Sunday, January 24, 2010

Add Some Color

We had a little break from gray skies.
...with two days of sunshine this weekend...

But with cloudy skies returning,
I took some advice
from some of
my friends
and bought some  

I added my grandmother's dishes
full of color
beautiful splashes of

Making the
change designs and colors
even though the forecast is gray.

Our forecast for January 25
A FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for all of eastern New York and western New England through Monday evening.  Rain will develop this evening and continue into tomorrow afternoon. Rain will fall heavily at times, especially later tonight and through tomorrow morning.  A rainfall of 1" - 2" is possible in many areas with localized amounts of up to 3" also possible.

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Thank you for the sweet hints to buy flowers
and for Dianne's reminder of this beautiful
verse of scripture:
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6

Blessings for a Joyful Week dear 's


Cathy said...

Beautiful photos!

Barb said...

Sometimes small changes reap large benefits. Your lovely flowers and table setting bring a smile to my face, Maria. Though the weather outside may be gloomy, inside it's very welcoming and cozy! Have a good school week. Stay dry!

koralee said...

Your post is lovely today. I so adore your so creative! I am so thankful for friends like you! You are such an encourager and I feel amazingly blessed God has brought us together. Happy New week...hope your skies get brighter. We just need snow for the has been so so mild. xoxo

Julie Harward said...


Wanda said...

Your tulips have brightened my morning, Maria.
We just had our share of very heavy rain Saturday night!

Diana said...

The flowers were so pretty Maria and you were fortunate to see some sun! We've had none for over two weeks, yuck! Love Di

deborahspalette said...

7th snow day here in Iowa, Love the sea shells in the bottom of the vase, Great Idea! Great Pic.
Thanks for some sunshine on a cold and windy day! Deborah

Rebecca said...

I'm still waiting for the sun here in NE Indiana. Someone told me they saw it briefly a couple of mornings ago, but I must have had my head in the laundry pile!

Maria, you have really developed your photography skills! I like the way you let the color unfold in the pictures of your beautiful flowers!

Amanda said...

I love your post. How did you do that with the flowers? They look beautiful, I should get myself some =) Love you

Maria said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting :D
All rain today ~ creeks are gushing!
No floods as of yet.
So glad I can gaze at my tulips ;o)

Amanda~ I used Picasa...
after you open a picture
go to "effects" → focal B&W
Bring the green cross to where you want color and then used the slide controls to intensify & size of color area. Love you sweetie ♥

Farmgirl Cyn said...

Such cheery photos, Maria!
We lost most of our snow this past week with temps in the upper 30's, but this is Michigan, and more is on the way this week!

(thanks for the sweet note of encouragement...what a blessing to find that in my mailbox!)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

It does help doesn't it? We are snowing again...didn't see the sun all weekend. My tulips from last week are shedding quickly, but I won't throw them away until I can replace them!

How did you do that with the photo...I love that pop of color.


Cassandra Frear said...

Lovely. I've been enjoying flowers this week, too. Peach colored roses, purple irises,daisies, and yellow button mums.

Dianne said...

Hey Maria, I absolutely love this post--the pictures of the tulips are really unique--can you tell me what program you used to accomplish that? In fact, you might write a post and fill all of us in on how to do that--smile!

Concerning the new picture on my blog header---my husband took that yesterday morning and I had to swallow a lot of pride to put it up there--I had a bunch of new wrinkles that I didn't have even four months ago--but thanks for your kind words--

Next time I'm close to Kroger or Walmart, I am going to run in and buy me some flowers--what a great idea for this time of year although we have had lots of sunshine the past couple of days!

Just to let you know--I never did receive the email that you said you were sending last night--oh, I just now thought--you might have sent it to EverythingElse and I haven't checked that one today--I'll go do that right now.

And yes somewhere along the way you had mentioned that your daughter is getting married this summer. Hope you can lose those few lbs that you want to. I bet you do. Will she get married in your church?

Have a wonderful week! Dianne

Linda said...

You always have the most amazing pictures Maria - just beautiful.
I love having fresh flowers in the house. I have some pretty pink carnations right now. They are so sweet and last so long.
I remember those long gray winter days so well. Keep a cheerful heart dear friend.

Wanda said...

These pictures are so breathtaking.
Love the dishes and tulips.. the hint of color and elegance...

What a masterful job!