Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas countdown

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas and everyone seems to be so busy.
I hope that you all had a lovely weekend and now I wish you a fun filled week.

We had a busy weekend and had dinner out on Friday evening, at an Italian Restaurant with 8 friends.
The hostess had a lovely little Christmas tree on the table, which she had decorated with ornaments and at the end of the evening we were each given the chance to take two ornaments home and a box of hand made chocolates. Such a kind and thoughtful thing to do.
On Sunday we had pizza with another group of friends, one of whom was celebrating his birthday ... Happy Birthday Chris.

This is a lovely and easy way to decorate ~ wrap a white candle with old sheet music and then I tied the ends with red string.

The other day in my mail box was a lovely gift waiting for me from Saskia, all the way from The Netherlands. Go and visit her and her beautiful blog ~ Join my Joy

Thank you very much dear friend.

I hope that you are not finding the Christmas rush too stressful and much luck with getting through your list of things to do. I still have so much to do and the days seem to be rushing closer to Christmas day.


  1. Carolyn, May you have a very Merry Christmas and get all the things done that you hope to.

    It is a countdown for sure. I almost cannot believe that it's the 13th day of December. It is flying by.

    Sounds like you had a great time with friends.

    Your black bear is very handsome. One of these days I am going to order one of your bears! Perhaps for my July Birthday!!!

    God bless,

  2. Thank you for sharing such lovely photos with us, Carolyn!

    Sounds like you have had a very busy weekend!! Today was my hubby's birthday so he took the day off and we just relaxed :)

    I hope you have a good week!


  3. So much fun with christmas parties, it was a nice idea that all had two christmas decorations as a gift. You show so cute things today too, your christmas will be magical.
    Have a nice day

  4. Hi Carolyn, I have such a soft spot for black bears and he fits in perfectly with all your beautiful decorations. Enjoy all the preparations, they are almost as good as the Day itself.

    Pat xx

  5. Oh Carolyn

    I love your festive banner - all watched over by your magnificent black bear!!

    I particularly love Advent - a time of waiting, reflection and expectation!
    We need this time amidst the busy-ness, the to-ing and fro-ing, to reflect on the meaning of it all.

    Now we have only 11 sleeps left~!~

    This IS my most favourite time of year.

    Christmas wishes to you dear Carolyn.


  6. Lovely black bear ♥ and others photos!
    I hope you have a nice week :)

  7. O yes !!! Sassie.....send the most beautiful things......she is so cute !! and nice!!....i met her last weekend !! ....so exciting !!! love love love Ria......

  8. I love your beautiful teddy bear, dear Carolyn!
    It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. What a sweet idea to do, letting the guests pick ornaments to take home.
    I can't believe that there are only 10 days left until Christmas. I try not to panic, lol.
    Have a great week, dear friend!

  9. Carolyn, you had a wonderfull week-end, I can see- so lovely photoes, dear.
    I must admitt i`m a bit stressed, but hope to soon feel more relaxed :)-

  10. hello dear Carolyn,

    its lovely to know that your X'mas preps are coming along nicely! I love those music sheet wrapped candles...so sweet! im getting excited for the upcoming holidays as well.

    xo, Persis.

  11. Eight is the perfect number at a gathering. You can actually talk to everyone and enjoy their company. What beautiful decorations on display.

    Your bears are always so adorable!


  12. How sweet and lovely is everything you share
    I love your little teddy bear

    Love you

  13. That sounds like a lovely and thoughtfully run Italian restaurant!

  14. I love love your wrapped candles, Carolyn. A lovely idea to give away at Christmas time!
    That is so sweet of you to mention my Christmas card in your post. I am happy it arrived at your doorstep in time.
    Have a most wonderful Advent season and a happy Wednesday ahead! xxx

  15. I see you are very busy dining with your friends! That's wonderful!!!
    Love your Xmas ornaments and the nice gift you received!

  16. Dear Carolyn, what beautiful things for decoration you have!!!!
    Big Hugs,

  17. Sometimes I look at certain decorations and then.... just leave them in the box. Time to purge a bit methinks....

    Our tastes change over the years I guess ... nowadays I like to set out some of my bears in the midst of some greenery... or on a little wooden sled...and I use my Santa doll that I made several years ago to pull the sleigh..... how does it go? Less is more..... ? more effective.. or at least just as effective for sure.... and I love to see some of my things set out that are usually hiding away in a rather dark cabinet all the rest of the year.

    Everybody who shows up loves to see the bears and dolls...

  18. awwww the black teddy is waiting to be hugged!

    merry x'mas to you too!



  19. Hi Carolyn!! You aren't kidding...the days are rushing by with lots still to do! LOVE your bear, he's wonderful. Have a great week! Sending Christmas hugs ~ Jenn xoxo

    p.s. I also love your green door in previous post...it's the best green!

  20. Hello
    How is your Holiday season going, everyone is busy with decorating and I am just starting - too much going on and I was down for a week with a cold but I am enjoying the decorating anyway... I will just leave it up a little longer.
    Many Blessings
    PS will be posting the attic finish tonight.

  21. Sounds like a lovely weekend. And your decorations are so sweet.

  22. Oh that Saskia...sends joy all through out the world...what would we do without her.

    Such lovely Christmas treasures you have my friend....hugs and love filled with JOY! xoxoxo

  23. As always you have brought a smile to my face tonight. Loving your images and your infectious positive way xxxx

  24. Sounds like you have been a busy girl... busy having fun!
    Great idea for wrapping those candles.

  25. Carolyn,

    I love the bear in your picture! He is just adorable:).

    I hope your Christmas season is a glorious one!



  26. Carolyn,
    Hope you and your bears have a honey of a Christmas!!!!! (OMG did I say that?!) Shows how hard Peter and I are working I guess......Straight through til xmas.....Then we surface.... I hope...Maryanne xo

  27. carolyn, the black bear is so dignified....truly handsome!

    yay for your gifts too!

  28. Love that black bear, dear Carolyn!

    Hope you manage all the preparations OK- such a busy time now!

    Off now for two weeks so wishing you Happy Holidays & a Happy New Year,

    Your friends,

    XOXO Nora & Lola:)

  29. So far, this is a lovely calm Christmas, Carolyn. Rather than grandchildren all over, this will be an adult Christmas. I'm sorry the grandkids aren't coming down this year, but it sure makes for an easier holiday! :) I am enjoying every minute of it!

  30. Precious post, darling C!
    Especially loving your bear!


  31. What a lovely weekend! Getting together with friends is the best!

    Saskia Is wonderful! She has made a wonderful place.

    Thank You for the nice decorating tip :)

    xo. Mary

  32. That's what the season is all about. Getting together with good friends. You are doing the season right!!!!


  33. What a cute little wreath! Can you eat it????

    Oh! An Italian restaurant! Did you have wine?? :) I remember having wine even with my pizza, in Italy! Everyone drank wine, all the time! :)

    Yes, it IS beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And I am here to wish you and yours a very merry one!

    Love you,

  34. Such beautiful decorations... especially the adorable bear! ;)

  35. Your decorations are lovely dear Carolyn! I wishing you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season and Merry Christmas. Thank you so much for your love and support, it means a lot!

    Much love: Evi

  36. Everything looks so festive at your house, Carolyn! Yes... things are getting a little hectic now. Once I get the presents wrapped, it should slow down a bit. Hope things slow down for your soon, too. :)

    Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!
    Jo :)

  37. I just love that bear! Have a wonderful weekend, Carolyn! xoxo

  38. I thought I had posted and don't remember if I did.
    Happy Christmas dear Carolyn and enjoy the preparations. x

  39. I love all your Christmas decorations, Carolyn. They have such a nostalgic, vintage feel. I hope you have yet another wonderfully fun weekend ahead!


  40. Carolyn honey just love your black bear. I am like Deanna one of these days when I back to work I am buying one of your lovely bears.
    I feel just like you do about how fast these past two months have flown by. It was just yesterday that I fixed that big Turkey for Thanksgiving and now its time for Christmas.
    For someone that loves Christmas as much as I do I can not figure out why I don't start early. It would be so much fun to have everything done ahead time and just sit back and enjoy the season and the reason.
    Tonight I am having my four brothers and their wifes for Christmas dinner early because I am planning on going to see my grandbabies Christmas day. lol
    Honey I pray you catch up and have a very Merry Christmas. Of course me writing you a letter instead of a comment slows you down. lol
    Love ya
    I caught up while I was here and I love your decorations, tree and front door

  41. Sounds like you are having a fabulous holiday! Love it! I love the idea of taking home the ornaments, too sweet! XX!

  42. Mama Mia, I just love your black bear!!! Thanx for sharing your lovely photos!!

    P & L


    Ps. I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.... Shirley Temple. Ds.

  43. Sounds like such fun!
    This time of year always seems to fly by!
    xx, shell


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