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Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Glittery Christmas, and a Prayer Request for a Special Friend

Bonjour Mes Amis
and Joyeux Noel!
I've got a ton of photos to share today, but since I know you all are very busy this time of year, I will spare you lots of my chatter, and just let you enjoy the pics (ok, with a few words here and there!!).
We always get a big Fraser Fir each year for Christmas.  As you will see, this puppy is really tall!
Around 13 feet, I think!
I'll show you more in a second.
Right now I am asking for prayers for my special friend Diana and her husband.
 Many of you already know Diana from her blog, Nana Diana Takes a Break.
Diana is such a kind and kindred spirit with a heart of gold.  Not only is she a caring friend, but family is everything to her.  So I was very saddened to hear that her husband has just been diagnosed with cancer.
You can read about her husband here.
Could you please send prayers their way? And if you get a second, visit her blog post and leave an uplifting message. She has her hands more than full right now, so she probably won't be around blogging much.  But I do know she reads each and every comment anyone leaves, and our support means so much  to her.
 Whoops, looks like I forgot to turn the tv off when I was snapping these pics last night!
(notice the reflection in the window?).

 The tree is filled with glittery, silvery, creamy white ornaments.  Many treasured gifts from friends, and many that I have made.

 You might remember my giant glittered pinecones from last year.
I just love them and want to create some more!

 Ok, here is an overview of our living room.  I took these pics this morning, and it's a bit gloomy.
My Christmas gift arrived early!
Notice the beautiful new sectional couch?
Love!  I will share more of it in a second...........
 My antique hutch.

 The crystal trees were given to me by my mom many years ago.  I just love them!

 Ok, back to the couch!
My photos just don't do it justice.
I wish you could all come over and share a cup of hot cocoa with me, and cozy up on the couch.  
It is SO comfy!
Our old couch was 15 years old. While it was still structurally in great shape, the upholstery was looking pretty tired.  And it really wasn't big enough for hubby and I to both stretch out on comfortably.
 It looks so much better in person than my photos capture!  It's my favorite shade of moss green, in a gorgeous velvet material.  It came with amazingly cushy feather down pillows that you just sink down into!
 It was well worth the $$$ and nearly 2 months wait that it took to order.
Come back next week, and I'll share more of my glittery Christmas!
Wishing you a peace filled holiday season!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

First of all your tree is gorgeous and so big!! What an amazing room you have to put it in. Love the new sofa and that moss green is beautiful. I will say a prayer for Diana's husband. So much illness right now.

Susie said...

Donna, I am praying for Diana and her husband. This is so sad. She has been a help to many other who were in need of prayer...now we all must help her and her family. Thank you.
I loved your beautiful home. The tree and the new sofa. It is a wonderful shade of green. Blessings to you and yours, xoxo,Susie

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

My glitter queen friend, looking lovely and adorned for Christmas in your home. We too always purchase Frazier furs but usually under 8 feet tall.
Since I knew about the biopsy I have been praying for Diana, her hero and their family. Christmas even for us has been bittersweet.
Enjoy your sectional I am sure it cushions you in comfort and joy.
Be well, be happy

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Donna, many prayers are being said for Diana, John and family. God Bless them all in the days ahead. Diana is always the one who helps everyone when they need it so now it is for us to hold her and John up in our prayers going forward. There is great power in prayers and I know it will make a difference.

LOVE your tree Donna. What a beauty filled with your beautiful ornaments. Your hutch is decorated so pretty. Love your little snowy cottages.
Your new sofa is amazing. I love the soft color and I can imagine how comfy it is. It looks so pretty with your painted tables. It was so worth the wait to get. Just beautiful!!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. xo

Elizabeth said...

Your new sofa is beautiful ! Love your hutch and tree also! Prayers for Diana and her family!

Rose L said...

I had already heard of this through her blog and was saddened. I began my prayers and pray for a healing outcome for her beloved husband.

Trisha said...

I love your huge tree! It looks so magical and festive. All of your decorations are just beautiful!


Cynthia said...

I am so sad that Diana has to go through this and I have left her a note.

Your tree is amazing and your pinecones look fantastic. Loving your three tiered tray with all your pretties on display. I can't believe Christmas is almost here, I have so much posting to do.


handmade by amalia said...

The decorations are lovely, Donna, your home looks wonderful. I was also sad to hear Diana's news.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Your tree is beautiful and I'm sure you made most of the gorgeous ornaments. Congrats on the sofa.... looks like such a cozy place to relax. Prayers for Diana and her husband.

Tete said...

Amazing tree and love the sofa. That's what I need and I love the color. Your d├ęcor is so pretty, even with the glitter. I know you must be in glitter heaven in the stores...its more of a horror walk for me. LOL- I stay in the middle and make sure I don't touch a thing! Thank you for asking for prayers for Diana and John. So much to deal with for them, but they will be ok now. Just have some things to deal with and I know they can do it.

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Merry Christmas Donna! It all looks sparkly and beautiful here, and I just love your new couch. Great idea to get a sectional - we could use one, too!
I'll say prayers for Diana. She's a sweetie.
Many blessings for you in 2016!