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This is one of my favorite things...an old bottle stamped with the letters New Canaan, Conn.  A dear friend gave it to us when we first moved to California.  I think Suzanne had one that she put lights in, but it wasn't until a couple of weeks before Christmas when I saw it on Jane's blog that I thought to do the same.  I'm going to enjoy this all through the winter in my kitchen.  There's just something about the glow of twinkle lights that make everything seem brighter...and 2012 is going to be great, right?
The temperatures in Southern California have been unseasonably warm.  We hardly needed a fire but we had one anyway just for atmosphere and for the kids to make s'mores.
Happy New Year from our home to yours and may 2012 be filled with many wonderful surprises.


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  2. So so true, Annie...here's to a bright 2012. We made s'mores (from a fancy Bristol Farms kit) at my sister's (over her fire pit) Christmas night. So fun.

  3. Mmm - marshmallows! :-)

    Have a great 2012! :-)

  4. It's barely cold enough here for a fire but we lit one anyways! Hope your 2012 is filled with joy and fun!

  5. Happy New Year Annie! May 2012 bring peace, health and prosperity to you and all who you hold dear x

  6. Annie, sushi doesn't really exist in Scotland - there are one or two pretend places, oh dear, really dire, nothing like CalIfornia!
    And re the gold stars I was looking at your red and white string with wonder, I can't find anything like that here.

    Happy New Year!

  7. Happy New Year Annie! I just have to say again that I love your design style. I just took down all of my Christmas decorations and while I am so happy to have some space, I am realizing I need some new accessories. I wish you lived closer so you could help me out! You have such a great eye for accessories!



  8. Smores are still a favorite of ours. Wishing you all the best in the New Year!!

  9. Annie, Thanks for stopping by today. I'm glad that you did so that i could fine you. Wish I had a smore right now. Happy New Year! Mona

  10. Annie!
    I made the French onion soup!
    Thank you for inspiring and sharing. My son gave me a Le Creuset dutch oven for Christmas. (my heart jumped when I opened it) I sent him texts as I made it!
    A toast to Julia, Annie and my Son, Jay!
    Bon Appetit!

  11. happy new year annie! what a gorgeous bottle. i hear it is in the 80's at home. i'm in utah skiing where everyone is complaining that it is hot and it's 30 degrees. i'm pretty happy.

  12. I wish you a wonderful 2012!!! Have a happy new year!

  13. Happy New Year, Annie. Looks like the perfect way to spend the evening!