Saturday, August 23, 2008

are a favorite of mine to display around my home. They offer beautiful and inspiring photography as well as fabulous decorating tips.

New to the book world is "Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage style homes" by Dianne Zweig.
You can find my rose oil paintings, artwork as well as my home featured through-out the book.

You can pick up a copy at your local book stores, or

Here's a sneak peek inside-

Some of my favorite finds...I love painting on vintage baskets and trays and giving them a romantic look... Along side of me in this photograph is the sweet and talented Penny from
My in home-office... The first piece I bought was the ladies writing desk where I keep letters and bills. A fabulous armoire with folding doors was used to hide my computer, an open cubby for holding baskets and bins, and my favorite, an antique post office letter box for files, folders, and supplies.
My Country Kitchen is quite small being its a gala style with limited storage. I use antique open cubbies and cabinets to store my china and everyday things.
An old antique window hand painted with pink roses...

My dressing table- A lovely place for flowers and one of my rose oil paintings ...

I hope you enjoyed a little tease inside...This is a fabulous coffee table book with lots of ideas for collecting, where to find what your looking for guide and beautiful photographs...

A lovely poem sent to me by my dear friend Natalie: Enjoy!

Beautiful Women:

A little boy asked his mother,
'Why are you crying?'
'Because I'm a woman,' she told him.'
I don't understand,' he said.
His Mom just hugged him and said, 'And you never will.'
Later the little boy asked his father,
Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?
'All women cry for no reason,' was all his dad could say.
The little boy grew up and became a man,still wondering why women cry.
Finally he put in a call to God.
When God answered, he asked,'God, why do women cry so easily?
'God said:'When I made the woman she had to be Special.
I made Her Shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world,
yet gentle enough to give comfort.
I gave Her an Inner Strength to endure childbirth
and the rejection that many times comes from her children.
I gave Her a Hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up,
and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.
I gave Her the sensitivity to Love her children under any and
All circumstances, even when her child has Hurt Her Very Badly !
I gave Her Strength to carry her husband through his faults
and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.
I gave her Wisdom to know that a good husband Never Hurts his wife,
but sometimes tests her strengths
and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.
And finally,
I gave her a tear to shed.
This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed.'
'You see my son,' said God,'the Beauty of a Woman is not in the clothes she wears,
the figure that she carries,
or the way she combs her hair.
The Beauty of a woman must be seen in Her Eyes,
because that is the doorway to Her Heart- the place where Love resides.'

Well, I promise I won't take so long in between posts.. it has been a very busy, crazy summer, but its all good...Thank you so much for all your nice comments.. I really do appreciate all of them and cherish your warm wishes...
Happy summer days and good thoughts my sweet bloggers :)

Love to you, Jo-Anne