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February 15, 2012



I love the way spring is creeping into your winter pictures!

Lisa@celebrate CREATIVITY

Such lovely, peaceful photos. Love the simple lighting and the quiet mood you evoke with your shots.

I recently got "your" Macro lens (finally) and I'm excited to put it to good use.

Take care and enjoy the day.

Vanessa {A Fanciful Twist}

I agree with you - I would never get tired of that painting either. I am a HUGE sheep fan. Your painting leaves a lot to the imagination. And, the feeling can be so changebale it seems to me - adding to the long-term delightment perhaps? It's lovely for certain.

Guess what happened in sunny Arizona yesterday? Granted I am at a higher elevation - but still.

It snowed.

Yep. Snowed.

And I baked all day, and it was quiet - and I was out in it til I was drenched.

i know why you love snow so.

There is a vast peace in it - accompanied by beauty.

Oh snow.

Winterblooms - sheep, fire, friends.


Love, V

ps: The plaster of paris roses are beautiful. Wads of toilet paper in dim light and all ;)



Vicki K

Yes! I always watch for Corgis and Dachshunds (a longhaired one took first in his division) at Westminster and in TV/movies in general. People are rather confused when I tell them that the stars of "Hugo" were two sweet long haired dachshunds.

The sheep makes me think '...serenity...serenity...all is serenity...'

And I love how your new dishes blend and mix and add texture to your table!


I'm so happy you and Andy had a lovely Valentine's day :) I have always admired your rose covered fireplace.

Vicki K

Oops - that was the Wirehaired Dachshund that won...

laurie in georgia

How funny you should write about your fireplace roses today! I was just thinking of them and wondering if you'd ever written about them. I've always assumed they were original to the house. I can't believe you made them, but of course, I shouldn't be surprised--they're beautiful!

suzanne b.

Let me reiterate that I am loving your photography lately. :)

I like that print of the chamomile (and other?) flowers. That one on the bottom left looks a lot like feverfew! Sir Basil Worthingblood Feverfew.


Natalie, the Chickenblogger

Ah... I've wondered about those roses. They evoke an old fashioned feel and look, while seeming, to me, entirely original.

It's nice how Andy's schedule and your own working rhythm work so nicely together. Things like this go a long way toward keeping peace and happiness.

I watched four or five recorded episodes of Downton Abbey, season 2... all the way up to the Spanish Flu. It will be nice to see the first season, too. But finally I am piecing things together and feeling *at home* with all those characters. My children are watching with me, but they are more devoted to Larkrise to Candleford... I just love that they enjoy watching either program with me.

Gosh, I feel all chatty and familiar... thank you, for making strangers feel welcome.


How I just adore your posts and very cozy home. Beautiful!!


Sorry this has nothing to do with your post today, but I just had to tell you that I ordered your embroidery book today, and I don't think I have looked forward to anything so much in quite a while! I can't wait!!!

I LOVE the roses! The moment I saw the picture I thought they were fantastic.
Very pretty toilet paper wads indeed! :)

I enjoyed your photos very much, especially the lamb.
I also missed Downtown Abby this week. What an episode!

sharon from farm and fru fru

so very pretty! i am loving your tablescapes. oh the corgis at westminster were so fetching....i just love the dog show and we enjoyed it so much...i was pulling for a corgi win...oh well...there's always next year.


I have only found your blog recently and love it. Your photos are great and I really like your 'table' shots. I'd like to know how you take them... Every time I see one of those birds eye photos I imagine you standing on a perilously high step stool or similar, wobbling around (as I would!). If that was me I would totally be getting the giggles each time I took a photo from such a cool angle!



Love the basket! Where did you find it?


I found your lovely website by searching for cozy things--so happy that I did. I had finished re-reading The Wind and the Willows, which has to be the coziest book ever written, and I just wanted to "wrap up" in more cozy things. I love Downton Abbey as well. Regarding your Westminster comment, though, funny you should mention it, because I just wrote to them today to voice my displeasure about their dropping Pedigree as a sponsor because their ads about shelter dogs were "too depressing." We have the most adorable shelter dog who has changed all of our lives in so many wonderful ways, and those poor dogs need all of the media attention they can get--especially with a dog-loving audience. Anyway, didn't mean to soapbox, but Westminster is on my "meanies" list right now! Please keep posting your relaxing and beautiful photos, and thanks so much for doing so. Your dog is such a cutie!



Your Andy sounds like my Andy...I can totally hear him saying that it looks like wads of toilet paper thrown at the wall. Sigh. I on the other hand think they look sweet and pretty. And I like your sheep picture. Did you see last Sunday's Downton Abbey yet? It was wonderful. And long.


Woops! I meant The Wind IN the Willows!

Melbourne Road

my random comments:
I love the background color of the latest embroidery kit photo up in the right hand it.

sitting here thinking of us girls who are slow to get started but then stay for the long haul

looking forward to a get away for coffee with one of my girlfriends in a couple of days...need some girlfriend time



I look forward to your blog so much. It makes me feel so calm and all cozy all over. Your photos are to die for.
OK, please share with us how you take the tablescapes. Do you really stand on a chair. (becareful of you foot) I tried one last night, but no so good. Wondering what lens you use for those shots.
Love Downton Abbey too. Need to find out how I can see Series 1 as I missed all those.
Have a lovely day - I know I will as you inspire me.

Susan Firth

thank you for posting about the roses. I am ever so grateful for the technique. now that I know the project will move up considerably on the to-do list! one of these days I will send you a picture of my attempt to embellish our fireplace. kind regards, Susan


I like the roses. They are orginal, unique, and yours.


Beautiful images, as always! I'm pretty into botanical prints right now, myself--so detailed and exquisite!

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