Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Hello everyone!  It's been cloudy and raining for over a  week now, so when I saw these beautiful
roses at the grocery store the other day, I thought they'd be the perfect way to add a touch of Spring
to our kitchen/dining room.  I had to take pictures, of course... I just can't resist.  As I said in my last
post, I'll be adding pictures to my blog from time to time... nothing fancy... just having some fun. :-)

I'm really struggling lately with getting good photos with my point and shoot camera.  I don't know if
it's getting wore out from all of the photos I've been taking or what, but I'm planning on getting a
new camera soon... just don't know when exactly.  I had planned on buying one a few weeks ago,
but chose to buy the hedge for the front garden instead... all 32 bushes... chaching!  So, the camera
will have to wait, but hopefully not for too long.

I won these beautiful goose eggs and feathers from Betty of Betty's Blog Box.  She sent them to me all
the way from Austria.  I thought they would be fun to display in this antique egg carrier I picked up
on an antiquing excursion a few weeks ago.

Betty also sent me this adorable clay bunny tag.

I love the beautiful scroll detail on it... so pretty.  Thank you so much, Betty, for the beautiful gifts!
I just love them!  They add a wonderful touch of Spring to my home. :-)

If you'd like to read more about how we remodeled our kitchen, click here.  To see before pictures of
our kitchen, go the the Before and After page on the sidebar of my blog.

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope the sun is shining wherever you are. :-)

'Til next time...

~ Jo

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

WHAT TO DO... and forcing apple blossoms

Thank you all so much for your really wonderful and encouraging comments on my "Goodbye" post.
What an overwhelming experience that was for me.  There were so many of you asking me to keep
my blog up so that you could continue to browse through my past posts for inspiration.  I wasn't
expecting that at all.  I had planned on changing the settings on my blog to private at the end of
March so that I could continue my new found passion for photography by adding my pictures to my
blog and continuing to chronicle the progress of our home and garden. 

So, what do I do?  Well, I've decided to leave my blog up and add my photos to it, but with the
understanding that I won't be responding to emails or visiting everyone the way I used to... I just
don't have the time for that anymore. :(  I won't be putting together special posts or feature posts
anymore, hosting giveaways, or linking to any parties... all of the things that really take a lot of time.
I'll be posting whenever I feel like it, so it might only be once a month.  I'll try this out for a little while
to see how it goes.  If all goes well, I'll continue blogging this way.  If not, I can always make my blog
private at that time. :-)  Well, that's it.  I'm done with all of the drama... lol!  I imagine I will lose a lot
of followers, but that's OK.  I'm done worrying about that.  Life's too short. ;-)

Now, on to the pictures...

I brought some apple tree branches from our garden into the house about a week ago.  I love the
simple lines of the branches and subtle green color they add to the room.

I have some vintage sheet music pages and antique autograph book pages (similar to a high school
yearbook today, but without the pictures) from the 1880s displayed in a new Pottery Barn wall
hanging basket.

I also brought some of the apple tree branches into our living room.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

'Til next time...

~ Jo :-)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I'm not very good at goodbyes, so I'll just say it... I've decided to stop blogging.  It has become
something that is much too time consuming for me.  I started my blog almost one year ago because I
have a passion for decorating my home and creating a beautiful country garden, and I thought it
would be something fun to try.  I had no idea what I was doing or what it really meant to have a
blog.  I didn't realize the amount of time that was involved in having a blog.  While it has been a lot of
fun "meeting" so many like-minded people and learning that I have a new passion for photography,
I've found that I don't have the time anymore for the very things my blog is about.  I think that pretty
much says it all.  Told ya I'm not very good at goodbyes. ;-)

I'll leave you with a few of my favorite photos.  I hope you enjoy them, too.

Take care everyone.  I wish you all the best.  :-)

xoxo ~ Jo

ADDENDUM:  Thank you all so much for your beautiful and supportive comments on my
decision to stop blogging!!  It was rather surprising and overwhleming to me.  It saddens me a
little to know that this post will have received the most comments out of ALL of the posts I've done
on my blog... aside from giveaways... even more than many of the posts that I had put much effort
into making as good as I possibly could...  It also tells me that I made the right decision.
Much love and best wishes to all of you!  xoxo ~ Jo

ADDENDUM 2:  Thank you to Donna from Funky Junk Interiors for her dear farewell post to
meYou touched my heart, girl... truly and dearly. ♥  Thank you also to those of you who are
coming over from Donna's blog to leave a goodbye comment, but I have turned off my
comments for this post... just can't take anymore.  Take care everyone!  :)