Nov 24, 2014

Imposter China...

I always want to get an early start
on Christmas decorating...
 
I rarely do...
 
today,
I broke out the boxes
and began setting up trees...
 
then,
 I looked into my kitchen cupboard
and thought about packing up my fall dishes...
 

 
I realized
I hadn't shared my summer dish find with you...
 
at a good sale,
you know the ones...
 
I found this big box of Transferware under a table...
 
service for eight
serving bowls,
platters,
cream and sugar...
 
all the goodies!
 

 
garlands of roses...




Crazed
and in Love...
 


I heard them speak to me,
in an English Accent
inviting me to afternoon crumpets...
 


Japan?
 
I felt like a bit of an arse...
 
 
still,
the big box came home with me...
 
we have completely enjoyed
using them as everyday dishes this fall...

 
now it's time to pack them up...
 
bid them  toot a loo
or maybe that is
sayonara...
 
Thanks for stopping by....

Nov 14, 2014

Frozen...

As I tossed around birdseed,
and thawed my frozen humming bird feeders
 this morning...
 
I thought I would take you along
 on a mini garden tour...
 
to enjoy
the frozen beauty...
 
from the warmth of your own home...
 
 
an icy dusting,
purely magical...
 


so tender...
 








 
and

the Hydrangea... 
 

 
it's official...
 
 Fuzzy Socks
&
Hot Cocoa
season has arrived...
 
 
Happy Weekend
&
Stay Warm...

Nov 12, 2014

There Came a Killing Frost...

Our first big frost 
hit last night...

the leaves that were still hanging on the trees
now crisp,
freeze dried are falling rapidly...

luckily,
I snapped a few pics
 a couple days ago...


of my Apple Blossom Camellia
in bloom...

it's a Fall blooming Camellia

but, it was
a complete surprise,
because it has never bloomed like this before...

I had actually thought about pulling it out 
many times...


doesn't it just look like Spring?


especially 
with morning dew...


a stand out
among the mute Autumn shades...


the blooms came and went quickly,
the gardens last hurrah...

right now the thermometer is at 26 degrees,
there was even a teaser of snow in our forecast...

I love Winter,
there is just something about it that excites me...

Stay Warm...

Just a Dress...


Maybe it's the love of simplicity...

or maybe,
it's just lazy decorating...


I brought this sweet simple dress
home from a garage sale
over the summer...

hung it on my hall tree,
and
there it has hung since...

the only noticeable change,
the seasonal bouquet
next to it...

the Roses of Summer...
late Summer Anemone...
now a
single dry Hydrangea...

simple


I did spiff it up a bit,
with a nice hanger
and
some favorite girly accessories...


the dress greets me at the door each day,
the flouncy layers of the skirt,
beg to be fluffed...
a small Cinderella moment...



the vintage parasol,
one of my favorite treasures...
it is far to weak and tattered
to open...
but,
 it just whispers of
romantic days gone by...

seeded pearls
hand sewn on the straps...



it's just a dress...

but,
it just makes me happy...


Thanks for stopping by...

Nov 6, 2014

Harlow Carr...

 

A couple weeks ago...
 
I was happy
to find a lovely bouquet
of Harlow Carr Roses...
 
it will be the last "nice" garden Rose bouquet
of the season...
 

 
I paired it up
with Dusty Miller...
 
Dusty Miller's velvet lace leaves
are always a nice filler for Fall...
 




my favorite part of Fall
are the cozy candlelit nights...
 


this year
I added a little faux candlelight...
 
these tealight candles
are on a timer...
they are on for six hours
 and off for eighteen...
(the batteries are lasting about a month)
 
I've been tucking them
 into my votive holders,
all over the house...
 
they come on and greet me each evening
without the worry of flames...
 
I won't be giving up
my fragranced candles,
but I am really enjoying the twinkling...
 

 
one last sweet whiff...
 
Thanks for stopping by...

Nov 4, 2014

October Roses...


We enjoyed a mild October
here in the Pacific Northwest...
 
and although
 my garden was mostly quiet...
there were still
 scatterings of Roses here and there...
 


An October Garden
 
In my Autumn garden I was fain
To mourn among my scattered roses;
Alas for that last rosebud which uncloses
To Autumn's languid sun and rain
When all the world is on the wane!
Which has not felt the sweet constraint of June,
Nor heard the nightingale in tune.
 
Broad-faced asters by my garden walk,
You are but coarse compared with roses:
More choice, more dear that rosebud which uncloses
Faint-scented, pinched, upon its stalk,
That least and last which cold winds balk;
A rose it is though least and last of all,
A rose to me though at the fall.
 
Christina Georgina Rossetti  
























 
November is our windy month,
only a few Roses
 now remain...
 
so fragile
 when brought into the house,,
the blooms only last a day...
 
still,
I pick them...
 
small bits of joy...
 
I hope you are finding small bits of joy
in your days too..