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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Beginnings!!!

I love this flower.. Can’t stay closed up you gotta liveJ
 
It’s been a bit since I have posted… to be very honest I have not been able to find the words… May marked 1 year since my sweet dad passed away… My heart has been so heavy missing him.. Yesterday morning I was sitting in front of my computer getting ready to post on my blog. My darling grandson Max came in and said  Gigi I just had the best dream ever!!! I said really what was it about?? He looked at me and said well Gigi I don’t want to make you cry… I said why would I cry? He said well it was about grandpa and you cry when we talk about him.. So I said oh babe I won’t cry he looks at me a bit skeptical and said ok… grandpa and I were walking through a forest rock hunting and grandpa was telling me a story about a Indian scout.. That was my dad always had a way of pulling you in with a story.. So as Max was telling me about his dream with that sleepiness of just waking up and what a wonderful dream it was for Max I finally got it… I need to be celebrating my dad’s life not mourning… Leave it to a 10 year old to teach me a lesson on living!! So with that said I am off to celebrating my time with my dad and I finally have peace in my heart…
It seems impossible that summer is in full swing… We have still mornings and the slight ocean breeze in the afternoons and the nights are star studded with the sounds of the ocean waves rolling in… I have lots of new treasures coming and my studio is open for business which has been keeping me busy…
I wish you all an amazing Tuesday thank you for stopping by…  
xoxo
Juanita
 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thursday Treasures!!





What a fantastic day for picking!! I just happened to stop by a little shop that didn't look like that much from the outside... but the inside was full of some very sweet treasures:) I love the mirror it can be hung either way.. Finding trays, plates or bowls with feet is one of my favorites. So when I saw this Depression Glass footed bowl I was in love!!! The tea cups and saucers are sweet the one has Mother writing in it... BUT finding this picture oh my gosh!!! I just love it, there is a little bee on the flower the sweet bird and of coarse the beautiful flowers..

I just love days like today wasn't really looking it just happened.. the best kind of days!!

Well I am off again... you just never know what you will find!!

xoxo

Juanita

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Garden Wonder

First morning light
1 hour later

I love mornings, the quietness the anticipation's of what this new day will bring!! Its a new start everyday and you can decide what your attitude will bring to you... That's a wonderful thing in my book!!! Across the street from my sweet home is a elementary school. I love watching the children arriving in the mornings... They are so excited for the day, I hear their laughter and sometimes if the breeze is just right you can hear them sing... At Halloween they have their costume parade through the hallways it is sweet to watch. On some Fridays they have pajama day.. Then the end of the school year comes and you hear I will miss you teacher... and some cry I suppose summer break feels like a million years for these sweet souls. I know as a child summer seemed to never end and then the school year seemed to drag on:)

  I have this bird bath as you can see and this crow comes to it throughout the day.. Drinks out of it or baths... though the one thing it does that I find interesting is that Mr. Crow soaks its food in it. He will drop whatever it is in the water sometimes flips it around and other times drops it to soak and flies off to a nearby tree to keep a watchful eye on his lunch... I am reminded to have patience, Mr. Crow does he waits for whatever he soaking to be just right.. How many times have I rushed something just because I wanted it now....

Well I totally got off my intended subject:) I guess it is meant for another day...

Thank you for taking time to visit!!!

xoxo

Juanita

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hope....

A little Lavender
 
Sweet Bunny
 
Happy March!!!
 I know I am a little early with Spring but I just couldn't wait!!! We finally got some very over due rain here in California... I am so thankful but it was a drop in the bucket.. The good news is that my garden has really gone crazy this winter. My sweet peas and rose bushes continue to bloom and my lavender loves the warm dry weather... but we seriously need the rain!!
 
Lots has been happening at The Sweet Vintage Cottage B and B... I have had a steady stream of guest for the past two months!!! and March is booking quickly.. I got to host a small 50th birthday brunch for a very sweet lady and 6 of her friends.. For whatever reason I totally blanked on taking pictures of the table!!!
 
My new project is the backyard... The grass is all gone and now I am planning the flower beds. I am debating on putting up a clothesline?? Nothing like sleeping on freshly dried sheets that have been dried in the sunny sea air!!
I was grateful that the rain helped loosing up the dirt in the backyard, we have a very hard clay base here so its not always easy digging:) This project I have taken before pictures!!!
 
Thank you for stopping by....
 
Juanita
 
 
 
                                            
 
 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Pink Monday....

Bird of Beauty
 
 
Tried out my IPad for picture taking... not so thrilled with the pictures back to my camera:)
Seems impossible that January has whirled by.. well at least for me it has not so much for my sweet daughter in Pennsylvania and my friends in the Midwest and East Coast... what a crazy ridiculously cold snowy and icy winter..
 
Valentines Day is just around the corner one of my favorite days!!! I love sending out Valentine cards and little treats of yummies.. It is so much fun to give on this day.. I love the romance of the day, its just a day to remind us to tell someone I love you and that you are thinking of them:) 
 
I want to say THANK YOU to all that sent in their Valentines Day cards for the VA hospital here in LA.. You have NO idea how happy these men are when I hand them a Valentine.. It amazes me every time I hand them out how thrilled they are for just a little ole card.. Very heart warming... I encourage all to give a little of your time to visit a VA hospital or retirement home.. I have to drive about an hour and half in LA traffic which trust me I never go into LA if I don't have to... It is so worth it though to visit and hear stories of these American hero's.. It just takes a little bit of your day:) Its well worth the smiles and hugs you get!!!
 
Wish you all a very Happy Monday!!!
 
xoxo
Juanita
 
 

Monday, January 6, 2014

St Valentines Cheer

 
Since I spent so much time at the VA Hospital with my sweet dad I saw a lot of very lonely veterans. So about 6 years ago I started making St Valentines for the Veterans in the hospital.. I can not tell you how much joy it brings them. When you hand them the Valentine they look at it and then say this is for me?? So very sweet and usually they ask for a hug...
 
So my sweet blogger friends I have a favor to ask... Would you each make 5 to 10 handmade Valentines for me to give out?? ohhh did I mention I make 400:) If you will email me and I will give you the particulars!!! Thank you so very much in advance!!!
 
I look forward to hearing from you all!!!!
 
xoxo
Juanita

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!!!

Welcome 2014
 
A New Year always brings new hopes and dreams... I always take this time to reflect on last year remembering the wonderful memories learning from the hard times and accepting that life goes on after losing a love one...
 
Lots of changes are coming for Sweet Vintage Home and Garden!! I am so excited for these changes!!! I won't be doing very many shows anymore just a few... My studio will be opened for business as of January 6th which is very thrilling for me:) as will be my new website!!! The other part of my business is the rental of my vintage china and flatware. I started doing this last year and I found I really liked it... I love vintage china probably a little obsessed with it:) I love sharing it with others..
 
The most important thing I will be doing this year is being in the moment...
 
Here is to a wonderful healthy peaceful 2014
 
xoxo
Juanita