The Night Before the Night Before

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Well, we’re almost there!

In just a couple of hours it will be Christmas Eve, at least here in Southern California, where as you can see it’s been

SNOWING, SNOWING, SNOWING!

(on my gift wrapping at least)

I felt in need of a change this season so I veered away from my usual ‘au natural’ wrapping theme and decided to go for a White Christmas instead. Bushels of white cotton batten, fake snow, glitter, glue and some very sticky fingers later…

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Believe it or not, the snow stays on these presents even if you turn them upside down thanks to the Scotch Super 77 multi-purpose adhesive.

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First I lightly sprayed a corner of the gifts (wrapped in plain white kraft paper) with the glue, allowed it a minute or two to become tacky, then built up a ‘snow drift’ with the cotton batting. Then, a second light spray and the addition of the two different types of fake snowflakes I found at Michael’s and Target, mixed with white packing ‘peanuts’ that we chopped up in the food blender (am I kind of crazy? don’t answer that) . A final light spray of glue, again just on the corner, to secure a gentle sprinkling of sparkly, glitter flakes and the presents are complete. FYI, I did do this outside on a drop cloth because of the mess and fumes from the aerosol adhesive.

890A5028The silver balls work by battery, so they’re great to run down the centre of your table mixed in with fresh greenery or to hang on the front door in a wreath or garland. (also from Target)

890A5048It ‘snowed’ in our barn this year too! :)

I leaned my antique water wheel from Sri Lanka up against the wall and wrapped it in fairy lights. So cozy.

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So, that’s it for me. The wrapping is finished, the tree adorned and the dining room table is set. Both my boys are home for the holidays-YAY! (though one is sick-we’re actually hoping it’s food related and not the flu :()

Tomorrow, all going well and to plan, I’ll be back with pics of our tree and the table.

Safe Travels & Sweet Dreams my friends!

xoxo

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A Classic Combo

Ralph Lauren Fall 2012.

Give me anything I can wear in public that even vaguely resembles a bathrobe and I’m a happy camper.

 I’m still feeling the colour red, but mixing it up with black & white and welcoming some holiday sparkle.

A winning combination.

James de Givenchy for Taffin (price on request) You first.

Jean Paul Gaultier

 minaudiere by Chanel

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Alexander McQueen

Utterly timeless chic. Slim Keith in one of the most iconic images of red, black & white

Cruella for Christmas anyone?

Have you noticed how nails have become such a huge focal point lately?

Fail. I’m trying though. Really I am. I bought “Strong Nail System” and I think it’s maybe, sorta, kinda working.

As long as I don’t actually use my nails for anything.

50th anniversary edition of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Carolina Herrera 2012

Martyn Bullard’s home in LA

Are you watching Millionaire Dollar Decorators? If so, who is your favourite? I cannot take my eyes off of Martyn’s upper lip!

Adorbs kid’s room via tumblr-sorry I don’t know who designed it

Pottery Barn

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Throws available at Pottery Barn (on sale right now)

Yves Saint Laurent

Le Royal Monceau Hotel Paris

Fendi iPad case

“New York” custom silk rug by Dream Weavers

Oh, naughty, naughty Tom.

Love a red door, especially against this charcoal black.

Moncler Gamme Rouge 2012

Excusez moi, but isn’t that lift a two seater??

photo“Zwack” a tasty, inexpensive liqueur in a fun, wintery bottle. Available at Bevmo.

la-et-jc-the-last-typewriter-made-in-the-uk-ha-001Brother Where Art Thou?

Do you know what this is? This is the LAST TYPEWRITER to hobble off the assembly line two weeks ago at “Brother”, one of the largest manufacturers of typewriters in the world.

 Are we feeling old yet?!

The perfect homage to the writer in all of us, by Mary Katrantzou

Woops. Lost the credit

At least I found her some eyelashes for the holidays at Shu Uemura

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_PUC0599.450x675A nod to Surrealist Meret Oppenheim at Celine.

Why hide your sound source?  Elipson “Sound Tree” speakers-perfect for Christmas!

A glimpse of Spring (I know it’s December) at Prada  2013

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Do you have snow?

I went to choose our Christmas tree today and was worried that I didn’t have enough sun-screen on.

Tomorrow- I decorate. So much for my nails. After all these years, I’ve finally retired my old, rickety wooden ladder and bought a new metal one that even has my name on it. Alert the press.

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Done!


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A madcap decision to move away from our traditional copper bows to a chartreuse silk garland resulted in a last minute scramble, a new friendship with a ribbon manufacturer in Germany, and a fresh new “pop” for our Christmas tree,  but I can finally relax…

and start wrapping presents!

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The chartreuse against the very dark green of the front door is a nice change too, especially in Southern California.

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My husband bought one of those giant chocolate cakes with about two inches of icing from Costco.  Although it scares me because it stays fresh (and fricking delicious) for an alarmingly long time, I’m afraid I hear it calling to me from the kitchen right now. Which also means a glass of milk chaser. After red wine with dinner.

Help me

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Day 15, that’s less than 9 days left til Sugar Plum Night…

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On The Seventh Day…

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One week has almost passed already!

How’s it going at your place??

I’m cool as a cucumber.

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In fact….

This is Vera Ellen in White Christmas, but it might as well be me :)

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Did anyone join me in the “Leaning Tower of Commercialism, Commerce & Wasted Paper Contest” I mentioned in my Can We Talk? post?

This is no cheating, no Restoration Hardware catalogues-I’d say my stack is close to 14″.

My husband swears it’s closer to 18″.

We’ll leave that, at that.

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Here’s my naked tree.  11 1/2 ft.  Again, no need to share how high my husband thinks it is.

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Have to go back to dressing it now.

Until tomorrow…

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Love this photo my sister sent me today!

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I shall not covet my neighbor’s calm

I shall not covet my neighbor’s calm…

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Merry Christmas Eve!

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Presents finally got wrapped on rainy days beside the fire…

 

Click Here for a little Christmas tune:


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Vintage ribbon and “frosted glass” paper from my favourite gift & trimming shop in San Francisco “Bell’Ochio”

 

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The “Forest Floor” Christmas table was set…

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Reset,

and set a third time.

The hiccup being my “great last minute” idea of a heavy burlap runner as the floor of the forest-  Yes, the burlap did indeed achieve the earthy look I’d  envisioned…

It also made my dining room smell like old railroad tracks.  Even after two washings, a day of airing and copious amounts of Bounce, there was just no getting around it

It was shaping up to be a Very Merry Creosote Christmas…

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So off with the burlap,  back to plain white, and the “minimalist” table has somehow given way to a more sparkly forest feel!

All the more enticing for last minute Holiday Sprites I hope.

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The dress to go with the table (One can dream…)

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As usual, the best laid plans…

along with all those great gift suggestions I had planned to share with you :(

 

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Oh well- I did discover these incredible looking “flowers” that I’ve never seen before- have you?  They come on stems that look exactly like carnations- they must be from the same family. They’re furry little moss like balls of  the most gorgeous green.

And guess where I found them? Costco!

 

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I mixed them with some chartreuse spider mums and pine

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And called it a day. Or rather, a night.

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Chocolate covered seeds and cherries

 

 

Meanwhile, outside…

 

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The scent of freshly cut wood has been wafting about the property the last couple of days…

Now THAT’S a fine smell.

It makes me want to put on a plaid shirt and get my tool belt out.

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Pssst- wanna buy some oak??


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As some of my ever clever readers noted;

While one very special tree did come down,

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Another one went up.

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And we marked and marveled, as we do every year, how time flies and children grow up so quickly…

 

So, if the airlines deliver a certain someone’s missing baggage tonight, all will be right in our little kingdom this Christmas Eve

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(assuming I win the Scrabble game, of course!)

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Wishing you the MERRIEST & HAPPIEST  CHRISTMAS EVER!!

xoxo SP