Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Changing Shops & Spring On the Street Where I Live . . .

Hello again ladies and gents! I've been off the blog for awhile visiting family and changing shops! There is much more to show of the beautiful French Vintage shop Je L'adore!  in its brand new location in Albuquerque that I have just this minute set up shop in, but here is a small sneak preview of my little space inside. . . .

I am tout simplement ravi to be here, and hope you will make a point of coming by for a visit!

I am all set up with soft colors for a joyful spring celebration. Please enjoy having a petite look around. . . .

On a different note, I am once again including shots of my Albuquerque neighborhood this time of year. The sun is every bit as bright in springtime in NM as you can see in these photos. It's warm. Near seventy five degrees. The wind is calm. Unusual for spring here.

The winter here is this colorless brown. These are old cottonwood and Chinese Elm trees that line the road. Although we are within the city limits we are lucky to have a few fields that have not been turned into developed real estate. There is not a day that I take this walk that I don't appreciate that fact, because I know it can happen at the drop of a hat.

A tall adobe brick wall once enclosed this space. You can see a portion of it in the foreground. It was waist high when I moved here twenty years ago. Every year a little bit of the earth wall is reclaimed by the elements.

A view of what remains.

Blue tiles and a mailbox embedded into a stucco wall.

A nicho is a common feature in the local architecture both indoors and out.

You would not likely notice the roadrunner perched on top of this neighbor's wall. I didn't notice him myself until he dropped down after I snapped this picture. I encountered two of them on this midday walk. Not an unusaul occurance.

Finally, a bit of blossom outside of an old farmhouse. . . .

Well, it's so great to be back visiting again!
So much catching up to do!
I hope a new spring is just lovely for all of you!


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Friday, March 13, 2015

Thoughts of Spring

Fresh, soft, bright, light. That's what spring means to me.

The willows are showing a leafy green. They're always the first to start. Cheery blossoms decorate the neighborhood.  

The light has changed.

Early spring has a softness found no other time in the year. . . .

Who can help but celebrate?

Happy Spring days ahead!


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Monday, March 9, 2015

Cottage Green

We don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a big way, but we do love our Irish! And I love the color green. It came as a small surprise to me to realize how little of the color I use in my decorating. Aside from house plants and flowers with their deep leafy green, I found that green is a minor accent color for me.

But green is a natural for cottage and garden style in all its different hues. One of my favorite ways to enjoy green is to do a search for green on Pinterest. I don't pin, but I do follow pinners and boards. Saves a ton of time over saving things myself. Sometimes just scrolling through the green gives me a big lift! There is a green board that I enjoy by Vintage Sunday here, And another by Deborah Browning here.

Not surprisingly, I enjoy a bit of green in the linens I collect. Often it's only a hint of color in a print, pattern, or embroidery as in the samples here.

The smallest scrap of a doily is wrapped around a small flat of alyssum straight from the nursery to the center of the table before it finds its way to the garden.

This antique sage green quilt is a prized possession more often used for display than on a bed. I don't want it to work too hard at its age!

Or used for a special event like this Easter tablescape.

Such a pretty spring color!

The green of the handle and spout make this my favorite watering can.

This pale green pattern on a set of sheets and pillowcases makes for sweet spring dreams. 

And a vintage green blanket to toss over.

This delicate Limoges cup and saucer shows my DIL's favorite color combination. But then her birth surname is Green. And her birthday is March 17th. I KID YOU NOT!!!

My SIL gifted me this beautiful English cup and saucer. I adore the mint green color, the hint of rose, and the suggestion of brown transferware. She knew I would love it. And I do!!!

The cover of a vintage copy of one of my most favorite books whose opening pages begin in spring. It is a souvenier of my spring visit to Galway in the West of Ireland years ago.

This technique of paint and embroidery combined always reminds me of Mary Englebreit, the Queen of cottage style.

A small antique majolica plate sports a touch of green. (You're seeing a trove of my favs here.)

A quilted applique butterfly flutters across another small spring themed quilt. (I'll have to feature more of this one soon.)

What is cheerier than a bonnet girl in gingham green?

The last bit of vintage green here is a favorite fifties print tablecloth just made for spring and summer.

A vintage green pot of Swedish ivy sits on top.

Pottery Barn grabbed my attention a couple of seasons ago with outdoor pillows and plates with antique graphics and botanicals. And they can hardly wait for their turn in the sun!

The mixed patterns and stripes is classic cottage style.

We are on the verge of patio weather. . .

With the promise of another round of lawn parties to come!

Let there be green!

I hope it's a lovely week ahead for you!


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