By Invitation Only……..Christmas Cocktails!!

Hi there! So excited to be here for our last By Invitation Only post for 2013…….hard to believe! Where did the time go? 2013 has been an amazing year and I am so fortunate to have been included with such a talented and inspiring group of women/fellow bloggers. It has been fun coming up with our own take? on various themes this year……..and I so enjoy seeing what everyone else comes up with too!

The theme this month is both a festive and fun one, Christmas cocktails…..and I had a ball putting it together. Especially since I was originally planning on throwing a real live shindig but alas it was not meant to happen, however am hoping to do a post holiday bash in January. So I had fun living vicariously? through this party and best part of all…you are all invited!

Ready for me to open the door so you can come on in and get this party started?

My invitation might look something like this…..

And as your festive hostess, this is what I will be wearing…..

This gorgeous red lace dress (my Christmas wish came true early…I can eat all I want forever and ever and never gain a pound, hence how I will fit into this dress)!

And of course to show my spirit….gotta add a little green!

And can’t decide which of these beauties to include, maybe both!

A little gold polishes it off!

And when the party is in full swing, and no one is looking I will change into these (hey at least they are festive)!

Come on in…….

?The first thing that greets you will be the Christmas tree in the foyer…but it’s not the last one you will see!

You will hear all of your favorite holiday tunes being sung by real live Christmas carolers all dressed up in their holiday finest!

You are then handed a glass of champagne to start the celebrating!

?And as you stroll throughout the house with the hum of the carolers singing their tunes, you see that in every room, Christmas had indeed arrived. I have tables set up all over the house as “food stations” so that people will walk and mingle…..

?Festive touches are everywhere…….

Every space has been decorated to the nines in its Christmas finest!
?The breakfast is cheery and festive too….
?And of course I didn’t forget about decorating the kitchen!!!!
?I have great big bowls of holiday apples and evergreen..

?Paperwhites will be all over….permeating my home with their intoxicating scent

A local master baker has created this incredible take on a gingerbread house as one of my centerpieces!

?And of course my trademark blue and white is all over the place….

This is a cocktail party…no formal stuffy sit down dinners. This is a casual but elegant affair with a ton of appetizers, both stationery and passed. A quick look at some of the foods that will be served…….we know it’s all about the food!!

Mini ceasar salads served in small mint julep cups

Feta and tomato crostinis

Fruits and chocolate tuxedo strawberries

Crab stuffed mushrooms

?Mini shrimp cocktail

Mini? Fish tacos and patron

?A modern and whimscial take on pigs in a blanket:)

Flank steak and avocado on a crostini…yum!

Crab ragoons

Skewered lime shrimp

And if you are like me, what you? really want to know about are? the desserts, here is just a sampling of what will be served….

A gorgeous cookie display of amazing cookies to take home!

All kinds of amazing cakes!

Donuts and milk anyone?

And these cakes do not need narration….YES they are that good!

An assortment of Ms. Prindables apples

Incredible cameo cookies

This is cruel,? I know……… to post so many delectable goodies especially when I am hungry, sorry for any binges this might create…hey, its the holidays, enjoy!

Once we are done toasting, cheering, laughing eating to our hearts delight and of course singing through it all…..I hand out these darling party favors!

And as the night wraps up….and everyone grabs their favor and bids us farewell…you will never guess who is waiting outside in the front yard to lead the way home!
Ho ho ho! Hope you enjoyed being a guest at my party!! If you want to see others and their interpretations of Christmas cocktails, click on over to the blog of our fearless leader, the uber stylish Marsha at Splenderosa…where links to all the other participants can be found.? CLICK HERE TO VISIT.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT MY CONTEST…ONLY 1 MORE DAY TO SEND IN PICTURES!!

The new theme is “Hooray for the Holidays“. I am accepting pictures for anything having to do with the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) up until Dec. 4th. I will run the contest through Dec. 8th and announce a winner on Monday, Dec.9th. I have already gotten some beauties so be sure to? send yours in!

No rules…however you interpret “Hooray for the Holidays”. Could be a favorite meal, your home all decked out, your Thanksgiving table, a pretty table setting from a holiday past, a pet or child showing their spirit, etc…..I know I am in for a treat, your talents and inspirations always blow me away. Same rules, two pictures per entrant, you must put Hooray for the Holidays in the subject line of your email (I get a ton of email and don’t? want it lost in the shuffle). Email them to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

?A reminder that these must be your pictures (not necessarily of your home but pictures that belong to you, not taken off internet)

And if you missed the announcement yesterday of my newest giveaway, by all means click here to enter to be in the running for this gorgeous large chunky trivet!

By Invitation Only……..Christmas Cocktails!!

Hi there! So excited to be here for our last By Invitation Only post for 2013…….hard to believe! Where did the time go? 2013 has been an amazing year and I am so fortunate to have been included with such a talented and inspiring group of women/fellow bloggers. It has been fun coming up with our own take  on various themes this year……..and I so enjoy seeing what everyone else comes up with too!

The theme this month is both a festive and fun one, Christmas cocktails…..and I had a ball putting it together. Especially since I was originally planning on throwing a real live shindig but alas it was not meant to happen, however am hoping to do a post holiday bash in January. So I had fun living vicariously  through this party and best part of all…you are all invited!

Ready for me to open the door so you can come on in and get this party started?

My invitation might look something like this…..

And as your festive hostess, this is what I will be wearing…..

This gorgeous red lace dress (my Christmas wish came true early…I can eat all I want forever and ever and never gain a pound, hence how I will fit into this dress)!

And of course to show my spirit….gotta add a little green!

And can’t decide which of these beauties to include, maybe both!

A little gold polishes it off!

And when the party is in full swing, and no one is looking I will change into these (hey at least they are festive)!

Come on in…….

 The first thing that greets you will be the Christmas tree in the foyer…but it’s not the last one you will see!

You will hear all of your favorite holiday tunes being sung by real live Christmas carolers all dressed up in their holiday finest!

You are then handed a glass of champagne to start the celebrating!

 And as you stroll throughout the house with the hum of the carolers singing their tunes, you see that in every room, Christmas had indeed arrived. I have tables set up all over the house as “food stations” so that people will walk and mingle…..

 Festive touches are everywhere…….

Every space has been decorated to the nines in its Christmas finest!
 The breakfast is cheery and festive too….
 And of course I didn’t forget about decorating the kitchen!!!!
 I have great big bowls of holiday apples and evergreen..

 Paperwhites will be all over….permeating my home with their intoxicating scent

A local master baker has created this incredible take on a gingerbread house as one of my centerpieces!

 And of course my trademark blue and white is all over the place….

This is a cocktail party…no formal stuffy sit down dinners. This is a casual but elegant affair with a ton of appetizers, both stationery and passed. A quick look at some of the foods that will be served…….we know it’s all about the food!!

Mini ceasar salads served in small mint julep cups

Feta and tomato crostinis

Fruits and chocolate tuxedo strawberries

Crab stuffed mushrooms

 Mini shrimp cocktail

Mini  Fish tacos and patron

 A modern and whimscial take on pigs in a blanket:)

Flank steak and avocado on a crostini…yum!

Crab ragoons

Skewered lime shrimp

And if you are like me, what you  really want to know about are  the desserts, here is just a sampling of what will be served….

A gorgeous cookie display of amazing cookies to take home!

All kinds of amazing cakes!

Donuts and milk anyone?

And these cakes do not need narration….YES they are that good!

An assortment of Ms. Prindables apples

Incredible cameo cookies

This is cruel,  I know……… to post so many delectable goodies especially when I am hungry, sorry for any binges this might create…hey, its the holidays, enjoy!

Once we are done toasting, cheering, laughing eating to our hearts delight and of course singing through it all…..I hand out these darling party favors!

And as the night wraps up….and everyone grabs their favor and bids us farewell…you will never guess who is waiting outside in the front yard to lead the way home!
Ho ho ho! Hope you enjoyed being a guest at my party!! If you want to see others and their interpretations of Christmas cocktails, click on over to the blog of our fearless leader, the uber stylish Marsha at Splenderosa…where links to all the other participants can be found.  CLICK HERE TO VISIT.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT MY CONTEST…ONLY 1 MORE DAY TO SEND IN PICTURES!!

The new theme is “Hooray for the Holidays“. I am accepting pictures for anything having to do with the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas) up until Dec. 4th. I will run the contest through Dec. 8th and announce a winner on Monday, Dec.9th. I have already gotten some beauties so be sure to  send yours in!

No rules…however you interpret “Hooray for the Holidays”. Could be a favorite meal, your home all decked out, your Thanksgiving table, a pretty table setting from a holiday past, a pet or child showing their spirit, etc…..I know I am in for a treat, your talents and inspirations always blow me away. Same rules, two pictures per entrant, you must put Hooray for the Holidays in the subject line of your email (I get a ton of email and don’t  want it lost in the shuffle). Email them to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.

 A reminder that these must be your pictures (not necessarily of your home but pictures that belong to you, not taken off internet)

And if you missed the announcement yesterday of my newest giveaway, by all means click here to enter to be in the running for this gorgeous large chunky trivet!

End of the week musings and a happy Labor day weekend to you!

Hello there…hard to believe its Friday, Labor day weekend and it is nearly the end of summer, kind of crazy huh? I just can’t believe it……..for me personally this is the fastest summer ever. I feel like I am just revving up with my summer list of “to do”s” and have barely made a dent. Oh well, guess it will have to wait until next year!

I hope whatever you have in store for Labor Day weekend is wonderful and relaxing. We are supposed to be away, so hopefully it will all work out:) Lets get started with my random musings post which is normally a bit of this and that…..


House biz. Besides my dining room chairs which I have to say I really love, I added a pair of my newest ginger jars which are the oversized flat tops with birds and have to say I LOVE them. All these new additions has me really motivated to get busy on the chinoiserie and draperies and then call it a day on my dining room. Goal is to get it done by Christmas. Remember you read it here first:) Take a look…….

Also love preserved? boxwood and am going to soon start carrying a wonderful line I found, these small 6″ orbs are perfect for so many containers…

And I got moved one of my blue and white garden seats to the main patio and really like the way it looks……

Got these beautiful framed chinoisersie prints while in Charleston and have to say they were made to go in my powder room. The colors are spot on and so is the theme! Also got some black tole sconce shades and am deciding between the ivory silk or blk tole…thoughts?

?Black or ivory?

You know I love my monogrammed pillows. I have spoken of one of my new favorite resources, Calico Daisy, well take a look at the newest pillows I got from her to be added in my guest room…..just playing right now, got in a pair, not sure where their final resting place will be:)


A great charity. Are you familiar with Donors choose? A friend told me about it years ago and I love the mission, helping teachers all across the country who need help purchasing materials, supplies and necessities for students in need that are part of schools that underfunded. You get to choose which project you want to support. Love this organization.

An amazing DIY from a reader. My reader shared this amazing bedroom makeover with me and it was so pretty…I had to share it. I marvel at her resourcefulness and know we all appreciate a good home makeover! She did a fabulous job…..below is a commentary that she shared with me on how this came to be.

I have just completed a DIY bed for my guest room. ?Your planters are so similar, I decided I would share my project with you.

I wanted an antique cane bed, but they were between $4,000 and $7,000. ?And none of the antiques came in Queen. ?So, I bought a new cane bed and some architectural molding appliques.

?They are paintable, stainable and flexible(bend

able

)

. ?I had never used them before.

?I am also sending pics of the bed without the appliques(pic from manufacturer).


I glued the appliques to the bed, then painted and distressed them with glazing. ?I also painted the bed crown to match. ?I am really pleased with the way it turned out. ?And the best part is, it cost about 1,000!




Visiting hundreds of tag sales from your computer? Yep you heard right. Are you familiar with Everything but the house? Its a genius site that share tags? sales and their contents from all over the country, you can bid online and let me tell you there are some amazing finds. Click here to check it out.

My style in clothing Pinterest board. I have to say, I am kind of in love with this board and if Pinterest ever crashed, I would be heartbroken because it is giving me a chance to really hone in on all that I love in one convenient place,? so here are a few new additions to that board. Click here if you want to see more pretties!



Paint colors. Are you considering changing the color of a room or two? Or three? If so this post is a must see. My buddy, Luciane of Home Bunch did a post on Benjamin Moore paints that was fabulous, so many amazing examples. I am convinced in this one post alone, you could make an educated decision! Take a look…..and click here to visit!

Photobucket

Store biz. Things are starting to heat up as summer ends and fall is nearly here and the official shopping season is soon going to start. I have all kinds of exciting things in store! Finally added the magnificent new pagodas in both blue and white and solid white along with the white pagoda lamps. Plus the new six sided ginger jar….all things I am smitten over! Take a look…..

And adding these stunning new flat top jars in various sizes, first the really big flat top (the same as on my dining room table) 11″ x 11″ x 13″

The first two are 9″ (standard height) These below are not yet added but if you are interested, just contact me here

?And these are the minis, about 5.5-6″ tall….

I also plan on adding some more much loved items to the personal accessories. The good news is for all of you who inquired about “the bag” it is coming..woo hoo! I will announce it on my blog when they are actually here but they are coming and I am really excited, getting them in about 6-8 colors….

And also hope to? be adding some pieces from a fabulous cashmere company I have bought from many times, beautiful featherweight cashmere scarves and wraps and best part is I will discount approx. 30%!? Will keep you posted.

This week I am not offering the steal and deal because I will not be here this weekend, but next week I? have some really great buys to announce:)

Being it’s Labor Day weekend, thought this conveneient little chart on the ins and outs of Labor Day was neat to have at your fingertips with all kinds of fun facts and statistics…….

Thanks as always for stopping in. I want to wish all of you a very happy and safe Labor Day weekend, hope whatever you are doing is loads of fun and relaxing. We will catch up next week! Enjoy……

End of the week musings and a happy Labor day weekend to you!

Hello there…hard to believe its Friday, Labor day weekend and it is nearly the end of summer, kind of crazy huh? I just can’t believe it……..for me personally this is the fastest summer ever. I feel like I am just revving up with my summer list of “to do”s” and have barely made a dent. Oh well, guess it will have to wait until next year!

I hope whatever you have in store for Labor Day weekend is wonderful and relaxing. We are supposed to be away, so hopefully it will all work out:) Lets get started with my random musings post which is normally a bit of this and that…..


House biz. Besides my dining room chairs which I have to say I really love, I added a pair of my newest ginger jars which are the oversized flat tops with birds and have to say I LOVE them. All these new additions has me really motivated to get busy on the chinoiserie and draperies and then call it a day on my dining room. Goal is to get it done by Christmas. Remember you read it here first:) Take a look…….

Also love preserved  boxwood and am going to soon start carrying a wonderful line I found, these small 6″ orbs are perfect for so many containers…

And I got moved one of my blue and white garden seats to the main patio and really like the way it looks……

Got these beautiful framed chinoisersie prints while in Charleston and have to say they were made to go in my powder room. The colors are spot on and so is the theme! Also got some black tole sconce shades and am deciding between the ivory silk or blk tole…thoughts?

 Black or ivory?

You know I love my monogrammed pillows. I have spoken of one of my new favorite resources, Calico Daisy, well take a look at the newest pillows I got from her to be added in my guest room…..just playing right now, got in a pair, not sure where their final resting place will be:)


A great charity. Are you familiar with Donors choose? A friend told me about it years ago and I love the mission, helping teachers all across the country who need help purchasing materials, supplies and necessities for students in need that are part of schools that underfunded. You get to choose which project you want to support. Love this organization.

An amazing DIY from a reader. My reader shared this amazing bedroom makeover with me and it was so pretty…I had to share it. I marvel at her resourcefulness and know we all appreciate a good home makeover! She did a fabulous job…..below is a commentary that she shared with me on how this came to be.

I have just completed a DIY bed for my guest room.  Your planters are so similar, I decided I would share my project with you.

I wanted an antique cane bed, but they were between $4,000 and $7,000.  And none of the antiques came in Queen.  So, I bought a new cane bed and some architectural molding appliques.

 They are paintable, stainable and flexible(bend

able

)

.  I had never used them before.

 I am also sending pics of the bed without the appliques(pic from manufacturer).


I glued the appliques to the bed, then painted and distressed them with glazing.  I also painted the bed crown to match.  I am really pleased with the way it turned out.  And the best part is, it cost about 1,000!




Visiting hundreds of tag sales from your computer? Yep you heard right. Are you familiar with Everything but the house? Its a genius site that share tags  sales and their contents from all over the country, you can bid online and let me tell you there are some amazing finds. Click here to check it out.

My style in clothing Pinterest board. I have to say, I am kind of in love with this board and if Pinterest ever crashed, I would be heartbroken because it is giving me a chance to really hone in on all that I love in one convenient place,  so here are a few new additions to that board. Click here if you want to see more pretties!



Paint colors. Are you considering changing the color of a room or two? Or three? If so this post is a must see. My buddy, Luciane of Home Bunch did a post on Benjamin Moore paints that was fabulous, so many amazing examples. I am convinced in this one post alone, you could make an educated decision! Take a look…..and click here to visit!

Photobucket

Store biz. Things are starting to heat up as summer ends and fall is nearly here and the official shopping season is soon going to start. I have all kinds of exciting things in store! Finally added the magnificent new pagodas in both blue and white and solid white along with the white pagoda lamps. Plus the new six sided ginger jar….all things I am smitten over! Take a look…..

And adding these stunning new flat top jars in various sizes, first the really big flat top (the same as on my dining room table) 11″ x 11″ x 13″

The first two are 9″ (standard height) These below are not yet added but if you are interested, just contact me here

 And these are the minis, about 5.5-6″ tall….

I also plan on adding some more much loved items to the personal accessories. The good news is for all of you who inquired about “the bag” it is coming..woo hoo! I will announce it on my blog when they are actually here but they are coming and I am really excited, getting them in about 6-8 colors….

And also hope to  be adding some pieces from a fabulous cashmere company I have bought from many times, beautiful featherweight cashmere scarves and wraps and best part is I will discount approx. 30%!  Will keep you posted.

This week I am not offering the steal and deal because I will not be here this weekend, but next week I  have some really great buys to announce:)

Being it’s Labor Day weekend, thought this conveneient little chart on the ins and outs of Labor Day was neat to have at your fingertips with all kinds of fun facts and statistics…….

Thanks as always for stopping in. I want to wish all of you a very happy and safe Labor Day weekend, hope whatever you are doing is loads of fun and relaxing. We will catch up next week! Enjoy……

Late week musings and a winner!

Hello! First let me announce a lucky winner for the tole planter. Congratulations goes to-

Result: 10 Anonymous August 16, 2013 at 7:32 PM As a tole collector and lover, it’s almost impossible to choose! But, I would have to choose the pair of green lamps. Beautiful, and would be perfect in our master bedroom. Thanks! Debra Taylor/debra@theassumptions.com

Please contact me here to claim your prize and provide shipping details.

How is your week going? Boy, they are going by fast and furious now, don’t you think? It is bittersweet…..it means the end of summer yet the goodbye to humid weather and yucky hair days(bittersweet), the ushering in of cool, crisp weather (super sweet) and the license to dress in beautiful cashmere layers? and indulge in amazing comfort foods (sweetest of all)! It is upon us now and I know many have already started school,? as crazy as it seems.? This post is a little abbreviated (for me) but highlights whats’ going on over here plus a few little tidbits.

So as with all my random posts, this is a bit of this and a bit of that. Some fun, beauty, inspiration and knowledge all rolled into one. Hope you enjoy….


My house. A few new exciting things happened this week. Got in my dining chairs. VERY exciting!! The pale blue silk was a good choice and though they added more of the gold on the chairs than they were supposed to, they still look beautiful! Now this has me wanting to get busy with the chinoiserie and drapes and of course the mantle that is still missing! Then the outdoor lights finally came in after months of waiting. We only had one up, still more to go but the entire back is done….very exciting! These are iPhoto pics so the best I could do this week.

Tah dah, the dining room chairs…….

The striped silk is from Nancy Corzine

Think I have finally decided on bedroom fabrics (also a solid silk and pale blue velvet that are not here) but these I have had a while and I still love them so think they are the winners (pardon the wrinkles, they have put in some serious hours:)

??????????????????????????????????????????? This Clarence House trim is to die for……

And the bell jar in my batrhroom……

And the front door……

?
?And the long awaited lighting came in….this was very exciting too!?

Found a great planter, it is a washed lead planter and I am seriously in love with them. I am going to start offering them on my online shop too….its a beauty, don’t you think!

?About 36″ x 36″, perfect for large topiaries


An amazing new site. This is totally brilliant. Are you known for saying something over and over? I tell me kids as an example a few things, one is “bloom where you are planted” and? of course I have a few of my own.? SO this site will take any saying you choose, whether its your own creation or one in existence and? make it into a poster. Talk about a great gift! All you do is plug in the saying and they will show you a bunch of different options. You must visit and give it a go, click here to visit recitethis.

?Gotta love this quote 🙂

Two recent movies. One I loved and the other I liked. Blue Jasmine was fabulous…Cate deserves an Oscar in my humble non movie critic opinions. Plus she gets major brownie points for her uber chic wardrobe in the movie. Jobs was good, I walked away a little conflicted about how I felt about Steve, he was a complex character, I was perplexed with how he was able to end important relationships in his life with little feeling or remorse, but brilliant yes he was. I dont’ want to give away too much…both movies worth seeing in my opinion. Finally something worth heading to the theaters for……


A fun Pinterest board. You know I always love to throw in something about food. My Food fun board is one that I have a lot of fun adding to. How amazing do these rustic apple tarts in the skillets look and that cheese spread for a spa party..too cute!! Click here to see my Pinterest board.

Shop news. Some exciting new things!! First off got in another batch of the gorgeous Vanderbilt replica plates. I have 80 pieces to sell.

And take a look at how beautifully? this person from Scribbler Unfocused set up her tables with these plates…..check out her entire setting here.

Guess whats coming back in as we speak? These gorgeous chargers….they will go fast. Expecting about 120 pieces. As always email me if interested, these are just absolutely amazing!

Also just now back in stock are these beautiful black and gold tole planters (both sizes)……

Here are some goodies already on the way, which I am super excited to get…..

?Set of three gorgeous black chinoiserie scalloped planters (getting in 8 sets)!

Aren’t those all AMAZING? I am in love and want of each!? I can never get enough of pretty things!

As always contact me here with any inquires or if you wish to purchase.

?The Enchanted deal and steals of the week are below (as always subject to availability)…..

This stunning top seller silver crested planter (4 available) at the very low price of $115.00 normally sells for 135 and is going up next week. Stunning!!

?14″ x 7″ x9.5″
Stunning creseted silver pitcher (5 available) $70.00? 9″ tall

Gorgeous? tole pagoda (retails for $325) 11″ x 11″ x 20″ $155.00 (5 available)

Stunning coordinateing tole pagoda lamp (sells for $350) I have four available $165.00 10″ x10″ x 22″

Well that wraps things up over here. Thank you so much for stopping in. I hope to take time later today to stop off and visit all my favorite blogs, have had little time this week but think things will get back on schedule as fall kicks in. Wishing you a fabulous Friday and end to your week…..

Late week musings and a winner!

Hello! First let me announce a lucky winner for the tole planter. Congratulations goes to-

Result: 10 Anonymous August 16, 2013 at 7:32 PM As a tole collector and lover, it’s almost impossible to choose! But, I would have to choose the pair of green lamps. Beautiful, and would be perfect in our master bedroom. Thanks! Debra Taylor/debra@theassumptions.com

Please contact me here to claim your prize and provide shipping details.

How is your week going? Boy, they are going by fast and furious now, don’t you think? It is bittersweet…..it means the end of summer yet the goodbye to humid weather and yucky hair days(bittersweet), the ushering in of cool, crisp weather (super sweet) and the license to dress in beautiful cashmere layers  and indulge in amazing comfort foods (sweetest of all)! It is upon us now and I know many have already started school,  as crazy as it seems.  This post is a little abbreviated (for me) but highlights whats’ going on over here plus a few little tidbits.

So as with all my random posts, this is a bit of this and a bit of that. Some fun, beauty, inspiration and knowledge all rolled into one. Hope you enjoy….


My house. A few new exciting things happened this week. Got in my dining chairs. VERY exciting!! The pale blue silk was a good choice and though they added more of the gold on the chairs than they were supposed to, they still look beautiful! Now this has me wanting to get busy with the chinoiserie and drapes and of course the mantle that is still missing! Then the outdoor lights finally came in after months of waiting. We only had one up, still more to go but the entire back is done….very exciting! These are iPhoto pics so the best I could do this week.

Tah dah, the dining room chairs…….

The striped silk is from Nancy Corzine

Think I have finally decided on bedroom fabrics (also a solid silk and pale blue velvet that are not here) but these I have had a while and I still love them so think they are the winners (pardon the wrinkles, they have put in some serious hours:)

                                            This Clarence House trim is to die for……

And the bell jar in my batrhroom……

And the front door……

 
 And the long awaited lighting came in….this was very exciting too! 

Found a great planter, it is a washed lead planter and I am seriously in love with them. I am going to start offering them on my online shop too….its a beauty, don’t you think!

 About 36″ x 36″, perfect for large topiaries


An amazing new site. This is totally brilliant. Are you known for saying something over and over? I tell me kids as an example a few things, one is “bloom where you are planted” and  of course I have a few of my own.  SO this site will take any saying you choose, whether its your own creation or one in existence and  make it into a poster. Talk about a great gift! All you do is plug in the saying and they will show you a bunch of different options. You must visit and give it a go, click here to visit recitethis.

 Gotta love this quote 🙂

Two recent movies. One I loved and the other I liked. Blue Jasmine was fabulous…Cate deserves an Oscar in my humble non movie critic opinions. Plus she gets major brownie points for her uber chic wardrobe in the movie. Jobs was good, I walked away a little conflicted about how I felt about Steve, he was a complex character, I was perplexed with how he was able to end important relationships in his life with little feeling or remorse, but brilliant yes he was. I dont’ want to give away too much…both movies worth seeing in my opinion. Finally something worth heading to the theaters for……


A fun Pinterest board. You know I always love to throw in something about food. My Food fun board is one that I have a lot of fun adding to. How amazing do these rustic apple tarts in the skillets look and that cheese spread for a spa party..too cute!! Click here to see my Pinterest board.

Shop news. Some exciting new things!! First off got in another batch of the gorgeous Vanderbilt replica plates. I have 80 pieces to sell.

And take a look at how beautifully  this person from Scribbler Unfocused set up her tables with these plates…..check out her entire setting here.

Guess whats coming back in as we speak? These gorgeous chargers….they will go fast. Expecting about 120 pieces. As always email me if interested, these are just absolutely amazing!

Also just now back in stock are these beautiful black and gold tole planters (both sizes)……

Here are some goodies already on the way, which I am super excited to get…..

 Set of three gorgeous black chinoiserie scalloped planters (getting in 8 sets)!

Aren’t those all AMAZING? I am in love and want of each!  I can never get enough of pretty things!

As always contact me here with any inquires or if you wish to purchase.

 The Enchanted deal and steals of the week are below (as always subject to availability)…..

This stunning top seller silver crested planter (4 available) at the very low price of $115.00 normally sells for 135 and is going up next week. Stunning!!

 14″ x 7″ x9.5″
Stunning creseted silver pitcher (5 available) $70.00  9″ tall

Gorgeous  tole pagoda (retails for $325) 11″ x 11″ x 20″ $155.00 (5 available)

Stunning coordinateing tole pagoda lamp (sells for $350) I have four available $165.00 10″ x10″ x 22″

Well that wraps things up over here. Thank you so much for stopping in. I hope to take time later today to stop off and visit all my favorite blogs, have had little time this week but think things will get back on schedule as fall kicks in. Wishing you a fabulous Friday and end to your week…..

Bloggers beautiful abodes….Yvonne of StoneGable!

Good morning. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. Ours was so relaxing, and the day of rest we all needed. Before I begin with this fabulous home, I want to announce the winner of the Madhouse setting for eight! Congrats goes to…..

charmed by the twig cutlery!

what a lovely collection of blossoms, tina. you are blooming lovely over as usual. and we love it!

smiles.

michele

(Please contact me Michele so I can get your shipping info)
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Moving along…….I am so excited to be here today with another fabulous blogger and her stunning home for my “Beautiful bloggers abodes” series. I am having so much fun getting a peek into these exquisite homes and learning from those in the know. Say hello to the ridiculously talented……….

Yvonne, to me is the absolute QUEEN not princess of tablescapes. I have never seen anyone with the talents that she has in creating the most scrumptious presentations….seriously droolworthy. And lets not even get started on her recipes. Get your pen and paper ready….this has more inspiration and knowledge than many books! When she has a new post, I know its a “do not miss”. I am always telling her she must put out a book, I would be the first in line. Her talents extend to her entertaining,her decorating and of course creating a beautiful home. She drives home one heck of a beautiful argument for refined country living. I think the pictures will do all the talking and by all means if you do not follow Stone Gable…you are missing out! Click here to visit her. The inspiration is just over the top. Enough of me, lets hear from talented Yvonne……

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1.How long have you been in your present home? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would change if you could?
I had the idea of StoneGable in my mind 5 years before we ever started to built it. It is nothing too grand or elaborate… but it is comfortable and roomy and perfect for transforming itself from a home to a hotel at a moments notice! People gravitate to StoneGable… and it is at it’s best bursting at the seams and full of loudness and laughter and antics! This is a home that wraps it’s arms around your heart!

StoneGable, circa 2009… lots of changes since then!

front porch sitting


back door

?StoneGable is a farmhouse inspired home with a big wrap around porch which compliments the beautiful bucolic farmland of Lancaster Pa. We have no close neighbors and are surrounded on all sides by farms and lots of rolling farmland. It is peaceful and private and is my favorite place to be.
looking out the back door
corn surrounding StoneGable in the summer
summer sunset looking across the field

?I think of living here as rural life at it’s best! Lancaster County is a strange-bird-of-a place. It is really a through back in many ways to a softer, simpler, less rushed way of life. There is just something wonderful about living here! I am not a native Lancasterian, but have lived in this area for over 30 years.

Family croquet game on the side lawn

?We live eight miles south of the county seat which is steeped in culture and history. Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC are all within a couple of hours from us.

Lancaster Central Market, the countries oldest farm market
StoneGable is our third family home and I would have a hard time leaving it… but eventually it will be too big for us and then StoneGable will need another family to fill it. I hope that is a long long time from now!
I have lists of things to change about StoneGable! Don’t we all? We are literally taking one room at a time and remodeling and freshening them up. We have lived hard and large at StoneGable for 18 years!
Right now we are working on the living room, dining room, foyer and front stairs at StoneGable. We do almost all of the work ourselves… so it is a very slow process… and very satisfying!
A weekend project… laying new floors in the dining room
Bobby starting to paint the dinning room trim
Aren’t I a brave one for holding a bridal shower when the dining room was not yet done?
If I could change 3 things right now I would add more light to our family room by knocking out a wall and adding a few french doors…I would build a bigger patio and put in an outdoor fireplace… and I would remodel our master bathroom now, and not next year!
2. If you could live in two rooms in your house what would they be?
My favorite place at StoneGable is my kitchen… no surprise to most. Our kitchen was built in our garage out of boards. Our builder’s father was an old fashioned cabinet maker and he fashioned our kitchen to reflect a farmhouse style… and then kicked it up a notch!

Cabinets made in my garage
Again, it is roomy and not too fancy, but has lots of charm. ?Two years ago it went through a face lift… we were very careful not to ruin the integrity of the cabinetry or it’s overall look.
My other favorite place is the swing on our back porch. I have never photographed it before! Maybe because it is a little part of my life I keep to myself! You can find me out there on many mornings with coffee and a bible in hand… or swinging in the dark marveling at the fireflies!
3. How do you describe your decorating style?
Oh my goodness!!! Is classic, farmhouse, casually elegant a style? If left to my natural inclinations I would be pretty formal. I love beauty and the stateliness of formality… but I also love comfort. Being able to flop down and not worry that I will ruin something! So there is a tension there, for sure!
The J&J guest room
Aprons on hooks
Gable Room, lots of antiques in here
?It just might be design hierarchy to admit that I am not all that enthralled with the current popularity of french decor. I guess it just does not suite where I live and I am a little too saturated with it.
4. Do you have a favorite color scheme??
Always… but it changes and evolves like my tastes. Right now I am in love with neutrals and the play of texture. But my all time favorite is blue and white…just like you Tina!
Fabrics and colors for the living room and dining room
new living room sofa with neutral pillows
My love for blue and white is reflected in many tables I set

5. Favorite room in my house?
Kitchen, it really is the heart of my home! And reflect our lifestyle the best.

6. Best two tips you can give anyone looking to decorating their home? Best two things not to do?
This question is tailor-made for me!!! As I said earlier, Bobby and I do almost everything ourselves.
I think the first tip when looking to redecorate is to have an overall vision. Spend time dreaming and looking through magazines and blogs and books. Have pictures of what you love… make lists of what needs to be done. DON’T ?go into any project without spending a lot of time planning it out. I guess that is the first don’t!
The second thing to do is to take your time and do it right! I am repainting and reupholstering eight eighteenth century mahogany chairs. What a job! But in the end it will ?be so worth it!
Here is the before… You can see we are also painting the living room in the background!
It was a saga getting the old fabric off!
And here is a peak at the new finish on the chairs. Come back later this week for the reveal of two chairs completed!
Another what not to do tips is… don’t be overly influenced by trends. So many trends are here today and gone in a year or two, so don’t sink a lot of money… time … or labor into things that you will get tired of. That is why I am so drawn to classic styles. I can add less expensive trendy accents and replace them when they look tired or out of style.
7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?
Well… some I don’t have! When we remodeled our kitchen I desperately wanted a double oven and warming tray because I LOVE to cook! But, we could not fit it in without disturbing the integrity of the existing cabinetry. So I chose the cabinets that are such a treasure in StoneGable’s kitchen over the convenience of a double oven. I’m surviving just fine!
no double oven… only a cook top and one oven

One of the first things I baked in my new oven

I also am a huge fan of gas cooktops. I have never cared for electric.
Another must for me is a big pantry… and lots of room for dishes!
Pantry!
Lots of room for dishes!
But I think the most important thing to me is lots of counter space and lots of room for people to join me in the kitchen. Really, every gathering in my home begins and ends in my kitchen!

a favorite place to sit in the kitchen!
8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table or console in the living room.
I’ll let you know… we gave away or sold ALL the furniture in the formal living room and right now only our new sofa is in it… actually tomorrow the chairs and the end tables are coming.
I have two gorgeous tall oriental brass lamps that my father brought back from Japan in the early 60’s( when I was just a wee girl)… and my mother has given them to me, so they will be a special part of my table decor.
I’m still working the rest of the details out… I’ll keep you posted!
here’s an old buffet I just painted for the dining room that is still a work in progress. It is ready for Spring!
here’s my family room coffee table decked out for summer

9. Any advice on the subject of lighting?
YES! NO overhead lighting!!!! Most people use far too little lighting in their homes… or the lighting is all on the same level. Lots of light and lots of levels. If you MUST have overhead lighting make sure it is on a dimmer and keep it LOW!
And I crave natural lighting! I would love to have more windows… and far less window treatments.


10. Have a favorite paint color, do tell?
We have just painted our living room and dining room Sonnet by Benjamin Moore. It is a very soft, light reflective white with taupe undertones. We have lots of white wainscoting and trim in those rooms and it looks marvelous with Benjamin Moore Atrium White.
looking at different colors?
I have the hardest time with picking out wall color… but I got Sonnet right!
Sonnet on the walls
11. What are a couple of really inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?
Pillows! ?Pillows are like the love language of the house! They say, “let’s cuddle”!
?Pillows don’t have to be expensive. I get down inserts and make my own. I just change out the covers and keep using the inserts!
I just made these pillows this spring
fall pillows in the family room
gable room pillows
I think there is nothing more homey than a great smelling house!!! I love food scented candles and homemade simmering potpourri. Our very first home sold after being on the market for a very short time because the buyer loved it’s smell! I would simmer cinnamon sticks and cloves before each showing! How easy is that?

And it’s important to have a welcoming front door… clean, painted… a nice wreath. Your front door sets the mood for your home!

12. Fill in the blank… if money were no object the very first thing I would buy for my home is…
I am going to answer this question a little differently than it was asked.
I have a list in my head of home projects and things I would love to have that will take the next 10 years to complete. My home is really never done… and that’s as it should be!
?I think it is an important thing to cultivate contentment and gratitude for what I have. I try not to overlook all the work we have already put into StoneGable and the joy it brings us on a daily basis. There are so many homes that are more beautiful and better made and have more… but StoneGable is OUR haven… our gift from God. I feel very very blessed!

My front door is always open to friends old… and new!
Tina, thank you so much for asking me to share with you and your wonderful readers today! I am by no means a decorator or have your eye and talent for design… so this is a very big thrill for me to come by and visit at the ……….
THE ENCHANTED HOME!!!

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Bravo Yvonne! I am so impressed with how beautiful yet warm and cozy of a home you have created for you and your family.? Those family pictures are incredible! And the country has always beckoned? to me and your home could be a single reason for someone to take the plunge….so idyllic!
You can almost smell the wonderful scent of homecooked goodness and feel the love and warmth! I love all your touches, your excellent advice from someone who knows and so agree about the power of pillows, gas ranges, taking your time with decor and making sure a home smells good.

Thank you so much for opening up your wonderful home to me and all my readers and to everyone for stopping in. Now….Yvonne is not getting off the hook so easily, she was way too modest about her insane talent in tablescapes and entertaining so I am going to just have to boast a little for her! Take a look at what this dynamo has done……..

And I remember when I found her….it was with this post of this most beautiful tea party for two!

OK, now do you see what all the fuss is about? And why I just had to do a little bragging on her behalf? Yes, she really is that good. I bet Marthas shaking in her boots:) Yvonne, you continue to inspire and amaze….all at the same time! I could go on and on but you will have to visit Yvonne to check out more of her wonders over at her blog. Click here to visit her and sign up and be a part of her beautiful world. Thanks again everyone! Wishing everyone a wonderful Monday and a good start to your week.

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Bloggers beautiful abodes….Yvonne of StoneGable!

Good morning. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. Ours was so relaxing, and the day of rest we all needed. Before I begin with this fabulous home, I want to announce the winner of the Madhouse setting for eight! Congrats goes to…..

charmed by the twig cutlery!

what a lovely collection of blossoms, tina. you are blooming lovely over as usual. and we love it!

smiles.

michele

(Please contact me Michele so I can get your shipping info)
  

Moving along…….I am so excited to be here today with another fabulous blogger and her stunning home for my “Beautiful bloggers abodes” series. I am having so much fun getting a peek into these exquisite homes and learning from those in the know. Say hello to the ridiculously talented……….

Yvonne, to me is the absolute QUEEN not princess of tablescapes. I have never seen anyone with the talents that she has in creating the most scrumptious presentations….seriously droolworthy. And lets not even get started on her recipes. Get your pen and paper ready….this has more inspiration and knowledge than many books! When she has a new post, I know its a “do not miss”. I am always telling her she must put out a book, I would be the first in line. Her talents extend to her entertaining,her decorating and of course creating a beautiful home. She drives home one heck of a beautiful argument for refined country living. I think the pictures will do all the talking and by all means if you do not follow Stone Gable…you are missing out! Click here to visit her. The inspiration is just over the top. Enough of me, lets hear from talented Yvonne……

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1.How long have you been in your present home? Is this it for the long haul? Anything you would change if you could?
I had the idea of StoneGable in my mind 5 years before we ever started to built it. It is nothing too grand or elaborate… but it is comfortable and roomy and perfect for transforming itself from a home to a hotel at a moments notice! People gravitate to StoneGable… and it is at it’s best bursting at the seams and full of loudness and laughter and antics! This is a home that wraps it’s arms around your heart!

StoneGable, circa 2009… lots of changes since then!

front porch sitting


back door

 StoneGable is a farmhouse inspired home with a big wrap around porch which compliments the beautiful bucolic farmland of Lancaster Pa. We have no close neighbors and are surrounded on all sides by farms and lots of rolling farmland. It is peaceful and private and is my favorite place to be.
looking out the back door
corn surrounding StoneGable in the summer
summer sunset looking across the field

 I think of living here as rural life at it’s best! Lancaster County is a strange-bird-of-a place. It is really a through back in many ways to a softer, simpler, less rushed way of life. There is just something wonderful about living here! I am not a native Lancasterian, but have lived in this area for over 30 years.

Family croquet game on the side lawn

 We live eight miles south of the county seat which is steeped in culture and history. Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC are all within a couple of hours from us.

Lancaster Central Market, the countries oldest farm market
StoneGable is our third family home and I would have a hard time leaving it… but eventually it will be too big for us and then StoneGable will need another family to fill it. I hope that is a long long time from now!
I have lists of things to change about StoneGable! Don’t we all? We are literally taking one room at a time and remodeling and freshening them up. We have lived hard and large at StoneGable for 18 years!
Right now we are working on the living room, dining room, foyer and front stairs at StoneGable. We do almost all of the work ourselves… so it is a very slow process… and very satisfying!
A weekend project… laying new floors in the dining room
Bobby starting to paint the dinning room trim
Aren’t I a brave one for holding a bridal shower when the dining room was not yet done?
If I could change 3 things right now I would add more light to our family room by knocking out a wall and adding a few french doors…I would build a bigger patio and put in an outdoor fireplace… and I would remodel our master bathroom now, and not next year!
2. If you could live in two rooms in your house what would they be?
My favorite place at StoneGable is my kitchen… no surprise to most. Our kitchen was built in our garage out of boards. Our builder’s father was an old fashioned cabinet maker and he fashioned our kitchen to reflect a farmhouse style… and then kicked it up a notch!

Cabinets made in my garage
Again, it is roomy and not too fancy, but has lots of charm.  Two years ago it went through a face lift… we were very careful not to ruin the integrity of the cabinetry or it’s overall look.
My other favorite place is the swing on our back porch. I have never photographed it before! Maybe because it is a little part of my life I keep to myself! You can find me out there on many mornings with coffee and a bible in hand… or swinging in the dark marveling at the fireflies!
3. How do you describe your decorating style?
Oh my goodness!!! Is classic, farmhouse, casually elegant a style? If left to my natural inclinations I would be pretty formal. I love beauty and the stateliness of formality… but I also love comfort. Being able to flop down and not worry that I will ruin something! So there is a tension there, for sure!
The J&J guest room
Aprons on hooks
Gable Room, lots of antiques in here
 It just might be design hierarchy to admit that I am not all that enthralled with the current popularity of french decor. I guess it just does not suite where I live and I am a little too saturated with it.
4. Do you have a favorite color scheme? 
Always… but it changes and evolves like my tastes. Right now I am in love with neutrals and the play of texture. But my all time favorite is blue and white…just like you Tina!
Fabrics and colors for the living room and dining room
new living room sofa with neutral pillows
My love for blue and white is reflected in many tables I set

5. Favorite room in my house?
Kitchen, it really is the heart of my home! And reflect our lifestyle the best.

6. Best two tips you can give anyone looking to decorating their home? Best two things not to do?
This question is tailor-made for me!!! As I said earlier, Bobby and I do almost everything ourselves.
I think the first tip when looking to redecorate is to have an overall vision. Spend time dreaming and looking through magazines and blogs and books. Have pictures of what you love… make lists of what needs to be done. DON’T  go into any project without spending a lot of time planning it out. I guess that is the first don’t!
The second thing to do is to take your time and do it right! I am repainting and reupholstering eight eighteenth century mahogany chairs. What a job! But in the end it will  be so worth it!
Here is the before… You can see we are also painting the living room in the background!
It was a saga getting the old fabric off!
And here is a peak at the new finish on the chairs. Come back later this week for the reveal of two chairs completed!
Another what not to do tips is… don’t be overly influenced by trends. So many trends are here today and gone in a year or two, so don’t sink a lot of money… time … or labor into things that you will get tired of. That is why I am so drawn to classic styles. I can add less expensive trendy accents and replace them when they look tired or out of style.
7. What do you think are the most important features for a kitchen?
Well… some I don’t have! When we remodeled our kitchen I desperately wanted a double oven and warming tray because I LOVE to cook! But, we could not fit it in without disturbing the integrity of the existing cabinetry. So I chose the cabinets that are such a treasure in StoneGable’s kitchen over the convenience of a double oven. I’m surviving just fine!
no double oven… only a cook top and one oven

One of the first things I baked in my new oven

I also am a huge fan of gas cooktops. I have never cared for electric.
Another must for me is a big pantry… and lots of room for dishes!
Pantry!
Lots of room for dishes!
But I think the most important thing to me is lots of counter space and lots of room for people to join me in the kitchen. Really, every gathering in my home begins and ends in my kitchen!

a favorite place to sit in the kitchen!
8. How do you like to dress up a cocktail table or console in the living room.
I’ll let you know… we gave away or sold ALL the furniture in the formal living room and right now only our new sofa is in it… actually tomorrow the chairs and the end tables are coming.
I have two gorgeous tall oriental brass lamps that my father brought back from Japan in the early 60’s( when I was just a wee girl)… and my mother has given them to me, so they will be a special part of my table decor.
I’m still working the rest of the details out… I’ll keep you posted!
here’s an old buffet I just painted for the dining room that is still a work in progress. It is ready for Spring!
here’s my family room coffee table decked out for summer

9. Any advice on the subject of lighting?
YES! NO overhead lighting!!!! Most people use far too little lighting in their homes… or the lighting is all on the same level. Lots of light and lots of levels. If you MUST have overhead lighting make sure it is on a dimmer and keep it LOW!
And I crave natural lighting! I would love to have more windows… and far less window treatments.

10. Have a favorite paint color, do tell?
We have just painted our living room and dining room Sonnet by Benjamin Moore. It is a very soft, light reflective white with taupe undertones. We have lots of white wainscoting and trim in those rooms and it looks marvelous with Benjamin Moore Atrium White.
looking at different colors 
I have the hardest time with picking out wall color… but I got Sonnet right!
Sonnet on the walls
11. What are a couple of really inexpensive things you can do in your home to make it feel “homey” and inviting?
Pillows!  Pillows are like the love language of the house! They say, “let’s cuddle”!
 Pillows don’t have to be expensive. I get down inserts and make my own. I just change out the covers and keep using the inserts!
I just made these pillows this spring
fall pillows in the family room
gable room pillows
I think there is nothing more homey than a great smelling house!!! I love food scented candles and homemade simmering potpourri. Our very first home sold after being on the market for a very short time because the buyer loved it’s smell! I would simmer cinnamon sticks and cloves before each showing! How easy is that?

And it’s important to have a welcoming front door… clean, painted… a nice wreath. Your front door sets the mood for your home!

12. Fill in the blank… if money were no object the very first thing I would buy for my home is…
I am going to answer this question a little differently than it was asked.
I have a list in my head of home projects and things I would love to have that will take the next 10 years to complete. My home is really never done… and that’s as it should be!
 I think it is an important thing to cultivate contentment and gratitude for what I have. I try not to overlook all the work we have already put into StoneGable and the joy it brings us on a daily basis. There are so many homes that are more beautiful and better made and have more… but StoneGable is OUR haven… our gift from God. I feel very very blessed!

My front door is always open to friends old… and new!
Tina, thank you so much for asking me to share with you and your wonderful readers today! I am by no means a decorator or have your eye and talent for design… so this is a very big thrill for me to come by and visit at the ……….
THE ENCHANTED HOME!!!

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Bravo Yvonne! I am so impressed with how beautiful yet warm and cozy of a home you have created for you and your family.  Those family pictures are incredible! And the country has always beckoned  to me and your home could be a single reason for someone to take the plunge….so idyllic!
You can almost smell the wonderful scent of homecooked goodness and feel the love and warmth! I love all your touches, your excellent advice from someone who knows and so agree about the power of pillows, gas ranges, taking your time with decor and making sure a home smells good.

Thank you so much for opening up your wonderful home to me and all my readers and to everyone for stopping in. Now….Yvonne is not getting off the hook so easily, she was way too modest about her insane talent in tablescapes and entertaining so I am going to just have to boast a little for her! Take a look at what this dynamo has done……..

And I remember when I found her….it was with this post of this most beautiful tea party for two!

OK, now do you see what all the fuss is about? And why I just had to do a little bragging on her behalf? Yes, she really is that good. I bet Marthas shaking in her boots:) Yvonne, you continue to inspire and amaze….all at the same time! I could go on and on but you will have to visit Yvonne to check out more of her wonders over at her blog. Click here to visit her and sign up and be a part of her beautiful world. Thanks again everyone! Wishing everyone a wonderful Monday and a good start to your week.

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Goodbye Christmas 2012…….

Wow! Hard to believe its all over. That incredible build up, that frenzy we all work ourselves into, the stress, anxiety, the gift buying marathons, the present wrapping sessions, the hemming and hawing over what to cook, holiday outfit dilemmas, last minute doubts about gifts bought….its all over. I must admit it was ALL worth it…..Christmas day was exactly as I had hoped, it was above all else, relaxing, beautiful, enjoyable, and even?therapeutic…. filled with great food, family togetherness, movie marathons….and doing a whole lot of nothing. Except the mounds of dishes, and cooking for hours.?

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I wouldn’t? change a thing…it was a day of rest that we all needed. How about you? How was your special day? As you had hoped? Only thing not planned was husband getting sick…started feeling sick towards the end of the day and is in bed hopefully not with the flu! I managed to take a few pictures which are below………supposed to go away but now the trip is very questionable.?

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I am kind of enjoying this second day of rest admittedly its a bit unexpected but wonderful.? Hit a few early sales at nearby local shops this morning to take advantage of stocking up some pretties for next year, that was fun! But nearly fainted when I saw, get this….VALENTINES DAY merchandise..I kid you not!!!!!!

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Had an insanely great turkey sandwich and nibbled on a bunch of leftovers after which I polished off a few bites of some heavenly pies from a nearby farm. Yep….this is a great day! Just hard to believe its all over, we are having stormy weather right now,? so probably will be staying in though I had plans to go see Le Mis tonight, may have to wait a day or two. What’s cooking over there on your end? Do tell!

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Here’s my table set for Christmas day dinner, elegant and understated was the theme and of course my darling napkin rings took center stage!

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So how long do you keep your Christmas decor up? I like to keep mine around awhile, a week or two….why not enjoy and savor the season just a little longer? Its too pretty to not enjoy, and heck it keeps you feeling the spirit and magic of such a beautiful season! I actually learned a few things this season, some or all you might know but “revelations” for me…here it goes-

  • I WILL absolutely start planing out Christmas 2013 in NOVEMBER! You read it here first, please remind me of this next year!? I did? A LOT of last minute shopping, looking for hard to get items (case in point scoring an i Mac on Christmas eve) the stress o meter was in high gear, I would love to know all my gifts are purchased by Dec.4th. That’s my new deadline for 2013!
    • It really does pay to take advantage of those day after Christmas sales and stock up for next year, I had fun pulling out previous purchases from last year and to get half off of things like paper, ribbon, holiday decor (which can get very pricey) pays off in spades! I also picking up great little doo dads when on sale and adding them to gifts, such a pretty and inexpensive way to jazz up a gift!

    • I will be sure to get a great family picture or at least a picture of my three boys sometime in the summer or fall to avoid the last minute chaos and arguing that ensued trying to get them to take pics 5 days before Christmas! Wish I could say its a joke but it’s not….yes this year was way behind! Ended up only taking it of my youngest son and Teddy…at the rate we are going, Teddy will be the last man standing next year, LOL!? I WILL get those done early next year!

    • You know how at the? last minute..the UPS man or mail lady shows up, or there’s a teacher or garbageman you want to give a little something to but you forget and then frantically run inside rummaging through your wallet for change? Happens to me all the time! A little tip……this is the ONE thing I did in an organized fashion this year and it was so convenient!? I filled about 5 or 6 blank envelops with a generic holiday card and a twenty dollar bill in each. I kept them in a convenient drawer in the kitchen (easy access) It was so nice knowing this was taken care of and believe me I used up every single envelope!?
  • Love watching things grow from “the ground up”. I planted my paperwhites a little late this year but a great rule of thumb is to do this for Thanksgiving, that way you are guaranteed beautiful blooms a week or so before Christmas. Not to mention it is a very inexpensive alternative to buying things already in bloom.? I get such enjoyment out of watching something literally come to life, and the smell is heavenly!
My breakfast room
  • ?Priceless things like great pictures and videos still make to me, one of the best gifts. Whats better than getting a treasured picture of those you love in a gorgeous silver frame? It’s a great gift and easy! I received such a gift and have to say it was quite possibly my favorite!
  • I think the most effective way to decorating is using nice quality fake greens with real greens. In nearly every one of my vignettes I did this, every single one is in fact a combination of good quality faux holiday greenery with real……less mess, more economical and longer lasting!?
  • Pinecones to me, remain one of the most inexpensive and elegant ways to decorate for the holidays. I have them everywhere, love filling urns with them adding them to vignettes, buying both big and small. They are in my living room, bathrooms, kitchen and dining room….get a glue gun and add them to just about anything, their impact is amazing!? They make perfect adornments to gifts as well. Super functional and multi purpose…I pack them up in big plastic bins and reuse them every year.
?My family room

    So that’s a recap of things I have learned this year…….what are your tips? Feel free to add them, I love sharing information and especially if its something we can all benefit from! So come on….it’s your turn to talk! Hope your holidays were super merry and very relaxing……cheers to the end of a great year and to the start of an even better year ahead!









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    Goodbye Christmas 2012…….

    Wow! Hard to believe its all over. That incredible build up, that frenzy we all work ourselves into, the stress, anxiety, the gift buying marathons, the present wrapping sessions, the hemming and hawing over what to cook, holiday outfit dilemmas, last minute doubts about gifts bought….its all over. I must admit it was ALL worth it…..Christmas day was exactly as I had hoped, it was above all else, relaxing, beautiful, enjoyable, and even therapeutic…. filled with great food, family togetherness, movie marathons….and doing a whole lot of nothing. Except the mounds of dishes, and cooking for hours
     
    I wouldn’t  change a thing…it was a day of rest that we all needed. How about you? How was your special day? As you had hoped? Only thing not planned was husband getting sick…started feeling sick towards the end of the day and is in bed hopefully not with the flu! I managed to take a few pictures which are below………supposed to go away but now the trip is very questionable. 
     
    I am kind of enjoying this second day of rest admittedly its a bit unexpected but wonderful.  Hit a few early sales at nearby local shops this morning to take advantage of stocking up some pretties for next year, that was fun! But nearly fainted when I saw, get this….VALENTINES DAY merchandise..I kid you not!!!!!!
     
    Had an insanely great turkey sandwich and nibbled on a bunch of leftovers after which I polished off a few bites of some heavenly pies from a nearby farm. Yep….this is a great day! Just hard to believe its all over, we are having stormy weather right now,  so probably will be staying in though I had plans to go see Le Mis tonight, may have to wait a day or two. What’s cooking over there on your end? Do tell!
     
     

    Here’s my table set for Christmas day dinner, elegant and understated was the theme and of course my darling napkin rings took center stage!

     
    So how long do you keep your Christmas decor up? I like to keep mine around awhile, a week or two….why not enjoy and savor the season just a little longer? Its too pretty to not enjoy, and heck it keeps you feeling the spirit and magic of such a beautiful season! I actually learned a few things this season, some or all you might know but “revelations” for me…here it goes-

    • I WILL absolutely start planing out Christmas 2013 in NOVEMBER! You read it here first, please remind me of this next year!  I did  A LOT of last minute shopping, looking for hard to get items (case in point scoring an i Mac on Christmas eve) the stress o meter was in high gear, I would love to know all my gifts are purchased by Dec.4th. That’s my new deadline for 2013!
      • It really does pay to take advantage of those day after Christmas sales and stock up for next year, I had fun pulling out previous purchases from last year and to get half off of things like paper, ribbon, holiday decor (which can get very pricey) pays off in spades! I also picking up great little doo dads when on sale and adding them to gifts, such a pretty and inexpensive way to jazz up a gift!

      • I will be sure to get a great family picture or at least a picture of my three boys sometime in the summer or fall to avoid the last minute chaos and arguing that ensued trying to get them to take pics 5 days before Christmas! Wish I could say its a joke but it’s not….yes this year was way behind! Ended up only taking it of my youngest son and Teddy…at the rate we are going, Teddy will be the last man standing next year, LOL!  I WILL get those done early next year!

      • You know how at the  last minute..the UPS man or mail lady shows up, or there’s a teacher or garbageman you want to give a little something to but you forget and then frantically run inside rummaging through your wallet for change? Happens to me all the time! A little tip……this is the ONE thing I did in an organized fashion this year and it was so convenient!  I filled about 5 or 6 blank envelops with a generic holiday card and a twenty dollar bill in each. I kept them in a convenient drawer in the kitchen (easy access) It was so nice knowing this was taken care of and believe me I used up every single envelope! 
    • Love watching things grow from “the ground up”. I planted my paperwhites a little late this year but a great rule of thumb is to do this for Thanksgiving, that way you are guaranteed beautiful blooms a week or so before Christmas. Not to mention it is a very inexpensive alternative to buying things already in bloom.  I get such enjoyment out of watching something literally come to life, and the smell is heavenly!
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    •  Priceless things like great pictures and videos still make to me, one of the best gifts. Whats better than getting a treasured picture of those you love in a gorgeous silver frame? It’s a great gift and easy! I received such a gift and have to say it was quite possibly my favorite!
    • I think the most effective way to decorating is using nice quality fake greens with real greens. In nearly every one of my vignettes I did this, every single one is in fact a combination of good quality faux holiday greenery with real……less mess, more economical and longer lasting! 
    • Pinecones to me, remain one of the most inexpensive and elegant ways to decorate for the holidays. I have them everywhere, love filling urns with them adding them to vignettes, buying both big and small. They are in my living room, bathrooms, kitchen and dining room….get a glue gun and add them to just about anything, their impact is amazing!  They make perfect adornments to gifts as well. Super functional and multi purpose…I pack them up in big plastic bins and reuse them every year.
     My family room

      So that’s a recap of things I have learned this year…….what are your tips? Feel free to add them, I love sharing information and especially if its something we can all benefit from! So come on….it’s your turn to talk! Hope your holidays were super merry and very relaxing……cheers to the end of a great year and to the start of an even better year ahead!

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