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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Green Christmas

 We've been waiting for the temperatures to go below zero and the picturesque snow to fall so we can have some good photo opportunities while picking out our Christmas tree, but I don't think it's going to happen.  We'll be navigating the mud as we pick out the perfect tree this weekend.  Do you have your tree up?

Doing your best to eat your vegetables?
 Me too, but I also wanted to show you this antique paisley tablecloth which I bought from Ellie's Shop.
Antique paisley tablecloth I luff it.
 Care to see the drapes we installed in the foyer?
Here they are open.

Here they are closed.
 I look like a green puffa marshmallow in my wool stuffed vest but I don't mind.  It's from The Rose, a UK shop that sadly has closed.
Wearing the Green Puffa with Brora greens on a country weekend.
 Back in town I've been wearing my JCrew blazers from years past.
I'm a fan of houndstooth with leopard how about you?
JCrew houndstooth Robert Noble blazer 2006.
 We went to the country for a weekend of hiking in the mud (that had originally been planned for skiing- but never mind).

The food was decidedly vegetable-free.
 Having trouble sleeping?  Me too, even with cozy flannel and all of the darkness typical for this time of year.
Insomnia, even with flannel coziness.  Oh well.
 Cleaning like a maniac before your Christmas festivities begin?  That's par for the course but I could really use an extra pair of hands... fortunately the Rascal Uni kids are finished with exams soon.
 How do you store your tablecloths?  I like this system of labelling the hangers with the size and then hanging them in my laundry cupboard:

Ironed and ready to go.
 I hope your Christmas preparations are going well and that you are feeling festive.
I was feeling extremely disorganized until I made a list which was like taking a valium: very calming.  That's the power of list-making.
Put your feet up and relax awhile (maybe with a Brandy Alexander), and whatever you do avoid the malls.
Cheers Darling Tooties,
xoxDani

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  1. You look so so fab in that houdstooth jacket, have been looking for something like that. Maybe J Crew will see your snap and make them again. I like hot food, so good on veges particularly asparagus and leeks but not great on salads, I get bored of them after a few forkfuls. (and say that on a forkful, haha)

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    1. Jody have a look on ebay for older JCrew jackets they still pop up on a regular basis. They are the best.
      Thanks Doll and I'm so happy you're blogging again I missed you! XO

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    2. Thanks DaniBP. Am going skiing for five days but must action a pilgrimage to J Crew, have you tried on those green tartan (has a name, escapes me now and its only 830pm) trou they have in?

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  2. Love a Brandy Alexander, especially at Christmas. Your curtains and tablecloth look so elegant, but I am really taken with that chicken just peeking out in picture no. 1!

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    1. Patricia lately in the evening the Mr and I have been enjoying a Brandy Alexander while watching Poirot! Did you ever watch that show? It's very soothing. Especially with the Brandy Alexander.
      That's my Emma Bridgewater chicken who never fails to be a good listener. XO

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    2. Yes, Mr C absolutely loves Poirot, and I often join him. Must add in the BA next time. Merry Christmas xo

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  3. This weather is an affront to my soul and I can't bear it any longer. I'm going to find a coven of witches to cast a snow spell at once.
    Dani my darling all that powdered BKF is going to kill you! Maybe it's just me but I have such trouble with the powder and my delicate sinuses. Can you get liquid BKF there? If it doesn't cross the border and is unavailable, let me know salonstephen@gmail. I will ship you liquid. I think I went through an entire bottle this morning.
    Love houndstooth with leopard and never even knew it.
    The paisley. So gorgeous. You always beat me to the stuff I want. Thanks, in a way.
    Best of luck with the mud. I'll let you know how the suburban witches casting spells over a Le Creuset goes.

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    1. Stephen Andrew I thought it was just me being sensitive because I am a canary-in-the-coalmine with chemicals but yes the BKF makes me feel sickly. I just saw the liquid form today at Canadian Tire and was strangely attracted to buying it and now I know why. I'll go buy the entire shelf tomorrow. You are a Darling with a score of 11/10 for offering to send it.
      This weather is a disaster for my Christmas Eve. No outdoor freezer for starters. Also the lack of a charming covering of snow on my garden. Mud instead and in the house too because Scout The Pony is covered at all times and cleaning the floor is taking time away from baking piggy cookies.
      The paisley, it's so good. Keep an eye on Ellie's shop because it's one of her key pieces and I bet she'll find more at one of those good Provence flea markets.
      Sending all of my hocus-pocus your way for the spell! XOX

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    2. Dani & Stephen Andrew,
      I've always found the Bar Keeper's Friend a bit harsh for bodily use, hence your skin irritation. Try a little J & J Baby Powder (no liquid offered in Chicago) to soothe that diaper rash....not sure if Canadian Tire keeps it in stock so call ahead.

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    3. G how much whiskey did you have at the Red Lion last evening?

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    4. Dani, As you well know, i am that Barkeep's Friend and I let them do the tallies and we settle 1st of the month...after I run a quick errand with my ski mask and pistol.

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    5. BFK comes in a liquid? I've never seen it and I live in Ohio!! thats on my list. I agree this weather is a bust. Everyone around here is screaming it's wonderful how warm and muggy it is. I have boots, scarves, gloves and a fantastic hat I can't wait to wear. I love that thrill of seeing a beautiful snowfall. I lived in Florida, I really don't get the whole I hate winter deal.

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    6. Kathleen it's finally a bit colder here and it's so refreshing. The thing about the cold is that it feels good if people dress for it, hats etc.
      Yes BKF: it also comes in a spray which I have and sometimes use on my copper if I don't feel like scrubbing in the powder, but it has a strong smell I don't like. Works pretty well though. Hope you get a snowfall soon XO

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  4. Dani, your drapes look gorgeous. Your house has come together so beautifully.

    I love the way you paired the J Crew jacket with the leopard print. I am partial to the Robert Noble wools.

    My husband loves BKF but it never occurred to me that it could get into your lungs. We will have to buy the liquid next.

    As far as the weather goes, I have to admit that I am very happy without the cold, snow and ice. It is a welcome relief. I am sure that the cold will be coming soon enough. Happy holidays!

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    1. AmW I have to say the weather is kind of gorgeous, I feel like I'm in Georgia, or maybe Missouri. I spent one winter in Missouri when my kids were young and I loved the climate, so mild! It does make things easier.
      Thank you those drapes make a big difference. The colour brightens the foyer and the texture is quite thick, they will provide some insulation which is key with those old windows.
      Me too the Robert Noble blazers are my favourite, they've held up so well too.
      XO

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  5. Hi Dani, I'm another one who can do without all that snow and ice. I just checked our weather forecast and it looks like no snow before the New Year. It does seem a bit odd, though. And I'm sorry that you haven't been able to go skiing yet - I'm sure we'll have good snow soon enough.

    I do have the tree up, and have been wrapping presents - I can do it at my leisure since both our boys are in Ottawa, no more waiting until they have gone to bed, then hiding everything. Oh dear, I seem to have some dust in my eye ....

    Oh, and I didn't know there was a liquid Bar Keepers Friend - I do most of my cleaning with vinegar and tea tree oil, but it's good to have something like that in the arsenal, must check it out. If you don't check in with us before the big day, Merry Christmas Dani, to you and the family!

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    1. Patricia so true the snow will certainly arrive! It is a bit hard for the skiing enthusiasts like my hubs and kids, they are disappointed they won't be on the slopes all day every day between Christmas and the New Year.
      Remembering the days when we had little ones listening for Santa and bouncing out of bed Christmas morning, somehow I have dust in my eye too ;)
      Vinegar is my go-to these days and I find it does a great job on my stainless steel sink as well. I really only use Bar Keeper's friend on my cookware, essential for anything copper but their stainless cleaner is good for tough jobs.
      I'm planning to check in before Christmas to re-post my piggy cookie recipe and to share the Grand Marnier treats I'm making this year so I'll see you next week! XO

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  6. The tablecloth is stunning, love the trim and the curtains are dreamy, I bet the house is so cosy when closed at night.
    Brandy Alexanders always remind me of Anthony Bbbbblanche from Brideshead,because of him they were the cocktail at my 18th birthday party - 2litres of cream and alcohol ingested - nice!
    Off to stalk that blazer -it looks so good with leopard print.

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    1. Tabs this sort of blazer would be gorgeous on you, if I see one I will send an alert! I have a lighter recipe for Brandy Alexander, it's a bit too delicious though. What a sophisticated 18yo you were, I was at a party with a beer bong!
      Thanks it is cozy here in the evenings, nice to ward off the gloom. XO

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  7. Very pretty tablecloth.
    I know how sad that the Rose has closed... I have a gilet like yours and one of their coat. I love them a lot.
    This jacket is lovely. Those details, just very feminine.
    This year, this time is very unusual. I will work until 23rd, which has not happened for a long time...
    I am behind the schedule but not really worry (it might still come!)

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    1. Steph I know it is sad The Rose is gone because they made such nice warm things.
      I can hardly believe we are a week from Christmas the last few months have flown by. I know you've been busy and I hope everything comes together before the big day XO

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  8. The houndstooth leopard blazer is a smash hit...especially with that nipped waist!

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  9. Hello Dani,

    I love the foyer curtains with your paint color, very complimentary. Oh, and thanks for the terrific idea for storing tablecloths, always a bit of a bother around my place.

    I too am living in a parka type jacket, a green quilted one, which is my go to layer when I'm taking my walks around the neighborhood with the dog. So comfy and warm.

    Keeping fingers and toes crossed for your snowfall but from what I am hearing, things are very mild in your end of the world. SF is experiencing a proper winter, at least by our standards, this year.

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    1. Thanks CD. I think we'll have snow in the New Year and not before. Even if it did fall the ground is far too warm... not good for the farmers at all and the gardens are so confused some things are blooming! XO

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  10. I love the scale of the print of the drapes, the colors as well. Did you make them or outsource?

    The dark this time of year is so wonderful to me; I know most don't like it, but the sun leaving at 4 PM, usually a brilliant post sunset, then the long soft twilight. I love it! We've tramped through the woods to cut our tree, now lighting up a corner, and my 2 Department 56 Twinkle Brite trees, size large-- the most fantastically cheering fiberoptic blinking little trees one could evah hope for--flash tiny bursts on a shelf.

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    1. Hi Lane, thank you, oh I could never have made those curtains myself, they would be a crooked mess. The designer who worked on our whole house renovation helped me with the fabric which had to be ordered through her and then they were made by her seamstress. I think I know what you mean about the dark and the funny thing is I really like it when we are in the country, and the sunrises there are amazing too. In the city I feel the gloom descend.
      Your trees all sound amazing, I would love to see your house just now. XO

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  11. I store my tablecloths the same way with the little round labels indicating the size! I also note whether it fits without a leaf, one leaf or two leaves in the table. Love the paisley one!

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    1. slf that's a good idea to note which leaf fits with each tablecloth, I might steal your idea. XO

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  12. dani i adore your drapes. they are SO you! i would like to store my linens that way too but don't have the closet for that. good idea though! xo

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    1. Thank you Janet :) I wonder if you could store them in a coat closet? I started storing mine that way because I find ironing them so difficult and if they hang properly then I don't have to do it again, laziness breeds solutions! XO

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  13. Your house and clothes are so dignified, without being stuffy. So nice. Every time I start to feel overwhelmed at holiday stuff I try to laugh at myself, because, seriously, putting Decorate Tree on a To Do List? Which is not to say I laugh at you, only that it helps me in managing my own moods:).

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    1. Lisa I know exactly what you mean, it's all meant to be fun and festive but I think managing expectations can be difficult, especially when we're in charge of the holiday for our families. But then I found my expectations of myself were higher than anything! So laughing about that is definitely a good thing. We still don't have our tree up, we'll likely get it in the house today or tomorrow which is always a great time, love the smell of the greens in the house.
      Thank you Lisa XO

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  14. We put up our tree tonight. There is a dusting of snow, which as good as it gets I suspect. I'm done like dinner with my shopping so I can relax this week with the kids. I love your curtains and tablecloth. My tablecloths are stuffed in a drawer since my closets are premium space now. Looking forward to a new house with more room! xo

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    1. Jen we have the same very slight dusting but it's colder which feels good. I'd forgotten how much Scout likes the cold, she was leaping in the air yesterday. Very happy to hear you can relax with the kids and that you don't have to hit the shops with the last minute folk. I think I'm done with it too, I do need to have an epic baking day though which I've been looking forward to for weeks. Thanks Jen XO

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  15. Well it seems the heat is all over the world - we are unseasonably warm too… however it has been 40-44C for the past 4 days! Fortunately the cool change is coming tomorrow, but it's been unbearably hot.
    I just adore that paisley tablecloth. I so love paisley, and feel it is coming back in a big way in patterns in Interiors. I will be stalking Ellie's shop to to see if there are any more! Also love the Ina method of table cloth storage. I have mine folded in a drawer, but truth be told I don't own very many table cloths. I really only use them when we have people over. Otherwise I would feel I was doubling up as a professional laundry maid with the mess my children make at dinner (still). I also love the new curtains in the foyer - the fabric is so pretty and pattern so you. Your home is looking so warm and cosy and full of layers. We don't have bar keepers friend and I now feel I am missing out!! xx

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    1. Heidi I can't even imagine that kind of heat! Although I've often said that I could live in the tropics because when I have been to warm places it doesn't affect me. I've learned to love the bitter cold for example but that took years and many layers of Brora jumpers. ;)
      I wonder if I could send you some BKF? Is that a legal thing to put in the post? I think you should have some to satisfy your curiosity.
      Is that Ina's method? I wondered if it was a Martha thing because I feel sure I saw it years ago in a magazine or something. My kids made epic messes of the table and in fact my youngest, at 13, is still very messy. The paisley is quite forgiving of that actually and I give it a brush off and a spot clean so I don't have to launder it very often, the wool is delicate. It also has a table pad underneath it.
      Thanks for the compliment on the curtains this is high praise coming from my favourite architect/designer! XO

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  16. I don't even hang half of my clothes that way!! Wishing you a merry xmas and ahappy new year xx

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    1. Naomi don't tell me that, I'd like to pop by and organize your closet! That should be my part-time work because I love doing it. I hope you're feeling festive and enjoying the run-up to Christmas, London must be gorgeous right now. Thanks Naomi, XO

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  17. Your drapes are beautiful and I love the way you store those tablecloths...such a great idea!
    Your new cloth looks fabulous almost like a paisley tapestry.
    We put up our tree yesterday and are getting into the spirit of the season with each passing day...
    Happy Holidays to you and the family.

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