Tuesday, October 19, 2010

WHITE WEDNESDAY...and Giveaway News!

Hello my blogger friends!  I hope you're all having a wonderful week so far.

Every October there's an Apple Festival held in Springville, CA, not far from our home.  Sometimes we
go... sometimes we don't.  We decided to go this year, so we loaded up the family on Saturday and
headed up to Springville.  I have to admit, it wasn't the best experience I've ever had at the Apple
Festival.  It was unbelievably crowded.   We had to wait in a traffic jam for 20 min. just to get into the
parking lot.  Once in the parking lot, we had to wait another 20 min. just to get on the shuttle bus to
take us into Springville.  Once in Springville, there were lots and lots of people, but not a lot of
beautiful crafts... unfortunately.  It was a nice day spent with the family though, and our girls seemed
to enjoy it, so it was worth it. :)

I did, however, buy some beautiful little apples and an apple pie.  The apple pie was delicious! :) 

They're tiny, little apples.  I'm not sure which variety they are (forgot to ask).

For those of you who are visiting and may be new to my blog, these are French Lace roses from
our garden. :)

This is one of my pitchers from my white ironstone collection.  It has wonderful crazing that you
can't see in these pictures and is marked Lord Nelson Pottery, England (with a crown) on the
bottom of it.  I adore the shape of it.

It recently rained, and these roses were still filled with rain water when I brought them in from the
garden.  You can see the rain water glistening off of the petals of the roses in the picture below. 

**Now for the giveaway news.  In honor of Thanksgiving coming up, I'll be having a giveaway
starting November 1st to show how grateful I am to those of you who follow my blog.  I'm excited
to tell you that the giveaway package will be coming from none other than Maria's soon to open
online shop!!  We all know and love Maria through her blog, Dreamy Whites... so stay tuned,
people, to see the beautiful gift package that Maria came up with for the lucky winner! :)**
**(This giveaway is no longer running)**

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Thanks for visiting!  Enjoy the rest of your week!

~ Jo :-)


  1. What a lovely post...i like your rosses....and a give away......i can't wait.......from Maria?? nice !!...i do also a give away soon.....i am over the 400 followers now!! yeah !!.....happy day i go to bed now.....sleep well and i dream about your give away......love you darling......

  2. Hi Jo, Your roses are to die for! Just gorgeous. And those apples maybe called lady apples....I am really getting into the spirit of white and am going to be posting on White Wednesday with my white slipcovers...and white fur throw...I guess I got the bug! Looking forward to your giveaway! I love Maria from Dreamy Whites, she is so nice!

  3. Jo, your vanilla roses are beautiful!! All of your gorgeous white looks so lovely and I love your new jug:) Looking forward to your giveaway, sounds very lovely!! Enjoy linking to White Wednesday:) Hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs as always ~ Txx

  4. Hi Jo!
    Have I told you yet how much I look forward to your posts? You always have the most beautiful pictures ~

    That being said...are you ready to give up your hutch yet? :)

    Sorry about the apple farm but at least the girls had fun - those are the days they'll remember.

    Can't wait to see your dreamy white giveaway...I have been waiting for her shop to open...hope it does soon! You two are lovely ladies so I'm sure you've put together a thoughtful gift.
    Have a wonderful evening ~

  5. The picture with the roses and the rain water is magical and I can't wait till the giveaway, I adore Maria's blog :) xoxoxo

  6. Hi Jo. What a beautiful post. I particularly love your roses. They are so pretty. I too have a Lord Nelson jug, with the crown mark, in my bathroom, I love its simple shape.

  7. Hi Jo, Gorgeous pictures and I am in love with your cabinet! The roses are gorgeous and I am such a fan of ironstone. I just found your lovely blog about a week ago and I have been having fun going through the archives. Love your style.
    xo, Sherry

  8. Hi There Jo,
    Going to be blunt..



    Stunning photos.. bowl obsessed me is going to have to find me a cute stripey bowl like that darling one you have shared. Love apple farms.. sorry about the hurdles you had to get to yours. Apple pie sounds really good right now.

  9. ~*~Beautiful roses and decor Jo!! LOVE it all~*~Cant wait to see the giveaway from Marias soon to be new shop!! Hugs,Rachel~*~*

  10. Oh so pretty, love all the chippiness!...Christine

  11. yummm...your French Vanilla roses..are they David Austen by any chance? I love ALL DA roses, but I haven't tried to grow any yet.
    ¸.*´¸.**´¨) ¸.**´¨)
    (¸.*´ (¸.*´* LORI LYNN *

  12. Love the creaminess of your roses! I have a smaller version of your pitcher! I love white pitchers -grab them whenever I can find one :)
    Love apple festivals - we used to go to the apple farms in North Georgia - now too far - so glad you shared! This is my first time visiting via White Wednesday!

  13. Pretty flowers but I adore that hutch. What a beauty!!! Will you tell us more about it? Jane F

  14. The roses are amazing! Love the white!

  15. Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous. Can I just make a carbon copy of it and bring it to my house?

  16. So very gorgeous! Those roses are perfect.
    Have a pretty day!

  17. Jo, the roses are breathtaking! The apples look yummy, we used to drive over to Tehachapi when I was a kid for apples. My Grandma would come too and we'd come home with bushels and boxes full.

  18. Gosh those roses are so beautiful! I love the pitcher they are in too. I wish we had an apple farm. Nothing better then a warm apple pie!
    Looking forward to your giveaway!

  19. Hi Joe!
    I had to laugh when I read that you didn't know what variety of apple you bought, but thought they would look good in a bowl! Only someone obsessed with decorating would do that! They do look really lovely, though, I must admit. Especially with all of your glorious white and with your sumptuous French Vanilla roses. What do they smell like btw? They look like they would smell heavenly.
    Love, love, love all of your white! Thanks for showing it to us.
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my last post. The blogging world has opened up a whole new world of friendship for me and I so LOVE it! You are one of the special ones!
    Hugs, Cindy

  20. Sounds exciting abott your upcoming Give sway Jo!
    Pretty photos as always!!!
    Happy White Wednesday to you!
    xoxo~ Carola

  21. Beautiful pictures! Can't wait for your giveaway...and for Maria's shop to finally open!!

  22. I love your hutch!!!! I want one! Your one lucky girl with roses like that from your garden!

  23. Love, love, love those roses-they are absoulutely stunning!!! Beautiful pictures, love the hutch and the bowl with the apples in it. Can't wait for Dreamy Whites to open their online store. Have a great week.

  24. Those apples look delicious! As well as the roses and the ironstone.

  25. We use to take our children to orchards in Ohio. It's memories they will always remember.
    Your roses are just beautiful as is your home. Very cozy and I'll bet there just might be the smell of apple crisp there too.

  26. Your French Vanilla roses are sooo beautiful Jo. I wish I could smell them :) Can't wait to find out more about your giveaway...I'm sure it will be something wonderful.

  27. Hello!
    I just found your blog and fell in love! First it was the hutch....oh~ my ~ goodness! Then the French Vanilla Roses topped it off! Beautiful post!

  28. Hi Jo!
    What an experience at the apple festival. This weekend will be the open market here if it doesn't rain. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I got an awesome piece for my front room. I hope I'll be able to take pictures soon. Work seems to get in the way of getting things done. I can't believe how close we're getting to Thanksgiving.
    I have something for you. Contact me through e-mail and we'll make arrangements for you to get it. I think you'll like it. :o) I've been cleaning things out.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs~ Amanda

  29. Hi Jo,

    Sounds like a fun family outing, going to an apple festival. Have seen others on their blogs doing the same thing. Love your pretty roses, ironstone and all the beautiful photographs. How very exciting, you are having a giveaway!

    Enjoy the rest of the week

  30. Beautiful images for White Wednesday! Love the roses and your home.

  31. I just found your blog via White Wednesday! I am so intrigued by your french vanilla roses! Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing! I'll be back to visit again soon!

  32. Hi Jo - I see your beautiful french vanilla roses are still blooming. I really love their colors. Lucky you that they are still producing beautifully for you.

    Happy White Wednesday!

  33. I really love your roses... french vanilla.. I shall try to search/buy these in the Netherlands
    greetings and thanks for your sharing

  34. Okay sweet lady, I've been following you for a while and have googled French Vanilla roses numerous times and have come up with nothing. WHERE OH WHERE do I find these beauties? They simply must be in our garden next year. Help me out, won't you?????


  35. They look like Golden Delicious apples? Your roses are just stunning - if I scratch my computer screen maybe I might be able to smell them! Love White Wednesday and you do it so well. ;)Sharyne

  36. Hmm those apples look yummy! I take it you didn't take pictures of the pie because it was already eaten....
    Your kitchen looks like a dream! So beautiful, you even get away with adding crows...
    Happy white wednesday to you!

  37. What a great room you have-I couldn't quit looking-it's wonderful!

  38. Oh, what a beautiful white Wednesday post. Love your whites!
    ~ Julie

  39. Dear Jo,

    love your applepictures and your story about the apple happening....here it`s the same...if there is any event , it seeme that everybody wants to go there, overcrowded, I dont like that , too...
    Have a great white Wednesday...
    best wishes from a rainy Germany,

  40. Your pictures are just gorgeous.... I loved your beautiful roses and their especially lovely in your white ironstone pitcher!!! Happy White Wednesday. Blessings~~~ Daphne

  41. Lovely images Jo and that white pitcher is the best! Can't wait to see what you snatched up for your giveaway.

  42. Perfect color for a rose :)Love your cabinet!

  43. jo, i adore those roses! just stunning.



  44. Those apples look so yummy! I love all your roses so beautiful!

  45. Jo your pictures and your roses are gorgeous!!! Beautiful! Your giveaway sounds wonderful...Maria has such lovely items!

    Hugs ~

    :) T

  46. Yummy....apples and roses!!

    Beautiful post today Jo ~ and your giveaway, well I just can't wait!!

  47. One of the problems with living in California is that everywhere we go seems to be crowded, doesn't it? Your French Lace roses look beautiful :-) Those apples would be eaten up here quickly, they look so yummy!

  48. Wow! More beautiful photos, Jo! I'm looking forward to your giveaway - how exciting!!!
    Happy Wednesday to you & yours,

  49. Hi Jo,

    I always love visiting; your pictures are so dreamy. Loved the rain (finally!) this last weekend. And I love those roses - thanks for the exact name. Have a good week!


  50. Nice you had a wonderful day at the Apple Festival, Jo !
    Lovely white post, your roses are gorgeous !

  51. Hi Jo,
    You have everything I love all here in this one post. A beautiful chippy sideboard,wood floors, an old white pail, white pumpkins, white ironstone, white roses, apples, and I could go on and on. I even spied the lovely hydrangeas in the little pitchers. The festival must be very popular to have to wait so long just to get in, but the little apples look worth the wait my friend.
    I want to thank you for the beautiful message you left for me. You always are so dear and make me feel good about my posts. Thank you for that!
    hugs to you...

  52. Hello Jo!
    Oh wow! Your decorating is beautiful. I love your roses!
    That hutch is so beautiful...I just love your style Jo!
    You have a special touch!
    I am so honored that you chose something from my store for your giveaway! Thank you for all of your support!
    Have a wonderful day!
    p.s. Your garden and house are so beautiful...

  53. Fantastic decoration and photos Jo! Have a nice week. Greetings Alexandra

  54. Hi Jo,

    Just to let you know, my Etsy shop is now open with the antique German grain sack pillows. More to follow. Pop over to my blog and you can read all about that process (whew)and get the link. Thanks for the info about the roses.


  55. Love the "French Lace" Roses. I'm going to look for them. Your white pitcure is very lovely and the white pumpkin is to die for.


  56. I chose you :) Get the picture!

  57. Love your roses,your jug,your hutch,your home and your blog!!!! Oh and this post! x0

  58. Those crowded seasonal fairs just drive me nuts ~ ugh! BUT those roses are so gorgeous. Happy WW!

  59. Such pretty roses and how nice the green of the apples go with your kitchen.

    You're a trooper for even going to festivals. There is a big craft one in my town every summer. I went once and the crowds were awful. Although I'd love to go if it wasn't so busy, I haven't got the nerve to handle those crowds again.

  60. Such beautiful whites you've shared with us today. I will never tire of looking at your amazing cupboard.....it's awesome!

    Enjoy the rest of your week.


  61. Jo, Love the little addition of green to your whites! I love ironstone, especially with interesting crazing lines. Your roses look lovely and I like how you added the burlap underneath the pumpkin in the urn. I used Spanish moss under mine, but may have to go cut a hunk of burlap instead. :-)
    hugs, Sue

  62. Hola Jo, I have fell in love with all your whites around your beautiful home and kitchen, and your white roses are so pretty too!! I have lots of rose varieties but know just few of their last names.
    muchos cariños
    maria cecilia

  63. Kind of a variation on the "rose by any other name..." quotation! It's a beauty; I have the Heritage one and it has lived through 12 of our winters but took such a hit last year that it didn't bloom at all this year - I was just so thankful it hadn't been completely killed. Hopefully this winter will be better!

  64. Hi Jo!! I so missed coming over here to say hi and visit :)

    I had the priviledge (did I spell that right?) to receive a lavender pillow from Maria recently after doing a favor for her...for her shop...and it's divine lavender fragrance permeates the whole first floor...I gushed to her of thanks....it was so lovely!!

    can't wait to see what the giveaway is!!
    Anne Marie

  65. Hi Jo, pretty roses and what a beautiful cabinet!

  66. Ok....once again I'm in "Secret Garden Cottage Envy". Would you please just stop it??? I can't handle any more! If you do it again, you'll find me knocking on your door with suitcase in hand.........lolol!

    Oh....and you HAD to add a giveaway from Maria's???? I was having a difficult enough time with the photos of your kitchen with the roses, girl! :)

    Hugs ~ xoxo laurie

  67. Well, that was very strange...my comment disappeared while I was writing it!

    As I was saying...You always have the most beautiful posts. I always look forward to them and this was certainly no exception. Beautiful!
    Your French Lace roses are lovely and perfect for White Wednesday...or any other day of the week! Beautiful photography, beautiful roses, beautiful home equal a very beautiful post. Thank you so much!

  68. What a lovely, lovely post - everything is soooooo romantic, dear Jo!!!!! Have a wonderful weekend,

    Hugs Jade

  69. The roses and the photos are gorgeous! Just discovered your blog. Looking forward to getting to know you!

  70. Jo, your blog is beautiful and I must become your newest follower! Your roses do look like french vanilla and that white pumpkin is so pretty contrasting with the burlap and the urn. I will be back to look over your other posts! Linda

  71. Hi, Jo!!!

    I'm new to your blog and wanted to pop in to say Hi! I am loving your beautiful white decor and the easy going way you have with your posts! I will be back by to visit! :-)


  72. Good Saturday Morning to you Jo! As per usual, your photos are beautiful : ) I especially love the 4th pic from the last. Perfect. Have a lovely weekend. Stacey

  73. Found you through my sweet friend Morning T. That piece of furniture featured in his post and in your header is absolutely divine. Keep it forever! It's one of the best pieces I've seen in a while!

    Have a great week!

  74. Hi Jo,
    Gorgeous roses and apples. I've been on an apple kick for months now. Love the little ones you've shown us here. How sweet you're giving something away from Maria's store, I know it will be out of this world. Have a great week, it's always a dream to visit you here.

  75. PS
    Don't know why I haven't been following. Am now though ;)
    Happy week, blessed week to you.

  76. Beautiful post! I love the French Lace roses and I love your cabinet too.


  77. I like French Vanilla Myself Beautiful! Fa-boo-lous giveaway whatever it is I am sure it will be amazing.Count me in please.~Cheers Kim

  78. Thank-you for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog.I appreciate that! You have a style that I enjoy myself.Looking forward to seeing more.Have a bright day...Chickie

  79. Hi Jo, you are the winner of my giveaway. I just need your email address to send to Lisa and what gift card do you want. Pottery Barn, Home Goods or Target? My email is kimnichols45@hotmail.com



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