Sunday, January 31, 2010

This is a fun story- The hand painted bed and chest of drawers in this photo are pieces I painted, oh gosh, 10 or more years ago. In those days I painted mostly large pieces of furniture and sold locally in a consignment shop. So I rarely knew who bought my items nor where they were actully going. So, when I received this photo via email from the woman who purchased them, (10 years ago)  I was thrilled! Mainly because, this was my all time favorite bed and to see it look like the day I painted it, and in such beautiful surroundings really made my day!!!  I love the sage green walls and area rug my client chose, so pretty with the white furnishings.

 Things I Love

If you know anything about me, it's that I'm crazy over Danish decor. While I am still working on my decorating book, you can rest asure this simple and rustic, yet elegant style will be featued in a section or two, or three.   It's the perfect marriage of feminine meets masculine.
This ever so romantic bath room belongs to my friend Gua, of Hvitur Lakkris. She possesses the most romantic, elegant style.  Please be sure and visit her lovely blog for more swedish inspiration.

Linens, lace and baubles
Gua's pretty table


Breakfast at McDonald's
I received this beautiful email story today from my dear friend Marsha.  She only sends me the good ones, and after reading this one you will agree.
I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree.
The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called, 'Smile. ‘The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.
I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.
Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning. It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.
We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did.
I did not move an inch... an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.
As I turned around I smelled a horrible 'dirty body' smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.
As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was 'smiling'
His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light as he searched for acceptance-
He said, 'Good day' as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.
The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation. I held my tears as I stood there with them.
The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.
He said, 'Coffee is all Miss’ because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action.
I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.
I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand.
He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, 'Thank you.'
I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, 'I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope'
I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, 'That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope..'
We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.

We are not church goers, but we are believers.
That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.
I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.
I turned in 'my project' and the instructor read it.
Then she looked up at me and said, ‘can I share this?'
I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.
She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed.
In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald's, my son, the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.
I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:



UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.



LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS -



NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.



There is an Angel sent to watch over you.
An Angel wrote:



Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart
to handle yourself, use your head.
To handle others, use your heart.
God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.
May God send his warm blessing your way sweet friends..
Love and X's , Jo-Anne & Jessy

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


I haven't picked up a paint brush for a while...My latest creation

To be an angel, one need not have wings.  


In giving love there is an equal grace.

Nor need one seek the aura on my face,

As love unveils the beauty of all things."

http://www.poetseers.org/themes/poems_about_angels/
Sending angel hugs to you sweet friends!
Jo-Anne
xo

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Hello angels!!! In honor of CHERUBS month, I've opened the pink vault of my computer files and sifted out some of my most treasured PINK photos. I remember shooting this in the middle of my living room on Valentine's day a few years back when my boys walked in and thought I had completely lost my mind. "A little too much tea & sugar with the tooth fairy mom" ? uttered my youngest.  Well, these days, I have sweetened it down a bit, however, I have to say, my all time favorite time to shop is Valentine’s day. It's the one time (exempt pink breast cancer ribbons) you'll find "Ordinary Stuff" PINK! I even found the swifter broom stick this week in the sweetest shade of pale PINK.
This Febuary 14th, why not indulge your senses in a “sit on the floor” indoor picnic.
A whimsical picnic is a magical and charming way to display cupid’s romantic delicacies.
Chose the coziest room in your home, perhaps one with a fireplace. Lay out a cozy quilt or table cloth on the floor along with fluffy throw pillows. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I chose soft hues of pink, which are thought to have a calming effect on the mind, body and spirit.
Flirty & Fun- Fill a margarinti glass with ruby red stawberries and garnish with rose petals along the rim. Here, a wicker tray serves up a few angel treats like, Chocolate covered strawberries, sweetheart cookies, heart candies, chocolate kisses and cupid's creme cupcakes that are certain to light up a generous amount of smiling faces.  

Things I Love


While antiquing this weekend I found a collection of pink restaurant ware and vintage clothes hangers. Love this!
To purchase-  Vintage Rose Collection
Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


I adore vintage papiers so much with their fanciful script and lovely sentiments. I wanted to add a little something special to my own collection of old papiers- torn along the edges and discolored with age. This one dates 1893. I have embellished this one with hand painted cream roses, ribbon and string. This lovely poem reads-
 Could you have seen the violets, that blossomed in her eyes. Could you have kissed that golden hair and drank those holy sighs. Oh you'd have been her tiring maid as joyfully as I. Content to dress your little queen and let the world go by...
Measures- 10x7 3/4.


Available on my website in Vintage Finds

Friday, January 8, 2010



Well, my new years friends, I hope 2010 is starting off with a bang, a good bang that is... A new year to me means starting fresh, like spring cleaning if you will. Brushing away the old and making room for new ideas, concepts, friendships and spreading good will.


So, whats new? First on my agenda, custom graphics and banners for your website, blog, ebay, or ESTY. For a long time now I have been asked by web owners if they could use my roses and photography in their banners. I saw no way of controlling how my work appeared nor who was actully using it. So, I've come out with my own banners for you to purchase. They are all pre-made, your business name will be added, and once sold they can not be used for anyone else. I hope you like them, and there are lots more coming very soon. To Purchase.
I've fallen head over heels with French style decor. Whites, creams, dark woods, French papier and European linens are what I'm drawn too. You can find these pretty new items on my web boutique in Vintage Finds. http://www.vintagerosecollection.com/

It's always a pleasure to work with the beautiful Miss Fifi, editor of Romantic Country magazine. Fifi is one of my all time favorite women on the planet, always gracious, and warm, inspirational with a clever sense of humor. Be sure and visit the lovely Fifi's blog.

I truly enjoyed writing the article in the latest issue of RC " Admiring Nature". I hope you found some tips on decorating with baskets, vases and antique collectibles.



Love & Friendship,

Jo-Anne