Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Snippets of Easter!

Today I thought I would share a few Easter snippets with you.  This Easter tree sits in a milk glass hobnail vase not far from where I am writing to you.  Hanging from its limbs are my boys' first Easter eggs which have their names and the year of their first Easter. Sweet memories! The frame holds a picture of my mom and her older sister, my Aunt Ginny, sitting side by side in their spring attire.  Mom's arm is a blur, so she must have been trying to escape while her sister is holding on tight!
My mantel is simply adorned with a cross, spring flowers, and candles.  I display crosses throughout our home all year.  They are a constant reminder of the sacrifice that was made for you and for me.

On the piano is a favorite of any little ones who gather around our home.  It is a happy, bunny village.  Everyone is ready for the big day at Easter Town!
Won't you join us for dinner and dessert?
My husband loves trains, so this is for him...
I am a big fan of Aunt Ruthie at Sugar Pie Farmhouse.  Last year she had an Easter display consisting of a pair of very ladylike gloves, the kind all women used to wear to church.  Alongside the gloves perched a  pretty Easter hat.  I loved the display and kept the idea in my head.  I recently went antique shopping in Mobile, AL and found these sweet gloves and perky green hat with a satin band.  To add to this grouping, I have a Bible awarded to my mother on July 15, 1951 at a church function.  The Bible is open to the story of the crucifixion and a youth revival order of service from Chattahoochee, FL is placed to the side.  My mother played the piano at this and many revivals at her church.  I love the symbolism of each item.  
This little piece has been my favorite for many years.  I can't remember where I purchased it or how much it cost.  I only know that I love it. This bunny and his little chick friend are nestled among my milk glass. 
 This sign hangs on a door welcoming all to Still Woods Farmhouse. I picked this up at a boutique for $5.00!
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  I am so thankful for God's eternal love. 
Easter Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse!

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

It's Azalea Time!

I often identify places I lived while growing up with flowers.  Hawaii . . . the wonderfully scented plumeria;    Maine . . . the gorgeous lilac that grew outside my bedroom window; Mississippi . . . the beautiful azalea.  Around here, you know "Spring has Sprung" when the azaleas are in bloom.  Azaleas are referred to as the "royalty of the garden".  The Mississippi Gulf Coast is ablaze with color this time of year as well as many other southern destinations, thanks to this hardy plant. If you live in a part of the world still in the grips of winter, kick back, put on some cute flip flops, drink a glass of sweet iced tea, dream of warm weather, and enjoy the view compliments of my southern home . . . Mississippi!
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Azaleas are best grown wild and free.  Some gardeners try to make a hedge of the bush, but at a cost of losing the free flowing nature of azaleas and many of the blooms.  The picture below is of the beloved Stanton Hall (circa 1858) in Natchez, MS. Just imagine sipping a cool glass of lemonade while sitting on the veranda.
And yet another lovely Natchez plantation in its spring glory. Natchez is currently hosting the annual spring pilgrimage.  This year twenty-nine antebellum homes open their doors to guests.  It is a wonderful event and a feast for the eyes. Stop by this link for more information.   Natchez Pilgrimage
Azaleas and oaks are beautiful together.  Kind of like peanut butter and jelly!  Red azaleas take the lead here.  One beautiful variety is the ruffled red known as the Rutherdordiana hybrid.  I think the red fades quickly so at Still Woods we plant only the hot pink, pale pink, and the white varieties. 
There are many varieties of azaleas.  This is one of my favorite colors known as Formosa and is located behind the house.  I can't wait until it grows up.
I am so blessed to enjoy azaleas on my way to work.  It was a dreary day yesterday, but I snapped these photos on my way home.  In fact, this photo was taken steps from the door to my office building.  Lucky me! 
I hope the drive to Still Woods looks like this one day!  They have alternated several varieties including red, white, and the bright pink azaleas.
One last beautiful look at azaleas.  Told you that oaks and azaleas are meant to be together. . . like two peas in a pod.  I love the look of old gnarly oaks stretching against the sky softened by the beauty of azaleas.  I think a spring picnic would be wonderful under the oaks. Please join me!
Spring blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse!

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Celebrating St. Paddy's Day!

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and we are celebrating a day early with true Irish fare.  We love any excuse to have a family get together and since we have Irish in our blood, St. Patrick's Day is a fitting celebration. To get you in the Irish mood, here are a few vintage St. Patrick's Day cards.  You know how I love vintage cards!
She is a pretty lass!
Who could resist this wee lad?
My dream vacation would be a trip to Ireland.  I imagine that if I visited a local pub for some good Irish food, I would find these gents!
What a sweet little lass!
And another...
My favorite movie at anytime of the year, but especially at St. Patrick's Day, is The Quiet Man.  If you have not had the pleasure of seeing this movie, peruse your tv guide and you will probably find it on tomorrow.  It is a "must see" movie for St. Patrick's Day.  Grab a cup of tea, a scone or two, and settle in  for a terrific movie. 
 The Irish are known for beautiful blessings.  This is one of my favorites...

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall safe upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Irish Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse!

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