Jan 7, 2014

After Christmas....

The days after Christmas
always seem to move so slowly...
 
life becomes much more simple,
I feel quiet and content...
 

Christmas Roses hung to dry
 on the kitchen chandelier...
 
simple,
perfection...
 


I bought these blooms
the same time as the roses,
they are still holding up well...
 
they are
 Moon Glow Carnations,
 in an amazing color...
 

 
quilts on laundry day,
it's hard not to just climb under them
while they are still warm from the drier...
 
the dogs agree...
 

 
a candle seems to always to burning...
 
a bright point of light
on a gloomy day...
 

 
right after Christmas...
 
I kept out only clear glass
and Mercury Glass,
enjoying the stark wintry feel...
 
today, I stared tucking in dry blooms,
from last years garden...
 
craving a pop of color...
 
 
a dried Lavender Peony,
faded...
 

my Pink Peonies...
 


dried vivid...
 

 
I was surprised last week
to see these bulbs
already popping up in my Dresser Planter...
 

but, more surprises today
to find my early Crocus are poking
their heads out from beneath their blanket of leaves...
 
so early,
 

 
the Camellia
dripping wet and loaded with maturing buds...
 
the small stirring of the garden,
keep my heart happy...
 
nothing in the garden
will move fast,
we have yet to have snow...
 
I am linking up to...
 
                                                          Home and Garden Thursday
                                                           Open House Party Thursday

 
 
keep cozy my friends!

30 comments:

IlCalesse said...

Immagini straordinariamente belle e raffinate che rigenerano gli occhi e il cuore.
Grazie e felice anno nuovo!
Luci@

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Bella I so love coming over to see your beautiful pics. The dried roses on the chandi is a delight. The glass petal plate with the candle on it, I love.
I am on holidays at the moment and saw a similar one yesterday in the charity shop for $2. After seeing yours again today,I will be going around there tomorrow to buy it.
Can't wait to get home to do a little more tweaking.
I tried to buy diamond dust,but can't find it anywhere here,so will have to buy online and pay postage,as I just have to have it after seeing your lovely candle holders.:)

Bernideen said...

Your pictures are always so lovely Bella and reflect a creative gal! Very inviting and love that your spring comes so fast where you are!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm astonished to see green in your garden! How exciting! Your dried blooms are all so pretty, and you have shown them off so well. I feel like I have just had a stroll through your rooms. Love your pretty quilts!

Haworth said...

I love all your dried blossoms, Bella. The difference in color is so marked. And how wonderful to see signs of spring! Hoping whatever snow you receive doesn't damage the little buds. Wishing you a cozy time as these first weeks of the New Year roll past.

Haworth said...

I love all your dried blossoms, Bella. The difference in color is so marked. And how wonderful to see signs of spring! Hoping whatever snow you receive doesn't damage the little buds. Wishing you a cozy time as these first weeks of the New Year roll past.

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BrocanteuseRose said...

I never thought about drying Peony's before. This spring you can bet I will be trying that!

DO you have any tips on how to dry them, with out the petals falling off? Should I pick them earlier than normal if they are going to be dried?

organicgardendreams said...

Hi Bella, another beautiful post as usual! I love the 'Moon Glow' carnations the glass. First I thought they were roses, very pretty! I like the fact that you are decorating your home with dried flowers and not with artificial ones. Love your new header as well! Warm regards,
Christina

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

our photos are luvly ... Thanks for always being a bright spot :)

Kom Achterom said...

ooh so nice!
lovely colours!
Happy week
Yolanda

Alessandra said...

Your pictures are so lovely, romantic, and i love your flowers
Kisses
Alessandra

The Spanish Dahlia said...

Hi Bella and Happy New Year to you !
I am swooning over your beautiful dried roses and peonies!!!!! These are absolute heaven to me! I wish I had done the same thing to some of my peonies..... I wont let that happen again this spring that's for sure! I bought silica gel and have been having great success at drying many of my faded roses and really love this drying method. Take good care and may your new year bring you many more beautiful flowers and lots of lovliness !

XOXO~ Steph

Shabbyfufu said...

Happy New Year! Everything looks gorgeous...love the flowers! xox, Janet

Rose L said...


the drying roses look so lovely! Nice idea.

PamLuvsPink said...

Hi Bella!!!!

Beautiful transition into the new year!!!! How are your pups(I call all dogs no matter what age pups) doing?

Your flowers are so beautiful and I love the mercury glass...So classy!!! Up here in Vancouver BC we've had snow come and go within a matter of days going from snowing and 2 days later gone. So far this winter we had that happen twice.

Enjoy the rest of the week!!!

Pam
xox

PamLuvsPink said...

Sorry Bella!!

I wanted to mention that I love your quilts!! They are so beautiful and yes right from the dryer is the greatest!!!

Pam

castellar rosa said...

me encanta tu blog.
Un saludo
Rosa

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Beautiful visions after the busy holidays, Bella. So soft and sweet and very charming. Warm, soft quilts ...perfect for these moody, gray days. So nice to see the bulbs already sprouting - a promise of spring. Lovely, lovely. Hugs xo Karen

Donna said...

What beautiful images!

gibbygoo56 said...

Just into the second week of January and you still have beautiful flowers to show. I do love to see what you're up to. I wish for you a wonderful new year with lots to share with your adoring readers.
We have so much landscaping to do around our yet to be completed pavilion and I find much inspiration in your garden photos. Actually we have many areas to work on, but your landscaping around your gazebo/pavilion is utterly charming!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I save all of my dried flowers too! They are so pretty, can't believe you already have some blooms. I love those gorgeous quilts!!!

Carol

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Bella,
Your post is such a wonderful respite from the winter blues. I love your roses hanging from the chandy. I dry all my flowers too and in fact I have a huge supply right now awaiting some sort of creativity. How lovely to have shoots popping up this early! I won't see them for several months. Thank you for this lovely escape and sharing at my HOME.

Blessings,
Sandi

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Happy Friday Bella. Thank you for making me smile today. Your gorgeous pictures truly made my day. How wonderful to be surrounded by so much beauty and romance. I enjoyed my visit very much.

Pondside said...

What a beautiful post! I love your dried blossoms - so brilliant!

HWIT BLOGG said...

Just lovely and so beautiful pictures...it looks like spring is in the air!
Have a great week...
Love Titti

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Bella, absolutely gorgeous - love the roses drying on the chandelier. Very serene winter decor. I will be featuring your post in this weeks Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

What a fun post! Lovely, soft, romantic, so easy on the eyes.. altogether beautifully done! :)

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

The dried peonies are so pretty! Love the color!
Sherry

Bohemian said...

Always a Joy to see your Beautiful Home and Images!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian