almost there

I may have had just a touch of the spirit this weekend.

It started, as it usually does, with the first snow.

Central Park - NYC snow last winter

Early Sunday morning as I walked hand in mittened hand with Court to grab my morning coffee, the snow flakes started to fall.

We woke up in a downtown Toronto hotel and mommy desperately needed a Starbucks red cup.  I had been to the Canadian Design Bloggers Meetup the previous night and there had been some wine.

I had the red, thank you very much.

Jennifer did a fabulous job, as usual, summing up the night.  There were so many talented, thoughtful women! I'm still feeling a little overwhelmed to have been a part of it.


If your fall mums are looking like this...

but you aren't quite ready...

or perhaps you lack the time, energy, and drive to do this...

do this...


  1. Such an inspirational gallery. I am ready to start focusing on the holidays now..

    Great to see you at the Meet up.


  2. Ah, I wish I could do that...all I would see is heaping piles of snow on top of that lovely little planter. I love the greenery...and the pine em both.

  3. a touch of the spirit...
    I am feeling it a bit this week too
    preparing for our Thanksgiving on, and menus, and decorating..hard to not get a little excited.

    your family is welcome to our here Thursday at 1pm...there will be lots of pie and wine
    of course wine

  4. yum for red wine. super cute idea with the pinecones with time left over for more important stuff. ♥ it!

  5. It was so wonderful to see you again Tara! You looked so lovely in your dress. I hope the family enjoyed the night in the big city.

  6. My mums look like that except covered in a foot of snow! haha. I love the idea of the pinecones!

  7. Saturday was so much fun! It was great to meet so many wonderful ladies at the party :-)

    I'm still not feeling too much Christmas spirit - it usually kicks in around December 1st. Thanks for the inspiration pics - I like the planter with the greenery & birch branches, but I'm more likely to do the pine cones. Lack of time & skill!


  8. I just threw my mums out too! You won the bracelet ~ email me!

  9. Great idea for some simple, festive decor :) I love reading your blog, sorry I haven't left more comments lately. Keep up the good work and congrats on letting a wee bit of the holiday spirit shine through ;)

    *Tania @