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Living Graciously, Artfully, Frugally.

Consciously taking notice of the gifts each day places in our path.

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” R. W. Emerson

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Hope you dance the night away. We are hosting a small party of close friends. It's a PJ party. Everyone is wearing their jammies or sweats and slippers. We will play board games, eat lots of food and sip hot chocolate and cocktails just like when we were kids. (Except for the cocktails.)
In the tradition of all you LOL gals out there I thought we could ring in the New Year with a prescription for Inner Peace sent to me by my friend Barb.

Subject: Inner Peace

I am passing this on to you because of what happened in the markets
recently, it definitely worked for me, and we all could probably use more
calm in our lives.

Some doctor on television this morning said the way to achieve inner peace
is to finish all the things you have started. So I looked around my house
to see what things I'd started and hadn't finished and, before leaving the
house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of shhhardonay, a
bodle of Baileys, a butle of vocka, a pockage of Prunglies, tha mainder of
both Prozic and Valum scriptins, the resh of the Chesescke an a box a
chocolets. Yu haf no idr who frkin gud I fel.

Peas sen dis orn to dem yu fee ar in ned ov inr pece

Wishing you peace, happiness, health and prosperity in 2009!

Have a safe and joyful New Years Eve, P.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Winner and Winnetka

First, I want to announce the winner of my give away, Sue at Bella Shabby! Hurray for you, Sue! I will post a picture of the treats I am sending her way tomorrow. Today I have lot's and lot's of pictures for you.

We drove in fog for the whole trip to Chicago, we could not even see more than a few car lengths ahead. My son stayed home with the dogs because we couldn't find any place to board them, all full for the holidays. We stayed in Evanston , about 15 minutes from Winnetka. Unfortunately the weather was so foggy and rainy we didn't get to take any pictures of Winnetka. I will post pictures of our trip last year so I can show the kids in front of the...yes...Home Alone house.
This trip we spent the daylight hours shopping and walking Michigan Ave.
The only sun we had was Sunday when we were leaving. I snapped a few shots in Evanston Sunday of a cute bookshop in an alley...and the train station down the street from our hotel.
Friday night we had a little family Christmas and played a rousing game called the "box" game.

You have to roll dice to take a turn trying to open taped and wrapped gift boxes while wearing a hat, scarf and mittens. My niece and nephews informed us that you could use anything but your teeth.
It was wild and crazy. I am going to do this for my New Years Eve party! Scooter cheered everyone on.
Saturday, our nephew, A, accompanied us to downtown Chicago to enjoy shopping and decorations. We met the rest of the family later in the day. It poured rain all day but at least the temperature remained in the 50's.
This gorgeous church was dressed for Christmas.
A row of wooden lambs lit the courtyard in front.
The shape of this tree was beautiful, stark and twisting.
The water tower and part of the Hancock building. Don't you love the contrast of old facades against bold, modern structures? Like watching the passage of time before your eyes.
Rain kept falling.
The city is stunning in any weather.
Touches of Christmas could be found everywhere.
This river has seen so much change.
Uncle Joe and A at lunch. This tiny Asian restaurant also made wedding and birthday cakes.
Our niece R, with my daughter and her friend K.
As evening fell the city came alive with lights.
The rain really added to the beauty, reflected light was everywhere.
The rush of traffic and the shoppers with umbrellas seemed festive although Christmas had already passed.
The street lights glowed with halos of mist.
The colors of umbrellas rivaled the stoplights and window displays.
This photo makes me think of the opening lines of "Silver Bells"... City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in Holiday style...
Uncle Joe decided to treat himself to a Garmin GPS. R and B were happy to be dry...
and off their feet for a minute.
Darkness falls and the lights start their show.
Just lovely.
We left the city to check out Wicker Park and do a little vintage clothes shopping.
Had to get a pic of the two headed doll named Sadie and Katie (one of Sadie's best friend's is named Katie) too funny.
Back to D and T's. Do these kids looked starved?
And tired?
The girls.
R has a story for every occasion.
I think these girls had a good time.
I know Uncle Joe and A did.
Thanks D and T for showing us a wonderful time.

Have a Tuesday full of surprises, P.
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Monday, December 29, 2008

Give Away!

You have until tonight at 9PM to comment on the previous post about the house in Winnetka. I will draw a number and if your comment corresponds to that number fabulous prizes will be yours! Actually more like cute, fun, pretty, vintage, sweet...etc. prizes will be yours.I also had to post a gratuitous cute dog photo. This is Baby and Karma's "cousin" Scooter. A portable living wind-up dog. Isn't he the cutest little guy?
A winner will be announced tomorrow, I have my fingers crossed for all of you.

Have a lucky Monday, P.
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Friday, December 26, 2008

Winnetka Bound

We are heading to Winnetka to visit my dear sister-in-law and her hubby and three children.
They live around the corner from this house. Do you recognize it? If so, leave a comment and when I get back I'll bring a little something home for one of you sweeties. I'll pick a name Monday evening.
I will be sure to post pictures on our return as they live in the quintessential story book Christmas village. See you Monday!

Have an invigorating Friday, P.
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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas dear blog friends...I hope your fondest dreams come true.

Have a joyful Christmas, P.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sweet Christmas Eve

Have yourselves a Merry little Christmas...full of peace and joy.

Have a lovely Christmas Eve, P.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I Finished the Window Treatments!

WOO HOO! I finished these window treatments.My client is having a New Years party so I needed to finish before Christmas.
I'm loading them up to deliver them. Now I can relax and play. Maybe I'll make some for myself.
Hope she likes them.

Have a relaxed Tuesday. P.
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Monday, December 22, 2008

Little House Journal

I did get a little bit of crafting done over the last week. Using my skills learned from
Pam Garrison's class at Silver Bella and this cute little house shaped book board I created a little journal for my friend Jennifer.I love it so much I want to make one for myself.
It is a fun little spot to keep ideas and notes for the home
Come on in and look around.
A pocket for dreams and wishes.
A space for keeping lists.
Some tags for jotting down plant names or paint colors.
A space for pictures snipped from magazines.
A back cover as pretty as the front.
Vintage wallpaper scraps and darling flower paper clips. (Found these at Dollar Tree)
A mix of new and vintage ribbon in candy colors.
Sweet vintage trim on the sherbet color rooftop.
A tiny silver key hangs on the polka dot door knob. A snippet of a library catalog card for a door, topped by a sparkling apple green arch.
Scraps of ribbon and trim adorn every surface.
A vintage game card and tatted lace embellish the back cover.
No part is left without a bit of bling or piece of finery.
Girly, candy stripes and ruffled crepe paper make a pocket for sweet dreams.
Another pocket is made from the page of an old French grammar book and dotty black ribbon.
Thanks for touring this little house journal. I have to pack it up and take it to Jennifer's now.
I hope she likes it!

Have a happy Monday, P.
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