Saturday, December 31, 2011

Let's start the New Year right

One of my favorite holiday movies is Holiday Inn.  Bing Crosby sings this song to Marjorie Reynolds and I wanted to share it with you.  

The lyrics are:

One minute to midnight
One minute to go
One minute to say good-bye
Before we say hello

Let's start the new year right
Twelve o'clock tonight
When they dim the light
Let's begin

Kissing the old year out
Kissing the new year in

Let's watch the old year die
With a fond good-bye
And our hopes as high
As a kite

How can our love go wrong if
We start the new year right

I could not get the video from You Tube to embed, but if you have 50 seconds to spare, here it is:

Wishing you good health and much happiness
in the New Year! 
Happy 2012!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The BIG Post of 2011

On Tuesday, I recapped some of my posts/projects from the past year. 

I spoke of my BIG post of 2011.

Can I just say that I am surprised,
                                                               perplexed?....well, I think you get the idea.

Back in August, I got the idea to cover a lamp shade.  An ordinary, old lamp shade that I had sitting in the basement.

With a few yards of trim from Joann Fabric and a glue gun, I created a pretty lamp shade that I was very happy with.  I accented it with some little fabric flowers that I had made and that was that. 

When I posted about it, I didn't go into great detail about how I made this lamp shade.  There was no fancy tutorial.  Afterall, I'm no crafting goddess and honestly, it was ruffled trim and hot glue, nothing more.


This post  received, to date, 22 comments.  The reason it is called my BIG post of 2011 is because according to my stats, at present time, this post has received some 15,701 page views!  

Can you believe it?  I can't.  I nearly fell off my chair they day I discovered it had 3,000 views.  I could never have imagined over 15,000 views!

Now this may be the norm for some of you girls, but for me and my little blog, it's a huge surprise.  As the post continues to grow, I can't help but giggle and think..seriously?  What exactly has made this so popular? 

I haven't the faintest idea!  That being said, I am thrilled and flattered beyond belief.

So that, my friends, is my BIG post of 2011.

I would like to take the time to say that I am grateful for each & every one of you who follow/read my blog.  Thank you for sticking with me.  You have no idea how much I treasure each of you!

Here's to a spectacular 2012!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Looking back at 2011

So here we are, at the end of 2011.  Was it me or did this year just fly by?

I'd like to take a look back at some of my posts/projects from this past year.  I should name 2011 as "The Year of the Project" as I did more than ever before.  Ready for picture overload? 

(Clicking on the links will take you to the original post.) 

In January, I made this wreath for Valentine's Day.

In March, I was pretty proud of my Spring mantel because I made my own Pottery Barn copycat sign.

In June, we had a complete remodel to our bathroom.  I love our new cottage bathroom.

In July, the projects were plentiful, but I'll just mention a few.  I made a subway sign for my daughter's room.  I painted an ugly, old desk with chalk paint and I added shelf edging to my kitchen cabinets for some cottage charm. 

In October, my Aunt Gen recovered my dining bench and I threw a Yankee baseball birthday party for my son.

Recipes and tablescapes were scattered throughout the year...Snap, Crackle & PopMonkeying Around, and Homespun Christmas were a few of my favorite tablescapes this year. 

Looking back, I have to say, it was a great year and a productive year!  There is one post however, just one,  that I haven't mentioned.  I'm going to give it a separate post because I'm just silly like that.  It's my biggest one of the 2011, so stay tuned. 

I hope you are enjoying this last week of 2011 and as always, I thank you for your visit. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

With my to-do list ever growing (tons of cooking on the horizon),  this will most likely be my last post before Christmas, so with that....

I would like to wish each and every one of you,
my sweet blogging friends,

a very Merry Christmas!

I hope your holidays are filled with lots of laughter
and lots of love. 

May the magic and joy of Christmas fill your hearts
every day of the year! 

Much love to you,

Monday, December 19, 2011

My Favorite Christmas Room Decor

This little room that sits next to my dining room is a favorite of mine. I never know what to call it though...sitting room, dining room, living room...what is it exactly?

I always love to decorate for Christmas in this room. I think it's the soft colors that I enjoy. It's restful after having so many traditional reds and greens in the rest of the house.

Let's take a look, shall we?

To the left, on my vintage blue dresser, is my mercury glass collection. I know I've already shared this with you, but I wanted to include it again since it's part of this room.

To the right, are my white wire shelves. I added some bottle brush trees, ornaments, a glittery bird and of course, more mercury glass.

I fell in love with these ornaments, from Hobby Lobby.

On my end table, I have this sweet Christmas cottage. I paired it with a bottle brush tree.

And finally, we have my coffee table vignette.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my favorite little room decked out for Christmas.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you are stress-free this week as we wait for the big day to arrive.

Linking this to:

Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
DIY by Design for Fall into Fall
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Greetings

Back in October, I won a giveaway of 25 cards from Shutterfly on Debby's blog, Cozy Blanket.

Tyring to get a jump start, I promptly took photos of my kids and ordered my cards.

I have to say, I am really pleased with how they turned out.

I wanted to thank Debby for hosting the giveaway and Shutterfly for providing me with such wonderful quality cards.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Homespun Christmas Tablescape

One day, I received a coupon in the mail from Coldwater Creek.  It was a coupon for $25.00 off any purchase.  Always looking for something new for the wardrobe, I happily went to Coldwater Creek for a little retail therapy.

It was just one of those days.  I liked lots of clothes, I tried lots of  them on, and I hated all of them.  As I was getting ready to admit defeat, I turned around & saw....dishes.   Yes, I said, dishes!  There were these adorable Christmas plates wrapped up with a bright red bow.  Well, it didn't take me but 5 seconds to realize that I should buy them.  They were a set of 4 for $29.95 and with my coupon, I got them for $4.95. 

My husband is still trying to figure out how I went to a clothing store & managed to come out with dishes!  LOL   

Getting to the point of this post, here they are in my homespun Christmas tablescape.....

I love the irregular round shape of these plates.

Tablecloth, several years ago, Target
Green dinner plates, Oneida Outlet
Red salad plates, 15+ years ago, Pier 1
Green bubble goblets, several years ago, Target
Ornament place card holders, last year, Michaels

Napkins, last year, Joanns
Green flatware by Cambridge, Home Goods
Gingham flatware, many years ago, Spiegel

After Christmas last year, I found this red gingham star tree topper at Hobby Lobby.  I couldn't resist the gingham & bought it for a few dollars.   I had no idea what to do with it, until now.  I added a silver star from Target, a Dollar Tree candle, some greenery & fake snow to a tin basket for this centerpiece.

Couldn't resist one more picture with the sun shining!

Can't believe Christmas is almost here!

Linking to:

Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Monday, December 12, 2011

A New Space to Decorate for Christmas this year

One of my happiest home improvement moments of 2011, had to be our new cottage bathroom.  If you haven't seen it and would like to, click here.
Now that I finally have an updated space, I couldn't resist adding a little bit of Christmas to it.  

As the clock ticks speedily towards Christmas, I hope that you are enjoying all the goodness that the season has to offer.  See you soon!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas in my Kitchen

Blogland has been buzzing with all the wonderful parties going on. I've been trying to keep up with it all, joining in and also visiting everyone, but let me tell you, it's been hard! My son has been sick all week long, so that hasn't helped matters either, I guess.

I'm sharing Christmas in my kitchen today. I don't decorate a whole lot in the kitchen because my kitchen is kinda small and also because there's a whole lot of cooking & baking that goes on in here.

I added a small tree, my baker's tree, if you will.

There are cute ornaments on this tree, like this pastry stand of goodies.

My nephew bought me these glass snowmen bakers (set of 3) from Williams Sonoma last Christmas.

 What baker's tree would be complete without a red stand mixer?

I added a few Christmas pieces to my glass door cabinets, a gingerbread house & a couple of snowmen.  The red & white polka dotted trim that I added this summer, see here,  is still going strong!

This little gingerbread girl sits on the countertop.

On my kitchen table, I have this Santa Claus centerpiece that I've had for ages.  (I think it's starting to look that way too!)

I hope you have enjoyed Christmas in my kitchen.  Watch out though...flour will be flying around here real soon!

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