fading beauty

late yesterday afternoon while i was starting to drift off into an afternoon nap, i heard the soft noise of petals falling.  i opened my eyes, grabbed my camera and took these photos. 

i thought they would be perfect for jane's small but charming flower party.

and while you are here, a little friendly reminder...

remember during the entire month of april, julie lorusso from monkey grass hill is donating 100% of the proceeds of each sale of all her jewelry to the japan relief effort and her husband matt is matching that donation.  so that's 200% of every single sale going to japan.  there are 5 days left to take advantage of this  incredible gesture of kindness.  all my friends are getting her signature bracelet for their birthday this year.  shipping is free and she even gift wraps them.  how can we pass up this offer?

according to this article in the huffington post, more than 18,000 people lost their lives and it will take 235 billion dollars to rebuild.  i cannot fathom the pain these people are in.  
so while news of japan is fading from our consciousness, their pain is still very real.
maybe we can all do something to help out.
please do something beautiful today and go here to make a purchase/donation.




  1. It's not often you hear petals drop, but it is magic when you do.

    I love the way rose petals form tirangles....

  2. Hi Janet,
    I received my bracelets from Julie last week, I bought the triple strand and a single strand with a gemstone (Copying You!)
    They are SO BEAUTIFUL. I have a picture to post tomorrow to encourage others during this last week of her incredible generosity.
    Thanks for the gorgeous pictures. Love your florentine table.

  3. I love your photos.

  4. Fading beauty indeed.

    As I was drifting off into my afternoon nap yesterday,the lab stuck her face into mine and started whining. I didn't think to take a picture, I just got up and let the 2 of us out.

    Yours is a much more romantic story.....

    xo jane

  5. Good Morning! I LOVE droopy roses and petals laying on the table! These are gorgeous and the can is still my favorite. :)

    We don't have one leftover so I'd say they loved it all. I made the best potato bread and there's not a morsel left.

    My email's down so I'll write you back when I can get into it...but I think we might have an answer. I'm just drained...guess I'll have to nap on the hammock all day - darn. :)

  6. Great story and pix! You wouldn't have heard a bowling ball drop in my house yesterday--much less rose petals.

    Thanks again Janet!

  7. Hello Janet, I'm visiting from Jane's link party and am glad I have stumbled across your blog. Your photo's are beautiful...there is nothing nicer than ageing roses...I think they become more beautiful in a shabby, faded way...Robx

  8. Beautiful Janet..i just scooped up a handful of tulip petals and watched them float away with the breeze...so magical :) Thanks for the mention..off to check it out.

    Jeanne xx

  9. I always think roses are at their best when full blown and yours are perfect and in a tin can... lovely x

  10. Love the tin can vase. Save those petals for the next TMR special edition record pressing! ;)

  11. I usually pop the dropped petals in a dish and place them in the bathroom for a few days of scent as they fade...

    how lovely Janet...
    I needed to see these beautiful images this morning.

    Bless you,

  12. Oh my, this is just the loveliest. So glad you had a camera handy! This is the dreamiest of all the posts on flowers in the house. :)
    xoxo kat

  13. Is that Sally Holmes there in the mix? one of my favorites!

  14. It's amazing how a tin can takes on a certain beauty when filled with pretty flowers. :) I can't believe that someone would anonymously leave you a comment that you should stay in the garden and out of fasion. I think you do beautifully on both accounts. Naysayers be gone! Have a wonderful rest of the week. Tammy

  15. It's my peak of experience, when the petals fall.

    Been wearing long linen dresses & skirts with very thin linen long sleeved shirts. Cool, prevents mosquitoes while designing or working in a garden. Staying with colors white, brown, wheat.

    Wear them with work boots then carry a decent pair of shoes if I know dinner is out.

    Love your clothing posts.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  16. Janet,

    These photos are so beautiful and they seem to go well with your message from Julie. I'm going over now and order my signature bracelet...and maybe one for my twin.

    Leslie has such a wonderful idea on what to do with the petals.

    xo annie

  17. Even fallen petal look lovely!!

    Lieve groet & happy evening!

    Madelief x

  18. Thank you for making me want to come here again and again... love your style, love your home and gardens. You're such an inspiration.


  19. What a lovely sound to drift off to. Your photos are beautiful!

  20. YES! to tin can.

    Regarding Japan, I had not read that statistic. It's astounding and horrible considering that original estimates were around 500...

  21. The Japan sunami puts everything into perspective...Happy Easter J. Your roses are so attractive.

    I am getting a strong urge to purge myself of my possessions so might get cracking x

  22. thanks for lifting up the pain people in japan are going through ... it's so easy to forget the suffering in the world when our own lives are so all-encompassing. and your roses are divine.

  23. Good morning, Janet!

    How are you doing? Did you have a fun Easter? I'm sorry I don't come here for a while. We all having a bad flu, but we're getting better... so, I didn't spend much time online.

    I hope you're feeling great. Your photos are always poetic.

    Have a wonderful day!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  24. Just discovered your blog and love, love, love it. I even watched Earthlings after reading your post on why you are a vegan. How wonderful to have all those roses - they are beautiful. Lana www.lifeatwildberrycottage.com

  25. Reading this lovely post last thing- will drift off dreaming of Rose petals floating thru the air!! Good night...

  26. Ditto what The Fisherman's Cottage said.

  27. I know you don't wear foundation, but do you have one you'd recommend? I need some light coverage.

    You've inspired me to pair down!

  28. ali - i would recommend aveda's tinted moisturizer OR bare minerals face powder. both are excellent.


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