I am off to visit the girls in Connecticut tomorrow!
Each year my special friend Paula opens her heart and home
and we spend a day or two together.
This is such a treat for me as Paula's home is magical...
...and especially so at Christmas time!
click here to see snaps of last year!
For me...this visit truly marks the beginning of the season
and makes my Christmas special.
Besides laughing and chatting nonstop...
we visit some of our favorite shops in the area for inspiration
and holiday shopping.
First we will visit our friend,
Carole of Maynard Greenhouse
and see her shop all set up as a Christmas wonderland.
I can't wait to see her displays this year!
click here for last year's pics.
And....of course I can't wait to see her and George too!
Next, we will visit Deanna in her shop Gather in Ivoryton.
Deanna's shop is always decorated in a big way
and full of interesting and eclectic gifts and antiques.
I always find something special.
In fact, the first picture above
is of one of the vintage pink ornaments
I found at Gather last year.
We plan to make the trip to Taken For Granite
in Stony Creek.
Talk about spectacular displays!
Do you remember last year's post?
Hopefully we will have time to get to Chester to visit
Dina Varano's wonderful jewelry store
and Fran's shop The Red Pepper...
which is always full of the most unique and beautiful clothes.
Of course, I will bring my camera
and take lots of pictures to share with you!
Can you tell I am excited?