Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Souvenir de la Malmaison ~ one of my old roses. This rose was one of 200 collected for Empress Josephine Bonaparte's garden at her chateau Malmaison.

We're finally getting our cold weather
in Southern California!

With winter's cold snap
bringing freezing temperatures
up and down California, 
it's nice to see that California is finally getting
a good amount of rain and snow this year!
Lakes and reservoirs water-levels
are coming up.
Thank you, Lord!

This is the EID reservoir in Auburn, CA ~ Thanksgiving time 2014.

I thought you might like to see our home in its
usual winter finery!

The orange tree produced a fairly good crop 
of sweet tangerines this year
even with the terrible drought
these past three years.

I hand-water it along with most of the potted plants
all year long and it gets
buckets of rain water 
once we do get rain!
(we collect rain water off of our roof's eaves)
we are getting "near normal" rain this winter.

Though tinged pink, this is a white rose

my favorite pink geranium!

These three, above, are recent photos
from out front on the patio.
Our side yard near the birch tree
has pink and red geraniums growing along the fence.
One year I put some cuttings in a pot.
This large pot contains those cuttings!

The two photos, below in this collage,
are from last winter sharing our garden lady and backyard angel.
I love how winter's light 
makes plants' colors stand out more!
I like, too, how the garden statue really stands out.

I'll be back out in the yard cutting down roses again
these next few weeks.
I find it kind of sad but so necessary
to bring down the roses every year.
One year I didn't do it,
and they didn't bloom well,
so it has to be done.

Souvenir de la Malmaison as painted by Pierre Joseph Redoute ~ courtesy of All About My Garden, a blog by Susan Libertiny, Master Gardener.

I'll do a post on just roses soon.
Hope you've enjoyed
the winter garden tour!

***Sharing with Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage***
Sharing with Show & Tell Friday ~ My Romantic Home

Happy Tuesday to you! Have a great week!
As always, thank you for sharing!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

White Christmas & White Furniture

The little trees I created with mini clay pots & small glass jars ~ hot glued in and some with candle wax melted in to hold in the little trees.  And, of course, the monster Christmas tree with its cut-down base to fit inside the antique ceiling fixture now held inside with epoxy and cement.

 One last look at our Christmas...

I normally have a lot of white around the house: 

The French-style dining chairs painted white in the dining room (because I got tired of them being brown and because my friend Kathy hasthe most gorgeous home all white and shabby! and I want to capture that here!), the 1980's/1990's coffee table that I finally decided to turn white, and the slipcovers just made for the living room and the matelasse slipcover on the easy chair 
bought off the former homeowner of this house that is now upstairs in our bedroom.

To me, there isn't enough white ~ 
I like white!

To me, it's very calming, very soothing
after a tough day at work.
It de-stresses me.

My kids aren't overly fond of white furniture for some reason (I have no idea why!)
and we do have a lot of darker furniture pieces; I am a purist for some.

My late 40's/early 1950's Drexel desk
is one piece I am not intending to paint.
One never knows!

Every piece of furniture that is more of a natural pine or darker stained piece
has white glass rings on them due to some cold beverage being set on them without benefit of a coaster...
The painting may continue!

I haven't gone a full
White Christmas yet...


two years ago my daughter
and I put up only the white
Christmas tree.

We filled it with only silver and white
ornaments and it was stunning!

A favorite ornament found a couple of years ago at Michael's. Love, love, love birds and have hung many different bird ornaments from our chandelier, on the trees ~ sometimes all year! From the chandelier, I mean.

From our Christmas tea in early December ~ Love using the white plates found at Marshall's a year ago or so with the thriftshop silver-plate tray used as a charger.  

The fork is part of a set given to me by my sister-in-law, Linnea, from when she and my brother were living in England.  They were a Christmas or birthday present one year.  She knew I loved silverware just as much as she did.  She found a box of silver place settings at their base thriftshop on RAF Molesworth. 

Here is a recent post where I made these bleached Christmas trees if you'd like to make some of your own.

White is ethereal...
it is everything that is
it calms,
it refreshes the soul,
it promotes healing...

I am finding as I get older I am looking for more white objects from china to curtains, 

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” 
― Coco ChanelChanel

to candles and tables,
picture frames, baskets,
and of course,
all kinds of decorations!

a view of our mantel glowing in brilliant white lights and sparkles

White is right
for me.

Hope you have enjoyed this tour of 

(funny how a post starts off one way and morphs into something completely different!)

Thanks for sharing!

Blessings to you,

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Photo Blast!

 I took a TON of photographs
this Christmas season,
many of them showcasing all that this time of year
has to offer.

One of my favorites! Lovely old-timey St. Nicholas figures!

I thought I'd share a bunch of nighttime and daytime
Christmas photos with you!
French Ethereal-style!
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There were sooooo many ways I could have gone with this!
I thought about doing "all night" photos,
I thought about doing "all day" photos,
there are a bunch of garden photos.
It's crazy and wonderful!

Love how the star "starred!" I don't have any filters, so this was
purely a God-thing! Even did it in the mirror ~ way cool!

We have had a lot of blessings this year...
good friends who have been there
through thick and thin, 
plenty of food,and 
enough funds last spring
to finally buy a camera...   

I can create images the way
I've always seen them
in my head
and with my eyes.

Might sound weird, but you know
how you'll see something,
then you'll go and take a photograph with your 
iPad, or an old instamatic camera?
The photos rarely came out
the way
I would envision them.

Now, they pretty much always do!

Hope you have enjoyed

Feel free to "share" my blog and photos on your site! Still trying to figure
out how to create a blog party! (It's learning how to do all the linking
that is holding this up. Getting there... ;)

Christmas Blessings to you 
all year,

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

Twas the Night Before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Except Mom 
who was up sneaking around
putting out presents galore...

The stockings were hung 
by the chimney with care...

And, the children were all nestled, 
all snug in their beds,
while visions of candy cones
danced in their heads...

***With apologies to Clement C. Moore

Merry Christmas to all
to all a goodnight!

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