Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!


"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!"

- Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836

Monday, December 20, 2010

I'm Still Here!

Pudgey assures you!
It's just been incredibly hectic in my neck of the woods
with Christmas events, illnesses... and particularly finals!
But tomorrow morning, I'm due for my last exam, which means 
until the end of January, I'll finally be permitted to sit back and relax (and blog!)

Until then, I'm wishing you all a wonderful week

♥,
Erin

Friday, December 3, 2010

Nantucket Christmas Stroll!


Christmas 2009
Happy December, everyone!

Okay, so I'm a couple days late, but hey...
I'm still excited, aren't you? ♥

Today marks the beginning of a very special event
that takes place on Nantucket every December.....



From the evening of December 3rd continuing until the 5th,
the island of Nantucket is transformed into a Dickensian wonderland!
The holiday festivities first kick off with the Chamber's annual tree lighting 
ceremony in which hundreds of trees lining the island are officially lit.

Beautiful Main Street
Other events throughout the weekend will include: Holiday story-telling,
caroling, decorating contests, walking tours, Christmas bazaars, house tours...
 And how could I forget? 
The big man himself, Santa Claus, accompanied by 
his wife, will formally pay a visit to the island (from the help of a Coast Guard 
vessel) on Saturday, parading up Main Street for a merry meet and greet!

Ho-ho-ho!
So those of you who live in or around the Cape Cod 
area, I strongly suggest you check it out!
... this is one Christmas memory 
you won't soon forget!

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For a more detailed calendar of events,

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sturbridge Yankee Workshop



Hello, everyone!
How was your Thanksgiving?
Mine was very delicious, thank you
.... Come to think of it,  I feel I still might be full of stuffing!


While we're on the subject of merriment, let's move on
to another subject that never fails in making me so:
New England!

The other day while I was looking for some bedding
online, I stumbled upon a new New England-based company:


Based in Portland, Maine (can't get any more New England
than that!), Sturbridge Yankee offers hand-made, 100%
American home goods that are completely drool-worthy.

I myself bought a beautiful crochet sheet set, pictured here:
$99.95

But I'm sure that won't be my last purchase...
check out what else they have to offer!

Farm Table, $399.95

Heritage Braided Rug, $49.95

Sturbridge Lantern Lamp, $89.95

Primitive Star Mirror, $59.95

Flower Vine Quilt, $79.95

Christmas Shortbread Pan, $39.95

Calico Braided Square Chair Pad, $14.95

... and that's just the tip of the iceberg!
Take a peak at their website for more

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Good Afternoon to You!


Just dropping by to let you know I haven't disappeared, and 
will be making an official post very soon, once I get some time.
Hope you all have been having a wonderful November!
Mine has been very busy indeed, but I hope to
wind down as soon as Thanksgiving comes around...
which appears to be right around the corner. Yippee!

Enjoy your Sunday

Thursday, November 11, 2010

An L.L. Bean Christmas!


Hello, everyone ♥
Wow... sorry I've been absent for so long!
As you might guess, school has continued to
be totally hectic for me, leaving me barely any
time to myself. Fortunately, I'm off for the rest
of the weekend now, and am ready to relax.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only two weeks away?
I truly love this time of year; it's so exciting!
I've already planned the desserts I'll be making
(I'll save showing you the recipes for another day),
and have also begun to prepare for the Holidays ♥

So, for those of you who have also begun to get in the
spirit, or are in dire need of some, I thought I'd share with
you some wonderful Holiday items from L.L. Bean
that I've been persistently drooling over for days!...

$44.95

$39.95

$54.95

$44.95

$109.00

$39.50

$24.50

$89.95

$24.95

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Humming Christmas carols yet?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Glimpses of October


'Evening, everyone ♥

So, October is over-- naturally, this makes me very sad.
My favorite month... gone with a sweep of leaves and candy wrappers!
It had its ups and downs for me this year; a huge down being the 
loss of my Cuddles, and a minor down of not being fit enough to 
travel to New Hampshire. But, there were some memorable 
moments and excursions that did indeed cheer me up,
and those are the things I'd like to share with you tonight!

Now, I must point out that these photos aren't technically
New England, but they do invoke the homely spirit of tradition
and celebration that our favorite region practices so well....

So enjoy!

  My October

My Lola relaxing the first night of October

Schmitt's Farm Haunted House

Horse-drawn hayrides at Windy Farm



Pumpkin picking!


Jericho Cider Mill-- best cider on Long Island!

Fun at Deepwell Farms Fall Festival


Yum



Lovely scene at the Huntington Apple Festival

Friends at the Bayville Haunted Firehouse!

Eek!

My house the first night we completed our decorations

Halloween parade at Old Bethpage's 1880s Halloween

Am I in New York or New England?...


Sleepy pig
The Headless Horseman paid us a visit


New England, is that you?

Ghostly spectre


My living room

Happy 12th Birthday, Lola!

Lola with her monogrammed L.L. Bean "Wicked Throw"

A ghostly bride walking the streets of Sleepy Hollow


The Old Dutch Church




Awaiting the annual reading of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

My house on Halloween night!

Boo!

My pumpkin-head all dressed up ♥

And for the grand finale, a video of my yard on Halloween night:


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So, I hope you all had a spooktacular Halloween!
Though, as much as I miss it, I must exclaim:
I'm ready for the Holidays!
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