Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Romantic Homes: A Nutcracker Ballet Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

Meredith Willson

Very special thanks are due to Jacqueline de Montravel and the staff of Romantic Homes magazine for featuring my "Nutcracker Ballet Holiday" story in the December 2012 issue!

Interested in some of the ornaments?  My friend Roberta Comeau is selling them in her Delhi, NY shop Whispers from the Past. She's taken a few and crafted lovely wreaths out of them already.  We're decorating a tree for the annual holiday auction to benefit The Heart of the Catskills animal shelter with the rest of the ornaments.

Until next time, stay shabby!

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White Wednesday at Faded Charm 
Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sanselig Jul: A Christmas For All The Senses by Franciska Munck-Johansen

It's a marshmallow world in the winter
When the snow comes to cover the ground
It's the time for play, it's a whipped cream day
I wait for it the whole year round.

Dean Martin

My dear author/editor/photographer friend Franciska Munck-Johansen published her second book!  Titled Sanselig Jul (A Christmas For All The Senses in Norwegian), it is a fascinating trove of simple yet elegant holiday decor and recipes.   It is published in Norwegian but the pictures more than make up for what you may not be able to read.

If you like the ornaments on the tree, gentle reader, you may be able to buy some from Whispers of the Past in Delhi, NY.  Roberta Comeau may offer a few of my ornaments and glitter houses in her shop.  She donated a tree made of some of my holiday collection to the Heart of the Catskills' annual raffle to benefit homeless pets.

My humble thanks for Franciska and Roberta for including me in their creative worlds.

Until next time, stay shabby!

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Blissful Whites Wednesday at Timewashed
Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage  

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Holiday Inspiration Books I Can't Wait To Get

Already there are holiday items in the stores.  Kohl's even had Christmas music on before Election Day.  So, I suppose it's not too early to share the books and magazines I hope to buy this season.

I think I'm in the December issues of Jeanne d'Arc Living and Romantic Homes.  If it is true, I'll share the stories with you.  The incomparable Franciska Munck-Johnansen's Sanselig Jul will be featured soon!

Until next time, stay shabby!

Sharing with:
White Wednesday at Faded Charm
Feathered Nest Friday at The French Country Cottage

Nate Berkus Book Giveaway Winner: Charm Bracelet Diva!

I wish I had a book for all of you.  
The lucky winner is Kathleen of Charm Bracelet Diva!