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Sunday, January 23, 2011


I hate to keep harping on MY FLOWER...
....but THIS BABY  is the bloomingest thing I have ever seen.
SIX big, beautiful, red flowers with 2 more on the ready...
NOTE...they are all fully open now.
Look at the adorable little step ladder.
See how cute it looks in this amazing room.
I have a ladder too....
but, I foolishly put those little rub-on decals on it and
now I want them OFF.
I'll sand and repaint, I think.
POTTERY BARN would NEVAH put rub-on decals on ANYthing of theirs !!!
What WAS I thinking???
and besides...YELLOW ?.....this time it will be CHIPPY WHITE..
until POTTERY BARN shows something in another color that I love.
'*sigh...I am sooo fickle..
good grief!
Well, and MY ladder is too tall...
taller than PB'S....*whin
And, besides...
ladders look better in rooms that LOOK LIKE POTTERY BARN.

I asked MR. SWEET if he would kindly cut off the legs to make it shorter...
and take that little shelf thingy on the side off...
After his eyes rolled back in place,
he said he thought I would be better off if we just looked for another ladder.
"Awwww, it's ok..
I'm satisfied with this little one with a broken step..."
more things we need instead of another little ladder.
I accidentally caught the most intense and beautiful
I've ever captured.

I have the ceiling light on here...
see the blue reflected in the little mirrors on your right..?
in the darkness....
Mr. Sweet couldn't believe the blueness my camera was showing.
THIS is the photo that we like best...
Out our back door to the patio.
AMAZING, this Blue Hour thing.
GOD'S WONDERS never cease to humble me.
and...CHERRY PIE can bring me to my knees, too...
That's the CHERRY PIE I made last week...
NOW, this picture is making my silly self hungry for ANOTHER one.
This is, indeed, the weekend for  PIES...:)))
*oink oink
Linking with
MOSAIC MONDAY (only one today, Mary.:)
BLUE MONDAY (a BEAUTIFUL Blue today, Sally:)
Thanks to all these lovely hosts...and thank YOU for coming by.


Susan said...

Your blue picture is amazing!! The little ladder is sweet. I hope Mr. Sweet will cut the legs off for you!

Sue said...

What once served you well in yellow will be lovely in white, now! Nothing wrong with a little leg reduction! I found a great little step ladder in the summer- just haven't painted it out yet. I think it cost me all of a dollar.
Love your blues, BJ. Wish I could keep a plant alive long enough for it to bloom or last more than a few months. LOL My brown thumb killed 2 of the little $15 trees I used in one of my Xmas vignettes. They just up and dried out completely. I did move them from one room to another, and I'm wondering if they were just finicky. So I moved the remaining one back into the great room to see if he lives!
♥ Sue

Justine said...

Ooh BJ, those "blue" pictures are really amazing. So beautiful. And your plant. Holy cow girl! Now that ladder of yours would probably make a great plant stand, don't you think? With something droopy and drippy maybe?


nancy said...

Love your photos. The flowers are beautiful. LOve the Pottery Barn's stuffs my self. NO, I don't own any. See? What you can do to old stuffs that aren't going to be use. Great Ladder.
Have a great week.
Stay warm too.

Anonymous said...

Your in
a blue light photos are amazing, BJ!

I am always looking at PB online and in catalogs for ideas. Lots and lots of inspiration.

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

Wow, that blue is amazing. I have never seen that before. I have seen pinkish tones but never blue. I am going to have to show hubby when he gets home. He is a weather and atomosphere nut..I mean fanatic :) and I KNOW he will explain in detail what causes that (oh lucky me...just kidding). He would much rather watch the Weather Channel then most other shows.
Big weekend hugs, Sue

Tracy said...

BJ, the blue pictures are very striking! and the pie photo; yum! I actually liked the decals on the ladder but then again, I haven't been looking at the ladder as long as you have..the flower is gorgeous!

eileeninmd said...

Yum, now you have me wanting cherry pie! I love the cute ladder and your beautiful amaryllis. The blue photos are pretty, wonderful captures, BJ!

Carol said...

Harp away with the amaryllis! It's gorgeous!
As is that pie!
The Blue will be here soon. I'm going to be on the lookout.

Theresa said...

Gorgeous flower and the blue hour pictures are amazing! I just adore your ladder... JUST like it is:) Have a blessed evening! HUGS!

On Crooked Creek said...

Your flower is, truly, a beauty! I agree, Gods wonders never cease to amaze me.
I don't guess I know when blue hour is here on the prairie. I have never seen what you all capture in your photos. Lovely to envision through your photos!
Now. . .about that gadget "thingy". .. are you going to reveal it's identity? "Mr. Ed" thinks it has something to do with forming sheet metal. I think it's a press of some sort, but other than that . .. we're clueless on the prairie!

CHERI said...

What a beautiful and colorful post. So much eye candy:)

Debbie said...

I had no idea that National Pie Day is January 23, or I would have baked a pie! A friend of mine just gave me a pie bird last evening, it is so darn cute and I'll show ya next time I make a pie ;o) Do you use a birdie?

You did good with those blue hour photos BJ!

Isn't the PB catalog the best for ideas and tons of inspiration? Good luck on your ladder project!

Sarah said...

BJ, the blue hour photos are amazing. Fun to see it when you least expect it.
As for the ladder, you don't need to be standing on a ladder like that anyway. Be careful!
Now I'm going to sulk because I don't have a piece of cherry pie. :-(
~ Sarah

Kathleen said...

I was in the PBarn outlet Thurs. A lot of money for furn made with sawdust. Smashed corners, etc. can't just sand like real wood and fix.
Just bought a few little things.
Like Pat said, I just look at the catalog for ideas, you can do the same look for tons less, and even real wood! :)

Karen said...

Hello, fellow Texan! I love your blog with all the black and white... and then that blue photography. Amazing!! I'll be back.
I'm your newest follower.
Ladybug Creek

A Garden of Threads said...

I do like the PB ladder, hope Mr. Sweet will help fix your too tall ladder. Great shots. Take care, Jen

Karie's Chic Creations said...

OMGoodness, the pictures of the blue hour are amazing. I can't believe it. And your flower is gorgeous, and I love your ladder. My goodness you are surrounded with beauty. Hugs, Karie

Linda@Coastal Charm said...



Marie said...

Hi BJ, love your cute little ladder and it goes perfectly with the red hot pretty bloom!

Home Made Quilts By Granny said...

All your flower are just delightful to see this time of year you do have a green trumb...what ever you do with the ladder it will be pretty I kinda like the side piece....prefect for the flowers....whoooo cherry pie...makes me want one too. Trish

Miz Helen said...

Good Morning BJ,
Thank you so much for coming out to East Texas to see me this week end.
Your home is beautiful, warm and inviting.I have to ask you if the Furr's Pie Kitchen is still in Lubbock? West Texas is like coming home for me, I will look forward to following along with you.

Phyllis said...

I think your ladder is cute the way it is. I have a small one and painted it kind of aqua many years ago. I put a round glass top on it and enjoy it every day by my kitchen door.

Pie is my favorite dessert...and now I'm going to have to make a cherry pie just because of you!! :)

Kathy said...

This is such a beautifully filled post - love the Amaryllis - the ladder is wonderful!!!! The pie -OH MY! It's breakfast time here - I think that would be wonderful - has quite a few of the food groups - right?
Have a Happy Week,

SmilingSally said...

That is the prettiest Blue Hour I've ever seen!

Happy Blue Monday, BJ.

Gengen said...

They all look great shots for blue Monday.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Hi BJ....this fun post is a delight in Florals, Ladder Finds and Food....yay CherryPie! I have a small Ladder that needs a redo, but I use it to step up on, so it's pretty chippy as it is. Have a great week and enjoy the rest of January....have ya'll had SNOW? None here in my part of Texas! Maybe in February!

LV said...

I love all you shared to day. I would not use it, but that step ladders is a neat one. It is amazing what we do to get just the right color for a given day. I do not know how you did it, but that worked out to give you a great blue. I am going to get my book out and see what I can learn to do with my little digital.

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! Look at our pretty Blue Hour snaps! I love this and always forget to try and capture it!
Now your little ladder is a cutie. Wish my bathroom was bigger - I'd have me a little ladder in there with magazine poked on the steps! :)
Can't wait to see your redone ladder all chippy and stuff! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lesa said...

those flowers are definitely worth a brag or two or three..

Wow, the blue hour to amazing!

Kim, USA said...

OMG that is really pretty humongous and I so love it! Happy Monday!
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Rita said...

It is so much fun coming here; I just wish I had you for a neighbour! Beautiful flowers and love your little ladder with the decals. Happy Monday!

Holly said...

My mom used to paint ladders like that...I have one...probably just the right size but in need of a sanding and paint job FOR SURE! I also just keep telling myself Pottery Barn is not real life.

Blue Hour - never heard of it, but it is gorgeous! With some cherry pie of course.

Liz said...

Gorgeous red and blue photos.

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Jean Hart said...

You have a wonderful sense of style. I enjoyed all of your photos.
Have an amazing day.

Anonymous said...

OMGoodness, the blue!...that has got to be one of the most blue, blue hour photo's that I have ever seen in blog world! Love the little ladder too, call me crazy but I think it looks great with the decals.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

The Blue Hour! Or as the French say it... 'L'heur Blu'... Or something like that. :-)

Hugs and ♥'s...
'Cause Valentine Day is coming!

Designs By Pinky said...

HI BJ, first, thank you so much for your nice comment on my dining room! I love your little ladder and the BLUE pics are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to TRY to get some blue hour pics! Thanks for the reminder:) XO, Pinky PS, The amarylis is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

What a fun are so funny bout your little ladder..The blue hour photo's are so pretty! and then there's your cherry pie again!! You know I love cherry pie I'm hungry..
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Donnie said...

You are just so sweet to read. Loved all your photos.

Joy said...

Love the little ladder and what an amazing picture for blue monday. My that pie looks really tastey!

Marice said...

amazing photos BJ :) love that blue peaking light!

Robin said...

That flowering whatever it is is INCREDIBLE - wow!!

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Kathleen Grace said...

I'll take a piece of that pie please. I need to try to photograph blue hour too, it's so cool! Your Amaryllis is my favorite color you know, what a bright pretty thing it is:>)