Hello…hope your weekend is going well. They are calling for more snow tomorrow, but it will be more of a wintry icy mix. This is crazy, and has me longing for spring unlike ever before. Unfortunately my Boston friends will be the ones, once again to bear the brunt of this storm. But, hey the Patriots won so you can’t complain:) We have had a busy but fun weekend,? seeing friends, a dinner party and today we are headed? later on into the city to meet our two older sons for an early dinner. But first I am starting “phase one” of my closet cleaning project. Major organization needed in there, and I figured doing it one step at a time makes the task not so daunting.? Here are my seven top picks for this week….. 1. A BEAUTIFUL POEM. On Friday I went to funeral of a friend and person in my community who was only 51 years old and who passed away from a rare form of cancer. A true ball of fire and someone who just lit up every room she walked into. Seeing the immense pain and sadness on her families face, was heart wrenching and a sad and very powerful reminder of how precious life can be. Both the priest and her sister spoke really poignant words but it was this poem? which I have heard before, that really touched me and I wanted to share it… We little knew the day God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, In death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you But you didn?t go alone. For part of us went with you The day God called you home. You left peaceful memories. Your love is still our guide, And though we cannot see you You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one the chain will link again. 2. E DESIGN. A quick and pretty first step in a makeover. I am working with four amazing e design customers right now and having a blast. For this first customer we are working on her foyer/living room. She wanted to add something to the foyer and I told her she needed height and adding something as simple as a few stacks of coffee table books with a large centerpiece can be a game changer. She took my advice, and loving blue and white ordered one of the jars made for Ralph Lauren and the blossoms from my shop. Amazing how it transformed the space so quickly. Now we are onto her living room…… BEFORE- AFTER- 3. INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST. Always love to share what’s caught my eye on Instagram. Once I get started I have a hard time stopping, there is a lot of wonderful inspiration and beauty to be found, here are this weeks tops for me- 4. GREEN ONYX.? I am kind of obsessed with this stone right now, looks a lot like an emerald but with a price tag that is a mere fraction of what emeralds cost. Really stunning. What do you think? 5. MY NEW MONOGRAMS. So excited over the line, as of yesterday, they are now online! Busy fulfilling orders, here are some of the monograms that are in process, it all starts with a computer generated sample of the monogram to be sewed onto the napkins, you might see yours there if you placed an order!? Too many pretty monograms to name a fave. Click here to see them online. 6.A FUN PROJECT. One of? the many perks as I always talk about with blogging and doing e design is the amazing connections/friendships I make with so many. One of my e design clients is planning a bridal shower for her daughter in the spring. She fell in love with a place setting I had done for someones birthday and asked for my help in recreating something similar for the shower. She purchased 50 of the Newport blue and white plates and is going to have monogrammed napkins made for the occasion. She loved the “moss purse arrangement” idea and I had such fun putting together the different possibles! How to choose…..she is torn between two. Feel free to weigh in if you have a strong preference for one of these….. A close up of the moss handbags filled with flowers…the perfect favor for a shower! And a recap of the six contenders….. 7. A FEW NEW BLOGS. I wish I had more time to discover new blogs, if anything I am finding I have less time than ever to even visit the “regulars” but I do try and find early mornings to be the best time. Discovered a few new blogs (to me) that you might enjoy. The first is a reader who is raising her family in a quaint French village (they are both English). She is? new to blogging and has started Our French Oasis, she would be so happy to hear from you if you would like to stop by to say hello and welcome her, click here to visit. Loved her post on visiting a brocante fair. The second one Sandy told me about, Collage of Life is about an expat who is restoring a farm in New Hampshire but currently resides in Vietnam! I am so fascinated by her project as I could see my husband and I tackling a project like that one day….maybe. Click here if you want to visit Collage of Life. Any new blogs you have discovered and want to share? Tell us? about it! So that my friends is whats on my agenda this week, I am sorry to have started it with the grim news of a funeral however the words of the poem were so beautiful and really struck a chord with me, that I wanted to share it with anyone who may not have heard it. Hope your weekend is going well….and that it’s warmer wherever you may be than it is here! Winter is for the birds and I am so over it. Anyway, thank you for stopping by. Be sure to come by tomorrow, I will be offering a wonderful Valentines Day giveaway! Until next time….. Also a reminder that today is the last full day (ends tomorrow at 12pm)? for my gorgeous porcelain promo! Click here to visit..….