Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers


Hello……anyone there?  And yes, I am still here…thank you to those asking if I am ok.  If a person could have a sound affect added to their body, mine would most likely resonate that of a bee hive in full blown action.  And if you could add an image along with that, it would either be The Roadrunner – you know, the cartoon character that was darting from point-to-point – or The Tasmanian Devil.  I prefer The Roadrunner – he seems to be less messy and a little less crazy looking – and just tone down the agility to a slower motion as if he has worn spine.


I thought I would share this post with y’all because I just LOVE all of the floral paintings that are here and there at The Antique Warehouse.   There are some pretty ones for sale right now and I think the one below is my fav.  This post is actually from The Antique Warehouse’s blog, which I am the author of.


On another note, I took off word verification and now am being flooded with anonymous comments from someone telling me how much they love my blog and if I would be willing to share their blog with my readers.  Being cautious minded, I don’t click on the links – and you should never do this – because who knows what the link REALLY is and my curiosity could potentially harm my computer.  Soooo, I may have to turn the WV back on..but we will see.  In the meantime, ANONYMOUS…whoever YOU are….why not leave your true identity and quit hiding?!!  Step up and be the real deal like us other bloggers take ownership of being. 


Ok…onwards now.  I made my peace.


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April showers do bring on the May flowers!  Magical things happen in the springtime with the rebirthing of foliage and the bursting of color from plants offering their first display of flowers.  Birds are happy, bees are buzzing, butterflies prancing, and hummingbirds seeking out their food from their favorite plants.  A lot is going on around us outside and it is always joyful to sit back and pay attention to the beauty that nature offers us – right in our own backyards, too.


We can bring the outdoors in with fresh cuttings of our favorite flowers – either from the local grocer or from our own gardens.  Beautiful pictures and paintings of flowers is another way to add a cottage garden look inside our homes.  Amateur paintings of flowers, vintage floral prints, old books with lovely graphics on the cover and and even dishes with pretty floral patterns can liven up any decor. 


Our dealers are celebrating the season here at the store and are bringing in some beautiful springtime pieces and creating lovely vignettes with these treasures in their spaces.


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Some of our favorite pieces are those that are done by amateur artists.  These paintings are often referred to as Sunday paintings or Sunday oils.  Back in time, women often learned how to paint and would master their skills on Sunday afternoons – hence the name Sunday paintings.  In the Victorian era (late 1800’s) it was a requirement of any woman who was “in good standing” to be able to paint and accomplish these skills quite well.


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Old needlepoint, frolicking garden angels and English transferware are scattered about here and there.  Pretty vintage pottery pieces are lovely to tuck in a hand-picked bouquet.  These make nice gifts for the special someone, too.

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Vintage toleware trays, bookends and door stops offer little touches of nature with sweet flower images.

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Garden shelves, cement urns, old milk cans and picket fencing can add that garden feel to any corner.  A little sign of scrabble tiles simply spells out that this is your garden.



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When you are done poking around in the garden, why not prepare a nice cup of tea, add a few scones to your floral plate and grab a book to read in your favorite chair that waits for you in your garden. 



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Sounds pretty good, huh?  Enjoy your day and enjoy the springtime.

49 comments:

Simply Shelley said...

The Antique Warehouse looks like a wonderful place to visit...thanks for sharing with us. The flower paintings are all so pretty....blessings friend.

Mecky said...

That looks like a great place to shop!! I wish I was closer!

I had to add WV, too. I hated to, but I was being bombarded, too. I think many of us have been and I am sure that most everyone understands. I think some people just need to get a life or grow up or something. Why waste your life trying to do harm to others? Honestly, isn't it just a waste of a person's life to harm people? "Love has always been the answer"

I had to chckle when you wrote April Shower do bring May flowers!! My question is...What does April Snow bring? Kansas has snow again! I am fortunate enough to be south enough to be out of it, but boy is it cold. April is March this year! It's been crazy!!

It is so nice to have you blog again. You are missed.
Mecky

20 North Ora said...

Good to hear from you. Looks like a lot of goodies to pick from.

Judy

Stacey said...

Everything looks so pretty. I'd love to come shop at the Antique Warehouse. :)

Those anonymous comments come from a computer generated program, it seems to me. A lot of times they don't even make sense. They scare me!

Heather said...

I am here! I hear you! You are coming in loud and clear. Beep Beep...

Oh, my! Such beauty! It is such sweet and calming beauty! Thank you for sharing it! It was so relaxing to look at the pictures!

I have had the same anonymous blogger. It is really annoying. It doesn't show up on my blog, just in an email to me that says they left a comment. At least I don't see them in my blog. I will have to check. It is sad for someone to take something enjoyable and sweet and distort it for I don't know what!

Thank you for sharing!
Hugs,
Heather

Tommie Jo said...

It's been so long since I've visited my favorite blogs...life happens and then we find our trusty blog and blog friends still there, patiently waiting for us. I can't wait to (try) & catch up on your older posts that I've missed.
Looking at all the beautiful pictures, I know that I would love to spend too much time just browsing all the wares!
Have a great day!~TJ

Cranberry Morning said...

Your blog is beautiful! Love that Scottie postcard on the header. :-)

chris mckinley said...

Love the floral pics!!! chris

Kathleen Grace said...

Good to hear from you Becky! I haven't had much spam since I adjusted my comment moderation last year. Maybe you just need to tweak them a bit? This time of year just calls for flowers, the paintings are lovely, my favorite is the lilac painting. It sounds like you have your hands full with your antique business and the other blog, but we love to hear from you now and then. I hope you are enjoying Spring, ours is finally here!

TammysVintage Finds said...

I've been getting those crazy comments too and noticed that other bloggers have also. It's very annoying. I also set up the verification. It's unfortunate that we all have to resort to that.

rebecca said...

I really enjoyed this post and agree about anonymous posters!

AND I'm happy to learn the "name" of these paintings (I've called them naive paintings but like knowing they are Sunday paintings!) I have many of them myself....some similar to a few you have photographed :)

Mary said...

Hi Becky, enjoying seeing all the treasures at the Antique Warehouse. I love old oil paintings on canvas that is distressed, with patina and crackling, often no need to even frame - like to stand them against something and move them to different spots. I have one on my mantel at present - pretty pot of nasturtiums.

Yes, be careful of anonymous comments - I just about always delete immediately (of course I do moderate all comments prior to posting), but I really find the verification option very tiresome - now my eyesight is not so great it's annoying having to type in letters and numbers, often over and over because they are too hard to decipher. I must admit I've actually dropped following some bloggers because of that.

Have a wonderful week -
Mary

WendyBee said...

My favorites are the lilacs and the urn with the peonies and daisies. And I love the square plate on the right in the next-to-the-last pic.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Becky,
The paintings are lovely...I love the roses! I will have to make a trip over to see all the new lovlies. I have been busy sewing and being a new puppy mom. No sleeping in for this mommy(lots of puppy licks and bites) LOL
Have a sweet day sending lots of hugs, Elizabeth

Elsie said...

Well Ms. Busy Bee I sure do miss your post. You show all that wonderful junk and make me absolutely have "junk fever". I love all of those paintings and so wish I could come shop. :( I am getting to go to Canton,TX. to the big fleamarket the first of May so maybe I can get a junk fix. :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

You can set your account to NOT allow anonymous comments. Since Blogger upgraded their spam control, I have not had any problems, and I never get any anonymous comments. So that may be an easier way to handle it rather then WV.

Jocelyn

Mimi Sue said...

So pretty and springish. Wish I could come and do a little shopping in that adorable store. Mimi

Liz Hockamier said...

What a fun shop! I LOVE some of that stuff. :)

Have a great weekend!
~Liz

Kit said...

Everything is just so lovely! Boy, I wish I could shop there. Was wondering what those two items were- bookends! :) Kit

Kit said...

Everything is just so lovely! Boy, I wish I could shop there. Was wondering what those two items were- bookends! :) Kit

Julia Terpstra said...

Oh so sweet! What a wonderful post; I really need to get in to the Antique Warehouse and nose around. Do they have AC? "Cause we are gonna need it the next few days. xoxo jules

Denise said...

Beautiful things! My daughter has a great collection of old floral paintings. Darn her! :) If you don't stop showing these great things, you may have to open an online personal shopping business! I never see such pretty things here. As far as Spring goes....I sure hope May FROST brings May flowers! We're having the strangest weather here.

Elyse said...

hi becky!

i'm happily visiting blogs tonight and what a fabulous post to land on here, filled with so many cool and lovely things! love the paintings of flowers!

i hope all is well, sweetie pie!

xo
elyse

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi Becky...I knew you must have taken some time off or I would have heard from you.
I lost my daughter on Feb. 22, and knowing you, I knew you would have said something to me.
I am glad you are back. I dropped in now and then to see if you have written anything new..and then I left for awhile. I am back but struggling to go on with blogging.
My very best to you..I thought of you a lot when I lost Sandy.
Much love,
Mona

Liz Hockamier said...

Hi Becky,
Hope all is well. Just checking in.
~Liz

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Sinta Renee said...

I keep looking for a new post... I know you are probably even busier than the last time you posted. Just missing my SCD fix! Sending you wishes for a wonderful summer.