Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Joyeux Noel!





Graphic: Tattered Vintage 






What would a festive occasion be without printing out something from Beth at Tattered Vintage? 
I just love the power of easy, affordable beauty.


Card printed with 'Pas de Quatre' lithograph: Bella Sera Designs


Vintage tree topper: Efinegifts




Graphic: Tattered Vintage


My studio lit for the holidays under the full moon of the winter solstice.


All of you gift me, with your beautiful words and your beautiful blogs, thank you so much!  
I thought I’d sprinkle a little aqua/blue/green in my white holiday décor this year. 
Used so often in summer, one forgets how charmingly wintry these hues can be. 



 Photo: Victoria November/December 2008


This spread from Victoria has haunted me ever since I first saw it. 
It’s the sort of ‘impossible’ detail only money or time begets. 
I don’t have either and I don’t care, but it’s so rewarding just staring at it, n’est-ce pas?

Here are some images I found from kind Lisa over at Urban Farmhouse
and sweet Mandy at the ultra elegant A la Parisienne.   Some of these are offered for sale.







My unfinished 'Second' Shabby Streamside Studio for my (hopeful) book.



Two big, fat dreams of mine are to write two books, one based on the holidays
and one on building a small home.   My agent hasn’t been able to secure a
deal for me at one of the huge publishing houses yet.   In fact, he hasn’t returned phone
calls or emails.   I can gracefully take a hint.   I remain undaunted.  
My search for a publisher continues, so everyone keep using those tripods
and shooting in the highest resolution on your cameras.
We’re making a book!


May all your dreams come true this holiday season and in the new year.

Until next year, stay shabby!


I’ll be sharing this with:



White Wednesday at Faded Charm

Vintage Friday at Common Ground


Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage


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87 comments:

Design Love said...

Sandy
You inspire me with your postive attitude as well! Are you really making a second studio? How lovely!

I'll send good luck vibes your way you get a book deal!

Cindy from Ontario
xo

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh..i have NO doubt that one day...i will be browsing the aisles of my favorite bookstore and see YOUR books amongst them all! here's to dreams and wishes..all coming true! TFS!

Victoria Sayer said...

No doubt whatsoever!
Thanks for keeping us in your wonderfull delightful 'loop'.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Oooh, just so beautiful here, Sandy.

You are an inspiration to so many and I know you are a kindred spirit in my motto "Keep Your Sunny Side Up!". I wish for you: Those beautiful dreams of yours to come true, and I know for certain, they will!

Still taking photos here.
xo

Sherry said...

Sandy,
It is beautiful! Merry Christmas! Good luck to you in all of your pursuits. I will continue to enjoy them! :)
Sherry

kerrie said...

This is dreaming enchantment at its best! I can imagine how lovely it is for you to curl up in your shabby cottage sipping tea with sugar plums dancing in your head.

Isn't that mint green buffet at urban farmhouse wonder-full?!!! Merry Christmastide...ox`kerrie of Sea Cottage

Debra@Common Ground said...

Sandy dear, I DO believe that your books will come to pass! Thank you for such a feast of Christmas beauty. Can't wait to see more of the second little shabby cottage.
Have a wonderful week,
xo,
Debra

Margaret said...

Your cottage looks like a wonderland all dressed for Christmas. Best wishes for all you dream for in the New Year.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Sandy,

Your tree looks so pretty...as does everything else. You'll find a publisher..just keep on pushing through and the right one will respond...there's never been a better time to publish a book and there's lots of self publishing avenues as well.

I wish you and your loved ones a magical and blessed Merry Christmas!

Merry Merry,
Stephanie ♥

Patricia said...

I have veen waiting for a look inside with all the Christmas decorations - you did an amazing job. Have a wonderful Christmas, thank you for all the ways you inspired me this year.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Merry Christmas to you Sandy, Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Your publisher is crazy! Find another one and make him wish he had snatched up your book first. Your house looks so pretty under the moonlight!

Merry Christmas to you and your hubby!

Carol

Debby said...

Beautiful decorations. Yes, you need to publish a book.
Love the Urban Farmhouse. I shop there often.
Happy Holidays.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I'm sure you'll have a book out. I figured you already had a book deal. It's a tough time in the publishing industry though....so I wouldn't get too discouraged...it will just take a little longer.

I just noticed the cute little snowman couple including your puppies! That is so cute. I'm glittering a little dachshund ornament tonight. I have dashshunds and I love dachshund christmas stuff but the colors never go with my Christmas stuff...so it occurred to me tonight to paint it white and add glitter.

I'll post when done.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Sandy,
Everything is dreamy and soothing!!
So Beautiful. You are such a talented lady, and I hope your dreams come true.....I really think they will cause you have such a gift,
and create such beauty it makes a persons heart sing!
I pray you have a Joyous Christmas
Blessings, Nellie

Pearl Maple said...

Merry Christmas Sandy and hope that all your wildest dreams come true in 2011.

Candylei said...

You will write lovely books full of gorgeous pictures! I will be standing in line to buy it. The right publisher will "find" you.

I love you little cottage with all of the white frosting, snow, around it and your swags and greenery. Just beautiful.

Warm, Happy Holidays,
Candylei

Norma said...

My dear Sandy your little studio is always a wonderland, whatever the season :)

Considering all else that has happened over the past year a publisher must surely also be in the queue given time. I know you'll never give up and will be ready and waiting when the opportunity comes along.

Have a wonderful holiday season, lovely times with loved ones :) xx

very merry vintage style said...

Such a dreamy vision that little studio of yours. Keep the faith with your book, your persistence will pay off I'm sure, I know I would love to have a beautiful book of all your images on my coffee table!

Rhonda said...

Sandy your beauty comes from within and it is reflected in your words and photos. Your dreams will come true, we are all hoping along with you. I'll say a little prayer for you, I'll ask the angels to send you a great publisher, you have to do this. See...I just asked them, they smiled.

Merry Christmas to a beautiful soul and one who spreads happiness and beauty with each post.

xoxoxoxo Rhonda

Katie Newman said...

You have one of the few blogs that I actually make time to look at; it is beautiful!!! Keep up the good work and I see a book in your future!! All the best, Katie Newman
www.katienewmangiftsandhome.com
www.sassyshops.com

Burlap Luxe said...

Sandy, its all sooo! Beautiful.

I want a little stream side cottage just like you!!

Sandy you have that touch turning Shabby into white chic.

Un joyeux Noel
xx
~Dore

pinkstilettos said...

OMG>>> How Beautiful!! I want a little cottage just like this one!Merry Christmas!
Daisy~

NanaDiana said...

Sandy- Hold fast that dream...I do believe that dreams do come true! Sweet Christmas to you- xxoo Diana

All Bliss Be Thine said...

Merry Christmas Sandy! I know you will hold faithful to your dreams of getting your books published. I have been and still am inspired by the beauty of your blog posts and your enchanting cottage! There are so many decor books out there that I don't find the least bit inspiring when I look through their pages! Every time I come to your blog I wish for a whole book of your gorgeous blog posts, dreamy pictures and inspiring words! This would be a dream book and so I will wait because I know one day I will see these beautiful books of yours in print!
Pink hugs!

Rachel said...

~*~*I just know you will be published in the near future my friend!!~*~*Your photos are so beautiful as usual!!~*~*Hugs,Rachel~*~*

*French Farmhouse 425*

Nancy said...

Your Inspiration is just Breathtaking!! Oh that wish will come true!!
Huggs, Nancy
coeurdalenegifts.blogspot.com

elinAnita (eddaskreativiteter ) said...

It is just beautifuel.....
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.......
And I am looking forward to follow you in 2011:)
ChristmasHugs from me

à la parisienne said...

Sandy,

I agree, a non-returned phone call wouldn't stop me either! Keep your nose to the grindstone and don't lose confidence in yourself. Look how far you've already come!

Thank you so much for including my Joyeux Noel postcard in this beautiful post. I am truly honored that you consider anything I do "elegant."

A Merry Christmas to you, too!


Mandy

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Sandy,

I have no doubt your book will become a reality. After all, did you ever imagine everything that has happened thus far would happen? You will see that dream occur, I am certain. Thanks for all of the inspiration.

Hugs,
Judy

Suzann said...

You have the most beautiful place it is so cozy and serene.
What publisher would not want to publish such beauty?

Thank you for sharing and I wish you the best of luck in the New Year.
Your place is just so dreamy....

Suzann

Fish Tail Cottage said...

Beautiful post! Keep your dream of the two books alive....i'm positive there will be more than two in your future....i myself would purchase them!!! your pictures & writing are so inspirational to me!
xoxo
~tracie

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

So beautiful. Have a glorious Christmas dear Sandy.
Blessings,
Marcia
P.S. Did you ever find any of those little Target birds?

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

One thing you must learn if you proceed with your publishing: PATIENCE!
But you're getting there for sure, you've come a long way already so these obstacles will not change your undaunted way!

Lots of love and wishing you the best of luck for your dreams! Will power and perseverance will go a long way...

Merry Christmas too and a Happy New Year!!!

Mariette's Back to Basics

Tanya Boracay said...

Hello Sandy,

Beautiful photos, and it was great stuff, perfect for this coming christmas. Merry Christmas to you

Just like to share with you a quote...

"Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I'll give you a stock clerk." - J.C. Penney

You can get more quotes at http://www.quotelandia.com

It's me said...

My darling Sandy ...may your dreams come true.....happy merry merry christmas......i am so glad i found you my dear blogfriend.........i love you......love love love Ria....xxx....xxxx....

Jacqueline said...

Fabulous images, all snowy white and sparkly with hints of snowy blue tucked in. I agree, those images are haunting and so are yours. I have no doubt you will get your Christmas dreams! So fun to meet you just a few days before Christmas! May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

Amanda said...

Merry Christmas. Don't give up on that dream, those books will happen.

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

I swear that tree looks like it fell from the heavens all covered in angel dust and the beauty of the stars above...
Love the little studio along the banks of the river such a perfect spot.
I am sure soon someone will feel the same way we do about the beauty you share and want to publish your book.
In the meantime wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas.
Susan

sweetpea said...

always gorgeous. your style is effortless and so serene. best of luck in the new year with the book. i'll be watching...

hugs,

shelley

Sue said...

Sandy,
Such a lovely post and gorgeous photos, as usual. Hope your holidays are wonderful! Sue~

Alice said...

Thank you for sharing the gorgeous photos!

I admire your 'stick-to-it-ness' regarding the books you wish to write. I know it will happen, and i know they will be marvelous.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Zuzu said...

Merry Christmas, dear Sandy! I hope it is brimming with joy!!!
Hugs,
Zuzu

Rita said...

I am dreaming in a Winter Wonderland!
Sandy you made my day once again. Ciao Rita mammabellarte

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Your posts and pictures are always enchanting and I so love to come and visit you. I don't miss a one... Wishes and thoughts for you and yours to enjoy the peace and contentment of the holiday ...

A Cottage Muse said...

I am sure 2011 holds amazing things for you! I know you will never give up on your dreams!

Merry Christmas!!

Urban Farmhouse said...

Keep at that book dream!!! I know there are a lot of us that would buy both! And sell them in our shops too!
Thanks for posting pics of my frosty cupboard too!!
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Lisa

Nana Go-Go said...

Oh My, such a beautiful Winter Wonderland - reminds me of Narnia! I bet you cope with the snow much better than we are in this country at the moment!

Carolyn said...

Hi Sandy,
Thank you for all the beauty and i hope all your dreams come true!

Merry Christmas,
Carolyn

Ozma of Odds said...

...just gorgeous!!!
~ and who needs a publisher??
Why can't you print an oh-so-lovely soft cover book as Joanne's ~ Feminine Home???

I know I'd be in line to have a sprinkle of your beauty:)

Happiest Holiday!
xo, Rosemary

Bella said...

Hi Sandy, A gorgeous dream brought to life!! Your studio looks enchanting! I know all your dreams will come true:-)
Hugs to You & Merry Christmas!
Bella

lavendel mio said...

Hi Sandy
Beautiful pictures!
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year hug, Hanne

Robin said...

Oh Sandy...I got lost in this dreamy post...your photos are divine my dear. Thank you to the moon~
xo
Merry Merry Christmas~
Robin
All Things Heart and Home
(Pls come back on Wednesdays in the new year, I'll be continuing the linky as All Things Inspired...and you are inspired my friend.)

Olivia said...

Sandy,
Oh, these photos are just simply dreamy...don't forget to count your blessings. You have made some amazing accomplishments from just using this blog as a diary. Thank you for sharing your journey. My first dream is to get published in a magazine or book...next, my own shop or write a book. I sense that it is all in God's perfect timing. There is such beauty and inspiration pouring from you, what a blessing it is to come this far! AND when you publish your book which I know you will it will be a smashing success! I hope you have a fabulous Christmas!
Squishy hugs,
Olivia

Susan said...

Sandy,
Thanks for sharing these gorgeous winter wonderland photos and images. Your dream book(s) WILL be published some day, because all of us want to buy them!
Keep pushing on, and Merry Xmas!
- Susan

texasdaisey said...

Sandy, everything is just stunningly beautiful. I bet it is such a blessing for anyone who steps into your space.
Debbie

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Ann said...

First time visitor...
but I am so loving your blog that I've decided to be a follower:)

Happy Holidays:)

Carrie said...

Your tree is SPECTacular!!!!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Oh, Sandy (*sigh)......your photos, your studio, the beauty that surrounds your home - never fails to leave me breathless and speechless. They are just so beautiful....

Merry Christmas to you!

xoxo laurie

Jeana said...

Keep plugging away! I for one would LOVE to see you do a book. Don't give up! You are too talented. God bless you in the 2011.

Anonymous said...

Hey great post. Thought I'm not sure I agree with you 100%. Keep em coming. Are you interested in having anyone guest post opposing views?

Tania - Grange de Charme said...

Joyeux Noël Sandy ! I hope that your wishes for 2011 will come true very quickly because I want your book on my book shelf just between Rachel Aswell and Fifi's books !
Gros bisous !

Rebecca said...

Hello
All your photos are so lovely, can't say enough about your white shabby little piece of heaven.
I am sure there will be a book someday for me to drool over.
Wishing you a very blessed Christmas
Rebecca

LizlovesVintage said...

Sandy,
Love everything in your enchanted world. Merry Christmas to you.
Hugs, Liz

meandering pearl said...

in this post & your last one i feel the warmth wonder & magical beauty of Winter's wonderland!!! you have created such a perfectly exquisite place!!! sending the season's most special wishes!!!

linnea-maria said...

Gorgeous christmastree!!! Warm Christmas wishes all the way from Sweden /Therese

Curtains In My Tree said...

OH Honey that book deal will come .

With that adorable cute shabby chic cottage Oh yes it will come.

I will be right out to Barnes & Noble to get my copy or better yet You can send me a signed book from your one line etsy shop.

Your cute cottage has been all around the world I am sure in blog land and beyond.

Thanks for the heads up about your new book


Janice

Michelle said...

Sandy; I hope you get your book deal ;) I'm sure that everyone is just busy and out of the office because of the holidays and you will hear back after the new year! Best of luck to you, I'm sure it will be fabulous! I'm a follower and hope you'll take the time to stop by by blog sometime and consider following me too!

Michelle
~New England Style~

Lilla Blanka said...

Dearest Sandy,

Thank you for your sweet comments! (always)
Your Christmas decoration is absolutely gorgeous!!!

I always get a big smile on my face when I visit your blog, it´s like an enchanted place :) I just love it!!! I guess I look pretty stupid, sitting here with a big grin watching the screen ;)

Wishing you a wonderful evening!
Mia

PS I´m sure your dream about the books will come true, very soon..!

Villa Klaraberg said...

Oh my, this is beautiful..it's just like a dream looking into you studio! Are you planning a second studio, how exciting!! Good luck with your book plans, I am positive you will find an good agent. I wish you Happy Holidays and hope your Christmas has been great so far. Happy New Year, Sandy!
Hugs from Jorunn

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

Becca said...

You have such a lovely blog and studio! You're an inspiration. I know several ladies that would love to have your books on their shelves, including me.
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you Sandy,
Your visit is so welcomed, the comment is always the biggest joy!

Thank you for your major holiday inspiration.

xx
Dore

Bohemian said...

As always your space has been transformed into something truly magical for the Holidays! May 2011 be all that you Hope and envision it to be.

Happy New Year... Dawn... The Bohemian

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Sandy,
What a gorgeous post, each image is better than the last. Keep on, you will have those books out anytime now.
I am a new follower, (I was sure I had signed up before). I will be back soon.
I wish you and yours a lovely New Year.
Mimi

LizlovesVintage said...

Hi Sandy.
So beautiful! Maybe we can thrift together in 2011. Let's make it a tentative date. Ok! Happy New Year!! Hugs, Liz

Jojo said...

Hold fast to your dreams and your blog friends will be sending lots of positive thoughts your way in the coming year. Happy new year and may your dreams come true.

Fete et Fleur said...

So much beauty! You have truly created an angelic world. I love it!

Wishing that all your dreams come true in this New Year.

Nancy

Tania - Grange de Charme said...

Hi Sandy ! I wish you all the best for this new year and succes with your book !

Melanie said...

What a stunning tree!

Happy New Year!

~Melanie

Lisa said...

I am in love with your blog, it's beauty brings tears of emotion to my eyes. And for that you've done your job! My thanks

Lisa

The Rustic Victorian said...

Your magical Christmas,,,gasp!
I look forward to all your books and articles and dreams. I just recieved my copy of The Feminine Home, and how wonderful your photos are. Jo-anne Coletti did a marvelous job with this creation, I am so glad you are in it. Just a wonderful studio and dream come true. You are inspiratonal.
Happiest of New Years.
Marcie

Kellie Collis said...

Gorgeous pictures! Wishing your Christmas and New Year's Eve went wonderful! Enjoy the lovely day, Kellie xx

Heavens rosé Cottage said...

Like a Fairytale....i love all your pictures.They are all fullof beautyness....
Lots of greetings from Germany
Lana

sandrine said...

I discover these pictures too late, but this christmas tree is lovely!!

johny said...

I have lived on Boracay apartments for 15 years and loved the place so much i built cohiba. These are the Biggest and Best value for money apartments on the island period ! Every apartment has stunning sea views and 30m2 to 40m2 balconies with which to enjoy it. We are overlooking the windsurfing / kitesurfing bay where the season goes from November to april. Its either a great sport to participate, or great to just sit on your huge terrace and watch.
Boracay apartments

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