Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Carole and Her Shop at Maynard Greenhouse


Warning...this post is very long...
and you may need sunglasses for all the sparkle!


The Shop at Maynard Greenhouse!
Carole and George have a beautiful setting where they sell Christmas trees, wreaths, and more...much more!


And then....
...inside the Christmas shop....
Carole has created a magical place...
full of sparkle, whimsy and pure delight!


There's so much to see......it's hard to take it all in...
...but go ahead and try!













































Everywhere you look...every corner..nook and cranny...
...there is something special...a beautifully arranged vignette...
and a treasure to be found.

We spent a long time looking...sigh...
and if you are in the area of Old Saybrook, CT...
you should take a look too!

Carole came over to Paula's home Friday evening after she closed up shop and we shared a glass of wine and good conversation...
...then she had to get back to work and make more wreaths!

Did you see anything you wanted to take home?
I tried to be good...
I really did try!
:)

45 comments:

di@cottage-wishes said...

So beautiful, thank you for sharing during this holiday season. Di

Pattie said...

Wonderful shop I think I need everything in there. Thanks for sharing with us.. Merry Christmas..

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

You are so right about the sparkle, wow, how beautiful is her store. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays, T

Blondie's Journal said...

What an amazing shop...I did a lot of shopping in my head and I am way over budget!!

Happy Holidays, Laura!

XO,
Jane

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Yes Everything!! I want to take home everything!! Well if I must pick one thing.. the crowns.. so beautiful.. as is your shots and Carole's gorgeous shop... One of these days Laura I'm going to see a white christmas and I think it will be over your way so I can visit you and Carole..

Have some catching up to do on both your blogs..and popping back to see Paula's home.. Have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

oldgreymare said...

Laura,

Thank you thank you thank you thank you! Carole and I talk for hours and I try to imagine the shop and get a mental image, and picture her there making wreaths and now I can clearly see and have a sense where she is when we chat. Thank you sweetie!

xx
z

Simply Bungalow said...

How beautiful! What a magical place.
~Heidi

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Well, I am delighted that your post was especially long today! Oh my...so many pretty, unique and sparkly things. I'm sure I could get myself in some deep trouble in Carole's shop. I spied quite a few things that would have come home with me...What a treat!

Blessings and Hugs,
Susie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh what fun that was, what inspiration, I would spend all day there!! thank you for showing us!

Carol

Irma@CosasBellas said...

I had a bit of a trying day, and then I was blessed with viewing your wonderful post.
I felt as if I were walking right beside you as you took these pictures. You gave me an escape from reality and put a smile on my face.
Honestly, I'm glad I wasn't there or I would have spent my "Christmas fund" all on ME.lol

Thank you for this moment,
Irma

Boxwood Cottage said...

Wow! Such a gorgeous Winterwonderland that Carole created! I knew her shop was beautiful from the pictures she shows sometimes on her blog, but I did't get it is quite as wonderful as it really is! Thank you for sharing it with us! Oh how I wish I could visit! How sweet that you called her Christmas Carole he he I guess I'm one too though ;-)
I also love the shop from the outside,it looks like a barn and the blue sky ahh we have gray skies and rain here for days now, so good to see some blue sky! Well yes I saw a lot of things that I would have loved to take home, beginning with that fabulous bottlebrush star and then the snowgirl with the tophat and the snowfalke in her hand she's so gorgeous, the white wooden bunny ornament, some Wendy Addison ornaments, oh I could go on and on. So what did you pick?
xoxo~ Carola

Gracie's Cottage said...

D-R-E-A-M-Y!

Jan

ariadne said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!
I love it! I have a friend who lives in Old Saybrook so she knows this shop and was surprised that someone from Greece told her about it!!!!
Anything I like? Everything I like! But I think I would definitely buy one of those golden thread acorns, the vintage king decoration and I want to know what's that tin box with the bird on it! Amazing! Like a museum!AriadnefromGreece!

Rosa Lily (Pen) said...

Oh my! I have just been transported to a world of wonderment!! Just gorgeous :)

Kellie Collis said...

What a fabulous shop! I'm pretty sure I would take home a lot of beautiful things. Enjoy the lovely day, Kellie xx

trash talk said...

Oh mylanta...this is where I want to wake up Christmas morning. If Santa has his workshop with the elves...this has got to be where Mrs. Claus takes care of her business.
I know I'd be leaving with more than just glitter in my teeth.
Deb

Vintage Gal said...

Oh my ~ I've looked and looked at the pictures before posting a comment. Such eye candy ~ wow ~ LOVE LOVE LOVE that little mouse ;-)

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Oh I saw a ton of things I love:) What a beautiful shop Carole has. She is sooo full of creativity! A Winter Wonderland!!!!!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Laura,
Thanks so much for this look around Carole and George's shop and Maynard Greenhouse. Carole has made it a magical, icy, sparkly den of beautiful Christmas treasures. I think that she has every Christmas ornament ever made !!!!
Their trees look such lovely shapes ....if we lived near, we would definitely buy our tree from them.
Hope you and your family are well Laura and you are enjoying the build up to Christmas. XXXX

GardenChic said...

Love all the Christmas sparkle! It's a beautiful store. So many wonderful presents.
Merry Christmas
Love, Jody

Judy said...

I love the little doll in white in the 8th picture down! She is so sweet! What a gorgeous place! A real winter wonderland!

loveandlilac said...

Gorgeous - I want it all! But if pressed to choose one thing I choose ones of the glittery santas.

Josie said...

I loved the green trimmed glass casing! It would be perfect for a make-shift medicine cabinet in a bathroom! Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing.

kpaints said...

Thanks for the walk through a child's wonderland!

Ashley said...

Oh my goodness!!! So many treasures!! Gorgeous and I'm sure I would have no problem staying everyday there hehehe ~Ashley

time worn interiors said...

Oh Laura, thank you so much for showing photos of Carole's shop. I have been following her blog, but she only shows bits and pieces! The shop looks amazing!
tot

~*Feathers and Flight*~ said...

Oh My Laura! Thank you for Sharing this absolutely Gorgeous Holiday Eye Candy! What a Wonderful place! I could Spend a Day there! "Yes Please,I will have One of Each!"
Have a Wonderful Day!
Hugs
Jill

Desi said...

I loved everything I saw, gorgeous pixs!
Do they do mail order?
Desi

A Cottage Muse said...

Carole's shop is just a magic place!
Can't wait to get there one day!

Dorthe said...

Oh Laura, what a beautiful shop dear Carole have-what a wonderland of frosty and glittering winter items- I am totally in love with it all, -her tree is fantastic decorated, and there are beauty all over this place-I love the little lamb-and the snowfolkes.
Thankyou again for taking me on this wonder trip of yours, visiting your clever friends.
Hugs,Dorthe

joanne said...

oh y...where do i start with my LOVE list ? i loved every thing EVERY thing...did you leave there without a purchase? i know i could not have ..the snowmaidens, the lamb, the mouse, the bunny....that is just a beginning.. absolutely gorgeous...

thank you for taking us along on this magic carpet ride ! xxxx

Shug in Boots said...

Wow! This place looks straight magical!

Evi said...

I gosh...I missed all of this !!!!! But what I missed most, is seeing you all!!!!!
Hopefully next time.
I was window shopping...so to speak...and boy oh boy, lots of things had my name on it.
Carole did a beautiful job again.
I hope she and George can make it too to our Christmas get-together. So much to talk about.
Paula's house was an absolute delight !!!!!!!!!
It looked so light and airy and done up with so much love. It truly is an inspiration.
Can't tell you how sad I was not to be there with you all, but it is still in my plans to see Paula and all the wondrous things in person.
Love you much and thanks for sharing,
Evi

Angela said...

Wonderful store! I would be smiling from ear to ear in there! Thanks for sharing

Sally Lee by the Sea Nautical Cottage said...

sigh....drool...swoon.

What a delightful shop - I love all the glitter and Christmas joy!

Happy Holidays & hugs,
Marie

Anonymous said...

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!!! Wow i love this place Laura!!! i would spend hours in this shop!! i particulary like the litte Crown!! Have fun, W. the Antiques Lovers

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Thank you very much for the wonderful tour! I always wish I could visit Carole's fabulous Christmas store. Maybe one day ...
Have a great weekend!
Hugs,
Julia

carla said...

The photos are lovely, as usual.

May I pin some on Pinterest?

ceparie said...

Beautiful photos, wonderful shop! That glass ornament of a Cardinal (the Roman Catholic kind versus a feathered friend) was very unique and interesting.

ceparie said...

Oh, regarding my comment on the Cardinal, I just showed my Roman Catholic husband the photo and he said, "That's Baby Jesus a/k/a Christ the King." I guess I don't know my iconoclasts very well.

ceparie said...

Okay, did a little research, and the glass ornament is the Infant Jesus of Prague (Czech: Pražské Jezulátko) and depicts a famous statue of the infant Jesus located in the Church of Our Lady Victorious in Malá Strana, Prague. Now we know.

Heaven's Walk said...

How good were you, Laura....? hehehe! What didya take home??? :) I ADORE that mercury heart ornament!!! Carole has such an amazing shop! Talk about talent and creativity! Sure wish I lived closer to her. I think I'd want to work there with her..... :)

xoxo laurie

Donna said...

Just AMAZING! What a wonderland!

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I love the little doll in white in the 8th photo! She is so sweet! Really great place. Beautiful wonderland.

sunroom said...

All items and gifts are really nice and have their own charm.