Saturday, June 9, 2012

Utterly Feminine

Happy Weekend!

We are having a wet one so far but that didn't stop me from enjoying a little time with my camera.I started off taking pictures in the garden but then got inspired to move into the cottage for a little feminine time out for tea.

I gathered up some some tea things and a beautiful bouquet of lilacs.The cooler weather we had this week has encouraged them to hang around for awhile longer-thankfully,as I love them so!

 A comfy toile chair,some pretty books,tea cookies and flowers and I am all set to snuggle in for awhile.
This pretty teacup belonged to a special aunt.

The lilacs in this bouquet are primrose(white) and Beauty of Moscow(soft pink with white) and an unknown variety.If I had of known I would be blogging when I planted these lilacs several years ago I might have kept better records!

I love my new shoes -pretty and comfy!

 It is so peaceful her with Pachebel's In the Garden playing quietly .
 Pretty Scotch cookies

Well,I enjoyed my utterly feminine afternoon tea and I hope you did too! Now,that I am all rested I better get back to work as we have a tour on Monday morning.

I am joining Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound today.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.



Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Carolyn: That is so pretty. I feel refreshed just looking at it. I love your little shoes, I bet they put a 'spring' in your step..Happy Weekend..Judy

Penny said...

Beautiful post! I have only been blogging since late April, but I have been stalking your blog for about 2 years!! I love your style. Penny

vintageandart said...

Your lilacs are absolutely stunninga and l can't believe how gorgeous your garden is...amazing.

Anonymous said...

Simply breathtaking, you have femininity down to the finest art Carolyn.
Raining days can be so romantic too.
I'm just crazy for your white lilac.
Hugs Rosemary...xo

Heaven's Walk said...

I don't think it gets any better than hearing Pachebel while sitting in that beautiful room, Carolyn. It's just breathtaking... :)

xoxo laurie

Shabby chic Sandy said...

What a lovely room..and those lilacs are gorgeous!

La Vie Quotidienne said...


Susan said...

Hi Carolyn...Loved the dreamy afternoon tea. That toile chair cover is soooo pretty. I could curl up in that and doze off in a minute.
Take care and hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend. Susan

Julie said...

Carolyn - it looks so lovely and peaceful. I'm jealous. J

Blooming Rose Musings said...

What a lovely cottage to spend time in. Lilacs are so romantic and make everything beautiful and peaceful. You have done a wonderful job of creating a very special place to spend an afternoon. Everything from the toile chair to the teapot and teacup and cookies are exquisite and the music divine.
I have been away for a couple of days and wasn't able to leave a comment on your previous post which was also beautiful. Martha's Garden is lush and inviting. The flowers all so beautiful and Martha is stunning. I am so envious that you still have lilacs blooming.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

How on earth could you leave that beautiful space to do anything else?

SO SO beautiful.

Candylei said...

You could make a book out of your photographs alone! That first (or any of your photos) could be a gorgeous book cover. The fabric is just dreamy on the chair!

Lynnie @ Ramblings from Vintage Gal said...

Hi Carolyn,

So beautiful and just my kind of place...all the decorating is just perfect and I would never want to leave the cottage...ever.


Rosetta said...

Dolcissimo questo tuo tea del pomeriggio al femminile!Quest'angolo ha un aspetto fresco e luminoso,pronto per coccolarsi un po'!Bellissimi i lillà!Buona domenica!Rosetta

Rowan said...

Everything looks so pretty and, as you say, utterly feminine. I especially love the first photo with the toile covered chair. A perfect place to curl up and relax.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Carolyn:
Everything about this post is so utterly charming and very, very pretty. A delight to look at and read.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

A beautiful spot to retreat to on a rainy day, Carolyn! I love that chair and your teacup choice suits it perfectly. I am going to have to look for a lilac bush after seeing your lovely varities. Great ballet flats! I love them, but can never seem to find a pair that doesn't give me a blister on the back of my ankle.

Mrs. Sutton said...

Oh it's all so incredibly pretty! Living in your home must be like living in a gorgeous dream! utterly beautiful!
Paula xxx

One Shabby Old House said...

What a beautiful Pink Saturday post and how very lucky to be able to have lingering lilacs. Loved the Beauty of Moscow with the white. Just amazing as always! And those shoes are precious!

Linda said...

Hi Carolyn,

Love that toile chair. Sigh. And, Beauty of Moscow is my all-time fave lilac, just love their colour - very feminine, indeed. What a pretty lace jacket that is, too!

All is gorgeous in your world, as always. Our weather has not been fit, nothing growing much of which to speak here. But it is always a pleasure to visit you and walk with you through your glorious gardens, my friend! You always bring me cheer.

Wishing you a beautiful day and we'll talk soon,
Linda :-)

P.S. We had a beautiful time in Victoria and were reluctant to come home...

My Little Home and Garden said...

The curl-up-able!

nelly said...

Прекрасен пост, обичам този стил и атмосфера. Мммм и сякяш ми замириса на люляци като гледам снимките. Страхотни са! Поздрави и хубава нова седмица.

Sanna - My Blueberry House said...

Hi Carolyn,

Very pretty and feminine! I love to explore inside your cozy cottage. Don´t think I have seen the tea cup from your aunt before, really cute.

Have a nice day,

Anne said...

Your cottage looks lovely.But beautiful flowers too.I am sure your garden is blooming like crazy right now.

Marie Arden said...

It is all so pretty and so soothing. I wish I could curl up in that room. The Lilacs are stunning too. How many garden tours do you do a year? Is it just in spring? Do you have helpers to help you with all the work( I hope so) it must require. Your garden always looks so good.

maggiebrown said...

Just dropping by from Pink Saturday--your cottage is beautiful. It is so feminine and lovely.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Carolyn, your lilacs are scrumptious beyond words! I love the different colours and the fragrance must be heavenly in your little cottage. Pretty teacup too.


SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Lovely eye candy, Carolyn!
Greetings from Australia♥

Betty Stapleton said...

what a lovely setting, love the toile chair and the lilacs are so pretty. Mine are all gone. Thank you for sharing, so feminine as you said...

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

That toile fabric on the armchair and your new ballerinas are so so so....wonderful!

Have a happy week dear Carolyn


Debbie said...

I could spend my entire day here.
How lovely.

bleudelavandou said...

Very beautiful post, the color of your lilacs are so pretty.

Groetjes uit België...
Greetings from Belgium...


Deborah said...

I am wishing myself there right now!!
Beautiful and feminine and I am imagining the fragrance of those gorgeous lilacs!
I want to plant a few lilac trees!
Any suggestions or tips?
Have a great week Carolyn!

All my heart,
Deborah xoxo

denise said...

Hi Carolyn! It is all so perfectly lovely. Thank-you for sharing all your beautiful posts. Denise

Charlotte said...

Lilacs are my very favorite flower! Yours look so lovely in the pictures. You are quite a photographer! The colors are so soft and inviting...would love to join you for tea in any of your pictures!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Carolyn, what a perfect corner to sit and relax - enjoy a lovely rainy day - I am adoring those beautiful slippers!

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Carolyn!
This is my first visit to your blog and I must say that I am in LOVE!
Everything about it is fabulous and your photos especially pretty.
Lilacs are my favorite flower also :-)
Thanks for sharing your inspirations!!