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Thursday
Dec232010

Holiday Glamour

This home made my heart skip a beat.  Simple, Sophisticated and Glamorous.

Hello, beautiful entry.  Adore your chandelier and table!


The blue chairs are calling my name, as are the sconces!


Love, love, love the living room.


Isn't this banquette fabulous!?


I think I could enjoy plenty of good meals here!


Wednesday
Dec222010

Garden of Lights

One of the best displays in town every holiday season is put on by the Bellevue Botanical Garden.  This beautiful display is 36 acres and over half a million lights of pure holiday delight!  Hope you enjoy my little tour!






Wednesday
Dec222010

Library Love

I dream of having a library likes these.  I could spend hours on the sofa with a good book or magazine.  Get a load of the ottoman in the first image.  Divine!




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Tuesday
Dec212010

Tag, You're It

Looking for some last minute gift tags?  Here are some you can download and print yourself for FREE, courtesy of Jones Design Company.  Fabulous!





Monday
Dec202010

Sugar Rush

Cooking and baking are passions of mine and they bring me so much joy.  I remember learning to cook and bake as a small child with my mom.  And, as an adult, traveled to Paris with my mom and took a pastry class at the famous Le Cordon Bleu.  Truly a dream come true.  Unfortunately, I lost my mom a year and a half ago unexpectedly, but I continue to carry on with one of our family Christmas traditions.  For over 65 years, my family has been baking cookie boxes for family and friends every Christmas.  This is a 3 day bake-a-thon, and I'm not kidding.  In years past, we have made up to 50 different types of cookies and candies in one weekend.  You read that right, 5-0.  Now that it's just my sister and myself, with the occasional help of my teenage niece and nephew, we cranked out a varitey of 21 this weekend.  We are baking machines!

The Christmas Baking Bible.  It holds every recipe for Chirstmas cookies and candies. 

I spent a lot of time at the mixer.


And ended up with a lot of goodness like this...





Here's how I box them up.  This year I used a beautiful toile waxed tissue in kraft brown boxes...


And tied them with a green silk ribbon and gift tag...


Now that's a sugar rush!