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May 20, 2010


sweet cottage dreams

Your eye is drawn to the simple beauty, dear friend! You always seen the beauty in the imperfect, which is perfectly perfect!


sweet cottage dreams

...I meant to always SEE the beauty.....



you're amazing - they are meant to be - i hope a little longer-
please,maybe, come on - oh darn - have a great prosperous week -

love ya, maria - cottage feel -


That looks like a totally Shabby Chic lamp post! Too pretty! I just love pink! Have a great Thursday. Getting close to the weekend Yay! We here in Canada have a long weekend because Monday is Victoria Day! Time to start gardening finally!! : )

Alison Gibbs

That lamp post does look perfect in front of the beautiful Crepe Myrtle.


Aw it would be so much prettier in pink. It looks great against that myrtle tree.

Kathleen Grace

I wonder how many people pass that post and fail to see the beauty in it? How we approach and live life has so much to do with what we are looking for:>) If we look for beauty we are sure to find it!


Kim your eye has done it again. Perfect pictures. They are very pretty in pink
Have a great day!

Jenny Sumrall

Maybe the city will let YOU paint the post PINK. The crepe myrtles in my yard have not started blooming yet. But soon.............


Pink it should be. I love it just as it is, all chippy and vintage, but if they MUST repaint, pink is my vote. (I bet they won't ask us shabby bloggers what color to paint their posts.)

It's fun to imagine it though.


Once again another beautiful site. Most would have passed by and thought, "that needs painting", or some other negative thought but you, not you. You brought the beauty out for all of us to enjoy. Thanks Kim and have a beautiful weekend.

P.S. Pray for us here in Arkansas that the storms will pass without damage or turmoil. Alice

Barbara Anne

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Look what you noticed - the serendipity of old scuffy lamp post paint matching the crepe myrtle blooms!

May we each look more closely to admire the beauty that surrounds us.

Oh, and thanks to all who mentioned favorite book titles, authors, and even a book club!! I have a lovely list of books to look for thanks to you.



Pretty Pink light post your right, and to the average it would prompt painting. I'm so glad you find fancy in all finds.

Privet and Holly

Kim, I wonder WHY they ever changed it, to begin with? Did it start out black or did it start out PINK??? That would be interesting to know! Isn't it amazing how one can see BEAUTY everywhere if we really stop and pay attention? And, YOU do it so very very well, lovely friend. Thanks for the gorgeous pictures ~ I'm smiling BIG time! xx P&H


What a wonderful glimpse of the way things just ARE? We just drive by, admiring the flowers, if that's what we see, and ignore the other beautifuls that are right there.

I crave crepe myrtle---especially watermelon ones. "They Say" they won't grow well up here, so everytime we go to the coast, I look my eyes full along the Alabama highways, where they've planted seemingly thousands in the medians. It's like a Grand Allee' toward home.


Maybe its just me, but I think it looks better with the peeling paint.



YOU, the amazing photographer with the amazing eye would see this.

YOU, a crazing lover of all things shabby would LIKE it when you noticed it - it is amazing it matches, but to me it is even neater to see you like it so much.

I think you are a true artist.

Such a lovely walk - I love the pic of the street - I can't help but get this strong sense of wanting to be walking right next to you to see where the bend in the road takes me.

Wonderful post, thank you.

Carolyn Maves

Dear Kim,

I love your photos of your town, the streets, the trees, especially the flowering bushes and shrubs. Here in northern Wisconsin we do not have crepe myrtle, in fact I had heard of it, but never seen pictures of it.

My parents were born and raised in Florida and moved up north in stages, always looking for work for their growing family. My childhood was full of stories of central Florida, the swimming holes, needing to watch for alligators, the cute baby alligators, hunting for berries and nuts in the woods, always watchful for wild pigs. It seemed a far off place to me as a child, a whole different culture.

So I love to see your pictures, they fill some of my heart-longing for my long gone parents and the happy, secure childhood they provided for me.

Thank you for your beautiful and heart felt blog.

God bless,

Daisy Cottage

Thank you all.

If you only knew HOW MUCH you mean to me.

Yes, these things are beautiful to me BUT they bring me even more joy because I am able to share them with you - like minded souls who understand. And that is so treasured.


Susan Ramey Cleveland

Kim, you have a wonderfully artistic eye. That's why you make things look so beautiful.


Ahh definitely have the eye for capturing the smallest of details. Loved it.

Barbara @ Southern Lady's Vintage

It'll be nice to have this photo to look back on. Thanks for sharing


It makes me so happy to know that I'm not the only one who loves certain things just as they are. To me, the pink peeking out from the black kindles the imagination. I think it would be a shame to repaint the post at all. But that's just me, always trying to explain to my husband why he shouldn't paint over the peeling chair, or to my mother-in-law why I continue to use my chipped, mismatched china instead of shiny new stuff...


i don't comment often, though i do visit regularly... because you see these sort of details and are able to capture & share them so well.


I have never seen a pink lamp post before now and I love it! I think we should have more posts painted beautiful colors! Aqua posts would be lovely and coral posts would be so cheerful! Why do we always paint lamp posts black?

Thank you for all the beautiful photos!


I agree. The pink on the lamppost does go beautifully with the pink crepe myrtles. Absolutely a perfect match! Thank you for the beautiful photos.

Tracy Barkett

Love your post today! Pink is my favorite color. I wear it everyday!!
Simply White vintage


At one time were ALL those lampposts PINK??????????
Too cool!!!!!!!!!!

jennifer D

Beautiful... sometimes things are prettier when they are roughed up. I agree with Darlinda above, why do we paint lamp posts black? I wonder if that post was ever all pink.

Vickie Snow

Warning! Don't publish any comments in Chinese that come from an unfamiliar source. My blog was hacked. I lost a bunch of pictures from previous posts.


I hope they don't repaint that one - it is perfect just as it is! What a happy co-incidence! You are so right Kim - there is often such beauty in the not-so-perfect!


Just have to the beautiful pink blooms smell as wonderful as they look? We don't have anything like that in Northern Minnesota. Judy


Hello always it is so fun to check in on you each day and see your pictures. You know what caught my eye in this photo? The brick you imagine laying each one of those bricks. Wonder how long it has been there, and who laid them all. Just love it... you don't see brick streets much anymore. The crepe myrtles are beautiful also. My crepe myrtle has not boomed yet. But when it does it is a beautiful fuschia. Hopefully the lightpost will get a coat of paint soon but it is neat how it matches the pretty blooms. Wish I had your artistic eye. Love all your pictures you post. Have a great weekend....this is my Friday....Yea...a 3 day weekend that I am so looking forward to!

Nancy Maisenbach

Happy Thursday everyone!
As you shared your pictures of the light post I was thinking. Why can't they be painted colorfully? I see fire hydrants painted beautifully and I love that!
I think you may have started something Kim! The trees sure like it hot and muggy. They are beautiful. Nice post.
Nancy M.


Hi Kim :)

Pink lamp posts?? How cute is that?! I think they should paint them all pink again :)

love you,

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, I love the lamp posts just as they are maybe a little more pink showing. One of the many things that I love about you is that you see beauty in the simple things that is so beautiful. Have a great day and God Bless!!! Trish xox ;)


You are sharing a glimpse of summer with us, Kim. Crepe myrtles don't bloom here in Oklahoma for awhile still. Wouldn't it be nice if that post were painted pink? I can just envision it in your little town. It would be perfect!


I love the dreamer in you. What a dreamy color!

Stop photos are posted. Oh.My.Gosh! Pure magic!



Oh, I love crepe myrtle! Wish we could grow it as beautifuly up here in the midwest! The pink hues were gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Cindy S

Very pretty and it was obviously meant for your enjoyment today!

Laura Ingalls Gunn

How truly lovely.

I hope you'll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a darling French tote.


Kim, I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of blooms on my crepe myrtle tree...mine are the dark raspberry color...maybe they'll forget to paint the post and you can enjoy it all summer...I posted pics of my living room today...why don't you drop by and take a gander! Love you muchly, Robyn and Daisy Mae

Mary Lou

I love that..Maybe your mission could be to hang a cute little "we love blogging" flag from the post so they won't paint it...
You're a jewel

Ashley Ozuna

Oh I love it! I have grown to love pink more and more, so many shades and so peaceful!


Great eye! I love that color pink too. Have a great weekend!

Roxie Meiske

I am in Texas. Lived here more than 40 years. You can keep the boots. Too hot. Even in winter they are too hot for this girl. Do not like anything that high on my leg. Do not even like socks.

I do think that boots look good on people. Just not mine.

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