Hello and happy 2021! So happy to not have to use the words “2020” again, goodbye and good riddance! Wow what a year this has been. Though I realize not much is changing in 2021, I think the idea of a fresh clean slate with light at the end of the tunnel gives us all much needed hope. If anyone feels like every day is ground hog day, trust me you are not alone!!! I look forward to starting the new year in hopes that by summer, things will hopefully start feeling “normal” again. We have many exciting things in the pipeline for 2021 and I cannot wait to share them with you as they happen. My business and blog have thankfully kept me very busy during this most unusual year. Teaches you to be grateful for those “silver linings”. With so many sick now with Covid, including many that we know, we are more careful than ever. This is no time to let down your guard! Call me paranoid, but I have no desire to go anywhere I don’t absolutely have to go. OK onto pretty and uplifting things, let’s get started with this very first post of 2021~ ____________________________________ 1 CAROLYNE ROEHM AND MY TULIPIERES! Leave it up to talented Carolyne, the queen of beautiful things to create pure magic with our large original tulipiere.Absolutely love this, daisies and white carnations never looked so beautiful! Well done Carolyne! And her glowing instagram post left me walking on air for days:) 2 INCREDIBLY TASTY PASTA FAGIOLE SOUP Posted this on Instagram and several contacted me to say they thought it was the best soup that they have ever had, full of amazing flavors in every bite, this is one of those soups that can double as a hefty meal when served with a crusty loaf of bread on the side. SO good! Loved using our new pierced porcelain charger (these will be coming in about 4-5 weeks as many have asked) 3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Still a few holiday-ish Instagrams as they were just too pretty to not share mixed in with a bit of all around beauty. 4 INSPIRING STORY Just loved this story which is about two amazing deeds, truly touching. I promise it’s worth the watch, it will restore your faith in the basic goodness of humanity. 5 RECENT CUSTOMER PICTURES Just always astounded at the beauty my customers share with me of their beautiful homes featuring our products. It really is such a thrill to see my products being proudly displayed in such lovely places. If you have one of your own to share please email firstname.lastname@example.org 6. TOO BEAUTIFUL TO EAT. This is a Russian based bakery whose confections are the stuff sugar dreams are made of! Just amazed at the sheer artistry of each of these incredible holiday creations. Cannot even imagine how long it must take to master each of these works of art….a true labor of love. Click here to follow Cake_shop5 on Instagram 7 SUNDAYS SURVEY Ahhh, the big question of when to take down Christmas decorations. If you remember last year I was very laissez faire about it and didn’t take them down until late Jan. I am not feeling any real motivation to start now either. First, they make everything look pretty and they make me happy, plus there are no rules! I am starting however to take down all the fresh greens as they are all dried up, but not so sure if I am ready to part with my Christmas tree. So…..curious what your take is? When do you take down your Christmas decor/tree? ______________________________________ And there you go with the very first post of 2021! I like the ring of that:) Hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday. Supposed to rain here so I will use it as a day to continue working on the what feels like continual purge of my closet! Always appreciate you stopping in, I look forward to getting back to a more regular blogging schedule in the coming weeks. We will also get back to our normal presales, with the first one coming this week. Lots happening this week, getting in a big tabletop container, finally the wicker box planters, a big porcelain container later in the week and our chinoiserie tole shipment! Phew….tired already. Lots of pretty things coming this way. Take good care and mostly, stay safe and healthy! Until next time…… _When do you take down your Christmas decor/tree?