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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

Now that all my Christmas decorations are put away for another year I thought that I would share a few of my favorite things that I love.


Just a few of my favorite things.......


Yum yum -how I love chocolate and frosted sugar cookies - the are delicious.



I love my rose books and are always looking for another rose bush.  You know a gal can never have enough roses in her gardens.  Most of my neighbors are always asking for roses for a bouquet.


I got this wonderful rose tea cup for my Birthday many years ago from  friend.  It really holds a big cup of tea and I love to have that close when I am searching for another rose bush.  I really don't need another one as I have about 150.



This beautiful rose is from Jackson and Perkins and was in their trial rose program.  I received three bushes with no names on them and had to plant them and send reports on how they were progressing.  I love how they are peach color buds and as they open you can see the beautiful cream colored petals.  Unfortunately, the rose didn't met their standards, but it is one of my favorite roses.  Maybe I should name it "My Favorite Things"


These roses are the last in bloom as the gardeners were here today and were dead heading my bushes.  They still have about 25 more to finish up next week.  I found this tea pot at a garage sale, minus a lid but it works so well for a bouquet of roses.


One of my rose books that shows so many wonderful climbers.  I really prefer David Austin's climbers as they have so many petals and their perfume is so nice.


My favorite rose tea pot along with my big tea cup and my favorite perfume bottle along with my pearls.



My beautiful statuary that is very dear to me of Mother and Child.




You all know how much I love roosters and chickens.  I got this pillow for Christmas from a dear sweet friend who knows my likes and dislikes.  She always nails it for my Birthday and Christmas.  It is a beautiful needle point pillow.

So these are a few of my favorite things - what are your favorite things?

Please leave a comment as I read all of them and try to reply to all.

Mary

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73 comments:

  1. That is fabulous that you have 150 roses. I have 5 roses and a question for you; how do you get rid of weeds growing at the base of your roses? I pull the weeds up but they grow right back.

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  2. I had that problem when I started with my garden many years ago. You can't put any kind of weedkiller down as that will harm the rose bush. When I first plant a bare root bush I make a well around the bush so that you can deep water. I would keep pulling the weeds and finally I guess that I got the roots of the weed. If it's nut grass (which is a weed) has like a little nut at the end are TERRIBLE to get rid of. Just get your hoe and work the dirt about once a week and hopefully you can get it.. I would ask at the nursery as they have so many new products out now. Hope I have been of some help. thanks for stopping by - send pictures of your roses.
    Mary

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  3. Hi Mary, Your teacup and teapot are lovely! I enjoyed seeing your roses too. It's brown/grey/white here (winter in the midwest). Craving green, pink, red, purple...the beauties in my garden. I'll just have to enjoy yours till we have spring. :)

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  4. I have so many favorite things. today it's my new tea pot. Mary Engelbreit. Now I am trying to find the cups and saucers. I am on a QUEST! :)
    I love the roses and yes, I think that would be a perfect name! I miss my rose garden so much. I only had 26 rose bushes but it broke my heart to leave them. Long story. I lived in Bakersfield and when Frank died and I came home..I had to leave all my rose bushes and many were gifts from my daughter, Erin.
    Now I only have a few.
    What a pretty and cozy home you have. I love it, Mary!

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  5. Loved the post Mar, loved seeing all the things you love, of course I love all the red and the pretty pearls with your lovely teapot and tea cup....everything looks beautiful and it looks like it was a lot of fun to do...enjoyed reading the post and the pillow is really beautiful....

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  6. I love roses too and you have a very pretty teacup and teapot.

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  7. Mary- You have some gorgeous things! I love that last little pot (without the lid) that you are using as a vase. I had no idea that you had so many rose bushes. I wish I could see them in person. I love roses. Roses and lilacs are my very favorite blooms -oh and peonies- I love them, too.

    It is too bad that rose did not make the cut. I think it is absolutely beautiful! Love the way one color diffuses into another. I love the David Austin climbers, too. I only have one little rose bush at this house. THAT is sad!!!! xo Diana

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  8. I love roses too! I have a few successes but mostly failures in that department. My granny was a wonderful gardener and I always dream that someday I may be too. I love all of your favorite things but especially that statue. I have never seen one like it before.

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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  9. Your roses are just gorgeous, Mary! You sure do have a green thumb:) The look so pretty in your tea pot. I also love your statue, it's so sweet! What are some of my favorite things? Well, I guess there are too many to list here, but I love tarnished silver (the more patina the better!), the many doilies that my Mom crocheted over the years, anything bird themed, and my collection of Eiffel towers. Have a great day!

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  10. That's what I love about bloggers who love vintage, we can always find treasures a flea markets or garage sales.
    The teapot without the lid is fabulous and how lovely with your vibrant roses. I need to plant more roses, I love the scent that fills the air in summer.
    ann

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  11. thanks Ann for your sweet comments. Yes, when my garden is in bloom people from the neighborhood always stop by to look at my garden and tell me how wonderful it smell's. My teapot/vase I dearly love and it always looks so special when I put fresh roses in.
    Check out Weeks Roses they have some beautiful new ones. Have a great weekend.
    Mary

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  12. Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by my blog today! 😀 I love all of your roses, they are pretty and thanks for sharing all of your favorite things! I can't wait until Spring.
    Julie

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    1. Thanks so much for you comments Julie. I am getting anxious to see all my flowers start growing. Right now all I have are nasturtiums, calla lilies and camellias. But I can see my sees peaking through. Hpefully
      spring will come early for you.
      Have a great weekend.
      Mary

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  13. Oh I love your roses, my favorite flower and I love all the colors. I can look at books about roses all day. Love, love, love that rooster pillow too. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thanks so much Marty, so glad that you love roses also. Yes the pillow is really pretty and it's filled with down and all needle point.
      Have a great weekend.
      Mary

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  14. Just look at all of this beauty! Such a brightening post on how my goodness roses-I love roses and how nifty that you participated in a J&P trial! I received a beautiful J&P rose bush from one of my daughters for Mother's Day last year-I have guarded her from all unpredictable weather!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Jemma

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    1. Thanks so much Jemma for you lovely comments. I saw a lovely rose that I want to get - it's Julia Childs an d is a stunning yellow, so I will be on the hunt for her. It was produced by Weeks Nursery.
      Have a great weekend and hopefully it will warm up for you.
      Mary

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  15. Hi Mary, your favorite things are gorgeous. I love your tea cup. What a pretty rose design. You are so right. One can not have too many roses. They are my favorite too. I have so many here as well and planning a few more this season.
    Love your statue of mother and child. Your rooster pillow is darling. It looks terrific on your sofa. Your friend knows you well. What a wonderful gift to have fresh roses so beautiful the neighbors stop by and enjoy them as they pass by.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you Celestina, you are always so sweet with your comments.
      Yes, I do love roses - I have so many pretty ones that I adore. I am on the hunt for a Julia Child's rose. It is a new one and was named for her in a pretty yellow, produced by Weeks Nursery.
      Have a terrific weekend and I am hoping that your weather is nice.
      Mary

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  16. 150 roses? Oh how beautiful that must be when they are all in bloom. The ones you have shown in this post are gorgeous. I can (almost) smell their heavenly scent :).
    I love your mother and child statue too. So sweet.

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    1. Of course some do not smell and some smell wonderful. It's quite spectacular in Spring when they have their first bloom. Will do a post about them then.
      Have a great warm weekend.
      Mary

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  17. So lovely, I can see why you treasure them. Those roses are just amazing, the perfect
    compliment to your beautiful home.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  18. I, of course, love that needlepoint pillow with the chickens. You know I love my hens! Your tea pot and tea cup is gorgeous. I love having tea every afternoon. I only have a few rose bushes and don't have the best luck with them. Wow, you have 150 of them!! I bet they are beautiful to see.

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  19. Mary,
    I can see why these are some of your favorite things......beautiful!!
    Teresa
    sugar, spice and whatever's nice

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  20. Your favorite things are wonderful.

    I love roses, but they don't love our sandy beach soil. I have a few plants that do well, but I never know when a rose bush will do well.

    I love all of your tea things - I am not a tea drinker, but I love the idea of a tea party.

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  21. I loved looking at all of your favorite things. 150 roses......what beauty that brings to mind. I have only a few roses here due to my not having a green enough thumb to make them happy. I think that you should name that beautiful rose, it is gorgeous, I'm surprised it didn't meet the company's standards.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  22. Oh Mary, how I wish I lived close to you. I'd be begging for roses all of the time! I remember the pictures of your gorgeous garden. I can't believe you still have blooms. These photos are beautiful, and your favorites are beautiful too. I think one of my favorites may be that toile on the chair in your photos. What a pretty vignette you've created with all of these treasures. laurie

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  23. Mary,
    I HAVE THAT SAME TEA CUP AND SAUCER WITH THE PINK ROSES! It is one of my favorites too. First of all, I want to say that this is such a lovely post today. Your roses are so pretty, and what a unique color they are. The mother and child statue is precious. And the tea pot with the gold handle is a beauty. Mary, I can see why all of these are your favorite things. I have a few treasures of my own that I can never part with.

    Have a wonderful Friday.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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  24. Oh, and you happen to have the sugar cookies on here that our family loves. I just saw them at the store today, but got the red velvet cupcakes instead. Maybe next time. :~)

    ~Sheri

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  25. Those roses are gorgeous…I so wish I could grow them here, but the deer love them too much…nothing better than a cup of tea out of your favorite cup, a book and a gorgeous vase of roses….love the rooster pillow!…Have a great day!

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  26. Your roses are spectacular! I can't believe you have so many. I live in the country and without 8' fencing I can't have a rose garden...the deer have even taken to eating my tomatoes!!! Love your needlepoint chicken pillow. Thanks for stopping by my blog...appreciated the visit~~~Mickie

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  27. Your bouquet of roses is absolutely amazing! The colors are just beautiful! And I am so happy that you stopped by my blog so that now I can journey along with you! A very lovely weekend to you!! Nicole

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  28. I love that rose teacup you have! Perfect to drink tea while dreaming about spring!

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  29. It's so pretty! My daughter loves roosters too!

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  30. Your roses are so stunning....I can only imagine the fragrance you have in your garden with so many rose bushes blooming?!?! You have some beautiful things, I can see why you adore them so much :o) Love your rooster needlepoint pillow too....what a sweet friend you have!
    ~Des

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  31. Hi Mary,

    What a treat to see all your favourite things in a sweet, little vignette on your dining room table for us to enjoy, as well as you! Our tastes in colour and pattern are very similar, have you noticed that? How darling is that floral teapot for your pretty roses, which you are so lucky to have even now, when most of the continent is covered in snow! I do see some here, in my own village, and they are like little scented gems, flickering in the sunlight, their perfume floating through the cool air. How delightful to have such a garden full of roses, blooming throughout the year, such enchantment for your senses, (and everyone on your street!).

    The collection of your favourite treasures, some of porcelain and pearls, others of glass and clay, paper and wool, are all wonderful textures that add coziness and calm, to your already pretty and peaceful space.

    Love this room and it must feel so special to sit here, whatever the weather. Thanks for sharing your treasures with us today.

    Wishing you a lovely Sunday.

    Poppy

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  32. The roses are quite beautiful - I especially love the bust of mother and child.

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  33. What a lovely post Mary. You have so many pretty things. The mother and child statue is precious. I can see why it would be one of your favorite things. Your roses are a delight. So many bright colors. You must have a spectacular rose garden. I have been planting roses in my garden for the last five years. I usually try to add one or two every year but I always have problems with bugs and black spots on the leafs. Any advice for that?? Your home is very lovely also. Thanks for always coming to visit dear friend. I truly appreciate it.

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  34. Good morning and many thanks for you lovely comments. For the bugs I have a spray of Dawn liquid soap and water and spray the roses or buy some laby bugs and let them go to town having a feast. For black spots if it just a few I pull the leaves off if it is a lot I prune the bush back some times you have to go to the nursery and ask the expert there and get a spray. Hope this helps you - would love to see your roses.
    Hope your weather is better - we finally got a little rain last night. Yea.
    Mary

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  35. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by the House on Lavender Hill! I'm looking forward to perusing your blog and getting to know you.

    I grew up on a chicken farm in upstate NY and my father would have LOVED that pillow :P

    As for the snow here in Northern New Jersey - I'm far from sick of it - I would be thrilled if winter lasted 12 months instead of barely 3!!!!

    Thanks again for visiting,
    gena

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    1. Thanks so much Gena for stopping by. I'm looking forward to getting to know you also and reading your posts. I couldn't take the cold weather since I've been in SO CA for 50 years - I would freeze to death.
      So many of the bloggers are really tired of the bad weather.
      Have a great weekend and stay warm.
      Mary

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  36. What a fun post! Love your roses and all of your favorite things. Thanks for sharing at TTF!

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  37. Mary, Your roses are so pretty!! I love all your favorite things, it seems like their my favorite things too!! Thanks so much for always stopping and leaving such wonderful comments. Always love hearing from you!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  38. Thanks so much for you lovely comments. I love stopping by your posts - you always have terrific posts. Have a great week.
    Mary

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  39. I dream of having 150 roses! I do have a small rose garden, but I need MORE! lol! Yours are gorgeous. Can't believe that beauty didn't meet J&P's standards. They do have beautiful roses. I spied that darling red and yellow toile chair. That would be one of my favorite things! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  40. I swear, I could almost smell your beautiful roses. I can't imagine how pretty it must be when all your bushes are blooming. and those sugar cookies you picture.....my favorite brand....they just melt in your mouth....so good. Have a sweet day. xo

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  41. Hi Mary, just had to stop by again and be inspired by your gorgeous home and favorite things. You just know how to pull it all together for beautiful.
    Have a great rest of the week and thank you for stopping by.
    Hugs

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  42. I love anything with flowers on it! Your cups are repurposed teapot are all beautiful as are the roses you put in it.

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  43. Hi Mary, I'm nominating you for the Liebster Awards. Please have a look at my blog, you will be mentioned there. Have a great day.
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

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  44. You are showing a lot of beauty in this post! Everything is so pretty! I am featuring this post at TTG FB page today. https://www.facebook.com/thethriftygroove

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  45. Hi Mary, you were busy answering comments on this one. That is so nice and you have some of the prettiest things. I love your home, it reminds me of an English cottage. I am going to be redoing my parlor soon and that's kind of the look I'm going for. I love your yellow toile chair..The roses are wonderful, I can't imagine that beauty not making their cut..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  46. Hi Mary! Oh, how nice to get another little peep into your lovely home! The roses, tea set and bust are just gorgeous. The roses are so so pretty and I wish I could grow them. I've never had very good luck. Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  47. Hi Mary! Thanks for popping in to see my little cow creamer. Hope you're having a nice Sunday.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  48. So many pretty things! The statue is lovely.

    I ordered ordered some roses from David Austin today: 3 Alnwicks for a new border and an Ambridge. The Alnwicks are new to me...have you tried one? They are supposed to like warm weather areas. I had Ambridge before and it did very well. Just keeping my fingers crossed I will have water for them this summer.

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  49. Your roses are stunning! And I love sugar cookies, too! :)
    Susan

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  50. Mary, your blog is so pretty!! I am a gardener too and just can't wait for spring to come around again. :)

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  51. I just love all of your favorite things! I'm crazy about all of your beautiful roses and your beautiful vignette's! Great blog, I'm following you and so happy I found you. No wonder you were featured at Amaze Me Monday!

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  52. Mary how lovely your home looks with all your special little items you love. You are a woman of my own heart with roses. I would never be able to fit 150 into our little patch,,but wherever there is a spot you can bet I'll fit one in. The no name one you have is so pretty. Imagine being so pretty and being not up to scratch. Poor little thing,so pleased roses can't understand our language :) See you next time. :)

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  53. OMG, those roses are so beautiful, Mary! I haven't had much luck with roses, but I sure do love them--even after they dry and most people would've thrown them away. Loved your post, and your favorite things.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my Winter Picnic post. Would you like to join me for some hot...I mean cold chocolate? :) ~Zuni

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  54. LOVE that rooster pillow! Wow! I could use that in my family room!

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  55. Hi Mary! Thanks for popping in to see me and I hope you have a great week.
    be a seetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  56. Fun post. I agree with you about the cookies and the roses.

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  57. Your roses are so pretty! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me today!

    Happy day friend!
    karianen

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  58. I love these kind of posts...and the Mother and Child is MY favorite....:)

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  59. Hi Mary, stopping by to say hi and so enjoyed seeing your treasures again. Your home is beautiful. I am sure you are enjoying pretty weather. We warmed up to 82 degrees today and it was great!!
    Have a nice evening.
    Thanks for stopping by and your kind comment. Hugs

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  60. Hey Mary - I've decided I've missed visiting everyone a little too much so today's the day - I've had it with the painting lol - came across this post and have to tell those roses are just spectacular -
    Do you really have 150 rosebushes? How incredible !!!
    XOXO

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  61. Hi Mary! Thanks for popping in to see me and I hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  62. I have that same tea cup and it is one of my favorite things too. I love your beautiful roses. They are gorgeous.

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  63. Beautiful roses! I can't wait for mine to start blooming again!

    Loved seeing some your favorite things.

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  64. Hi Mary! I'm still crushing on that sweet Rooster pillow you have. Thanks for popping in to see me and I hope you're doing well. I keep waiting for a new post from you! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  65. Rooster pillows and Roses are few of my favorite things as well! Your tea cup and tea pot with the roses is absolutely stunning and this post is sooo pretty! Rose books make wonderful coffee table books, don't they?Love how you used them on your tabletop:) Thanks for your sweet comment! Your visits always make me smile:) I hope you are enjoying your weekend! Hugs, Poppy

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