Monday, December 26, 2011

New Year's Giveaway...

Celebrating the end of the Christmas Season with a small giveaway....the Winter 2012 Issue of Somerset Life.


I took their "Tart Tin Challenge" and my submissions were accepted for  publication in this beautiful issue....




It is filled to the brim with inspiration...


...delightful details....


....delicate trims....


.....clever storage ideas....


...simply lovely handmade charms...


...pretty packaging....



...inspiring images...


...and sweet sentiments.

All you need to do is leave ONE comment on this post to win this tres beau issue of Somerset Life.
You MUST be a current follower to win!

The winner's name will be drawn on New Year's Day!
Bonne Chance!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Joyeux Noel




Joyeux Noel mes amies!



Monday, December 19, 2011

White Wednesday


Now that the halls are completely "decked" and all of the corners are "de-cluttered", I thought I'd share some actual "room-size" views of my home this Christmas....something I don't often do....( I do love those close-ups!)


Front Entryway.....





"Look Maman, I'm a Christmas tree!"


 Our son, at two years old....I just adore this photograph of him with Santa. He has the most awe-struck look on his face as he looks into Santa's eyes (AKA "Uncle Joe").

This is what I call my "Angel Tree"....

...I started collecting angel ornaments many years ago and accumulated so many ....


...that, each year,  I put up a small tree in the front hall for them all.

It is a precious collection.







Stairway to the third floor....

You've seen this wall of photos before. At Christmastime, I change them all out and add photos of "Christmases Past." 

They include some from me and my husband's childhood, our siblings, our son and all of our nieces and nephews taken at Christmastime.
 A "Wall of Memories."



Our Christmas stockings.....Hubby, myself and Tim. I hand-stamped the years they were born on theirs...."mine?" you ask......a woman never tells. Tee hee!


Entering the Living Room....



My favorite mantle...











The view from the Sunroom....





This mantle was originally in my husband's grandparent's home....

...it spent many years in "storage" before we claimed it and brought it back to life in our own home.




One of my most favorite quotes for this time of year....




Another corner of the Living Room....





The Sunroom....

...more precious family photos....

...a petite nativity....





Our "Family Tree"...


....most of the ornaments are handmade....

...or given to me as gifts...




...a petite pair of angel wings from Susan....



Entering the Dining Room...


I found this gorgeous mantle at a yard sale many years ago for 15.00!


A Jeanne D'arc-inspired candle I made...


The "Madonna Della Scala."





A garden plaque that I brought in from the garden this year. The sun was shining just beautifully on the prisms as I snapped this picture.


One corner of the Dining Room...
(Wanna know what I keep in this? My shipping supplies!)




The opposite corner of my Dining Room....
(Wanna know what I keep in THIS one? Items waiting to be mailed!)






This hutch once belonged to my parents. I well remember it growing up...


It was a dark wood with a veneer-type finish....I love it in the "French Blue."


A vintage ornament given to me by my Mother-in-law.


A Paper Reliquary Locket from the delightful Ozma of Odds. Sigh....

View from the kitchen into the Dining Room....


Dining Room chandelier....



I love this metal spiral tree....

..it holds my most beloved family picture ornaments.


I try and add to it every year.
~My Father~

~Me & my Son~

~Tim's First Snowfall~

~My Father with his Mother and Aunt~


The Kitchen...












The Pantry....











And some Xmas gifts all  wrapped and ready to give...







Celebrating my Family's Xmas at my brother's house this past Saturday....
~Hubby, "Moi" and our son, Tim~

Happy Winter White Wednesday mes amies. 
Wishing you all a Blessed Xmas and a happy and healthy New Year!