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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cottage Christmas Part II

Welcome. I am so glad that you stopped by. It is hard to believe that Christmas is less than a week away. Would you like to take a little break and join me for a cup of hot tea and relax for a few minutes? We will look for inspiration to paint one more Welcome sign for my niece. She is the Director of Child Development at a Lutheran School and I have been painting Christmas Welcome signs for her to hang on the doors of the Children's school rooms. I have a snowman sign in mind in a winter garden setting with birdhouses.

Finding Inspiration

Here . . . .

There . . . .

Looks like Bentley, my Studio Assistant, has found some inspiration.

Everywhere . . . . .

Here is the finished sign with birdhouses and Snow Men/Ladies.

Now that we finished the little sign, let's grab a jacket and take a little stroll around the neighborhood to look at some adorable cottages before we walk around Balboa Island and enjoy some of the charming cottages and Christmas decorations.

Now we are off to Balboa Island, a charming island located on the beautiful Newport Bay. There is a sidewalk around the Island and it is such a delightful place to walk and "look-see" at the cottages.

Bentley loves walking around the Island - there are lots of dogs for him to visit.

Bentley and the adorable Scottie really hit it off.

He was sad to see Bentley leave.

I love this weathered blue cottage and hand painted Santa.

Parking on the Island is very tight and lots of the Islander's own cute little vehicles that are easy to park.

This is one of my favorite cottages (a rather big cottage). The house is on the water and the owners have a rotating display on the roof that lights up at night. They change the theme every season.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your walking tour of our neighborhood and the Island. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visit, comments and those of you who follow my blog. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.

I will be taking a blog break to spend time with my loved ones and will return after the New Year. We will have tea and paint together, visit charming shops and gardens and I will share photos of my cottage home and garden.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family Peace and Joy during this very special season as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Holiday Blessings and Warms Wishes for a Joyous and Wonderful New Year, Erin


Donna said...

Wonderful tour. Thanks. I just love Santa and Mrs. Santa taking it easy under the umbrella.

The Country Nest said...
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The Country Nest said...

Merry Christmas Erin,
Love the tour and all the red.

*Ulrike* said...

Your welcome sign is adorable, and the tour was delightful! But the best part of all which really made me laugh was seeing that poor little scottie and its sad eyes! He was really sad to see Bently go. That was just soooo cute!!!
Have a wonderful holiday to you and Bently!!!
Take Care!

Anonymous said...


How adorable. Love everything you do.
Wishing you and Bentley a Merry Christmas.

La Petite Gallery said...

Merry Christmas,
Very lovely.
Wishing you and that adorible Bently a great holiday.

Anonymous said...

What a delightful tour, Erin. Thank you very much!
I hope you and Bentley have a blessed Christmas time.

Barbie :)

Ruth Welter said...

Thank you for the tour Erin, it was lovely. I love your sign that you spattered with snow, it is adorable. I hope you and yours have a lovely holiday Erin...take care...I wonderful new year to you as well.


Barbara Jacksier said...

I really feel like I've been on the island. Sigh. No snow in site.

Happy Holidays

bj said...

Just to wish you a wonderful Christmas...
xo bj

Mary said...

Dear Erin - I wrote a long comment here while in NYC but the connection in our hotel was lousy and I lost it before being able to post!! Frustrating.

Of course I was thinking of you as Jasmin and I spent a long time in Anthopologie oohing and aahing over the merchandise, unable to make a choice as to what to spend your generous giveaway gift on. We didn't decide when we visited our local store, so took it to NYC knowing their store would be even more fabulous! Anyway, ended up buying Jasmin a lovely idigo blue hooded jacket (will post pics later) which she is thrilled with, and some fabulous soaps, one for me, the others for gifts. There were some clothing items I loved but I know Jasmin was wanting something from Anthro for so long. She always looks at the price tags and sighs.......and I always tell her that's a reason why she must work hard at school, get a degree and a good paying job, then she'll be able to shop in lovely shops like that and treat herself to nice clothes! She's already a 'fashionista' and looks so beautiful in everything, so I hope you won't mind knowing most of your gift went to her!

Blessings Erin at Christmas - have a wonderful holiday.

Jasmin says to give Bentley a special treat from her and to thank you for her lovely jacket!

Sandra Lee said...

Erin, Many blessings to you and Bentley at this Holiday Season. Thank you for your heartwarming blog, it is one of my most favorite places to visit!

Kathleen Grace said...

I love all your beautiful, brilliant red for Christmas, and the cottages! How lovely! Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year Erin!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Erin! Yes, My Dad loved his painting and it is already hanging on the wall. Your Christmas decorations are so beautiful. Colorful and uplifting as always. Have a Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Merry Christmas to you, sweet friend! I hope your day has been special!

Donna said...

I loved the tour. Such lovely little cottages. I think Santa and the Mrs. have the right idea. Napping in the sun!

La Petite Gallery said...

I just had to stop over.
Love your house.
Hope you had a splindid Christmas.
Bless your house and all in it.
Happy New Year

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Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a wonderful tour! I hope your Christmas was Merry and Bright and that the New Year is the best ever!

Glynis said...

Is Bentley a Wheaten? I saw a picture on Pinterest of him meeting a Scottie! I have both a Wheaten and a Scottie and they get along great :)