Wednesday, December 30, 2009

happy new year

may the New Year...

bring you...

paintings and Angel by,


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Monday, December 28, 2009

ellen's christmas home

last week, i had the pleasure of having lunch at a gorgeous home, owned by a gorgeous designer and antique friend ellen.

i know christmas is over, but those of you who appreciate fine design and vintage items would love this place for sure and i have, have to share it with you!

after sipping on mimosa's...french onion soup and a wonderful salad with bourbon soaked apples and walnuts was served for lunch in this SPECTACULAR dining room.

ellen has exquisite tastes and her attention to detail is out of this world!

every where i looked was a feast for the eyes...

her talent for creating artful vignettes,
collecting the coolest finds,
and making you feel comfy cozy,
is real.

to keep things fresh and to quench her unending devotion to surrounding her family and friends with beauty, she changes her christmas theme every year.

this was the year of the DEER.

small and large figurines of deer and the use of antlers in all her floral displays, including the outside decorations...

which i neglected to photograph.

dang! cause you would love to see them for sure!

the main tree is trimmed in vintage beauties...

scrumptious collections everywhere...

i so love the screened in porch!

and so do the doggies!

daughter Hallie's room is divine!

her pink Eastlake furniture complements the dark chocolate walls and her equestrian love.

there is NO denying the beauty in this home...

but the use of stacked antique books is what was really inspiring me this day...

nice, huh?!
thank you!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

holiday fullness

hubby is off golfing...
daughter and son in law out to lunch...
son and girlfriend back to work and play........
and me,
well i am so FULL today,
i can't think of anything i NEED to do,
except ENJOY the fullness.
i am full of fine food and drink and sweets.
i am full of music and laughter and tears.
i am full of pride and hope and positivity.
i am full of family and friends and home.

the LOVE...
it fills me up!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

White Christmas



come true.

my daughter and son in law invited me to go with them to the

Great Smoky Mountains.

for a

Winter Wonderland!

may all your DREAMS

come true...


holiday love from,


Thursday, December 17, 2009

a gift for you

the ice on the pond this morning announces the frigid air and an excuse to stay inside...

the wrapping has begun and snippets of beautiful ribbons from past presents have been located and are being reused.

a happy opportunity for Kitten to play in the tissue.

as we know, all to well...

it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

and we forget about the SIMPLE BEAUTY and PEACE which is all around us.

my gift to you is...

a reminder.

and permission...

to slow down...

look closer to what is right in front of you...enjoy the simple things that are nearby.

sunlight hitting the front porch.

handmade angels wrought from only "found items".

such as gourds from my garden, old linens culled from a barn and tallow berries.

unpretentious vignettes.

a stocking made from an old chenille blanket with a cuff made from a vintage table cloth.

another simple stocking with vintage buttons lovingly sewn.

potential crafting items, even the scissors were purchased at a flea market.

reflections of another time.

a slower, simpler, peaceful time.

my gift to you...