Friday, August 6, 2010

~HAPPY PINK SATURDAY~


Without our wonderful pink loving hostess Beverly we would not have this fun event each and every Saturday....Do pop over and say "Hi" to her and see the list of pink-a-licious blogs to visit today....

My Mom, bless her heart, had such talents....she was an artist.....she had her Masters from the U of Iowa and she could paint, do magnificent pottery and make a house a beautiful home. Later when we lived in California, she was an interior designer as well as Master Potter. When I was young and we were living in Omaha, NE. we had one of the first track homes and ours was no cookie cutter!!!! No way!!....our house was painted a beautiful red with white trim and shutters.....a white ranch style fence and lots of gorgeous flowers....a window box in the front made by my Dad and she painted it black with lots of, her take on Peter Hunt, flowers in pretty colors she mixed herself. She laid a brick patio, herself, under our "picture window". I remember on weekends people driving by and stopping to look at our pretty home....I was always so proud to walk up the driveway and know this is where I lived! I know that I inherited, from her, my love of decorating and painting and crafting in general.....her loving hands were always busy creating or.....playing the piano.

Anyway, this corner cupboard is from our Omaha home. Mom loved maple and we had some pretty pieces....not that clunky stuff that came out later. We had a darling Cobblers Bench, Dough Box and other wonderful pieces....She used chintz for chair covers and drapes......she was waaaaay ahead of her time in decorating. She was so gifted and had idea after idea.....I rarely saw her thumbing through magazines for inspiration....




So now it is mine and I have been painting most everything in our large dining room white, but for some reason, I haven't touched this cupboard, yet. I wish I had pictures of how she had it filled, to show, as it was much different from how I have it. She loved copper and pottery and it had a very cottage feel but more a country cottage and I think of how I have it as shabby romantic cottage. I think, the more I look at it, it will be white one day. I have found that white shows off the curves and the style so much more than the natural wood and frankly, I am tired of all the dark wood....

I could live forever, happily and peacefully, in surroundings like this!
I found this picture on Yahoo and you can follow her blog, My Shabby Streamside Studio, by clicking on her button on the left hand side of my blog...there would be no blood pressure problems living in that dreamy little cottage...that is for sure!
Now I am off to do my Pink Saturday visiting....
:-)
Jil
xo
PS I found a magical blog and I want to share it with you. I have always been enthralled with pixies, fairies and even wicked little trolls....At The Pixie Forest you will meet Tobi and you will adore her blog for she is a bit pixi-alated (sp?) I do believe, and her blog and her sparkly designs are a great treat! I love her trees and have to have one, or two or maybe three!

20 comments:

Connie said...

I'm so glad you posted today, sugar. I have a hard time getting to PS on saturday. Weekends are always busy around here. Beautiful post, chickee.
xoxo,
Connie

someplace in thyme said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mom Jil. I dread the day when I am the older woman and my mom is gone. I just can't imagine my life without her. I know you must miss your mother everyday and I am sure that is what keeps you from painting that pretty piece. Altho I love the white cottage look, I don't think I could live with it. I so admire it in someone elses home, but in mine, I would always be trying to bring some color home. Your post this week is beautiful and I am sure your mother's piece would be gorgeous with a little white paint. I am also sure she wouldn't mind a bit. You have to make it yours......the china you are showing us is so pretty and I love the chocolate pot. Don't be a stranger and Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi Jil :) What a wonderful story about your mother; yes, she definitely was ahead of her time..it sounds like you had a beautiful home growing up, and how special to have that lovely corner cabinet that belonged to her. I too would be wanting to paint it white. You have some simply gorgeous china pieces displayed in it, and having it white would really make them stand out :)

I hope you will have a wonderful weekend, though it says that it is suppose to start being HUMID again starting Sunday, and lasting for several days, arrrgghhhh!!

Happy Pink Saturday to you my friend!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Lisa said...

Lovely pinks! I really like the room with books to the ceiling! How great! Tobi is fun ;)
HUgs, Lisa

debbie said...

HAPPY PINK SATURDAY JIL,
WHAT A TENDER, BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO YOUR MOTHER. I LOVE THE DESCRIPTION OF YOUR HOME GROWING UP AND HOW PROUD YOU FELT WALKING UP THE DRIVEWAY.
I THINK THE WAY YOU HAVE YOUR CABINET DECORATED IS JIL'S WAY AND YOUR MOTHER WOULD AND IS JOYOUS TO KNOW THAT YOU LOVED THE THINGS SHE DID TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE A BEAUTIFUL HOME GROWING UP.
BEAUTIFUL POST.
THANK YOU FOR SHARING
HUGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Rebecca said...

Lovin' all your Pinks JiliGirl! What a beautiful tribute to your Momma! My mom is getting noticeably older and careworn these days...I don't know what I'll do when I no longer have her.

Happy Pink day to you~

xoRebecca

Olivia~ said...

I love this story about your mom...I hope my children remember me like this! Your cupboard would look beautiful painted white...funny thats just what I was thinking, I wonder what takes us shabby girls by storm and makes us seriously see everything in a blanket of white?
Hugs,
Olivia

Jeanne Downing said...

I love the china cupboard! I love china and have a house full of it. Thank you for sharing about your mother's talents. It looks like you have some of them too. Happy Pink Saturday.

Jeanne
http://jeannedowning.blogspot.com

Shabby Cottage Shops said...

Jil, what a wonderful story about your mom! She must have been a wonderful lady, so talented and I am sure this is where you were so graciously given the wonderful talents you have!! I am envious and love visiting your site, The Ruffled Rose and your blog too!

Have a wonderful Pink Saturday!

Tete said...

Jil, Your mom would be proud of how you are displaying your pretties. I love all the pink roses and know what you mean about the dark wood. I have a husband who loves the natural woods and we can't paint much here.
Your home growing up must have been a dream. Have a super pink weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Hugs- Tete

Rebecca said...

such beautiful rose china

Susie Jefferson said...

How wonderful to have such a talented mother - I bet you have some wonderful pieces she made. Love that bedroom you featured - I've just redone ours white. Lots of texture, and a soft white. Very restful indeed. There's definitely something about all that diffused light...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Couture de Papier said...

Beautiful pink treasures Thank you for sharing..Happy Pink Saturday!

sissie said...

I just love the way you talk about your Mom and all her talents. She must have been wonderful to know.
I'm glad that you followed in her footsteps and now you are adding your style to that wonderful hutch.

Happy Pink Saturday.
hugs
Sissie

Self Sagacity said...

So romantic and beautiful surrounding I could see why you love it. Wonderful post, and congratulations of being the new owner of the treasure.

Maggie said...

What a great story about your mom. And such lovely dishes. thanks for visiting my blog today, too.

Happy PS!
Maggie @
"Do these shoes match this purse?"

☺lani☺ said...

Lovely room! Love them all! Happy Weekend!

Suzie Button said...

How wonderful was your story of your Mom and her wonderful talent! All your pinks are just gorgeous! Happy Pink Saturday! Suzie

Rebecca said...

JiliGirl...

I just had to tell you this about changing the colors on my postcards to all PINK.

I don't know what program you use (I use Paint Shop Pro TenX) and changing a picture to variegated hues on one color is a ONE STEP process. It isn't hard at all...easy peasy. I know on some programs from PhotoShop (not PaintShop) they are different! It takes me literally ONE MINUTE or less!

I reread your post again...just beautiful!

oxRebecce

Debbie said...

Hi Jil,
Thanks so much for stopping by... it has been awhile! Your blog is as beautiful as always!

Happy Pink Saturday!

~Debbie
Quilts Galore and More