Thursday, July 14, 2011

So far behind, I think I might be first!

You know that saying?
I'm so far behind, I think I'm first!

Well that seems to be my life lately.
Here I am finally with some things I've been meaning to share here.

Gifts from Lili M.

My trip to Rebecca's (my favorite little antique shop nearby)

and the fact that I was published in the latest Somerset Life.

Awhile ago I was contacted by Somerset Life and asked if they could use
one of the pictures of my collage tags from my blog
 in an upcoming issue.
 I was excited that they had even found my blog in this huge community
of blogs, and I said, 'of course you can'!!!
I just didn't think it would be so soon.

Thank you so much Somerset Life for the opportunity to be part of your
beautiful publication!

Now on to Rebecca's.

This little shop is only open twice a year.
A few days over the 4th of July and Labor Day weekend.
I look forward to it every year.

The setting is in Rebecca's beautiful yard in Bellevue, Idaho.

I would love this urn sitting in my garden!
Maybe one day I will talk her into selling it.

Inside the little shop are all the things I love.

I'll just be quiet now and let you look around a bit.

Last year over Labor Day, I met a woman named Leslie  
who designs and creates jewelry from vintage pieces
and sells in Rebecca's little shop.
Her pieces are so beautiful and I was thrilled to hear that she has
opened an online shop and sells there as well. 
Leslie also has an etsy shop by the same name. 
I thought I would share some of the photos I took of her pieces while shopping.
It wasn't easy getting good pictures in the light there and all the people
that were crowded around her jewelry, but I waited and would snap a few here and there 
when I got the chance.
I love unique vintage jewelry, and these are some of the loveliest I've seen.  

Really beautiful! Don't you think?
I just wish the light would have been better in the shop to give you a true picture.

I want to share some of the pretty things that Lili M has been sending my way lately.
 If you remember,
I won her lottery of something wonderful in the mail
for a whole year. 

Aren't these little shoes and post cards so pretty?
I will smile and remember you Lili, everytime I get my keys to the house.

I just received the beautiful floral card this week. It is stunning.
My picture doesn't do it justice.

And before these, came this beautiful collage made by my sweet friend Lili herself
all the way from the Netherlands.

It is such  a lovely collage made by a dear friend from far away.
I have to let you know Lili, what a gift it has been for me to get to know you over these past
years blogging. I think I connected with your wonderful sense of humor first.
Anyone who knows Lili, knows about her interesting and beautiful life, but it's the way she
writes about it that got me hooked on her blog.
That, and the fact that I covet (I know it's a sin) her house!!!!

And now I have this to place in my own home to remind me of my funny faraway friend!

The peonies are blooming and I have been taking many, many photos everyday of
them to share here and on the garden blog.

Soon, very soon...I will have my head back on straight and my act together.
But I will still be behind. lol!


Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Congrats June ~ on having your creations published, I think Somerset Magazines are The Best.... that is Wonderful ~ Great Shop photos you took of Rebecca's Sweet Shop & I really love the Jewelry, I love the remake of Old Treasures... Lili's collage is such a Beautiful Keepsake ~ You truly are Blessed, I sure do Love the Blogging World!

Pondside said...

Your photos are always so special - always have something that others miss - I guess it's your eye and the way you see things and then take us along.
Well done!

oldgreymare said...

I am so happy to know you felt well enough to go to your special sale. I know how much you love it. :D

Congrats on being published in Somerset. WOOT for you...and another WOOT!

I am behind too, my to do list gets longer each day. Maybe I should just stop making the blasted list. lol

have a great weekend.


Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

I hear you on "being behind"...I barely blog in the summer. I hate being on the computer when it's so nice out! That is a great's a shame it's only open twice a year! I've missed your posts...nice to "see" you again! Congrats on Som. Life! What a thrill for you! I was published in Artful Blogging a few years back and it was a totally cool experience! ~Stacy~

Ineke van den Akker said...

Just love this!

Villa König said...

Congratulation to have some of your images in Somerset! Your blogs and pictures are always so amazing. Love to visit you. :-) Thanks for sharing the pictures of this wonderful shop. It would be so great if I could see it myself. But this won't be possible. Take care, lots of love Yvonne

Miss Kim said...

Oh what a lovely, charming shop! Couldn't you just move right in? Thanks for sharing :))

Denise said...

CONGRATS on being so happy for you! What a darling shot!

The Green Pea said...

Congratulations on having your creations published. So happy to hear that you a well and having fun shopping at your favorite places. Have a nice weekend. Hugs, sandi

Claudia said...

Dear June - first of all, congratulations on Somerset Life! How wonderful!

The sale looks to be full of treasures - you'll have to let us know what you bought. The jewelry is beautiful - I also love unique vintage pieces.


Tarnished and Tattered said...

Oh sweetie, your back! Or forth, or whatever. LOL
You must have just posted.
I love that shop! Didn't you show it last year, or Christmas? Why is she only open 2x a year? She has tons of merch. well maybe not anymore. Did you buy up all that beautiful lace? Wow, those panels were amazing. And the notions! That shelf with the ribbons & trims actually made me light headed.
I need to go see Lili's house. If you covet it I cannot imagine!
Have a great day June.
PS I'm sure it's 1st of many publications to find you!

Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Congratulations on Somerset Life!!
Oh my gosh that shops is amazing!! I could spend hours there ~

Thank you for sharing it with us!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Every single image here is stunning. You have captured my heart, for many of these images remind me of glorious days with my husband, just strolling around our local antique towns. Lili M. is a love bug. I adore her, but she has not blogged for months...her posts never appeared on my blog roll but I must go see if she is still in operation...I so hate to loose my blog pals....dearest, this is SUPER!!! Anita

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello June, congratulations for being featured in Somerset Life!... I am running right out this morning to B&N and getting myself a copy!... I am so in love with Rebecca's shop... what a quaint little setting and so beautiful inside... I especially love that sweet little footstool, and the jewelry of course, and really love those vintage hatpins!... your treasures from the Netherlands are fabulous too!... what a dear friend you have... wishing you a beautiful Summers day in small~town Idaho from small~town Utah... xoxo Julie Marie

Lovey said...

The biggest heart felt congrats June for being published in Somerset Life! Whoo Hoo! And wow what a beautiful place to get lost! All the lace!!!!! Wow!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Your title really made me smile and sure hit this home...The shop was sure a great place to visit and I saw many tings I would love to have in my possession... A couple of those hatpins and the beaded purse for starters... Have a lovely weekend... Ours is to be very hot... Blessings send your way...

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Awesome to be published in Somerset, congrats to you. Wonderful shop, I would love for it to be closer and thanks for the link for the jewelery. I'll be checking that out. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Zuzu said...

Wow! You have been busy, June! Congrats on being featured in Somerset Life! :) This is such a pretty post with so many lovely pics!

Junebug said...

What a fun shop of Rebecca's! I might have to plan a vacation next year for the 4th in Idaho.
Congrats on being published in Somerset, now I know two delightful gals that are published in this issue. I must go out and by a copy for me!
I sure hope your are on the mend and STILL taking it slowly!
Great big hugs to you!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Hi sweet June,
Congratulations on being published, your photos are so wonderful. I would love to visit the shop, what eye candy! I am glad you are doing well, and look forward to the flower photos.

Diane said...

Congratulations June!! Now I'm going to have to get that mag. That's exciting!

I love your pictures of the antique shop. I was just wondering if she has anything to sell after she closes again, everything looks scrumptious. Hope you're feeling well. Have a beautiful day. Diane

Cindy said...

Ohhhh. it was so fun to go shopping with you. That bed with all the lace was so yummy, and the white cut work lace pillow to die for..
i would have loved to get my hands on some of the vintage jewelry too... and it was nice hearing about your sweet friend...


maría cecilia said...

good day dear June, I was just telling a friend who´s a neighbour about Rebecca´s shop opening only twice a year because we both would like to open a shop like her one, and now that she has left our breakfast together at my home I found you post about it again, so nice!!!

Lovely image they choose at the magazine and congrats for being published there!!!
and all you have received for far blogging friends is really lovely.

can´t wait to see how your wonderful peonies are doing this year
hugs my dear

Privet and Holly said...

SO, so glad
that you are
feeling great!
Congrats on your
magazine feature ~
fantastic : )
Your pics are
just lovely; so
much beauty to take
in here, June!
Happy Friday,
xx Suzanne

Debbie said...

ok now it is confirmed, I need more space and more stuff. Love your studio!!

Carolyn said...

Congratulations on being published in a lovely magazine.
I can see why you don't want to miss going to that sale-she has some really unique treasures.
I look forward to seeing your peonies.

Hope you are feeling strong and healthy once again.

Take care,

Mary Ellen said...

June if you ever figure out how to get caught up would you please tell me the secret!? I think the only bad thing about blogging is seeing so much creativity and spurring me to do even more than the 1001 projects that I already have in my head!!

So happy for your publishing career!! How fun could that be seeing your name in a magazine!!

Hope you are bright and chipper and back to your beautiful self from your surgery

bee blessed

Rebecca said...

How are you sweetie, I hope you are up and in the garden soon. But remember just sitting looking at it is good too.
Love all your goodies and Rebecca's shop is wonderful.
I hope all is well and your family too.
Many blessings and thinking of you

Victorian1885 said...

Good afternoon may friend.. Congratulations on being published! I seriously still think you should be publishing your own book!
Thank you for sharing this lovely little shop with all of us, what a beautiful place. Don't worry about being behind..from what I have seen of your life you will be caught up in no time when you are 100%. I wish I had 1/2 of your energy. Have a wonderful weekend! Loads of Love of Hugs from my home to yours.


sissie said...

Hi June!
Rebecca's shop looks absolutely wonderful. I think I could spend hours inside just drooling over all the lovely things.
Love the vintage jewelry pieces too.
You have some wonderful gifts you've received and I know you will find the perfect spot for each one.

Congratulations on being published.
How wonderful and how deserving.

Stay well and keep those pretty blog posts coming our way. I just know I'm going to be so jealous of all your peonies.


Sandi said...

Now don't you fret June. The bible says the last will be first so you are doing okay!! lol
I saw your beautiful tag in the magazine. I don't purchase very many of them, but did happen to get this mag and I love it...even more when I saw your beautiful page.
Lovely photos again dear friend!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Congratulations on being published, dear June!!! I'm not amazed at all that they found your blog and loved your creations as well as your pictures.
That urn would look fantastic in your garden. I wish you luck with talking Rebecca into selling it to you.
I think I would have wanted everything white or cream in that shop. Those curtains, pillows, coverlets etc. are just amazing. What came home with you?
Lily is a sweetie and her giveaway was such a lovely idea. What fun to receive a pretty gift each month.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs to you,

Marydon said...

My precious friend ~
How could anyone NOT publish your beauty/creations/designs. I am thrilled for you, sweet friend. It is just awesome ... so right from your beautiful heart & soul.

Congratulations! ... & now I'll take one of everything in that fabulous shop.

Have a beautiful weekend.
Hugs & love,

Dorthe said...

Dear June, congratulations on being published, I have the mag, and love what you did, so beautiful.
And Thanks for all those fantastic photoes, from that little wonderful shop, what a place to spend money and be inspired.
Also love the collage from your friend :)
Hugs, Dorthe

Jacqueline said...

Dear June,
Having been staying with my sister, I have missed your posts so I first of all have to say how pleased I am that you are feeling well. I am so pleased that everything went smoothly and that you are on the mend.
......Rebeccas shop looks amazing.....I want the bed with all of the lace, the gorgeous beaded bag, the beautiful lace cushion and probably everything that she has !!!!
The jewellery is beautiful too. Many congratulations on being in the magazine and, what a wonderful giveaway that you have little gifts arrive for a year is just wonderful.
Wishing you a speedy recovery but, make sure that you are 100% before you start gardening and housework !!!!
Much love. XXXX

MJ Ornaments said...

Congratulations on being published, I satabour pretty creation at our local Borders! Lovely photos as always, and thanks for the tour.
Hope you're feeling better.
Take care,

Elizabeth said...

Hi June,
Lots of pretty things going on over here! Congrats on Somerset Life Magazine! The little shop and the jewlery, love it!
I just noticed you have a garden blog I'm off to see. :]
Have a wonderful day!

Sares said...

Now that's a lottery to win something wonderful for a year! The gift that keeps on giving!

That little shop looks like an amazing place. I'll have to check out the jewelery website. It's too bad she only opens 2 times a year but I guess it gives you something to really look forward to!

Congrats on having your work published, that's huge! I do hope you are healing after your surgery too. Have a great weekend June!

Tarnished Lace said...

June ~ I was thrilled to see you are in Somerset! All of your blog-followers have appreciated your creativity, photographic skill and artistic talents for a long time. But now, an even wider audience will have an opportunity to enjoy your work. Congratulations.

The first day of Rebecca's sale each 4th of July weekend is my favorite day of the year. My husband alsways teases me about how excited I am about it every summer. But Rebecca's pieces are exquisite and she puts so much love and thoughtfulness into that charming shop. Laura's pillows, lampshades and purses get more magnificent with each show. Aren't we lucky to have this amazing resource in our little corner of Idaho?!

Thank you for including some of my jewelry in your recent post. I am very touched and honored to be a small part of something that has given me so much pleasure and inspiration: your lovely blog, Laughing with Angels.

Warmest regards ~

(Tarnished Lace)

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Congratulations on being published! That's so exciting!
I know where I'm going on Labor Day!

Betty Jo said...

June congratulations on being published! I'm thrilled to see your blog get well deserved recognition. What a gorgeous shop. I can certainly see why you look forward to visiting it each year. ♥

Draffin Bears said...

Dear June,

That is wonderful that you were published in Sommerset, congratulations! I actually saw your sweet tag, on Monica's blog of The White Bench.
Also congratulations for winning the beautiful giveaway gifts.
Thanks for taking us with you to Rebecca's shop, everything looks gorgeous and really love all the lace, cushions, and the jewellery.
Hope that you are healing well and will soon be out in your gorgeous garden

Happy weekend

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi June, I forgot about your gifts for a year. How fun is that! Lili's gifts are wonderful.

Congrats to you on your photo being used in Somerset. Well-deserved as your work and photos are wonderful!

Rebecca's place is great! And I love handmade necklaces! What a fun place to spend the day!

Wishing you continued health and healing. Blessings, Tammy

Riet said...

Oh how I would love to visit that shop JUne. Everything looks so good that it would be bad for my bank account. LOL. I understand that that place must be crowded during those two days. Congratulations on having your photo placed in a magazine. You will be famous in no time and I am your friend.:)))))
Hugs from Riet who is back home now.

Barbara said...

June, I don't know where to start! I guess with Somerset Life: congratulations! You deserve all the kudos!

Now, I'm jumping to Rebecca's 'cause I'm thinking it's almost worth a trip to Idaho over one of those weekends just to see it. How do you ever get out of there without spending a fortune?? I was loving every minute of the tour. Thank you so much!
And yes, the jewelry is lovely. I'll go to her site when I finish here.

Lastly, I can't think of a nicer gift that a year of surprises from Lili! Such fun it must be to get one and not have any idea what treasure you will find.

I hope all is well with you and yours, June! Have a lovely Sunday!

Holly Loves Art said...

Hi June!
Thanks for sharing all the pretty pictures. Oh I would love to make a visit there! I could get lost for hours or days. Hope you're having a fabulous summer and enjoying your beautiful garden.
Big hugs,

Carole said...

As my friend used to say " I can't get there from here' oh so not fair. I would be thumbing thru all those trims and ribbons. I especially love the ribbon on the sachets. WOW!!!!

Congrats on being published!!!! will have to grab that issue!


ps can't get over you are just getting peonies! I know I've said that before:)

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

My sweet Junie... :-)

First... I'm so glad the surgery went well and you're on the mend.... I hope you wore WHITE the whole time you were recuperating. :-) Heck, I can dirty every single day....and that's without even going outside!

Now, about Rebecca's..... oh you are one lucky girlie. Even though it's only a couple of times a year, it sure is something to look forward to....and so worth it! What a glorious little spot. I so wish we had something like that here. But, alas, the shopping stinks around here. Most all of the cutest places have closed. I'd love to be able to go somewhere like hers for inspiration. Fortunately the blog world came along just in the nick of time!

Congrats on the Somerset piece.... I'll be checking that out right away. I have everything anyone could possibly want for tag making, but never do it.... I need to be inspired. :-)

Big huggies to you dear one!


Cozy Home Scenes said...

How exciting for you to be featured in such a lovely
magazine. Your blog is very nice and deserves recognition.

maria cecilia said...

Just finish seeing your beautiful post at Grace Gardens, gosh! everything makes me cry......

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest June,

You are a sweet and precious friend, and I am so happy to see you come to visit me! THANK YOU! Oh how I love your photography and your art. I am having such a fun summer staying home, keeping low stress, and creating. What magic it is to simply LISTEN in silence while reading, chatting casually with a friend or engaging in a creative activity. Have a splendid day my dear!!! Anita

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

I had to dash out and get a copy of Somerset and it was just as I suspected, beautiful.
Congrats on gracing its pages.
And that shop has goodies to die for.
Susan x

Lisa said...

Sigh! I love the bedding, it's how I'm going to do my bedroom! Well one day!
Congratulations on the somerset issue, and it's sweet they found you!!! You always share the best!!


Kim -Truly Tattered said...

Hi June! How exciting to be in Sommerset! I can not wait to go find you in it! The sale looks amazing I bet it would be fun to attend. The jewelry is really pretty and I loved the way it was displayed.
Peonies are my favorite flower and we do get them here at trader joe's but we can not grow them! Can't wait to see your pictures!

victorian parlor II said...


Congrats on your being in the magazine!!! Thanks for taking me on a virtual shopping spree at Rebecca's. I always enjoy seeing all of the beautiful treasures in her shop. Thank goodness I can't buy anything-I'd go broke in that place!



Heaven's Walk said...

Congrats, June! How exciting for you!!! This is only the beginning, I'll bet! :) And thank you for that swoon worthy trip to that sweet shop! Oh my gosh.....what awesome treasures! I just adore that throw underneath that darling footstool! Be still my heart..... ♥

xoox laurie

mudderbear said...

June, this is so beautiful. I am not surprised to see you've been published. Your work is awesome.
Rebecca's looks like a real wonderland, like I could be in there all day looking at every little thing. And what a delightful friend you have in Lili...such nice things. I am very happy for you. You truly deserve all this goodness.

Jane said...

Hi June,
Congratulations on being published!!! That is very exciting news! It's so much fun for me to buy a magazine and read something or see a picture of something from someone that I know (or least know through blogging).
I remember your pics from your last trip to Rebecca's. It looks like an amazing place!!
Jane said...

Lilli M is just delightful!

d. reyné said...

I would love to have such a beautiful store in my part of the world!
I hope you are enjoying your garden...Peonies! They make me swoon!
And I too think you need that amazing urn in your garden!
Have a blessed afternoon!
big hugs,

Farah Muzaffar said...

Congrats June... you deserved it... your pictures are always very pretty. and wht a treasureful treasure the store has.... so much beauty ...really its adorable collection...
make a visit to me when you got time\Love

wendy said...

I understand that word "covet".....cause I did a fair amount of that looking at that amazing little shop.
(besides, evertime I come to your blog, I covet something!!) a good way.

and how cool that you were published in a magazine!!! You have a lot to offer.

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet girl!!!! I always, ALWAYS love seeing a new post of yours pop up in my reader! Congratulations June on the Somerset Life publication!!! I've got to get a copy of it...I'm way behind on buying those ~ and Life is my very fav. Thank you so much for sharing the pics of the gorgeous shop, I remember you sharing some awhile ago and SO wish I could poke around with you! The handmade jewelry is gorgeous, I'll have to take a peek at her website and shop. I hope you are doing wonderful sweet friend....sending you hugs and love, Dawn

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi there June, hope you're feeling back to we have a "normal" over 50? eck! and congrats on your published work, I've missed this one so thanks for letting us know! gotta grab it. I just came from your peonies post, they're just THE most wonderful flower, never get tired of your blooms.
Now that sale, do you just go nuts in there. I'd be hyperventilating the whole time! love ya, Debra

Vintage Home said...

Yikes such great stuff!...betweente hat pins..stunning..and the wonderful remake vintage jewlery...I wonder if she makes bracelets?? I go to find out..Thanks for the heads up!