Monday, June 27, 2011

~4TH Of July Red White & Blue ~

Well it's back to work today and we wanted to share with you all our 4TH of July vignettes that Raymond had worked on this Sunday after we had gone to church. We have displayed all our collection of bears and antique red white and blue collection for this special holiday coming up. The small umbrella was a great find this Saturday at one of our favorite shops called Down Home Antiques in Orange Co.

These drums were a Christmas gift I bought for Ray a couple of years ago.

You can see this child's book with Uncle Sam on the cover which looks great with the other items in our collection.

This is the second vignette we had set up in another part of the house.

The bear was also a find this Saturday in Orange. He used to be a little pull toy and he is on wooden wheels.

This is a fun antique postcard with his guy dressed as Uncle Sam playing a banjo. It is from about 1905-1910.

This is Uncle Sam riding a bicycle which I found here in town at another favorite shop. The little fir cracker used to hold candy for children's as a party favour.

This antique cabinet photo above is fun it shows children dressed up for a 4Th of July pageant as Uncle Sam and Columbus and the statue of liberty.

We also placed some vintage parade flags and some scarfs to decorate the mantle.

This cigar is a cool little find with the colors of the flag also.

I am glad you all stopped by for a visit and enjoyed your stay. Have a great 4TH Of July and enjoy..........Julian & Ray
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Friday, June 17, 2011

~ New Garden Treasure ~

We have decided to take a break away from the garden being that it was our anniversary and the Rose Bowl flea market was happening last Sunday. So we headed down there at five in the morning to find a treasure for our home. We had gone up and down the many allies of vendors and had seen a lot of goodies. But nothing really stood out there.

Being that we were already in Pasadena we decided to browse the local shops that might be open on a Sunday. We had came across this marble statue where she was sitting in the garden area of the shop. She is a 19TH century hand carved statue with the artist signature and most likely carved in Italy. There is a little butterfly sitting on her arm but the wings are missing so now it looks like a little Caterpillar and she also has a boo boo on her little leg.

Ray decided to give her a home in our back garden in the circular flower bed. She seems to be happy in her new home along with the other garden antiques out there.

The hydrangeas have given us many blooms this Spring and lets us know that Summer is at our front door with all the colorful blooms. This is Ray's favorite the white hydrangea below. He is always reminding me to give her an extra drink of water lol. And the pinks ones look nice in front of this antique urn.

In the area where we live they can be a challenge to grow with our heat but they look like they are doing just fine. This year I have learned to start putting leaves around the base to keep the roots cool.

Thank You all for dropping by the garden for a visit today and I hope you have a great weekend........Julian & Ray