Saturday, December 13, 2014

Shabby French Christmas 2014

Hello Friends!

I so love the holidays.
Being with family, cooking and baking for them and just the joy of all gathering together at this special time of year.

I enjoyed decorating my home this year and thought I would share some of that with you.

I love this Vintage French Digoin & Sarreguemines Pot from Tracey of French Larkspur. She finds the most beautiful vintage french items in France and I love her shop.

Get ready for photo overload!


My shabby door with a Christmas wreath.

Lights strewn around the rooms….

….a noël sign.

Conifer branches added to pink roses. Red just doesn't fit into my home unless it pale and faded.

Feather tree.

A shabby french Paris ornament.

A vintage French dish rack also from Tracey filled with favorite ornaments, candles and dressed with fairy lights. Vintage French grain sack with pink and faded red stripe.

Joyeux Noël on my chalkboard with a laurel wreath.

Pinecones and fairy lights in a vintage French baguette basket.

I love this little snowman. 

Vintage lamp from my husband's grandmother and another little snowman on a shabby turquoise table.

                                                                 The family room.

Birdcage lamp filled with vintage glass bulbs.

More lights for my dining area and a tiny tree.

I just love this time of year! The soft glow of the Christmas lights makes my home feel so cozy.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, my wish for you is to have the most joyous time with your family and friends this season.



Saturday, September 13, 2014

Summer's End 2014

Hello friends!

What a beautiful summer we have had here in Colorado.

Lots of much needed rain.

No fires.

My David Austin Roses are in their second blooming and I am truly enjoying them.

French loveliness with some dried petals.

Vintage scales, so dreamy to me.
I have lined up my three favorite colors: shabby white, vintage green and faded turquoise.

A tiny sweet cinnamon pumpkin candle for a lovely fall scent.

My newest (to me!) scale is the green one, I'm loving them lined up.

 Photo overload I'm afraid! :))

As these Abraham Darby, Winchester Cathedral and Wisley 2008 roses start to fade, new ones are still blooming. The David Austins do not disappoint!

Saying goodbye to summer but happy to see Autumn arriving.

The fall baking has begun.


Don't forget to order Inspiration Vintage Style Magazine, I've been featured!

Monday, August 25, 2014

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Inspiration Vintage Lifestyle Magazine and a Giveaway

It's here! Inspiration Vintage Lifestyle Magazine Summer 2014.

I am proud to be a contributor with all of these talented ladies.

Melinda from the beautiful blog Melinda Reyes Lifestyle & Vintage has again created a treasured magazine that I swoon over again and again.

So many talented bloggers, I am amazed at the talent of each of these ladies.

Here is an example of what you will find from this issue.

Please go here to order your copy today. It is available in print or digital form.

Melinda has kindly offered to giveaway three digital issues to my readers! Leave a comment on this post for one entry. 
For extra chances to win, (leave a separate comment for each entry), share on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or your blog to be entered.

Winners will be picked on August 25th.


Monday, July 14, 2014

David Austin Roses and Flowers in the Garden in July

Hello friends,
summer is in full swing around here.

I'm loving every minute of it. 

My David Austin Roses are in full bloom as is my lavender.
Two of my favorites.

This is a mix of Abraham Darby and Crocus Rose.
Truly, I'm not sure if that is what these two are because when I planted them ten years ago I did not pay attention to the names. This is my best guess, though.

My new-to-me vintage zinc pots from the Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture store in Santa Monica.

The peony poppies are also doing splendidly.
Lovely mixes of color for my front porch.

We have had little rain the last few weeks and then we had at least four hours of down pouring rain. So needed. I went out the next morning to see how my plants survived and they did just fine. I cut bunches and brought them inside.

My kitchen smells amazing.

They don't last but a day or two but I thoroughly enjoy them while they do.

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer (or winter depending on where you are!!)

Until next time…..


Monday, May 12, 2014

May in the garden….

Hello friends!
 It is May in the gardens but you won't believe what mine looks like at the end of this post.

May 10th, my lilacs are about to be in full bloom…..

My Angelique tulips are doing splendidly. 

This Red Crossbill was at our land up in the Colorado mountains. I haven't ever seen one of these before so it was fun to have him.

I found a fountain that was just the color for me. The birds came immediately to it so I was happy.

My Snowfountain weeping cherry did well this year. This was in Arpil.

 May 10th, my Prairiefire crabapple is about to be in full bloom.

New bird bath with a built in planter all planted and ready to grow.

May 11th (yes, Mother's Day!!) we had a big snow storm with freezing temps. My plants are not doing well and we have two more days of freezing temps.

I was very happy to have this Bullock's Oriole.

Not too happy to have this Cooper's Hawk. He was actually here with the last snow storm.

My poor frozen fountain and peonies.
Their beautiful heads are touching the ground.
I can only hope and pray they will come back after the freeze is done.

Happy gardening! I hope I will have beautiful flowers to show off soon!


Linking with….

Fishtail Cottage: Garden Party #3