Joyful Christmas: One

"O Holy Night"

White Jeweled Mini-Lantern, Pier 1, $10

David Phelps performs O Holy Night 
(performance begins around 1:30):


Joyful Christmas: Two

"Winter Wonderland"

Wooden Snowflake Ornaments (Set of 6), 

Ella Fitzgerald sings Winter Wonderland:


Joyful Christmas: Three

"The Christmas Waltz"

Soy Pillar Candle, with Cinnamon Sticks, 

The Christmas Waltz, the Kristen Chenoweth version:

The Christmas Waltz, the She & Him version:


Joyful Christmas: Four

"What Child is This?"

"Make an Impression" Holiday Ornament, The Land of Nod, $14.95

Violinist Lindsey Stirling performs What Child Is This? (Greensleeves):

Friday Find: Stamped Scallop Rug

Stamped Scallop Rug, Urban Outfitters, $89


Joyful Christmas: Five

"Merry Christmas, My Love"

"A Gift for You" Gift Tags (set of 10), Lisa Leonard, $24

Alison Durham Speer sings Merry Christmas, My Love:


Joyful Christmas: Six

"Jingle Bells"

Vintage Dictionary Paper Jingle Bell Wreath, 

Jingle Bells performed by Michael Bublé featuring The Puppini Sisters:


Joyful Christmas: Seven

"Joy to the World"
Felt Ball Garland, Crate & Barrel, $19.95

Chris Tomlin performs Joy to the World,
featuring the Watoto Children's Choir:

Okay, I realize the garland doesn't really have anything to do with "Joy to the World" without a serious stretch of the imagination.  Enjoy anyway!


Joyful Christmas: Eight

"Sleigh Ride"

Sleigh Bell Crewel Embroidered Lumbar Pillow, 
Pottery Barn, $49.50

John Williams conducts The Boston Pops in Sleigh Ride:


Joyful Christmas: Nine

"The Little Drummer Boy"

Little Drummer Boy Noise Christmas Card (5-Pack), 

Bing Crosby & David Bowie - The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth:

Josh Groban's version of The Little Drummer Boy:


Joyful Christmas: Ten

"The Nutcracker Suite"

Set of 6 Handpainted Nutcracker Ornaments, Crate & Barrel, $26.95

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite as performed 
by the BBC Royal Opera House:


Joyful Christmas: Eleven

"Gesu Bambino"
Little People Nativity Set, Toys 'R Us, $24.99
(A childproof nativity!)

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, featuring David Archuleta, performs Gesu Bambino:

Friday Find: Honeycomb Vases

Honeycomb Vases, Neiman Marcus, $45 - $75


Joyful Christmas: Twelve

My word of the year for 2012 is Joy. What better time of the year to celebrate Joy than at Christmas? What better expression of Christmas Joy than Christmas music?  This year, our countdown will be focused on products that bring a smile to my heart, and paired with a song that I love.

Let the countdown begin!

"Star Carol"

Vintage Inspired Christmas Star Garland/Banner (2 yards), Diana Garrett on Etsy, $4.85

Star Carol, performed at Song of Praise Big Sing, 2010:


Inspiration: 2013 - The Year of Emerald

Pantone announced yesterday that Emerald (17-5641) will be the color of the year for 2013:


Pantone describes Emerald as "a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony."

Flickr Roundup:

What post about Emerald would be complete without at least one reference to the Wizard of Oz?

Check out this lovely recovering of the literary 
classic from the Pantone galleries:

Friday Find: Rowboat Salad Bowl

Rowboat Salad Bowl with Wood Serving Utensils,


Book Releases: December 2012

Releasing this month:



Cardboard Testimonies

Moving testimonies of life before & after Christ on simple cardboard:


Friday Find: Bailey Doesn't Bark Bath Accessories

Bailey Doesn't Bark Bath Accessories, West Elm, $10-$19
Soap Dish, $10
Tray, $19
Toothbrush Holder, $14



The theme song for the latest James Bond installment, Skyfall, written and performed by Adele:


Book Releases: November 2012

Releasing this month:


Titanium / Pavane

ThePianoGuys with Titanium / Pavane (Piano/Cello Cover):


Friday Find: Bulova Clock

Bulova Clock (with Bedside Alarm), Macy's, $40.46 (sale, regularly $59.95)




Book Releases: October 2012

Releasing this month: