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Hello I am so excited to announce the two stupendous winners of our Holiday Love contest, both award winning if you ask me! Congratulations goes to-


Alison from round 1-

And to Susan from round 2-

Please contact us at [email protected] to provide your. shipping info and full name so the first of your two prizes can be on their way!! Thanks to all for sending in your wonderful pictures and sharing the holidays with us!


Oh boy if there’s one word to sum up this week, its overwhelmed. We had multiple shipments arrive at theย  time of holiday gift wrap, ornaments, silver, chinoiserie tole and today a massive container of blue and white! Yes, we have never been busier and I am grateful to my team of fellow elves in getting things out as fast as humanly possible. Only downside, somethings gotta give and in this its my holiday decorating and my sanity lol.

I look on Instagram and instantly want to cry when I see so many homes fully done down to the perfectย  warm, holiday cookies coming out of the oven,I am lucky if I can mange to open a store bought baked chicken and consider that a success:) Not a wreath has been hung, no garland and even my nutcrackers haven;t seen the light of day and are still in the attic, but I am forging ahead and know somehow it will get done even if later than ideal.

You can bet I learned a lesson this year….no more will I judge those who start planning the holidays right after Labor Day, they were right all along! Anywho moving along to the positive and pretty from this last week, here is a snapshot into my week so far-


Made this beautiful arrangements of large white roses in one of my silver planters, loved it so much was tempted to keep it but it was going to someone who’s house we were going to:(

This is what most days look like, you know why I go to sleep thinking of brown and white boxes!

One of the highlights of this holiday season having these gorgeous stockings made!

The beginning of a dear friends tree….guess where she got her ornaments:)

After one long stressful day walked in to find this incredible care package from super talented Mary Catherine, what a sight for sore eyes! Click here to see Mary Catherine Calligraphy, her work is stupendous!

How did she know I needed gift tags!

These beauties came in and were going out to two lucky customers…tempted to keep them:)

Stopped by another friends house the other day and had to take a few pics of her super charming holiday decor!

Did a little trial run of my Christmas dinner table, and loving it with all the fresh greens (will be using different napkins, these were a stand in)

Left work early one day, went to my local nursery and picked up these beautiful amaryllis and paper whites in my back seat (they are now in the garage where its much cooler) and where they will not bloom so fast, this way they will be perfect for my Christmas party and Christmas day

My hodge podge front door, kind of represents how crazy life is right now. A fall wreath still on my door, my faux pumpkins from Oct and 2 lonely little wreaths, evidence of my abandoned attempts to holiday decorate my front door, haha. Give me a week, it will get done, in the nick of time:)

I have the best team….walked into my office and there was a whole spread of presents, cupcakes, bagels and fruit for my birthday tomorrow. THANK YOU!!


So, in short it was a hectic week but a very productive one. It is serious crunch time over here but the important thing is we are getting it done! I have a full plate this weekend but forging ahead.

Tomorrow isย  my birthday and I will be taking the day off and maybe even turning my phone off:) I need a day to unplug a little and make it a “me” day. We all deserve that at least once a year, don’t you think!

Hope you are enjoying and most importantly pacing yourself during this very busy, hectic time of year. Thanks for stopping in and again, a big congratulations to Alison and Susan! Until next time……

PS Since there are lots of people out there still decorating and wrapping, we have extended the gift wrap and ornaments sale one more day as we catch up on invoicing. Ends tomorrow. Click here to see the details

Starting Friday morning a special gift purchase, great chance to score some fabulous silver serving pieces for holiday entertaining! Click here to visit shop.

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Mary from Life at Bella Terra on

Happy Birthday! My decorations all just went up this week. I feel a little better that you are as behind as I am! But you are incredibly busy! Enjoy your “me” day tomorrow.

Ann on

Wishing you a blessed and wonderful birthday.

Dominique B on

Happy Birthday Tina! Enjoy your day tomorrow!

Eve B on

Wishing you the Happiest of Birthdays. Hope your day & year are as FABULOUS as you are!

christine e on

Happy Birthday! And sending you blessings for another year……

Betty Brittle on

Happy Birthday! Hope your day is custom made.

Betty Brittle on

Happy Birthday! Hope your day is custom made!!

Patti S on

Enjoy your birthday

Celia Becker on

I have zero doubt you will achieve everything you hope to before Christmas, and that you will do a spectacular job of it. Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY and a wonderful holiday season.

Myrna B. on

Yes, unplug on your special day!
Enjoy a lovely Birthday๐ŸŽ‚

Eileen on

Have a very happy birthday!

Diane R. on

Happy Birthday! Have a fabulous day! ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜˜

Anne Marie O'Connor on

Happy Birthday, Dec. 14th. Enjoy your day. My son was born on the 13th of December, 30 years ago. We brought him home from the hospital Christmas Eve. The best Christmas gift ever ! Iโ€™m sure your Dad and Mom were thrilled the year You were born too. Busy time of year for You but we have many blessings to be thankful for. Merry Christmas to You and Your Family AND your Special Elves (helpers, angels). ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ˜‡

Jony Baron on

Iโ€™ve got my birthday in December also cheers to you.๐Ÿ˜€

lynne on

Happy Birthday Tina. Do not fret it will all get done.

Sally on

Happy Birthday Tina my darling!

I hope your day is as wonderful and fabulous as you are. Enjoy some relaxation, you most definitely deserve it.
Just to make you feel better, this little elf across the pond has all the ingredients for the most beautiful front door wreath … as yet unmade… and still decorating my tree, just a little each evening.
Its far more fun to hope our white amaryllis bloom on time, than wonder if everything else will fall into place:) …You know it always does, with a sprinkling of your stardust

Sending fondest love on your special day
Sally xxx

Shirley Garner on

Happy birthday! Love your post.

Requi on

Have a fabulous birthday, Tina!

Arell on

Happiest of birthdays to you! I think you are fabulous with everything that you do! Donโ€™t fret, you will get it all done! Enjoy your day tomorrow!

Karen Schaubhut on

Take the day off and enjoy your birthday!

Lorraine on

Happy Birthday
I know everything will look wonderful in a flaah

Mary on

Happy Birthday to a creative and generous woman. All the best for another year of joy.

J Michele Graves on

Happy Birthday Tina ๐Ÿ’™. Have a wonderful day ๐Ÿฅฐ

Maureen O on

Happy Birthday!

Martha on

Happy Birthday, Tina. I hope you have a wonderful evening, with friends and family taking good care of you. Love, love all you do.

Yolanda on

Blessings on your special day๐Ÿพ

Debbie on

Happy, happy birthday, Tina! Thank you for all the delight you bring your readers! It is much appreciated!

Donna A. on

“All there is to do, right at this very moment, is breathe in, breathe out, and kiss the JOY as it flies” ~ Dani Shapiro ~

Happy Birthday Tina!

Nancy Kelley on

Hope your birthday is extra special, Tina! Relax and enjoy celebrating the wonderful person you are! Merry Christmas, too!

Kathy on

Happy Birthday Tina!
May your day be filled with happiness and love.

Susan N. on

Happy Birthday Tina! I hope you have a relaxing day.

Peggy on

Happy Birthday and congratulations to the Holiday Love Photo Contest Winners.

Jana Rinehart on

Happy Birthday Tina,
How you do all that you do is amazing to all of us! My front porch is about the same…I am about to get it done today. Thank you for all you do and taking us along with you.

Kate on

Happy Birthday ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ, Tina! Enjoy your day and do something relaxing and fun!

Everything will work out and be completed. Donโ€™t worry. We are all juggling right now, but somehow, it all comes together.

I appreciate all you do to make life more beautiful and our homes โ€œenchanting.โ€ A heart felt thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š to a very special lady.

Happy Birthday, Tina!! I hope you know the joy you bring everyone!!!โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Bonnie G. on

Happy Birthday! Enjoy.

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