The Magic of Christmas!

There is a certain peace that comes over you when you look around your home and think to yourself ” I am ready for the holiday season”. This,of course, comes after hauling around the boxes in the basement, weeding out the things you can’t believe you saved, fussing at your Hero about stocking positions and panicking over the missing shepherd in one of the many Nativities you own.  Add a curious Princess who just wants to “help Mama” as she dismantles and rehangs all the ornaments on the lower third of the Christmas tree and the joy of the season can evaporate quicker than a bottle of peppermint essential oil with the cap left ajar.  But we survived and yes,I think we are ready for blessed Yuletide.  

Step into my living room!


The Princess has graduated to open pocket doors! The room seems bigger and not as crowded…almost. 


Oh how I love a pretty mantel. Especially when it features some of my favorite Santas collected from, well, everywhere. 


A vintage suitcase filled with gold trees…why not!

I was gifted this beautiful red and white enamelware pan, the perfect place for my Grandmother’s little church and Polish pottery trees.  The nativities are from adventures in Japan and India.  


The artist at work creating that perfect Christmas cookie! How are you celebrating the season?

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Serious Christmas action this week…I can’t wait to show it off. I hope I have time to make the adorable Burlap and plaid Christmas balls I featured this week!

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Counting my blessings today! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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A little bit of this and that…

Yes…the calendar is correct…Thanksgiving is four days away. I have some pies to make…and bags to pack…and decorations to pre-stage…let me leave you with some last Autumn memories before we fly into the Christmas season. The Princess, my hero and I wish everyone a safe, relaxing and uplifting Thanksgiving holiday!


A carpet of golden leaves.


A radiator at the ready for those cold evenings.


A kitchen fireplace dressed into Autumn finest.  


The Princess adds her touch to the seasonal decorations


But she still won’t share her Halloween candy!

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Check out my fun Holiday selection for this week! I can’t wait to make these adorable chocolate candy cane Reindeer!

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The Splendor of an Annapolis Fall

I can feel…and see…Fall slipping away for this year. Before I jump into the holiday season at full speed, I want to slow down and enjoy these last few weeks of gorgeous color, beautiful light and memory making experiences.  Enjoy a few snapshots of my beautiful city…


The Pumpkin patch at St.Martin’s church and school.


The awe inspiring trees by our state capital building.


A sunset at Church circle. 


The chance to wear boots and a great coat as you are out and about.


A family stroll on a crisp afternoon on the Yard at the United States Naval Academy!

What are your Fall snapshots?

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