Aug 29, 2010

True Blue...

True blue flowers
are hard to come by...

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That becomes even more obvious
when they are placed


Blue Delphinium paired with Blue Sea Holly,
come the closest...


Cupids Dart..
Is a beauty,  but blue?


A Lace Cap Hydrangea bloom...
looks so blue in the garden paired with pink :-)


Stop by and Visit
Smiling Sally
for Blue Monday :-)

Thanks for visiting me today!

Aug 28, 2010

Something Old...

When Funk Junk Interiors SNS
weekly theme party was for something old,
I knew just what I wanted to share with you...

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This gorgeous Victorian frame
has been sitting on my desk for weeks!
(yes a garage sale purchase :-)
I have been walking by admiring its beauty...
waiting to have the time to open it up
and revamp it...


Because someone did this to it!

Today I finally opened it up hoping to find
the original contents..

But no.
The only thing of interest was
the backing was made from a grocery bag
advertising green stamps!
I loved to collect those as a kid
and dream over the goodies in the catalog :-)
Anyway...


Isn't she a beauty?
It was hard to capture the domed glass...



The lower corners carved wood detailing..



An upper corner...
cracked and crazed to delightful perfection :-)


The gorgeous top...


A close up of the amazing neoclassical leaves...

Now come the hard parts..
I bought it with every intention of painting it
to a shabby perfection...
But I do love the original classic gold too...?

Then I have to find the perfect item to display...?

What a wonderful problem to have :-)

Today I am joining
Funk Junk Interiors for SNS Old Things
Debbiedoo's for Garage Salen Party
Southern Hospitality for Todays Thrifty Treasures
Come join in...

Thanks for visiting me today!

Aug 27, 2010

Almost...

A variety of new Rosy finds...

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at first glance they seem to match,
but...

(Crooksville China)

Only the creamer and plates are true matches...

The rest mix so effortlessly who would notice? 


The buds of the Gertrude Jekyll rose
mix effortlessly with anything :-)

(Knowles China)

This little saucier I showed a couple weeks ago,
so close,  but not a match...


(No Maker England)

This new petite jug
which is already a favorite,
still not a true match...


The jug reflecting in the swirls of the silvers design...


Raw beauty...


 Happy Pink Saturday...

Visit 

Jacqueline at Cabin and Cottage
and

Pink Saturday for more fun Pinkness!

Thanks for visiting me today:-)

Aug 26, 2010

Garden Rambling...

I have been rambling about the garden this week,
enjoying the burst of color our hot spell produced...

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An explosion of Neptune Roses....


One beauty singled out...


A floppy Tiffany Rose,
with white Phlox in the background...


A pair of Tiffany Roses..

The fresh beauty of the youthful bud,
next to the mature beauty of the Rose in full bloom...


More phlox,
with anemone of matching color..

According to Greek mythology,
 the anemone sprang from Aphrodite’s tears
as she mourned the death of Adonis....


An old milk can of my side front porch...


paired with a Lace-Cap Hydrangea


The Hydrangea up close,
all the tiny green and blue buds waiting to burst open...


My Guadalupe Roses,
with a Pee Gee Hydrangea in the background.

On the little retaining wall
 sits a double decker bird house,
which is a favorite abode of the tree frogs
that roam the garden.

 I am joining...


and

Come join in the fun!!
  
Thanks for visiting me today!

Aug 24, 2010

The Perfect Season...

Last night I used my large silver tray
for my tea setting...

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and... I realized how much I miss winter...
Don't get me wrong,
I am not ready for summer to end,
there are just some things
I miss..


Like candlelight...


and the sparkle of silver in the candlelight...


But then again...
In the summer I have roses :-)


Floppy garden fresh roses...


For a brief time
when the sun sets sooner,
and before the cold takes the roses away..

There is the perfect time
when there are...
Floppy garden fresh roses glowing in the candlelight!

Today I am joining

Kathleen for White Wednesday

and

The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday


Thanks for stopping by!

Aug 23, 2010

Tea and A Good Book...

It's time for tea...


Today my tea inspiration
comes straight from a book...


 A silver tray,
some lovely bits of lace...


I love the smell of lemons
(and they sure look pretty floating in the cup :-)


pinches of alyssum and a sprig of mint
add to the delightful fragrance...


The inspiration...


A Good Book...
Victoria
The Pleasures of Tea...

*****
Tonight I am joining...

 Kathy at A Delightsome Life

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life

Sandi at The Rose Chintz Cottage

Lady Katherine

Wanda Lee

Pam at Paperbutterfly

Thanks for visiting me today!

Aug 21, 2010

Flowers of August...

Today was a day spent in the garden,
catching up on deadheading and weeding...

I can't believe it is
nearing the end of August...

The late season flowers are blooming...

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A gathering of Anemones,
with a happy bee....


Herons Bills...
the veins in it's small petals look like butterfly wings..


A soft striped Hollyhock
in the late day sun,
full of shadows...


The last Astrantia flowers
leaning on a rusted iron headboard...


A deeper pink Anemone,
with a sprinkler showering in the background,
creating a magical backdrop,
of sparkles and mist...


A soft Pink Rose Of Sharon,
the happy recipient of the sprinklers shower...

I am joining Today's Flower
stop by to enjoy flowers from around the world!

Thanks for joining me in the garden today :-)