Monday, March 12, 2012


Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a nice weekend.

Spring is definitely in the air here in Central California.  All of the flowering trees in town and in
the local orchards are in full bloom.  Some plants are also blooming in my garden as well.  I love
this color of lavender, so I brought some inside the house to add a little pop of spring color.

I also recently found this pretty scale over at Tracey's fabulous online shop, French Larkspur.  I've
been looking for a scale like this for a long time, but have never been able to find just the right
one.  I love this one for its wonderful patina, beautiful face and hand, and its black and white color.

Tracey sent this wonderful French letter with the most beautiful script on it along with my order...
so lovely... thank you, Tracey! 

I've recently started looking for rental homes.  It's a little depressing, to say the least.  I have found one that's kind of cute, but I need more information on it still.  Hopefully, I'll be able to find out more about it this week... we'll see...

Ughhhh... I dread having to move.

Well, that's it for today, my friends.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

'Til next time...

~ Jo :-)


  1. Such a cute vignette. I hate to hear you have to move but truly your home is where your family is. You can make a home any where and I am sure you will make it lovely. God bless.

  2. Beautiful...Absolutely Beautiful.Hang in there Jo.Im thinking about you.You have many who care about you. Its not a ez situation. I hope you do find a nice home. You will definitely make it a beautiful place. Have a sunny and creative day my friend.. Chickie

  3. Lavender already? Here it all is still brown, only a few snowbells here and there... Hard times you are having! Try not to look back... home is where your family is! I agree with chickie - you'll make a beautiful home out of any place! Enjoy your day! Christa

  4. Beautiful spring fluffing.

    I pray you find the perfect home for your and your family. I am sorry that you are having to go through this.

    God bless, Amy

  5. I have just recently found myself in your exact same situation. Iam in the process of moving to my grandmothers old farmhouse on my fathers property. Thank God for that bit of relief. Take care my will all work for the best. Rhonda

  6. Beautiful spring vignette! I always love to see your gorgeous photos. I am so sorry you have to move. I am sure you will find the perfect home for you and your daughters and I can't wait for you to share it with us.


  7. Jo,
    Beautiful photos as usual.I was just thinking about you.I will continue to keep you in my prayers.I KNOW God has good plans for you.Best wishes on your house hunting.I know how you feel.I HATE moving too.Such a pain.

  8. Hi Jo,
    I was so happy to see that you posted!! You and your girls have been in my thoughts and prayers. Best of luck with the move and having a rental home isn't that bad, I live in one now and it's really nice, plus if something goes wrong, the owner takes care of it, which is one less worry!!~
    Your vignette is so beautiful!! Love the scale.
    Take care and keep in touch.

  9. The Lavender is just beautiful and I bet the scent is just as amazing :) I send my prayers on finding the perfect place for you and your girls, whatever you find, I'm sure will be fabulous with your decorating style...Wishing you a lovely day! Xo ~Ashley

  10. So wonderful your spring decoration! So you have the same season like in Switzerland! I never know, where, in which country I mean, is which season. So, it is nice, to hear from the other side of the world, like you are, what you have now! Hugs, Barbara

  11. Jo, I love the Spring Vignette-so cute!! I love that Spanish Lavender-really beautiful!! I'm sorry you have to move. I will be moving as of 5/1/12 too. We are in a rental now and we are having a house built. The lease on our rental isn't up until next May (2013)so we want to make sure there is a new renter in here so we don't get stuck paying rent and a mortgage payment starting in October.

  12. Hello Dear Jo!!! I love your Spring Vignette - so very beautiful!!! Keep us updated on your move - I'm sure you will find something great for you and your girls!!! Your post is making me miss my family in Central Cali - I remember how gorgeous those orchards look in the spring! Wishing you a most beautiful and blessed week, my friend!


  13. Your pictures are very nice!

  14. You're flowers and photos look so pretty, Jo! How nice that you already have lavender growing in your garden. I've been thinking about you, wondering how things are going...hope everything is okay. hugs ♥

  15. I may be having to move as well. My ex lost his job. Might have to scale down even further. It is rather depressing, isn't it?

  16. Jo, you and your girls are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry you have to move, but I know that whatever the house you find is like, you will soon make it a beautiful home.

  17. Hi Jo, You and your girls are also in my thoughts and prayers. I know that you will make another place into a sweet little home for yourself and your daughters. I love what you have done today, with the gorgeous new scale and the lavender. Stay positive, my friend.
    Love and hugs, Cindy

  18. So nice !!! from

  19. It is such a nice surprise to see a post from you Jo!! ;) It looks like you are getting inspired again and that makes me so happy for you!!! Beautiful photos. Im sure you will find a the perfect cozy rental that you can put your personal touch on without worrying about what a "man" thinks!lol.. xoxo Rachel

  20. Hi Jo~~ I just love your beautiful vignette. I love using my lavender in the house. I have so much outside and it makes the inside smell yummy too:)You will find the right home for you and your girls. It is there, it will come to you. I just know it:)
    Have a wonderful week

  21. Hey sweetie pie! I'm glad that you followed your heart and picked up your camera once again. Your vignettes are always so utterly beautiful! Know that you and your girls continue to be in my prayers as you continue on this journey. Be easy on yourself and take one day at a time. Know that you have a TON of gals out here who have your back and are lifting you up!! Hugs to you, Jo! ♥

    xoox laurie

  22. What a lovely set of photos. I have a pretty cool scale that I pulled out of the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi coast from a clean up mission trip. This makes me want to retrieve it from the box at my parents' house.

  23. Having to move is the worst! Hope you find a surprise down the road and are able to take lots of great pictures...

  24. Such nice photos today! I hope you find a house you like! I know you'll do something wonderful with it in any case. Good luck!

  25. fruitless...just like mine...but I wish mine were blooming already!

    moving is so great to purge though right? so if you want to send me that hutch...well, just let me know ;-)

  26. Beautiful Jo! I have an old scale that I have had for years, but I love the details on yours. Very unusual and awesome. So sorry you are looking at moving, but I know great things lie ahead. Maybe not right away, but eventually.

    Hugs across the miles,

  27. It has been a long time since I visited your blog and I am sorry to read this sad news. My mother found herself divorced soon after celebrating 25 years of marriage. I will say a prayer for strength of spirit for you.

  28. Che belle foto,molto romantiche!!! Ciao dall'Italia! Lieta

  29. Dear Jojeana ,

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    I would like to introduce her blog there.

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  30. What a beautiful vignette! I so enjoy your posts with photos of your home. I'm so terribly sorry about everything you're going through.♥

  31. love your blog! found in on pinterest!

  32. Anywhere you live will be are not leaving your love of decor or talent behind with the house...think of it as a chance to start fresh and think how much fun it will be to make it your own!!! Love this post !! x0x0

  33. I hope you find the perfect little place for you and your girls, Jo. I have been thinking and praying for you. You are always on my heart. I know God has a wonderful plan for your family. Sending hugs...

  34. Wow, your blog is... wow!
    Compliments from Rome!

    ( Sorry for my bad bad english .. :-D)


  35. Absolutely love the blog! just added you to my follow list, can't wait to see more updates!

    Hope you find the time to check out mine!

  36. So pretty! Good luck finding a new home, makes me sad too :(
    Hang in there.

  37. Hope you are feeling better! I left you a comment in January, and have prayed for you. It's so hard to go through these changes, and moving when you didn't want to- is very difficult, but you are so talented, and you will make a sweet new home in another place. Also you have such a strong support base of blogging friends, and that is a blessing and an important resource.
    I liked seeing your flowers and I hope you pot up some of that unusual lavender to take with you. I brought some plants with me and it helped me recover when I had to move.
    I lost my home 20 years ago when I divorced my husband, and again recently, just last summer, lost my home, but I learned that I can start over and replace things over time.
    But you must take care of yourself, nurture yourself with beauty, good food, and love. Surround yourself with positive people and great books. I hope your new job is fun, it's good to be out and around people. I hope some wonderful things happen for you with the arrival of spring! Be Blessed! Linda

  38. Jo, I am so sorry you are having to go through all of this. You are so creative and talented and I know you will make your new home cozy and lovely. Be kind to yourself and give yourself some much needed nurturing. Your new house will become a home because you have your lovely daughters with you and that's what is important. You will all come up with creative ideas and it will be wonderful. The main thing is to take care of yourself. Remember, you are in all of our thoughts and hearts and we are right here for you.
    Your photos and vignettes are lovely as always. I am glad you are posting again.
    Sending you lots of love. XO

  39. And more thoughts I want to share with you, Jo...

    I went through a divorce when I was 28. I had a 2-year-old and 4-year-old, I hadn't worked in 7 years and I was terrified. But HOPE kept me moving forward, and in time I married again, and everything worked out better than ever.

    Enter 2000 - both my husband and I lost our software jobs when the .com bubble burst. We sold our home at a loss and moved to our mountain property in a tiny trailer. Years passed. Time and HOPE brought possibilities, and possibilities brought us to where we are today - living in our tiny cottage in the woods.

    I think if you decide to open an online shop, you will do great! Your taste is exquisite. We opened online shops and it helped us through our most difficult years.

    Everything will work out and you will be happy again. Really.

    More hugs,

  40. Jo I am delighted to see another post from you. Your work is exquisite - you are such a gifted lady. I understand your sense of trepidation about moving - I too am a settler and find the idea of moving uncomfortable. I have no doubt that you will turn your new accommodation into a beautiful home for you and your girls. You are doing wonderfully! Keep up the great work. God bless you and your girls. Huggles, Shirley xxx

  41. Absolutely gorgeous pictures!!!
    Greetings from Poland ✿ܓ

  42. I love your spring vignette! I hope you find the perfect new home for you and your girls.

    Take care,

  43. Wonderful, wonderful photos!!!♥

    Enjoy this lovely time!:)
    Many warmy hugs,

  44. Your vignettes are always perfectly gorgeous!!!
    I would be so pleased to have you link this up at the "Cowgirl Up!" party, going on now at The Farmhouse Porch blog...


  45. gorgeous style :) I'll be happy if you check ou my blog too =)

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  47. One should always preview messages .. hee hee ... sorry here it comes amended ..

    All the very best to you - it is encouraging to see that so many caring individuals have left you really warm, caring and uplifting messages. Your blog is lovely and it is by sharing yourself and your love for the things surrounding you that you, perhaps without realising it, touch others lives. May there be blooms and abundance waiting for you, no matter where you go. With warm greetings from the tip of Africa :)

  48. Amazing......I love your blog;o)

  49. Get your camera and come back... You blog was one of the first ones I started following...When your heart is ready please start posting again...


  50. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  51. I'm jealous of the scale you have. It looks so vintage yet so pretty in a retro type of way. I have a boring simple scale at my house. I want a vintage one like yours.

    -Zane of ontario honey

  52. That scale is lovely. I think it's oldness just makes the think interesting. I love vintage things like that. !

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