Monday, December 14, 2009

Twinkle, Twinkle ~ Gold and Glitter

Beth over at The Stories of A to Z is having a Christmas Mantel Linky Party.  She wants all of us to link-up our last year’s Christmas mantel.  I linked up and then my internet server went out lol.. so I'm back to add Beths Link.. Ya'll just have to go see all the beautiful mantles posted to this party.
They are AMAZING~!
  I had a situation occur over the weekend that caused me heart ache and when I can't control my thoughts , I cant sleep. Suffice it to say my situation has been resolved and my living room decorated.  During stressful times, some people Bake- some people go on a cleaning frenzy, some people exercise- some eat.. I fall in the clean~decorate category.    Having talked about this with many kind folks who were willing to share their thoughts on this sort of issue, I was happy to find I am not alone.. Their kind words and support helped bring me through and back into the light of hope. This was a life lesson for which I am very grateful.  The true Christmas Spirit shone through these people and into my world.. Please allow me to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to them all, one more time.... Now lets get on to the Twinkling..
I like to sit and look at these lights and think of them as the kindness and love that shines from one persons soul to another.. Shine brightly my friends, every chance you get, as the light in another's life may be brightened by it.....
 Merry Christmas
Its warm and cozy by the fire , so have a seat and make yourself at
Does anyone else wish we could just keep these lights up all year.. I do ..
I hope all this twinkling has brought some light into your life and a smile to you face. I want to share all the Christmas Spirit with you that I can, in hopes it will bring you holiday happiness and maybe help carry you in the light,throughout the coming year.
Thanks so much for coming to visit me. It was wonderful to have you here.
"Brightest Blessings from Me and Mine  to  You and Yours"


  1. Oh Sonny! I truly needed to see this and hear your words today. This is a rough holiday for our family, but the passing of a dear friend this week has brought forth much gratitude for those things we ARE blessed with. Beautiful as always and your words very wise. Have a blessed holiday friend

  2. You're fireplace mantel looks just gorgeous! The bows looks great and I love the lights mixed with the candlelight.

  3. oh Patty . my sincere condolences on the passing of your friend.. My grandmother told me when someone passes, there's a new star in the sky , so sweetie- LOOK UP, and there they are.. wish you could feel this hug ((Pattie))

  4. Hi Kathy.. thanks so much. it makes me happy that you like it. Just wanna tell ya that one day when I was looking through my blog comments, my dh was peeking over my shoulder and his exact words were" wow, that gal is gorgeous" ~! he was speaking of you:) Just thought I'd let ya know.

  5. Wow, so, so pretty, and I think you did really well with the bows! Merry Christmas!


  6. Dear Sonny....I think this is my favorite post of yours so far. I absolutely love this. Great job. Hope you're feeling well today. Happy holidays!

  7. Ok, what time do I show up on Christmas :)

    Sonny, you just outdid yourself. Your mantle is absolutely gorgeous. Stunning and elegant.

  8. Hi Sonny and I'm sorry to hear you had some heartache. But I love love your beautiful mantle! Your lights are so pretty and yes, I wish we could leave them up all year! Your home just oozes with warmth!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. You and your dh made my week with that! : ) It's especially nice to hear since I recently found out that come July next year I'm going to be a grandma! {A grandma!!!}

  10. What a beautiful area to have a cup of coffee. :)

  11. Thanks so much Suzanne.. I am so thrilled to finally be able to make a decent bow.. I better keep practising though or I'll forget how I did it.. Merry Chrismas

  12. aww Suzie//Suzanne... thanks and yes I am better and looking forward to family arriving soon..
    Happiest of Holidays to you also.

  13. Bless your heart Marla and thank you.. Show up anytime~! I'll even order Pizza for you, giggle.
    Merry Christmas

  14. Thanks Sheila.. its always a happy day when you visit. I'm gonna miss these lights for sure.. maybe I could leave the ones on my ficus trees..
    Merry Christmas and come back to visit please.

  15. I'll keep the coffee hot Sandra and make sure there are cookies too , just in case you have time to make a visit..
    Brightest Blessings to you and yours.

  16. Due to unforeseen circumstances, my house is not decorated this year so I'm vicariously enjoying yours instead! I check your blog often and love your home.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  17. Just stopped by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a HAPPPPPPPY BIRRRRTTTHHHDAYYYYYYY!!!

    That was such a sweet note you sent about the stray dog. It's truly a wonderful match and the dog has made a senior with health issues and depression very happy. They will be together constantly to watch over each other. All goodness and joy.

    Packing to leave for a weeks visit with the oldest daughter, grandkids and family in California. Hugs to you on your birthday!

  18. sonny your decorations are beautiful and i do like all the lights! if i were to leave anything up threw the year it would be the lights! your home is beautiful and your holiday decorations are one i keep comeing back to look at. i would love to take a seat in front of the fireplace and sip hot apple cider with you....hmmm maybe someday! thanks for posting your beautiful home and can't wait to see what you have instore next! merry christmas and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  19. oh gosh. I am a bad blogger :( Thank ya'll for the Christmas wishes and the happy Birthdays too..
    I am always happy to see folks have stopped by to visit me.. I need to get all my mess cleaned up so I maybe, just maybe I can do a new trayscape on thursday.. Just cause i dont post everyday doesnt mean I dont think of ya'll and hope everything is wonderful in your life...
    HUGS and HAPPY Thoughts
    Brightest Blessings to ((ALL))

  20. Sonny, what a treat to have you as a new friend! I love your blog, and can't wait to have more time to spend here! Visit often (I know I will)! ;p


  21. The most beautiful mantle I've ever seen--seriously. You are one very talented lady.
    Anna Flowergardengirl™

  22. Hi Donna and Anna.. oh my goodness I didnt know there were anymore comments here. Can ya'll tell my blog skills are a bit limited lol.. I need to get notices when folks comment but I dont know how.
    Anyway, it was so kind of ya'll to visit and thank you sooooooo much for the sweet compliments.
    I hope this new year is bringing you joy and happiness.
    Brightest Blessings

  23. Oh My Goodness Sonny....absolutely beautiful. I too wish I could keep my Christmas tree and lights up all year long.

    Have a wonderful day.

  24. Beautiful mantel, Sonny! I love the plaid bows ... very elegant. And, the soft candlelight makes it even that much more inviting. So pretty! Thanks for sharing, *Becca*

  25. Such a gorgeous mantle, Sonny! I'd love to leave the lights up yearround, too!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  26. It looks gorgeous Sonny...truly like a southern living magazine! You are making me feel festive right now:)!


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