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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dulce Domum



We've reached the waiting season. Hibernation. The heart rate slows, we add a little fat, and scan the outdoors for any promise of spring. If you garden, you're making big plans which may half pan out.


With the bustle far behind us, it's all about the domestic arts. Cooking, sewing, home projects. January is a big furniture and appliance month in retail.



Since I'm NOT a gardener, my garden flowers are mostly the print variety. Vintage fabrics and botanicals. And I can never get enough of either one.



These vintage "rose on cream" panels remind me of a Geoffrey Bennison print--the Brit designer who really first coined the phrase "shabby, but chic."



These delicate book plates bring out just the same tones with their pale blooms on an ivory ground.



Perusing an antique flower book on display is a cheery low energy pastime.



Deep winter is just about the only time on the calender that may be purely about choice. Few demanding holidays. Not much yard work. (UNLESS YOU ARE SHOVELING SNOW! SORRY!) So I hope you're getting plenty of dream time in, or at least time for what you love best.






 














Thanks so much for stopping by!
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline

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32 comments:

Vintage Gal said...

Beautiful pictures~and I know what you mean.. I'm scanning my garden books now! I really want spring, but I'm nesting at present ;-)

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Gorgeous post! I was just talking to my husband today about what to plant this spring.

Enjoyed your pictures!!

xo

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

What a great post! Your photos are GORGEOUS!
Patricia :o)

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, your posts always make me feel refreshed. These are gorgeous images. ~ Sarah

sissie said...

This is such a lovely post that contains all the things that I love.

hugs
Sissie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So beautiful. Love every shot and your writing.

At a Cottage by the Sea said...

Beautiful photos. Love the wallpaper in the photos!

Robin said...

I'm in deep hibernation mood here. It's so cold outside I've only left the house once in the past three days!

Your photos are so pretty, makes me want to dig around in my fabric stash and make something.

Carolyn said...

Another beautiful post! I especially love the image with the crochet thread.

Take care,

Carolyn

Fixing My Thoughts said...

You surely have a gift for turning simple, everyday objects into sublimely comforting and beautiful settings and images. So lovely and soothing. Bess

Ann said...

Love those rose panels and enjoyed seeing the vintage flower book, I collect vintage gardening books

vignette design said...

Such lovely photos!

Tins and Treasures said...

Good evening, Jacqueline,
Your photos are so pretty. Thank you for giving us hope for spring!

Happy Weekend. ~Natalie

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

You always have the best eye candy! Good for the soul!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Beautiful floral fabric, lovely lace and great illustrations ~ wonderful post.

Victorian1885 said...

Lovely post! I adore the panels of floral fabric.

Babbs said...

GORGEOUS photos, and I adore that fabric too!!! Yes, I believe we are all dreaming of Spring. We were making garden plans here today too!!! :)

Lavender Cottage said...

Even if a person is not a gardener, inspiration for spring can come from many sources as you have found.
Your photos are lovely.

Miss Gracie's House said...

Gorgeous images! And you are so right..January is a time for home...and dreaming.
Rene

rosarod said...

Hi Jacqueline, beautiful photos set to perfect words. I love to visit you is always inspiring! blessings, Rose Marie

lulumusing said...

Your images are delightful and put me in a tranquil place. Thanks for that!

Sue said...

Dreamy florals... Love the book plates. My brown thumb doesn't allow me grow much at all, so I garden vicariously through others. :-)
Yes, in this cold of winter, we hibernate just like the bears do. While I enjoy a nap under warm covers,I don't like the adding weight part... LOL

Olga said...

Beautiful photos as always. Yes, I am doing lots of home projects now too. But the weather here in CA is so nice right now, that I even did a bit of garden work yesterday.

Shelia said...

HI Jacqueline! Your posts are always so lovely and peaceful. They also make me think! I know what you mean about the winter time. Even though we don't get snow - I still dream of the spring. Lovely snaps! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Tablescaper said...

Ahhh...your post puts me in a dreamy kind of mood. Glad to see you're soaking up the benefits of Winter. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Kathy said...

As always, beautifully done - love the fabrics, the milkglass lamp and the buttons! Lovely images - Hope you're having a great day,
Kathy

KayC. said...

Yes, I am one of those who are in (hibernation) shoveling the snow. I am also one of those dreaming of spring and what to plant in the garden. I love your post...thanks for sharing.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

I adore that book ! I have a collection of vintage garden books and love looking through them every winter ~ Loverly post as usual!
Lori

Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Oh, so so gorgeous, that wallpaper OMG beautiful!! We seem to be walking the same path a bit lately. After a frustrating week with my computer... I had to go looking for a bit of happiness... and came home with a pair of Rose botanical books:-)) Perfect for rainy day browsing:-)
Glad you are enjoying your hybernation! You do it well:-)
Hugs Bella

Julie said...

Love the softness of the colors, very calming...love it...
Julie from http://lifeatfirelakecamp.blogspot.com/

pamq said...

Your old Flower book is awesome!!!

And so are those pearl buttons.

I think hibernation could be very easy at your home........

Debra@Common Ground said...

The botanicals and the floral print are a wonderful escape from the cold, and oh those gorgeous buttons. love it. So glad you linked up for the party!
big hugs,
Debra

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