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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Musings From The Rose Garden


"Do not attempt to adjust your screen!" Remember that advice from the sixties TV show the Outer Limits? Haha! Well that's the first thing I thought of when I was posting these pictures.




The colors really are this brilliant even in the morning shade along the garden walls where these photos were taken.




Somehow the firey hues seem best fit beneath the desert sun. But today it is the blooms themselves that are blindingly beautiful on this cool spring morning.




I did't choose these varieties, but their characteristics just dazzle me. See those undertones?




And the pink and yellow together is so lovely. A peace rose maybe? But this is the way spring announces herself. With trumpets.




I should be raking the lawn of twigs and branches from the storm. I should be doing the dishes or combing my hair before the neighbors catch sight of me. But instead here I am, camera in hand, waking up to a day of brilliant color.








This narrow English ironstone milk pitcher has become my go-to flower vase of late.




But this fat metal pitcher that I found a few days ago holds a more formal looking arrangement. So classic. Undeniably perfect. (Are these from your bushes? my son asks.)




There can be so much beauty in the things of this world that are not of our own choosing.






I hope it's a brilliant day for you!

So lovely that you stopped by!

Jacqueline





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Monday, May 2, 2016

Springtime at Je L'Adore!





April sailed by like a kite for me this year. Springtime is always full of special events, and the May calender is filled in even more already. Phew! Good thing I always have a way to slow down and smell the roses. Or . . . , make that lavender.




It's time again to show a few shots of the little French shop Je L'Adore that I am proud to be part of. It's always a breath of fresh air. If you can't have April in Paris, this is a good little substitute. And yes, we have lavender products in shop. One of our lines is from our own local lavender farm. 




Our shop owner, Tammy, the vignette queen, has put together these delightful garden displays. The little enamel pots and the tall pitcher are straight from France.  





I am partial to the soft cottage colors shown here.




And of course I love all things chippy!




Here are a few more lovely samples from a local artist Mikel Robinson that I mentioned in an earlier post here. He uses his own photography with vintage elements for framing. Aren't the angel portraits wonderful?





We represent another talented painter, Anne Sandry, from France, whose work you can see in the background above. Read more about her here.   Of course you can always come to Albuquerque and see more of her popular miniature paintings in shop!





So many French delights are tucked in here and there, such as this marvellous little china inkwell.





I love this gorgeous etched tray/basket.





A lovely bedroom vignette. . .





And heavenly vintage garments from France.





French style furniture in all the right colors.




And a new line of fragrant Voluspa candles!




But my current favorite is this antique cupboard packed full of delicate brown transferware, and styled in Tammy's inimitable fashion.




Yum!








C'est fantastique, non?





Shop location and hours are listed on my profile page here. You'll want to stop by for a visit if you're ever in town.

I hope you're taking time to smell the lavender too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jacqueline






Friday, April 29, 2016

Windswept Roses


We have a few tea roses that reward our benign neglect with spectacular blooms year after year, We manage a feeding or two, and an occasional deep soak along with the routine spray of the automatic lawn sprinklers.





We have had wildly variable temperatures and lots of wind this spring. Including today. But our very first blooms deserve a note of appreciation even in their battered condition.





They will never make a respectable calendar page. A little too sparse and ragged for that.





But what joy those first soft petals of spring bring with them!





Especially when you haven't been paying that much attention.





The roses from this bush (of which I cannot tell you the name) have the most delicious spicy scent, and they are clearly just doing their job! In sunshine, rain, or windy days. So we do not demand perfection. Even for showing off.















A David Austen Bride's Dream rose like this one looks flawless no matter what moment it chooses to unfurl.




So thanks for indulging our humble little celebration of windswept roses!





Have a great weekend!

Jacqueline





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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Prairie Blossom Market at Je L'Adore!




Did you know that Rachel Ashwell has a new paint line? Prairie Blossom Market represents her beautiful line of colors at the little French vintage shop Je L'Adore! in Albuquerque.




I have taken to calling the two talented sisters, Kathy and Sarah, the Prairie Girls. Here is their FB page, and here is Kathy's website and blog, White Swan Market, where she showcases her beautiful styling and photography.




Love this chippy part of their gorgeously painted display!









Ribbon . . . 




And rose botanicals are part of their wares in the shop.





And here's a recent peek at the Cabin & Cottage side of things at Je L'Adore! for spring.





I have my usual favorites on display. Look familiar?




Life with linens is a beautiful thing.




Enjoy the browse!























Come by if you are ever in town!


Hope you're having a great day!

Jacqueline








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