Monday, December 28, 2009

A New Year...and a giveaway...

Hello...I do hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas!!!  We had a beautiful Christmas with the warmth of family and the knowledge that we are truly blessed!  I can not say thank you enough to all of you who left me such kind comments about praying for my husband and our family during this first Christmas without my heart swells with gratitude and love for your kindness...thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I have been a little absent from blogging lately...with the bustle of Christmas and all, as I'm sure many of you have been as well.  This week my husband is taking the week off from work...for a little relaxation and family time...and, much to his dismay, to get a few projects checked off of the "Tracey to do list"  :) :) :)  So I will probably be somewhat absent from blogging again this week...

But, because I like you girls soooooo much...and to ring in the new year with a little extra happiness...I'm hosting a giveaway!!!

Leave me a comment on this post, by Sunday, January 3rd at midnight...and you will be entered to win one pair of gorgeous linen curtains from my SHOP...your choice of either the "Vantorre" curtains, or the "Aliment" curtains...after all, who couldn't use a little French goodness to start out the new year??!

I'd love to hear about your favorite Christmas gift...mine was the set of vintage hat pins that my mom presented to me in a lovely little box...they were my great, great grandmother's!!!  Isn't that so cool??!  I guess I have become quite nostalgic over the years...and I am in love with these pins...

...the one with the large champagne colord pearl is my favorite...

Hopefully I'll be back next week with a few projects to share...until then, have a safe, fun, and blessed New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

{image 1and 2: Jeanne d' Arc, image 3and 4: me!}

Note:  the next issue of the Jeanne d' Arc Living magazine will be up on my website for pre-order on January 1st, and in stock by the 15th of January.



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Dorothy said...

Seasons greetings and wishing you a Happy New Year as well!! I'd love to be included in this give-away!!! Love my purchases from your online shop...I'll be back for more!


Lisa said...

I would have to say my favorite present was a new Bible I've been looking for with Greek/Hebrew translations. It has a hardcover that I'm going to collage! Love your blog!!!!!

Lisa Leo

Kendal Blanchard said...

Merry Christmas! My favorite gift was my new sewing machine. I can't wait to start all the projects I've been dreaming of.

Jackie said...

Love the pictures! Enjoy the week with you hubby and kids!! What a great giveaway - I need these curtains for my studio room...really badly!! My favorite gift was a beautiful book of silhouettes my husband surprised me with!

Cheryl ~ Casual Cottage Chic said...

Oh, I have the perfect vintage hatpin holder for your hatpins!

Now...about that GIVEAWAY..the curtains would just add the puurrrrfffect touch to my husband's office window!!

Jo said...

Merry, merry Christmas! What a wonderful treat and just in time for the New Year. My favorite gift of all was the arrival of my family from Michigan on Christmas day ~ it just doesn't get any better.

Enjoy having your husband home this week. Perhaps you can find a moment or two to spend together.


Jane said...

Your hat pins are think that they were your great great grandmothers!! What a wonderful gift.
My favorite gift was from my teenage son. He really gets me!! He went to the Vintage Market and bought me a vintage picture frame with a fabulous picture of a turn of the century woman and three silver sugar bowls that he knew I would love. The fact that he understands my love of all things vintage was the best gift of all.

Jane said...

Your hat pins are think that they were your great great grandmothers!! What a wonderful gift.
My favorite gift was from my teenage son. He really gets me!! He went to the Vintage Market and bought me a vintage picture frame with a fabulous picture of a turn of the century woman and three silver sugar bowls that he knew I would love. The fact that he understands my love of all things vintage was the best gift of all.

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Tracey,
I can't believe you're giving away these beautiful curtains. When I first saw them I knew I had to have them, unfortunately, there's no room in my budget for them. But how exciting that someone can win them!
Thank you for your beautiful and inspirational Blog. It is absolutely one of my favorites. Have a great New Year and God Bless! And please add me to the drawing.
Alabaster Rose Designs

BonjourRomance said...

SO glad you had a Merry Christmas, though a difficult one. The hatpin collection is lovely - and even more so because they belonged to your grandmother, how wonderfully thoughtful of your mother.
Enjoy week with your husband as you ring a fabulous New Year together!

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

Happy New Year! I do have to say, I'm sad to not be saying Merry Christmas, anymore......!!

My favorite gift was a Flip video recorder - All the little bits of life can be documented in video!!

As always, you're so generous with your giveaway's.

I am so excited for you and your Tracey To-Do list! I hope it goes exactly as planned! And to have your husband all week! So exciting.


Vintage Junky said...

My favorite gift was a crocheted granny squares throw in shades of grey from my husband, thanks for asking. Love your gift... very pretty!

Oh, I would love to be entered in your giveaway!

Happy New Year!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Those pins are adorable! I wish we all still wore hats and used pretty pins like that...

Love the curtains to death... to death I tell you! Please enter my name in your giveaway... pretty please?!

My favorite gift was, of course, my Gone with the Wind DVD set. Joy and happiness (and plenty of Rhett and Scarlet) now reign in the Land of Lemonade.

mari said...

what a wonderful giveaway!!! i've been eying these. i would have to say my favorite Christmas gift is the mercury glass dome that my husband got from you! i truly believed i wasn't getting it, so i was very surprised. i love your hatpin collection. how very special!

many blessings for the new year!

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Oh I would LOVE to be entered in this giveaway!!

One of my favorite Christmas gifts was an ornament my husband secretly had made for me of a photo of my daughter's tatoo... Its a beautiful sparrow with the bible verse Luke 12 verses 6-7:

"Are not 5 sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid - you are worth more than many sparrows."

He had a necklace made with the same picture for her, which I knew about, but when he handed me a box containing the ornament with the matching picture... I just sobbed.

She's missions-bound in life, we think, so she will not always be around, but rather off in some other part of the world. I knew the moment I saw that ornament that it was going to one day be my "lifeline" to her, when she isn't physically here in years to come.

So... that is probably my most treasured gift this year. :)

Glad to hear from you again, Tracey!!


StephanieinSD said...

My favorite gift this year was bought in a German Christmas market ... a beautiful three-tiered German Nativity Pyramid. I LOVE it and have wanted one for as long as I can remember.

You have my deepest sympathy ... the first holiday season without a loved one is always the hardest. May this new year be filled with warm memories and happiness!

Anne~fiona and twig said...

You know how much I adore your blog, and YOU, right? Prizes or no prizes, I'd be here, day in, day out.

Oh! And I absolutely have to tell you how thrilled I am with the ornaments I ordered from you! And you lil' stinker, you snuck in an extra one for me. Thank you sooooo much! I'm going to have those beauties out and displayed year round.

And the packaging was just over-the-top dreamy, too. You set the bar really, really high for us sellers out there.

I suppose my fave gift was the Fiona & Twig tote bag my mom gave me. Your hat pins are incredible. LOL, we could never go junking together, because the exact same pin is my favorite, too. ;-)

Love ya!

Sue Anne said...

Hard to pick a favorite gift but having my Navy son home for a few days would be at the top. Happy New Year!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Well, I got socks and a snuggie. :)

Your hat pins rock. And how cool that they have a story!

Love Ya Like A Sister (LYLAS),
Flower Patch Farmgirl (FPFG)

(Does that help?!?!)

Dreaming In Pink With Roses said...

Hi Tracey! Your Hatpins are Absolutely Gorgeous! What an Awesome gift!

We had a Beautiful Christmas! My Favorite Gift... Having all 3 of my Children home with us.. I could hug them all at the same time!:)

I Wish God's Sweet Blessings to you & your family in the New Year!!

Big Hugs ~ Teresa

Reese & Marie said...

What a wonderful giveaway and I love the hat pins. Love sentimental and beautiful treasures like those... how special! I seriously LOVE those curtains!!!!!!!!! Thanks for allowing me to join the giveaway!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

I am so glad that you had a lovely Christmas with the family and yes, I feel blessed too, to know of this special time with our loved ones.
I adore your hat pins and what lovely treasures from your Great great Grandmother, which makes them all the more special.
The first Christmas without my Father, has been hard, but we do need to remember the happy memories.
My thoughts are with your family.
Wishing you and your family, much love, good health, prosperity and blessings to you all, in 2010.


Gail said...

Thanks for such a great giveaway, who wouldn't want those gorgeous curtains?
My favorite gift was spending Christmas day with my dh and dd, relaxing and enjoying each other's company....

Wanda said...

My favorite gift was a pin cushion a friend made from quilt scraps that belonged to our friend who passed away this year. I blogged about it just today, as a matter of fact.

I think a lot of us took time off over the holidays. I've not got to blog much this whole year! Boo hiss! Resolution #1 - blog more. ;-)

Lisa said...

Oh Tracey, how generous your are! I was blessed with many gifts, each of my children chose from their hearts and they were very personal, but, I'd have to say the gift that made me scream was a pretty little bumble bee magnet made of recycled metal and adorned with a vintage crown, from my two grandsons, they have always called me Honey, instead of Grandma...they grew up hearing my husband call me, Hon. So what else did they think my name was? Enjoy your time with your husband,

Lots of Hugs, Lisa

The Little Red Shop said...

Have a beautiful week with your family, Tracey! I'm so excited for you about the hat pins...they and their history are just wonderful, wonderful!

: )

Julie M.

ps Those curtains are quite lovely too!

Karen said...

Your blog is beautiful!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Tracey
I've been a bit absent from blogging this Christmas also and didn't quite manage to get around to all my friends to say Merry Christmas..

So pleased to hear of all the support you received for your husband. It's been a lifetime since my mum died by I still get the Christmas blues every year...

Well hear is to a wonderful New year... full of joy and without the blues!!! xx Julie

Destiny said...

Hi Tracey ~ so glad you had a nice Christmas! I LOVE the hat pins...what an amazing gift to receive and to know that they were your great-great-grandmother's! My favorite gift was a homemade stocking that my husband made me from muslin, vintage lace and jute twine. He's very creative when he wants to be :) I had linen curtains on my wish list though and didn't get any, so naturally...I'd LOVE to win yours! they're much nicer than the ones I had on my list!!!! Enjoy your week!

Tattered Goods said...

Hi Tracey!
I am glad to hear that you and your family had a wonderful CHRISTmas. It has been awhile since you posted and such a lovely surprise when I saw this post. I feel sad for all those ladies who are lwaving a comment when they are coming home with me ;) (lol) I hope this New Year brings you much joy and happiness.

Smiles & Hugs,

Jeanneoli said...

Those hat pins are gorgeous. How amazing that your mom knows your heart so well.

TheSmithHotel said...

Love having vintage items from my family! So much meaning! My favorite gift was my new laptop that my hubby surprised me with-my other one was sooo old that the Geek Squad couldn't even work on it-Plus spilling water on the keyboard didn't help either-and breaking off the "t" key....

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for your visit to my blog and your kindness. As you can guess my wonderful gift was from my husband...and the next favorite was just being with my little grand kids and seeing their joy! (Love the hat pins too!)Come say hi any time :D

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Tracey. I know how hard it is to get through the first Christmas after losing a loved one. May God continue to strengthen both you and your husband.

I love your hat pins and knowing they belonged to family makes them so much more special.

I'd love to have one of your beautiful curtains so please include me in this beautiful giveaway.

Happy New Year & Hugs, Tracy :)

P.S. Your right there are alot of us Tracy's (Tracey, Traci, Tracy) out here in blogland!

June said...

Hi Tracey,
I,m so glad your Christmas was wonderful and I do hope hubs can get that to do list completed by the time he goes back to work.hehe
My fave gift this year was having all my children home for the holiday. We had such a great time.

Cathi said...

My fave gift truly was spending it with my family. Love the curtains, they are gorgeous! :) xxoo

fräulein klein said...

Hello! Your blog is so beautiful!
I wish you a happy new year!!!!!
Hugs, Yvonne

Laura said...

Hi Tracey,
Favorite gift has to be having both children with me...healthy. I hope the New Year brings you peace and joy....
Great Give Away! Thank you for a chance..:)

Martha said...

Enjoy your week with hubby home...I am glad your Christmas was spectacular! Those hat pins are beautiful too! How wonderful!

Favorite gift...I really could say everything...but I must say either my chalkboard from hubby or the vintage scale from my parents! Actually it could be my ironstone sugar bowl and pitcher...hmmm....

Sorry...rambling now!

Les Cotrions said...

Ciao Tracey! What a gorgeous giveaway! The curtains are faboulous!
Your mother gave you a stunning gift...I like your old hat pins and they're a sweet memory!
Wish you a great time with your family and a fantastic and creative new year!
Big hugs

Susan said...

I, too, know the pain you feel at the loss of your loved one and the first Christmas without him. I lost my Dad in October and I've shed many tears this Christmas season. But we(and you)will meet again and joy will replace all the sadness! Jesus will wipe every tear from our eyes! Now that's something to look forward to!
My favorite gift was a surprise from my aunt. She had loaned the same book to my mom before my Dad died and it brought comfort and peace at a difficult time. It is a Hallmark gift book, Footprints by Margaret Fishback Powers. It was completely unexpected and SO thoughtful.
And please...
I would love to be entered in your beautiful and generous giveaway! Those curtains are FAB!
I'll keep my fingers crossed!
LOVE.LOVE.LOVE your blog!
Happy New Year!

Susan said...

Oh, and those hatpins...what treasures they are! Beautiful!
More blessings!

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

I'm so glad you had such a nice Christmas, ours was just perfect, all of the kids were home and we really enjoyed eachothers company. Those curtains are AMAZING so please enter me in your giveaway!
I was really blessed this year with the gifts I recieved from my husband, he really thought about what he thought I would like, and he was right! My favorite gift was from our children though, they all went in together and bought us a new camera! I was so surprised! I felt completely spoiled! ~ Theresa

LuLu said...

Oh Tracey your hat pins are just gorgeous! What a fantastic gift to receive!
My favorite gift was a my "droid" phone from my husband {he was burtsting with excitement for me to open it and I was clueless on how to work it... we laughed over it but after a day of watching him play with it and show me what to do I love it!!!
Wishing you a wonderful New Year I look so forward to reading and sharing this year with you,

Queen Bee said...

Tracey -

Love love love the hat pins...and what a sweet gesture of your mother. These gifts of love are precious!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your endearing comment on my blog...and yes I agree ALL children are God's gift... they are the best and most beautiful people on earth.

It is I who feels unbelievably blessed to be able to count you as one my friends. I hope that one day we can meet...

I am wishing for you a new year filled with grace, love and peace for you and yours....

Your friend....Denise!

Sea Angels said...

What gorgeous curtains,such a generous and fabulous give away. Your blog is always so very beautiful, (please don't put me in the draw I live in the uk and if I won that would not be fair on you) I just love to visit though.
My favourite gift this year was a candlelight studded with cut out stars that shine through the tiny glass bowl and you feel as if you are carrying the whole universe in your palms, so very magical, so christmassy.
I look forward to a whole New Year now, and want to wish you happiness,laughter and love.
Lots of hugs Lynn xxx

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

What a beautiful giveaway Tracey! Glad to hear you are having a great Christmas week. Those pins are gorgeous! I have two favorite gifts this year. One is a photo album my husband had printed of our vacation this summer - what he wrote in the album about our trip had me in tears. And the second was a huge pepper mill my mom bought me (I did ask her for one just never thought she would find one so big!) - mostly because of the laughs the whole family had over the size of it!
Have a Happy New Year and enjoy the rest of the week with your family.

Torie Jayne said...

What a gorgeous giveaway!
Wishing you all the happiness for 2010!

Carol said...

I just love it when someone gets such a sweet thoughtful gift. My favorite gift was given to me last year by my three beautiful daughters... they searched for three old clocks that I could set to each of their birth times, those clocks now sit on my bedside table and they bring me such joy each morning. It's just a small reminder of how much each daughter, all now in their 20's means to me. This year my middle daughter found an old 1st grade reader, tattered and torn, to tuck into my stocking, what a sweet little treasure. I'm so enjoying reading everyone's comments. Thanks for sharing your hat pins with us.


SuZeQ said...

And New Year Happies to you and yours, too, Tracey! This certainly is a delightful giveaway - one that I would be honored to win. My favorite Christmas gift? Well, we didn't do our typical gift exchange this year. In that light, I guess rather than my fave being something tangible, I'll go with two things ... my daughter lives close enough that the two families could be together and the second fave is that my mother and father are reunited once again. My mother died at Christmastime three years ago and my father died this year on Thanksgiving. In that three year span, my father was so lonely and sad - all he wanted was to be with "his Babe" ... his wish came true and that makes me happy, bittersweet as it is.


I love these curtains and of course your blog! what a generous give away...please include me!

Mary said...

Hi Tracey! So glad you had a wonderful Christmas...I know it had to be joyous and hard all at the same time. I would love to start my New Year off with a little french pick me! Pick me! ;o) ~mary~

Lori said...

What a wonderful thoughtful gift from your Mom Tracey ~ I just love them and I know you will display them beautifully!! Count me in on the giveaway and Happy New Year to you too!!

ocie's yaya said...

Happy New Year to you and yours!! My favorite Christmas gift was a lovely antique glass cloche for my garden.

By the way, those exquisite curtains would look so wonderful in my home-ha!

The Rural Socialite said...

I love these curtains so much. I hope I win because otherwise I will begin trying to hand-craft a set and I'm sure it won't be pretty.

My favorite Christmas gift was a trampoline when I was 9. It snowed on Christmas morning (which NEVER happens in the south) and when we jumped, the snow flew into the air around us. About a month later I became incredibly sick with a kidney malfunction that almost killed me... for months while I laid in a hospital bed I fantasized about jumping on that trampoline again. I think it's what got me through the illness unscathed! To this day I remember that Christmas morning when I see a trampoline!

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Tracey!! Brrr Cold down here in Atlanta this morning!! Wishing you and your family a Blessed New Year.
I would cherish these beautiful linen
curtains and would love either one!!
I am reorganizing my craft room and they would look devine hangiing in my window!!
Thank you for this giveaway!! Oh yes I love hat pins as well. When I lived in England I picked up a few unique ones.
My favorite gift this year for Christmas was the box my youngest son sent to me
filled with wonderful pictures of my two grandsons, and a Grandkids frame for them!!
Hugsss... from Susan in Georgia!!!

Sandi said...

Hi Tracey,
LOVE the old hatpins. I have a few, but yours are gorgeous!!

The best gift I received this year was another Christmas to spend with my father!{since he had a heart attack in July} Feeling very fortunate that he is still with us.

Also , in lieu of gifts my parents sent money for bibles for people who don't have them. That is very special to me.
LOVE the curtains and thank you for such a generous giveaway!!

Chrissy said...

There you are,I have missed your posts!! I LOVE your hat pins,my Mom had a huge collection of them,no ideas where they ended up,wish I had them!! You are way to nice to do such a huge give away,good hearted indeed!! Hope 2010 brings you and yours much happiness my friend,can not wait to get the next mag.! Talk to you soon, Chrissy P.S. My girlfriend will be ordering one as well!!

Kelly said...

These curtains are gorgeous!

My favorite Christmas gift was the Tiffany's necklace my husband got me. Not because it was really expensive (it wasn't), but because he orchestrated a great date night while we were in NYC to take me there. It was one of the best dates ever.

Deb said...

Hello Tracey
You have the most spectacular giveaways :-) I love your vintage hat pins - what a fabulous present! My favourite "gift" this year was the arrival of our 11 year old newly adopted dog Ernie who travelled 9 hours to be with us! After loosing our sweet Lab Ben a little more than a year ago, having Ernie was the best gift ever ♥

Anne Marie said...

Tracey!! Merry Christmas to you!

so sorry it took me so long to come and visit you and tell you myself.....and yes, I'm truly glad the power did come back on - I kind of like the idea of using warm water from the tap instead of boiling snow......

and those curtains! I'ver been trying my hand at making something similar for my living room, but just aren't sure if it would fit in.....we'll see.....I have this whole week off of school, and I'm totally into my projects

I collect old hats (just bought one from Jeanne- bushel/peck) and so those hat pins are awesome!

(looks like I should have e-mailed you this long letter eh?)

peace be with you Tracey.....

trash talk said...

I just posted on my favorite gift. A friend of mine fashioned the most beautiful tree from vintage silver and white jewelry. She had it at W&T's and Cat Daddy snatched it up at the Christmas Open House before anyone else could. It is perfect and I have no intentions of putting it away after the holidays. I love your hat pins...all of them. What a lovely and thoughtful gift.
I hope you have a healthy, wealthy and wise New Year!

Junk Evolution said...

Greetings Tracey,
I did not receive any vintage gifts this year, but some of my favorite gifts have been passed down, and when the time is right I will pass them on to my daughter Rosemary. The best gifts are the surprises, and I did get lots of them, (my husband was not suppose to buy me anything). One of the things he got me is a fold up shovel. I have a thing for wild plants that I find along the road...and I never have anything with me to dig with!
Please put my name in the hat, I would adore something new and french!
Happy New year!

clustres said...

I just found your wonderful blog. My favorite gift was a pashmina from my husband. It adds just enough warmth (hot flashes) and is so soft. Please include me in your delightful giveaway. I am looking forward with anticipation to your future blogs!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I don't usually exchange Christmas gifts but this year he gave me a beautiful handmade jewelry box with a mosiac design on top--so beautiful and such a surprise. I love it! The best gift was having my children home for the holidays--what a blessing!

Sue said...

My husband and I don't usually exchange Christmas gifts but this year he gave me a beautiful handmade jewelry box with a mosiac design on top--so beautiful and such a surprise. I love it! The best gift was having my chidlren home for the holidays--what a blessing!

Carol Mae said...

Beautiful Hat pins! I've always wanted to collect them, but almost impossible to find at a good price. I love the French style curtains-So Lovely- would love to win them. I recevied a Great Set of amazing Grace Perfume, It's fragrance is so lovely. Have a very good New Year. Blessings, Carol Mae

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

So glad you are back and your holiday was as well as it could be.

Let's just say that I hope I win your your lovely curtains and then I would surely have a favorite Christmas gift.

Fingers crossed.

Twig - Love Your Home said...

THANK you for the fabulous giveaway! I know JUST where those would go :)

My favorite present would have to be the 19.00 sewing machine that my mom found at a thrift store. Never been threaded...and its got 27 stitches....of course, I've never threaded a sewing machine so this will be interesting... :)

lisefife said...

My favorite present is the silk batting I was given by my sweet husband, he knows how much I want to make a silk comforter and it was sweet of him to splurge on something like that, I will spend the winter with my hands in silk, a rare gift indeed.

Jessabells said...

Oh those hat pins are just divine. My favorite gift was a coffee mug my 9 year old gave me. It sad that "Mom is the heart of the family.". Oh gotta love them kids. Thanks so much for the chance!

mrso' said...

My favorite gift this year was a monogram necklace! Happy New Year!

Obee Designs said...

Hi Tracey,
Happy New Year!
I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you and wishing you a peaceful and happy 2010 filled with great times with your friends and family.
I love your hat pins. What a special gift from your mom, certainly something to cherish. Enjoy taking some time off from blogging. I look forward to seeing more of you in the new year!!

Laura Short said...

I'm glad your Christmas was gentle... I remember those first Christmases I had without my Mom and Dad; I remember my Mom the first Christmas she hosted after *her* Mom left us. It's a beautiful yet tough time of year...

My favourite Christmas present was something my Daughter and SIL made for me: a beautiful silhouette of their two Sons, my GrandSons (ages 4 and 2). The cut-outs are on pale blue paper and framed in a lovely driftwood colour. Now I have a constant reminder of how they were, Christmas 2009.

I hope you have a Happy 2010 and that the year brings you much joy and success! said...

I've been MIA too but that's allowed at Christmas, isn't it? :)
I can't really choose a favorite Christmas gift because my Mom made every effort to spoil my husband and I...and we were spoiled. She bought everything on our wish list. My parents goal was to spoil us as parents. She invested money into our sons college savings account (he's almost 2) and chose to celebrate us for all of the hard work we do, the ways we put our son before us, and the choices we make to sacrifice for him.
This was a tough Christmas season for my husband and I emotionally and my parents truly lifted us up and showed us the spirit of love, grace, and giving.
I'm so blessed!

Anonymous said...

My favorite gift this year was having all my chicks at home and enjoying some time with them. (I can't believe I'm saying this-----I have SO longed for an empty nest!)I am also happy to see them all leave.
AND on top of it all, a BEAUTIFUL covering of sparkling white snow! (I haven't tired of shoveling it YET...)
A wonderful New Year to you!
I would be so very delighted to win a pair of drapes----your generosity is amazing!

AshleyR said...


Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you!! So glad you had a wonderful Christmas.

Dolly said...

I would be honored to own a set of those beeeeautiful curtains for our home!
This is such a generous give away!
I am touched!

My favorite Christmas gift this year was the many smiles and hugz and kisses I received from our grandchildren and children! Their happiness is the best gift ever!

Hugz, Dolly

P.S. come and visit ~~ I am hosting my 3rd annual vintage heart swap!

AttaGirl said...

As with many families this year, we scaled back on the presents for each other, concentrating on the kids and focusing on being together as a family (my husband deploys soon). Imagine my surprise when my best present came while my 7 year old was pulling things out of his stocking and squealed with delight "Mom, this is TOO MUCH!" I almost melted right then and there.

GypsyNurse said...

What a glorious giveaway.... I suppose I would have to say my favorite gift actually came on Christmas Eve in NYC. It has been a very hard year for me..emotional, stressful.. very void..and after over 14 years... I went into the city...and smiled. But not just smiled, laughed, enjoyed the comfort zone of being with someone who wants to be with YOU. One who LISTENS to who CARES about you.. one you can just 'BE" with..even without words.. after years of eggshells and tears... that just "BEING" was priceless.



Charlene said...

Tracey, LUKCY you to have gotten those amazing pins from your Momma! They are heavenly & them being a family treasure makes them ever MORE specail. I hope you put them out where you can see them & enjoy them every day. Happy New Year! Charlene

GypsyNurse said...

Tracey.. you don't have to publish this post.. but I wanted to let you know.. I blogged your giveaway..for a very special reason..and I just wanted to say thank you..but then again.. i don't know... you made me "let my soul go out there!"

tar said...

Oh girl those hat pins are wonderful, what a sweet gift!! I hope you have a wonderful time finishing the Tracey to do list and celebrating the new year! much love your way, Tara~ :)

Nancy said...

What an awesome give away, so very generous. My favorite gift this year was a new baby grandson.
Happy New Year ~ may your year be filled with only God's best.
Nancy N.

Country Nest said...

Hello, I am very much enjoying your beautiful blog.
What a treasure your hat pins are, and such a perfect gift for those of us who appreciate such pretties! I received a hand made beautiful bracelet from my mother.
I would love to be entered for the giveaway for the beautiful curtains. Thank you so much for all the inspiration your blog provides!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Hi Tracey... I love coming to your blog... Oh my .... the curtains are a dream.... The hat pins are wonderful.. I also collet them and love them.... I think I still need to send you money for the balance of the magazine I pre paid if you are still getting them. Let me know ... Happy New Year....

Die Rabenfrau said...

My greatest gift was having my sons around me. We had really a good time together though I'm always so glad that they don't live with us anymore ;-)

I can hardly believe, that you really give away these curtains! Do you also ship to Germany? If you do, I would be delighted to participate in your raffling of this wonderful giveaway, I like both curtains so much!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful giveaway! My favorite present was a black lantern from my son. I can burn candles in it and they flicker and make the best dancing shadows on the wall.

Happy New Year, Tracey, to you and your family!

--Vicki K

WendyKV said...

I'm crazy about the giveaway! One of my fave gifts was a gift certificate from my hubby to a fave antique store. The Christmas fun continues! Ü

sissie said...

Oh my goodness Tracey! I think I am about the 89th commentor, everyone is so excited about your giveaway! The curtain panel is to-die-for, drop dead gorgeous!
I feel the same way you do about blogging. Our blogging friends are like no other. Always there for us, always listening and always, always caring and coming back with kind words and warm wishes. I love blogging and I'll never stop. I am also excited to see what you are going to bringing us this new year, I can't wait.
Cat is so excited and wrote the sweetest post about your giveaway.

I think the best gift that I received this Christmas is that my only son is healthy and in remission still from cancer and crohns disease. He is my life and I am so thankful that God is letting me keep him. He gave me a Christmas card and wrote the sweetest things that only a Mom can adore. For that I am thankful.

Happy New Year to you and keep sharing your wonderful blog with all of us.

~~hugs~~ Sissie

b.ellen said...

T- You and your amazing giveaways! I feel as that has been the only posts that I have been leaving comments on... Life is finally slowing down ...a little. so I'm hoping to be able to check in more often!

My favorite gift was our new little blessing of a baby boy, 2 weeks before Christmas! But I also loved the antique square metal basket my mama found for me!

Enjoy checking off your list! Thane & I have been slowly going down ours! We got a few pictures hung!YAY Starting to feel like home.

love you to pieces said...

Happy New Year, I love your beautiufl blog and store, My favorite gift this year was a shawl from Anthroplogie, how can you go wrong....hope I win.. good luck everyone Kathy H.

My Grama's Soul said...

Happy New Year to you - I, too, have a wonderful collection of hat-pins. Mine are not as wonderful as yours but I think they are truly beautiful, don't you?

Please enter me in your wonderful give away. I know just where I will use them if I am the lucky winner.



Jamie said...

Happy New Year! Writing about your hat pins reminded me that I have a few of these stashed somewhere! I need to display them! The curtains would be a wonderful addition to my new studio space! Jamie V in MT

traci said...

happy new year to you too tracey. enjoy your family time!! love the hat pins. they are absolutely gorgeous!! stay warm and take care.

a pink-bee said...

Wishes for a wonderful New Year :).
My favorite gift was musical tuned windchimes :) We can hear the wonderful sounds all through the year :).

Heather@PixieDust said...

those are so pretty!! I'd love to have one in my home.

the wild raspberry said...

I hope that you had a wonderful christmas....
I love those hat pins too...

The curtains for the giveaway are absolutely dreamy!

I hope you have a wonderful new years celebration and a very happy new year!


Blue Creek Home said...

Gorgeous curtains. I am about to make a reading room for myself and need a room divider. These would be perfecto!!!
I got a metal detector for Christmas. So far, I have found a five nails, and two flat rusty tin cans!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a great give away-love the curtains! My favorite present was having everyone home and in good health.

Laurie said...

I love the curtains! I love the hat pins as well. Wishing you a happy New Year!!!

undomestic chica said...

The curtains are gorgeous but the hat pins are even better! The best thing I was ever given were my Great- Grandmother's wedding ring so I know just how you feel.

a little bit vintage said...

So glad that you had such an awesome Christmas!

What an awesome giveaway! These curtains would look fab in my living count me in! Hope I win! Happy New Year to you!


The Joy of Nesting said...

Oh Tracey,

What an amazing gift your mother shared with you!! I can still remember the immense sense of pride and awe when my Mum would would gift me with one of my grandmothers' or aunts' treasures!!

I have the perfect spot for the curtains so would you please do me a favor and be sure my name is chosen :)

Do have a wonderful New Year's celebration and I wish you a most fulfilling and happy year to come!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Anonymous said...

ooohhhh-ive been thinking about these for my bathroom- the hatpins
are treaures indeed!!! my sweet
baby {he's almost 20} gave me some
beautiful mugs...he has good taste!!! love&joy...k. remember the
Hot Springs Honeymoon Mom??????!!!

Heather said...

What a great giveaway! I read you blog daily for is gorgeous!!

My favorite Christmas gift was the ornaments that my two children (ages 3 & 5) made at school.

vintage girl at heart said...

Lovely.... just lovely pins....

becky up the hill said...

yes please, throw my beret into the ring, what a sweet give-away!

donna said...

Hi Tracey!
I am so glad you had a special Christmas.
I too have been feeling very blessed of late.
To have such a loving, caring husband who found my hearts desire...without asking!
Yes, that is the greatest gift I could have been given. No matter how humble the gift itself...that he thought enough of me to figure it out and have it for me on Christmas morning.

You are so precious!!!...another great giveaway!!!
I have secretly admired these panels since you first showed them in your wonderful store.
I hope you have a blessed New Year.
We too are off for a bit to work on our "big house" project.
Hope you enjoy the time as much as I know I will.
hugs dear friend...donna

Shannon said...

What a great giveaway! I'm not quite sure what my favorite gift would be, most of the parents go to the kids but I guess watching their excited expressions on Christmas morning is the best gift of all.

Kasey said...

you didn't tell me you were doing a giveaway.
count me in...but what's the chance i'm going to win..
i never win anything...
see you tomorrow night.

Faded Charm said...

I'd love to be entered in your lovely giveaway. These curtains are simply stunning. I don't know if I alrreaady commented that I received the goodies I had ordered from you and your packaging was just beautiful. I love all of it!

Much happiness to you and your family in the New year!


Anonymous said...

Wow - winning your drapes would be so exciting - they are just beautiful. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

Thompson Tales said...

love those curtains!! my favorite gift was the vintage clock dishware from pottery barn!! have a wonderful new year, i love your blog!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Tracey,
How nice you are spending time with your family this week, that's the best gift of all. There are so many wonderful people out in blog land thinking positive thoughts for you and your family. Have a happy time with your fam and oh, I almost forgot... my fav present is a beautiful cream colored sweater and lavender/camomile scented bag (for stress relief ;) from my daughter, this is the first year she was able to purchase gifts with her own earnings! Talk to you next week.

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Happy New Year! This year my favourite gift was the "HOME" in big rusty metal letters from my youngest son. We are facing big changes in the year ahead and those wonderful curtains would be perfect. what a fabulous giveaway!

paige said...

happy early new year tracey!
i've been pretty mia lately too.
we had a wonderful chirstmas which i'm so very grateful.
at the risk of sounding totally corny, i think my favorite gift this year was one of the nurses swapped with me.
it was my year to work chirstmas eve AND christmas day.
i worked a few of her shifts as a trade!!
when i found out our church was going to do their christmas eve service at a huge venue here in atlanta i knew i MUST attend.
it was incredible.
i shared that evening with 8,000 others! i know it probably sounds cold & impersonal, but the evening was so beautiful & truely a worshipful event for my family.

Farmgirl Paints said...

I'm just getting back into the swing of things myself. Got home late last night.

First off I love your hat you. And your give-away is wonderful, so throw my name in the pot!

My favorite Christmas gift this year was a journal from my honey with an inspirational saying on it. He's a keeper:)

Junk Girl said...

Wow - I would love the hat pins too! What plans do you have to display use/them?

I think my favorite Christmas gift was a neat charm I can put on a chain that says "wINE gIRL". I am a wine girl.

I'd love to be put in for the giveaway...AWESOME panels. I am a follower and have really enjoyed your blog.

Happy 2010! Andrea

kelly said...

lovely lovely....happy new year to all!


Jackie said...

Seasons Greeting Tracey!
I am sorry to hear of your father in law. That is very rough, esp this time of year. Remember the fond memories you all have of him.

I found your blog thru GypsyNurse and it's adorable, romantic and beautiful!!!!

My fav gift was quite simple. All my family together for the first time in many years with our new addition who enjoyed her first Christmas hiding in boxes!
Take care and god bless!

Melanie said...

I just found your amazing blog. What inspiration. Thank you.

Helen Lewis said...

Your blog is lovely. Thank you for taking the time to share such beautiful images and thoughts.

My favorite Christmas gift was having many out-of-state family members make it "home" to spend the holiday together with us.

Please do enter me into your generous giveaway. Thank you!

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Oh, my, those hatpins are beautiful and how special that they were your great, great-grandmother's!

Oh, these curtains would be the perfect touch for our bathroom!

My favorite Christmas gift was a canvas bucket which I think I'll use in the bathroom.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!!


Lynn said...

Such a lovely gift from your mom, the hatpins are beautiful. The warmth of family pulling together during the first Christmas without your father-in-law is the LOVE that blessed you all. HIS love was binding you all close to HIM and the memories that you all have will forever remain in your hearts.
My "special" gift was seeing my youngest grandchild take those first two steps without holding anything. The surprise on his precious little face was awesome. His mom, dad, brothers and Terry and I were all in the room when Dylan let go of daddy's chair and stepped once, twice, huge eyes wide, then fell down and laughed. He was clearly enchanted with himself. Enjoy the rest of the week with your hubby. Happy New Year Tracey. May the Lord richly bless you as you have blessed me in the short time I have known you.

Au Petit Paris said...


I thank you so much for quickly sending my order. I am very pleased with the Number 5 and the extra goodies you included. So sweet and kind of you.

Want to wish you and your family a Happy and blessed New Year with much love and prosperity. I know what it is like to lose a loved one and how especially hard it can be on holidays.

My wish is that all of you dwell on the many wonderful things you loved about your father-in-law and know that it is always hardest for those left behind. I am sure your father-in-law is watching from a place that we can only dream about but will one day be ourselves.

I received a beautiful black key from Tiffany's made of titanium from my husband. Simply gorgeous! That was my favorite gift.

My best to you and your family.


Jeni said...

What beautiful pins. And French curtains.

Much love to you and your family!

p.s. My favorite gift was having my pilot hubby home for Christmas. A happy surprise!

diannebremer said...

Hello! Your blog is just beautiful!

My favourite gift was a little rusty old candle holder from my lovely husband.

Have a wonderful New Year.

Jacqueline said...

Dear Tracey,
So pleased to hear that you had a wonderful Christmas and hope that it wasn't too sad a time for you all. What a lovely present from your Mum....those hatpins are so beautiful and even more precious as they were your great, great Grandmothers.
Thank you so much for the very generous giveaway and WHAT a giveaway. I love everything Jeanne d'Arc and those curtains are favourite pair are the Aliment pair.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2010. XXXX

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Having family close by was my gift. Wishing you a wonderful New Years!

time-worn interiors said...

The best gift I got this Christmas.......My son came home from Texas for Christmas on Dec. 23rd., it was a total surprise! I was wrapping gifts and heard the back door open and in walked Clayton. My first thought was.....oh, Clayton is home, it seemed so natural to see him come through that door! I looked away and I thought OMG Clayton is here!! After a whole bunch of screaming and hugging my heart was racing so fast I thought I was going to pass out! It was the best surprise ever! I won't ever forget that moment! I miss him so much!

Polly said...

Hi Tracey! Another great giveaway from French Larkspur! You are so kind and generous! favorite gift this year would have to be my new floor steamer.....environmentally friendly and much easier to use than my old one!

Thank you for offering another AMAZING giveaway! Now I'm going to cross my fingers!



Mariah said...

love the candlelabra!!!!

koralee said...

Tracey...what a lovely! I just took down all my Christmas {that's me for you...I need to start my New Year with a clean fresh home} and I know just where I would put these lovely curtains. Hope your Christmas was amazing..I too need to get caught up with all my blog friends as I took a wee break. Hope your 2010 is filled with blessing apon blessing and thank you sooooooo much for all the blog love you send my way!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful curtains...!!! My best present...the joy of seeing my kiddo's enjoy their gifts!!!


Jennifer said...

Oh those pins would be my favorite too! Love them and love your giveaway! Happy New Year!

Maggie said...

You have such a wonderful blog. Thank you so very much for sharing your work and your life with us.

My favorite Christmas gift this year was the fact that my husband and I bought each other the exact same gift! (A GPS System) Neither of us had even mentioned it, but somehow we both knew the other wanted one!

Thank you for the generous giveaway!


Your hatpins are simply gorgeous. My favorite gift was an antique set of pink flowered salt dishes and a handpainted victorian jar with a copper lid. Hope you have a wonderful NEW YEAR! Linda

Pam said...

May an abundance of blessings be bestowed upon you in the coming year. my favorite "gift" this Christmas was the presence of family and Christ in my life. Would love to begin the new year decorating with those gorgeous curtains!

La Petite Plume said...

Your Majesty,

I am just in love with your gift of the pins that belonged to your grandmother. What a treasure to pass on to a daughter or granddaughter. Gorgeous images and article. I have 2 favorite gifts this christmas, the first is a necklace given to me by a customer of mine that is now one of my best friends, Sherry from Oregon. It is a rectangular glass that encases my initial "D" that was embroidered on an oval piece of linen I think back in the 19th century, from Switzerland. And the other is an Autographed book from Claudia Strasser from The Paris Apartment! I love these two gifts!!

Happy New Year!

Tracy said...

What a wonderful giveaway. My best gift has been having my husband home instead of deployed in the Middle East this Christmas.

Andrea said...

Thank you Tracey for your blog as well. It really inspires me. And what a special special gift. Moms always know us best.

We have been quite busy nursing the family back to health with the flu so I haven't been blogging as much either.
My favorite gift..... a restful Christmas day, with nothing planned but quality time. :)

God Bless you

paperhill said...

i'm glad your Christmas was good, ours was too. those curtains are beautiful how generous of you! my favorite gift was the necklace my husband bought me with our children's names on it :) happy new year to you too!

mandiegirl said...

LOVE those curtains! I was just trying to figure out what to do with an old peanut sack that my mom sent me, and while I don't think it's big enough to use as curtains, your photos have definitely inspired me to figure something out! As for my fave gift, my hubby and I bought our first D-SLR camera on Christmas Eve! Yay!

Sammy Girl said...

Hello Tracey!
Goodness - where has this year gotten itself off to? Hmmm my best "Christmas present" was to be "present" ... to be together with two of my three kiddos and both grandkiddos. We often forget was a present "presence" is until we no longer live close.
Here's for a fabulous and wonderful HAPPY NEW YEAR ... and don't blink while enjoying 2010 'cause I think 2011 is just around the corner!!
Betty :)

Hopemore Studio said...

Those linen curtains are simply beautiful, I was so swept away by the picture that it took a while to notice the giveaway.

My most treasured gift this year was an art book my husband picked out for me called Enchanted Adorenments.

I'm looking forward to your next project!

Julie said...

Tracey, What a generous giveaway - wouldn't we all love those curtains in our homes....luscious!

My favorite Christmas gift this year was Jo Malone cologne in Sweet Lime and Cedar...yum.

Can't wait to get the next magazine installment! xo Julie

Maple Ridge Vintage said...

Hello Tracey: count me in on your fabulous giveaway.....I hope I'm lucky enough to win...Our Christmas was nice even though some of our family could not make it due to nasty weather....Happy New Year!!!! Hugs~Chris

Nelly said...

Wow, you're truly lucky to have those gorgeous vintage hat pins. My favorite would be the laptop I bought for myself, heheheheeee. My husband lost his dad a year ago as well and it wasn't the same this year, of course. Thanks so much for your giveaway. Your curtains are just gorgeous!

Wizard of Was said...

Hi Tracey!
I've been a Johhnie Come Lately, latley...but want you to know that you are one of the first people I try to go to whenever I can get on the computer to blog for awhile. You and your site are so very inspiring.
I love your old hatpins, especialyy since they were passed through the family. There is nothing better than that for a gift as far as I am concerned.
My favorite gift(s) daughter had her husband retreive some of my very old and prized family/geneology photos from my dinosaur computer(I thought they were lost forever)and the other daughter made me a necklace with a drop crystal and a picture behind it of my Mom on her wedding day...just priceless to me!
Have a very Happy New Year, Tracey!
My Best
P.s. love those curtains!

Cheryl said...

I am inspired by your blog. My favorite gift this Christmas was a beautiful apron from Anthropologie. Looking forward to following you in 2010.

Runspud said...

The curtains are is your Blog! Thanks for sharing.

Lindsay said...

Thank you for this giveaway! Hope you had a happy holidays! My best Christmas gift was my 5 month old daughter! Something about this year was more special then the rest :) Hugs!

Anonymous said...

My parents got me a diamond Eiffel tower necklace. It will always remind me of the vacation to Paris/Nice that they took me on when I was in junior high.
Heather Toller

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Happy New Year to you Tracey! Love those linen curtains and would love to have them. Oh, I must say that your antique hat pins are tdf beautiful - what a most wonderful and sentimental collection!

cityfarmer said...

Please know that I am not just jumping on the giveaway bandwagon ....whenever I do a GA I get tons of comments and then I don't hear again from most of them ... I seriously just discovered you at anything Goes...cut and pasted your address for my favorites will sit back and wait ...I've been eying these panels in my JD publication!!!!

nice to meet you and thanks for the chance to win

briannelee said...

Those hat pins are gorgeous! My fav Xmas gift was the new camera my fiance got me.

Happy 2010!

It' an Evolution said...

Oh Tracey
I have been absent minded as well...the holidays and kids have filled my days.
Its been great but I have to say I need to get back to my routine.
One more round of fun this weekend and then I have to get back to the grind :)
WE will have to catch up again soon.

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Your hat pins are just beautiful...and how generous of you to have such a wonderful giveaway. Wishing you and your family a wonderful and happy New Year!

Atticbabys said...

Those pins are gorgeous! What a thoughtful and sentimental gift from mom!
Love these curtains...pretty please put my name in the hat at a chance to win!
Happy New Year's Eve!

Kristin said...

Oh Tracey if you could see the state of my curtains...sigh...I'll hold my breath in hopes of winning your fabulous giveaway! I *love* your hat pins, knowing where they came from and how much they were loved makes things all the more special...I received a nativity scene that was my grandmother's for this Christmas and I'm having the most awful time putting it away!
Thanks for asking and wonderful giveaway; have a safe and Happy New Year!


McMaster and Storm said...

Wishing you a wonderful 2010! Hope all is well.

she dreams big! said...

Favorite gift this year - after 4 days of blizzard weather, I finally got out of the house and my family could get home for Christmas! These curtains would be perfect for my bare windows! Please count me in! Blessings for the New Year!

Grace.... said...

sorrow is hard...hope your 2010 is brighter..
best gift- family and friends together to eat a very large dinner.....

The Flying Bee said...

Hi Tracey!

I am just getting back to blogging again...what a beautiful gift from your mother! I love them!

Have a blessed and very Happy New Year!


BellaRosa said...

Tracey amor, I think by looking at all these comments that I am a lil late for this wonderful party :) that is usual lol I just wanted to thank you for your friendship and sweet emails and comments that always make me smile and happy to a part of such a create community that is this lil blogging world of ours! I finally received our packages today, can you believe that :) I will get yours out to you by next week, Have a beautiful New Year and may it be filled with much love, Laughter and noting but good things! I left a lil note for you and all our wonderful friends on my blog, please visit when you have a free moment, I can't wait to see your new creations and please enter me in your new giveaway, you are so sweet & generous! Besos, Rose

Michele P. said...

My favorite gift this holiday was a lovely handpainted wooden box with a cute little beaded necklace inside...both done by my 8 year old daughter. I was amazed at the wonderful job she did and how artistic she is. It will make a wonderful keepsake for years to come :) Wishing you a happy healthy new year!

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Lauri Evans said...

Wow what a nice giveaway, I have to keep checking back with you after Deb telling me about your blog. I would have to say my best gift is my new daughter in law, although she wasn't really a gift to me, I just feel that after losing my mother, she as filled a void in my life that I truly needed. For me it is not about tangible things this year it is about love and family....thanks for your beautiful inspirations. Lauri@chippys

Debbie said...

great giveaway.... please enter me... my fav gift was a Dolce Gusto coffee machine......

Shawn Seay said...

Happy New Year!! Wow! Am I the 170th comment?

pam said...

Great giveaway! I have been so indecisive about the curtain treatments in my new apartment. Winning would give me one less problem. Happy New Year!

Lisha said...

I have been staring at my bedroom windows for the last couple of weeks knowing I didn't like what I had up. Now I'll be staring at the windows knowing that I was right and just what the fix is.

Barbara said...

I'm totally in love with those hat pins too!

My favorite gift was (are you ready for this one?) an electric knife sharpener!

Happy New Year, Tracey!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I just came by to wish you a Happy New Year but now that I see that fabulous giveaway I also would like to be entered! Thank you, Tracey! Hopefully the next year will be filled with a lot of happy moments for you!


~LisaLou~ said...

You have such a beautiful blog. Best wishes for this new year!

Firefly Hill said...

Dont enter me since I recently won one of your beautiful contests and I would feel guilty entering again....but I just wanted to say Happy New Year! I hope 2010 brings you and your family much happiness and health!



{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Tracey.....So hoping to win these beauties!

Happy New Year......

Warm blessings,

Chrissy said...

Hey you....Happy New Year!!!Just ordered my mag...John is treating me to it and a spice bag!! Can hardly wait!! Talk soon,Chrissy

Leah C said...

Those hat pins are a true treasure:) My favorite gift this year was the Canon Rebel camera my husband gave me...I feel so spoiled! Happy New Year to you and your family:)

Shannon said...

Those hat pins would have been my favorite gift too! How wonderful. I would love to be entered in the giveaway! Those curtains are so pretty!

Lolly said...

I just discovered your wonderful blog and you're having a giveaway! Woot! Please count me in! I love all my wonderful gifts, but this year, I especially love all of my Paula Dean cooking utensils! Love the wooden spatulas!!
Happy New Year!

B-mused... said...

Hello, I just stumbled across your site and would love to be included in the giveaway! I'm enjoying your blog and love anything and everything French Country! For Christmas, I was given a beatiful silver beaded necklace from my hubby. Just lovely! I look forward to reading more from you! Happy New Year:)


Poppy Q said...

My two best friends chose me the perfect blue bangle. It might not seem a big thing, but I have coveted one of these designer ones for years, but could find none that fit me. Not only did they pick the perfect colour, but chose one that slides on perfectly.

Love the curtains!!

Julie Q

Jill said...

Hi Tracey!

Those curtains would look fabulous with my bottle drying rack!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. We never got to talk at Kasey's husband's father died unexpectedly (and young)almost 10 years ago. Those first holidays were terribly hard..but now we find ways, especially with our children who were too young to remember him to honor his memory and share tidbits about him. While those first years were terribly sad, it has gotten easier to not just remember the day he died but all the days he lived!

Oh, and my favorite Christmas gift was from my hubby and kids...a new pocket sized digital camera to carry in my purse - to never be without in case I find something I must share on my blog, of course!

Happy New Year to you.
Cheers! Jill

Fabulously french said...

Love the curtains! Hope that you have a wonderful 2010.

Leeann x

tyumenqueen said...

My best present this year was just the quiet time I got to spend with my husband. We were snowed in and couldn't get out to see the rest of our no presents....just time with each other!

thasnifty said...

Happy New Year ! My favorite present this year was just enjoying the look on the children when they spied Santa's treasures for them. In this economy it was a blessing to be able to give them presents and it my own little Christmas miracle :)

Tish Jett said...

How is it possible I have not found you before today. Must be New Year's good luck. (Let's hope it holds. . .)

Your boutique is ravishingly beautiful. You have captured the esprit perfectly, no small feat.

I'm mad about your blog. The next time I'm in Chicago, which I hope, hope, hope will be this year I will run in to see all your beautiful, French elegance in the real world.

Happy new year and warm regards,

KoRa said...

wish you a Happy New Year.
your blog and your giveaway are wonderful.
Have a nice time, and sorry for this english

Casa Mia * My House * said...

How fabulouse. Happy New Year! I love your blog....Wow

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi Tracey!

Absolutely gorgeous pictures!!!

The linen curtains are so beautiful...and so are lots lots of the pictures in your blog. I have missed quite a few posts here since I only added you as Favorites on my old computer, but now I´ve linked to my photo-link-list in my blog, so I won´t miss anything :)

Lots of New Years hugs from Sweden,

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

I just found your blog. Wow, I can't wait to dig around through your archives. :)

Great giveaway.

Brandie said...

Oooo, I just made it in! Love those, just gorgeous. Wishing you the very best blessings the new year has to offer:)

Sue M said...

I would love to be entered. It is going to be a wonderful New Year! said...

Am I too late?? I hope not because those panels are too beautiful.
I love all of the goodies in your shop, & your blog has inspired the direction of my homes' design.
As for fav would have to be that Santa is re-doing my studio. Spent 6 hours at Ikea yesterday & we're doing walls & removing soffets today. I'll be posting about it soon. Lisa

5Senses said...


The curtains would be a lovely, textural addition to any home. My dilemma would be should I display them in the living area or keep them all to myself gracing my bedroom window?
My favorite gift was a stunning petite purse with a picture of Florence on it in languid tones of cream, toffee and robin's egg blue. It was given to me by my friend, a kindred spirit, who spoils me more than I could ever earn!

Melanie (

Jane said...

Love your beautiful and inspiring site.

Debbie said...


What an exquisite site you have!! I am so glad I came across it. I will be following you from now on, with much anticipation. As blessed as we've been in 2009 may 2010 be just as joyous and blessed.
Please enter me in you wonderful drawing..


Libbe said...

we scaled way back this year. My favorite gift was giving my sons a few things they wanted. I didnt really need anything, but I would LOVE the curtains in my computer room.

red ticking said...

many blessings to you and your family in the new year.... xx pam

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