Diary of a Rose Lover

Classic, graceful, timeless.
Roses are our iconic symbols of feminine beauty and everlasting love.

My "Diary of a Rose Lover" series of booklets are the perfect journals to sketch your ideas, preserve special memories, and record your sweet sentiments.

{This pretty one was sold to Sherry ~ thank you! The Romantic Red and Pink Passion booklets are still available in my Etsy shop.}

With roses blooming on the covers of these one~of~a~kind hand made booklets, they are gorgeous books to use for a wedding or bridal shower, a baby’s memory book, and of course delightful gifts for a wedding anniversary or Mother's Day.

Each booklet contains twenty four pages of 50 pound acid free sketch paper and ten sheets of transparent tracing paper. The book covers are giclee prints on 120 pound watercolour paper printed from my original colour photographs.

{This is not scrap book paper or clip art.}

On each of the inside front covers which are also printed with roses, there are hand cut scalloped edge pockets made from 80 pound textured card stock which are embellished with vintage millinery and paper flowers. Within each pocket is a giclee print bookmark tied with ribbons. The books are charmingly hand bound with grosgrain ribbon and tied with a floppy bows.

A colophon describing in detail how each book is made is included in the back of each book and is signed and numbered by me.

For a little more inspiration, you may bring the sweet romance of roses to your home or office with these mousepads I have now available in my Zazzle gallery. {I think that these would be fabulous bridal shower party favors ~ just an idea to think about...}

How beautiful to have a garden of roses at your fingertips!

A bouquet of fresh flowers daily and no water necessary!

Compliment these mousepads with some pretty decorative magnets for your memo or inspiration boards at your desk.

...and when you are finished with your work, linger in the garden and enliven your senses by slipping on a pair of these canvas Ked's adorned with my favorite blush pink roses.

Thank you all for stopping by and taking a moment to indulge and savor my roses.

Ciao amici,


Lucky Number Nine

I am sending some sunshine out to Bend, Oregon today.

As I was tucking my little boy into bed last night, I asked him to pick a number between one and 187, which represents those who commented on my One World One Heart giveaway blog post. {I just thought that would be a bit more fun than using the random number generator.}

The number he picked was "9" and that, my friends, is Miss Christine Alvarado from Du Buh Du Designs who was the ninth person to leave a comment ~ the winner of my two Sunny Disposition prints for the One World One Heart international giveaway.

A big thank you to all of you who left comments, those who have already come back to visit, and of course those with whom I have begun to create new friendships ~ not to mention Lisa who orchestrated this party for us. What a tremendous undertaking and wonderful production it was!

Thank you Lisa ~ I have a little something for you too.

Ciao amici,

The Key to His Heart

Kiss me!

After sending the perfect love letters,

...and sharing his heart...

...full of his love...

...and some of his favorite candy...

...and showering her with flowers...

...he got the stamp of approval.

So the gift of a golden locket was hers...

...and so was the key to his heart.
Love to you all my friends,

The Love of Friendship

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to the lovely home of a friend for the day, along with a few other ladies, to create some pretty heart shaped Valentine’s Day candy boxes and fill them with all kinds of sweets and treats. 
But before we got our hands busy, we had some time and visited “The Square” in historic Marietta, Georgia and shopped in some eclectic antique stores. 
With tiny snow flakes dropping lightly on our shoulders and our hair...and then there was I who forgot my gloves {what did I do that for?}... 
...we dodged in and out of some charming places. One large collective emporium was full of antique furnishings and vintage relics...
{'Love the contrast between the raw silk embroidered lamp shade and the rustic wrought iron filigree.} 

...linens and boutique vintage baby gowns... 
{I accidentally changed the mode to black and white on my camera when I shot this photo, but I love how it turned out.} 
{I purchased this aurora borealis beaded necklace and medal.} 
...and so much more. It was a vintage wonderland.
Nostalgic photographs and tattered love letters tied up with pink velvet bows... 
and even the toiletries were wrapped in pretty vintage ribbons.
{Our hostess purchased this old seed box and I just know she will do something marvelous with it.}
...and these worn wooden children's blocks reminded me of my little one at home.
I look forward to another visit here one day soon. 
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When we returned to the home of our hostess, we put on some warm socks, sipped on infused strawberry and orange water
and indulged in decadent cupcakes topped with glorious edible roses, and... 
...hand made meringues filled with cream {I could not stop eating these things ~ oh my gosh, they were so delicious! Thank you Rosalyn-Sue.}. 
More yummy frosted cookies decorated with baby blue blooms... 
...and these to~die~for pink butter cream heart~shaped cookies. {Truly the best cookies I have ever tasted!} 
We then were presented with a most beautiful confection collection and display of candy treats, chocolates, ribbons, buttons, vintage millinery, velvet, hand screened paper, and of course our very own heart shaped boxes which we could decorate at our whim. 
With all the wonderfully generous supplies at our disposal... 
...I had no problem creating a beautiful box ~ a work of art that I will not put away in the attic after Valentine’s Day. I used lovely velvet vintage millinery blossoms and berries, pleated pink and ivory satin ribbons...
...some of my own rosette ribbon, pretty cherry blossom screen printed paper, willowy seam binding streamers, and a pretty aurora borealis and rhinestone jewel from my collection.
More fun began when I started filling this box with goodies ~ and not just edibles ~ adding ribbons, beads and baubles, rhinestone clips and vintage jewels, velvet streamers, paper and porcelain rosettes, buttons and lace.
This actually turned out to be sort of an art kit for Valentine’s Day. I’d love to keep it this way forever, but I promised my little boy that he could eat all the candy. {Maybe I'll buy him some other sweets.}
When I got home I was asked to make another box ~ a “boy” box {this was too girly the guys said} ~ so with some pretty paper, vintage postcards, organza and satin ribbons and braid I got busy. I'll show you soon in another post. 
This was a fun day and a great way to celebrate the love of friendship. I wish you all a Happy Valentines Day
Ciao amici,