Monday, December 1, 2014

getting started

...and so it starts
The last of my family flew out this morning and so out came the Christmas decor.
(We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with everyone of our children and their families.)

 It will take several days of staring at all the containers to get the creative juices flowing though. 
It's a pretty big mess around here,
but I like to take my time.
  Here's a few shots of things as I get them out. 
Thought I would make some little vignettes of some of the things as I decide what to do.


a few new handmade ornaments 







Bloggers-please read
I don't know if this is happening to everyone who has the comment moderation 
option on your blogs, but many of your comments aren't coming to
my e-mail which is where I usually publish and read them from 
and I wouldn't have known about it had I not read it on another blog.
Sure enough, I went to my  settings and to the comments and found that
 several of them were sitting in my 'awaiting moderation' section. I had missed
so many wonderful comments from some of you.
Most of the comments are coming through, but a few are not.
So then I started wondering  if that's why I keep getting a 'failure'  notice
on some of the comments that I'm leaving you who have comment moderation option?
Almost everyone who has it, my message comes back as failed,
but I think they may be sitting in your 'awaiting moderation' as well.
Everyone probably has already figured this out and I'm the 'late comer' to the
party as usual, but just in case you didn't know, I thought I would post it.

~~~~~hugs from here~~~~~


Junkchiccottage said...

Hi June,
So pretty all our decorations. Let the fun decorating begin. Enjoy.

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

I see plenty of Holiday loveliness just waiting for your decorative touch.
I have so few comments that I've never needed the comment moderation. Perhaps with all the beauty you share and the wonderful people that come to visit and comment you've overloaded the system June! Ha!
Susan x

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Looks like it's going to be absolutely beautiful at your house this Christmas! I haven't even started yet, nothing is pulled out of storage. I hope I get the urge soon or it'll all be over! Ha ha! xo

bobbie said...

Very cheerful looking! I especially love the home-made ornaments!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I didn't know anything about the comment moderation, so you are not the only one.

Anyway...great to see you back after the holiday, it must have been wonderful to be with all of your family.

I can hardly wait to see what you do with all of these fabulous decorations. I have finished up early so I have plenty of time for some holiday entertaining...I too like to get it all out and mull a bit. And of course it is nice to mix it up a bit each year.

Have fun!

sarah said...

such loveliness!

Home and Lifestyle said...

I love your decoration, dear June. I think I will start next weekend. Before Christmas we celebrate 'Sinterklaas' next Friday. Sinterklaas is a very old man and once a year he comes by boat from Spain to bring a lot of presents to all the children in our country.

Wish you a wonderful time, the next weeks before Christmas!! Hugs, Ingrid

Vicky said...

June I love your home all decorated for the Holidays! I always love your decor!
Hugs, Vicky

Carolyn said...

Hi June,
I can imagine all the happy times you had with your family.
I love all your Christmas don't have to do another thing it looks pretty already!


Sylvia said...

Beautiful as always!

Shabby Passion said...

Dear June, I missed coming here and read your beautiful posts and watching your great pics and now I would like to sit beside you and watch you decorating your house... I woudl sit still, you would only hear from time to time my sighs and hands clapping!!!!
I hug you tight,
Lisa said...

Hi June:)
This is such an exciting time of the year and decorating for it is so much fun!!!! Can't wait to see what you come up with this year as your home is always gorgeous:)
I'll be back...............
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Sandi said...

I think I am late to that info also June. I guess I will go and check my comments. :)

LOVELY photos as always my dear friend. Can't wait to see your decor all finished!

chateau chic said...

So much gorgeous inspiration already going on, June! Always a delight to see what you come up with...I know a lot of oohing and aaahing awaits.
Mary Alice

Sandi said...

P.S.I just checked my comments awaiting moderation and I had them going clear back to May!! EEK! I guess things are hinky on my end also. :(

The Cottager said...

Beautiful photos as always June! Thanks for sharing... this was inspiring and will help me push through my final days before market.The chippy white bucket filled with pine cones was my favorite! Have fun putting it all together... look forward to seeing more photos. God Bless!

Julie Marie said...

Just beautiful June... it looks like you have already decorated, not just sorting them, they are all so pretty!... thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment... I do have comment moderation on mine, I have to with all that has been happening on blogs lately... but I DO know, that if someones "inbox" is full, like many bloggers are, the comments are rejected with a message saying "reject, mailbox full"... my comments on my blog do not come to me through my email, but right on my comments section which I check several times a day... I have had some of mine rejected lately by those who have full inboxes... have fun decorating... love your beautiful Holiday header and that wreath!... oh my goodness... is that teensy roses???... xoxo... Julie Marie

Kristin_Texas said...

I LOVE the pics you posted and just the whole idea of using truly beautiful ornaments and decorations.

I just posted about a gazillion photos over the weekend, of Christmas at our old house and then our ornaments, and while I do love and cherish them... I have to say that oftentimes I want to just go the "pretty" route. Simpler and sweet. The house we live in now is like a doll's house compared to the last one, and I have to say that putting the Christmas decorations up now is really tricky. I actually told my mother the other day that it looks like Christmas vomited all over the house. :/

Anyway... I loved your photos. (As always. I can't stress it enough now beautiful your photos always look). I can't wait to see how you decorate everything!


Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Sounds like your Thanksgiving will be lovingly memorable.
Your start of Christmas decorating looks like you have many treasured pieces to build beautiful vignettes from. Will look forward to seeing the magic you create for this year.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I am not aware of the comment problem...but then, like you, I'm always late to the party. I love all of your holiday touches. Just beautiful, as always. Magic happens at your house!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think your "pending inspiration" pictures are beautiful vignettes all on their own, June! : ) You've got some really pretty decorations and I love your new ornaments. I've been having a tough time finding inspiration, which bothers me because I love decorating for Christmas. I'm hoping if I put stuff out, I'll wind up moving and tweaking and will find my Christmas creativity.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

I knew I was in for a treat when I saw your beautiful header, and I love the quote!
I am so inspired and can't wait to finish up decking my halls in the morning!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Thank you for the notice June. Your comment came through fine for me. But I'm usually the last to know these things! Haha! I am so amazed that you got all your kids home for Thanksgiving. Wonderful! Getting the goods out for decorating is always fun for me. You got some lovely photos of yours. I hope it's a wonderful season for you!

Diane said...

Thanks for the information, June. I'm going to check mine right away. I'm even a later comer than you. I love all your Christmas decoration pictures. Beautiful shots. Blessings, Diane

angie said...

sooo süße bilder!!! danke für die tollen inspirationen!!! einen schönen abend wünscht angie

Victoria said...

Everything is so absolutely beautiful June! I love your little touches and that you've brought some color into it. I've gone so to the white/silver thing that I'm starting to miss some of those vibrant Christmas colors from my childhood.

I've had the issue with email for a long time now, I'd say close to a year. Everything comes thru to me but my comments don't get emailed to others, I get those failure notices all the time:( Not sure what it is but they don't appear to be working on it!

Seawashed said...

Always find Christmas dreamland at your will be beautiful I know, whatever you decide to do. Blessed Advent xxo

Katherine said...


We celebrate Thanksgiving in October in Canada, so I've been playing with the Christmas decor for the past two weeks. All of your holiday pieces are treasures, it is a pretty Victorian Christmas look {one I really love}.
Have fun playing with everything and putting it all together.

Robin said...

For some reason, I am so excited about this holiday season! Love your boxes and cards!

Junebug said...

Hey Miss Talented! What some lovely vignettes and then beautiful photos. You got it dear sister!!

Enjoy every minute of the Holidays
Sista June

Faded Charm said...

I always get so happy when I see a post from you on my sidebar, June. Can't wait to see what you come up with for your Christmas decorations this year. I haven't started yet either and trying to get it all figured out in my head what I'm going to do:-)

Enjoy your decorating and the Season!

Faded Charm said...

Btw......I haven't gotten emails for comments in months, but have always checked my "awaiting moderation" in the comment section,so see them there. It was nice to get them in an email form because it was easier to comment back that way.


Mimi Sue said...

Even your Christmas decorating preparations are pretty! Glad your Thanksgiving was fun. Love the new ornaments you've made. Mimi

Anonymous said...

Isn't always nice to open the box with christmasdecorations and bring out the memories that belongs to every simpel ornament?
Love your new made ornaments, there are very romantic. Sure that they bring new memories for next year...
Hugs, Peetje

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Thanks for the notice, June. Sometimes when I wanted to leave a comment for you I clicked on 'post comment' and it wouldn't go any place, this time it did and I am following you by e-mail and so far it's OK. Hope it continues as I enjoy your blog so much and hate to miss it. All your Christmas fixins look so pretty and I know they will be even prettier when put together. I've done a little but am kind of rethinking things again and hoping I am making the right decisions. Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with all your family..Happy Monday..Judy

My name is Riet said...

Hi Dear June. What a wonderful post about your christmas declrations. I love them all and it gives me ideas for my decorations. I will start decorating next weekend as we first celebrate Santa Claus here this Friday. It is a bit like Christmas giving presents but we do that at December 5.
Hopefully we get to see all your decorations when they are up")))
Hugs from Riet

Tante Mali said...

What a wonderful and romantic post!!! Sooo warm!
Have a happy time

Shabby soul said...

Darling June I can olnly imagine how your decorations will be beautiful... I started few days ago, and I'm enjoying a lot with my children =)
I've not moderations in my comments, so I can't tell you...
A big big hug!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning lovely one! When I saw that you had up a new post, I braced myself for yet another feast for my eyes. June, your world is beautifully decorated and captured no matter what the season. And in regards to your comment situation....I wonder how many people even read my blog with the music I carefully select to go with my photo and word choices!!! The experience isn't even the same without the music....I need to figure out something else.

You have again inspired me. I have so many lovely elements in my home, and maybe not each room can be taken in a shot, but many VIGNETTES can...see how long it takes me to learn about how to take a picture?? teeee


Mantelilaakson Susanna said...

Just so beautiful photos again!
I wish you wonderful Christmas time with your family!

Geli said...

Dear June!
You have so much treasures to decorate ....
Happy week my a Dear!
With love,

Marrianna said...

Good morning, June. Thank you for another lovely peak into your home and your wonderful decorations. I especially love the tag ornament with the very simple swirly angel. Would love to find that rubber stamp if it is still being sold and you have an idea of where to find it online. Your photos always inspire me to play with my camera and create vignettes with my boudoir dolls and now a few of my new Christmas decorations.

Thanks, also, for the note about comments. I don't get very many comments but I'll sure check to see if I have any awaiting moderation and get those puppies published.

Blessings, Marrianna

Things and Thoughts said...

How magically have you displayed everything, how happy and peaceful looks your space June! Your vintage Christmas items add so much charm to your beautiful house.Celebrate means family and friends and love and sharing...
A real pleasure to visit you!
Blessings, Olympia

Ricki Treleaven said...

LOL Your "mess" is beautiful! ;P
So happy you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Merry Christmas! You are an inspiration to me!


Peonies & Magnolias said...

Everything looks so beautiful and what fun to start decorating. I have the tree up and Bella is going to help me decorate tonight. She is such a helper! lol

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.


Anne said...

What a wonderful post ...
I am looking forward to see all your decorations when they are up in your beautiful home .
I wish you wonderful days !
Hugs from Anne

Julie Marie said...

Hello dear June... I left you a long comment yesterday but do not see it anywhere... will you check please and see if mine are coming through?... hope this one does... love all of your Christmas decor... and your photos are just stunning... I am swooning over that wreath in your header!... are those petit dried roses?... xoxo... Julie Marie

Victorian1885 said...

Hello Dear friend
Your family Thanksgiving sounds like it was wonderful.
I can't wait to see your home all decked out for the holidays!
Have a great time decorating for the Season!

Unknown said...

I love them all! Fabulous decorations. I have said this before but truly are cut from the same cloth. Blessings to you. Merry Christmas!

Anna said...

Cara June,inizio dicendoti che entrare nel tuo blog in questi giorni che precedono il Natale è come tornare bambini...meravigliose le foto e stupendi gli addobbi e l'atmosfera che si respira!
Per quanto riguarda la moderazione dei commenti io sono stata costretta a toglierla,mi creava momento lo spam è fermo quindi penso che la metterò ogni tanto per poi toglierla dopo un certo periodo e speriamo che gli spammer la smettano di disturbarci ^--^
Un caro abbraccio♥

Ana said...

Happy Christmas decorating my sweet friend. I am positive that once it's completely done it will be absolutely always. Sending you a great big warm hug.

Much love,

Hélène Flont , french illustrator said...

Dear June,
I savoured your beautiful christmas pictures, you have really a great talent
♥ ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿ ♥

sophie said...

Toutes ces photos transportent la magie de noël
merci pour ce petit moment de bonheur passé sur votre blog!
bonne fin de semaine

Madelief said...

Dear June,

Happy to hear you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Decorating for Christmas is so much fun. I can't wait to get my boxes out of the loft!

You have some beautiful ornaments!

Have a lovely day!

Madelief x

Privet and Holly said...

June, even your "messes"
are a visual delight, because
you have that special eye
and all of your bits and pieces
look wonderful together, even
if thrown together : )

Enjoy these special days!

xo Suzanne

Draffin Bears said...

Dear June,

Love all your beautiful Christmas decorating and seeing all your photos. Isn't it such a fun time preparing the home. Your handmade ornaments are lovely.
Glad that you had a happy, special time with your family.
Sending hugs and thanks for the kind visit to my blog.

oldgreymareprimitives said...

Beautiful as always. Looking forward to the final peek.I am very slowly getting a few areas decorated. Every year is less stuff and that's fine by me. I am so tired after work that I pat myself on the back if I'm even able to throw some ornaments in a bowl ..:D
Happy Holidays to you and yours...I was also able to be with my kiddos at Thanksgiving this year. Nothing better than that!

farmhouse-story said...

you are off to a pretty start, june:) love the bitty green tree and hand made ornies. and your supplies are so pretty contained in the box:) enjoy decorating--i know it will be lovely when done!

Dagmar said...

Good morning, June
I just happened to find your beautiful blog and amazing photos, what a visual treat to be part of your Christmas decorating. I will definatley come back for another visit.

Unknown said...

Hi there June! The fresh bright look you've created in your home is breathtaking. I was just browsing through your archives and I just love the green chippy bed with the white ruffled curtain hanging beside it. so pretty! I can't wait to see more of your Christmas!

deb said...

you create the prettiest vignettes! love your new Holiday banner ~ gorgeous ♥

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I am always in awe of your photography! What beautiful Christmas photos. So glad you had a good thanksgiving--so did we. Now the craziness of the Christmas season begins :)

Bente said...

Dear June, your photos are amazing, in a way only you can. I love the handmade ornaments and those tiny christmas trees are so cute.
Wish you a great weekend.

Sending a big hug from here

Seawashed said...

June...the tiny tiny birds are exactly as you described. The size of a hummingbird and not afraid of me at all. I was able to get so very close to them. All I could do was stand there with tears running down my face while I took in their joy. It is in these moments that I truly realize my life is so full.

I look forward to seeing the beauty that only you create in your quiet cottage in the country. xxo

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh June, I am going to wait here holding my breath on the beauty that soon will appear in A post of yours. I see all the beauty you have laid out to inspire yourself with and I am in Christmas wonderment to what's to come of the Christmas reds and colours.
I am just now starting as well, I plan to decorate in a more simplier style, of of old world rustic. Yet who knows one things leads to another in designs.

You always take the most amazing photos.
See you soon, and please visit my new and latest Joyeux Noel creation.

Cindy said...

Looks like Christmas has come to your house June. So many pretty bits and bobbles.
My daughter and I have been so busy getting ready for a show every month since August and now we're done until next May. So glad - I feel like I can actually sit, light a few candles, and exhale. Hoping for a quiet Christmas with minimal rushing and lots of resting.
Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving with your family.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You have lots of beautiful decorating inspiration, June...looking forward to seeing where it takes you...

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

So very pretty June! Merry Christmas! XOX

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Hi June! All your photos are so lovely! Just pure eye candy!
Michelle xo

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

You have lots of pretties to decorate your home for Christmas! Enjoy the process!

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Dear June
So many sweet Christmas vignettes already here! Your photography makes all of them so simply beautiful! Love your sweet little handmade decorations - did you create these?
You can probably hear my sighing here at the sheer simplicity of everything - that is what makes my heart sing!
What a beautiful Thanksgiving you must have experienced with your whole family visiting! So special! We sadly don't celebrate it here in Australia but Jeff and I try to celebrate it everyday.
Sending you warm Christmas decorating hugs,
Much love,

Blondie's Journal said...

The vignettes of your holidays treasures are almost as delightful as they will be when you have them in place. I love your homemade ornaments with the sweet angelic faces, and the wee little bottle brush trees make me smile. I am so like you, my bins are out and I have ideas swirling in my head. It will take awhile. Once I get things in place, I really don't move them around...that's just me.

Thanks for your visit! Hope you are relaxing and enjoying this festive time! :)

Jane xx

Rostrose said...

Dearest June,
you have a great collection of Christmas ornaments - nostalgic, glittering, beautiful - and my favorites are the handmades! How wonderful that you and your family have enjoyed the Thanksgiving feast - and now your pretty house will soon shine in bright Christmas sparkle.
Warm hugs, my dear,
PS: I don't use the comment moderation, but sometimes I've problems with the comments, too (Some of them ended up in the junk folder ...)

Anne said...

Love this little peek at what's to come.June your style is so beautiful I always look forward to seeing your beautiful photos!

La classe della maestra Valentina said...

Complimenti per il tuo bellissimo blog
A presto.
Maestra Valentina

Leslie Andrews said...

Love your sweet spirit and style, June. I love feather trees. I'm happy you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas ~ xo ~ Leslie

Janean said...

June, it's been a long time, but merry Christmas! You photos are lovely. Big hugs!

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Dear June... I had a great big smile on my face this morning as I noticed a comment awaiting and it was you!! Oh thank you so much for your lovely words my lovely friend a way over the ocean. I so wish we lived just around the corner. I've been non too well since the wedding in August, and my computer was hacked...nightmare! Had to lay-out for a new one, so that's our Christmas present sorted ;) I'm still getting used to all the new-fangled stuff on the new one.

All your gorgeous things for Christmas, oooh! they are really pretty. I cant wait to see the photos of how you decorate your home.
A belated Happy Thanksgiving dear June, and thank you thank you for placing that big smile on my face this morning. I'm SOO glad that we can be friends June!

Much huggings and have a wonderful Christmas.

HWIT BLOGG said...

Hi June!
What a lovely post with many beautiful decorations!
Thank´s for your sweet comment on my blog, I´m so happy for it!
Have a cozy evening,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning gorgeous June!

Coming back here is like walking through the back of the magical Narnia wardrobe, where one finds a white world of unexplainable beauty. Thank you for coming to visit me! Much love and fun for the holidays! Anita


Hi June,
I know it will be beautiful as always! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I can always count on you to stop by and say hi. Have a very Merry Christmas xoxo

Linda said...

Beautiful and heartwarming.

Linda said...

Hi June,

If you do come to my blog and leave a comment, I do moderate all comments in order to keep my blog spam free and family friendly. I do see, read and publish all family friendly comments. :)

Martina said...

Dear June, thanks for your lovely comment! It's a pleasure to discover your beautiful blog - your photos are just great! - and you are! Cheers to a most lovely december!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Oh my goodness June, your photos are truly magnificent. You make even the simplest pieces look extra beautiful and spectacular. I can look at your amazing pictures all day. They make my soul happy. So happy to hear that you enjoyed the holiday with your family. Have fun decorating. I am sure it will all be magical when you are done. I am finally done with my decorations. I even posted a few pictures of our Christmas tree.

Wishing you a great weekend.


Susan Shull said...

June-Thanks for the tip! I found out my comments were wacky too and trying to figure it all out! When I look at your pictures, I see you floating around in a long white gown in a house that is absolutely quiet and peaceful. Is that how it is! Have a good day!

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

For someone who was just starting to decorate, your home already looks amazing June! I just love your new handmade ornaments, too. I'm like you - taking it slowly. I could spend all day at your blog. :)
Oh, I did notice that your comments as well as a few other bloggers' don't show up in my email - just the comments section in blogger. I don't have any comment moderation turned on, so that's weird. But I always find your comments anyway & they're treasured!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

So many pretties to create with! Can't wait to see more, June. :)

I am a no-comment blogger (because the email was so out-of-hand) and reply to comments from my Blogger admin. But thanks for the heads-up. Always something with Blogger, eh?

Enjoy your decorating!

Kukkaiselämää said...

Such beautiful decorations! I wish you happy holidays!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi June, thanks so much for the info.
Apparently you are now the last to know, I AM!!! LOL The vignettes are lovely, and your photos are always gorgeous! Wishing you and yours a happy and blessed holiday season!
Big hugs,

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

So gorgeous, June. I always swoon over your beautiful home. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season, I am already dreaming of spring gardens!

I have been having the hardest time leaving comments on people's blogs! It often comes back as a failure notice so thank you for the tips, I will check that out.

Happiest of Holidays to you!!


Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Glad to hear you had a very happy family Thanksgiving. Even if all you did with those decorations is bring them out to stare out, they look pretty darn festive and beautiful as they are. Ha! I'm sure you are decorated and ready now for Christmas just a couple of days away. Haven't had any problems with comments that I'm aware of. I see that there's some new robot thing for comment moderation on many blogs. Happy Holidays, Tammy

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear June ~ Your Christmas decorations are lovely and I know you've done a beautiful job in decorating your home.

May your Christmas be filled with love, peace & joy and may 2015 be a great year.


Burlap Luxe said...

June, i am so looking forward to another beautiful holiday with you. I just know that your home of winter beauty will be filled with the spirit of Christmas come that morning when all will gather about to share in the beauty of Christmas here with you.

Everything looks so beautiful.
Merry Christmas

Madelief said...

Dearest June,

Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Sparkling New Year!

Sending love from The Netherlands,

Madelief xox

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