Sunday, February 17, 2013

Just Dreaming


 Somehow it seems so fitting that one of the first colors to greet us with the promise of springtime is one as cheerful and bright as yellow.


 I've been dreaming of spring all weekend... my gardening seeds arrived in a package Friday and I spent a relaxing hour sitting on the picnic table working on the garden plan while Justus was hammering away on our soon to be chicken house.


A few cheerful yellow buds placed on the dining room mantel bring in warmth and sunshine and almost make me forget that it's still cold outside and only February. 


 Do you remember the dough bowl my father-in-law made me?  Well, he actually made us two and just recently gave this one to us(I know, could I be any luckier?)  This one is a bit wider than the other and was made from a piece of cherry. 


 The contrast of colors in the wood is beautiful and I knew immediately it would be perfect used as a centerpiece on our dining room table.  As I'm sure you do, I treasure handmade items like this, even more so when it's made by someone special to us. 


My husband snapped this picture of Rosetta and I this afternoon while we were all enjoying the last couple hours of sunshine and I was busy picking yellow flowers.  My little Rosie is growing up... 

I hope you have a wonderful week!

42 comments:

  1. Your little Rosie is darling. I am jealous of your flowers. We have even more snow coming tomorrow- xo Diana

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  2. I think the first flowers are yellow because nature knows we need the color of sunshine.

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  3. I love the early spring flowers too.
    Your dough bowl looks great and I love the picture of you and your little girl!

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  4. Love your cheerful yellow blooms! I can't wait until spring!!
    Lucy

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  5. Love your dough bowl..nice of your father in law..
    Xoxo Marissa

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  6. I love how simple the mantel is with little pops of spring. Your home is one of my absolute favorites. I come here often just to look at the photos and get some ideas. :)
    Yes, I remember that dough bowl...I love it!

    Happy week to you!
    Sarah

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  7. I love to seethe first spring flowers- yours are beautiful with all the white. We have hellebores blooming now :) what a sweet picture of you and your little girl!

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  8. So ready for spring ! Have a great start to your week

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  9. You are a very lucky girl. 2 beautiful dough bowls!!!
    Luv the yellow blooms.
    Cheers, Gee

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  10. And I do cherish handmade items, too; your new bowl is priceless as well as this
    portrait of mother and daughter. Our children do grow up very fats, indeed...

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  11. Hi Andrea. I am a new follower. I saw your story in Romantic Homes and I'm so glad I did. Your home is so lovely as are you and your precious little girl. What a nice gift your FIL made for you. How wonderful to have hand made keepsakes. Yellow certainly is a sign of spring. My daffodils are just barely peeking through the ground. But, spring is definitely on the way..I would like to invite you to visit my Cottage, you would be most welcome..Happy Sunday..Judy

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  12. oh, for me, rosetta is the most charming part of this post! such a sweet picture, andrea:)

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  13. Dear Andrea, you and your little Rosetta are so pretty and sweet!
    Your new centerpiece looks gorgeous in your dinning room, and yes a touch of yellow and a bunch of flowers bring in your yet bright home, some spring mood! A white house is really versatile!
    Hugs,
    Manu

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  14. Your husband captured a sweet moment for you! We are still in a deep freeze, but I'm planning my flower beds regardless of what's outside. Your yellow flowers do say spring to me.

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  15. Beautiful photograph...hold on to those moments, they go all too fast!
    Hope your week is wonderful!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  16. I love how you keep it so simple...

    Sweet photo of you and your little beauty there at the end.

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  17. Beautiful photos and little Rosie. Can't wait to see the chicken house. I've been talking about one since last spring. I just "reminded" my husband again last night. He said he had too many coops in the fire right now....Maybe I can inspire him with yours.

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  18. Like you, I am so incredibly ready for spring! We are itching to plant our garden, too.
    Your new dough bowl is beautiful! Handmade gifts are the best, aren't they?

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  19. You are indeed a lucky lady to be the recipient of two dough bowls! Your husband captured such a sweet moment between you and Rosie. We have a granddaughter named Rose, but we never call her Rosie! You've inspired me to brave the cold today and go outside to gather some quince and forsythia that's blooming in the yard.

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  20. I just love that picture so much. Beautiful. I would take another one with your other daughter and blow them both up and framed them and put them in their room in black and white with a white vintage frame. Perhaps both in a corner wall . So stunning. That is an heirloom for them to see even years later when they have their own children how much their momma marveled and loved them so. Love it!
    Also Andrea, so jealous you have Spring a few weeks earlier than us. I can't wait. I"m over this! We might get snow today. Ahhhhhh!
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

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  21. Beautiful blog! Found you through my latest issue of Country Living. Can you believe we already have daffodils (or buttercups, as they seem to call them here in the south) blooming in our yards? Amazing for February! So glad I found a fellow Tennessean to follow. Blessings to you.

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  22. The dough bowl is gorgeous and such a treasure for you and your family....truly special...and I too love yellow blooms to welcome Spring...I so never tire of seeing your beautiful kitchen...and love the photo of you and your dear Rosetta!

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  23. Chicken house or carved bowl, don't which I should be more envious of. You all are quite the busy bees. Look at little Rosetta. She is not so little anymore and quite the image of Justus. I am feeling as you as well, let spring be on its way. Happy garden planning Andrea.

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  24. I was so excited last week when I saw the beginnings of shoots coming up from our bulbs! Yes, love yellow. And planning for spring. The anticipation is almost as sweet as that first truly warm day will be.

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  25. I have been seeing lovely yellow flowers around lately, but it seems so early! I'll take it though :) Your dough bowl is absolutely gorgeous. What a special piece! How exciting that your husband is working on a chicken house! We have chickens and I am crazy about them. They are so fun!

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  26. I love all your beautiful photos! Your daughter is so beautiful.I too can't wait
    for spring. It's right around the corner.

    Kathy

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  27. Lucky, lucky you, that the weather is changing:). We are still in the bitter cold here:(. It was nice to escape into your post, I began to dream myself. Have a great week, Jen ps-Loved the picture of you & Rosetta!

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  28. My mind is set on spring too, now if only the weather would cooperate! What a beautiful dough bowl...gifts like that mean so much, don't they?! Great photo of you and your little sweetie. xo

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  29. What a great dough bowl for you and your family. I love the yellows of spring too but in NJ I don't think we will be seeing them for a bit. I can't wait for Spring!!!!

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  30. happy spring, dear andrea! your blog and photographs look absolutely amazing. congrats on the country living feature (again). so nice to have met you in person. this post just makes me want to see more of your gorgeous home. amazing.

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  31. I have definitely caught Spring Fever. Your husband is quite a photographer too! Love that picture of you and Rosie, you are right she is growing up.

    Lynn

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  32. This is even not found in dream. This is awesome. What is the name of yellow flowers? Please.

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  33. I'm so with you on the daffodils! I love yellow and when ours started blooming at the beginning of February, I've had to have a fresh vase-full in the house since. Can't wait for the tulips!

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  34. What a beautiful mother/daughter portrait! I love your new bread bowl! You are truly blessed to have these pieces of art!

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  35. What a lovely blog, visiting from over at Ann's from 'Sutton Place'. I'm desperate for spring at this point but can literally see the snow blowing from the window. LOVE the dough bowl. I use mine at leaset once a week.

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  36. Such pretty photos as always. I love the one of the mantel and the one with you and your daughter. So sweet! P.S. Do you mind if I did a post with your granola recipe? I am just LOVING it and everyone I've told wants the recipe. I would link back to you and the original blog that you got the recipe from. Let me know. I will NOT be offended if you would rather that I didn't!! :) Have a great weekend! ~ Jamie

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  37. Hi Andrea,
    Just came over From Ann's and I have to agree with her - your blog has that something special going on!! Great photos - can't wait for spring!

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  38. I needed a little early touch of spring! Thanks! What a darling photo of you and your little one! Adorable

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  39. Beautiful pics and congrats on winning Best New Blog from Country Living!

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  40. I love your pops of yellow, and this second dough bowl is GORGEOUS. Seriously, he could sell these and get a pretty penny for them. LOVE!

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  41. I have one of those dough bowls. My husband's grandfather made it during WWII. I always used it as a ceterpiece but only recently found out that it is a dough bowl. Such a beautiful piece.

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