Blooming Rose

Blooming Rose

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Relaxing Afternoon

Last weekend I was getting a little worn out at catching up on chores and by Sunday
afternoon I decided to take a little break for a cup of tea...

And browse through this wonderful old book about roses...

It was published in 1914 and given to me a few years ago by my childhood (and
adulthood) friend, Stephanie Lloyd.

I love spending leisurely time with this book.  It even has a signature by a previous owner
or gift giver that is dated 1915.  The book boasts color plates and the pictures are

And,  as I was having my tea and enjoying the book my eye started wandering to some
of the antique perfume bottles I have.  My mother had a very large collection of antique
perfume bottles and when I moved out to California she would often send me one for
my birthday.  There would always be a sweet note saying something like "I was looking
at this and thought you should have it".  I thought maybe you might enjoy seeing a few too.
They are all hand blown and hand painted and very old.

The long thin bottle below was carried by Greta Garbo in the movie Ninotchka in 1939.
Unfortunately, the stopper was misplaced.

It really turned out to be a very relaxing afternoon.  Tulips, roses, dried hydrangeas and
a lovely book.  Not to mention a relaxing cup of tea.

How quickly time passes.  All of a sudden evening seemed to be setting in.

I also want to mention that if you hurry there may still be room in Jermaine's French-Kissed
Paris Shopping Spree trip.  For more details visit here or click on the notice on my sidebar. 
And remember to send me a postcard!

I hope you are enjoying your week!

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I am linking to The House In The Roses


Acquired Objects said...

I have to say Susan I love your antique bottles they're so beautiful. What a good friend you have to have given you such an amazing book the plates are gorgeous! I hope you're enjoying your week!

Enjoy your day!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh what a truly lovely post!

I feel as if I were right there amongst the beauty surrounding you sharing a nice hot cuppa together.

Those bottles are amazing.

What a wonderful respite for you.

NanaDiana said...

Susan, Well, your post is as lovely as usual but those perfume bottles are just gorgeous. GORGEOUS! How wonderful that you have them and they remind you of your Mom. xo Diana

Olive Cooper said...

Susan, the perfume bottles are stunning and that your thoughtful mum would send them to you makes them more so. Funny enough perfume stoppers are finding me recently and as they are small and sparkly and cheap, I snap them up. Thanks so much for your comment yesterday, it means more than you know. love, olive

Pondside said...

Ah, such an elegant, yet peaceful post. The roses, the light - it all just makes me wish to light a fire and settle in for the morning. No such luck, though, as I'm off to work.

Anonymous said...

Susan you are one class act! I love your beautiful collection of your perfume bottles they look so delicate. As always your beautiful settings. A great pick me up on dreary winter days.

Mary said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day! Your book with its color plates is beautiful~ don't you always wonder when you look thru the pages of an old book about the previous owner and in this case what they planted? I love your collection of antique bottles~ especially the one painted with pansies :)

French-Kissed said...

What delightful treasures to spend the afternoon with...the Rose book and your lovely heirloom perfume bottle collection...some stunning pieces there! Thanks for reminding us to take some time out to relax and luxuriate among beautiful objects like old books, little works of art and a cup of tea.


Stephanie Lloyd said...

Oh, Susan!

I don't remember those perfume bottles but I'll never forget your mother. She was a beautiful woman, kind and welcoming to a shy little girl. I always felt at home in your house and have a million wonderful memories of your family. The rose doesn't fall far from the bush.


Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Beautiful! thanks for sharing a bit of loveliness with us!

Tricia said...

Those bottles are so pretty, Susan! The light green one is my favorite. Hope you're having a good week.


Zinnia said...

What wonderful bilder. I love the cute little bottle with pansies. I wish you a wonderful weekend! Zinnias

Liz said...

Wow! I can't believe you have something that the Mysterious Greta Garbo carried... What a treasure! And that it came from your mom! Even better! :) Thank you for joining in for Fresh-Cut Friday!! I'm so glad you did. Your flowers are gorgeous. :)


Hartwood Roses said...

I knew as soon as I saw the thumbnail of the color rose plate in your book that you were going to show Capt. Thomas's wonderful book! Sitting with a cup of tea and an old rose book is my favorite way to waste time ... after reading blogs, of course. :)


What a wonderful afternoon! I LOVE your beautiful perfumes. Even better that your mom shared her collection with you. I love that!


Trouvais said...

Hi Susan! A reminder of the secret life of things! A collection of little stories and memories. They are their intense colors. But I love even more how close they bring your mother to you. Thank you for a wonderful post! XO Trish

Privet and Holly said...

What a sweet collection.
The pansies on the one
little bottle are perfect,
as their flower meaning
is remembrance. My
Mie-Mie {Dad's mom}
was especially fond of
pansies : ) So glad you
had a quiet afternoon to
indulge your love of roses
and tea. Sounds heavenly
and well-deserved!

Happy Weekend,
xx Suzanne

Sonia said...

Oh I love your beautiful perfume bottles and all those gorgeous roses! I adore roses and plan to plant more this season! Thanks for your lovely visit! I am your newest follower!
Miss Bloomers

Jacqueline said...

Sounds like a wonderful afternoon filled with beauty! Thanks for sharing. I love the book and the beautiful bottles!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

your antique rose book is very very special and your perfume bottles....oh my....they are FABULOUS!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I enjoyed looking over your beautiful bottle collection! What a wonderful connection to your mother.

Love of the Sea said...

Your bottles are beautiful. They look so delicate and antique like. Just so pretty. I hope that you are doing well and that things are good with you. XO

La Vie Quotidienne said...

What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon...roses and perfume ~ wonderful. The bottle are exquisite and even nicer because they were given in love from your Mother. A very sweet post.

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Susan,

Oh my, this is truly lovely!!! Those antique perfume bottles are AMAZING! Love how they tell a story of how received them from your mother when you moved out to CA! And the one that Greta Garbo held?!?!? Wow! Looks like you had a wonderful afternoon - everything is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love all of the beautiful bottles and pretty treasures! It's wonderful to surround ourselves with beauty! ♥

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hooray to lovely cups of tea surrounded by gorgeous things!!! Your treasures are completely stunning - what a great way to relax - I might just join you!!


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I think it is super cool that you actually own a piece of movie history like that! What a pretty post! Your blog is gorgeous, and I am your newest follower.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Ricki Jill

La Dolfina said...

You always create such lovely posts that invite us to come to your special place of beauty and respite!
I'm so fortunate to have met you and know that it is all so very authentic.
You are a lover of beauty and it comes through your beautiful blog.
Thank you Susan for sharing your heart with us. The perfume bottles are absolutely exquisite just like you!!!
Much love to you on this rainy day!!!

LaPouyette said...

Oh Susan, the most wonderful collection!!!

Can even scent...something...

just beautiful!

Warmest greetings,

Pamela Gordon said...

What a lovely collection of perfume bottles. I have a beautiful satin finished pink one with tiny blue flowers on it. I was never sure what it was for and now I know. :) Thanks! Pamela

Anonymous said...

what a lovely post. thank you for sharing your mother's antique perfume bottles...even one carried by ms. garbo. how romantic is that? i also adore that cream-coloured teapot, and how you transitioned into a candlelit setting. it all whisked me away to a place of old-world beauty and charm.