Monday, December 19, 2011

In the details

I couldn't help myself.
I just love to take close ups.

I know many of you have told me that I don't take enough pictures of wider views of the shop.

Without even realizing it I was doing it again.
Just getting the little details.

In my defense I am still having focusing problems with my camera
so seeing things up close I seem to have better luck.

After the holidays I have to have it looked at.....
and I'm sure cleaned.

One of the sweetest little angels. So petite and the last one went 
out the other day.
Now why didn't I save one?  

I wish I had my own tree at home finished but alas I seem to be behind again
this year.
The plan is to finish one tonight.....
and to have some of that wonderful wine Adrienne gave us today.

Thank you Adrienne!

Oh and I also want to bake Christmas cookies....

And send Christmas cards..... I bought new ones this year...
does that count?
yeah, I didn't think so....

and go Caroling....
no not really I can't hold a tune.
But I like the whole idea of it....
and if I went I would want to dress in period clothing.

I want to sit around all day and make homemade Christmas decorations.....
like I used to have time for.

I want to do a lot during the Christmas season.
Just never enough time.
It seems to come so fast.
Christmas is only 6 days away.

and Santa will be here, so I have to be good...

for goodness sakes!!!!!

So I'll stop complaining and count my blessings....
of which you are one of.

Hugs to you my friends,

Linking up to my friend Kathleen's
White Wednesday at


Lana said...

Oh Carole, I certainly won't complain about your closeups! Everything is so beautiful! However, since these are beautiful, I'd love to see the whole picture. ;)

Merry Christmas!!!

Olive Cooper said...

Your close-ups are glorious Carole. I have tightly planned every day this week and have family arriving Friday and we are all cooking brunch on Sunday-a layed back southern brunch. I will have it all ready before we get up and pop it in the oven and then enjoy. I hope you get to do even a small portion of the items you mentioned. I know your shop brings much Christmas cheer to your customers. Happy Christmas

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Such oretty images Carole!
I am not ready yet either. I will not get to many of those things like baking cookies, that I wanted to get to but that's ok!
I did order holiday photo cards online last night so maybe on Christmas Day I can sit back and write out my cards..... then I will have the time!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

No complaints here either...your angelic photos are very pleasing. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. I hope you find the time to do everything you enjoy.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Well now that I have the time...I'm still not ready so I guess I can't blame it on that!
Your photos are your closeups!
Looking forward to seeing you next week!

mary pernula said...

I agree with all comments, it seems the Holidays are a lot of work for that one special day. I have tryed to do my decorating day to day starting after Thanksgiving. This year is different for us, we are using our family room for the first time in 27 years in our home, and I say I just love it. Take care Carole

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Carole, Your pictures are gorgeous. I'm amazed that you still have items in your shop and are not sold out yet. We don't have a single shop here that has nearly such a beautiful assortment of Christmas ornaments and other decorations.
Every year I think that I started early enough with the preparations but then time is running out and I haven't finished all the things I had planned to do. You have a very good excuse - I don't, LOL.
Have fun decorating your tree, my dear friend!
Big hugs,

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Carole
Well I for one love your close ups.. I'm a detail girl myself and tend to do the same.. Your ornaments are so beautiful. if only I had a xmas tree I'd cover them with trinkets from you shop.. [fancy that.. a blogger without a tree!]

Remember to have fun this week.. and thanks for sharing all your lovely xmas wares for those that can't make it across the pacific ocean!!

ciao ciao xxx Julie

Dorthe said...

And hugs to you dear Carole- I just love your photoes, ..wides-or close ups..they are beautiful, and so are all the items in your shop.
HAPPY day to you-
xx, Dorthe

Wendy @HerBallistic Garden said...

Your wee items are so precious! Enjoy your Christmas...even if you don't get everything done! Who cares! Enjoy the serenity...xo

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh Carole I totally adore your close ups, one is more beautiful than the other and of course I had to pin some!
Why can't you just take the gorgeous tree out of your shop on Christmas eve and bring it in your home? ;-)
I finally have my tree up since Sunday, just got it feshly cut on Sunday. For German terms I'm very early with having the Christmas tree up one week before Christmas, so I could come over and help you tonight!
Oh well but since this isn't possible I just wish you good luck that you get it all done soon!
Carola xoxo~

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Simply put... absolutely yummy!
Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas Carole.
Susan x

suzy parker said...

where is your beautiful shop...I live in the UK xxx

AntiqueChase said...

Hi Carole!
Your ornaments are lovely as are your photos!!! Thanks for the visit and nice comment on my blog. Warm Wishes! Marcy

Evi said...

Carole, I am just catching up on all the posts.
First of all, I am so happy that Bella is back. My goodness, where could she have been?
You know I love your shop and I think the clos-up pictures are perfect....of course, it makes me even more mad to see all the things I missed.
Do you remember that I bought the doll from Nicole that is in your first picture last year? Wait when you see her when you come...I dressed her in an antique doll dress, or did I have her already dressed last time you came? Things are becoming blurry....too much going on and not enough time.
Carol, I wish you and George a very Merry Christmas...see you on the 30Th.
Warm hugs, Evi

June said...

Well I for one will never complain that you take close-ups. I could look at your tight shots all day long. You take such amazing photos Carole!!!

Caroling would be a blast. I remember Landon's first Christmas found me spending it in the hospital with him while Dale was home with our other children. I still remember carolers all dressed up in period clothing came down the hall and into Landon's room and sang a couple of carols for me. I was so grateful for them and their song. It was the first Christmas I hadn't spent at home since I became a mother. No one was allowed to be in Landon's room except his parents so it was a lonely time, except for those wonderful carolers who were spending their Christmas brightening up all those who were spending theirs in the hospital. So I love carolers.
Wishing you a beautiful Christmas!!!

Fishtail Cottage said...

so many beautiful photo's - i am definately not complaining! xoxo, tracie

Denise said...

still stopping by to take a look at all of your beautiful photos! Merry Christmas!

A Cottage Muse said...

Very merry and bright!
Caroling sounds like we get waistlines like the carolers too?!

special 'k' said...

I have enjoyed every pic posted. Thank you so much for sharing. I have enjoyed looking around your special place. I will follow on my way out so as I can keep in touch. I hope you will find the time to pop over to my place soon and do the same. Whilst I am here I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to engaging and supporting you more in the New Year! Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

These are all fantastic images Carole - I adore your sweet angel at the top of this post!!

I'm your newest follower and I just love your blog!
I already know what a kind soul you are following our emails today!
My Christmas Jeanne d'Arc arrived overnight from Wellington - only wish I had got one a month ago - oh well there's always next Christmas!!!!

Joyeux Noel and
big Christmas hugs

Shane x

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

Loved seeing all your gorgeous Christmas decorations at the shop... you really have that magical vintage look, that I really adore.
Warmest wishes for a merry Christmas, wonderful holidays and a year ahead, filled with happy days.


maría cecilia said...

Carole, wishing you a very happy christmas time together with the ones you love.
hugs from here

p.s. lovely christmas decor

Theresa said...

Merry Merry Christmas Carole! I love love love your header... old barn and snow... perfection! I love all of your photos too, I like the close up shots, I think they look a bit magical! We decorated our tree on the 23rd... took it right to the last minute. I don't think we have ever been so far behind before but now that I still have the Christmas season to enjoy, that is just what we are doing! I hope you are having a wonderful time!

Rebecca said...

Wishing you a most prosperous new year filled with love and joy

MJ Ornaments said...

Gorgeous close ups! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Carole, and wishing you a blessed 2012!
Xo Martha

augcott said...

So excited to find your blog.
What wonderful shots!
I, too, like taking close-ups! :-D
Happy New Year!

vicki said...

Gorgeous - every single picture - simply gorgeous~~
You and your camera are a real pair!


Debi said...

Happy Year Year Carole ~ Just found you and have had a great time looking at your posts. I am so jealous of you and your camera. I am jumping on board as a follower; you're the first I'm adding to my new list for a new inspirational new year.FYI ~ Will be going to the Atlanta show in a couple weeks, yea!! Debi