Thursday, April 21, 2011

Random Photos

Today I have photos of this and that, here and there around our home.
Some linen on the hutch........

A beautiful hanging sign..........I love vintage skeleton keys!

I have several of these books and stands scattered here and there around the house, especially books on The Art of Tea and Friendship by Sandy Lynam Clogh and Emilie Barnes and Susan Rios........
 I've had this one below for twenty years, but I re-covered it last year with my Scrapbooking bits and bobs.........
It's sitting on my kitchen bench and this is the back.......
Some pages on the inside...........It's an old scrapbook for some of my rosy and foodie photos, it also has recipes that I've collected here and there, thus the title on the cover-- "Of Roses and Recipes".

And some of my drawings from 20 years ago....... a bit childish, I know.

Now for more random pictures..........
Some fruit on the kitchen bench.......... I love love love fresh figs.
My flip flops when I first bought them............I love the black with white texts on them.
Some pitchers and jugs on a chest of drawers in the master bedroom...........

In the living room on a side table..........I love Frenchy stuff.
Some freshly picked roses from the garden..........
I told you they would be random, wink**
Have a great Easter dear friends, if I don't catch you over the weekend, enjoy your holidays. Please stay safe.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Roses in the Kitchen

Here are some photos of our kitchen where lots of cooking (and cleaning) takes place everyday.
It's mostly white(with blue), it's simple, but I do like cooking in it.
I also love the fact that it's always bright in my kitchen, even on cloudy days.

These roses are a delight. I smile everytime I pass by them, they smell divine.

These below are not roses, they are a climber, I can't remember their name.

Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friends.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Roses and a Laugh!

Hi, dear friends, would you like more roses today?
I'm so glad our roses season are quite long here and they flower 9-10 months of the year!
I've had this pitcher and bowl set for ten years, I bought them seperately and thought they would look great together, they are pretty and rosy. You can click on the pictures to see them more clearly.

Please pardon me, I'm playing with my camera again.

On another note, I go here when I want a laugh. (I've added it to my "Other Lovely Inspiration" sidebar) I get so inspired by the beautiful pictures as well. Hope you'll enjoy the site if you don't already know about it.
Enjoy the rest of your week, till next time, dear kindred spirit.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Bucket of Roses

Hi, Happy Monday.
Just some photos I took over the weekend.

Roses are Tamora (Peach David Austin) and Sir Edward Elgar (Hot pink David Austin)
Have a good week!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Dinner Tablescape

Hi, dear friends, how are you all? Have you had a good week?
It's Thursday already, this week has flown by so quickly.
We had company for dinner last Friday, and so I snapped some photos in the afternoon-before everyone got here-to show you the tablescape. I also cut some roses from my garden to adorn the table. They were a rave as they were divinely scented, as many of the David Austin roses are. We're so blessed to have them.
The pink bud roses are not David Austin though, they are a Floribunda called Pink Simplicity, I especially like their buds.
Well, simplicity was to be the theme for my tablescape as well!

I made those personalised napkin ring tags. The napkin rings are ceramic with lace pattern, I simply cut up some white cardstock paper and free-handedly wrote the guests' first initials with a black texter and did the finer parts with an art-liner. I stuck the tags on with Blu-Tak (a sticky putty). The napkin was folded in the shape of a candle. Oops, I forgot the bread plates at that stage.
If you look closely, I used different sets of cutlery and dinnerplates for ladies and gents, simply because I didn't have enough of either set for the total number of people (odd number 9). It worked quite well for me to mix and match them because the dishes are all white. The ladies got the more ornate dinnerplates and and the gents more plain ones. (not meaning to stereotype here!)

Rosa Pink Simplicity-- and the following photo when they bloomed a bit more the next day or two.

Some guests asked to take their tags home with them for a momento, I think I'm honoured that they would even want to do that.

We had a ball, we also celebrated two birthdays!
Alrighty, that's all from me for today, I hope you'll enjoy the rest of your week. Take care.
I'm linking up with Susan's (Between Naps on the Porch) "Thursday Tablescape" today, this is my very first time! Be sure to go to Susan's blog and check out many more lovely tablescapes.