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December 18, 2006



These are *gorgeous*!!! Wow, those colors make me so happy!!

amy h

Marie?? I'm in the Clara column.

I love the silverware and dishes you picked! A CB2 gift certificate wouldn't last long around here either.

Tempus fugit

I love these flowers !!! There are gorgeous !


Reminiscent of sugar plum fairies and boxes of bonbons. If they're going in your shop I'll have to cyber-camp out to get one (like the January sales)


I too have been really looking forward to my break, which started 30 seconds after my last student left on Friday, and which will last until January when I resume teaching. I love my students, but I work really hard for them and I need some down time, some me-time.

Now it's time to really get into the Christmas spirit, do some wrapping etc.

Anyone want to see some vintage Christmas windows?.....


Love your site! A little corner of humor and inspiration all rolled into one. Thank you! :)
PS These look very much like italian bomboniere! They are in demand for weddings in the US.

Lisa H.

So pretty, those flower pins!


once again, thank you so much for the beautiful photos and words. i am living vicariously through your christmas and the ones in magazines this year due to family things going on, so i can't do my usual decorating, baking, craftiness and i miss it terribly. i will probably feel compelled to have a belated celebration next month or the one after, but it's hard to wait!


Love reading your blog. I hope you are feeling better at your house. I too am living vicariously through you in regards to home decoration as I am in the process of moving house - so can't put up decorations for a few more days - itching to do so! I am writing this at 3.30 am West Australian time because I am so excited about finishing moving I can't sleep!

Melissa Lowry

Oh my lord, those fleurs are fab. I could just eat those up.


Those look like fairy flowers! Have fun on your playdates. Be a good girl and get you work done!


Hi Alicia, I thought that you might like to know a little tidbit of dance history about the Clara/Marie names. The main character's name in the original story was named Marie. Marie had a little doll that she carried around named Clara. Now the original story was written in German and a ditzy translator got a hold of it and hey presto! Marie became Clara and Clara became Marie. Clara has stuck as the main characters name in many ballet companies all over the world, but a few traditional companies have desperately tried to resurrect the name Marie. But I'm in the Clara boat as well! Tradition shmadition - I think it's a prettier name!


beautiful little flowers. Wish mine looked that good when they came up : ) Can you come plant some in my front flower bed? lol

I know what you mean about busy. I can't get my head above water lately... mainly due to work. Not home. I have a couple of projects going on at home and cannot wait for next week.. a whole week off to craft and play!

Alicia A.

The fluttery flowers are stunning!


Those flowers are so GORGEOUS! I can totally see the Marie Antoinette influence, and I think you really captured the feeling of that era's luscious fabrics well. :) Beautiful eye candy for Monday. Thank you for sharing. ;)


Just wanted to let you know my friends and I headed up from Corvallis to Portland for the weekend and on your suggestion stopped into Monticello...lovely! We'll be back!!


By this time of the year a lot of us get really tired...get well soon.
Love these flowers and those delicious cookies!!!!


Oh your frosty flowers are so delightful, I can't wait to see Marie Antoinette!

melissa f.

gosh, the comment just flew out of my head.

save to say that paul doesn't think we're cutlery twins after all. i think he's wrong, so we might have to have a showdown.


Have a fun play time.


I LOVE those flowers. The color combination is perfection. I have a love/hate relationship with receiving gift certificates to place where I covet the merchandise yet normally do not shop. I received a gift certificate for Crate & Barrel for a housewarming gift. I held on to it for 1 year before finally being forced by my husband to spend it. I think I love holding on to the potential of a purchase moreso than the actual purchase.

Wishing you a very RELAXING Christmas!

neihgbor em

i'm so inspired by all your beautiful rosette-type embellishments, these are just beautiful. also love your choice in silverware. i, too, have the clara/marie complex. merry christmas!

beth maher

I love your aesthetic sensability!
Marie Antoinette is one of my (new) favourites. So much pink, and turquoise, and pastels, and whimsy - I can see why you like it, actually. It's a very rosy/posie aesthetic.

jenny holiday

Perfect in every way!!! I see them cascading down a fondant covered tiered confection!! Ohh Love them!!

xoxo Jenny

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