Tuesday, February 21, 2012

CREATIVE AGAIN... decorating with fruitless pear tree blossoms



Hello my lovely friends.  After a little over two months of having absolutely no desire or heart for
 being creative, it's slowly but surely finding it's way back... back to my soul.

I'm discovering that I'm stronger than I ever imagined I could be... my girls and I are doing OK.
We still have a lot to overcome. We'll have to move some time in the next 2-6 months, and that
will be a big deal, but for now we're doing OK, and we'll take that road when it comes.  I truly can't
thank you all enough for your lovely words of encouragement and keeping us in your thoughts
and prayers... it's meant so very much to me.


 Enough of that... let's move on to something a little more cheerful and uplifting. ;-)
The fruitless pear trees in our garden are blooming.  Fruitless pear trees are absolutely
one of my favorite trees.  I just love their blossoms... soooo pretty!  I've been waiting until
they just started to open to bring them inside the house to add a little spring cheer.  


I placed some branches in a few of my vintage glass soda bottles.  I not only had fun decorating with
these beautiful blossoms, but photographing them as well.  I literally haven't taken any photos in over
two months.  I wasn't sure if I'd remember how to use my camera, but it all came back as if I never
put it down.  I just realized I used the word "fun"... can't believe it, but it's true... I actually had fun...
something I never thought I'd be able to truly do again. :-)


I added a large branch of the blossoms along with some vintage French book pages to the vintage
metal gate I have and just leaned it against the wall.  I tied the branch onto the gate with a pretty
ribbon with the word Family stamped on it.


I took lots and lots of photos.  I was really enjoying the creative process of it.  Hope you enjoy.......







 


 


 


 

I hope you have all been well.  I feel bad that I haven't been able to make it around to all
of your blogs or respond to all of your wonderful comments.  I'm still adjusting to the crazy
schedule that is now my crazy life... oh, did I tell you I got a job?  I'm now working at a local
sandwich shop.  Not what I expected to be doing at this stage in my life, but glad to have
the much needed supplemental income for now.  I'm still hoping to open an online shop, but
it's something that will take a bit of time to set up.  Hopefully, I will have it up and running
within the next six months or less... fingers crossed!

I hope you're all having a wonderful week!

'Til next time, my friends...

~ Jo :-)



82 comments:

  1. Love your pear tree blossoms....Will have to do some research on them, would love to have one in my yard. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Good to hear from you:) Good luck!

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  3. Beautiful photos Jo and so glad to hear you are doing well! :)

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  4. Love the softness in the pics. Looks like new fresh beginnings . Such beauty. You are still in my thoughts... Have a beautiful and sunny day.....Chickie

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  5. Praying that approaching Spring will bring the promise of new beginnings. I always love the change of seasons that bring change and new life. I absolutely adore you creations!

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  6. Nothing lasts forever not even a broken heart. Glad you are on the mend, and feeling creative again.

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  7. BEAUTIFUL!! So glad you and your girls are doing well. Stay strong my friend!

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  8. I can see why you love decorating with those branches, they are perfectly beautiful. I am happy to hear that you and the girls are doing good and congratulations on the job!!!! Thanks for the update. Still keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Blessings,
    Jeanette

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  9. Hi Jo. It's so nice to see that you were able to take a little time to do a few things you love...decorating and taking photos. Those pear blossoms look beautiful. They make my think of the flowers I get on my crab apple tree. I can't wait for spring. It snowed a little bit here last night :(

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  10. So good to hear you and the girls are doing well. Congratulations on the job; looking forward to seeing you develop your shop and new home when that comes. I'm sure both will be lovely reflections of your tremendous talent and nurturing spirit. (PS - for those wanting similar trees, you might find them referred to as Bradford Pear.)

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  11. Such wonderful signs of spring! A little creative work is always good therapy! And your photos are wonderful too!

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  12. Hi Jo,
    I am so happy to see you back! You have been truly missed!!~
    Don't ever feel the need to apologize for living your life and not blogging!! You and your life and girls are much more important!!
    I love your gorgeous photos, those bottles are so pretty!
    And I am so happy that you found a place to work, God is already providing for you and your girls.
    I can't wait to see your shop when it opens, and I will keep you all in my prayers for your upcoming move.
    Have a lovely day sweet Jo.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  13. very pretty, nothing will be blooming here for quite a while yet, we did get new snow....not near as exciting as blossoms.

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  14. Such beautiful photos...your dining room is lovely!

    I prayed for you today...hope the Lord blesses you in an extra-special way.

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  15. Hi dear Jo, I was just thinking about you yesterday, wondering how you are. I'm so glad that you are in a place that can "enjoy" these amazing little daily pleasures. Beautiful branches and buds. love and lots of hugs, Debra

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  16. i am so happy to hear you are getting your creative fire lit! and enjoying it, too. keep lifting yourself up JO! xo

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  17. Lovely post!
    It's good to hear that you are feeling strong and taking care to move ahead, with grace I might add.
    Excited about that online shop...good luck and keep your chin up.

    Hostess

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  18. Hi Jo. Just a quick comment that I feel led to share from a meeting with some ladies at a Bible study last night. I had a friend share that she was praying for God to replace bitterness with laughter. It was as simple as that. Pray for bitterness to be replaced with laughter. I pray that for you in the powerful name of Jesus.

    Blessings to you, Amy

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  19. Jo,
    So glad to see you post.Although I don't know you I have thought of you and your girls.I am so glad that you are seeing a happier future.I wish you all the success of your future business.I know you will do well.You are so talented.
    Best wishes and blessings to you all.
    Anne

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  20. Photos so good they belong in a magazine.Wonderful talent you have :)

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  21. Dear Jo, we all have our crosses to carry and you are carrying yours...not without pain but steadily one step at a time. You are blossoming beautifully just like your pear tree.
    May God continue blessing you and giving you strength and peace.
    Julie

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  22. You have been in my thoughts so much in recent days, my friend.
    I am happy to see that you are still inspired to share your incredible beauty with all of us. You will be kept close in my prayers, I love you, friend!!!

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  23. Good for you Jo! I bet you make a heluva sandwich too!! But all kidding aside, I know you will be more of your true self once the dust settles~wishing all good things ahead.

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  24. I am sooooo happy to see this post....you are such an inspiration Jo!!! I'm still sending warm wishes and prayers your way! Xoxoxo ~Ashley

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  25. Dear Jo, I'm so glad to see that you have a renewed sense of energy and the desire to create beauty again! You are so lucky to be enjoying wonderful weather right now. Today I'm staring out at gloomy skies and rain. I am definitely looking forward to spring and some flowers.
    Take care of yourself and your girls. :-)

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  26. Hi Jo...i am so so so so glad to hear from you....o my darling....i am happy now.....i miss you...please email me when you wil talk ...i listen darling....you are such a great special woman to me.......love you with whole my heart....love love love ...xxx...xxx...xxx...

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  27. They are beautiful. Can't wait to have some blossoms here too. So glad to here you are doing well. God gives strength when we need it. We have to come to Him during our time of need. I've been reading through Psalms and there are so many comforting verses there. I hope you will read them too. :) Continued prayers for you and your girls today. :)

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  28. So you slowly come back to life! It is not easy, but you'll see that you are stronger than you thought! These dark days will pass and you'll be happy again! I know!
    Regards from Germany
    Ursel

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  29. Great photos, I have been wondering how you were going.
    God Bless

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  30. such a wonderful surpsrise to see you on my blogroll today!! I am so glad you are doing better and feeling inspired! Hugs, Rachel :)

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  31. Hi Jo~~ Everything looks so beautiful and I am so happy to hear that you are doing well. You ARE a strong woman.
    xo~Cheryl

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  32. You have not lost your touch....welcome back! x0x0

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  33. How wonderful to open up my blog reader this morning and find you back again Jo. I have been thinking about you a lot. Your pictures are just gorgeous and you certainly have not lost the knack of creating beautiful images. Best wishes to you and your girls. ;)Sharyne

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  34. This is my first comment. I'm french from west south of France and have been reading your blog since a long time. I'm so happy you feel better and have some projects ! This job is temporary, I'm sure you're going to make a success whatever you do. I admire your courage. Best wishes. Sophie

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  35. Oh, Jo....it is SO good to hear from you and that you and the girls are doing well! I've been thinking about you alot over the past two months and keeping you in my prayers. Know that you are always stronger than you think you are and that you have alot of friends out here rooting you on. ♥ Congrats on the new job! That's a huge accomplishment in this economy. Keep those beautiful-as-always photos coming, sweetie! You certainly haven't forgotten a thing in that department! :) Big hugs to you, Jo ~

    xoxo laurie

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  36. I am so sorry you are going thru all of this!!!! My heart breaks for you and your girls! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that God will give you strength!!!
    Your pictures of the blossoms are so beautiful :o)
    ~Des

    PS. I am now following you on Google....hope you will
    follow me back :o)

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  37. wuuuuunderschön frühling.
    die fotos sind sowas von bezaubernd.
    herzlichst daniela

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  38. I'm so glad to hear you are doing ok. I love your gorgeous photos, as always. Sandwich shop sounds like fun! I loved seeing your post today.

    ~Shanon

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  39. Hi Jo JO!
    I also have been thinking of you, I have a feeling that a move will be exicting and sad at the same time, but also a move becomes your own and something you can control.
    I know how ever big or small you will make it your own adding that great flea market charm to it. I wish I lived closer to you I would help you move!

    Love the pear blossom branches I was just wishing I had some cute branches I could cut and do something with them creative and then I see that you beat me to it :)

    Lots of love to you girl.
    I also want you to email me on work and what you are inspired by when you have the time :)

    xoxo
    Dore

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  40. So happy to see your lovely home again and to hear you are doing some better. Love and prayers...

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  41. Dear Jo

    I have been reading your blog for quite a while now, but don't think I've ever commented before. I cried when I read your post about the breakdown of your marriage and have prayed for you and your girls. I am thrilled to read this post - I can almost feel the light and life through your words and breath-taking pictures. What a talented, gifted and special woman you are. I don't need to tell you that God is with you and has a special plan for your life, you know that right? Bless you, and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful gift of creativity with us. Keep up the great work - here, at your blog and at the sandwich shop. Lots of love from Australia! Shirley xxxx

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  42. Dear Jo

    I have been reading your blog for quite a while now, but don't think I've ever commented before. I cried when I read your post about the breakdown of your marriage and have prayed for you and your girls. I am thrilled to read this post - I can almost feel the light and life through your words and breath-taking pictures. What a talented, gifted and special woman you are. I don't need to tell you that God is with you and has a special plan for your life, you know that right? Bless you, and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful gift of creativity with us. Keep up the great work - here, at your blog and at the sandwich shop. Lots of love from Australia! Shirley xxxx

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  43. I too am so pleased you are taking steps to reconnect, ever so little steps are just all you need. I hope every day becomes easier. Hope you know we are thinking of you and sending you are love and best wishes via our special spaces we all share here. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  44. Still thinking and praying for you, glad to hear you are feeling a little better! It's funny I have two old gates like the ones in your photo and was just thinking the other day I should bring them in and put them in my craft room. I thought it would be neat as an inspiration/memory/dream gate. You could do so much with them you could attatch , decorating ideas, phtots, places I want to see, favorite paint colors, cards, vintage papers..... it's endless. I love it when something inspires you. You push on and stay strong!!!

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  45. Welcome back Jo! I enjoy hearing the cheerful notes in your tone here, and the blossoms are so pretty & sure to put smiles on your face. I wish you the best in your next steps and days ahead. Hang on to 'hope'!
    Take care,
    Susan

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  46. I'm so glad to hear you are doing better...one day at a time:-) Also enjoyed all your beautiful photos. Can't wait til my fruit trees are blooming because I love to bring them inside as well.

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  47. Hey welcome back Jo! Your photo's are just beautiful!!! ~Deb~

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  48. Oh, everything is pure inspiration. I love your hutch of course, but I adore what you did with that garden gate and the ephemera. Your pear branches seem to represent your new beginnings.

    I'll keep you in my prayers.
    Karen

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  49. Hi Jo, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  50. Axelle, a french reader.February 25, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    Happy to see again, you and your creative ideas. Where you'll go, we'll follow you. That's the magic of internet ;)
    Just wanted to tell you too a little story : in august of this year, the husband of a very good friend of mine (50's years old, 2 children) met another woman and went away. My friend was destroyed. In her heart, in her soul. Her life was over. That was she was telling me at this time.
    I met her yesterday. A teenager smile upon her face . She met a man. And she went back to her youngest years. I told her :"Do you remember yourself 6 months ago ? If at this time, I would have tell you that, 6 months later, you would feel much more better, would you have believed me ?".
    She answer :"No. Absolutely no. I was near of a huge Hole. I would have tell you that I didn't care of other men, and most of all, I didn't want another man in my life !".
    Maybe it won't be the same for you. But telling you this story, I just want to let you know that life goes on and time is our best friend when we feel bad.
    Friendly, ;)

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  51. I just found your blog through pinterest. I adore your shabby style. I have added you to my fav blogs on my own blog! Hugs and Tweets!

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  52. Hey

    Saying thanks will certainly not simply be sufficient
    This sort of clever work and coverage! Keep up the good works
    Thank you!

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  53. Hello Jo!

    So happy to hear that things are slowly on the mend and it's such a pleasure to see you out in blogland! :) Your images are as inspiring as ever!!! I'm glad you enjoyed taking such beautiful photos! Wishing you a most lovely Sunday!!!


    Hugs,
    Jessie

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  54. I have been blog hopping as I am new to this. I really liked your photos they looked like something out of a house and garden magazine- you should be proud. On another note I just wanted to say I am sorry for your recent upheaval. I cannot begin to imagine how you are feeling. But my parents divorced when I was 12 and at the time it was harrowing and heart wrenching, but on the brightside kids are resilient and i thought maybe it would be reassuring to know that I imagine your children are too.

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  55. Your Pictures are so wonderful...

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  56. Just lovely and fresh looking! Beautiful pictures. So wonderful to hear you are feeling better!

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  57. So glad to hear you are slowly coming along. And that you got a job. I have been wading through my own turbulent waters in my marriage these past 12 yrs and even began applying for jobs 2 yrs ago(just to be prepared). I've been a stay at home mom to my four children for the past 23 yrs, and home educated them for 15 yrs. I have a B.A in Foods and Nutrition but no desire to seek a career now. I will probably work part time at Sprouts after my youngest graduates H.S next year. I learned in the 2 yrs of applying for jobs, interviews, etc. and not getting hired that I would be happiest at a simple job. So do not feel bad about the sandwich shop position...you are doing what you can and there is purpose in that. Bless your heart. sending you love.

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  58. Creativity is therapy for your wounded soul. So glad you found it again. Be gentle with yourself.

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  59. Jo, I am glad to see you back writing and taking your gorgeous photos again. There is something about creativity that nourishes our deepest wounds. Your pear blossoms are beautiful and speak of the coming spring. I always think of spring as a season of renewal and rebirth and I think that is a positive thing for all our lives...beautiful flowers open, birds return and we all start a new season to add beauty to our lives...I know you will begin to heal and the beauty will be returning to your life.
    You and your daughters are in my prayers. XO

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  60. Hi Jo,

    So lovely to see you back and to hear that you and the girls are doing better and you have a job. Your photographs are as always, beautiful love the pretty pear blossom.
    You are much in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sending hugs & love, and brighter days ahead for you and your daughters.

    Carolyn

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  61. So nice to see you back to exploring your creative side. I always enjoy visiting your blog, especially our beautiful photographs. I'm happy to hear that the fog is starting to lift and that your feeling a little better. Although it's hard to imagine it when you going through tough times, time does heal all wounds. XO

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  62. I'm so glad you're back creating in your beautiful home and doing better. I think I signed on as a follower the day you posted about the crisis in your life. My heart ached for you, so I'm delighted to sense that you're able to smile again.
    Mary Alice

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  63. Am so glad to see that you are getting the joy back. Your photos are amazing, and it is because you have a gift for capturing the true beauty of whatever you are photographing.

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  64. Hi Jo,
    I'm not sure why or how I missed this, but I did. Your vintage cupboard looks beautiful with the pear tree blossoms. Keep your head up and trust God for strength.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  65. Hi Jo. You were just on my mind tonight so I wanted to stop over and see how you were doing. Happy to read that you and your girls are doing okay and that you are moving forward. How wonderful that you found a job. It may not be your dream job, but you are doing what you can and that's what matters. I have no doubt that you'll be doing what you love soon enough. Looking forward to your shop. We are all here for you when you need us! Please don't feel the pressure to comment back (ever), just wanted to give you a virtual hug and let you know that I was thinking of you. xo Jami

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  66. La cara Francy,ha mostrato la tua casa nella rubrica dello shabby del venerdi|La trovo stupenda,ricca di spunti creativi!Divento tua folllower!Saluti,Rosetta

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  67. Bless your heart Jo. Hang in there. I love the comment that stated, "Replace bitterness with laughter" Easy to say, hard to do. I hope it eventually becomes easy for you. Praying for you every day. MaryO

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  68. Found your blog by accident today - it is SO beautiful. I love it and if you have all this beauty in your soul then wonderful blessings cannot but follow. I hope and pray that they do and that through all the rain, the sun starts to shine for you. I send you a hug from across the seas. X Elizabeth

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  69. I absolutely love your decorative style. Where can I find a gate (or is it part of a fence) like that?

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    1. Thank you Art and Sand.... It's actually a gate that was part of a fence at a home we owned before we bought this one. When we took down the chain link fence to build a picket fence, I saved the gate. I thought it had pretty wire work details and knew I would find a use for it down the road.

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  70. Very beautiful blog! Love the light colors. You're very artistic. I will save this link so that I can came back here to see your lovely blog again. Happy weekend for you!

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  71. Jo, I hope you will consider selling some of your wonderful photos when you do open your shop. You have a special talent for taking pictures! Love the gate and the story that goes with it.

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  72. Waouh beautiful post ! Love these pear blossoms !

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  75. I`m so glad you are back creating. These photos are just beautiful. Love them all.

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  76. Your home is so cute. I love all the plants you grow and have both inside and outside your home. You really know how to garden. Putting the branches in the old wine bottles was very clever and cute.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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