Moving Into Woodstone

We aren’t living in the house you-we still need the occupancy permit -but we are having a lot of fun getting all set up. So far all went smoothly due to the incredibly warm weather(in Massachusetts??!) and it is so nice to see our stuff again. Trying to get ready for Christmas all at the same time is proving interesting!

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Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

.This is really cute and very easy to do!

Bring some extra cheer to your holiday table by folding the napkins into Christmas trees.

www.instructables.com/id/Christmas-Tree-Napkin-Fold/

 

Christmas Memories and Collections

 

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Whatever it is that you collect and get out of storage from the attic or the basement every year is undoubtedly something that means a lot to you and to your family. It is such a great feeling to see my Santa collection every year-it is like seeing old friends again. Of course putting the ornaments on the tree every year is also such a highlight-remembering where each one came from and reliving the memories. Christmas is such a magical time-enjoy it!

PS  thanks to friends for many of the pictures!

Have Yourself A Messy Little Christmas!

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 This is from my nephew who has three children aged 12-8 years old. I just thought I should share it after yesterday’s blog about Christmas Creativity! It gave me a real chuckle:
“You should tour our house – the theme is “Childhood Christmas Mess.”  I particularly enjoy the way the rumpled clothes and towels on the floor make the shape of a Christmas tree.  The stairsare decorated with last week’s homework, a tie, and a shirt top. Down in the basement we have vestiges of last week’s movie night.  Perhaps I can pick up the left-over popcorn and make a nice string for the tree.The dishes in the sink remind me of the tinkling of Christmas bells as I scrub 3-day-old dinner off them and they clang together.Ahh, we could rival anyone’s house with a little imagination.”

Concord Museum’s Holiday House Tour

HolidayDoor21aWhat a fantastic event-despite the  heavy rains, the houses were absolutely spectacular-the bar has been raised again. Here are some of the things I thought were particularly creative(although obviously I loved everything in the tour!)

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These pictures(above) are taken at a house that was done by Hilary Bovey of Bovey Steers Design Group Copper Penny Flowers and Comina. Some great ideas-I especially loved the “package” made of little mums. I also noticed that a lot of the houses were decorating with  roping not on the rail but instead along the stairs-very nice effect!

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The second house I just loved was done by Kathy Morris and Margaret DeJesus of Morris Interiors of Concord. They spent hours making every single floral arrangement in the house, and created several vignettes that were just incredible. Most of all though, I absolutely loved their “cookbook tree”-so clever!

 

Christmas in Ho Chi Minh City ( Saigon)

 

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Ho Chi Minh City , formerly named Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam from 1955–75. South Vietnam was a capitalist and anti-communist state which fought against the communist North Vietnamese and Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, with the assistance of the United States and other countries. On 30 April 1975, Saigon fell and the war ended with a Communist victory. On 2 July 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia Dinh Province and was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after Ho Chi Minh (although the name Sài Gòn is still commonly used).

The metropolitan area, which consists of the Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, Thu Dau Mot, Di An, Bien Hoa and surrounding towns, is populated by more than 9,000,000 people,making it the most populous metropolitan area in Vietnam. The city’s population is expected to grow to 13.9 million in 2025.

Pictures from a friend, excerpts from Wikepedia