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Friday, January 7, 2011

A Bit of Cottage Color



Back when I used to get my January issues of Home Companion, Country Home, and the former Victoria Magazine, I noticed how the theme was often gardening.


But even here in zone seven it will be time for pea and lettuce planting in a few short weeks! You must congratulate me for knowing that much. As much as I love gardens, I don't lift a solitary finger in that direction.


Maybe in my dotage I will suddenly take to the soil. I never say never (smile), but it's not likely to happen. I am enamored of too many interior and bookish pursuits to tear myself away to the outdoors for labor. And labor it is to have lush growth in the high desert.


So back to magazines and January ....  My look back to my cottage colors of the past year give both a nod to the publishing custom, and help me recall balmier times while in the depths of the deepest part of winter. Colder here in New Mexico now than our usual for this time of the year.


While my cottage colors don't spring from a living garden, they're certainly inspired by one. And they're nearly as cheery!

















































Thanks so much for your visit!
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline


I'm linked to How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday!

33 comments:

AntiqueChase said...

Note to self... go buy some plants today... wash wicker planter... check!

salmagundi said...

Love the bluebird plate! It's cold here in Colorado, too. We always plant peas and lettuce on St. Pat's Day - not too far off! Take care, Sally

Susy said...

Thanks for the perky post. Beautiful as always, with a peek at warmer times ahead. I'm looking forward to color in the garden.

MARY PERNULA said...

Love the red and white check quilt............I am looking forward to planting some morning glories. HUGS MARY

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very pretty photos...such nice vintage linens and china. Talk about gardens...in the high country of New Mexico I have seen some beautiful ones. And one of my favority nurseries is High Country Gardens ~ lovely plant choices.

Kay said...

Oh my goodness!!!!! How I needed this!!! Beautiful! And you certainly make it look like it's warm! My dad (who lived there) used to have the most beautiful dwarf peach and nectarine trees that had big, beautiful, delicious fruit. Maybe hubby would plant them for you, then no more work, or not much, and you'd have "fruits" of the labor. Anyway, thanks for a lovely lift!
Kay

Carolyn said...

Hi Jacqueline,
It is always so pretty here-love my visits.
Also,I want to thank you for introducing me to Downton Abbey-I really enjoyed it and look forward to next season.

Carolyn

Lavender Cottage said...

Funny I should see geraniums just after talking about them with a friend over lunch.
Here in zone 5, we pretty much treat them like annuals unless you have the room to store them while dormant.
My friend said she brought her pots indoors to overwinter as houseplants on a sunny window sill to see how well they fared and they're doing great.
All your photos today were nice to view and Mollie is a sweetie.

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi there, Your beautiful springlike pictures have brightened my day where it's cold and snowing and we won't be planting peas or lettuce until June! Thanks for the day-brightner :-) Blessings,
Pamela

Olga said...

I on the contrary cannot wait to start working in my garden ;-)
Beautiful photos!

Ann said...

Miss my garden too, love to always have fresh flowers. Love you vintage linens and the plate with the morning glory and rose on it!

sissie said...

Oh, I love all the things that you love.

hugs
Sissie

Vintage Gal said...

Your beautiful china and vintage table cloths make me swoon, LOVE them!
Marianne

pilgrimscottage said...

Your cottage colors are absolutely lovely. I sure enjoyed looking at your photos.

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Such pretty pictures of pretty things...it is a very long time 'til any gardening will be done here in Michigan....it is nice to dream, tho!
Happy Pink Saturday!
Jil

Blondie's Journal said...

Your pictures are just beautiful and make me long for spring and gardens while we sit under a blanket of snow here in Chicago!

XO,
Jane

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Amazing pics! Lovin' the yellow and rose tablecloth, just beautiful:@)

fialka012 said...

Krásné...

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I love anything with birds, so I adore your bluebird plate. All your pictures are nice. The picture with the embroidery reminds me that is a hobby I need to pick up again. Happy (early) Pink Saturday!

Melynda said...

Lovely! It is so fun to put different pieces together, you have great tastes!

Sherry said...

I have that same little turquoise McCoy planter. Very lovely, all these springtime colors. I used to lust after the bluebird plates at antique and flea markets. They are so wonderful.
Sherry

Mônica Suñer said...

I love geraniums I have a lot of them in my garden. Now in Brazil is summer. XO

Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline,
What a pretty bunch of cheer! Love all the happy colors!! Thnaks for the needed break on a gloomy day :-)) I've always heard peas on Presidents day if you can break ground , but never manage to get them done that soon.
Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs,
Bella

Kerrie said...

What an absolutely beautiful post! I love your blog! Kerrie

Char said...

Oh it's all so pretty in here, and I am with you on never say never.....ya just don't ever know when you will have to eat those words.....Happy Pink Saturday and I am in love with your teacup and saucer, yellow....love that color. Char

Donnie said...

I just love all your pretty photos. They are so cheerful.

Sarah said...

Beautiful! I have a linen with that same bird stitched on it :) You mentioned the "former Victoria magazine". Did you know that they've begun publishing it again? I picked one up yesterday!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
Sarah

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, these are beautiful images. Makes me dream of spring. Love the sweet bluebird plate.

Gail said...

Oh, such a lovely post and so many things that caught my attention. Thank you for such pretties.
Happy PS

Susan said...

Oh I just love your beautiful post!~ All the embroidery work, the beautiful china!!

GWENDOLYN KAY said...

A beautiful look back at your blog. I love the sweet floral fabrics and the birds here and there. It will be many months before we plant again here in Mi.
Gwenny

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

I love your pretty cottage collections. Where did you get that adorable stacking teapot set? I want one!!! Would you tell me who the maker is so I can hunt for it!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

All such pretty pinks!! Love all of them!!

Hugs,
Debbie

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