Friday, November 28, 2014

THE DAY AFTER!!.................................................

Like many of you, I start decorating with Christmas things the day after Thanksgiving.  We are in a much smaller home now so I cannot put out as much as I have in the past.
But....I do manage to set out a few of my favorite things....many I have made....some are things I have had for many years.

The wonderful old santa photo is actually the front of a magazine cover dated from the 1920's.  My adult children didn't want many of their dad's things when he I kept a few of the things I thought were special.  

The brass candlestick actually was an anniversary present to my in-laws for a important  wedding anniversary.  Both of them passed on many years ago...and no one in the family wanted this set so I kept it as a remembrance.

Here is the other candlestick and a wonderful Red Lion amaryllis purchased at our local Trader Joe's a few weeks ago.

Both of these little trees are made with vintage bulbs and things I have had for a long time....I wanted to consolidate into a more manageable mode at Christmas....hence...putting it all together.  The cross was hand made by an artisan at the Santa Fe market.  I liked its simplicity and yet wonderful design.

And last a simple wreath made with vintage bulbs that were my mother-in-laws....very few things from my family were passed onto me so I really can appreciate keeping those special things that bring back fond memories.  I will pass on these things to my nephew when I go and hopefully he will use them lovingly... as I have.

This is just the beginning of the Christmas season so I'm looking forward to the many lovely things everyone will be showing us as part of their Christmas decorations and customs.

Closing for now.


Monday, November 24, 2014

PSST..........DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION?................................

Even though it is the Holiday
Season, I have not been deterred from purging and getting a little more organized.

It is always such a treat to unearth small books with a great message. This particular book was found many years ago and while once again looking at it made me realize that each of us is drawn to a particular kind of writer or writing. 

Personally...I want to be entertained when I read.  Character development and description is just as important as the story line. The quirkier ...... the better.  Oh, I read the occasional non-ficton ... but fiction is the real clincher for me.  Hopefully there will be a moral when done, but it is not a necessity in my case.

With this recent move I have been able to give five big boxes of books to our local library. Holding  a book  in my hands is still a must for me. Even though I use my I-Pad often when we travel....there is still such a thrill discovering an old book that has obviously been well read and well loved.

I do so hope BOOKS never go out of style!!




Saturday, November 15, 2014


Woke up this morning and walked into my living room.....the light on these roses was so spectacular I wanted to share it with the world.  It was as though the universe wanted to make sure I stood up and took notice!

One can never have enough beauty.

  It really is the simple things that truly matter.  Have a beautiful weekend.



Monday, November 10, 2014

A WELCOMING GARDEN......................................

Here is the little garden that graces the front door to our new, sweet little spot.  I have always believed that your front door area  gives such an important message as to who lives inside. It is a welcome to all who visit your home. 

Most of these plantings were in place when we purchased this house.  However, the previous owner was a very tidy gardner and liked everything shaped into little tiny balls.  

Not so.....with us.  We like a much more lush feel to our gardens.  The tree in the corner is a Ficus and the previous owner was kind enough to leave it for us to enjoy.  The tree is in such a large pot that it allows the Vinca to thrive below.  I might add that much of these planting are volunteers ( which all of you KNOW THAT I LOVE.....less work).

I have always believed that a fountain will help plants could be inside our outside the door.....either place will give such a serene feel.

Whether your front door area welcomes inside or outside your home.....matters not.  The energy that emits to a visitor is something that will stay with them long after they have visited and returned to the world outside.  

All of us could use just a little more calm in our world.......don't you think?

AN INEXPENSIVE FIX FOR AN ENTRYWAY............................

Our home is an open room concept with the small entry space, dining space and living space all in one large room.  We have incredibly ...