2014 in review

Hello dear friends I hope that your Christmas was joyous and full of family and friends. I am taking down Christmas and getting ready for the new year when my yearly report from WordPress came in and I want to share it with you. These are the results of my first 9 months of blogging results. Kind of like having a baby. LOL Thank you dear readers!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Have a very warm New Year! Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends that have helped me along the way!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Make’s
Big Autumn Bash at Mila’s little things
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes
Funky Junk Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Big Christmas Party at Mila’s little things
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
Christmas in the Country at Creative Country Mom
Twirl and Take a Bow at Art is Beauty

Roses in Your Home

Welcome, welcome! I am so happy that you are here today, you are all new followers to me because I have not even hit my first anniversary date yet with blogging. I have learned so much from blogging and especially from you my dear friends that come here several times a week and have given encouragement and advice when I have needed it. A special THANK YOU to all!

As I was pondering what to post about today, I was going through my pictures of my small sweet home and thought how much it has changed since I started blogging and especially since I received my Interior Design degree this spring. As I was viewing my photos I realized that I consistently had pink roses in my decorating. I love these beautiful flowers, no matter what the color. Not only are the colors so incredibly breathe taking but so is their fragrance. People for centuries have given Roses as a token of love and appreciation, and Roses have been written about over and over again in poetry.

So today I am dedicating this Rose post to you my dear friends.
I’m am sure that at one time or another we have received Roses, if not flowers. First I would like to take you out into my little garden.

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This is the first Rose garden that I have had since I started my new life. (See about me.) I have felt like I have put down roots since I moved here. So a Rose garden is what I wanted. A PINK ROSE GARDEN. These darling little bushes will bless me and others with all shades of pink. Since this picture I have planted miniature Roses bushes in between. The two in the back are climbing Roses and will spread over the brick fa-sod.

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Here is a picture of the Rose bushes giving off their first buds. In another life time when my children were small I farmed a quarter acre of garden and yard. Toward the back of the yard I started my Rose garden. Each Rose bush produced a color of flower that I thought pertained to my children’s personalities. My oldest is a girl, and of course she had a beautiful pink Rose soft and sweet as she was. My first son’s was yellow just like his sunny personality. My third child a boy, had a orange yellow variegated Rose very much like the many ideas he had. Last but not least my fourth is a boy as well, his was a very soft bluish lavender Rose because he was my soft little pal. I had colors, for parents, sister, grandmother, and just because, but I will never forget the joy my children would have in their eyes when they ask me to tell them which Rose was theirs and why. I tended to these little Rose bushes with the love of a Mother.

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Here is my favorite Rose, I wish I new the name of it, if any of you gardeners out there know by looking at the picture please send me a message.

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This is another great picture of my favorite Rose. Since I don’t have a Bow at this single time of my life I but myself two dozen Roses every payday.LOL I love bringing them home and spreading them through out my home.

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What do you do with your Roses when they are starting to dye? Don’t tell me you throw them out! There are so many fun ways that you can use them in your vignettes to make them more beautiful!

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I take the Roses just before they start to look to shabby and bundle them together and hang them upside down for about two weeks.

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They look beautiful even while I am drying them.

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After they have dried I put the long stem Roses in a old wine holder basket that I have. Some day it will be full, but it has a long ways to go.

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The darling petals that fall off I keep and put them in a glass jar. Some times I will add a little lavender oil on them to give them a lovely scent.

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Here is a beautiful bouquet of flowers that I have in a blue metal vase. Having them in my home makes me feel special and beautiful. If you look closely enough you will see that each bud is different from each other, just like us, but yet a like in many ways. This is why I love blogging, we like the Rose can come and meet together with at least one thing in common that we all love, Interior Design. These Roses are for you!

I want to leave you with this dear little poem I found.

I watched you in your
garden
roses growing every
where
flowers were so lovely
perfume filled the air

Touching them so
gently
creating a bouquet
tied with yellow
ribbons
so they would’nt blow
away

As I left the garden
on that summer day
I turned and looked
once more
then slowly walked
away

I admire your lovely
garden
so happy I would be
if I were the rosebud
you touched so
tenderly.

Heather Burns

Life is so LOVERLY when we are doing what we love!

((HUGS))

Jo

I’ve been featured by these lovely blogs.

Thanx to all my dear friends!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Ma

Lots More Fall Decor

Thank you for coming! The Fall days have been so beautiful! I hope that you are taking time to get out side and enjoy the beauty of this time of year. I just want to share a few more views of Fall with you, and some great finds.

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The Grandchildren and I made it to the Farmers Market near our home in Bountiful. We had so much fun picking out the perfect pumpkin. It’s incredible the colors that they come in now, BLUE, PINK, who would have thought?

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Look at this pumpkin, the patina on it is beautiful, the Grand kids thought I crazy for wanting this one.

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I also picked up this beautiful Mum which will last all Fall and then I can replant it.

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So BEAUTIFUL!

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Don’t you just love these Jack Be Little’s in white? They make a statement all their own.

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As we move into the house I want to share some of my recent finds and a couple of my creations. This tray is a large picture frame that I painted and lined it with blue fabric, then I turned it over and I use it to corral some of my counter things.

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I found this great scale on Etsy, the color and the patina are just perfect for my kitchen!

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I found this little scale on Etsy to, isn’t it cute? I did give it a little coat of paint.

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Putting them side by side looks so great.

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Here is just a cute glass jar with lace, I think it is so pretty to look at.

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Here I found a great sugar silver sugar bowl. Some of the parts of it is sorta bluish I’m pretty sure that the silver isn’t as good, but I like the color of it. I found this piece at a thrift store in the area.

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This great owl got a new coat of paint. He was green but I like him much better this way.

Thanks to all of you that gave me advice on repainting my vintage picture frames, your advice was great and I will be trying them.

Have a beautiful weekend! Go do something you love with someone you love. Life is LOVERLY!

((HUGS)) Jo

I’ve been featured by these lovely blogs.

Thanx to all my dear friends!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes.com