:: Location Location Location ::

:: Okay, so I should be making dinner, but instead my nosy nature has got me thinking...I have a lot of visitors from foreign places and I would love to know how you found me! ::

:: Here are a few visits from different locations around the world that have me stumped...either I don't know you {which is totally fine!} or I do know you and just don't have clue as to where you live! ::

:: If one of these locations is you will you please leave me a note and let me know how you found me...I'd love to know who you are! ::

:: Braintree, Essex, United Kingdom ::
:: North Vancouver, British Columbia {frequent flier here} ::
:: Cypress, Texas USA ::
:: Ashtabula, Ohio USA ::

:: Funny thing about all of the above places is that I would love to live there with you! I know, I know, I live in British Columbia...yes, but NOT North Vancouver ~ North Vancouver is a beautiful place to live! ::

:: Love to you all and thanks for visiting! And please don't be shy, I love that you visit me! ::

:: I'm busy ::

:: Wrapping up all things Christmas in our home ::

:: And turning this Christmas mantel back into...

All things Sarah Richardson... ::

:: My home is my office, as well as a soft place for my family to land...apparently my husband seems to think that twinkle lights should be up deep into January. But I need it clean. I want to jump into 2009 with a clear concise direction that our family is to go and the lingering touches from Christmas just make everything stay foggy to me, like I'm in a bubble. I'm happy to move on into 2009 with all that it brings less the clutter {both in my physical & mental world} ::

::: Here's to a fresh new year ~ doesn't it feel good!?!? ::


:: Wouldn't it have been nice ::

:: to be in PARIS tonight, it's already 2009 there...I'm sure they are drinking fancy-schmancy champagne and enjoying the sights of Paris, as for me, I'm here....roast in oven, yoga pants on, re-organizing my kitchen cupboards...I know what you're thinking "man, she's got it made!" ::

:: Okay, this is my last post for 2008, well maybe yes, maybe no...maybe I'll post one about Christmas and such. So if you're a fancy yoga-wearing-non-party-going person like me and you're at home tonight with the loves of your life tune in later, you might be surprised to find a new post! ::

:: Happy New Year ::

:: The tic-tock of 2008 has almost finished -it seems like it whipped by in a rush! ::

:: We had a great 2008, lots of fun, lots of challenges too but all in all lots of love. I'm learning to be a better Wife, Mama & Friend and with that I have been challenged to write up my very first New Years Resolution list - I may share it with you but for right now it's tucked away on my heart and in my head ::

:: We are ringing in the new year quiet style. We could go out but we are so tired from all of buzzing of Christmas still that we just want to have a quiet time in without interruption. We are putting our family first this upcoming year and we are ringing it in with that expectation ::

:: Happy New Year All, I pray each day of 2009 is not wasted but lived to the fullest, every moment filled with expectation and God's goodness ::

:: Love to you all and welcome 2009! ::


:: Christmas 2008 House Tour ~ Your Home ::

:: Here are some of my favorite spots from inside your homes ::

:: Amanda's beautiful black front door ::

:: Christy's super cute Christmas day counter ::

:: Carrie's fancy symmetrical mantel - just lovely! ::

:: Charlene's "holy moly now that's a tree!" ::

:: Nadine's lovely tree and fireplace...I love love love the grand feeling of the fireplace! ::

:: My Mom's vintage collection, my favorite one is the one that is always on top of the TV {top left corner} ::

:: Stephs mod feeling decor, simply stated and just beautiful! ::

:: Nickie's candles candles candles...Nick, did you end up lighting them ;) ::

:: Mantel a la Sarah, love the garland, my heart adores shabby chic! ::

:: Thank you to all who joined in my house tour - Y'all have B E A U T I F U L homes! ::

:: Christmas 2008 House Tour ~ My Home ::

:: Okay, so I promised to post, but you know how it is, life gets in the way of posting...at any rate, better late than never! ::

:: Welcome to my home ::

:: Our entry way {looking from our living room into the hall towards our family room} ::

:: My Mom gave me the lovely silver trees that are on my front table, I think they look fabulous, and I put up my new {my b-day present from my bro & sil two years ago, but had yet to make it to a wall} candle sconces on the wall heading into the family room ::

:: The reflection from the mirror in the front hall into the living room ::

:: Our living room from the front hall ::

:: Our living room from the corner of the dining room ::
:: The view from my couch, I really liked the placement of the tree in the center of the room but it was a pain to get my furniture to fit, and apparently moving it was no option to Paul! But it all ended up okay and I loved sitting on my couch and seeing the whole room, it will be this way again next year ::

:: My dining room {without a table cloth, it was still dirty from the night before}, notice anything different? Yup, I got myself a plate wall, it was for my birthday from my parents, nice eh? They are antique plates {most of them} from Lynden WA ::
:: Here's a shot of the plate wall looking into the family room ::
:: Here is the inside of my china cabinet, I needed to protect our nativity, but Jacob got in anyway and broke poor Jesus' arm! ::

:: A few details from around the house ::

:: Our family room, yes, we had two trees....lovely I think so! We got the real one {family room one} for free, but it was soooo lovely while it lasted. As of boxing day it was taken outside to the back deck, it's all lit up out there but just not dropping needles on my carpet anymore! ::

:: Details from the family room/kitchen, I got my apothicary jars on sale from Big Lots in Bellingham {I had my eye on them since August and finally splurged and bought them for myself, a whole $20} ::

:: Thank you for walking through my home with me...coming up next, all of my fav's from your homes! ::

xo, Shawna
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