Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas, Casually Elegant

















Food styling: Todd Foster






































My Zuzu!





Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more.

from ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ by Blane & Martin


I borrowed props for this feature and spent four months shooting (the pink and blue themes were shot in this period as well).  Doing Christmas up like this is rewarding, but shall we say a little tough to achieve in real life?!   All you really need is:

Family and friends
Cute pets
Chocolate
Evergreens
Candles
Coarse German glass glitter
Vintage glass ornaments
Faux fur accents
Holiday music
More chocolate
A wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to everyone.

The time involved doing well in graduate school and the time involved blogging with all my heart are incompatible if either are to be done excellently.  Sadly, I must go on a sabbatical from blogging. 

I wish I could gather each of you, my gentle readers, in a big group hug.  Then have hot cocoa by a bonfire in the snow with music under the stars.

I will drop in on you for that virtual cup of cocoa we share in our community.

I wish you a very happy holiday season and a new year where all your dreams come true.


Until next time, stay shabby!



Sharing with:

Blissful Whites Wednesday at Timewashed  

Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner 

Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  

Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home 

Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home 



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111 comments:

Shingle Cottage said...

Merry Christmas Sandy,
Wising you love and peace this Christmas time,your pictures are as always stunningly beautiful xxx

Jojo said...

You are so right! Merry, merry Christmas and may your new year bring unexpected happiness and joy.

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Merry merry Xmas darling.....love from me ...enjoy these days.....thanks for your friendship.....love you ...Ria...xxx...

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Marti said...

Wishing you a merry Christmas and a new year filled with peace.

Lili said...

Merry Christmas Sandy. You have me longing for snow with your beautiful captures! xo

Jenny said...

Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful holiday in your lovely studio! Thank you for sharing such beautiful inspiration!

Ellinor said...

Merry Christmas
Hugs Ellinor

Tricia Hays said...

Merry Christmas =)

Merlin said...

You make white so right!!
Merry * Christmas!
franki

BRANDON WOLINE said...

Beautiful!
Merry Christmas!
Brandon

Mor Inger`s hus said...

Beautiful:)
I found your blog in Sanselig jul to day.
You have a fantastic blog, and I put you in to my bloglist, and of course you got a new follower.

Inger

Tuire said...

So beautiful! I did buy JDL with your lovely cottage.
Hyvää joulua!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Sandy, I had no idea how much has gone on with you in the past year. I love to read your blog, but have too been busy with life. I want to wish you an upcoming year of blessings and that God will restore newness to you, Theresa

Faded Charm said...

Beautiful photos and I really enjoyed reading your article in JDL.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and much blessings to you in the New Year.

Good luck,
Kathleen

All Bliss Be Thine said...

Merry Christmas Sandy and may the New Year bring lots of wonderful things your way!
I enjoyed your post and as always it is a joy to see your sweet shabby streamside studio!
Vicki

chateaudelille said...

Oh I so hope sabbatical is not too long. I love visiting you as you are such a warm and beautiful person who is also a style setter. I often include your pics as I want to remember them forever. Hope thats okay. I went looking for the vintage script yesterday but there seemed to be nothing available. I really loved what you had done on the placemats. I simply adore script. Any other tips? much love and best wishes for a fabulous and exciting new year you definitely deserve! Fiona

Sweet Petunia said...

Thank you so much for your labor of love to share such beauty with us. Your efforts are so much appreciated! We will miss you on your sabbatical from blogging, but am grateful for the previous posts to review. A question please: I am just beginning a blog and would like to include photos, but only have a little digital camera. Do you have a suggestion for a camera for lovely photos?

Susan said...

So very beautiful...every shabby detail... :) Happy Christmas.
Blessings!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

We will miss you--your photos are so beautiful! Wishing you the best!

.♥.Gaby.♥.Homestyle.♥.. said...

Lovely Christmas♫ Greetings♥..;)
Hugs♥.. Gaby♥

Lana said...

Hi Sandy,
Wishing you all the best for 2013. A New Year for new possibilities.

Linda said...

Hi Sandy,
We'll miss you but I certainly understand. Please stay near. Your photos are always so serene. I know your future is bright. Best wishes for continued success in your studies.
Blessings Always,
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

shabbychictinyretreat said...

Wishing you a very bright new year. The transformations of your cottage are beautiful as always.

à la parisienne said...

Sandy,

What a beautiful Christmas scene you have created here.
I love the simple round wreath with simple greenery. I also like the simple candles on the tree with a lone star on top.

I think all bloggers go through the ebb and flow of busy blogging vs. non-blogging, just as we do with any other hobby. Sometimes other things are much more important and must take priority. Best of luck with your graduate courses, and don't forget to unwind from time to time when you feel under pressure.

I wish you a blessed 2013.

Mandy

Cindy said...

These are absolutely beautiful, stunning images. I will miss seeing your posts, but i certainly understand the need to take time from it all. I'll keep a look out for when you check in occasionally and have a wonderful 2013...

Cindy

ladydi said...

I will miss your blog, your pictures, your sharing but i understand. Good luck with what comes to you in 2013, i hope you don't mind if i send you an email from time to time.

Susan said...

Oh Sandy, it's good to see your posts, but we understand your schooling takes priority right now. I've been meaning to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your features in RH and JDL. Swoon, sigh and drop-the-jaw! Your enchanting studio looks breathtaking, and it's heartening to see one of your dreams come true - to be published in our beloved JDL after discovering it in the past few years.

Well done! I wish you many blessings & more dreams coming true in 2013.
xo, Susan

Debbie said...

Dreamy....
Happy New Year, Sandy!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

First time visiting your blog and I must say you got a fantastic photography skill. Your home is gorgeous and this blog is awesome. Love this post with elegant silver and pink. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Greetings from Singapore~Sanghamitra

Ivy and Elephants said...

Gorgeous as always, Sandy. I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and I am wish you a happy and blessed new year in all your endeavors.
Hugs,
Patti

Chatelaine said...

Such beautiful imagery. A Christmas so magical, I can only dream about it.

Good luck with school.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I am so happy for all you are accomplishing Sandy! I know the sky is the limit for you! I will miss your posts but knowing I can come here for some inspiration is comforting. Hoping to see you again some day soon!
Happy New Year!

Cynthia said...

How beautiful! Gorgeous images. . .really conveys the mid-winter feel. Love it!

michele said...

but i'm just discovering your blog! 125 s.f. and a zuzu and all this tumbledown lovely...

will be spending time with your archived goodness!

thanks for sharing, and do pop over when you have a moment! would love to have you.

michele

Marina said...

E' in assoluto la casa più bella
che c'è!!!
Bellisime decorazioni...e la sedia
con le ali d'angelo e il crocefisso
lo adoro!!
Un grande abbraccio e tanti auguri
di buone feste!!
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June said...

Pure Christmas magic in your studio Sandy!!!!
Have a Happy New Year my dear!

Whispery White said...

Oh what a sweety dog;))
you have a beautiful blog;)
have a great 2013!
And big greetings from germany,
Rona

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Absolutely love it all Sandy!!!! Sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

All so beautifully stunning!

Sarah said...

It's all dreamy and beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
Happy New Year to you and that precious doggie.

Faye@The Shabby Cottage Home said...

Hi Sandy, I just signed up to follow your blog. It's wonderful. I love the sliegh, and of course all your pictures are inspiring.

SugarBug's said...

Love your blog. Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

Hi sweet Sandy ! Bonne année ! I wish you all the best for this new year !
Xoxo

Jan said...

Oh I just encourntered your blog for the first time and have fallen in love with your studio...home? Look forward to seeing your posts again soon, I do hope.

Cuoricina said...

Hello dear Sandy, I follow your blog and it's so beautiful!
I'd like to ask you about those beautiful angel wings. Do you know how to create them?
Thank You,
Cuoricina

HWIT BLOGG said...

LOVELY blog and LOVELY pictures!

Take care,
Titti

Barbara Jean said...

Love your blog and so glad you are on FB now.

Beautiful here, and there.

blessings
barb

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Thinking of you sweet Sandy and I hope you are smiling. I miss you sending hugs your way xo

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Catherine said...

I love that you are working hard in graduate school! I just wanted to tell you how much I still enjoy your blog. All your photos are timeless and fill my eyes and heart with happiness!!! I adore your blog! I adore your style!

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Dear Sandy,

I hope you are doing well. I once saw a picture of your studio and immediately fell in love with it! I saved the picture on my computer and often wondered who owned this little fairytale. Now, years later, I found your blog while browsing for shabby chic decorating ideas. This post and the lovely Christmas-themed video on your YouTube account have me longing for Christmas, in June!!! I hope your school work is going great and hopefully you'll start blogging again soon.

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