Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hungry For Color

Hey!  Ya'll okay?!  Sometimes as a blogger, I search in vain for inspiration.  I am a color girl through and through.  There was a time that I felt inspired every time I went into a store with home d├ęcor.  The trends have changed and it leaves me hungry for color.  What I have found is that I can turn to nature and get plenty excited.  Nature is always inspiring.  It's more than that to me, I find myself longing for it more and more the older I become.  Do you?


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Today I have been playing with shades of blue on the sofa.  Many different patterns sitting together and getting along wonderfully.




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Let start with a beautiful blue skies day, even if it's just pretend!




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Mimosa tree I ran across yesterday.  It had limbs running all over the place. They were on the ground, up around my legs and torso, just everywhere.  I could actually walk between the branches that are loaded down with blooms.  I don't remember ever being able to walk in a tree!




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I was up early and thought it would be brighter this morning but it's a dreary morning outside.  I do believe this is cheerful though!  Blue and white toile sitting pretty on each end of the sofa along with two different patterns of roses on a light blue background.  The two smaller pillows are sporting a runner and tea towel, both in blue and white.


I can't produce blue skies but I did get some pretty photos yesterday.
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A small field of purple.




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The coffee table has roses on the runner and in the small blue pitcher.  Blue candleholder is sitting on top of blue willow plate.  The crocheted roses were a gift from my sweet mother-in-law years ago.  This is a cottagey look and I have been craving blue because it's been  raining so much.  I need some blue skies!




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Jan




Around The Yard


Hey!  Ya'll doing okay?!  It's been quiet around my house.  A little early in the growing season for much to show but there's some pretty going on here and there in the yard.


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French lace cap hydrangea is putting on its blue flowers


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Dahlia bud.  This is my first attempt growing with this flower and I am super excited just over the bud!  It's such a dramatic flower!


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Jute ~ That's what we call it.  It's everywhere but I have never seen it with this gold iridescent shine in it.  It reminds me of the red amaryllis with its gold shine as well.


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Serious lizard hunting!




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Elderberry buds


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Elderberry blooms


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Doesn't this look like two models posing for a ad?  It's my husband's parents.  I love this photo.  They look so happy and it's just makes me feel good to see it.




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Geese with their young at the lake


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Jan

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Magnolias and Natchez


Hey!  Y'all doing okay?!   The Magnolia blooms have been fabulous this year.  I have lived here a long time and I don't remember a year of so many blooms.  There are blooms everywhere this year.  So in that vein may I present my Magnolia tablescape.  For good measure you will find gardenias strewn about the table as to impress you with the abundance of them.  Well, it looks like I have a lot of gardenias but really one little bush is blooming it's behind off!
 
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Last year was a dry year for the magnolias here.  I think we had maybe a couple and they were really high up in the tree.


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We didn't have to pull out a ladder of anything.  I didn't have to go "pick one up off the ground at a local establishment either!"




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My dear mister helped me immensely with this.  I did something to my knee and walking was really painful.  He was my right arm with this vignette.  By the way, I let him put a ring on me thirty years ago and with celebrating that I have an all white table!  Yes, it's our 30th anniversary!




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We went to Natchez for the occasion.  I took a few photos while we were there.  They aren't what you probably expect.


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I love the cemetery there.  There are so many dramatic iron fences.  Now I don't hesitate to tell you I am a little uneasy leaving my name on some of these photos.  I am not superstitious but I prefer staying away from anything like this.  Would you want your name on a photo of a cemetery?  Or in this case, on the back of a headstone?!  See what I do for ya'll!


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A very close up and personal look at the tiny little center part of the flower.  That "hair" just really gets to me!




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There are so many private homes that aren't celebrated but are very pretty and look historical.


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Last year's photo of a Magnolia bloom still on the tree.


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A pretty private home.


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Another private home.


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Jan



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Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Little Visit


Hey, How are ya'll?  I have a little this and that for today.


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Roses in a mercury glass container that's inside the glass bowl.
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Now I know a lot of you already know this but I didn't!  Have you ever seen such pretty eggs in your life?!  Who knew the chickens that live in the country could produce such beauty?!
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Green eggs....wouldn't that be a pretty wall color?!  Love it!!


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Snapdragons


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Oleander starting to have flowers.




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Spending a lot of time soaking the knee in the tub, so I took one of the roses on the "cookie tray".  I got a really good deal on it right before Christmas.  Someone had used it to bake cookies in the oven.  It's silver!  I don't believe it is the exact same wallpaper but guess what Mafia daughter had very similar wallpaper in her kitchen.  She had a set of dishes that I have too.  Any guesses?




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Layla got her haircut.  She feels very special and insists on wearing her red turtleneck sweater now.




Jan