Saturday, December 22, 2012

More Cozy Cottage Christmas Bliss!

 My Heart is so full as I share more on the blog about my Cozy Cottage Christmas event.  I adore my second home in Mount Dora, Florida ALL year long, but there is something about opening the doors for 20 amazing artists from around the country who all share the same love, that makes my heart soar with delight!

I realize I could go on and on about every photo posted here, but instead I will let the photos speak for themselves!  Here you will see  it all from the projects we created,  the wonderful decor, the gorgeous artists, the swap creations and more.  

I am ever so grateful to my friend Cassandra Van Curen for her INCREDIBLE photographs of the weekend.  Looking at all of the photos makes me step back inside, and it is almost like I am there, all over again.

I feel as though I am beyond blessed because truly, I was able to have a Christmas twice this year.  The magic and laughter and love shared this weekend shall remain in my heart for every Christmas to come......

 I was gifted with one of the greatest Cozy Queens ever!  My Mom, Becky!

 Throughout all the months of planning and details, I think this was the one thing that thrilled me the most!  This curly lamb cape was the gift each of the ladies received from me.  It made me smile from ear to ear to see how much they loved them!
 The swaps between artists were just OVER THE TOP GORGEOUS!  One of the swaps was an embellished vintage jewelry box.  This is the one I created for my partner Sherry.  I loved EVERY MINUTE I worked on it! 
 Here are some more of the jewelry boxes..just breathtaking!

 As I finish this post, "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is true Christmas wish to you and yours!  Thank you artists, friends and followers for an amazing year of artful bliss...May all your Christmas's be COZY!!!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cozy Cottage Christmas Bliss!

 It was a magical weekend of Christmas bliss at my Cozy Cottage in Mount Dora, Florida! 

 20 amazing artistic women from Georgia,  California, Texas and Florida gathered together at my home away from home, and one of my favorite places on earth. 

 The cottage was decked in pink and blue Christmas splendor and it was a weekend of precious  memories, artful creations and friendship.  I have been so busy since the event, I am LONG overdue to blog!  I wanted to wait until I received the disc with all of the photos..there are SO MANY incredible photos of the projects, the tea room ...the BEAUTY! 

 For now, I will give you a quick sneak peek, and promise more photos  will follow soon!

 Here is the Christmas tree which is displayed in the front entry way.  Many of the girls added beautiful ornaments to the tree.  I look at it and wonder how I will ever take it down...I almost want to keep it up all year long!

 My dear friend Cassandra Van Curen who is not only an amazing artist but also a dynamic photographer, captured the entire weekend in it's true style with her photographs. I can't thank you enough Cassi! You can see more of her work on her website at

 One of the things that most excited me was my gift for each of the girls!  I kept it  under my hat all year long and just couldn't wait  for them to receive it.

  The gift was a curly lamb "cozy" cape as shown in this photo. I had tears in my eyes when I saw how happy everyone was.

 My Cozy Cottage Queens!!  How I adore each and every one of you!

 I love this "Frosty the Snowman" top hat Cassandra brought to use as a prop!

My sweet friends Jennifer and Molly at The Garden Gate tearoom, truly one of the most beautiful tearooms ever.

 Sunday was laundry day!  All the ladies went to the clothesline and were gifted with a crocheted item which was hanging on the line.

The moments of gift giving were so blessed.  I presented Molly with this framed portrait I had taken of her daughter at the Cozy cottage and the tears were flowing...moments like these....Priceless. 
As I write this I am at Kim Caldwell's Winter wonderland Affaire in Los Angeles indulging in more Christmas bliss! 

 When I return home I will post more photos and "fabulousness" from the Cozy Cottage Christmas weekend! xoxo