16 November 2009

the holidays are coming!


please, oh please tell me where I found this~



There are so many times during the year when I feel like it simply must be my favorite. When autumn arrives, I love my need to nest - the cozy weather, the falling leaves, rustic breads and roasted vegetables. When spring peeks out from the cold, dark, wet winter weather, I rush to take photos of every bud and tiny bloom.



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However, the holiday season really fills me with great anticipation and joy~ The thought of baking endless cookies, bringing out decorations from years gone by, as well as adding to the collection, and getting a feel for this particular season and what it means this year - there are times when my head feels like it will burst with all of the thoughts and ideas!



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This year I am feeling strongly that less is more. I am also big on comfort. I am on board with the handmade holidays plan - I love the idea of crafting something for each person and giving them a little piece of myself in their gift. I also could spend hours on Etsy looking at the incredible treasures that others have created.

I am also enjoying my "grey" year. I don't know what it is, but for me, grey seems to have taken over - whether it is clothing, decor, or accessories, grey fills my heart these days. And that is certainly not a bad thing! Do you have any idea how many shades of grey there are ?!?



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This morning I am listening to the storms that are blowing through. The wind is howling - blustery does not apply here today... The rain is coming down, and it puts me in the absolutely perfect frame of mind for working on projects indoors. I have chicken stock on the stove, tea steeping, and cookie dough ready to bake when the boys arrive home from school. I think I will pull out my sewing machine and some of the soft, worn fabrics I have been collecting. Today is definitely a day for creating~



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Have a fabulous week my dears~ This happens to be my "birthday week" - something the men in this house simply do. not. understand. Week - you heard me - week...
xx

27 comments:

Love the Decor! said...

I love birthday "weeks" too!!
~Happy birthday to you~

Valerie said...

I love birthday "weeks"!!! May yours be splendid.

BTW...my little man is celebrating his birthday week too! We started with family over the weekend, will do something special on Tuesday, THE day, and then celebrate in St. Louis over Thanksgiving with my folks...oh wait, that means birthday WEEKS! LOL

Oh to be 3 again! I certainly am enjoying viewing life thru his eyes.

Blessings,
Valerie

Diana Leitner and Donna Cedergreen said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Week! Diana and I always celebrate our birthday for at least a week! We also buy ourselves a guilt free Birthday present! It works for us. The photographs are exquisite! Stay warm and cozy! Hugs Diana and Donna

Drawn to The Sea said...

I hope your birthday week is fabulous, just like you, friend Mimi.

Lovely photos to inspire simplicity. My holidays get simpler every year... & every year I enjoy them more.

Lovely day,
~Julia

KC said...

Mimi,
Happy Birthday week...enjoy! You don't look ANYWHERE NEAR 40, but if you felt like perusing some birthday-themed musings, would love to invite you to check out my new blog -- www.myfabulous40thbirthday.blogspot.com.

Love the last image -- it has been in my inspiration file for a long time...I keep thinking I'll recover a chair and ottoman like that in my bedroom for a cozy place to read on a rainy day.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Kris

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Happy Birthday week mimi!!!! And can I come over? Your place sounds so warm and cosy today. XO

Cathi said...

Enjoy your birthday week - i totally understand and participate in the weeks vs. day birthdays myself...:)

I am in the mood for a very simple holiday filled with natures goodies and handmade items.

Have a lovely day, Kimberly. It sounds like it's off to a good start!

Jboo said...

Have a wonderful birthday week!

Janet

Philigry said...

i love this post for too many reasons to list, but i have to comment on the birthday week. my mom and my three sisters always celebrated our birthdays for as long as we could. my husband STILL makes comments about it everytime he can! you are right, men do not get it!
have a great birthday week and thanks for all the inspiration!

blondiensc said...

Happy Birthday week to you!!! xo

Jill said...

Kim -

Happy Birthday to you! You and Kasey share close birthdays -wonderful. Dare I ask if this is the.big.one.? I feeling a creative stay at home day coming on tomorrow. They are my favorite...
Cheers! Jill

undomestic chica said...

I'm loving gray right now too. Happy Birthday Week!

Jacqueline said...

What gorgeous rooms you have shown us, Kim. I love the grey bench and the text on the wall. .... and I love the build up to Christmas.
Have a wonderful birthday week. XXXX

Susan S. said...

I love that first photo of the pale Lavender (?) Christmas Tree. I was in Michael's yesterday and they had quite a bit of silvery, pale purple decorations. Made me want to re-think my color theme. LOL!!

Beach Vintage said...

Wow, have a great Birthday week lovely. I love how you described the rain and then the connection with creating at home.

Ange said...

So every day of this WEEK we shall fête your JOyeux AnniverSaire! La la la!!! Indulge! Moi xoxo

Lori said...

I think you deserve this birthday week and I hope it is as fabulous as you are!

The Little Red Shop said...

I definitely believe in birthday weeks. Have a happy one!

: )

Julie M.

Kristin said...

oh that is a new idea...birthday week...love it...congrats on your birthday week; i hope it is a good one!
i too find grey within my heart...i just can't seem to get enough of it...sigh...i just wish the weather would cooperate; it's hard to get in the creative spirit with sunny skies!

Natasha said...

Loved this post-we have Birthday week at our place too! I really love your blog and am so glad I found it today.
Best wishes for a wonderful Birthday!
Natasha.

Queen of Tarte said...

Happy Birthday week Miss Lovely!!! I still can't get over that you have fresh cookies waiting for your boys when they get home from school...what a treat. xoxo Cindy

a.love said...

I LOVE Birthday Week. Why DON'T boys get it?!
:) Celebrate the heck out of it!!

Bonnie said...

Happy Birthday Week!!! My dad actually has a Birthday Month. Since he was born on April Fools Day he thinks he deserves a month. So every year he reminds us that April is HIS month. :)

Best wishes to you and as always, thanks so much for your inspiring words and lovely photos.

Laura said...

Fully understand birthday weeks. Mine begins next week! I hope yours is especially nice!...Love all that is gray at the moment as well...I must say you describe a lovely day ...calm and peaceful...I can smell those cookies baking! I am off to the office and bedlam and stress....someday soon I will be baking cookies too! Thanks for filling my head with thoughts of serenity this morning! Take care :) Laura

Amanda said...

I love the birthday week idea, just so long as we don't actually talk about how old I might be!

I'm new to your blog, and love this post. Grey is my thing too at the moment. I'm looking for excuses to use it often.

Simone said...

What a beautiful post....

Jenn@Spejory said...

Oh, so I'm not the only one! During my birthday week I had a party, visited my favorite cottage-style shop, had lunch at an old inn with friends and shopped some more, and had a pedicure! Women don't pamper themselves enough. It's good to take some time to have fun before the year grinds on again. Happy birthday, sweetie!