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November 26, 2007


cindy ~ My Romantic Home

That is a beautiful tray! I really love the cup and saucer too. It's so dainty.

Daisy Bouquet

I would really like having breakfast served to me on that tray. Beautiful!!!! Mary


Glad to hear I am not the only one who hasn't started decorating. I have to say, though, that I can't wait to see Daisy Cottage all decked out in holiday finery.


Love that tray. I am like Vanessa and can't wait to see Daisy Cottage all dressed up. No pressure but definitely can't wait.


Love the aqua tray!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio

Oh! I love that tray! I have a jadiete green one that is similar...The napkin is so perfect with that!


I love everything in this picture! The tray, the hankie, the white cup and saucer. You do have a way of finding such pretty things.

Rose @Classic Charm

What a beautiful tray...and the color is so pretty!
Hugs, Rose


Hi Kim,
Love your tole tray. You have a beautiful family as well. You are a blessed woman, Hugs~Rosemary


i can't wait to see what happens when you do start decorating! post lots of pictures!


okay, I did look here today expecting to see some Christmas decorations - but I still was happy with your pretty pictures!


Beautiful tray beautiful post! I am so happy to hear that I am NOT the only one NOT posting Christmas..there's lots of time for that!!
hugs NG

Elaine L.

I love the teacup and saucer. What is the pattern?

The colors of the tray, hanky, and cup and saucer remind me that we will all be looking forward to spring once winter is gone.


tea time and roses

I love it all Kim!



rhondi mullins

So pretty! I love the way you arrange things. That cup and saucer is just waiting for some good hot tea to be sipped from it.


when you DO start decorating for the out blogging world.... ::)))

Cottage Contessa

Love everything about, and in this post! Such beautiful things, as always!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)


Hi Kim
Beautiful tray and napkin!!!

the feathered nest

Very pretty and no Christmas decorating going on at my house either. Maybe this weekend I'll start.


kathy :)

Good Morning Kim,

Good to know I am not alone. December 1 is when I start decorating.

What a lovely visual your post is !!

Glad to hear you had a nice holiday, love the pictures of your sweet family. (I didn't recognize the brunette :))

Have a nice day.
Kathy :)


Oh Kim, what a beautiful tray! I do hope you treated yourself to a morning tea on that tray with your pretty cup and saucer!


No Christmas decorating going on here at the moment either. Since we are planning on being in Florida for the holidays I am debating as to what to do about holiday decorating. Love your cute tray and vintage hankie.


It is,indeed,great when these little moments of serendipity happen! I love the tray and napkin, Kim!



Gorgeous tray-really lovely photo! I took advantage of the strong boys at Thanksgiving, and had them bring the Christmas boxes down from the attic...but that's as far as I've gotten with the decorating!

Angela (Cottage Magpie)

I'm so with you on not decorating yet--although in my case it's because I'm way not ready. But that tole tray is GORGEOUS! I really need to get one. ebay here I come!
~Angela :-)

Love it all.... very lovely, and by the way, you take owesome pictures...

Have a blessed day, Ms. Kim...



Love it all.... very lovely, and by the way, you take owesome pictures...

Have a blessed day, Ms. Kim...



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Hi Kim,

What a pretty toleware tray! I have been on the hunt for a red tray like that.
I just love the way the flowers on your napkins repeat the pattern. Christmas has landed at my place, everything is pretty much up and out with the exception of the tree :)



BEAUTIFUL tole tray....and the way you arranged every thing is usual!
hugs, bj


Love the tray and the hanky to die for! Isn't it great when two great pieces just fit together? I would really enjoy having some tea served on that beautiful tray.


Absolutely beautiful, you have a great gift for styling. I can't decorate this year because of my foot surgery so I am looking forward to your holiday decorating to keep me in the spirit.


Gorgeous tray and china! Love the simpleness of the white, classic. Your family pictures are adorable. So glad you shared with us Kim...and your Mom is one pretty lady! cherry

melissa @ the inspired room

Pretty tray, Kim! I just did a little bit of decorating for Christmas yesterday ONLY because we are hosting a party here in two weeks! :-)

Otherwise I wouldn't start yet. We still have time!


I adore the tray, aqua is just the greatest color for me (at least this week)! Awesome blog and pics!


No Christmas here yet either. Give me a week or two. Can't wait to see what you have planned!


No decorating yet here either! I plan to start this weekend. I loved the photo of Miss Maggie on Thanksgiving - she's a cutie!!
Look forward to seeing your holiday decor and the way you photograph it.


Pretty tray. Is it vintage? I can never seem to find painted tole trays!

Dawn-Enigma Artist

Oh how perfect, the daises on both!

I have started decorating, but I leave out a pink patterned teapot and cup with saucer, a pastel patchwork place mat, and an ivory colored use to treat myself when I need a break from all the holiday "stuff".

You have a lovely home. I'm glad I found your blog!


Oh, my! I love the tray, too!

Common' now. Let's get those Christmas decorations going.

Cece Marie

Oooh! I can't wait to see how you decorate for the holidays! I just know it is going to be perfection! (no pressure! ;)
The aqua tray is so so pretty. I dream of being able to paint like that!
I don't recall whether I asked your permission...I've added your lovely blog to my sidebar. I hope that is ok.
Best wishes! Cece

Terry Grahl

Hi Kim,

I'm thinking about you....2008 is going to be your year for big change!!! It's time girl..go for it!!!! Get your ducks lined up so when my article goes out in Home Companion you can link your new website to your cottage of the month. I can recommend some wonderful web designers.

Terry oxoxox's

Junie Moon

What a lovely tole tray. I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your thoughtful posts and beautiful photos.

julie (jane's apron)

oh, I'll take pretty matching daisies over Christmas decor any day!

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