Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 2011! A Contract from Me to You...

find this stunning photo by mingta photography here

         Wishing you all a fantastic New Year's Eve ! If you are going out, live it up, look fab, have a blast and be safe! If you are like me and stay home in your jammies after too many years of dress up on this night of all nights, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! I live in the most decadent of towns to live it up (over 350,000 people are here to celebrate), so I am very happy to be home safe with my family and my fabulous cupcakes ( see previous post)...
One question for us homebodies though...Why oh why are there no longer any great television shows to watch? I grew up watching Lawrence Welk, and have wonderful cherished memories sipping Shirley Temples and eating special "hors d'ouevres" with my sister and my Grandmother, determined to make it to midnight...
I am open to any suggestions!

A neighbor sent me the following contract, I enjoyed it and am passing it along to all of you great reader/friends ~

2011 Contract

After serious and cautious consideration... your contract of friendship has   been  renewed for the New Year 2011

It was a very hard decision to make... So try not to screw it up!!!

                                         My Wish for You in 2011

   May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts.

             May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.

  May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!

       May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy

                    May the problems you had forget your home address!

                                                 In simple words :

                       May 2011 be the best year of your life!!!

                                    A Happy New Year to you all!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pondering 2011

I hope you all had as wonderful holiday season as I did! Loved having my family all together, eating and drinking too much, getting spoiled...
Speaking of eating, my last sugar hurrah will be making cupcakes with these gorgeous cupcake toppers and wrappers by Paper Scissors Cake ...
You can get them here, and then you receive them as a PDF to have immediately... such fun and festive designs they have, it is my new party dessert!
I will be back on the computer more, wishing you all good cheer for the New Year...
2010 has been wonderful, meeting all of my new blogger friends and escaping to parts of the world that I miss visiting... or have never been!


Oh! To have a tea party with these!

So Diva-ine!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to All!

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!
~ Charles Dickens

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
The sun is shining, my family is here, the orders are out, and the cards are done....
Now it is time to start wrapping! And cooking....

ALL of the best to you,


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dreaming of a ...Wet?...Christmas

lovely print by Garney Girl

The weather Gods are certainly not co-operating with holiday travelers this year, in all parts of the world. It has been raining here in the desert for 5 days straight now, something that never happens! Our pool is about to overflow...
My family starts arriving today, we are lucky that the rain has not interfered with travel like in Europe, just made it more challenging.
I wish you and your family all safe travels ~


see more on Garney Girl here too

Friday, December 17, 2010

The $11 Million Dollar Tree...

The world's most expensive christmas tree in Abu Dhabi, at the Emirates Palace Hotel...
Adorned with 131 ornaments, including gold, diamonds, sapphires and precious stones ~

What do you think? Over the top, or a girl's dream?

My tree's only bling comes from Swarovski, but I love it...

School's out! My orders are almost all in ~ Time to get out and visit you all again!


photos : Hussein Malla, Yahoo News

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tango, Anyone? As in Paris, Paris Tango

Am I ever on a winning streak! How LUCKY am I and filled with gratitude to have won Carla Coulson's giveaway of her book "Paris Tango"....
Anyone who is not a frequent admirer of her work must drop everything and visit her at
Carla Loves Photography
Right Now!

What a lovely breath of positive fresh air for me in what is seeming like an endless race to a Finish Line far off in the distance....but I do see it in the horizon and will be back to wish you all Merry and Joy and Light!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cross Country, Anyone?

J'adore the Tour Eiffel, and I have many a photo... but I have never seen one like this!
Il y a beaucoup de neige a' Paris!
How I would love to be there....
Still busy as a bee with holiday orders ~ I will be a regular again soon!

photo AP photo Francois Mori

Saturday, December 4, 2010

And The Stockings Were (should be) Hung By the Chimney With Care...

The craziness of the holidays ~ My stockings for my family that I made several years ago are patiently waiting to be hung, as the tree is waiting to be decorated... I am hoping to find some time this weekend to get it all are your holiday decorations coming along? I am always so happy when all is done, and we sit by the fire with hot cocoa enjoying the fruits of labour....