Sometimes I think about something and it happens. So this year, instead of making resolutions (which I gave up years ago), I'm going to will good things to happen. Remember The Promise?
Years ago, I cut this picture out of Victoria magazine and saved it.
And guess who appeared at my door years later in the middle of a hurricane, in need of a good home and some TLC? I'm just saying...
So, in 2011, my friends and family will enjoy good health and happiness; the wonderful, hard-working people at the office will receive the respect they deserve; and the generous, kind-hearted people I know will receive what they need to continue to touch the lives of others.
Wishing you all the best in the new year and lots of special surprises along the way.
I was inspired by Joni's post today to share some photos of my Christmas decorations. Actually, this is another act of procrastination since I still need to wrap all my presents. I was definitely influenced this year by my favorite Swedish bloggy friends and used a lot of simple evergreens, white, silver and gold (with a little Dr. Suess mixed in).
I love vintage inspired decorations. These stockings are from Anthropology.
The sweet angel wings ornament was a gift from the lovely Laura from My Summerhouse.
And this pretty hand painted bird ornament was a gift from my friend Nancy.
Hum, I'm seeing a theme with feathers. I may need to borrow Linda Luce's idea and get some Victoria Secret angel wings for next Christmas.
This is my Dr. Suess tree and home for my Krinkles.
And since my family doesn't read my blog, I can share my evil plan. Every year there are a few family members who have no wish list and no suggestions for gifts. So, this year they will all be getting "something I wanted for myself, not!" ~ actually extras from an auction lot that I didn't want to put in the shop. Yes, my brother will love this little collection (ha):
And for my nephew Alex (perfect for every college junior):
And for my mother!
Oh, yeah, I think I'll have some great lists to choose from next year.
There is sooooo much going on that I'm having a hard time visiting my favorite blogs friends. I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone over the holidays. In the meantime, I love these photos from my blogland inspiration file.
Via Cote Quest
Via New York Times
Via Decor de Provence
I've been decorating the house, running from place to place working and shopping and crossing things off my to-do list. I'm feeling a little like this:
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I've been thinking about "The Promise" lately. (More later.) So, even though it looks like I may need to work over the holidays instead of taking my vacation, I'm picturing myself relaxing here:
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I'm pretty sure that lighting the "hope candle" at the shoppe has solved that little problem. Just waiting for confirmation. :-)
Belle Francaise Interiors @ DuPre's Antique Market
Visit my shoppe in DuPre's Antique Market in Marietta, Georgia for a collection of antiques and accessories that are enchanting and eclectic! Belle Francaise Interiors' treasures are white, chippy, old, European and sparkly. For design ideas featuring items in the shoppe, click on the "shopping" label below or visit posts with "Retail Therapy" in my blog library.
For information about select items in the shoppe, click [here].