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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

To all my blog friends, I wish you all the Merriest Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year 2010!! Thanks for encouraging me along with this new hobby of mine...I thank every one of you from the bottom of my heart :) Your support means the world to me. I only wish I could meet each one of you in person to give you a big hug!! Please come back to visit in 2010!!!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Home Tour

This last Sunday, I was fortunate to be invited to be a vendor at a new event sponsored by St. Brendan's Mother's Club in San Francisco - The Holiday Home Tour. It consisted of 6 beautiful and majestic homes in and near the St. Francis Woods neighborhood that were decorated for Christmas. Ticket holders were able to tour the 6 homes, and were even able to shop for Christmas presents in each of the homes. That's where I came in. I brought Tesoro to one of the homes!!

The event was beautifully orchestrated and the homes were stunning. The home that I participated in was furnished with exclusive antiques, including beautiful Oriental rugs and Italian ceramics. The owner prepared her dining room table with beautiful china, crystal and silver all set over a brocade tablecloth and adormed with an exquisite flower centerpiece.

Her formal living room featured an extremely tall Christmas tree and decorations on the baby grand piano. The breakfast nook included a small tree decorated with Muffy bears and other animal-themed ornaments. She even had a child's bedroom decorated with Christmas quilts and Raggedy Ann in her rocking chair!! The other homes on the tour I'm sure were equally gorgeous.

This was the first event of this type put on by St. Brendan's, but I'm sure they will continue the tradition as long as there are willing homes to view!!

Events like these really help to get you into the Christmas spirit - I only wish I could have taken the tour!!! But I was honored to have been made a part of this Holiday event :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gratitude Friday - The Magic of Christmas

At this time of year, things can get sort of hectic and I get stressed out with all the things I have to do. It starts with making sure the house is all decorated to addressing all the Christmas cards. And then there is the worry that I have remembered everyone on my Christmas buying list (and also have those little extras for those that I may have accidentally forgotten). Every year I say that I want to get all these things done early so that I can enjoy the magic of Christmas. Well, this year, perhaps I have succeeded!!! The Christmas cards aren't yet written, but they have been ordered. And I have to say that I am finally relaxed. And it couldn't have come at a better time - we are hosting an office event at our home Saturday night and I'm hoping the atmosphere will be one of Christmas magic!! Now that all the other stresses are gone, I can concentrate on creating a beautiful evening (I hope!) and I can enjoy being with those special people that I have the joy of working side by side with every day. With some soft lighting and quiet music playing in the background, and the lighted Christmas tree shining in the corner, I'm hoping to bring the Magic of Christmas to my dinner table with an elegant evening celebrating the season. I really hope that reality will match my dreams :)