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Monday, February 8, 2016

Winter Inspirations



February is the shortest month, but is also a time for longing. Longing for love, for spring, for inspiration.



It's all hearts and flowers online awaiting another season, but just outside the window my views are still brown. 




Nature is all in cold suspension. Its invisible workings gone underground.




For now my own imagination feels unseeded.




 Like the ticking of a clock in an empty room, 




there is only the rythm of the winter days. . . .




and the gatherings from a faded past for inspiration. . . .
  



As I am prone to do, I have cocooned myself in brown. Pondering vignettes of an earthy color.




Stirred up only by ticking stripes and percussive graphics.




With even the birds and bees in a quiet landscape.




I love that my china echoes the winter offerings!





Far from feeling bleak, I just can't stop collecting twigs from a brambling ramble.




And am cheered by something so small it will fit into a teacup. . . .



























I hope you have a wonderful week ahead,
 no matter what you see outside your winter window!

Jacqueline










22 comments:

Town and Country Gals said...

Jacqueline,
your brown transfer ware is beautiful! Brown is one of my favorite colors, I use it a lot with my red and green. I also have a collection of vintage photos, mostly of children, they are my favorites!
Rebecca

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh, be still my heart - the pic of your AWESOME BIRDIE TEAPOT and teacups with dried hydrangea and marmelade jar and and and...........perfection.

Jacqueline if you EVER wish to part with that teapot - please, before putting it in your store let me know so I can please buy it from you? It just sings so sweetly to my soul. I absolutely ADORE it! (Like probably too much, lol.)

Have a wonderful happy week of love, dear friend. Hugs. ♥♥♥

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Note to Michelle: I bought my teapot new, and it seems that it is still in production. Here is at least one link:

http://www.cherrygal.com/brownbirdtoileteapotandreabysadekjwillfreddesign-p-16206.html

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Jacqueline,
I like your brown transferware with the old photos, you and I were thinking alike with our posts this time. Come take a look. :)
Happy Monday to you,
Gina

Sister Patty said...

Transferware... <3

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Brown and white transferware is so pretty...as is the lovely marmalade jar and bee ribbon. Beautiful writing, too, Jacqueline!

Salmagundi said...

We went on a short road trip today to Pueblo to shop -- I commented on the way that everything was so brown and dirty on the prairie this time of the year. But, I was cheered up when we got home, and I could be surrounded by all my brown transferware. Yours is cheerful, too. Guess it is just a matter of perspective. Of course, Colorado is covered in Bronco orange and blue today, too!!!! Sally

Debra Oliver said...

perfect vintage combinations, love the ticking with the transferware. I think ticking is always a wonderful "neutral" backdrop. LOVE that birdie teapot!

20 North Ora said...

Your photos are gorgeous! Everything here is brown so they all fit right in with our landscape. That teapot with the bird is fabulous.

Have a good week.

Judy

sarah said...

Charming :-)

Jeanie said...

What beautiful vignettes, Jacqueline -- and oh, I'm rather fond of all your browns as well. Especially that teapot! And the wonderful cabinet cards. You remind me that today I must dig out my vintage valentines -- I should have long before!

It IS a long short month, isn't it? But I feel very cocooned as I visit here!

Burlap Luxe said...

Jacqueline, I see brown almost year around, yes, the trees and grasses, and blooms come of colour but, being on the Southern California desert for us it is common to see vastness of wild sages and rolling hills and flat lands of Browns of Goldens.
I embrace this time of year, it's a bit mor quiet for us, and it seems the desert slows down a bit, winter is my favorite time of year, but I must say I do find joy in the birthing of each new season. Your Browns are welcoming spring and natures new and old growth.
I love the brown transfer ware and the ticking combination here, there's an old prairie dusted with fields of new growth felling here, or even a felling of an English cottage tea time. I love how versatile ticking and transfer-ware feels. And it feels very rustically homey here.

I want to mention the yellow Jacket ribbon, or bee ribbon is it old? It really looks great in the mix of your natures settings, and feels like your setting is a vignette out of a book of natures botanicals.

I loved seeing you switch it up a bit with adding ticking into your linen and pottery mix.
I am a late bloomer over here but so adding ticking these days into my home. Next it will be more muted prints, and faded velvets.

See you soon, please don't hurry spring over here, I am enjoying your muted Browns, whites, and sage filled days.

Xx
Doré

Burlap Luxe said...

Ooops !! * feeling of New ....darn That SPELL check....

Xx
Doré

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Good Morning J,
It is always nice to wake up with you and your pretty pics.... Love the fabulous old pics! A beautiful day brewing here, hope you get one too:-)
Hugs....

Pamela Gordon said...

I love how you create your vignettes from your stash of pretties and can make brown and white look so beautiful! The old photos are so lovely especially the one of the little boy. We are a winter wonderland here now and it is snowing as I type. I just got in from clearing the decks off a bit so we can at least get out if necessary. Have a great week.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jacqueline, I love brown transferware and the beauty you have created around your lovely pieces. So much winter joy here. Thank you for sharing and always inspiring. Blessings to you for a nice Valentine's Day this weekend. xo

Pat Cantwell said...

Jacqueline,
Brown transfer ware so exquisitely captured, dear friend!!!
Sepia tone vintage photos elegantly displayed!!!
The brown of Winter never looked so refreshing!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such a lovely and contemplative post, Jacqueline. Beautiful sepia images reflecting the winter scenes outside our windows. Your pretty vignettes evoke a certain longing.....wishing for spring to come. Thank you for always making me smile. Hugs xo Karen

Parsimonious Perfection said...

What a beautiful collection!

pamela phillips said...

Just wondering why you bloggers have to put up numerous pictures of one item. eg. the heart shaped cookie......One picture of each design would suffice. Repetition is so boring for the reader.

pamela phillips said...

Just counted 14 pictures of that cookie...and the brown transferware inside, outside, upside down .....really....guess it was a slow day for you.

Meant to be constructive.

The Charm of Home said...

Jacqueline, I love how you can dry flowers and they look great in your photos. I dried ferns this fall and I looked at them the other day and thought they look dead. Maybe if I get them in front of the camera and work with them they will come alive..... If not, that's going to be really embarrassing. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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