Dec 31, 2016

Mottos for the New Year....

 
I am so excited for the New Year!
 
A clean fresh start,
a year of possibilities...
 
I have big dreams
and some big projects already under way...
 
having only one motto for the New Year
just didn't seem like enough...
this year....
 
so these are my
four favorites!
 
 
 
 
Dream in Color!
 
 
This Queen Don't Need a King....
 
 
 
She Flies with Her Own Wings....
 
 
 
but above all
Take Time to Stop and Smell the Roses....
 
 
Happy New Years Eve!
I wish you all a night of magic...
 
and,
 I want to thank you
from the very depths of my heart
for the love and encouragement you have given me
 this past year...
 
it has been a hard year
full of challenges...
but also full of growth...
and I am excited to turn the page!!
 
Happy New Year,
May all your Dreams Come True!!!

Dec 29, 2016

UN-Decking the Halls....


Some years,
I linger... 

unable to let go of the magic of glitter
of twinkling lights...



this year,
I am in a completely different place...
I want to run forward into the New Year..
begin my new life...


I have broken out the tissue paper...


the tubs....

I have un-decked my halls...
I feel the need for changes,
for deep cleaning....


reflecting into the past,
and watching it fade...


 my cloches sit,
symbolically empty...

ready to capture 
bits of new dreams,
new inspirations,
new treasures...


“And suddenly you know:

 It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”




 "She flies with her own wings"



Thank you for your visit....

Dec 26, 2016

On this Lazy Day....

On this lazy day,
after Christmas....
 
my focus immediately turns
to the garden...
 
the fact that's my lovely David Austin Rose catalog
just came...
sends my garden lust into overdrive...
 
 

 
so,
I am here on this chilly morning,
in a sweater and fuzzy socks,
sharing some photos of Garden posts past...
 
they warm my heart and get my blood flowing,
I hope you will feel the same way too...
 


 
Eden Roses and Catnip
how I miss fresh from the garden cuttings...
 

 
lovely Bonica...



 
Sweetness leaning lazily on the porch spindles....
 


 
climbing Eden....
 



how I love a cottage mix....
 


 
one of the very best parts
of searching through old photos...
 
is finding the throwbacks...
 
 
Sweet Daisy and Iris
just wee pups...
 

 
Daisy's wrinkled little head
just makes me giggle...
 
 
I cant wait to curl up tonight with
my new garden catalogs,
and my now much older pups :-)
 
 
 
Thank you for stopping by today...
 

Dec 24, 2016

Christmas Eve....

Merry Christmas Eve!
 

A Night of Magic,
A Night of Sparkle...
 
 
I took an evening stroll
down the main street of my little town...
 
so quiet...
 
 
on the first Monday after Thanksgiving
our city hangs fresh cedar garland
mixed with bright festive lights...
and these lovely red bells,
 
it is so old fashioned
so simple,
so charming...
 

 
back home
I fill my home with twinkling candle light
some soft Christmas Music...
 
"Baby it's Cold Outside"
 is my favorite Christmas Song this year...
 
what is yours?
 
 
a plate of Cookies
for the big guy...
 
 
I hope Christmas
brings each of you much Joy and Happiness...
 
 
Merry Christmas to All
and to All a Good Night...

Dec 21, 2016

TheTwelve Trees of Christmases Past....

I like to mix it up each Christmas...
 
and I was thinking,
I have shared a lot of different Christmas Trees
here on my blog through the years...
 
so on this lazy day while I am recuperating from the flu
I thought I would share them....
 
 
I have a collection of Victorian Stick Trees
this one done in Nuts and Pinecones...
 
I loved the wall stenciling
but it has long been painted over...


 
not officially a tree :-)
braches painted silver and glittered
dripping in giant icicles,
frame the archway
 
(I added French Doors here years later)
 
this room was also stenciled
the wall more traditionally victorian two toned,
and the dark woodwork!
I am so glad its gone!
 



 
another little stick tree,
in silver...

 
a giant 10 foot tree
 I used to set up in the foyer,
strangely I cant find a full shot of it.....


 
also not really a tree,
but this is one of my favorite simple ways
 to make a room festive....
 


 
just a sweet and simple sapling....



a true stick tree,
with a real birds nest as its focal point....
 
 


my first flocked tree
my heart does flips over this tree...
 



a shabby pink tree
I set up in my bedroom each year...
 
looking at it now
I think next year it needs to find a home downstairs
and take the spotlight...
 


 
my first flocked tree
again
the following year,
this time in the parlor...
 
decorated in only Crystals and icicles...
 
this was my very favorite tree of all time...
 
it took hours to hang all the glass,
and when a breeze blew the tree it tinkled....
 
it felt like magic!
 

 
this sweet little white tree
I picked up for eight dollars
and it one of my favorites!
 
 
 
 
and that bring us back to this year
and my this beautiful flocked white tree...
 
Pink and Silver balls,
a few birds...
 
very simple and sweet
this Christmas is about just that...
 
 
 
wishing you JOY....

Dec 16, 2016

PINKmas....

What would Christmas be
without PINK :-)
Really...

 
This year I went with touches of PINK...
 
but,
my ideal Christmas
would have a big PINK tree :-)
 
 
my beautiful White Flocked Tree...
 
beauty at a cost...
I bought this tree last year
and the flocking was so messy I took it back
and instantly regretted it...
 
so yep,
I repurchased it this year,
set it up and the top of the tree lights
wouldn't work,
yep, exchanged it....
 
then set up the new one,
and the lights on the top quit working again...
 
It is a stunning tree!
but, I guess its just not meant to be...
 
 
my PINKified chandelier...





Vintage PINK ornaments stand in for Candy
in my apothecary jars...
 
 
though these cold nights
are begging for some major cookie baking
so this may yet change....
 










 
with thoughts of
 Nut Crackers Fairy Princess...

 
I am joining these parties this week
won't you come along?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Think Pink :)