Beauty, Bugs and Browsers

Hi everyone!
Wow, I can’t believe it’s Friday already, this week sure got away from me.  Both my daughter and I were sick with the flu bug this week…not fun, let me tell you.  I did lose four pounds from it though, so that made me feel a wee bit better…not much, but a little 😉 
I didn’t get out much this week due to all of our illnesses and also because of the weather.  Ughh…it’s so chilly!  Up until lately, we’ve been spoiled with unusually high temperatures, so our current weather is kind of a shock.  Yesterday, despite the alluring look of all the bright sunshine, it was ten below outside with about a minus thirty degree windchill when my son left for school.  The Mister drove him…I stayed in.
Luckily, I did manage to get out for a bit the day before.   Feeling like I needed a dose of some brightly-hued beauty, I picked up a bunch of flowers while out and about on a much needed trip to the grocery store.  I decided to combine them with a little of this and a little of that, take some photos and finally put together a post.
Besides having a keen eye for spying flowers, I’m always on the hunt for interesting little tidbits…some things old, some things new.  Since I’ve been doing more and more food photography, I have a new-found love for kitchen-related items, fabric always calls out my name too.  But what I really like, is when I find an item a little out of the ordinary, something that has a hint of charm and feels nice and natural too.
I love worn woods…things with texture.  Mmm, yumminess.  If I remember correctly, I think I scavenged these wooden spools from Mom’s house along with some vintage clothespins.  Weird little things like that make me so happy.  I especially think they look so pretty paired with a few beautiful blooms.  I could spend ridiculous amounts of time rearranging it all and enjoy every minute of it.
Speaking of rearranging, there are a few little projects I’m hoping to get done around the house soon so that maybe I can have a decorating post for a change.  Hopefully, I can work on one of them this weekend…fingers crossed. 
Oh, one last thing.  If you are still having problems leaving blog comments, I’ve noticed two things…it seems to randomly happen on blogs where the comments are embedded under the post and also the browser you use appears to make a difference.  I downloaded Google Chrome and now all is well.  It only took a few minutes and I can still use Internet Explorer whenever I like too.  Maybe that will help some of you that are having the same problems that I was.
Well, my friends, have a great weekend!
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  • julie - eab designs

    Oh so lovely colors! Makes me think of spring. Happy to hear you are feeling better!

    January 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm Reply
  • Caroline

    OMG…that Anthro bowl is my fav. I love love love how you style your shoots! I am totally swooning over here!

    January 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • Vintage Home

    I love flowers string spools keys & any colour of bluey turquoise! Your post is beautiful!
    Hope you are feeling better, we just had a week of snow! I lived in Minnesota for a year & you guys surely have cold weather!!
    Thanks so much for the info on Chrome, I am scared to switch, but you have given me courage!
    Have a great weekend!

    January 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm Reply
  • het tuinengeltje

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Bey, Sylvia

    January 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm Reply
  • Al

    Love your photography! I always enjoy visiting your space for some uplifting and very inspiring ideas. Glad you're feeling better. I'm just getting over bronchitis myself. Here's to a healthier new year!

    January 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm Reply
  • Pink and White

    What beautiful colours. Really optimistic. Thank you for sharing it. And I hope you will keep feeling better and better. Good luck 🙂

    January 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm Reply
  • Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle)

    You should have a career shooting for a magazine! These are such cool pairings. I love the muted background tones and vintage items paired with the bright, colorful flowers. Perfection.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm Reply
  • Courtney ~ French Country Cottage

    Gorgeous blooms and photos!! Glad you are feeling better Tricia!! Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!

    January 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm Reply
  • Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

    Sorry you have been ill. Great pics and I switched to Chrome, too. Much better with that browser.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm Reply
  • Donna

    Love the photos! I need to get busy and find some new subjects to photograph.. I am still waiting to get shots of my grandson but, boys being boys, it's almost impossible to catch him…
    Have a great and Feel Better Weekend!!!

    January 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm Reply
  • Lara

    gorrrr-gous photos, tricia!

    I love the pairing of the lime & mint green with the peach carnations. Your new fabric looks lovely. I just got in a new fabric shipment yesterday – it is so addicting! I have that same anthropologie bowl – one of my faves! Sorry you had the bought with the bug. I have started drinking kefir to prevent getting that virus – total germ phob here! 😉 I was in the peditrician's office yesterday getting pink eye drops for my son – it takes 2 to pin him down to put them in! Enjoy the weekend!

    January 20, 2012 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • Kristen

    I'm so happy your feeling better! Those flowers are so beautiful, this post makes me want to go to the market and get a bundle!

    Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

    January 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm Reply
  • raggygirlvintage

    So pretty Tricia, love those pops of color to brighten the cold, cold winter, and the bowl is very cute too!

    January 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm Reply
  • Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Sorry to hear you've been sick, Tricia…no fun! I'm glad you are feeling better now! These photos are just beautiful…the colors ARE so wonderful to look at with this cold snap. You're right~ this weather feels much colder than it normally would after all the warm weather we've had! Anyway, these colors and prettiness are like a sight for sore eyes! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    January 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm Reply
  • Très Julie

    Wonderful colors!
    Xo, Julia

    January 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm Reply
  • Candylei

    Such gorgeous photographs! 😉

    January 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • birdie blue

    glad you're feeling better. the colors in your beautiful pictures are just so fresh and pretty.


    January 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • Polly

    always gorgeous! talented lady you are!! love the cabochons….i want a bright bracelet made of them!!



    January 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm Reply
  • camelia danielescu

    What a wonderful tones … Gorgeous !

    January 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm Reply
  • A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! They are a breath of fresh air in the middle of winter! So lovely!

    January 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm Reply
  • Trish @TheOldPostRoad

    Great colors! I am pinning those to my inspiration for my art board!

    January 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm Reply
  • Hayley

    Happy New year! What beautiful pictures to brighten up a dreary day here in Scotland!x

    January 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm Reply
  • Alice

    Beauty indeed. I love the bright colors of the flowers and the bowl. And that spool is just darling.

    I'm so glad you are feeling better. From the title of the post I was expecting to see a photo of some bugs….

    January 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • Marina {Yummy Mummy)

    I am in LOVE with those colors! Pinning this for sure 🙂

    January 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm Reply
  • michelle

    Once again so beautiful and bright and cheery, just what I need on this COLD snowy day! I love the spools and think I need some flowers now. 🙂 I am sorry you had the bug, I know, it is NO fun. Hopefully the weather will warm up again to about 30! 🙂

    January 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm Reply
  • Eileen

    Gorgeous pictures! I have been wondering about Google Chrome. I think I'll have to try it. Blogger just changed the comments so that those people with embedded comments can respond to another comment directly, so maybe it's still buggy.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm Reply
  • Tiffany

    Tricia…You have such a gift. Hope you are feeling better, no fun to have the flu. Our weather seems to be the same, cold yesterday, snow today. I switched to Chrome a few weeks ago, but do all of my blogging in Firefox, for some reason I have more posting options in Firefox, like changing picture size once the picture is uploaded…go figure. Anyway, Happy Friday.


    PS: I am a Rooster too:)

    January 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm Reply
  • Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage

    Glad you're better! You're just a born stylist. Your images are so fresh and pretty! (As always!)

    January 20, 2012 at 6:17 pm Reply
  • Val

    Beautiful in every way!

    January 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm Reply
  • Posy and Co.

    Speechless! Ok, I do have something to say…why aren't your photos plastered everywhere? You are so talented! Much love, Lisa

    January 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm Reply
  • DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family

    Tricia, you never cease to amaze me!
    I love how you style your photography! Your images are such a gift to all of us!
    Be well.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm Reply
  • Jaymi

    these are so beautiful! I love the wood table top you use as a background. I have a wood platform I use to shoot on but its not as wonderfully rustic looking as yours! I need to find something like that!

    January 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm Reply
  • PriscilaPetersDecor


    These are lovely. I'm happy you feel better, I always need your photos for inspiration.

    I think you're right about the blog ptoblems. I have Explorer, and now thinking seriously about the Chrome…

    Have a nice weekend.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm Reply
  • jessica

    Wow Tricia!!! The bright colors look absolutely springy!!! Sorry to hear you were under the weather 🙁 Have a nice weekend!

    January 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm Reply
  • Stephani

    It's amazing how you can take "a little of this and a little of that" and make it all come together. Beautiful.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm Reply
  • ℳartina @ Northern Nesting

    Beautiful pictures makes me think of SPRING!! Have a great weekend!

    January 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm Reply
  • Tricia Rose

    I have my grandmother's needlecase and a selection of wooden bobbins, with the old labels and several big spools of linen thread to gloat over. I wish I had your way with flowers! Feel better…

    January 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm Reply
  • Sheila

    Well, there you are!! I have been impatiently waiting for another all inspiring blog from you. I just LOVE your photography. Feel better! Sounds like it might have been the right time to be down and out … crazy weather will be 50 tomorrow. Thanks for another wonderful few moments to wander through the world thru your eyes! It's a great vantage point, – Sheila

    January 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm Reply
  • Elyse


    your blog is so beautiful. i spied it on molly's (birdie blue) thumbnail and popped right over.

    glad to find you feeling better and taking such lovely photos!


    January 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm Reply
  • Pattie

    Overwhelmed with joy over your photos
    always a pleasure coming over to say hello…. Have a wonderful weekend


    January 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm Reply
  • augcott

    I ♥ all of these shots!!!!
    I sighed louder and louder as I scrolled down 😀

    January 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    Your blog and your photos leave me with such an "ahhhhhh" feeling! I have a thing for keys, and I collect them and so i'm drawn to those shots and you've given me a few inspirational ideas…thank you.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm Reply
  • Blueberry

    The pictures are just like postcards!;)
    Love them!:)

    January 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • The Rosegarden in Malevik

    Hi There……
    Really Lovley Photos……and colurs 🙂
    and do not miss……




    It´s Fun 🙂
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

    January 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • Мъх

    Beatiful colors!
    I wish you health and nice weekend!

    January 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm Reply
  • Vickie @ Ranger 911

    Gorgeous photos! They are like a little taste of spring in this frigid weather we are having. I hope you feel better. We had that bug after Thanksgiving AND Christmas! Sorry to say, I already put the weight back on. :@

    January 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm Reply
  • Just B @ Love Where You Live

    Hi Tricia! Your beautiful photos are definitely a bright spot in an otherwise gray day. Same as you, we've been spoiled by above average temps & dry weather – – overnight and today we got 6" of snow & it's C-O-L-D. Typical January weather though, so we shouldn't complain. I love the colors you chose for this post, so Springy! Have a great weekend. 🙂

    January 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm Reply
  • Angie

    Oh my goodness! These are just soooo beautiful, your images for today. The spools, oh! And the soft splashes of color here and there, were completely dreamy. I love your blog!! 🙂

    Happy to hear you're feeling better too. Stay well!

    Happy weekend to you,

    Angie 🙂

    January 20, 2012 at 10:30 pm Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    Oh, Tricia! Your photos are such a breath of fresh air….a delight to the eyes! I am going to buy some tulips today….now if I just had some wonderful natural light as you do. You have such a wonderful sense of design—and photography!

    January 21, 2012 at 12:07 am Reply
  • Fresh Vanilla For C

    HI Tricia~ Love the bright, happy colors of your flowers:) Sounded like you needed it. Glad to hear you are feeling better.
    Have a restful and healthy weekend:)

    January 21, 2012 at 12:52 am Reply
  • Cozy Little House

    Love your vibrant yet soft colors, and of course the lovely flowers!

    January 21, 2012 at 12:54 am Reply
  • Sharing Shadymont

    Lovely photos. Like that big spool with the twine on it.

    January 21, 2012 at 1:10 am Reply
  • Low Tide High Style

    Sorry you've been sick, and glad you are feeling better. Playing with flowers and pretties is one of my favorite things to do, especially this time of year. Your photos are so pretty!

    Kat 🙂

    January 21, 2012 at 2:06 am Reply
  • LizlovesVintage

    Those colors make my heart sing!!
    I can't wait for Spring and all it's glory. Thanks for stopping by..
    I hope you get to relax.
    xxx Liz

    January 21, 2012 at 2:14 am Reply
  • A Cozy Cottage in the City

    Hi Tricia,

    Your images are always a delight to my eyes! Love all the beautiful textures and vibrant colors!!! 🙂 I hope you feel better – unfortunately, I'm sick yet again! 🙁 And I noticed the blogger comment prob as well, and changed browsers. Alrighty my dear, take care and enjoy your weekend!!!


    January 21, 2012 at 4:07 am Reply
  • Blooming Rose Musings

    Your photos are lovely(as always)and the flowers are so sweet.
    I hope you are feeling better. I'm down with the flu too. I had it at Christmas and got better and it came back on me last week. For some reason many seem to get it twice.
    I love how you think zero degrees and below is "chilly"…sounds absolutely freezing to me. XO

    January 21, 2012 at 4:25 am Reply
  • La Vie Quotidienne

    Wonderful, beautiful photos…so pretty. Perfectly designed and put together compositions.

    I have been forced to use Google Chrome some too, but I still favore Internet Express, probably out of habit.

    January 21, 2012 at 4:50 am Reply
  • Sylvia

    Amazing photos , great combination of colors and great styling. I love all the single charming things here and of course , your fabrics.The vibrant colors are so uplifting and cheerful, aren't they .I am glad you are feeling better .
    Have a joyous weekend, Tricia , no matter the wether.

    January 21, 2012 at 5:58 am Reply
  • High Street Cottage

    These are absolutely among some of your finest photos, Trisha, how utterly gorgeous! I've run out of words to describe the beauty of your photographs!
    I love the pretty yellow and white twine, others have been using red and white but this yellow is so charming. Such a quiet softness and springtime feel to these photos.
    So inspiring, hugs, tami

    January 21, 2012 at 6:24 am Reply
  • blessedmom's simple home

    I hate the flu. We never have enough bathrooms when it hits! I hope you're feeling better. I enjoyed your beautiful photos! We've been using Google Chrome for a few months now, and have much less trouble.

    January 21, 2012 at 7:22 am Reply
  • Georgianna

    These are definitely among my favorite images of yours, Tricia. The overhead image with the key and bowl is gorgeous – perfect color harmony! I'm so glad you are feeling better.

    Wishing you a wonderful, restful weekend.


    – g

    January 21, 2012 at 7:27 am Reply
  • *Seelenstübchen*

    so beautiful

    January 21, 2012 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Katie

    Oh your photos are so very pretty! Have a great weekend…XoXo

    January 21, 2012 at 11:50 am Reply
  • Denise

    such beauty!! I just LoVe your style!

    January 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm Reply
  • culturafemenina

    What a great presentation!I'm ready for colorful days and I can't wait for Spring… this reminds of warmer weather and my garden. 🙂
    I just found your blog and I love it!
    Hope you get better soon.

    January 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    Reading and looking at your post is like peeking into the pages of a magazine. So, so lovely and just the right blend of beautiful colors and vintage items. I want to take lessons from you on setting up vignettes.

    January 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm Reply

    Somehow you always seem to make those "weird" little life objects so pretty! So sorry to hear you weren't well this week. Hope you're all better now and no I haven't tried the toothbrush to the face just yet, silly girl 😉

    January 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    truly beautiful. i saw and read yourt article in artful blogging and was hooked!!

    God bless and pleae drop by sometime!

    in christ,

    January 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm Reply
  • Linda R.

    I am so glad to hear you and your daughter are feeling better and sharing your lovely photos with us.. They always brighten my day!!!

    Hugs, Linda

    January 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm Reply
  • Svenja

    thanks for your comment, your pictures are so lovely, i feel like in summer, BEAUTIFUL!


    January 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm Reply
  • Sizzle and Zoom

    What a simply pretty post full of inspiration!

    January 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm Reply
  • Alicia

    glad you're feeling better! yuck 🙁 and hopefully this blogger stuff gets worked out quick!

    January 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm Reply
  • Ellie

    Hi, i've come over from Mira Crisp's blog. I wanted to say that I really like your photography. The light that you capture is so soft and gentle. Just lovely!!!

    January 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm Reply
  • Sherri Mitchell

    Gorgeous colors Tricia – I love the bright green and peach against the grainy washed wood…beautiful. I am so sorry to hear ya'll were sick! We've had our fair share around here too, it's just that time of year I suppose. I wish I had lost 4 pounds though. Darn it!

    Glad you are feeling better! Reading your post and seeing your lovely Floral photos makes me want to purchase a few bundles when we move to the new house. I think I will! xoxo

    January 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm Reply
  • leavesnbloom

    You are such an amazing still life photographer – I gasped as I scrolled down the page.

    January 21, 2012 at 11:30 pm Reply
  • elizabeth

    So lovely, the wooden spool for the twine is my favorite.
    Thanks so much for your kind comment on my "contentment" post.

    January 22, 2012 at 12:22 am Reply
  • Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal

    I love those bright green flowers. They last for so long too! Such lovely shots. I just bought some of that yellow twine, I love it!

    January 22, 2012 at 1:09 am Reply
  • jacqueline

    Dearest sweet tricia, these colors are just so inspiring and beautiful! I LOVE your settings so much!! Beautiful photos that warm my heart! Have a lovely merry happy sunday and a wonderful Luna New Year! Love to you!

    January 22, 2012 at 8:28 am Reply
  • hootnonny

    You should publish your own magazine! I've never known what to do with those green flowers; you've paired them beautifully!

    Internet Explorer does not work for me…it doesn't allow me to comment. And according to several articles I've read, Firefox is the only color managed browser. Here's one:

    While this article deals w/Facebook, others I've read talks about blogging as well.

    January 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm Reply
  • Jennifer@threedogsinagarden

    I love your simple arrangement, the key and the small green bowl.

    January 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Veridiana Fromm

    Wundervolle Farben!

    January 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm Reply
  • Mira Crisp

    I enjoy every minute I spend on your blog! Your photographs are refreshing and artistic, just my cup of tea!

    January 22, 2012 at 8:28 pm Reply
  • Susan

    Those flowers are lovely, and your photography is gorgeous as always!

    I'm sorry that you have been under the weather. {{{hugs}}}

    January 23, 2012 at 12:22 am Reply
  • Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig

    Just stunning. Wow!

    January 23, 2012 at 4:28 am Reply
  • Rachel Pallas

    AMAZING images!! Glad you are feeling better too!! xoxo Racheol

    January 23, 2012 at 8:59 am Reply
  • Alice

    so zauberhaft!!!!!

    January 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Kristy LifenReflection

    You always amaze me, I love the mix of color and textures in that bunch!

    January 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm Reply
  • cheryl.mccann

    i love your photography – everything looks so fresh and clean. and i am coveting your little spools of string. i may have to take a trip to my local antique stores for some new treasures.

    January 24, 2012 at 5:28 am Reply
  • Shutterbug

    hi! I'm new to your blog! I love your photos! They are like eye candy! Keep up the great work! 🙂

    January 24, 2012 at 7:29 am Reply
  • Sarah @ Modern Country Style

    What lovely, lovely pictures! You are such a pro, gorgeous girlie.

    I remember having problems leaving comments last year and switching to Chrome and it hasn't happened since. Hurrah!!


    January 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm Reply
  • Privet and Holly

    Yowser, girlie, these
    are gorgeous shots!
    I'm glad the bitter stuff
    has pushed through.
    Aren't we spoiled, this
    year? I actually felt a
    bit pouty about the snow
    this week, although the
    beauty of it coming down
    always makes me smile.
    Hope you continue to
    feel better…..

    xx Suzanne

    January 25, 2012 at 12:07 am Reply
  • Sandy

    Oh so sorry to hear you and your little girl were so sick. I hope you're much better now. I've heard how cold it's been up there and I pray it will warm up soon. My Momma and Sister and other relatives are in Iowa (the Quad-Cities) so I keep a close eye on the weather to see how they are doing.

    What beautiful photo's as always! You have such a talent for capturing such beauty. I am loving the antique spool of thread. I also love the distressed looking wood you have them on.

    I love your Salad in the post below too. I always order my dressing on the side too and eat it the same way you do. Somehow it still does nothing to slim me down. I am a bread scarfer too! I had to laugh at you saying you could eat the whole loaf LOL

    Enjoy your winter and the beauty of it ♥

    January 25, 2012 at 4:43 am Reply
  • Sofies Haus

    We have the same bowl:-)! Beautiful pictures, hughs Anja

    January 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm Reply
  • Between You and Me

    soooo beautiful.

    I LOVE your orange and blue bowl…anthropologie?

    January 26, 2012 at 2:36 am Reply
  • *Seelenstübchen*

    I love your blog it is wonderful

    January 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm Reply
  • Kia

    Your photos are wonderful to look at! So pretty and cheerful! 🙂
    Glad to hear you are feeling better.
    Have a lovely rest of the week!

    January 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Gorgeous colors – gorgeous photography. Love visiting your blog…I just moved to Singapore so I was behind on my visiting. But I am back and enjoying the photos – thank you!

    January 27, 2012 at 11:09 am Reply
  • Henrietta Hassinen

    Oh my oh my how beautiful, I'm so in love for every picture. It looks like summer light in pictures and your flowers and fabrics are all in same pastel tones. Every picture looks so clean and fresh, wonderful.
    Have a nice week.

    January 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm Reply
  • Deena

    Tricia, thanks for the sweet comment about my cute animal pictures. There will be much more to come. I'm glad you are feeling better.

    February 22, 2012 at 3:48 am Reply
  • Sara

    You are a master at this, your photos are all just so gorgeous! Love your colour combinations and wonderful props!

    March 12, 2012 at 2:28 am Reply
  • molly

    Your pictures are brillant and wonderful. So bright and amazing.
    Lovely hugs

    April 20, 2012 at 11:46 am Reply
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