Hello and hope you are well! First it is time to announce the winner of the flat top jar giveaway. Congratulations goes to- #53 Tempie martin on 01/21/2020 at 11:33 am Love it all! Will be drooling over this post a lot ! Love the orange but am addicted to blue and white. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your shipping info so your prize can be on it’s way. ___________________________________ We were supposed to be away this weekend for a nice sunny getaway but my husband had the flu all week and just as he was feeling better, mi started feeling a head cold coming on so needless to say, those plans came to a screeching halt. It hasn’t gotten worse but not totally better either. So, it’s an unexpected low key weekend, and it’s kind of nice to have this block of free time that I wasn’t expecting to have, so going to use it to tackle some organizational projects that have been on the back burner way too long and probably watch a few movies. Maybe go into the city tomorrow….love a chunk of free time, feels like a downright luxury! Hope you are having a great weekend. On we go with this Sunday’s post which I think is a particularly good one if I may say so myself……….. ______________________________________________ 1 ONE INCREDIBLE WEDDING THAT HAS ME DREAMING. You know how much I love and take in every detail of a beautiful wedding. I mean whats not to love, its a celebration of love, family and friends. There is good food, flowers and beautiful clothes. All my favorite things packed into one beautiful event! The irony here is I had seen this instagram and flipped over these bridesmaids dresses then weeks later saw details of a wedding, and lo and behold, it was one and the same!! Those bridesmaids were at this very wedding….a match made in wedding heaven:) I am so in love with every detail of this wedding!!!! My husband would be overjoyed as he could fulfill his cowboy fantasies and its glamorous and pretty enough to fulfill mine. This is one amazing wedding weekend, done by uber talented Easton Events. Click here to see the whole enchilada over at Brides Magazine…… This here is what I presume to be the party the night before the wedding with the full super stylish western theme in full display, that invitation alone says it all! All photos by Aaron Delise This wedding invitation alone indicates you are in for treat! Here is the party the night before the wedding, looks like such fun- And then the amazing wedding receptions…..picture perfect! 2 A VOICE FROM HEAVEN! Have you seen Marcelito Pomoy sing The Prayer!!! I forgot how stinking good this is. I have watched this many times, but it never gets old as it is so unbelievable! Gives you goosebumps, tears of awe and a jaw drop all at the same time. Simply amazing, the voices that come out of this man!! 3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Never ever at a loss of beautiful instagrams to share! Love the round up, something for every taste… 4 A SNEAK PEEK AT SOMETHING I AM INCREDIBLY EXCITED ABOUT This collection has been in the works for quite a while however I didn’t want to say anything until these were actually well into production and they are!! Introducing my new line of framed hand painted chinoiserie murals!!! Needless to say, I am over the moon excited about there. I have carried something similar which is not hand painted but are giclees and the best part is that not only are these handpainted but will be considerably less so I am thrilled to be able to soon offer these exquisite paintings! These are the real deal, hand painted with a beautiful fretwork frame. To start they are being offered in one size and five colorways. We will have these by mid March and will hold a presale sometime in Feb. on these so stay tuned:) Here is your sneak peek, you are the first to see these! Here are the five introductory mural fields that will be part of this collection…so excited! navy, pale pink, mossy green, blue/gray, soft green I would love to know your favorite color palette (if you have a single standout)- Which is your favorite color palette? 5 HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MARIO BUATTA AUCTION! Well, this certainly did not disappoint and was so worth going to see and preview. For any lover of chinoiserie, blue and white and everything classically traditional, this was like nirvana. There were many things I could have seen myself going for but I used great restraint and knew that there was nothing I really “needed”. That said, I am going to bid on 2 things I particularly loved and though I am sure i will be outbid, if I am not then I will look at it as it was meant to be. Here are some highlights…. Yes, there were even tulipieres! Gorgeous but very pricey……happy to have mine:) How about that delft fireplace! There was a large collection of the Dodie Thayer lettuce leaf pieces 11“ 6. AN INTERESTING BOOK TO CONSIDER ON PARENTING I had read a review on this book in one of the newspapers (the title caught my eye) and I was curious about it. Town and Country interview the author who wrote a book on parenting with some content related to the differences of French vs American parenting. I have a relative who lives in Paris and I remember like it was yesterday, we went to this big, wonderful long lunch with their friends and all the kids. We were about 8 adults and maybe 12 kids. Literally you almost did not hear a single word out of these kids. They were all at one end of the table and you barely heard them, they were talking but incredibly politely and you could see it was purposeful……..whereas here in the U.S. at least at many tables,the kids would have been front and center. I remember thinking even then what a stark contrast it was to the way things are typically done here. A few interesting excerpts- 7. SUNDAY’S SURVEY So this is interesting. So many times I am going through my day and something will happen that will instantly make me think of a great idea for my Sunday polls. This is one such case- I was out to lunch with a friend, we were sitting in a restaurant where the tables are quite close together (NYC). A woman is waiting at the next table and about 20 minutes later, her friend joins her at the table. Almost immediately, there is a somewhat heated exchange about the friend who just arrived being almost 3o minutes late and the person waiting laments about how this happens all the time, how disrespectful it is, how she wants to leave, etc…““` It was uncomfortable as we were right there. I have to admit I have a pet peeve when people are late, 5, 10 minutes I can deal with. 15, 20 or more bugs me to no end. Doing it regularly? Um, just no. So while I totally understand and think her frustration was warranted, not sure a small NYC intimate restaurant was the right venue in which to start “lunchgate”. From what I observed, until we left about 25 minutes later was quite tense with both of them not talking for a few minutes at a time, yikes! So you know what’s coming, I am curious as to what you think is and is not acceptable regarding being late once in a while vs frequently and what for you, crosses the line? Which best says your feelings on being late? (check all that apply) _____________________________________________ Hope you enjoyed the post and hope you are having a fantastic weekend. Not quite the weekend I had in mind as I was planning on sipping a cocktail on the beach but making the best of it, and we may head into the city or might drive out to the Hamptons (I love the beach in the winter, something about it) plus no crowds at the restaurants- major win! This past week we have been very busy organizing about to put away all the seasonal goods for next holidays, so for 2 more days every single ornament and gift wrap is 50% off! GREAT time to stock up for next year, click here and use code merry (all subcategories are on the left at the bottom) Also we have a new section on the shop “closeouts” for items that are either discontinued or things we only have a few left of (all greatly discounted) , it will be worth checking out from time to time. Here are some of the current items up for grabs, Click here Thanks for stopping by, until next time…..