November was a wonderful weather month--it was what we usually enjoy in October...the months definitely 'switched personalities.' I am not a fan of winter; after the holiday festivities of December, I certainly start dreaming of spring. Maybe that's why I'm such a fan of all things Swedish lately. The pictures with this post come from Country Living.com--featuring a sunny, almost spring-like atmosphere. I love decorating for Christmas, but by the time it's over, I'm ready for the pared down look I find so enticing in the decor of Sweden.
Currently Listening To: CBS Sunday Morning
Currently Listening To: Rosemary Clooney Christmas Songs
The library was quiet this morning, but I'm sure the folks will be out and about snagging DVDs for viewing this weekend. Here's looking forward to the weekend!
Currently Listening To/Watching: A rerun of the pilot for White Collar. Matt Bomer=very cute!
Currently Listening To: GMA
Christmas decorating has begun! I totally fell in love with the picture from Country Living (click here for the picture)---the three small trees in a graniteware bowl with apples. This is my take on it--three artificial trees in my gigantic spatterware bowl, topped with apples and nuts. It's currently displayed on the coffee table. I purchased a white 'feather'-type tree on Friday. I've wanted one since I found this photo a few years ago. It will reside in the dining room.
Today there are button wreaths to make, a dining room to declutter, and a few secret Santa presents to construct. Maybe more pictures later...
Currently Listening To/Watching: CBS Sunday Morning
Friday...time to feature another cookbook I've browsed through this week...this one is really, really good. Mouth-watering recipes, beautiful photography...what more could you want? Visit Lisa Schroeder's website for more information, recipes, and for a virtual visit to Mother's Bistro & Bar in Portland, Oregon. I read about this bistro on Tracey's blog a few years back and wished I could visit Portland if only for a visit to the restaurant. I remember googling it and finding their menu. Buy the book...it's so worth it! Almost winter...'tis the season for comfort food.
Images from White Flower Farm, mosaic created by me
Currently Listening To: Mozart in the Morning
I have quite a few projects in the works...Christmas presents and decorations--I have forms for a dozen teacup-sized cottage ornaments cut out. They just need to be glued, glittered and otherwise decorated. I've filled dozens of small clear glass ornaments with lavender and have tied ribbon through the hangers---these will be package tie-ons. Heart shaped sachets have been cut out, and I've gathered buttons, lace, and ribbons to attach to them. I'm definitely in the holiday mood. All of this is on my agenda for my time off next week. I can't wait!
Currently Listening To: If On a Winter's Night by Sting--a beautiful Christmas CD!
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Currently Listening To: NPR
Of course, a bit of celebrating is on the agenda, too. Dinner out, and a Saturday morning adventure with a friend. Happy Friday!
Image from art.com
Currently Listening To: The Beatles...everything
Currently Listening To: Abbey Road
Another book that hit the shelves at the library today (not really, there are lots of 'holds' on this one) is Cookie Swap. The cookies are so beautiful...cookies through the seasons...weddings, garden parties, Halloween, and Christmas. I've never spent much time decorating cookies--or baking them--but I really want to try the snowflakes and hearts. Too pretty to eat.
I don't know where the above wine cork photo came from, or I'd credit it; my friend Carol assembled a wine cork wreath a few years back at one of our crafting retreats. I've been saving corks forever--maybe one day I'll make one. It's almost time for Beaujolais Nouveau!
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Edited to add...wine cork wreath is from Sterling Wines Online.
Currently Listening To: Good Morning America as I get ready for work
Currently Listening To: Rubber Soul
Time sure flies, doesn't it? This past year has almost been a blur. With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, we're close to closing the book on 2009. For the past few months, I've been 'living' for days off; not living in the moment, but looking forward to time I can call my own. Once the time arrives, I'm almost too worn out to enjoy it. I quietly sit in my chair and watch the world move by...it's time to mend my ways and enjoy each day as it comes...
Currently Reading: How To Rule the World From Your Couch by Laura Day **
Currently Listening To: Abbey Road
**I was captivated by this title...we'll see how it goes.
It's so nice to see sunshine three days in a row. Sometimes that's all it takes to make me happy. I've been thinking about my lack of blogging this past year... I enjoy writing, taking pictures, and finding cool things on the web...blogging takes me to my 'happy place'. It seems like time is going by so quickly and I really do feel the need to document little every day things. This is a habit I need to get back in to.
For Thanksgiving recipes and decoration information, visit Williams-Sonoma. They have the best ideas!
Time for a little nap...
Currently Listening To: Bedtime Beats: The Secret to Sleep
I seem to need to keep myself accountable to someone about my various 'to do' lists...now that I'm an 'empty nester' it's so easy to just let things pile up and get out of hand. There's always something more interesting to do, even if it's just taking a nap or watching a DVD (or NCIS reruns...). I'm going to try and make myself accountable to the blog (and me)...so let's just see how this works out. Will there be pictures of plants on the sunporch sometime today? Will the chairs get moved?