I am 63 now... and life is good!...  I never can understand why women try to hide their age...  women are beautiful at every age... some of the most beautiful women I know are in their late 80's and early 90's...it's a state of mind... they are young at heart...  I want to be just like them when I grow up!...


My sister emailed me some old photos this morning...  we each shared all of my daddy's old boxes of photos and we laughed this morning until our stomachs ached!... this one of me was in her box of pics...  whadda ya think?...  new profile pic???... no way will you ever see the other ones!...  xoxo...  Julie Marie  aka "chubba" as my little sis called me today!...  (I did thin out some as I got older!)...