(My Christmas present from my sweet husband!!!)
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! Ours was wonderful! My husband surprised me with this lovely Victrola! It was owned by one family and came with all of the original paperwork and records! I was shocked at how loud it is. I have wanted one for years.
(Bella in the kitchen, anxiously waiting for food to drop on the floor)
We had a nice Christmas dinner with just the five of us. (My son's girlfriend included) I was inspired by Clarice's dinner menu, from Storybook Woods, and cooked a Pork tenderloin with a red wine and wild cherry sauce, Mushroom soup(from my sidebar recipes), Squash souffle, spinach and a mixed green salad with Gorgonzola cheese and strawberries, yeast rolls and an Easter Pie. I will try and post the Pork tenderloin recipe soon, it was delicious and simple. I made a variation of this recipe one year, except with a goose. Yesterday, we had the traditional black-eyed peas and turnip greens, which turned out very nice.
I was so excited to win this lovely necklace from dear LuLu of Coastal Sister's !!! I have worn it everyday and just love it! LuLu makes the most exquisite jewelry and was so kind and generous and made me earrings to match! The tag and wrapping were so pretty also! Stop by and visit her and her wonderful blog Coastal Sister's and her etsy shop Coastal Sister's Shop .
LuLu enclosed this sweet rabbit card from a very talented artist Amber Alexander. Thank you again dear LuLu for everything!
With the new year, comes hope and fresh beginnings. I always get a little introspective and think about what I want out of life, goals, changes, etc. The week after Christmas I was so busy organizing and re-decorating. I stood in my laundry room one day and thought, "Why have I never decorated this room? I am in here so much and this is pitiful!" I think of the house as an extension of oneself. I like to walk through, ever so often and look at my house through the eyes of a stranger and think "What does this house say about the people who live here?" Needless to say the laundry room did not speak well. The builder put wire shelving through out the house and I, or should I say my husband, has gradually put in wooden shelves that are so much prettier.
(Before with wire shelving already ripped out.)
(After ~ with new wooden shelves and trim. Didn't my husband do a wonderful job!? )
I painted the walls and put up a new bronze light fixture and curtains.
I put everything in pretty containers used rub-ons to make the bottles look etched.
I wrapped all of those unsightly cords in a pretty silk cord cover. It is more pleasing to do laundry now that it is more organized and I can actually reach everything. Before the shelves were so high up. ??? I think the people who worked on this house were very tall, indeed.
Well dear friends, it is time to get busy. I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Isn't it true that a pleasant house makes winter more poetic, and doesn't winter add to the poetry of the house?