Saturday, January 29, 2011


Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope your weekend is off to a great start!

The fog is back... has been all week... so there's been very little sunshine around here.  I
thought I would put together a post about lavender, because that always seems to brighten
 everyone's day.  I love the sweet scent it gives off when it's ever so slightly touched.  It looks
beautiful fresh from the garden or dried in a bundle like this.  This bundle came from Maria
of Dreamy Whites' online shop.  You all know that Maria's shop is OPEN now, right?... hehe...
I know you do! ;-)

This is another white ironstone pitcher that I normally have displayed on my bedroom dresser.  It
has wonderful crazing to it and just the slightest bit of browning that I love so much.  My bedroom
is a room that I want to give a little redo to before I share it with all of you.  Hopefully, this will be
something I get done by Spring... we'll see. :)

These vintage clocks are some of the "other things" I wanted to share with you.  It's a new
collection I've been wanting to start.  I found these at another Etsy shop called VintageSeventyFive.
They have really cool vintage and industrial style antiques at VintageSeventyFive and provide
awesome customer service.

I bought these vintage Bingo cards and ledger dated 1940-41 from Mary of Urban Farmgirl.  She
included this little vintage key with my purchase... so sweet!  I wrapped them with simple jute twine
and added a couple sprigs of lavender.

I know it seems like I'm the spokeswoman for Etsy or something... lol... but when I find great
shops (online or actual stores) I love to share them with my friends.  They're not easy to find, ya
know... what kind of a blogger friend would I be if I didn't share them with all of you?   So, grab a
cup of coffee or tea and have FUN shopping... even if it's only window shopping, it's still FUN! ;-)
I know it has helped me pass the time on a few occasions while it has been cold and wet outside.

Thanks for stopping by today and leaving a little cheer for me to read!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

'Til next time...

~ Jo :-)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Hello friends!  I hope you're all doing well!

As promised, I wanted to share with you some of the things I purchased from another one
of my new sponsors...

Most of you probably know Mary from her beautiful blog, Urban Farmgirl, where she
shares with us her passion for painting vintage and antique pieces of furniture white (which she
sells at shows throughout the year), her amazing DIY projects, and her vintage pickin' adventures.
It's always a fun read filled with beautiful photography.  Mary recently reopened her Etsy shop as
well, and of course I had to take a look.  It wasn't hard for me to find some things I fell in love with
and just had to have!

This creamer pitcher and sugar bowl set was one of them. 

I didn't have enough room to display the set together, so I displayed the sugar bowl on my kitchen
cabinet shelves along with some of my other vintage white ironstone pieces.

I thought these vintage black and cream game pieces were fabulous! I LUV the fleur de lis on the
back and the patina of the type face letters.

While browsing through the many beautiful vintage pieces for sale in Mary's shop, you'll also get to
enjoy her amazing photography.  Here are some of what you can find at Urban Farmgirl...

Yes, ladies... there are still more of these fabulous vintage game pieces left. :)

**Besides the fact that Mary is more than professional when handling your order, she is also an
absolute sweetheart to boot!  Please join me in welcoming her to my blog, and if you're planning
on doing a little shopping, you should definitely head on over to Urban Farmgirl to check out ALL
of the beautiful pieces she has to offer.  Mary wanted me to let all of you know that she will be
adding new products to her shop tomorrow morning, so make sure to check back tomorrow evening
to see what's new!**

over at Common Ground.  Thanks for hosting every week ladies!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit and taking the time to leave your sweet comments. 
I hope the rest of the week is a good one for all of you!

'Til next time...

~ Jo :-)

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Hello everyone!  I hope you're all having a wonderful week so far!

I don't know about you guys, but I'm sooo tired of cloudy, grey, dark days.  Here in
Central California, we've had a lot of fog and low lying cloud cover, and it was making it
impossible for me to take any decent pictures.  I don't have all that fancy camera equip-
ment (bummer) or a fabulous camera (super bummer)... just a simple point and shoot
camera with autofocus.  I can zoom a little bit and take close-ups, but that's about it.

OK... now that I'm done whining...

So... since the sun finally came out to play today, I thought I would snap some pictures of
how I've been trying to add a little sunshine to my home with a little greenery here and there.

I love the vibrant green color of this pair.   I often use fresh produce to add some greenery to my
home, instead of fresh cut flowers.  They last longer, and they're way easier to take care of. ;-)
And... of course... my family loves to eat them, too, so they don't go to waste.

I received my package from Maria of The Growers Daughter... one of my lovely sponsors.  She was
so sweet to send me these towels along with my order.  I'll share more of that in another post though.

Yep... I finally tired of the pine cones and the mercury glass was clashing with the green of the pair.

Some baby's breath and dried hydrangeas.  I've finally ordered some vintage glass bottles for my
vintage bottle holder, but haven't received them yet.  I thought the hydrangeas would be a quick
fix until they get here.

I bought this Mums plant at the grocery store yesterday.  I fell in love with the pale pink
color of the blooms, and the bright yellow centers definitely add a little bit of sunshine to
my living room. :)

This was another fun find from Etsy.  It's a vintage carpenter's apron.  I love the bold black lettering,
and the patina reminds me of the way old paper ages.  The vintage envelope and post card also came
from Maria of The Growers Daughter.

I hope I'm not totally BORING my long-time followers with more pictures of my home... yawn.

How about you... are you trying to bring a little sunshine into your home with some pretty
greenery?  I know I've seen lots of beautiful tulips around Blogland.  Of course, I couldn't
find any in my itty bitty town... big shocker... so I had to improvise. :)

I'm linking this post up to Vintage Inspiration Friday over at Common Ground.  Thanks
for hosting every week, Debra!

While you're here, make sure to check out my lovely sponsors... Mary of Urban Farmgirl and
Maria of The Growers Daughter.  They carry some of the most beautiful vintage pieces in their
lovely Etsy shops.

I hope you all have a bright and sunny weekend coming up!

'Til next time...

~ Jo :-)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

BROWN AND WHITE LOVE... for White Wednesday

Hello friends!  I hope you all had a nice weekend!

Mr. SGC and I got a little more winter chores done out in the garden on Sunday.
It was just warm enough to make it comfortable to work outside.  I pruned few
more rose bushes and pulled a few more weeds.  It feels good every time we get a
little bit more done... working towards Spring and all the rewards for all our hard work. :)

Today, I thought I'd share with you my love of brown and white. I think the two colors are
such a perfect contrast to one another and create the most calming effect when used
together. There hasn't been enough natural sunlight all week for me to take new pictures
 to share with you guys, so I had to pull a few from my archives. The only new pictures
are the ones with the baby's breath in them (I took those about a month ago). I hope
you enjoy the pics, even if you have seen some them before. :)

I love to add a little greenery with fresh cut flowers or live plants , to make everything
feel fresh and clean.

I'm linking this post up to White Wednesday over at Faded Charm.  Head on over to join
the party and/or to be inspired by the beauty of decorating with white.  Thanks for host-
ing every week, Kathleen!

Thanks for stopping by today and taking the time to leave your wonderful comments!
There would be no point of doing this, if it weren't for you.

Wishing you all a fabulous week... hopefully a warm one filled with a little sunshine.

'Til next time...

~ Jo :-)