31 May 2009

The Hawthorne Tree...

In 1944, Mr. Olson bought a tall old house, one of three which had allegedly been moved from the railroad...where they had been brothels! He made the house a home and twenty-two years later, added a family room, enclosed back porch, and carriage house to the property. At some point, I don't know exactly when, someone planted a Hawthorne tree just outside the front door. Dorothy Olson, Mr. Olson's daughter-in-law, lived in the house as a young bride, started her family, and remembers trying to bake a cake in the old oil stove. She also remembers the Hawthorne tree...how beautiful it was with each passing season, how the birds loved it for its little red berries in the winter...and the bees blessed the blossoms in the spring. In fact, Mrs. Olson would have taken the tree with her when they sold the house, many years ago...if her husband had agreed...she loved that tree. I'm so glad she didn't take it. The tall old house has been my home for the last 8 1/2 years. The oil stove is long gone...but the Hawthorne tree is alive and well today...fully blossomed and buzzing with happy little bees...



28 May 2009

The Cottage Charm Giveaway!


A little red pen and a pretty pad of paper...then snip, snip, snip. I folded and gathered the names of all of the lovely ladies and placed them in a small glass fish bowl. Randomly choosing the winners of my "Cottage Charm" giveaway goodies the "old-fashioned" way...was a perfectly calming thing to do on a beautiful Sunday afternoon!


AND THE WINNERS ARE...



Thank you SO MUCH to everyone for participating in my first giveaway and for following The Lil' Red blog! I have an endless list of ideas in store to share with you! Now, I'm off to visit all of your pretty pages! God Bless You!





Twice Remembered is hosting their third annual "Cottage Charm Giveaway!" As a fairly new blogger, this is my first year participating. What fun! To enter, just leave a comment under this post by May 30th, 2009. (revision: I am going to be crazy busy tomorrow, so you have more time! Please place your entries by May 31st! : ) The Little Red Shop's giveaway goodies include…




One Lily & Pad Teacup and Saucer + One Sugary Sweet Votive Candle


Hmmm...the one with the cream ribbon, or the pink...? That's up to you!



Follow the Lil' Red Blog and you will also be entered to win this lovely address book.







What's this? Butterscotch, Lemon Chiffon, or Lilac? The choice of the lily color is up to you, too!



Hmm...what else? Just write, "froggie!" in the comment section if you would like to enter for a chance to win Bearington's "Croak" rattle and an heart~shaped bath fizzie.


You may leave comments for both prizes, but can only win one. Please specify your preference. For more information on this wonderful event, click this link…

(This give-away is now closed)

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27 May 2009

Absolutely Julia...

"Illustrations, Ornaments, and Hand-Painted Furniture..."

My dear friend Marcia Jean has placed a special request. She wondered why I hadn't posted any pictures of my original business cards on the blog. So, here they are...sort of...along with a couple of pieces of furniture I painted after creating "Absolutely Julia" In 1993...


I painted furniture and accessories with original scenes from fairy tales and nursery rhymes for shops and individual clients in the Seattle area. In 1994, I began painting for shops in LA, Westwood, and Santa Monica, while studying fashion design at FIDM. Unfortunately, I was photographically and computerly challenged at the time, and didn't take very many pictures of my work. The "Absolutely Julia" tags (above) were cut from a printed copy of the hand-painted business cards I created for an event in Hollywood. It was around that time, that I made a great group of friends at The First Baptist Church of Beverly Hills...including Miss Marcia Jean. : ) Originally from, and now back in Boston, Marcia has one of the sweetest spirits of anyone I know.
While I felt blessed to be able to sell my work through other merchants, what I REALLY wanted...what I had ALWAYS wanted, was to have my own shop. How that dream came to fruition...how Absolutely Julia's road led to The Little Red Shop...is a long story which will have to wait for another day.


All Rights Reserved © 1993-2011 Absolutely Julia and The Little Red Shop



The official Lil' Red shop website is currently under reconstruction...stay tuned... absolutelyjulia.com is hybernating at the moment, : ) and is not related to any blogs with similar names.

26 May 2009

April Showers...

Here's a Lil' Red Shop sample featuring Miss Marcia Jean & her dear boy…
Spring 2007, Marcia's baby shower in Los Angeles was quickly approaching and unfortunately, I couldn't go. So, what was a girl to do? Hmm....a shopgirl, that is…



Bugsy rattle, Skipit book, Skipit Buddy Blanket, and The Original Pup Coat and slippers (below) by Bunnies By The Bay





The "lil' doggies" arrived just in time for Marcia's Cowboy Shower

….and for her dear li'l boy!





Mama and Baby photos via Marci H., & Marcia. 

 Thank you, Maash!



What a cutie!!! 

 A special delivery, indeed! God bless you darlin' boy & your sweet mama!!!

: )

Julie M.


20 May 2009

Cousin Julie...

My cousin Shelley and I have been writing back and forth to each other like crazy for the last couple of days. Shelley lives in her native Minnesota and I live in Washington State, where I was born and bred. We have been discussing Jane Austen adaptations, Masterpiece Theatre Classics, and Keanu Reeves' movies, etc... We were wondering why we hadn't really discussed these things since she came to live with us for a bit when I was 15....more than twenty years ago!!!! I asked my cousin whether or not she thought that Keanu Reeves should be a lovely conservative man and feel the need to move up to the mountains whilst between films... and work, hands on, on a good project...like The Little Red Shop's bungalow expansion...and fall madly in love with me... Shelley agreed, and thought that that was indeed a wonderful idea. She said that some men age very well, and that he is one of them. I told her that I hoped he wouldn't show up at the door that very moment because I, in fact, had curlers in my hair and was wearing a hoodie with aqua and pink rose flannel pajama pants tucked into my socks. Shelley replied, "No, that just sounds like typical Julie! HA!" She went on to say, "DO you know I had to refer to you as 'the one in the hat' for years to my girls so they knew who I was talking about? You wore a hat at my sister’s wedding." With that, I sent Shelley some new reference material for her girls...from Cousin Julie..."the one in the hat..." : )

14 May 2009

Growing...growing...gone...

My mom and I took a walk through "The Nursery" on Mother's Day evening. When we happened upon a lovely tulip hiding behind the Blue Spruce, my mom asked me to be sure to get a picture of it before it was too late...

09 May 2009

Noble Women: Midwestern Mothers and Daughters


Malinda Arilla Speakman 1872-1943





L-R: Great Great Grandpa Sterling, Archie, Cora (back row), Ritta ("Don't call me Nellie"), Malinda, and Uncle?





The youngest daughter of Stephen Speakman and Nancy A. Noble, my great great grandmother Malinda's mama passed away when she was barely 10 months old.




Ritta, 1900-1989





L-R: Marie, Ralph, George, and Ritta holding Grace




My Grandma Marie






L-R: Marie, Ritta Marie, Cathy Marie, and ME...Julie Marie : )




Auntie Georgia






Georgia with Shelley and Sonjia Marie






Georgia with baby Jerad




My mama, Cathy





Mom and Bryan David after 36 hours of labor!





"How do I keep looking so fresh after a long day with 2 busy boys? A little Pine Sol, and two dozen chocolate chip cookies!" Mom with Jeffy and Bryan




Nurse Cathy Marie then...





And now, with...




Mom, Grandma, and Auntie Georgia, Issaquah, Washington

Mother's Day week 2008




HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!! Love, Julie Marie


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06 May 2009

Someday soon...

It is gray, drippy, and pouring down rain today...but before too long, it will begin to look a lot like this!

The Little Red Shop "Nursery" 16 June 2008

Perfectly orange poppies planted by God...through the wind, the birds, and a Stanford Horticulturalist. Years ago, a little Japanese lady named, Yoko, owned a plant nursery on what are now the grounds of The Little Red Shop.

01 May 2009

On this day...

The Wonder Twins Meet the Minnesotans, Part I:
Georgia and Jerry


Auntie Georgia, Uncle Jerry, David (dad), and Cathy (mom)

"Hey, Georgia...I think you're pretty cute." said Jerry. "Will you marry me?"

"Why yes, I think you're pretty cute, too..."

and then there were 5...

"HAPPY 44TH ANNIVERSARY GEORGIA AND JERRY!"

May 1st 1965 - May 1st 2009! We love you very much!!!

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