Sunday, May 31, 2009

If in doubt, paint it white!

Well, it's finally painted. I just need to stain the floor and find a rug to put down. I am going to look around for a chandelier to hang as well. Last fall I created a flower bed all the way around this, but the plants are all very small and will take a year to really get going. How I acquired this structure is a great story. One day my husband got a call on my birthday from a woman he shoes horses for. I heard him say, oh she would love that! No, don't worry about it, she'll just paint it white anyway. About an hour later, a truck with a large trailer pulled in the drive and a loader behind it. On the trailer was this gazebo. Lita decided it would look good in my garden. She has admired the garden for a long time and always calls me to say how pretty it is looking. She found out it was my birthday and wanted me to have the gazebo as a gift. I cried when they were unloading it. It had been built on her place as a place for her visitors to gather, and was on a slight incline so it leans a little. But to me it's perfect. Since I didn't know I was receiving such a wonderful gift, I had to decide rather quickly where to place it, as her hired men needed to get back to the fields. It was comical watching the loader driver maneuver between trees, shrubs, and beds, to put this in the spot I knew I would want it to live. They probably thought this was going to be easy, 'go drop off a gazebo to the birthday girl'. Ha! Of course they were very good sports about the whole thing. I still can't get over the generosity of this wonderful lady and the joy that this has brought to this garden. Thank you Lita!


Rebecca Nelson said...

Are you kidding me? I get presents like "cookies" and "chocolate fudge"...not gazebos!!! OMGOSH!

You are blessed my sweet friend. God continues to smile down upon you and to call you His Own.

I'm so happy for you. Does your friend have another one that can be hauled to Oklahoma?


Laura said...

It looks amazing and of course the title of your post caught my eye-

The title of my blog is White Spray Paint.

We have the same philosophy


One Shabby Old House said... that is a gift! And you made it look beautiful although it was wonderful anyway. Enjoy it and be good to that incredible friend!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Oh June, I'm sooo happy for you!!
What an incredibly generous lady to give you such an incredible gift!! It looks beautiful painted white, and I'm sure it looks wonderful in your lovely garden!
Maybe you can invite that nice lady over for a cup of tea sometime and let her enjoy your garden, from that beautiful gazebo!

Great story!
Hugs, Sherri:)

joanne said...

What a wonderful story, wonderful friend, wonderful gift. It looks absolutely perfect painted white and your cozy pillows are beautiful. Happy hugs...jj

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi June,
This one got me... People are SO nice and it's truly a wonderful world. What a kind lady Lida is passing this gazebo onto you for your birthday and to your garden. I'm with you, paint it white!
Have a happy week. My heart loves posts like this - thank you for sharing!

Yvonne said...

What a wonderful gift from Lita !! this picture belongs in the new Jeanne d'Arc Magazine !!
enjoy your present :-)

Have a nice week !
Hugs Yvonne

Pink Princess said...

Wonderful gift TO a wonderful lady FROM a wonderful lady ♥

It is SO pretty! And yes white is the best color (besides pink ofcourse, lol)

Unknown said...

What a wonderful gift.........that was so generous of very special! I just love it is just perfect.

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Oh my, I could never exchange birthday gifts with you little gift would be too insignificant compared to a GAZEBO!!! ;) What a wonderful lady friend. Your husband must really be good to her too...what a generous gesture as she knew you would enjoy it so much in your lovely garden.
That is another job scratched off of your list of things to do...what's next? I can't wait!
everything vintage

Sandi said...

What an amazing story! I will be sitting here with shoes on waiting for someone to drop off a gazebo at my house!!! LOL It is just beautiful and of course you KNOW I love it white!!

Carolyn said...

Hi June,
That is an amazing gift from a dear lady! You must have been very kind to her too for her to have given you such a gift for your lovely garden. What a great lace for a cup of tea.
Take care,

The Victorian Parlor said...

Wow-what a lovely surprise! I love it painted white-it is so pretty:) I can understand why she likes your gardens so much-I have really enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful blooms too!



Cottage Panache said...

Hi June, thank you for stopping by my blog. I love the title of your blog. You are truly blessed and what a wonderful friend Lita is!!
She must have wanted to see that beautiful gazebo within your garden. Looks right at home.
What a wonderful story of how things came to be!!! And I love the touch of breaks up the monotony! Beautiful blog!

jenny~ said...


as always your garden is looking beautiful:) after a couple months of waiting my flowers are starting to bloom, its great to go out every morning and see which ones are blooming. i have posted a few pictures of my little garden, if youd like to check them out sometime.


maryboys said...

june - this story is so wonderful:) and so is the beautiful white gazebo...i'd love to come over for a visit, and we could bend the rules together! lol.

blushing rose said...

OGM! What a delightful & generous gift ... it is beautiful & you have accented it so chic, June. Blessed, you truly are ... your friend is so sweet to think of you. Enjoy! When the tea is ready, I am sure most of us are ready to c'mon over ... *wink*
TTFN ~ Marydon

Kathy said...

That is such a sweet story and such a beautiful gift!! Wow, what a surprise that must have been. This is a lovely blog,glad to have found it ~Kathy

Miss Gracie's House said...

How fun! I'm sure it looks quite at home in your beautiful garden. The more I see, the more I *know* that I need to come for a visit!
PS Happy belated Birthday!

Patina said...

Wow, what a wonderful surprise!

I'd be pretty excited too!

I think a chandelier hanging from the inside would be just perfect.

Thank you for sharing, of course now I'm jealous! :0)

Sandy said...

How gorgeous and what a fun present to receive. It looks beautiful.

Debbie in CA : ) said...

WOW!!! What a treasure and from such a sweet, sweet heart. Surely you are blessed each time you sit for a spell. It looks great in white. (of course!)

I can just picture you sitting there and gazing at the garden beauty . . . Wait! I picture me there too! How fine it would be to sit and gaze and knit our hearts together FOR REAL. (Was that a prayer? I hope so . . . )

Stephenie said...

I just loooooove your gazebo...It looks so pretty painted white...I love the pillows you have placed on the bench to.. What an amazing gift...

Muggensteekjes said...

Hello dear June,
finally I can use my computer again.And the first thing I did is visiting you.What a wonderful gift this is.I can imagine how you sit there and enjoy your beautiful garden.The pictures are very beautiful,love the fabrics of the pillows too.
Dear hugs,Ingrid.

FEDERICA said...

Great photos and blog!
I just found you and I'm glad I did!


Veronica said...

Why, oh why do I live so jolly well far away from you???!! I think your friend has given you the most amazingly perfect, not to mention amazingly generous :), gift. I can just imagine sitting out there on a lovely hot day or warm summmer's evening and enjoying all the sounds, sights and perfumes from your garden. Bliss! Hugs to you my friend, Vxx

Teacup Mosaics said...

The gazebo is beautiful as is the story. What a TREASURE. I am sure your heart sings every time you look at it.
Enjoy, enjoy ENJOY!!!!


Dear June,
this place is now heaven on earth. the gazebo is marvelous and looks so beautiful in your garden. Wish you many hours filled with peace and harmony sitting there reading or just dreaming, hugs Mira!

Deb said...

What a gorgeous gazebo June & beautiful story attached. It was meant to be yours!

Caroline said...

I just love the gazebo June. It turned out so pretty!! Can't wait to see more pics of your gardens when they are in full bloom.

Photographer Sydney said...

exactly.. i you have doubts on what color to choose then paint it white..

Mandi said...

you deserve it and what a great thought of the lady to give you such a useful item...enjoy..