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Monday, December 26, 2011

New Book out by Jacqueline de Montravel "HERS"



































I'm linking to Maison Decor 8 and Shabbyfufu where Amy and Janet each give great book reviews on the latest book by Jaqueline deMontravel "HERS" and Janet is also having a giveaway. As you know author and editor of Romantic Homes magazine Jaqueline, will be joining the TVM on Friday March 2nd for a Book Signing! XO Christie





















Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wishing You a Warm and Cozy Christmas From My Cottage To Yours!























May your hearts be filled with LOVE, JOY and PEACE! XO Christie

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We Have Some Great News!



We are so EXCITED and honored to announce that Jacqueline de Montravel editor of "Romantic Homes Magazine", will be joining us at our March show Friday the 2nd from 11am-1:30 pm! She will be signing Her latest book   entitled "HERS" Designing with a Feminine Touch.




































































































Saturday, December 17, 2011

Today I am Teaching my 10th Rose Painting Class



















Well I have finished off the year teaching about 2 classes a month. I have really come to love pouring what I have learned into the ladies. Some take the first session with all the basic principles and go on their way and others have continued to come back for more. Each person has their own unique expression, which I love seeing come out in each individual painting. Bravo! to all of you :) XO Christie















Saturday, December 10, 2011

It Was Just "MAGICAL"!

Magical is the only way to describe the Vignettes holiday open house, we arrived there in the evening and the whole store was sparkling with a warm glow from all the chandeliers hanging and vintage rhinestones reflecting from each display. Lori your store is truly one -of- akind. In side we met quite a few of our friends shopping the fabulous rooms for french antiques and vintage treasures. We had such a great time! If you are ever in Ocean Beach San Diego, make sure to stop by "Vignettes", it's lovely! (thank you Rita for the photos)





























































































































Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Two Loves of My Life!


















With all the wonderful things that I have been blessed with in this life, the two gifts that I am most grateful for are my children. Here is a lovely photo of them taken last week while they were out whale watching in Dana Point for my son's 20th birthday! Love you guys!!! XOXO 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Few Of TheThings That Caught My Eye! ( before my camera died)


Well our December 2011 "Vintage Marketplace" is all said and done. We endured some pretty severe winds that came through our area, but I have to thank all the vendors for their great attitudes and despite the weather conditions they continued to put forth their "best efforts"! Also a huge THANKS to all the shoppers that continued to pour in each day, we appreciate you so much and you contributed to us having another successful show!
I did not get to much time to take photos but here are a few of the things that caught my eye as I briefly walked the show, I hope you enjoy them...XO Christie




































































































































































































Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My Last Oil Painting of 2011





















Although I love to paint in oil, and it's my favorite of all mediums, I don't seem to get as much time to compose as many as I would like with my busy schedule. Creating a painting to me is like writting a song or a poem, you start out with an inspiration but you never know exactly where it will take you before it's completed. and it usually takes on a life of its own. This year I have painted 7 new oil paintings, and this one is just in time to debut at our December Vintage Marketplace! XO Christie









composing the design...thinking out loud









the finished song...