merry, merry & Day 21

Here's a look at some of the bits and pieces of our home this morning.

And here's how this gathering appears in my book for Day 21:

So many awesome traditions shared yesterday - thank you so much.

Edited with info: plates are from Pottery Barn (picked them up on sale on Tuesday in the local store - you could get them individually there); match box is a lucky find at an antique store; scallop punch is from Marvy (looks like there are some here). The presents with the photos for tags are from my sister (love you Jess).

61 thoughts

  1. Debbie

    2007-12-22 06:35:41 -0500

    I had a great idea last night...I am going to take your Christmas book idea & turn it into a year in review book. It will be less pages, or I can do 2 pages a month? Not sure, the idea is still new to me.
    Merry Christmas!!

  2. Kristy Gussio

    2007-12-22 07:53:27 -0500

    Just wanted to share a little after-Christmas tradition our family started last year: we display all the Christmas cards that we receive until the last day in December....then I take them all down and put them in a large yelloware bowl on the kitchen table...each night at dinner, when we are saying our prayers, we pull out one card and include that family in our prayer.
    It was so special last year and I look forward to doing it again this year.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kristy Gussio

  3. sue

    2007-12-22 08:53:51 -0500

    This album is really something. I love it! I also love the glimpse into your beautiful home. Christmas should be so festive with your family. Enjoy!

  4. Paola Norman

    2007-12-22 13:48:14 -0500

    Everything is so beautiful Ali, just gorgeous touches of Christmas..thanks for letting us in..curious what the object in between the photo is? HHmm cool lookin, love that match holder, you have a great eye for those special touches..I want to take this time to wish you Chris and Simon a very Merry Christmas, I know you are busy hosting and I hope everything goes beautifully..

  5. cabanagj

    2007-12-22 17:12:02 -0500

    happy holidays! :)

  6. cabanagj

    2007-12-22 17:32:12 -0500

    this blogs shows too much art :) i like ti! happy holidays!
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  7. Susan

    2007-12-23 00:16:20 -0500

    love your decorations! are so inspiring. thank you. hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  8. j.j.

    2007-12-23 08:12:06 -0500

    i love the candle holders for the big pillars in the bottom right image near the 'joy' letters - those are great!

  9. Jo

    2007-12-23 10:16:21 -0500

    Your home looks so gorgeous and welcoming, thanks for sharing it with us. This year you have given me some many creative ideas - I even made a button tree last night (just one of the projects I've been inspired to make!) Have a lovely Christmas and a very happy New Year. x

  10. Christine Villacarlos

    2007-12-23 12:41:29 -0500

    Happy holidays to you and to your wonderful family, Ali! You have an awesome style! I love reading your blog and looking at your wonderful creations!

  11. Lisa

    2007-12-24 02:53:40 -0500

    Wonderful projects. Always a real pleasure to browse. I really love this photo mosiac too.
    Happy holidays!

  12. Kimberly White

    2007-12-24 03:00:35 -0500

    Ali, just wanted to wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas! Thanks for your inspiration this morning and throughout the year! Kim

  13. Cass Morgan

    2007-12-24 03:50:21 -0500

    Merry Christmas Ali and Family!
    I've really enjoyed keeping up with your Christmas festivities ... more than you know!
    Do you not use a Mac computer? How do you create the collage? I know Picasa etc has collage capabilities, but it's not compatible for Macs .... which for some reason I thought you have! Would love to know your tricks!
    Enjoy, enjoy, and utterly savor each moment over the next few days ... we'll be checking in!

  14. noelia

    2007-12-24 05:51:04 -0500

    Ali, just wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! All the best for your family in 2008 and thanks so much for the infinite inspiration you provide on a daily basis.

  15. Christina Witkowski

    2007-12-24 11:42:42 -0500

    Merry christmas!

  16. Sheila Doherty

    2007-12-24 12:25:40 -0500

    That album is turning out beautifully. Wish I had the time to do one myself... TFS!

  17. Kristal

    2007-12-25 03:07:38 -0500

    Your home looks so inviting and beautiful. Thank you for giving us a peak at your Christmas decorating. Love everything you have done. You have such wonderful ideas.
    Christmas morning here and one of the things I opened was your new book. Can't wait to dive in. I am so excited! Looks like a buffet of inspiration. :)
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  18. Melissa

    2007-12-25 04:47:40 -0500

    Have a very Merry Christmas Ali and family. Thank you for inspiring so many of us on this journey to record our lives and those around us. I so enjoy your blog and especially your stories about Simon. I feel as though you are a part of my family because of this. Thank you and again....Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  19. Heidi Sonboul

    2007-12-26 03:08:38 -0500

    oh Ali, Just your photography alone shows how talented you are! I love how you put together your pics. Merry Christmas

  20. Helene

    2007-12-26 04:28:10 -0500

    Love this one, a mix of memories on one page. You asked what Christmas was for each of us, for me it's having my family from New York, here with me in France, all of us, not one missing. So wonderful because it doesn't happen every year. This year was magic. Hope you had a beautiful Christmas with your family. God keep you,

  21. Brianna

    2007-12-26 16:04:06 -0500

    I love how this album is coming together. I might have to try it for a month next year. It's such a great way to keep up on the everyday.

  22. Kili's mom

    2007-12-26 16:36:11 -0500

    Always left in complete awe whenever viewing your creations...thank you for posting them for inspiration!! :) do you find your incredible finds on

  23. shannon j

    2007-12-27 05:36:21 -0500

    I LOVE Pottery Barn holiday stuff!

  24. jinglbells

    2007-12-31 11:34:42 -0500

    Love those red and white plates. Where did you find them?

  25. jinglbells

    2007-12-31 11:38:35 -0500

    Okay, sorry didn't notice farther down where you listed the notes on where things came from. THANKS for being efficient.

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