Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas sleeping and Happy New Year

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
It seems every year after the holidays I disappearance a little.
I don’t really know why it happens? Maybe it started on Christmas itself.
I slept more then I have in months.
We had no where to go so no pressure there… I just went with it.
I could have slept all day if it wasn’t for needing to eat.
I know you might think I was going into some kind of post Christmas depression
but I just needed

to SLEEP!!!!

ahhh love that feeling of drowsiness just between consciousness and dreamland.
I’d been waiting a long time to have a day like that.
I have days now to reflect on how the season went, what I need to do better, what I did well ( pat on back)
there is always a bigger list of things I need to do better.
It may seem like a long time before Christmas comes back around again but
for many of us in this business it starts back again in the next few weeks and for me in a month when I go back to NYC for the gift show. I had wanted to travel to the Atlanta show this year but decided against it. Maybe when I can talk someone into traveling with me.

any takers?

I hadn’t planned on babbling so much………
see what happens when I get cabin fever.

I’ve been working on plant orders that I missed doing in the Fall. I don’t know how I did that?
Yes I do,
I forgot!!!! 
So now I’m paying the price of having to get them done now. It’s just after Christmas and thoughts and plans for Spring and
Christmas 2012 are on my mind.
It could be worse…..I love Spring, flowers, and Christmas so what am I complaining about?

Christmas home_31 2011

I’m still not completely done decorating the house.
So if and when I am I’ll try to show more.
Christmas home_30 2011
I noticed today that my lense is oh sooo dirty so I’m running to the store
after I post this to get some lense cleaner.


Probably should have taken a different angle of the tree without the chair in the way.
I love the way this tree came out with touches of blue.
It’s a nice change from what we usually do in this room….though there is not a stitch of blue in here.



I’ve had this seasons greeting swag from Sarah Lugg for years and decided to try it on the tree.
the seasons part is above : )

blue glass

snow lady


New Years Day is just around the corner.
I hope for you a wonderful New Year filled with joy
and promise of new beginnings.
Thank you for making 2011 such a great year!


Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Sleep is good for you Carole. You deserve a little now and then! I loved these great photos and a glimpse of your home decorations too!
Looking forward to good times in 2012 and looking forward to a good time when I see you tomorrow!!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm so glad you got a break! Your decorations are just beautiful. It appears you have your work cut out for you. Have a fabulous New Year ahead! (So nice for you to stop by my NYC posts! Thanks so much!)

Olive Cooper said...

You needed that sleep. The touches of blue are sweet and beautiful. I went back and looked at all my flower photos and now I want spring to get here so I can get in my garden.
Have a Happy, Happy New Year, Olive


Happy New Year Carole, take a few moments and rest, spring will be here b/4 long and you will be working long hours again. Hugs Mary

Bead and Needle said...

Kick those shoes off, throw those feet up, and rest! Happy New Year, Carole...thank YOU for making 2011 special! Be safe, however you spend the next few days - XOXO Tanya

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Don't be so hard to yourself, dear Carole! I'm sure there were a lot of more things you did well. You might have just forgotten about them, like about the order ;-).
Your tree looks huge and it's beautifully decorated! Hopefully you find some time to enjoy it.
Happy New Year, sweet friend!

oldgreymare said...

What a beautiful tree. I only wish you had had more time to enjoy it! I am very happy to hear that you finally got some much needed sleep. You and George both work so very hard..
You deserve to have a wonderful time tomorrow night! Please be careful on the roads...

Wishing you the happiest of New Years and good health, peace and joy.


How can it possibly be nearly 2012? sigh.....

The Sweetest Days said...

So glad Christmas is over and we can all sleep! And stop stressing! Oh how I look forward to Spring, though it seems like an eternity from now. If only Spring and Summer weren't so short here in the northeast. At least we haven't had much in the way of cold weather, though it appears all that is about to change.


SueAnn said...

I love my sleep time!! Look forward to it...glad you enjoyed it as well.
Your decorations are beautiful!
I too love the touch of blue...I did the same thing on my tree...added blue balls. Hmmm! Great minds!
Hugging you

It's me said...

Happy new year darling !! from

Susan said...

Your home looks just beautiful, Carole, and I'm glad to year you got some rest. Your store looked wonderful in previous posts, too!
I hope you do more pats on your back in the future. Well deserved!
- Susan

Jill said...

Happy New Year Carole! I'm glad you had a catch up sleeping day!

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Warm hugs, Traude said...

Love your gorgeous tree, Carole. I've been like a bear for the last couple of days, sleeping too. I think the holidays have finally caught up with me:)While you are still decorating, my tree is already gone. lol Now for the big clean up. Wishing you and George a Happy New Year! Hope to see you soon.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Happy New Year my sweet friend...much love,Chrissy

Draffin Bears said...

Happy New Year, to you dear friend, wishing you good health, happiness and may all your dreams come true, for 2012.
Loved seeing your Christmas decorations and really love your tree with the blue baubles, and the sweet sparkly snowman.


Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Happy New Year Carole and the best for 2012!
Susan x

Les Cotrions said...

Happy new year!!!!
Wish you and your family love, health and happiness!

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh my dear Christmas Carole elf you so deserved to sleep after all the work you've done!

Guess what, yes I got your parcel today ~ oh what a beautiful new years eve surprise! I love the Wendy Addison original ornament, she's my hero! And of course I also love that fabulous bottle brush Christmas star! Your Christmas card is the most beautiful I got this year and I will always tresure all those lovely gifts from you! Thank you so much dear Carole!

So you spend today with Laura, or was it yeasterday? Anyway I wish you both lot's of fun and send you very Happy New Year's wishes from Germany

your friend Carola

P.S. Oops can't leave without saying something about your gorgeous photos in this post. Your tree is awesome and that sparkling snow man to die for! I really love that you are still not done with your Christmas decor while others have put it all away already, which I think is much too early. I'm alao still enjoying my tree and all the other festive decorations inclusive your gifts far too much and will have them up at least until next weekend.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful decorations - so glad you were able to sleep in and enjoy your Christmas, Carole!
Happy 2012!!!
~ Zuzu

time worn interiors said...

Happy New Year Carole!

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Carole...enjoy your R&R and all the best to you in the new year!!

Evi said...

it is wonderful just to let your hair down and relax and sleep...but I loved your hair pinned up yesterday.....
I took a three hour nap earlier after our fun party yesterday.
It looks like Christmas in your house has come too, and it looks wonderful!
Hoping to see more!
Carole, thank you again for all the beautiful gifts...I still marvel at that star....going " how does she do this?" Most of all, thank you for your friendship.
George is a "peach", so thoughtful....wanted to keep him, so he can train Ebbie, ha ha.
Boy, yesterday was fun!!!!!
To be repeated around Valentines Day.
Relax now and enjoy Christmas at your pretty house. It is never too late or too early to decorate for we hope to cary the spirit of the season into the new year.
Happy New Year to you and George,
love and hugs, Evi and Ebbie too

Rebecca said...

Hi Carole
I have not done much since getting back from MN... just what ever I please, I guess.
Hoping to be out in the studio most of New years day. I think the hubs and I are going to a movie.
Wishing you a most prosperous New Year filled of course with love and lots and lots of laughter

vicki said...

Hi Carole-
I am sure you are SO happy to have the Christmas rush behind you - your beautiful shop keeps you so crazy busy this time of year. Sleep is a good thing I say!! Sometimes - I just cant get enough either!

Your Christmas decorations at your home are beyond beautiful. I too love that tree with the blue - it is fabulous. Beautiful, beautiful images~~

Happy New Year - I have loved visiting you here - always a welcome and beautiful place to visit. I love every season here on your gorgeous blog. I'll be here this bright new year as well - always enjoying all that you share. I think you are amazing~~


Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Dear Carole
Happy New Year to you and George and all the little kitties.. Hope you remembered to feed them whilst you were hibernating. hehe..

I hope this year brings you much love and happiness and more time to enjoy the quiet moments and your pretty home...

Wish I could pop over there and do NYC and Atlanta with you.. we could go on the road.... just have to brush up on my 'other side of the road' driving skills.. perhaps I should go out and practice today.. hahaha.. wouldn't they love that!

Ok... enjoy the rest of your decorating... beautiful beautiful images of christmas as it should be,.. ciao ciao xxx Julie

sweetpea said...

happy new year carole! go with what your body says it needs. perfection is an illusion we all try so hard to attain and we need to give ourselves some slack on that. sleep can be so delicious...



Nella said...

Hi Carole. Found you through lovely Susan. I am so happy to hear I am not the only one who can sleep forever during winter solstice... I feel like just cuddling up and dreaming lovely thoughts .. I know how you must feel ....I had a gift shop for years and the next phase is just a gift show away...Wish I could join you in Atlanta or New York, they were my favs!!!! Your shop is so lovely,it makes me long for mine again . It only happens when I see an exquisite yours!
I love coming to visit..thank you. N.



Karen said...

Hi Carole, You have one hectic schedule before Christmas. It's no wonder your body craves sleep,take care of yourself. Love your photos.

Collected Treasures...for the home, heart and soul said...

Hi Carole......thank you for the sweet comment about my new design......your decorations are divine.....I would have a hard time putting them away. Glad you got some much needed rest so you can "hit the ground running" so to speak. It just doesn't stop does it? :)

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