Coming This Week – Gypsy Market

Starting Thursday night I will be set up at the Gypsy Market here in Spring, TX at the Klein Multi Purpose building. The building is on 2920, not far from the Grand Parkway. The doors open Thursday at 4, then all day Friday and all day Saturday. There are some truly great vendors and yummy food. There is an admission fee, but it is worth it.

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I will have some of my treasures from France and England.

My broken china jewelry will be there too. These necklaces have so much character and are one of a kind. They make a great gift too.

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As well as a few Texas treasures that I have found.

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Joyeux Noel and Merry Christmas 2014

This year we stayed in France for Christmas and we didn’t host either of our families.  It is always difficult to be away from home at the holidays, but we were able to host an open house for our church family.  It was so nice to be a place that people could come and eat good food and enjoy good company.  I had so much fun I forgot to take a single picture.  I did take this picture of my bottle carrier after everything was cleaned up.  I found the metal carrier at a local thrift store, but the bottles are from Ikea.  I filled them with water and it was the perfect set up for our party.  The cups fit in perfectly too.

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After all of our friends had left and the presents were all out the peace in our was wonderful.

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There is a special magic to celebrating Christmas with small children.

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This manger set up has been one of my all time favorites.  Celebrating Christmas in a different culture makes you think about what the season really means to you; what is  important and what you can do without.  Celebrating the birth of our Saviour is the only thing that really matters, but I am thankful that we are able to do special things for our friends and family.

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Christmas morning we were up and around by 6:30.  Our kids are early risers so this was not a surprise.  The kids were so excited about everything they got.  This moment for me with all of my children around me was the best moment for me.

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And then the sun came up.  I love having a house full of early risers.

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

Joyeux Noel, Christmas Decorating ’14

We put our tree up very early this year.  Living in France you do not have Thanksgiving off as a holiday, and we were not hosting a big dinner this year.  We have had a very busy early December so I took some time in November and got started.

My mother found this nativity for us several years ago and I love it.  I love putting it on this buffet that I bought in Norway, when you move a lot it is always nice to have a few things that you ‘know’ where they go.  This nativity on this piece is one of those things for me.

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Our tree is up and it has gotten a lot of love.  This part of the tree does not have many ornaments, but that is because this is the part of the tree that my 14 month old can reach.  Thankfully we have plastic ornaments that he is allowed to love.  The suitcases are disguising the giant plugs that all the lights here have.  There is no discreetly connecting strings of lights, each one has a giant plug.  There is a full power strip in one of those suitcases.  I love the look and my aforementioned toddler can not get to the plugs either.

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God Jul is Norwegian for Merry Christmas.  The tiered stand is one of the first things I bought at a loppemarket (Norwegian garage sale) in Norway too.

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Old books, old basket, old bowl and a friendly snowman.

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More old books and some mixed metals, some of my favorite things.

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Enamelware always brings a smile to my face.

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A side shot of our mantel, I found this giant stocking at a thrift store here.  All of the kids are fighting over who gets to have it this year.

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I love these chairs, blankets and pillows.  The stacked suitcases are working very nicely for an end table too.

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A couple of new ornaments this year, the Noel is from Maisons du Monde, and the gold Eiffel Tower is from Paris Etcetera.  They are a great company here in Paris.  I found them through the Holiday Boutique at my kids’ school.  They can work in both English and French, they are lovely to work with and will personalize items.

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Another side shot of the mantel.

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One of my favorite new scales from Belgium.

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This spot makes me so happy, I have collected all of these items in the last couple of months.

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I don’t have much in the kitchen this year, just a few ornaments in my large trophy.  The gingerbread houses and numerous crafts my kids have brought home have been enough decoration for me.

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This little nook is on the way upstairs, I know it doesn’t look very Christmasy, but I love how it turned out.  The map fits just perfectly in the spot and makes me want to go for a trip every time I walk by.

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These flowers for a thank you for a big project I worked on at my children’s school.  The pitcher they are in was a birthday present from my husband.  This large scale was also brought back from Belgium and is one of my favorite things in the house right now.  It is a good thing I like it, it is huge.

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My favorite Christmas decorations are right here!  I hope you have a Joyful Christmas.

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