How are you faring this holiday season? Are you feeling the magic yet? I had a super productive day yesterday which is a good thing because these past few days have not been as productive as I had hoped. I finally looked at the calendar and started counting...19 days until Christmas! Seven days before the first of our clan comes home for the holidays. I swigged two cups of coffee and felt the holiday magic. I love a productive day!
Speaking of magic...I most definitely found it in Sharon Santoni's November My Stylish French Box. This is not the first time I have written about Sharon and I am sure it will not be the last. I admire Sharon immensely, in my mind she is the ultimate 'enterprising woman'. We started blogging around the same time...she started My French Country Home and I had a few blogs in the works, back in those early days when we were most prolific in our blog posts. While I packed my bags and moved on to the next expat adventure she went from one ingenious business idea to the next...guest house, tours, books, videos and My Stylish French Box. Oh yes...she is a fabulous writer and her stories are not to be missed. There are many enterprising women in the blogosphere and I am inspired by each and every one of them. They are my inspiration kick...when I need it most!
So onto this wonderful My French Stylish Box
which recently arrived at my doorstep.
In one word...FABULOUS
make that two words
"This November editions of
is dedicated to Christmas in Paris.
The twinkle of shop windows,
the perfume of a French home
with a fire crackling,
and spices on the stove.
A jeweled bracelet, to catch the light.
Something for you, something to gift,
something to lay a table and entertain.
Each item is chosen for its essential
Frenchness and designed
to make you feel special"
I started to feel special
as soon as I opened the box!
and started swooning at this point...
I took each one out delicately and
appreciated them over and over again..
A luxurious linen Charvet Editions le Table Runner.
An original Jeanne McKay pink amaryllis watercolor print.
Antique portrait ornaments by Merci Louis,
now hanging on our Christmas tree.
Antique crystal chandelier tears repurposed
and reminiscent of the antique
chandeliers found in the brocantes of France.
A glass bead bracelet from a
design studio in Versailles.
A hand painted Antoinette Poisson le Journal
reminiscent of 18th century
book binding and decorative papers.
A beautifully fragrant Un Soir à l'Opéra
Nutcracker candle inspired by ballet
and the magic of a great theater.
Au Bain Marie drink coasters
to bring the city of lights to our table.
Mariage Frères Esprit de Noel tea
with mild Christmas spices of orange zest and vanilla.
"Christmas in Paris is a truly magical time
when the store windows are dressed beautifully,
and the parks and large avenues are filled
with the tangible excitement and
sparkle of the holiday."
Officially feeling the
French sparkle and magic
of the holiday season!
How about you?
Are you there yet?
Special thanks to Sharon and her team
for bringing the magic of Christmas in Paris
to our country home in New Hampshire.
Where a French touch is always welcome!
(hint, hint Mr. H)
Sending one and all warm holiday wishes
from Tahilla Farm!