Saturday, December 31, 2011

Closing the door on 2011*

This year sure went quickly... it is time to shut the door on 2011!

The best and sweetest memories I will tuck in my heart and all the others I will file accordingly....
I am very detailed and organized in my thoughts!!!
What about you... do you make resolutions? Every new year is a special time for me because I do reflect and step forward and love my journey.

Hmm...This year was a big change for me and I felt I took a lot of personal leaps, got really uncomfortable,worked extremely diligently and it feels good to look back on my year.

The old saying goes... If you don't try... I guess you can't fail! But truth be told, your fearful and lack self confidence.. Personally failure is a component which we can learn from. Not trying is playing it safe and not truly living. You are not successful until you have failure bottom line....
How about you did you meet your goals, did you make any leaps, are you happy about your year as you reflect?

Well, Darlins here's to you... Cheers*** With a grateful heart, I Thank you for taking the time and stopping by to visit me here at Casual Loves Elegance! I am having fun with my blog! I am staying true and honoring my intention of why I first began this blog. I am proud of my self that I didn't get into creating an advertising blog or try commercialize it.
I am olde school and always stay focused on my intention! I enjoy your comments and emails. It connects me to such beautiful people and ya'll are so kind to me! I love to visit your wonderful blogs too!
Some photos here at home...of my son's Birthday hat, my husbands shoes he bought and wore for our wedding and his Tux shirt and Bow tie form past celebrations!

*Happy New Year's eve*
{Be Safe}
You're the Best!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gorgeous outside*

We are enjoying such gorgeous weather here in So. Cal. High 60's... no wind and the ocean is cobalt blue!
I was outside watering all the lovely flowers after we cut the grass! I know... it's just not christmasy, though...
Last year we spent Christmas in Mammoth, Ca and they had so much snow it truly was a winter wonderland. Growing up in the mid west on a lake was fabulous!! Ice skating, sledding, and snowmobiling at Christmas was just what our family did at the holiday's! I never get used to the snowless Christmas. I'm a winter theme gal all the way!!

Though it is Gorgeous! Shorts and flips is all you need!

This is my vintage find from our trip in Nov. to Arizona, a french Flour de Lis garden hose guide.They have the best shopping there.... OH MMMY!!! It is soo heavy, I love it.

Have fun where ever you are and enjoy the Holiday's.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The bell rings for all who believe*

We just finished watching "Polar Express". It is our tradition every Christmas Eve. I love it too. Those who believe will hear the bell...
I wish you a very Merry Christmas*
May an Angel watch over you, Keep Hope and love in your heart, and peace in your soul.
I wish you and your family Blessings and Love.

Merry Christmas, Sweet Dreams*

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas plans*

Merry Christmas* surely ya'll must be ready for Christmas by now!
Your list has been checked off...Your plans must be made, shopping finished,presents wrapped, baking finished, haircuts, manicure, house cleaned, meals planned and everything prepped.
Oh and music selected, firewood stacked....
Oh my... does the list ever end!!!
A few pics from around our house... I love this vintage school flash card that says Christmas plans* I found it several years ago and love to see it each year! The sign I found too and it was so me... because I always forget my list!
Hope your last minute Christmas plan will be beautiful and don't forget your list! Check it twice!! Enjoy singing carols in your car and within your heart.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tin Angel*

Good morning sweeties*
I hope you had a chance to sleep in or cozy up to the fire this morning! I wake up early every morning, my mind starts racing with the days agenda and I can't sleep any more..
I wasn't always so eager to get up early... in my 20's I found it so easy to sleep in! On the weekend if I didn't have a model shoot, I just began life a little later in the day! I call them "the good ole days" when my life was just about me!!! Hmm...Do we ever get those back?

I love seeing all the holiday blogs.. Everyone has such different decoration and styles.
Though what I love most is ....that we all have the same theme.
Spiritual, Love, Blessings and Peace. The elements are in our hearts and become the gold thread that binds us all together for the holidays.

My wish is ... the golden thread be between us every day and be consistent.

Have a beautiful Sunday*
Love this vintage tin silver angel candle holder I found this year, I lit it this morning and it was so beautiful with the Ivy topiary!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

European felt slippers*

Sure hope you're staying warm & enjoying everything about the Holidays!
Goodness... has been nippy here in So.Cal! Rain the last couple days and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it*
It feels so Christmasy!!
I love these White felted Slippers that were made by hand from Europe. I ordered them a few years ago and I got my order 6 months later,the women enclosed a note that said that she makes them each pair by hand! What a beautiful gift she has.

I hope your Day will be filled with warm spirits... and when you come in tonight make a fire and put on your favorite Holiday slippers!

Here's photos of my favorite vintage stool,vintage felted apron and of course Evian's Holiday bottle and my felted slippers!

Happy White Wednesday!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Decking my Halls*

I hope your weekend was wonderful!
We got our tree last night and will be preparing for the holiday's .
Not sure where the tree will land this year!

Every year I think of places like the White House and the European castles and wonder how they will deck their halls!

Our home will be light on the decorating but Enormous in our projects have me limited..

I dream of the day our house will be done! Can't wait till I can decorate it using all my Holiday ideas.
Hope you're having fun getting your home ready for the Holidays*
Have a great evening*

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Got Swag!

We are Soo excited to have our Driveway gates installed and working! The best gift EVER!!!
We spent the last 5 years opening and closing our manual construction gates a bazillion times a day!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE our gates, They are amazing! We are so happy the way they turned out....So thankful to press a button in my car and they open so silently and smooth..
See it doesn't take much to make me over the top thrilled...
We couldn't wait to SWAG the evergreen garland and twinkle christmas lights on them. What a beautiful sight in the evening when the lights go on!

My Design Tip: Really think about products that enhance and work with the architecture of your home. It is not about picking a product you like!

Warm Holiday Wishes from our home to Yours*
Today was my Dad's Birthday...."Happy Birthday Dearest Dad all the way from our gates to yours in Heaven".