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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Seedy, Weedy, Woodsy August & A Little Giveaway



It's still bright and hot here, but it's no question that we are now turning toward another season. I love summer, and so it makes me a little melancholy. But the end of summer is really one of our best times of the year, and especially out on the patio.




Tablescapes this time of year take on a different tone and color for me. My weedy arrangements are more in character. The ambers feel more at home, and the greens turn to olive. 




I use this tablecloth only at the end of summer when the fields are full of sunflowers and ripened grass. Everything is still green and beautiful, but the colors have taken on a more golden glow.




We just spent some time in the woods. A wonderful thing to do in August. The kids love gathering acorns, and wildflowers are everywhere. Getting into nature made me think of my Audubon prints, and wanting to use them on a table.




These scripty napkins are perfect with my tablecloth too.




But if I were using a plain tablecloth, these vintage prints would make nice place mats or markers this time of year. I wouldn't use the originals, of course. Since they came in sheets in a box, they are easy to reproduce on a copier. 



I'm not ready for full-on fall decor, and these prints seem more transitional to me with their colorful birds, and still green leaves.



A mix of vintage white china quiets the palette.




But I enjoy the off whites better this late in the season, as in this oatmeal colored homespun tea cloth.





It's the perfect time of year for a wheat motif on the teapot too!




My white Royal Albert creamer and sugar bowl is trimmed with gold, and makes for a nice transition. As much as I hate letting go of the warm season that I love, I have also had thoughts of the pleasures that lie ahead. . . .














Even though it's already the middle of August, I have just started peeking into my old August issues of Victoria Magazine for inspiration. They have some of my favorite covers with their suggestion of bounty and rich color. This one is from 1998.



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The covers were inspiration for the color and botanical tone of  my tablescape. I need that gorgeous french print quilt though!




And did you hear me mention a GIVEAWAY?

 I found that I have two issues of this beautiful cover from 1994! That's almost twenty years ago folks! That's a long time ago, but just have a look at how classic cottage style can be in the following pages from this issue.














Let me know in a comment if you would like to enter to win a copy. I will draw a winner next week! Good luck!



















I hope you're enjoying a lovely amber August. . . .
I love to hear from you!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jacqueline




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60 comments:

Karen Frost said...

Your lovely tablescape has really captured these gorgeous golden days of late summer! Everything is so pretty - the china, the linens, the woodland flowers. You have me inspired to bring some of that beauty inside. I love Victoria Magazine and have every issue since it first started, so you don't need to enter me in the giveaway. Isn't it amazing how timeless it is? Enjoy these golden hours and thank you for sharing your beautiful table. Hugs xo

Betty said...

Your china and linens are so pretty. I feel the same way about this time of the year. It is still summer, but our thoughts go to fall. I am a fan of Victoria Magazine and would love to have my name entered in our giveaway.

Art and Sand said...

I love Victoria magazine, but I rarely buy magazines anymore because I just don't have a place to store them and I hate to toss them. I read more mags on my Ipad lately.

It is so funny that everyone is talking about summer ending when it hasn't quite begun on our part of the coast. September and October are our sunniest and warmest months.

Bernideen said...

I do remember these issues and have them and love the ambers and dark peach colors! Very pretty post!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

I loved the wonderful photos of that beautiful tea set and the to die for WS tablecloth, love that little bee...it is fun to look through those old mags and remember reading them for the first time, your photos are so beautiful, thanks for sharing them..come on over for some watermelon and a cocktail...Phyllis

Lavender Cottage said...

I like the prints, they have possibilities and the wheat on the teapot is perfect for late summer. The change to amber and bronze hues in autumn adds warmth to the countryside and my garden. The big patches of goldenrod glow along our south side.
Victoria has inspired so many women and I love looking back over old issues too. I don't have the issue from your giveaway and would like a chance to win it please.
Judith

Becky from TN said...

I love this post....it is just perfect and such a welcome change from the heat of Summer....I am ready for the Autumn warmer hues.

I have always loved Victoria magazine and have many of the older ones (I truly cherish them). Would love to be entered in your drawing.

Keep up the wonderful postings. Love them!

Becky

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I really hate to see summer end, I tried to cram everything into the warmer days but the end of a season still comes.
Love your dishes and linens so much!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Your pics are always so beautiful.

I agree with you about holding onto summer as long as possible - I am just not ready for fall yet!!!!

I would LOVE to win that copy - thank you so much for the opportunity.

Guess what? Very recently a very large box of my past fav copies of Victoria and Tea Time were thrown out with the trash in error.

Gulp.

Um, I am trying not to think of it too much, but I get this knot in the pit of my tummy every time it comes to mind. I need to just let it go, but those things are precious to people such as we!

Lady of the Woods said...

oh at first I thought you were giving away a teacup set you have there and I thought 'oh no! NO one can give one of those away'! phew...close call, I thought you'd lost it LOL....but would you believe I had all of the first 3 years of Victoria's issues in their magazine cases, and gave them away! I could hit myself, because more than 20 years later I'm wanting them all back and it is not possible. Yes, I would like to win that issue...your pics are gorgeous, I always say, but I will never stop. Your table is wonderful, as the Tazo tea good?

It's Just Dottie said...

I adore that magazine but not so much the newer ones they printed. I have a copy of every magazine they printed. I treasure them. Smiles. Dottie

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Jacqueline, we're back from vacation and I finally got to see one of your blog posts. This is so pretty and a nice transition into the month of September which is not too far away now. It's amazing how the cottage style is so timeless. The old Victoria magazine cover is so pretty and could be this month's issue. I'd certainly enjoy reading it. Blessings, Pam

Sylvia said...

I love Victoria magazine, but I had to give away all my old ones when I moved from a house to a tiny apartment. Downsizing always calls for some tough decisions, but I'm hoping those magazines are bringing a little cheer to everyone in the doctor's office waiting room where they now reside. Please enter me in your draw. Thanks! (new email address is sylvanwood-studio(at)bell.net)

Blondie's Journal said...

I like this: "Amber Autumn"! The prints, creamy dishes and subtle peeks of wheat and golden colors give us a little feel of what is just around the corner. Since summer came so late for us here in the Midwest, and we've had more cool days than hot, I feel I need more summer. It's not so much the weather, but rather that uplifting, light and airy feeling that carries you along day to day, the sun overhead and the breeze at your back. I just love summer!

What a very sweet giveaway! I've never read this magazine, in fact, I just recently got a copy of Jeanne D' Arc Living and I am really enjoying it! Thank you and please drop my name in the hat! :)

XO,
Jane

Bella said...

Hi J,
I always love it when you break out the dishes and share your gorgeous table! I am most mesmerized by that bee! He is so vivid! Your table and pics are gorgeous, so inviting for a lazy summer afternoon! I am not at all ready to face the thought of a new season, yet! Oh and Leopard readers, so sassy!!
Hugs,
B

The Tablescaper said...

So beautiful. Love all of the different tones.

- The Tablescaper

sweet violets said...

I know, I caught those Leopard glasses also!! You rebel you!!!

Love your pics, so beautiful and inspiring. I like that Amber August....for us in the northeast, it will be Amber September, summer isn't over yet!!! But the slant of the sun has changed and the nights are very cool now with dew on the grasses.....my favorite time of year is coming on!! Perfect weather right now, want this to last forever......hugs...cleo

Rita said...

your tablescape is so pretty and has captured to perfection the very essence of these last days of summer. love your china, as Always.
never had a copy of victoria magazine and if your giveaway is also open to international reader, please enter me.
rita

Jennifer said...

Your tablescapes are lovely, and it makes me yearn for the next season, autumn, which is my favorite. The anticipation and preparation are so much fun! I also have a box of Audubon bird prints, but I've never thought to use them on the table. Great idea!
I adore Victoria magazine, and yes, it is timeless. I'd be thrilled if you'd enter me in your giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity! :-)

ImSoVintage said...

I would love a copy. I loved cottage decor then, and I still love it today. Love your beautiful tablescape. xo Laura

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh yes I would like a copy of the 1994 Victoria magazine
I am sure I have had it and gotten rid of it when I cleaned out all my magazines, then regretted it of course
your pictures of the white tea sets and linens are so pretty

Debbie said...

I am clearly drawn to those colors because I was enchanted by your tablecape. I loved the oatmeal colored linens and realized that that is the exact color I'm looking for for some stuff in the living room. Just so beautiful to me.

Diane said...

Your photographs are so lovely! I am happy for you that you can go into the woods this time of year. We would never do that, because of the snakes - fall is much better for us and I do love walking in the woods at that time of the year. Your white dishes are very pretty!!

Teri said...

I love Cabin & Cottage and I love Victoria magazine. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks! :) Teri

Betty Sneeringer said...

I love everything you show, including Victoria magazines. I have almost all their older issues and probably the one you are giving away, I'll have to check through mine. I get out all the ones for the current month when the time is right and enjoy them again each year.
Betty

sarita said...

Autumn is my favorite season. The cooler air comes as a Balm after the heat of the desert summer. I would love to receive this lovely magazine. Please enter me in your drawing. Thank you

Betty Sneeringer said...

I just now noticed my blog included in your scroll of blogs. Thank you so much for including it there.

Betty

pballard said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I would love a chance at it! Thanks for inspiring me with each post!

Tea in Texas said...

How lovely to blend summer into fall with these sepia hues. Your photos are gorgeous with the creamware and vintage flatware. I love the teapot with the wheat embossing and the Wedgwood cream on cream cup and saucer. I have the Wedgwood pattern and love the embossed rim. Your linens are wonderful for this in between season! Have a great week!

Pam

Sandi said...

I have those same scripty napkins and love them!! We have good taste don't we? lol
Would love to win a copy of that Victoria magazine. The old ones are still the best ones!!
Blessings~

Cynthia said...

First, let me start out by saying this is such a beautiful post! The fabrics and napkins are just stunning and what you brought in from the garden just adds so much more charm. I would love to win the giveaway! Thanks.

Cynthia

Violets Are Blue said...

Such a beautiful post about summer's gentle ease into fall. I also have noticed the subtle change. Please enter me into your draw! Patty

SizzleandZoom said...

As always I love your beautiful, inspiring post but today you gave me a peek at something personal of yours, your eyeglasses. They are simply wonderful. I love them. Are they a name brand? I finally found a local access to Victoria magazine and now I'm looking for vintage copies.

SizzleandZoom said...

As always I love your beautiful, inspiring post but today you gave me a peek at something personal of yours, your eyeglasses. They are simply wonderful. I love them. Are they a name brand? I finally found a local access to Victoria magazine and now I'm looking for vintage copies.

Jaybird said...

I would surely LOVE to win a copy of Victoria...even if it were a zillion years old :^) This winding down of summer, and meandering into fall, is my favorite time of year. Your table is lovely and I know you are enjoying the woods just now.
Many thanks for the opportunity to own the beautiful magazine.
Blessings,
J

Constance said...

I would love to be entered into your drawing. I love reading your posts, I find you blog so relaxing and cheerful. I look forward to every visit,

Be Blessed,
Constance

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

I do love this time of year.....you expressed the transition so eloquently in picture & prose. I have that same Audubon set of prints, my favorites change by the season!
Kari

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I saw those scripty napkins at Pier 1 and now I'm kicking myself because I didn't bring them home. Pretty tablescape, Jacqueline! The china is just lovely. I would love to win a copy of Victoria. By all means, please enter me. Thank you and enjoy the rest of your week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Beeutiful by Design said...

So beautiful! Elegant and quiet -the china is wonderful

clare said...

Yes, I would love to win one of these.

lynn said...

gorgeous tablescaping, jacqueline! our weather has been in the 70's--perfect to me:) i've always love victoria--thanks for chance:)

PJ Harrison said...

hmm --- think my comment was lost. So ---

Oh, boy -- oh, boy -- oh, boy!! (insert jumping up and down here)

Love your blog and thank you for sharing --- magazine looks terrific.

Pam

Nantucket Daffodil...living the good life at Prince Snow Farm said...

Your photos always reflect nature and comfort and warmth.I would love to win! I used to collect Victoria. Then when we moved I purged the whole stack. I cannot believe I did it. All the way back to the beginning :( I do have a few pages I tore out here and there, but none of the older magazines!

June said...

Don't you just love perusing those old copies of Victoria. That is my favorite winter passtime.
Your photos are so beautiful. You have so many things I love Jacqueline.
hugs from here...

Jo Ann said...

Thanks for the chance to win! Love your table linens. I love Fall...interesting to see people starting to post about it. I live in Florida...August and September are our hottest months so we've still got a ways to go!!!

Olive said...

I am sure I have that Vitoria magazine but I must tell you how I love this whisper into fall tablescape. Just splendid. xo, olive

Teddee Grace said...

I am an autumn color person year round...so thanks for the lovely post and count me in for the giveaway...there's never been anything to compare to the original Victoria magazine.

Sara Bagés said...

I love the magazine!
Kiss.

Faded Charm said...

Beautiful tablescape in all the right colors:-) I also love those bird prints and seems like some decorating styles haven't changed much in 20 years:-)

xoxo
Kathleen

Анисса Алекс said...

Привет! У вас очень красивый дом !! Спасибо за красоту! Удачи вам!

Sarah said...

As with all you do, this post reflects grace and style beyond measure. I've many copies of Victoria tucked away in a cabinet in our garage. Not certain if I have this issue, but will check my copies. You've inspired me to gather up my August issues for inspiration looking toward the change of season. '-)

christina vosloo said...

You have an inspiring blog. And yes, please enter me for your Victorian magazine. I would love one.

The Rosegarden in Malevik said...

woow. that is some great china. just Lovley for the tablesetting :)
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srpprcrftr said...

If your giveaway if not over I'd so love to be entered in it. Haven't been on your blog for long time, glad to find you again thru a blog party.
Whenever I've been on your blog I feel as tho I'm in a different time, reminds me of such beautiful things and a quieter more refined time in life and the world. I am very envious of all your beautiful things, you show them so easily and in a special way. Enjoy that talent. Enjoy this time of year as I do.

Marlis said...

Gorgeous. I spotted a WS tablecloth? possibly? I loved the dried flowers. Oh they look amazing. I have been culling magazines and it's so hard to pass on Victorias! I have some very early ones. Headed to SF this coming weekend. Yep, after Indian Market. The city is much quieter then. Beautiful post and I love those white dishes.. oh my. xo marlis

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

Stopping by from French Country Cottage--I'm smiling, because I was a charter subscriber to Victoria. I am sure you love "Downton Abbey" as much as I do...I hope someday you'll read my silly recaps of last season!

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

What a gorgeous post. Yes, there is something wonderful about August. The old Victorias were the best cottage style, such beauty on every page! Thanks for stopping by HSH!
Sherry

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

I love your transeasonal ideas for your tablescapes Jacqueline. Subtle and simple with just a hint of the changes about to take place. Sounds like a perfect time of year in your part of the world.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Just popping back to let you know that I'm featuring this post at my Shabbilicious Friday link party today Jacqueline. Thank you for linking up.

Haworth said...

I love your transitional palette, Jacqueline... taupe, oatmeal, ivory, a touch of gold and mustard yellow. A soft and easy step into the last weeks of summer.

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