Hi there…..hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Here it is COLD! I am talking 30’s but then I see how many areas have gotten slammed with snowstorms and I realize it could be worse. We are having a really relaxing weekend and I think its the only one that will be like this from here until Christmas. I am bracing myself:) OK first time to announce the two lucky winners of the amazing signed books! Congratulations goes to…… Rowing Blazers winner- Joye Lanahan says: November 11, 2014 at 9:05 am (Edit) ?? Oh my goodness! Both books are absolutely stunning! Would love either!! Thank you for always inspiring us to get going on our projects. The Sergeto Style would certainly get the creative juices flowing. Thanks Tina. Segreto Secrets winner – anita rivera says: November 11, 2014 at 9:16 am (Edit) ? ? I? want my home to look like a combo of secret to style; patina style and authentic french country!!!! ? Please contact me with your shipping information so these signed books can be on their way! I really want to enjoy the season and welcome any tips because I literally feel a knot in my stomach when I think of all the work, gift buying, holiday decorating, planning that is entailed between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I do find that once I am in the full swing, I just get it done like any good elf would? and don’t look back but this year it really feels like the holidays have snuck up on us unusually fast, anyone else feel this way? As I do every Sunday, I am sharing 7 things that I love and have caught my attention. So here we go….. 1.A GORGEOUS PAGODA? WINTER WREATH. I am madly in love with this, saw it on Pinterest then Martha Stewart.? It is spectacular and needs to somehow find a place in my home:) A fellow blogger,? Kathy Sue of Good Life of Design also made? her own interpretation using faux greens. Click here to see how it was made on Martha and click here to see Kathy Sues version….just fabulous! And Kathy Sues faux version….(I am so impressed)! 2. MY SUPER TALENTED READERS/CUSTOMERS. A few more talented readers/customers, that continue to amaze and awe me! Few things make me as happy as seeing my products in my customers gorgeous homes.? Here are three recent that I am loving……keep em coming. Send me your pictures at [email protected], love getting them! This was published in Charlotte Home and Garden Magazine (I can see why)….the belljars are from my shop! ?Here is my pillow in this beautiful bedroom. And how gorgeous does this beautiful vision in yellow look in the scalloped blue and white planter (one of my best selling planters) 3. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. You know I love to share what I have found on Instagram in the last week and it never disappoints. So much to love this week…… This was my favorite…oh boy can I relate, love it. 4. A WONDERFUL NEW RECIPE. So easy and sooo good. I made it for my luncheon (a full post on my luncheon recap will appear tomorrow) and they were a big hit, so delicious. Click here for the recipe over at Joy the Baker, it is one you WILL want to make! 5.? THE? CHINOISERIE FOR MY FOYER !! Well it’s official…its been ordered and I am SO excited! This space was easy as I didn’t have to match it up to anything, we have benches in there now which I will eventually have recovered in a beautiful antiqued blue velvet. I know this is going to be sensational and I can? hardly wait….still working on getting the dining room paper just right. Will cover the two benches in a pretty blue velvet like this one from Scalamandre…… 6. GREENWICH.? I love that place, met up with a friend there yesterday and it is such a gem of a town. I feel fortunate that I live so close and that I am able to go there fairly often, besides the fabulous shopping all on one street, they have a plethora? of great restaurants!? I was excited to see that Christmas is alive and well in many shops. I took a few quick pics with my iPhone…. ? 7.? MY NEW TOLE LINE’S LATEST COLLECTION IS ALMOST DONE!? So behind the scenes, I have been working on my next round of tole….and it is going to be STUNNING. The production is wrapping up within the next 3-4 days and then it will be on it’s way. Unfortunately t will not be here early Dec. as I had hoped but with luck mid Dec. Of course you will be the first to know about it. Here is a sneak peek…. Some of these canisters are actually lamp bases…. So that is a wrap up of what is on my radar this week…how about you? Anything new and exciting you want to share? I hope you stay warm and take a deep breath as the crazy holidays are about to descend upon us. It is such a fun and spirited time of year but I think the key is being? organized and staying on task. I get so stressed when I feel the crunch so I am using today to sit home and plan out just what needs to be done, and that includes making my shopping list and starting to set my Thanksgiving table as I am hosting it this year. And it would be especially great if I could? get a head start on my holiday shopping, so hopefully today is going to be an unusually productive day! Wishing you a great end to your weekend. Thanks for stopping in. Don’t forget to check out my latest promo which ends tomorrow morning, here is a sneak peek of what it’s all about. Click here for the promotion.