Saturday, November 20, 2010

The time has come!


         Today was opening day for the Christmas shop.
       A soft opening as I think they call it.
       We’ve always opened the day after Thanksgiving.
      I felt good about being early this year
      …..until you realize that I had wanted to open on the 1st of November.
    …OK only 19 days late
      …who’s counting anyways?
crystal orn
          I still have so much to price and put out but it’s looking Ok
      ….so before things start to get bought up I thought I’d share a little with you.
metal bird
                 It had been so long since I even took a picture that it felt a little odd at first.
         Like picking up an old friend…
      oh yeah, I remember you. I did have fun trying out a few settings.
Manual!!!! woo hoo
            I was afraid I might forget how to post too.
          BloggerGods must be good to me tonight
     because I’m having none of the usual issues.
crowns on counter
              I had these little crowns on the counter ready to be priced. Couldn’t do it last night.
     I had such a mess on this counter….that is still not all cleared off but it never really is.
I was going to photograph it last night at 12:30 to show you how awful it was
            and show you how I’ve had it for months now.
            But I got told from the big Boss that it was time to go….
          so I went to town on it right away.
Then suddenly I realized an hour had gone by
…..and yes I was still working on cleaning the counter of all the junk!
But then I thought where the heck is he??
I called him on his cell phone.
No answer!
    For some reason I pictured him somewhere lying there hurt.
     I think I was just too tired and my mind was going….
so I went out to find him.
I won’t keep you in suspense….
he was fine.
…but our furnace in one of the greenhouses wasn’t.
     Figures right??  on the coldest night so far.
Well whatever he did seemed to work.
                thank goodness……I know nothing about furnaces….except to hit the reset button.
         So needless to say I’m a bit tired today.
      … I will keep this post short and return with more pictures.
             Oh the good thing is we finally heard from our tree guy.
           The othergood thing was that we didn’t have to give him a 25% deposit like
        all of them expect to hold the order.
          So though they were supposed to arrive today they are on their way.
         I had a customer who used to sell trees once say to me……
           ”dealing with wholesale tree sellers was like dealing with a
        Drug Dealer…..haha
              (not that I would know about any of that!)
          but they can be rather flaky and unreliable!
           Ok now that I’ve given you that “pretty image”
            I”ll leave you with these last two
       pretty photos!
   opps I mean 3.

red wreath
         And you thought I had no
             Like this little bear I can’t wait
            until it’s time to hibernate for the Winter.
        Oh I can feel it now. Rolling over in bed and hitting that
        snooze button…..
        for the 10th time!!!!

( sorry for the small sized font....
I guess blogger wasn't as kind as I thought earlier:)


Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

That is very beautiful! Is the feather tree a vintage one? I also luv the Maddona Thanks for sharing.......Julian

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Carole!
The shop looks amazing! Oh my goodness....I think I'm starting to get in the mood! I'm glad George is ok and hope the furnace is on the mend now too! Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the season...hope it is healthy, happy and profitable!

A New England Life said...

Hi Carole!

Everything is just gorgeous! As I would expect in your lovely Christmas shop. How I wish I lived closer so I could stop in and visit, browsing all the lovely items you have to offer. Maybe even help price a few things with you ; )

It seems so weird to see so many blogs posting Christmas decor. But it's getting me in the mood!


vicki said...

Oh Carole - these photos are so so beautiful. Your Christmas shop is gorgeous - I would love to be there - and would just walk around and take a million photos! I absolutely love Christmas decor - yours is just stunning! I know your "seasonal" shop will be a huge success.

Sorry about the bad luck with the furnace - I am like you - maybe might not even be able to FIND the reset button. Sure hope it all works out for you there~~

Can't wait to see more photos of the beautiful displays!


Theresa said...

Hello Carole! It all looks so beautiful, it's a good thing you took the pictures to share now, because I bet the shop will be bare very soon! I LOVE the santos angels, and the picture with the crowns and the faded background looks like a magazine shot. My friend Julie shared her new JDL Christmas book she got from you with me this week, oh my gosh just gorgeous! She doesn't have a blog, really doesn't even get on the computer much but I have been introducing her to some of my favs on here and when I showed her my JDL well, she had to have her very own... I may have to splurge again myself! Have a wonderful Sunday! Theresa

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Carole! B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L photos! Each one could be in a mag, you know that? What a wonderful way to get us all in the holiday spirit! I hope that you'll get a good night's sleep tonight, girlie! :)

xoxo laurie

Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh Carole, it's all so wonderful!!! Thanks for taking the time to share it with us, and I love the book, thanks so much for mailing it so quickly!!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I'd sure love to visit your Christmas shop. I can't even decide what I like best because everything is so pretty! I'm glad the furnace problem was fixed. When I read that, I thought of the big heaters we used to see in all of the orange groves around when I was a kid.

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

I see so many yummy things!!! I will have to take a ride to your shop and see it. Christmas did sneak up this year.

Chemin des Muguets said...

Greetings Friend,
How beautiful everything looks! You've done an amazing job. Wishing you good sales, and a happy season,

Anne Marie said...

HI Carole!! wow!! everything looks beautiful!!

how much is taht Madonna statue?
Anne Marie

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Oh Carole, When I saw on my blogger dashboard that you had blogged about your Christmas shop, a weird sound of anticipation came from my throat. Seriously, I'm totally excited to see your gorgeous pictures of your fantastic shop! It's kind of like Christmas even though I can't visit you personally. I'm sighing and drooling over here, since I love so very many of the items you have for sale. It's hard to pick favorites but I especially love everything with the glitter on including that awesome dressform, then there are the crystal snowflakes, the zinc pots and cans, the three-tiered-basket and the cute bear.
The pretty font you chose for this post is so perfect and matches the pictures so very well! Thank you, dear Carole for making my day :-)!
Big HUGS to you,

Denise said...

Oh my gosh Carole! I wish I could visit your shop. You have so many beautiful things. Christmas is the one thing that I miss about retail. I used to so love to unpack and ooh and aahh over things I had almost forgotten that I had ordered. I realllly wish you sold online. I know, too much extra work. have excellent taste and I bet you sell down to the walls.

Dorthe said...

Dear Carole, this is a fantastic shop, you have made.
The first photo is so full of beautifull, and wonderfull items, I would soooooooo love to buy, from you.Like all the gorgeus glittered things,-the swallow so lovely--and the little angel on the ball- oh my--love angels....
Iwould so love to make my own shop look like that, --but here in Denmark, people don`t understand a very white decoration for christmas-well some does, but not on this little my shop have to be more common----- christmas- so thanks for this wonderland.
Hugs, Dorthe

trash talk said...

Stunning Carole, just stunning. BTW...the font is large when I viewed this post.
Love every single photo, but especially that first one. Took my breath away. I can only imagine how beautiful it all is in person.
I want you to know I now have an image of you buying trees out the trunk of a dirty Dodge!


The Christmas ornaments are just beautiful. I one day would love to come and make a visit yo your green house and Christmas shop. Good luck with the furnace. Have a wonderful Holiday as well. HUGS MARY

Jacqueline said...

Hi there Carole,
MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!.....Christmas has officialy started now that your shop is open. You musst have worked SO hard to have made it all look so magical. Your customers are so lucky to have you......g;ittery, snowy, cuddly, .....everything that anyone might need for a beautiful Christmas. I love it all.......the little zinc tins, the crowns, the sngels, baubles and beads. I'm sure that the customers are going to LOVE it all....and buy lots of trees to adorn with all of your trinkets.
How typical that your furnace went on the blink !! Good for George to come to the rescue. He is a star !
I'm sure that the customers are going to love everything.
.....and, yes...the font is BIG !! XXXX

erin said...

hi carole! well, everything looks spectacular! especially your artful displays and wonderful photos. if i lived closer, i am sure i would do some "damage" in your shop. so many goodies to buy!! i wish you the best of luck selling all your treasures and lots and lots of christmas trees.......
happy thanksgiving,

sissie said...

Everything looks so beautiful and so many lovely thngs to choose from.

I know it will be a success.

Lovely photos too.


oldgreymare said...


I pored over every shot, locating all the crowns, all the zinc, all the Nicole. I am so happy to see everything and so sad I cannot be in the shop up close and personal.

It all looks amazing. I know you have worked so hard and I'm hoping you have a wonderful season. Please show us more as time allows. The photos are enchanting and enticing.

Glitter crowns on a stick? oh my! hearts a flutter..



A Cottage Muse said...

Oh Carole it looks wonderful and magical!

la Brocanteuse said...

Hello Carole,
everything looks just beautiful- I especially like the tin bird ( I think it is tin?) in the 3rd image. xo Colette

sweetpea said...

gorgeous! i love that little dress ornament.



Anonymous said...

Everything is so pretty, Carole! Oh, how I wish I could come shop in your shop! :)
Happy weekend,

Giulia said...

Oh so lovely, Carole. Like sweetpea, I love that dress ornament. I like it all but that esp. caught my eye as I'm setting up (well, this week I hope) to sew again for first time in a long time. Back to the trenches but thank you for this prettiness...much needed. xo said...

WOW!!!I knew it would look gorgeous! It does look like you spent a lot of time putting it all together and it was well worth it. Did you wind up putting the crib/seat in there too:)
Have a great week:)
Capers of the vintage vixens

Olive Cooper said...

Hello Carole, I want to get in my Mini and drive right up there to your shop. It is so pretty. You have given me the will to do some decorating. I am baking lemon bars to freeze. I always have the food angle covered. hugs♥O

June said...

NOBODY does a shop for Christmas like you do Carole!!!!! Absolutely magical...every picture!

Our Nurseries here are just having their openings this coming weekend, and they are very, very late. The nursery I used to work at usually has their Christmas opening on Nov. 1st. But, I went the other day to see what they were doing this year and I was so dissappointed. The buyer they now have is not very inspired and it was very dissappointing.
I can't wait for you to share more.
hugs to you...

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

All this wonderful eye candy made me drool....

The French Hen, Essex, CT said...

really beautiful! I love your soft and magical. Can't wait to see it in person!

Poppy said...

Hello Carole! It’s so not fair, why do you have to be so far away! :0( I could spend hours and hours looking around at all those beautiful Christmas decorations.

Lou xxx

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

I loved seeing your magical Christmas shop ~ if only I lived nearby.
Everything looks perfect and I adore the Angels, and the cute dress on the hanger, thanks for showing us.

Happy week and hope that you will be able to hibernate and have some time to relax.


sandra said...

I love every bit of it!!!! Blessings for the Holidays!

d. reyné said...

Hi Carole!
I love everything!
It has such a warm and cozy feel! I had to blow up a couple of images and really study them! I wish we could sell Santos here! No one gets them!
I think they are so amazing!
The zinc collection had me drooling!
Our trees arrive on Wednesday but I won't be there for the event...we have decided to go to Texas for a break!
I really need one as you probably will too!
Have a Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!

leslie said...

Hi Carole,
Your shop is gorgeous! I read some of the other comments wishing to come to the store and I realized that I can come! Old Saybrook isn't far at all. Looking forward to my outing.

Passionate for White said...

Wow...everything is so very beautiful and great pics too!!

Brenda Kula said...

Actually, I don't mind the big font at all. Easy to read! Thanks for the blog eye candy today. It was just what I needed to get back to my projects!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Carole
It wouldn't be Christmas for me without your shop!! [well photos of your shop].. My new rule of thumb is Christmas starts when Carole does!! hehehehe.... You know it's usually a heat-wave Christmas here so I get much joy out of seeing all your white and snowing christmas decorations... If ONLY I were closer!!!

Looks like you had lots of fun with the camera... and creating your displays... Love it all .. especially the madonna and the last image with the sweet blue box!!!

Have a lovely week.. I'll be looking forward to more Christmas your way!!! ciao xxx Julie

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

GASP!!!!!!! Oh Carole - it all looks amazing. Like a white wonderland. I am gettin' myself up there girl. You did such a fabulous job, both with the displays and photos. Put the kettle and Syfy on:) Happy Thanksgiving ~ Dee xo

Rosemary said...

I want one of everything there!!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Very, very pretty, Carole!

Hope you're able to get some rest.

Wishing you a fab Thanksgiving from California!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Youve done an absolutely dreamy job! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend.

The French Bear said...

Carole, looking at all of the beautiful things, makes my heart beat faster!!!! Your shop is full of wonderful goodies!!!!
You really make it look like a wonderland!!!
Margaret B

Luiza said...

Sweet Carole, it all looks so amazing!!!
Wish I could come for a visit =)!!!

Hope you had a wonderful 1:st of advent!