Thursday, December 20, 2012

More Glitz anyone?

Hi Everyone!
Are your wallets depleted yet?  Mine is ( well mine was depleted when this business of ours became a victim of the economy - but this too shall pass - and I don't want to cry " poor me " so..........................)
I was frugal this year with decorations - and Frugal and I have never been friends - I just never knew the art of trying to save money - I was a shopaholic until this happened - but you learn as you go - and I am so proud of me I can't tell you!
I didn't buy one decoration this year - not one!  That must be a first - so far the only cost has been the tree and some potted greenery to sit on the veranda Christmas eve.
Now to be perfectly honest - and I guess I should be - the shopaholic days have left me with an over the top
abundance of Christmas stuff - so I didn't have to dig too deep really - but still - did I mention that I didn't buy one decoration this year?
I had tons of this glittery and pearl garland that I used to crown the top of the beadboard in my hallway

What to do with them this year to change things up? ( and also because I was really too lazy to attach them to the beadboard - a lot of work actually because they had to be pinned into place every few inches )
I just strung them into glass vases and a wine glass
and topped them with spray painted pine combs

they sit on top of my secretary - which is place in a little niche between the dining room and living room
( this month anyway - it goes from my bedroom to this spot quite regularly )

an antique leaded glass window I purchased many years ago rests on the other side - with silver leaves - a star and a Christmas card....................

Isn't the card beautiful?  It comes from John's son in England - that is the only sad part of Christmas with our blended family - one is always missing -

I hung a sparkly wreath over the mirror that rests on this secretary

Someone remarked last Christmas that it was like walking into an Ice Castle -
I like that - since I've always believed that I was meant to live in a castle - honestly - I did the
test once - I put a pea on my bed and I COULD FEEL IT - ( I didn't put it under the mattress - just
rested it on the bed, but still, it was very uncomfortable) So for a few weeks every year I get to live in a miniature one - and once Christmas Eve arrives and all the kids show up - I truly am a blessed princess - living in my Castle.

I wrote a poem once - which is framed and sits on  my sideboard normally - I can't find it now because everything was moved for the holidays
But I know it by heart.....................


And there is nothing more royal then having those we love fighting over drumsticks - really - there's nothing like it at all.................................
Life is good - even when it isn't
Life is really good.

Much love,


  1. Love your bits of glitz and glamour. Really a nice idea and simple. I don't shop like I used to either and I, too, have a plethora of pretties! Now, I am getting rid of some of them as we think about downsizing. It's a crazy life, huh? xo Diana

  2. I love all of the glitz!! I have been so busy, I haven't had to visit. Just wanted to see what you've been up to, and it's amazing as usual. :)

    Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!!


  3. so pretty Susan totally love it

  4. We really are kindred spirits. I do an ice and snow theme in my dining room every year, too! There's something so magical about all that sparkle.

  5. It's a perfect poem, and the decorations look lovely! You're lucky to have family in England, a built in vacation spot. ;) My oldest son married a gal whose mom has dual citizenship, and they have family they can visit over there too (lucky, luckies!).

    Merry Christmas to you, if I don't get a chance to come around before!

  6. Suzan, your post brought tears to my eyes! I l absolutely love your positive attitude! I love your poem and I may borrow it and write it down somewhere to remind myself what the true riches are. In this materialistic world, we all need reminding once in a while!

    Big hug.



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