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Saturday, July 10, 2010

I'm so blue....

In the English language, *blue* often represents the human emotion of sadness. The color blue makes many of us happy! I adore the color of denim. The ocean's blue is so soothing to me. Navy makes me feel *grounded* and secure. Azure is cheerful and Icy blue feels clean! Here are some examples of this wonderful color. Is there blue in your home? How does blue make you feel?


Blueberries in Black Peppered Juice
1  bottle of sparkling grape juice 
1/4  cup  sugar (or to taste) 
1  teaspoon  real vanilla 
1/2 - 1  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper 
3  cartons (6 ounce) blueberries, rinse-drain 
Twists of lemon peel

1. Pour juice and sugar into small pan and boil until reduced by about half or about 15 minutes. STIR OFTEN. Add vanilla and pepper and let cool.
2. Put blueberries in a bowl and pour Syrup mixture over them. 
3. Chill airtight for at least 2 hours or up to 1 day.
4. Serve in small dessert bowls or glasses garnished with twists of lemon peel.


Mrs. G said...

Wow, that tureen and platter nearly took my breath away, what a beautiful piece. Blue and white are one of my favorite combinations for home decor.

chair up said...

Only since blogging have I realised how much I actually do love blue for decor and I am starting to use small amounts in my home. I have used a blue based white throughout my home and I love it.
This is a great post. Thanks for more inspiration.

Kom Achterom said...

It is beautiful the light colour blue.
in my home no blue but green.
I love green its warm and causy
Blue is a cool colour.
I have try it in a sleepingroom but it don't fit by me.
I wish you a verry nice and sunny weekend

Deb said...

now I have the blues....but the good kind....

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

Oh, I love blue! My kitchen and breakfast area are painted a pretty chambray blue with a much paler blue ceiling. Below the blue paint is white painted beadboard, and this combination makes me peaceful and happy. I also have a sete of blue (kind of cobalt) toile dishes, and they make me very cheerful and happy. In other words . . . blue = happy!

Hope all is well with you!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

I am in the process of ripping out a blue kitchen ...so I have to say I am not a fan of blue.

However some of your blue pictures are beautiful, and I dont mind if anyone else loves blue.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I am coming back around to blue and contemplating where I want to put it next. I used lot's of blue years ago and I am starting to love it again.

It's me said...

Beautiful blue post..i have got the blues today.........love and hugs from me Ria.....

AshTreeCottage said...

There is a lot of blue in my cottage. I have always loved it!!

Susan and Bentley

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Leave it to you to make Blue tempting with those awesome photos. Nope I'm not into dark blues, but the lighter blue family. Aqua color is nice too. Those are more my style!

Always a pleasure to see you post even though I can't seem to comment enough, I do appreciate the images you put out there to inspire us!


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love pretty blues...and I had blueberries for breakfast! Hope you are doing good! ♥

katie said...

Blue is beautiful and makes me feel that way.
I am reintroducing blue into my home decor.

Pondside said...

I love, love, love blue. Now that the kitchen is (newly) yellow, I'm pulling out all my blue bits and pieces to enjoy. I have lots of places where that tureen would look great!

kpaints said...

There is something so basic and elemental about blue. Thanks for the reminder.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Good morning Janean! Other than my blue and white dishes and a bit of blue in a couple of area rugs I don't really have very much blue in the cottage. I'm thinking of doing our little bathroom in a blue/green (sea colors) one day. I really don't know why I haven't done more with that color but now that my hair is the color it is...maybe I'll incorperate it into my surroundings more ;) Have a WONDERFUL weekend....Maura :)

Rita said...

I have blue all throughout my home. I think it is a very soothing color and is great to decorate with. It is hard to find decorator fabric in blue anymore and that makes me sad.


I love blue.. the shade of water. We painted our kitchen and dining room a sea blue and I love turquoise blue jewelry. I wear alot of blue too.
Blue makes me very happy:)

Suz said...

I love Blue Willow dishes
and of course the sea and the Lake
and oh blue skies...
Thinking of you

Sylvia said...

Hello Janean,
I've only some blue accents in my house. I love lavender blue !
Have a nice sunny weekend,

Mari said...

BLUE, My favorite color. Love the recipe at the end.

Have a blessed weekend : D

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

All of my life I've said that blue is my favorite color. It definitely makes me happy too. You have some beautiful blue photos there.
Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

Dolores said...

I don't think I've ever really thought about how blue makes me feel, but ..... it must make me happy, because I have all shades of blue all over the house.

I love all your pictures of blue....beautiful!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Blue will always be my favorite color, even though I don't have a lot of blue in my house anymore. Blue represents serenity for me. I love the tureen...it's fabulous.

All things nice... said...


I adore all things blue, my bedroom is blue, I love wearing blue and I really like all blue flowers, it is a really pretty colour, particularly along with white. Thanks for sharing

All things nice...

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Hi Janean,
Blue is a staple. It's gotta be part of a home :)
Have a great weekend!

Karen said...

Ooooo, blue and a recipe, too. Love it, have it everywhere.

Marina Mott said...

wonderful pieces!! blue makes me feel happy, and, yes! I have a lot of blue things at home!xx

Susan B said...

Blue is my favorite color...all shades! Love all the blue in the lovely pictures! We have a lot of blue in our home, especially the master bedroom.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

sissie said...

I love the color blue but I don't have much at all in my home. I'm starting to like it more though because of the many shades and hues.

All of your photos are wonderful.


Lisa said...

Lovely blues! That wardrobe with the red inside is GREAT!
Hugs, Lisa

Technodoll said...

Blue is such a classy, never-goes-out-of-style color... We have one small bedroom painted a soft ocean blue, it's very pretty.

Barb said...

I love blue! I especially loved the blue closet with the red interior . . two of my favorite colors! Next week, I am helping my daughter transform her son's old bedroom into an office, using very blueish, ocean colors . . . can't wait!

Yummy to the blueberries!


Bernie said...

Lovely color blue....been thinking of you and holding you close in my heart and prayers.

You know there was a time I didn't like to eat off a blue plate...I know I'm weird, now I find myself liking blue more and more....Hugs

Donna said...

Blue striped ticking - be still my heart!

Cindy - Letters From Midlife said...

Blue and white is one of my favorite combinations. So clean and peaceful.

Debbie said...

What a delightful blog you have!
So many inspirational photos to delight the eye!


JolieAnne said...

I just changed my living room to a pale green sofa,cream walls and some tans, browns, and pale aqua. I miss the blue sofa since I had a lot of blue but I needed a change. Now I have a guest bedroom that will be white, blue and some granny Smith green as
accents. I am adding a small amount of blue to that room. But Thanks for the photos-I do love blue! I have 3 sons and have seen a lot of blue clothing for the boys over the years. Now I have to let go and let them pick their clothing. I am happy when I see some blue in their choices!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Love those photos!

I'm not a blue person as a general rule, but my bedroom is papered with a cornflower blue and pink paper, which I find soothing. I chose a silky blue bedspread to match it. It makes a wonderful, relaxing atmosphere.

I feel the wonder here. Lovely blog! I found you from Karen Evans.

Blessings in the Lamb,


Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I love a good navy in a room! Beautiful pictures.

Sharon said...

Love the color blue and all the blue items that you chose. Like the blue cupboard and dishes they would look good together. Blessings

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Thanks for your visit today! Your pictures are so pretty! I have lots of blue in our house, expecially with 3 boys :) Enjoy your evening!

Dawn said...

So you've had some experience with pests too...? LOL! I'm telling you, that cat thinks it's a dog!

I love blues but in small doses to cool down all the warm colors I love. I know, I love it ALL!

Katmom said...

hey Janean,
as a rule I am not a big fan of blue...but toss in a dollop of yellow & I am smitten!
I do love blue transferware too!
OK, so maybe I am really a "closet blue " person.hahaha!
Thanx for popping by my blog & I think you need a lil old vintage trailer to help you release your inner "trailer mama"...lol!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hello Janean~ ~
I vote with Mrs. G! I scrolled down and boom, it sucked the breath right out of me. Blue is not one of my favorite colors, so why this effect. I'm heading back to look at it again. The shape is splendid, isn't it?
Good to see you again.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Love that first photo! Blue is all about the beach for me. Mixed with sandy tones and whites...love it!

kimsound studios said...

My friend, is that a picture of blue hair? :)

your friend Frantic!!!

Dianna said...

Hello Janean,
I'm sorry it has been so long since I've dropped by. Our summer has been one of loving and caring for family...both young and old. I haven't even been as faithful to posting on my own blog. But I've thought of you many times this week in particular. I've thought of your dad's recent passing and while I know that you are grateful he no longer suffers in his earthly body, I also know that grief comes and goes...sometimes fleeting and sometimes lingering on. I just wanted you to know that you are still in my thoughts and prayers even though I may not get by as often as I'd like.

Love and hugs to you, my friend,

Beverly said...

Blue...one of my favorites. Blue makes me smile. Love the Blue and white dishes the best. I too love blue denium alot!!
The blueberry recipe sounds different with pepper juice??

The Tablescaper said...

I love blue! It's all over my home and it makes me HAPPY!

- The Tablescaper