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Friday, November 18, 2011

Holiday Happiness Straight Ahead

I got in the car today and turned on the radio. Andy Williams belted out “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Really? Already? Well, I guess so. (Insert panicked hyperventilating!)


I should have known it was coming. I mean I have been preparing for the past two months for a wonderful vintage holiday market that I am honored to participate in ~ Winter Frolic. For those who live in the Phoenix area mark your calendars for December 3, 2011. Details to soon follow.


I am also participating in a 2 week series on holiday decorating. Make it Merry is a collaboration of several wonderful bloggers. You won’t want to miss a day. 

In the meantime I am still working on my office. Whenever you do a low cost DIY you have to keep in mind that the time investment is greater. (smile) Then there is the fact that Thanksgiving has kind of taken precedence over everything else. I also had to do a bit of mini decorating makeover in Sweet Boy’s bathroom when I found two fantastic oil paintings at a thrift store. I live in a lakeside community and thought it might be fun to show you my new seaside gems by the water.

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The frames actually caught my eye first. The painting were done by an M. Hoyt in the 1950’s. I thought they were a steal at $8.00.

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It appears that Christmas has indeed come early.


Todays post was brought to you by “F is for Frosty” holiday box.

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laxsupermom said...

Score! Love the new paintings! Such pretty frames, too! Thanks for sharing.

Stitchfork said...

Lots of the holiday shopping ads are too early - but I love the Christmas music!
xo Cathy

Auntie Em said...

Loved reading your post today! It was so cheerful, even if a bit of holiday panic set in. I am determined to enjoy this Chirstmas, so help me, even if it kills me! (hahaha!)
Seriously, I have decided no stressing over shopping(that's why gift cards were invented. Just for lazy people like me!) and the house is in total chaos due to ongoing renovations so why panic over cleaning. I can still prepare a good feast, find a clean corner to decorate and play my beloved Christmas tunes full blast. (Have you heard Michael Buble's Christmas album this year? It will put you in the spirit guaranteed!!!) So bring on the jolly Hohohos! :)
Love those awesome paintings!!! Score!

JennyLynn said...

Great deal on those paintings. They are truly an amazing fine.

My heart did a flip when I heard someone announce at work that there was only six week until Christmas. Yikes, I got some work to do to get ready.

ImagiMeri said...

Ho Ho Ho sweetie,

Your boxes are turning out amazing, I can't wait to get mine. We'll have to plan some sort of gift exchange.

Those paintings are so cool, better get them never know!


Vicki said...

Ummm, can we go shopping together?! Seriously, you find the most terrific buys at thrift stores!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laura, your paintings are beautiful. Love the frames too. Can't wait to find out more about the fair. Hugs, Marty

Linda said...

You just never cease to amaze me, Laura, with all of your creations. Here, for me, it was a huge accomplishment just making my own cards. ;)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Love, Linda

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great paintings, Laura! Those frames would have caught my eye first, too. Yes, I first heard Christmas music when I went into Walmart on November 2nd! I just kept shaking my head the whole time I was in there. Plus it was like 70 degrees that day. Hardly put me in the mood for Christmas. It's coming up fast, though!

Miss Sandy said...

Love those paintings! I high five you and a hearty "AMEN" to the comment on DIY projects taking a greater time investment after just having completed back to back bathrooms. I know your office is going to be so awesome, can't wait to see the finished product! Have a great weekend.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

It is the most wonderful time of the year if we remember..."the reason for the season"! Trying not to get too stressed out here. The paintings are gorgeous--I live in eye view of a lake & always find it soothing to just gaze. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

Debby said...

Alot of sweet goodness in this post. Love those reindeer for sure. Those paintings you foud are really nice.
Love the Frosty box, how cute.

Priscilla said...

I'm plugging my ears until at least Dec. 1st!

AshTreeCottage said...

I refuse to start my Christmas decorating until the day after Thanksgiving. Life moves by fast enough ~ why rush things? I am looking forward to participating in many of the fun parties you have listed and I love that adorable frosty box!

Susan and Bentley

Carrie said...

I think Im in love... Absolutely head over heels with your 'Frosty' project. Too cute! Thanks for stopping by, I'm soo glad to be introduced to your blog! Your newest GFC groupie,

French said...

oh goodness, it keeps getting earlier and earlier, this year right after Halloween the Christmas lights started up. I can't focus on it until after next Thursday! ps love the paintings!

Karena said...

Laura I cannot believe your seaside paintings!! A real find!! I am starting to get excited about the holidays now that I am facing the fact that Thanksgiving IS next week!

Love and Hugs,


Art by Karena

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhh I wish I could attend that event... but that is my 40th birthday and we will be in Las Vegas for the Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soliel show!! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Shirley said...

Dear Laura,
I just wanted to stop by to say I hope you have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time with your family,

suzyq said...

Wow, I just love those paintings!! Don't you feel guilty when you find that something special...I do but it doesn't stop me getting out of the store as fast as I can!!!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

what a beautiful painting! a real bargin

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Hi Laura,
LOVE those felt deers! Are they for sale???
The pictures are very pretty and I love the frames too! How lovely to have a lake on your property! So peaceful!
Have a lovely Sunday. Nice Sunday post too!