Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sparkle,Shimmer and Shine

This morning  I woke up to the delicious smell of coffee brewing 
and the sound of Mr. Flea strumming his guitar.
I love that.
 When I walked into the kitchen
 the sun was streaming through the window
 and lit up my little silver was positively glowing.

This tiny tree is for the littlest angels.

I'm not really done with it....
just keep adding shiny bits as I find them about the house.


This beautiful blue beaded butterfly
 flew all the way here to me from Italy...
It is one of a pair that my dear friend Walter sent me.
You may remember, that Walter and I met through blogging
 and a year ago when we visited Venice...
...he met us and took us to the flea market at la Corte dei Miracoli.

This October, at that very same flea market,
Walter purchased these lovely butterflies just for me.
  He knew how much I love blue...
...what he didn't know is
 that ever since my Mom's passing...
whenever I see a butterfly I think of her.
 I think of all that she taught me
 and how much she loved and supported me. 
So, thank you Walter!

And thanks to all my other blogger friends
 for your support and friendship this year!


LizlovesVintage said...

I love your little tree. My white one didn't come out this year as we decided to cut one down. I wish you a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!
xxx Liz

bec said...

such a beautiful meaningful tree. and how nice to have a friend so dear who remembers little things about you. I have enjoyed your blog thoroughly this year and look forward to more in 2013.
Bec x

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Laura,
How pretty your silver tree looks and how it must sparkle.
.....and what a lovely present to have received from your friend Walter............. doubly beautiful with the sentiments behind it.
Christmas was always made special for us by our parents and it always brings back such lovely memories of all of the family members that are now gone but still with us in our hearts and thoughts.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas of togetherness and for a happy, healthy and beautiful 2013.
Much love to you and yours Laura. XXXX

Burlap Luxe said...

Laura, before I even got to the posting of what you described your silver tree to be, it was an instant thought to as the children of sand Hook Conn. or a tree of children and grand babies, a memorie tree. It's so beautiful wish I had thought of it. I love the teething ring bell, the child's spoon, the teething key? And all the brightness you have added.

It's glow of bright silvers and tarnish bring a thought that there is going to be brightness In a sad outcome. You my friend added a glimps of bright to this somber holiday with all the evil that has played out.

Your vignettes of beauty welcome a Joyeux Noël .
A new year is approaching with all the beauty you inspire for all soulfully take with them after a visit. See you soon, looking forward to another beautiful year with all you share.


W. theAntiquesLovers said...

Wow Laura, i'm so please you like my littel butterfly so much!! when i saw it i said that's for Laura for sure!!! Merry Christmas to you all with love!! your friend W.

Gaby Bee said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours; may the New Year keep you safe, healthy, and creating more art so I can continually be inspired.

Gaby xo

Boxwood Cottage said...

I love your sparkling silver tree Laura and the sentiments behind it!
Wishing you Happy Holidays 2012!
xoxo~ Carola

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Your pictures are absolutely outstanding.

And what a blessed way to wake up - coffee you didn't have to make, and your hubs playing his awesome!

That's pretty neat about the butterfly, too.


KKvinneblogger said...

Wish you a merry Christmas! :)

Muffy's Marks said...

Love your little tree. I'll bet it is all glitzy with the morning sun shining on it. Merry Christmas to you and those you love.

trash talk said...

Thank you Laura for this past year of showing there is still beauty in the world...even in the smallest and simplest of things and actions.
A very Merry and blessed Christmas to you and yours.
P.S. I'm now off to try and find the book "The Littlest Angel" for my granddaughter. Hadn't thought of it for them even though it was one of my favorites as a child. Thank you for the reminder.

Kristie said...

Beautiful tree filled with lovely meaningful ornaments. I love the blue butterfly, it's gorgeous!

Thanks so much for sharing the trips to flea markets, and the shops of your friends. Every time I visit its like visiting the store in person. :)

manon 21 said...

Belles fêtes de fin d'année ma chère Laura.



shabby girl said...

Sounds like you received a beautiful gift this morning. One that had nothing to do with anything more than life itself. That's a true gift.

Ivy said...

Pretty tree! That bottlebrush swan is so neat, I've never seen one before.

Unknown said...

I love this tree & all of it's glimmer. Just beautiful.

Julie Hargreaves said...

Great to see a tree thats decorated with imagination

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

I love your little tree.
Merry Christmas Laura to you and yours...
Susan x

ByLightOfMoon said...

I adore your blog Laura and you always make me smile! Your tree is fabulous and I love the tiny teddy bear. I never would have imagined the key was a teething item like the rings.... What fabulous ideas.

I thought if pasting and glittering wooden curtain rod rings from looking at your tree... It is so pretty!

I always love to see your wonderful finds and travels!
Smiles, cyndi

Nancy said...

I love the bottlebrush swan ornament, for like butterflies remind you of your mom, swans remind me of my mom.

Woodside Park said...

Dear Laura,
I've really enjoyed your blog this year. So happy we connected. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful photos and treasures.
Merry Christmas!
Warm wishes,

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful way to wake up! :)

Your tree is gorgeous, Laura. So many unique and delightful treasures!

Wishing you and yours a beautiful Christmas,

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

I love your silver tree and all your vintage ornaments, really charming, you are such a clever lady! :)
my very best wishes for a happy christmas

Anonymous said...

I love that you are still 'adding' to the decor. I do that. Once when someone said "Are you ready for Christmas?" my ex replied "Nope. She just quits when it comes and starts over". Putzing with the decor is a big part of the celebration for me.
I especially like the butterfly story. For me it is a cardinal, my mother's favorite bird. I work on difficult decisions sometimes at the kitchen sink. I always know I've come up with a solution when a cardinal lights on the hedge or the feeder.
Merry Christmas!

Lady Pamela said...

Such beautiful photos. Have you ever considered publishing a book? I would love a copy on my coffee table.

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

What a great way to decorate a tree the spoon and bell were my favorite. The bell reminded me of the saying every time a bell rings an angel gets it's wings.
Merry Christmas and the best in the New Year.

Katalin said...

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French Kissed said...

Joyeux Noel to you and yours. This little tree is so very to see everyday things become meaningful ornaments...I think every Christmas tree tells a story and yours is very special. Thank you for all your wonderful and thoughtful posts you have given us through out the year.


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love your tree Laura ~ a girl can never have too much shimmer and shine!

Carole said...

Happy Christmas Laura. How wonderful to have such a loving family to spend it with. I know you will make a special day,
I love your little sparkly tree.

JoAnn SweetPepperRose said...

Your little tree brings back memories. I grew up with the aluminum tree ;-) Sure do wish I had it now ;-)

Evi said...

oh, Laura, this little tree looks lovely with all the gathered treasures.
Wishing you and Rob the merriest of holidays.
Love and lots of hugs,