Tuesday, December 28, 2010

White Winter

Decision Dilemma!
Should I strap on a pair of skates and enjoy this cool weather...

or stay cuddled under a down comforter
and wile way the hours with a hot cup a tea, new magazines...

and lovely books....

with my special dog, Krumpet

as it has been snowing so much here and we are expecting more...

I use to love sledding in the snow,
now I am more of a snow picture-taker...

I am definitely thinking about my next trip to Paris...

and the so cool picture I left behind at the Paris Flea Market
of the Mona Lisa and a Dog
-got Krumpet son after my return...

after considering all those great choices,
in the words of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

"There is no place like home"
Happy White Wednesday
at Faded Charm

and always inspired by Debra at


thank you Debra for the kind words and mention on your post sweet friend

Images: etsy, google, French Blue, Brayton Homestead Interiors 4 & 5, google, Brayton Homestead Interiors 7-9

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Deer friends

You are all so DEER to visit during this busy holiday season! From the real thing, figurines to a young model Emily so doe-like, deers to me feel like Christmas. Let us not forget Rudolph.
linking up to the wonderful
Common Ground's lovely
Please Have a Blessed Christmas.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Nutcracker Ballet

To marvel at a performance of the
Nutcracker Ballet is on my wish list to do this season...

Ballet's are a magical experience! After dancing ballet for years,
it is always a ballerina's desire to be a part
of the Nutcracker ....

the music, the lights, the excitement
and the costumes!

Images: google

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wondrous White Wonderland

Wishing You
The Most Wondrous of a Winter White Wonderland

...just a lovely mohair and paper vintage ornament on my bedroom mantle...

Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Monday, December 13, 2010

my Sepia Mantle

Have a Merry Monday!
Please enjoy these pictures of my study for Christmas at the homestead and thank you for visiting. My sepia display includes a cloth Santa I made from vintage fabrics, a reindeer made by a friend during art school, lanterns my sister Aggie bought for me in Morocco, raffia and wood beads all compliment the original 1796 fireplace and raised panel door...

Images: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

my newly finished vintage jewelry creations

I am creating jewelry for Christmas gifts, and am so enjoying it. Only problem is that as family and clients see the pieces, they are asking and buying them.
Ok, it is a good problem...

Starting with a Victorian carved pin then adding a gold tone vintage dragonfly finding,
this is my newest creation


It started with a whole pile of metal and jewelry findings
I have been collecting and the inspiration form gorgeous pin I purchased from
am linking to Faded Charm's

So I have decided to sell some necklaces starting at
ranging from $25.00 to $75-depending 0n the materials.
OAK- all made from one of a kind findings, many Victorian .

They can be purchased by email.


There are about 10 original one of a kind pieces left to this collection

The necklaces match or compliment the handmade earrings made with Victorian crystal beads in my Brayton Cottage shop on right.

Images: all Brayton Homestead Interiors

Sunday, December 5, 2010

any cookie recipes?

Every year I would host a cookie exchange but this year I am invited to one! I alternate between my gingerbread men ( shown above) or sugar cookies. Looking for something different this year, any recipes you would like to share?
~ the Tattered Cottage has a yummy recipe to share for Vanishing Cookies
~ Olive Cooper posted her incredible bar recipe, wow-
~ Uncovered Ruby has a melty Carmel Pecan Bar you must check out
Image: Brayton Homestead Interiors

Friday, December 3, 2010

vintage inspiration at the Brayton Homestead

I am linked to Common Ground's great Vintage Inspiration Friday

My living room mantle is decorated very simply this year. I am inspired by the watercolor painted of my homestead in the 1940's and by the violin that my son played for eight years...

Alas, the daily practice sessions are no more . After his last high school concert he put the instrument on the mantle and it has stayed unplayed. I loved to listen, even the squeaky times.
Maybe one song this Christmas Doyle, please...
Images: Brayton Homestead Interiors