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White Wednesday

A lovely store in Clovis, California


Are you feeling the need
for some white

in your decorating this season?




Some years I like a lot of reds and greens, 
less often I go with blues and silver,
but in recent years I am really liking
silver and/or gold
mixed with white.



A friend of mine, Kathy, has the most beautiful house,
all whites and creams most of the year
with a scattering of 

lovely houseplants adding in green.
She and I both like the Shabby Chic look
so we have pinks scattered in our pictures
and pink roses on our china. 


I have often thought that her home and gardens
would look lovely in shelter magazines, 
but she is pretty private.
Today I thought I would share 
just a few photos with you of her 
amazingly beautiful home
at Christmas time…

Each Christmas she adds in some red and it just pops!
This is her home below:


usually mostly all white ~ at Christmas with all the reds and greens ~ so lovely! sorry ~ an iPhone 4 or earlier phone photo!

love all the silver and white!

a Christmas tea a couple of years ago

One of her chanties! Each year the 

Sometimes don’t you just get the urge
to go all out 
and decorate every little surface?


This is how I feel after visiting her home.
I get totally inspired
to fill every nook and cranny with baubles, 
and ornaments, and crystals…

Our apple head Santa last Christmas


Anyway, I’ll be posting up little snippets as

we get more of our home
decorated for the holidays
later this week.


Happy decorating to you!
(It’s in full-swing!)

(***Posting on Saturday due to computer issues*** 🙂
Sharing at Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage

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Lovely Laundry!


The past two days 

we have been without our dryer.
It had been making some noise but nothing really serious.
Well, the drive belt finally broke…
🙁



 An update ~ a photograph from later in the winter when the patio cover was all finished.


Since I had just been using the dryer yesterday morning,
right before it stopped working, 
In the washer sat a full load of
laundry…


The old patio cover before it was shortened and covered in.  See the patio cover rebuild here.


So, up went our laundry lines again!* 
🙂



I have used our backyard patio cover 
as a laundry line for years,
usually 
hanging sheets and 
occasionally
blankets, comforters and towels.

Yesterday and today,
it held 
Everything!

Love laundry blowing in the breezes!


(*construction-zone out back — we are rebuilding the patio cover — hence the mess)



Post Script:  I’d love it if you’d share me with your friends, thank you!!!



Sun-kissed blessings to you,
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White Sunday ~ Sharing Lovely Linens

Happy Sunday, Everyone!


Sunday is a day of rest, and sometimes we are just so busy
in our day-to-day lives that we need breathing space
to crowd out all of the noise.

This is what I think of white ~
white is ethereal, it is calming, it is gentle.

 I was thinking of all the lovely white things in our home.
China plates stacked neatly on the buffet,
white roses in a pitcher on the breakfast table and
my grandmother’s crocheted antimacassars.

My father’s mother made all of these lovely doilies for her home.
My favorites are two with the little boy playing with
his dog.
🙂

I like to think that it is my dad running across the picture
ready to throw the stick.
I wonder if she was thinking fondly of my dad
 as she crocheted every evening…

Rosa had certainly wanted a child and she and Luis
adopted my father from a home in Boston when he was
two years old.


My favorites are the two doves on the left and the little boy and his dog on the right ~ my grandmother Rosa
crocheted this and its twin underneath as well as all of these others.

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I have some other lovely lacy linens.
Some of these I purchased at different
flea markets, some at thrift stores, and a few 
which were too lovely not to pick up and bring home
from antique stores…
😉


One of my best finds from a market was this sweet
morning glory tablecloth.
I was told that it is Irish made and I love its shamrocks
little “button” flowers and the morning glories.

I found it in England at the Peterborough Antiques Faire
when my sister-in-law Linnea took me there during our
Easter spring break holiday, April 2005.




It is a lovely square cloth with buttons embroidered in the centerpiece.


My sister-in-law and I went with our girls
to this antiques fair while my brother (her husband)
took our boys to see an air show at a neighboring
royal air force base.

This was when my brother was stationed at RAF Molesworth, about two hours north of London, England.
They lived in the lovely town of Sawtry in a former
farm manager’s home called Woodfield Farmhouse.


Just a little love and family history while visiting
our collection of linens.


Sharing with
Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage

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A lovely time and so many wonderful memories,