Friday, February 7, 2014

February Street Scenes - A Florida treasure For Sale!

I almost gave up on this challenge. It’s easier for me to come up with beach scenes, hiking trails or walking paths at the park. But I remembered some neat photos I had taken from the car when we slowed at a stop light, while driving through Deland, a small Florida town.

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(original photo, untouched)

The house looked unique.

But I saw something beautiful right there on this busy street in the overgrown yard with the ‘fixer upper’ house.

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I saw a beautiful ornate gate with an old wrought iron table and chairs inside a hand painted fence.

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Unexpected beauty on the trip home.

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I took these photos with my little Canon S100 and cropped them within an inch of their lives!

I’m taking part in Donna’s photo challenge.

Do you want to join us? It’s GREAT fun!

52 comments:

Susie said...

Great job on the photos. I love that old gate. The flowers appear to be painted in the fence. Hope you are having a fun day. xoxo,Susie

Cranberry Morning said...

That last photo is just dreamy, Diane! I want to see what's beyond that gate! :-) Have a wonderful weekend.

Japolina said...

What a cute little house. Love the gate

Diane said...

Lovely! Someone spent a lot of time and effort painting those roses. Wonderful!

Jane and Chris said...

Somebody once loved that house very much.
Jane x

Kath said...

This is really beautiful!
Thanks for sharing,
Blessings :-)

Vee said...

Cropping...it's a good thing! What a sweet little home and probably completely representative of a former time in Florida. Wonderful flowers painted over the fence, too.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I would love a cute little Florida house like that. It has so much potential. I'd love to see the inside.

Pamela Gordon said...

What a cute little house! I just needs a bit of TLC but the artwork and the beautiful gate are a bonus!

It's Just Dottie said...

Good photo!!I am so in love with the house!!
Smiles, Dottie

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The irons gate with the painted pickets is charming Diane, it was worth capturing.

Mary said...

What an amazing find on that street - I would love to live opposite just to be able to look out at the beautiful art. I hope whomever purchases it doesn't paint over the flowers!

Happy weekend Diane - Mary

Stacey said...

It's so nice to see green! I love that you see the pretty in all things.

Dawna Motz said...

I can see the potential! Who wouldn't love to live on this street with palm tress in your front yard!

Anonymous said...

Oh my heavens!!! I lived in Deland, FL for over 12 years and pasted by this building (Hwy 44 at Blue Lake) for years! I believe at time of picture this was still operating as art gallery. My folks retired to FL (I got there first) to Deland, then my sister & family came down and all the rest of aunts & uncles has trickled down to Volusia County. But Oh I know Deland well!!!
GADawn57

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love this little house and the gate is beautiful!!

TexWisGirl said...

LOOK.AT.THAT! gorgeous!

The French Hutch said...

Diane, it’s amazing how if we only stop to really look we can find beauty everywhere! I love this photo of the little house with the awesome gate. Lovely photos.
Happy weekend.........

~Emily
The French Hutch

Donna said...

I'm so glad that you didn't give up! If the challenges were all easy, then they wouldn't be challenges, right? What a neat place to find and capture! It looks neglected now, but someone put a whole lot of work and effort into creating its cottage charm. I got a kick out of your comment about cropping within an inch of their lives, LOL.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Wow, a lot of time and effort went into painting that fence and I would love a a iron gate like that in my garden.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love the garden gate ... that looks very mysterious - & makes me wonder what kind of gorgeous garden is hidden behind it? so cool!! ( :

Cheryl @ TFD said...

The ornate iron gate with the painted picket fence is charming! I hope someone will come along and fix the house and yard up, it could be a very cute place!

Montanagirl said...

Very pretty, and very quaint! I like the painted flowers.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Lovely little Florida Cottage!!
Deland is a lovely little town!!! Lots of hidden fun spots and shops!

Mama Zen said...

How pretty!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Diane
This is such a charming cottage - I would love to get my little hands on it!!
Oh the possibilities!
Such a shame it looks so neglected - I imagine someone has really loved this little house and has reluctantly let it go.

Can you remember what the hanging sign said above the porch - I enlarged your photos but I couldn't read it.

A beautiful response to Donna's 'Street Scene' challenge dear friend!

Hugs for a happy weekend in Florida.
Shane

Karen said...

I love Florida cottages like this one. Much warmer than a fancy condo on the beach in my opinion :-)

Lorrie said...

There's always some beauty to be found, isn't there? I do love those filigree gates. So charming.

I nearly gave up on this challenge, too.

Cristal @ Dapple Design said...

That's a sweet little house. I wonder if anyone has taken it in hand by now. The way you cropped in and and in creates a fun effect.

JG said...

How unique Diane! Colorful flowers painted on the front of the house, too. The iron gate is beautiful. Thanks for posting the close ups!
~Judy

podso said...

I love riding through those little towns. And I LOVE these pictures. You cropped the gate so beautifully. You should use this for the card party! So pretty!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

So charming! I love that gate and beautiful painted fence. Thanks for sharing Diane.

Jeanne said...

What an excellent find. I would love to fix up that little house!
You did a good job on the cropping!

Cozy Little House said...

What a gorgeous gate!
Brenda

Rose said...

Hello. I happened by your website from Stephanie's. That gate is gorgeous as is the fence. Thank you for sharing with us!

Love your blog and am now a follower. :-)

Kathy said...

What a great piece of happenstance that you would just happen to spot it. Great garden inspiration!

cynthia lee designs said...

What an adorable cottage!! Love the gate and the painted flowers.
hugs,
Cindy

Danice said...

What lovely photos. The gate is really pretty, and yes unexpected in the yard with that house. Your new blog header is pretty also :)

nancy huggins said...

I would love a fence like that and wish I had a camera that I could edit and resize pictures with..Great pics Diane

Annie said...

Wonderful streetscape..thanks so much, I love that little cottage!
You did well!

EG CameraGirl said...

I really like the fancy gate and forever-in-bloom flowers painted on the fence. Now I want to know what's on the other side of the fence. ;))

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

What a cute little cottage this is.
Just looking at the gates and the fence, makes me feel some nice times have been spent there.. What history is with this little cottage.
Nice photos Diane.
wishing you a happy weekend.
val xx

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

The gate is gorgeous! If it was mine I would paint it black.

Red Rose Alley said...

Diane,
How special that you noticed the beauty in the fixer upper's old iron gate. This is really a pretty gate, and I noticed that you used it for your Header too. It has a very unique design.

Love,
~Sheri

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Diane, that is such a sweet sight. I can just imagine whoever buys that house will probably paint over all of what someone loved so much that they took the time to make it their own. It's kind of sad but such is life. I think your little camera does a great job. I also use a small point and shoot Canon and am thinking about upgrading but I think these camera take pretty good pictures..Happy Weekend..Judy

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Gorgeous, my friend♥

Crafy Lady said...

Nice Blog and I love the ole house and the beautiful decor that goes with it. I would love to have this to fix up and make a cottage of it.Thanks for showing us.

Barbara
onecraftylady08@aol.com

Donna said...

What a beautiful little house! Love that you captured it for us to see...those flowers painted on took someone a Long time to do!
hughugs

must love junk said...

Wow, I love that! Just gorgeous!
Susan

Lynnie CottageGalstyle said...

Wow, wish I had the whole gate and fencing in my yard...so beautiful. Wonder how long it took to paint all those flowers.
Hugs, Lynnie

Sam I Am...... said...

Isn't that the prettiest little cottage? Some artist lived there for sure.

Terra said...

I like the graceful pink flowers painted on the weathered fence and that charming iron gate. That is a great find!