Since Thanksgiving, a cough and cold has been kicking my rear! Between that and my shoulder that is still sore, I have been loafing a lot more than usual. So, while there is cleaning that could be done and decorating that I want to do and paint brushes that are calling my name, I have had to put all of that off until I’m feeling up to it.
So, today, I am just sharing some holiday/Christmas inspiration found in good, old-fashioned magazines.
The first one is a new magazine published by Country Sampler – Celebrating Everyday Life. It’s exciting for me to introduce it to you, because one of my long-time blog friends, Jennifer Carroll, is the editor of the special issue publication!
The magazine is filled with pretty pictures, recipes, and decorating ideas and it also includes my PA house decorated for Christmas…
Jennifer also included The Home Design Doodle Book in the gift round-up section.
And the December issue of Romantic Homes magazine, which is also edited by a long-time blog friend, Courtney of The French Country Cottage, includes a feature of my PA home as well…
I share these magazines, because it’s always an honor to be featured. It doesn’t matter how many times it happens, there is always a thrill that accompanies it. And I’m also proud of my friends. There was a time when home decor bloggers on the whole weren’t taken seriously and now I see them acknowledged and accomplishing huge things. As someone who loves to cheer on creative entreprenuers, that makes me happy.
As I looked through those features of my house, though, I had mixed emotions. A part of me misses things about my old house and the 11 years of work we put into it. We got it to the point where it was easy to decorate for Christmas, because I was just adding some final layers to make it feel festive.
On the flip side, it was good motivation to keep plugging away, working on this house. A part of me feels stuck some days, seeing how much sewing and painting and small projects are on my to-do list. But a house is made into a home one project at a time and it isn’t something that happens overnight (or even in four months.) It takes years to let the space evolve until it’s finally to the point where decorating for Christmas is just the finishing touch – the icing on the cake.
But, getting there is half the fun.
Most of the time.