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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lilac Time and I Won!

Time flies. Where did May go??
After two weeks of non-stop heavy rain with freezing temperatures, and three days of VERY strong wind, suddenly it's Summer with hot temperatures! This silly weather surely is what makes me feel sick with headaches and nausea :(( please bear with me for not blogging these days.
My white lilac was in full bloom when the torrential rainfalls started, so I thought the only way to enjoy it was cutting a huge bunch to bring indoors.

My tree peonies were all blossoming, and being the forecasted weather awful for quite a while, I decided to cut all and try to save them for the winter ahead. Usually I do not cut them for drying purposes, as I love to enjoy colored bushes in the garden... but this year, I do not feel guilty to take the scissors to my poor soaked flowers!
And after some time... here they are, perfectly dried!

I also meant to tell you, I was *SO* lucky to win my friend Louise's fabulous giveaway (also because I never win anything, and I was very surprised and thrilled when she told me her daughter had drawn my name from the hat!). Thank you very much, girls! 
Antique photos, lace, ribbons, bits and bobs to brighten my day... aren't these women just perfect to become mixed media Halloween witches?;)

Also the rears of the photographs are true masterpieces... It's a pity they don't print like this anymore!

Hope you're having a good week! 
Monica x.


  1. Your flowers are lovely as ALWAYS! Love the photos you won too. My favorite is the couple in the middle. HUGS to you & Kim! Charlene

  2. Congratulations I am so thrilled you won, that is exciting. your pictures are always exquisite. Sorry to hear about your neck/headaches. Hopefully the weather will stay nice and warm for you. I am off to my Moms tomorrow, so will be by to visit when I get back. Hugs.

  3. What a wonderful win, Monica!


    Sheila :-)

  4. Such lovely whites, Monica! I've never seen dried peonies before... they look BEAUTIFUL! They'll be magnificent incorporated into your winter projects, I'm sure! Glad you're enjoying the giveaway treats! ;)

  5. your flowers are beautiful! and congrats on your lovely win!

  6. Fabulous lilacs and peonies! Love the white. And congrats on your win. Great photos!

  7. Wowwww....what a beautiful give away you won !!! i really like it !!! and that flowers............beautiful pictures........well done !!!

    Hugs from me........

  8. Beautiful photos of your flowers. You can't ever go wrong with white lilacs in a galvanized buket. The weather has been just horrible here too so I can relate.

    Congrats on your awesome win. Have fun with all those old photos.


  9. Hello Monica,
    thank you for visiting via WW. I so love Lilacs and Peonies! Your vintage photos are amazing too.
    Very nice to meet you. Will follow. Looking forward to more.

  10. Lovely white post, Monica !
    You've won beautiful photos and the dried peonies are gorgeous !
    We had a bright sunny weekend, today it was cold and it rained the whole of the day.

  11. Lovely photos as always Monica and lucky, lucky you winning Louise's giveaway! Rachaelxo

  12. I just love all of your white flowers! It's been weird weather here too. I've packed away my winter clothes. However, we had hail and ice covering the ground for about 30 minutes the other day. Then it went right back to 85 degrees. Hmmm

  13. I came over via Faded charms WW, and I'm so glad I did. I love your WW post. All of your pics are beautiful!! I love all the vintage photos, and your white lilacs and peonies are gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing. :) ~ Jo

    P.S. I LOVE the photos of the nests and eggs on your sidebar, too...so charming! :)

  14. Hi Monica, I loved those white flowers, you were quite right to rescue them from the weather! Sorry to hear the rain has been bothering your health, I hope you will feel better with the Italian sunshine. Well done for winning :) HUGS, Catherine xx

  15. Monica your dried peonies are amazing. I have never tried drying the tree blossoms. I will now!!! Your lilacs are gorgeous!!! I always love your beautiful pictures.
    Congrats on your lovely win.

  16. Monica, Peonies are my absolute favorite flower and your lovely pink ones are just gorgeous!! Love the white lilacs as well. You lucky lady to win those amazing photos, nothing is sweeter than black and white protraits and you are so on the money about the backs...spectacular!! xOxO Nerina

    ps...pop on over for my giveaway and Happy Pink Saturday !!

  17. Congratulations Monica, love all the beautiful old photos and your gorgeous dried peonies.



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