Monday, November 26, 2012

Taken For Granite -Christmas 2012

Taken For Granite, Stony Creek, CT

Noelle greeted us at the door...
...dressed in a spectacular gown of glittery sea-foam
 and paper snowflakes.

Yes...the Holiday Open House
 at Taken For Granite in Stony Creek, CT.
 was just as spectacular as anticipated!

Icy blues mixed with silver and crystals sparkled
 from every corner of this wonderful shop.

True to its location by the jars of pearly white shells, sand dollars and starfish are always a staple here.

Rustic antiques with worn paint and rough textures
 play against the elegant shiny surfaces of mercury glass and glitter.

A touch of whimsy...a touch of red...a few rusty bells...
...and it's Christmas!

Inspiring vignettes are everywhere.

In the children's corner sits a tall cupboard full of soft and cuddly blankets, knit caps and tiny fur snowsuits.
 Perched on top was this sweet sign.

I love the look of black and white with silver and glass.
...and look at these flameless candles....don't they look real?

Next to the elegant and sparkly side of things...
...a quieter woodland theme was throughout the shop.

There were owls in every shape and size.

Michele does a wonderful job of mixing antiques and vintage items with new gifts and decor.

Paula spied this vintage apothecary jar filled with white buttons
 and brought it home with her.

The beautiful Michele and Noelle posed for just a moment
 during their busy open house...

It was a wonderful way to start off the holiday season...
...lots of inspiration and creative ideas as well as beautiful gifts, home decor, jewelry, gorgeous women's clothing and antique finds!

If you are in the area this holiday season...
...a stop at Taken For Granite is a must!
409 Leetes Island Road, Stony Creek, CT 06405

Friday, November 23, 2012

Carole's Christmas Shop 2012

Old Saybrook, CT

Carole opened her Christmas shop on Saturday...
...and by now all George's Christmas trees
 are ready outside the shop as well!

Every nook and cranny of this enchanting shop
 is filled with treasures! 

I don't know how Carole manages to outdo herself each year!

Beautiful ornaments...

...glittery Wendy Addison selections

...gorgeous jewelry

Have a look....

I's amazing!
If you are in the vicinity of Old Saybrook, CT...
be sure to visit Maynard Greenhouse and Carole's Christmas Shop
 ...stop in and tell Carole and George I say hi!
You will be soooo glad you did!

How was your Thanksgiving?
Mine was wonderful...
...we were with sister Mary Beth and family and friends.
We had turkey with all the trimmings
 and the most delicious desserts too! 
We are grateful for so many blessings...

Today, Dan and I ventured out to a few local shops...
steering clear of the Black Friday madness.
 It was very relaxing and fun to spend time with my "boy".

Will be posting soon about the Holiday Open House
 at Taken For Granite in Stony Creek
 and my visit to Gather in Ivoryton
as well as a few more stops we made while shopping in CT.
Until then....
...take care!