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Friday, December 30, 2011

A New Year

Our dear old Prissy, in honor of our new friend, Spotty!!

I have heard that number, 2012, soooo many times this year.  The year of the Big Election in the states, the year the Mayan calendar says the world will end, [ha!], the year we will buy a château in France [ another really big HA!].  But in all likelihood, Lord willing, we will be living in this momentous year in just a few hours.  And so, dear friends, and followers, and family who read this and smile

may all your dreams come true, and all your prayers be answered in 2012

But before we move into the new year, I want to share a few pix of our Christmas, like so many of you have done on your inspiring blogs.  We were thrilled to be part of the Christmas House Tour in our town this year, as a fundraiser for our historic Courthouse.

I got lots of great decorating ideas from 

Like painting a poster board with chalkboard paint, and writing on it...
This one is mine, but I got the idea from

And was inspired by the beautiful photos from the lovely Miss Glenda at

Among all of her Christmas images she showed a stunning pinecone wreath, frosted with white, which led me to the barn to dig up my old one and FROST it, too.

But when it actually came time to decorate, I ended up just doing pretty much what I do every year.

Vintage ornaments in urns, with white branches

vintage angels on the kitchen shelf

We always decorate my Mutti's bathroom...

and her bedroom. I made her the antique lace stocking in 1983.  

we just love the vintage wooden angel candle holders.  
[Mutti,is, BTW, my 94 year old mom.]

Here she is sitting by the fire.

Can you guess how much I love my Santos cage doll, given to me by my darling Jill?

This is our daughter's Photography studio

...painted grey even before she knew it was de rigueur! Thank you so much for taking all these pictures, Crickett!

So bring on the New Year!!!  All we need now is some snow!!

2012 Big Hugs,


  1. O wowwww sweet Dawn !!...the most beautiful post of the year !!!...your angel candle holders are so beautiful...and that one you have had as a gift from Jill...!!! amazing !!...and are you going to buy a chateau in France ???...i will come to visit you their !!...and owww tears in my eyes...your sweet sweet mom !! sweet !!!.....thanks for your friendshop darling !! love

    Een heel goed en vooral gezond 2012 !!!.......

    Bedankt voor je liefde en steun van het afgelopen jaar......

    Het voelde als een warme deken......

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    A very good and healthy 2012 !!!......

    Thank you for love and support of the past year........

    It felt like a warm blanket..........

    Love from

  2. My darling Dawne, just when I thought I had a treat for my eyes and heart over at your other blog, I come HERE. First of all, YOUR PRISSY IS A PERFECT MATCH for our boy Spotty!!! I LOVE HIM and I LOVE ABBY!!! Prissy looks as if she is longing to share a nose tickle with the SPOT out in England!


    The most wonderful of all dearest is YOU. Thank you for a wonderful year my beloved friend!

    Oh how I need to get over to see you!

    PEACE AND JOY IN 2012! Anita

  3. With 72 degrees outside it was a joy to slip up North for a few minutes. Thanks. In light of a new year isn't it a comfort to know He is the same yesterday, today and in 2012?

  4. So lovely, wonderful to see your decor and Christmas beauty. Love the sheep on the shelf, and well, everything else!

    God's Blessings upon your new year Dawne,
    So glad to have 'met' you this year, as it draws to a close, I offer up a prayer for you to the One we adore....

    ~ Violet

  5. Thanks so much for your lovely photo blog. Such charming photographs of a charming place. Wishing you all the best in the new year to come.

  6. Sublime images, your home is blissful. Your Mam is beautiful, cherish her. The threat of the end of the world reminds us all to make the most of every day. I like to see the positive side of it :-)
    It's been a wonderful experience and privilege finding and following you this year. I wish you great joy and happiness for 2012.

  7. Dawne your beautiful blog has been an enchanting place to visit.
    I love your Christmas pictures, your home, your Mother's bedroom fireplace is so pretty.
    God's blessings to you and your wonderful family for the new year.
    Love Wendy xx

  8. How beautiful dear Dawne! And your precious mom...she is cherished. And the horsie!
    Your home is just gorgeous, decorated with so much love.
    Thank you so much for the New Year's wishes, sweet friend. I feel so blessed to have met so many kind and talented people this past year, including you!!
    May this year bring you blessings of health, joy, and love.
    All the very best wishes, dear friend!
    - Irina

  9. DAWNE DARLIN'!!!!!

    Oh how nice it is to see you visit! Well, here we are, another year to stir up the waters and the talents within US BOTH! First of all, that picture of Prissy is just too darling. God gave me a love for white horses that I just can't get over!

    OHHH, I so want to work with you in regards to your photos. I will come via email! Anita

  10.'re welcome, Mum! Love our house at Christmas!!!

  11. Oh Dawne, dear Prissy looks so like Spotty, what a beautiful picture! And your home is magical too, I love all your decorations, they are wonderful. How nice to see a picture of your dear Mum... I wish all your family a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
    Hugs, Abby and Spotty xx

  12. Wishing you a lovely New Year, Dawne...and as always, your photography is such a feast for the eyes..
    best wishes!!


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