Monday, January 3, 2011

HELLO JANUARY

Well. it is Monday and the first official back to normal day since the holidays. Now is when I could really use a list of resolutions or even a To Do list. I feel a little lost without all the rush and buzz of the holidays...that destination point. I feel as if all I do now is turn corners and find myself in the same place. I'm doing laundry, cleaning out a few drawers, defrosting food for dinner, letting the dogs in and out...exciting stuff, eh? It is hard to get motivated to do more...I still feel like I could use a little rest after the past 4 weeks. So...does anyone else have the 'After Holiday Blahs'?
Last week I said I was going to stay away from the after Christmas sales, but once in my car I was magically driven to Target. I bought a new saute pan and replenished some of my candles and then my cart magically took me to the clearance section. Wow...I really thought there wouldn't be too much left but there was gobs of stuff. Wrapping paper, you can never go wrong with that and I am reaching for that sometimes before it is even out in the stores. Ornaments. 50% off. How do you like my owls and squirrels? Yes, my tree is still up. It is so darn healthy, I just can't imagine flinging it out to the curb. The branches have not even fallen. At this rate we may have it until spring. I am still loving the glow of the lights and seeing the pretty decorations here and there...I'm not ready for the starkness of January yet.

I have been collecting mercury glass for awhile now and I have decided that I will leave some I use for Christmas out for the year. I found these faux pieces at Target for $1.50. So...I did what I said I wasn't going to do, but actually I had fun and that is what counts.
New Years Eve was a little quiet. We snacked a lot on cheese, sausage, assorted crackers and artisan bread and some fresh shrimp. I was falling asleep on the couch so I went to bed at 9:30, thinking I'd get up later, but it was more like 9:30 the next morning. Around here, people blow off fireworks at midnight and I never even heard that. I'm normally a fun person. Honest.



I am leaving you with a picture of our chandelier over the dining table. As you can see, it is in terrible shape. Only one light works. We have always called it the "Disco Ball", that is, everyone except for The Husband who bought it before we were married. Anyway, I have a story coming up
for you, hopefully soon.
Well, I am going back to my laundry. I hope all of you are up to something more invigorating. Have a great week! :-)



89 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I'm so glad you made it to the after Christmas sales, and I love what you found, Janie! So cute!

I am still trapped inside, and I fear what I might do once unleashed. I am still determined to celebrate Christmas, and it just might be in February at this rate. LOL!

Glad you are beating the blahs with some fun purchases!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Terri said...

I have my stuff still up too and I haven't done any post Christmas shopping. I need to go and you have motivated me to go and see what might be for me!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Jane! I think it's so easy to get the blah's after the holidays. Don't feel bad about your tree, just enjoy it. You'll know when it's time. I've had to work on not taking mine down the 26th!! Sometimes we just need a break in life.
big hugs for the New Year,
Debra

Theresa said...

Well, I did the Hobby Lobby 66% off sale for wrapping paper and today I got some 75% Christmas cards! I also said I wasn't going to add to my stash but it is hard when it is so cheap:)

The after the Holidays is a little blah for me too! I kept my 5 year old Granddaughter which was fun! She came right in and asked "where did the nutcrackers go"? I told her that they had to go back to their home in the attic:)

Hope the New Year brings you some excitement and perhaps a new chandelier:) HUGS!

Pondside said...

We still have a houseful, Jane, so no blahs setting in yet. At the end of the week the littlies leave with our son and DIL and I have a feeling I'll crash when that happens. Our tree always stays up until January 6th and this year it will be a day longer so that it doesn't come down while the children are here.
Love the faux mercury!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I got involved in some projects Christmas weekend, Jane, and that seemed to help. Of course, I haven't put my decorations away yet, so those blahs could just be waiting until I do that! I am looking forward to getting back to "normal" (decor wise), so I will be putting a little away each night this week after work and hope that it is all done by the weekend.

I was a disappointed with Michael's clearance and I also stopped at Pier 1, they had more ornaments than anything else. I still have to get to Target, so maybe I'll luck out that they will still have some things. It doesn't even have to be Christmas themed but I did want to get a new tablecloth and napkins since I couldn't find mine this Christmas.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, your posts are always so fun!...glad you found some things on sale at Target... I am definitely staying away from the sales of Christmas stuff! It took me forever to put all of mine away this year... and now my thoughts are of Spring... I chase away those after~Christmas blues with my garden journal and plans for Springtime blooms... can't wait to hear your chandelier story!... xoxo Julie Marie

Janie's World said...

I just took my stuff down yesterday and this morning (the cleaning lady is coming and that motivated me). I understand the let down and the intrusion of real and everyday life.

Love your new stuff. I'm excited about your chandelier. I love chandeliers, I hope a NEW one is in your future!

Karen said...

You know, that's actually not a bad chandelier - all it needs is a coat of paint....and ofcourse bulbs that work... in a shabby vintage ivory or the color of your choice - and new shades! Just ask Kim of Savvy Southern Syle - she knows how do just about anything make-over-ish. I know that's not a word.

~Country Lady~ said...

Hi Jane! I feel your post! I have been away at the beach for a few days of R&R with my husband. Like you, I fell asleep on the sofa at the beach at about 10 on New Year's Eve! Fun! Fun! That's me! :-) I was so exhausted as you were from the holidays. I do hope you are healing from your loss! You had so much more to be exhausted about! I'm like you in that I still have every single Christmas decoration still up! I will get to it when I get to it. I didn't return home until late this afternoon. So it'll be there when we get ready to tackle it, won't it? Happy New Year lovely lady!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

Even if I dont do much during the holidays I always feel I need an extra break when I go back to work! haha!
Happy New Year xoxo

Leslie said...

I saw many after christmas sales and somehow ( I don't know what is wrong with me) I avoided buying anything christmas. I think that it may have something to do with the fact that I got rid of two christmas trees and a few bags or decorations this year. If I buy more stuff... well, you know.
I am trying to avoid the blah.. today I rejoined the gym and continued to clean and organise my house. Now.. I am just waiting for some snow days.
Have a great tuesday.

Pat said...

I used to go to the after Christmas Sales every year. I was at Michael's for frames and found some ribbon bargains, the other day. That was the extent of my after Christmas shopping.

Your find is so cute!

We will leave for the lake tomorrow. Would have today, but needed a prescription that was just filled a little while ago, as they were waiting for our doctor to call. Also waiting for a package from Amazon with Drew's b'day present. Was supposed to be here today...oh well! We will go to the lake very early in the morning, since we are all packed. Might even leave before daylight. That will be a definite blah buster.:-)

La said...

Well, my friend, if you are looking for a rejuvenating booster shot from me....you must know that I fell asleep around 11:00 on New Year's Eve and as for New Year's Day... I never got out of my PJs.

Have a great week! La

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I have a few piece of mercury glass, but I bet a collection of them displayed would be gorgeous! You have a good eye for "pretty" and a bargain. My kind of gal!
I love your "day in a life" post.
Happy New Year.
Yvonne

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Hey Jane! My exciting day... oh yea, back to work, ugh. I put out snowmen after Christmas, it just fills a little of the holiday void and makes me smile! Of course, a little shopping never hurts either:@)

Denise said...

Hi Jane, Happy New Year, I'm not blah at all (yet) thankfully, busy today taking Christmas stuff down and liking how clean and uncluttered the rooms look. This time of year helps me get motivated when it comes to decluttering and clearing cupboards etc, plus getting back on track with eating healthier and trying to get in some exercise!

xinex said...

Can't wait for the story, Janie. The squirrel and owl are cute. My tree is still up too and I can't take it down cause I am having another dinner party tomorrow. I finally met all the Filipino families here and I invited them all, only 15 of us total here with our family and I invited my friend Debjani and her sis in law if she can make it, so that's 17 people. Keep on shopping, it's fun!...Christine

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I have been sick in bed since New Year's Eve so today was my first day out of the house. Needless to say my New Year's was extra quiet. I have been to no sales and yes, I did have the blah's after it all ended...but then I was sick. Today I am feeling like looking into what I can get into...decorating, changing things a little...even a little planning for some winter mini vacations. My house is cleaner today so that makes me feel better :) ~Hugs, Patti

Paula said...

Happy January! I'm kind of glad that the holidays are over and that there might be some quiet days coming up soon.

You found some great things at Target. It's always nice to add a few things to your Christmas collection each year.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Jane you are funny. Amazing you have that magical car too, that just takes you to the right places. Love the clearance section at Target. Good deals and scores you found today.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Hey Sweet Blondie!

LOVE that mercury glass!!!!!
Merry Christmas and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you my friend!

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
You are so down to earth and that's why I love you and your blog. You speak from your heart and keep it real, blahs and all!

Yep, I feel those blahs a little myself but I've been too busy with my booths and projects to worry about it.

Nothing like a good dose of after Christmas sales to keep you goin!

hugs
Sissie

Evi said...

Hi Jane, I am so happy that you discovered my blog and in return I get to visit yours.
The stocking idea came after too much shopping at fleamarkets etc. in Germany and Austria.
I was hooked on the hand-made beauties, but how display them all. That is when I thought of the chairs and of course the mantel.
I hope you get to do it next year!
In November I bought some wonderful birds covered in musical paper and edged in German glass glitter for 1.oo in Target. Could not believe it.
Did not however go to any sales after Christmas.
I girl has to do, what a girl has to do to get over the after Christmas blues.
I am glad you had fun.
I wish you a happy and healthy New Year,
warm wishes, Evi

Tracy said...

I know what you mean about the blahs, January is the worst! But I'm determined to use my time in some constructive manner (as I sit here on the internet!) I hope you find some fun things to do!

My Grama's Soul said...

Hi Jane.....glad to see you survived the holidays....you know...I, too, have a little of the Christmas blahs...perhaps it is because I have so many things that need tending too and I'm dreading all the work! (O:(O

Xo

Jo

Heaven's Walk - said...

Oh, Sandi ~ Sounds like you need a MAJOR shopping trip to bring you out of your post holiday funk. :) If I lived closer, I'd take you out for some Retail Therapy!!! Turn around go back to Target for a couple more hours, girl, and fill your basket. lol! And your wonderful chandy just needs coat of white spray paint and some new white shades to bring it back to life! :)

xoxo laurie

Jody Blue said...

Not so much the blahs as it is Christmas cookie detox!!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Sorry you are feeling the blahs...that is totally natural after the hustle and bustle of the season! Fun shopping though!

Kelli said...

I guess I'm a little odd, but I typically am invigorated by January. To me it is a new beginning and that means lots of purging, cleaning and reorganizing. It keeps my mind busy so the blahs can't settle in and take up residence. ;) Hope your blahs go away and then you can enjoy the new year. :)

Gypsy Heart said...

I haven't gone near the stores since Christmas. You did score some great things! I do have a few returns to take care of but I'm in avoidance...started to go today but decided "tomorrow". :-) I have so much going on trying to get this place settled so I'm not in the mood to bring in anything. Would be great if I stayed in that mood! :-)

The guys came this afternoon to replace the pad and carpeting so that is finished. Now I just have to have a conversation with the lead mntc guy to see about the repairs to be done on the outside to avoid this happening again. I hesitate to move things back in that closet/bedroom area.

Have a wonderful week!
xoxo
Pat

Jane said...

Hi Jane,
I had the after holiday blues because I had to go back to work today, after a wonderful two week vacation!
I didn't do any after Christmas shopping this year...but there's still time :)
Jane

Blondie said...

Hey sweetie! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my Marion Davies post. I am following you and can't wait to see what's next! Hope you have a great night. Kori xoxo

Frenchy said...

LOL
January is so blah for me !
I stayed away from the clearance :)
I love your ornaments and Hmmmm the chandelier ??? New one ?
Restore, paint ?
I won't take down the tree too...Can't let go yet.
Now keeping busy..I agree on the sleeping...
Happy New Year !!! Love you ! Many wonderful things for you for this new year !
Frenchy

Tina said...

Your bargains sound fabulous Jane and I love your faux mercury glass!! Wishing you and your lovely family a very happy New Year and a 2011 which is filled with all things wonderful ~ Tina xx

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
I can feel your pain! I know the after Christmas blahs and how the long, cold winter really set's in.
Cute, fun decor and how can we not do a little after Christmas shopping? It's like in our DNA or something! hehe.
We stayed home on New Year's and I babysat!
I was happy as a clam and Addison and I fell asleep on the couch.
I woke up at 11 , watched New Year's in New York, fed her and went back to sleep!
You hang in there girl, I know you've been going through a hard time!
Thinking of you!
Hugs,
Cindy

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ loving your owls.. I just picked up one for my sister too~ glad you got out to the sales and had a good New Year with your family. I know what you mean about the tree.. I have the living room one up yet and so enjoy the twinkle of the lights... maybe a year round tree? :)

Jeanne said...

Jane...you keep so busy, I love that about you!
I have been thinking of you and saying a little
prayer for you and your family :)

Now back to those Christmas decorations...do they really have to come down..grrr...

Jeanne xxx

Kim said...

Hey Jane! I laughed as I read this post because I just posted about how much I love January! It's actually my favorite month. I'm sure I'm the only one who doesn't feel the Holiday let-down. I see it as a time to relax and get some peace! Ha! You lucked out at the sales. I didn't make them this year. Have a great week!
xoxo,
Kim

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Well, sometimes a trip to Target perks me up a little...it looks like you came out pretty good. I love that mercury glass.

As for your holiday blahs, maybe you should just enjoy your tree a little longer :)

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Hi Jane! I got my mercury glass pieces at Target, too (full price for $3)... they were so cheap and look so pretty! I picked up some great linen stars for half price! I'll use them next year.
I've been having fun doing a little fluffin' around the house after the holidays.
Look forward to hearing your story about the chande!
Have a great day!
xoxo,
Jo :)

Penny said...

Jane, looking forward to your chandelier story. I love mercury glass too. You can never have too much. I am just exhausted from two weeks of travel over the holidays, so know how you feel. You will get your sea(sale) legs back!

Low Tide High Style said...

You found some wonderful things at the after Christmas sales I see. We had snow right after Christmas so I didn't make it to any sales, but I do still have my tree up. Our New Year's Eve was quiet too and if our son hadn't come in to tell us the ball was dropping we would have missed it. We were busy watching Ugly Betty with our daughter. Pretty exciting eh?!

I hope you have a wonderful new year and I can't wait to see what happens with the disco ball!

Kat :)

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

"So...does anyone else have the 'After Holiday Blahs'?"

I kind of think, they go-with-the-territory. ,-) I used to have them on Dec. 25th! And that was kind of weird. Bleahhhh... I mean, the HIGH point was Dec. 24th and it was all down-hill from there.

Wrapping and toys and stuff all over! Trying to get it cleaned up, before family came to visit. Having that visit, when I just wanted to curl up and go to sleep. Etc. Gracious! How did I ever survive those days, hu? lol.

But there's nothing like a cold-from-hell, to make you feel down! Ugh, ugh, ugh... When this is gone, I'll HAVE to "feel up." :-)

Gentle January hugs...

Brenda Kula said...

Sure not up to much here. I beat you New Year's Eve. I hit the hay at 9:15!
Brenda

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

LOVE the owl ornament-so cool!
thanks for your comment on my owl post-
cannot wait to see what you do with the light!

Karen

Designs on 47th Street said...

You DID find good stuff! Love the mercury glass and I certainly think it can be used after Christmas..maybe even year round!

Funny you should mention it...I'm having the after Christmas blues today too. :(

Donna

Olive Cooper said...

Hi Jane, I am worn out from our break and our ongoing project. Plus my SIL is the best power shopper I know. We went to two Targets in two states within four hours on Friday and did much the same on Saturday. She is serious about after Christmas sales. I like to leave my tree up for a while but am taking it down now slowly. Have a great week. I think I am coming down from a sugar high!

Maryrose said...

Hi Jane...I am chuckling at your post. As much as I think I don't want to go out after Christmas I always ended up in some store buying something. It is fun to open the next year though...feels like surprises gifts.
Enjoy your laundry and I can't wait to hear the saga of the chandelier.
Hope you lose the blahs...I am kind of excited to starte organizing... Hmmm I wonder how long that will last.
XXOO,
Maryrose

Shelia said...

Happy New Year, Jane, even if you couldn't keep your little peepers open! :) I haven't been to any after Christmas sales myself. Love those little cuties you found.

Thanks for popping in to see me and I do feel kinda like you. I've been working so hard to get the Christmas put away and my house looks like two tornadoes just came through here! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Knitty said...

You don't have to herald in the New Year to be a fun person! We were up this year, but there have been a few that we missed, waking up with a start sometimes 15 minutes late, sometimes not until morning.

I didn't go anywhere to look at post-holiday clearances but I did order a few things online that were too good to pass up. *BIG grin*

Lori said...

I bought a couple of more things tonight while I was out ~ I can't resist ~ it is like a magnet pulling me to the clearance section. I also got some wrap which you can never go wrong with in my honest opinion! I finally got Christmas all packed up over the week-end ~ everything looks so stark ~ I am not a clean lines girl at all! I was back to work today and it is quite depressing when we checked out the calendar and found the next long week-end is in April! Have a great week Janie. xo

Shirley said...

Hi Jane, I am glad that the holidays are over for a while. I haven't gone shopping because I always figure that I will put it where I can't find it for the next year. I was actually awake New Year's Eve which is a first for me. Very unusual. I enjoy reading your post. You all have been getting the snow and bad weather. Have a great day. A Missouri Friend.

Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Jane! Happy New Year to you and your family! I took down all of my stuff on Sunday. I wasn't happy about it, because seeing all of the decorations up makes me happy. As for after Christmas shopping, I walked the clearance aisles of Walmart to pick up some holiday paper plates and cups. B-O-R-I-N-G!

bj said...

I went to a few of the sales today, too, Blondie.
Found some cute thing for great grandgirl, for next Christmas..70 percent off. LOVE IT.

Glad you got out and around, too.
hugs, bj

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I finally had my first day of "normal" today and I didn't really want to do anything. I'm still doing odds and ends of laundry from the Florida trip...have to clean the guestroom and bath now that it is empty and I'm so behind on blogging that I don't know where to start.

Baby steps!

Renee said...

I have the blahs too. A little retail therapy sounds like the best treatment! Glad you did something fun.

A Vintage Chic said...

I think we're all feeling that way right now, Jane...you said it so well in your post...we were all aiming at the big "destination point" for so long, we feel a bit rudderless afterwards!

Hard to resist the clearance area at Target, isn't it?! I love mercury glass, too...even the faux stuff! I leave some of mine out all year, as well.

WIshing you a lovely day...you'll pep up soon!

Julie

podso said...

Really like your mercury glass; have been seeing that around a lot. You sound like me...after the holidays clean up. It's amazing how cluttered the house can suddenly feel after the holidays are over and Christmas decorations are still up. So I enjoy the cleaner feel after they are all down and I've made a trip to GW with what I realize I don't need.

Happy New Year!

Susan said...

Hello Jane,
I know what you mean about the January blahs, especially with cold weather. Those post-Xmas sales are unavoidable, huh? My car drove me to JoAnn's. Looking forward to seeing the project you mentioned...
- Susan

Sherry said...

It seems pretty quite out here in blogland. I think a lot of people are in the kind of mood you have written about. It is funny, how crazy the blogs were up till New Years and now it feels like half of them are hibernating.LOL I think shopping the clearance sales at Target was a good idea. Love that little owl. Our local Target had gobs of stuff leftover too. Have a wonderful week!
Sherry

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Jane, I bought some after Christmas sale stuff too....just couldn't resist but I am giving it to the kids. :) I am glad to get all the "stuff" down and the house back to normal. Actually I am itching to give my family room a makeover and I am totally at a standstill as to what to do. I friend will be coming over soon to maybe give me a push. I am thinking of just maybe restaging it will do the trick. We'll see. Happy Laundry! :)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I am still, yes, still trying to get all the Christmas put away. Almost there....what a job! Then I am resting for a couple of days. Then Karen is coming for the long weekend. Oh my, I will be taking that nap with you the following week!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

My tree is still up too until tomorrow~ 3 Kings Day~ Epiphany~ the 12th day of Christmas. :)

I have to say I am absolutely thrilled that you will be joining me on the carriage ride destined for Royal Wedding Wednesdays. When I hit the "publish" button I had a momentary feeling of panic that my post would be met with only the sound crickets chirping. It has been quite the opposite, so much so that I feel we have a kindred spirit/sisterhood sorority.

Here's to fairytales!

April said...

Yes...I have the after-holiday blahs, too! Just takes awhile to get back in the swing of things, I suppose. Love all your nifty finds!

Daydream Living said...

Dear Jane,
I wish you all the best for 2011! Glad we have met here in Blogland, big hugs, Maureen x

Sarah said...

Jane, glad you found something at the sales. I came home with a few baking items from Crate and Barrel and that was it. ;-) Actually I need to cleaning out not bring more stuff in.
I was busy with the birthday party for my aunt, and the week continues to be a busy one for me. No time for the blues. Get out and have some more fun! ~ Sarah

Jacqueline said...

I didn't even try the sales. I get so sick of spending money that it feels good to stay away, but I would have been tempted with those great votives too.

Paula said...

Oh I feel the same way...January blahs. I hate how 'bare' the house feels after taking down Christmas.
Maybe this weekend I'll get brave, maybe:)
xo,
paula:)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Morning my Dear friend...Girl I still have my tree up also..hey it takes me forever to put it up and I just love seeing it and what to enjoy it for some time ha ha!! And you know every thing in blogland is a month ahead of time ha ha!!
Glad you got out and about girl I have not been off this mountain sice before Christmas but am going this Sunday into the big city 6 miles away to get a crib for Landen he's out grown the cradle now..Candace went back to work on Monday and I got to watch him for the whole day YIPPEE!! wished I could keep him each day while she works...but not fair to him when I get sick and can't move sighs..Any hoo girl I wish you nothing butthe best for 2011 and maybe soon you can make it to my mountain top..Hugs and smiles Gloria

tales from an oc cottage said...

I think that our ancestors were smart to celebrate the "12 Days Of Christmas"...so that Christmas was just the kickoff and you had until the 12 days after to get used to the idea of it being over...not just sitting in a pile of wrapping paper on the 12th...in a daze...and wondering what happened! ;}

m ^..^

hummer said...

It is amazing how a shopping cart can ruin your resolve to not buy. I have restricted myself from going to town because of my impulsive buying habits and lack of space. :)

Barbara said...

Jane, I love reading through your entries this morning. So many things that really resonate with me. That strange feeling that comes after the holidays. That snow photo is just gorgeous. Wish I was there. I never did get out of the house for post Christmas sales and your post is making me think it was a mistake. :) I enjoyed looking at your profile again. We have so many common interests but seeing Mrs. Piggle Wiggle just makes me smile and smile. Happy New Year to you! Thank you for all your visits and comments on my blog. I always love hearing from you!

heartfelt living said...

Hi Jane,
Normally by now I am suffering from the after Christmas blah's but this year, I could not wait to get all my decorations put away. Not because I didn't have the Christmas spirit anymore but because I am about to open a daycare/preschool in my home! So I guess I have been to busy to get the blah's at this point but I'm sure they will catch up sooner or later. ; )
I did take time for a little after Christmas shopping as well.
I love what you found at Target. You have to love Target. : )
Looking forward to your chandelier story!
xx
Karen

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Jane! I love your mercury glass! I decided to leave mine out, too...looks like January! Hmmm...your chandy is looking like one of mine. I keep forgetting to buy those special bulbs! It is strange to have no biggie hanging over your head like Christmas, isn't it? Now if I can just get organized and clean! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

I did not make it to Target in time - every year I like to get my wrappings for the next and they were cleaned out!
But I am so enjoying this New Years, all this sunshine has me so pumped - how about you!?
Angela,
ParisienneFarmgirl.com

Shellbelle said...

I was in bed by 9 on New Years, unfortunately, the fireworks kept me up until almost 2am! They don't just shoot them off at midnight here in Florida, they start at about 8 and don't stop. Oh, and Cherry Bombs are their favorites. So, I brought New Year's in with a bang…bang…BANG!

Glad yours was relaxing. You could just leave the tree up and have a Christmas in July party…just saying.

Love the disco ball chandelier, so funny.

XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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Beth at Aunties said...

It always has been hard for to let the Christmas decor go with the warmth and coziness of all the lights. So I started leaving my mantle greenry up and decorating it for Valentines! From sometime in September to the middle of February we have twinkling lights all a glow.
I join you in the January slump and feel as though Christmas never happened here. We were all alone and didn't even wrap gifts for each ... All our normal festivities were curtailed. With the bitter cold and snow outside I just want to curl up with a good book. I finally made it out yesterday while waiting for an appointment to the after Christmas sales just to find most all gone. I am glad you found tons and really like all your adorable finds.
I too am off to fold laundry, the dryer just beeped;0)
Happy New Year!

Ashley said...

I love your after Christmas finds! I just got back from Target, but there wasn't much left. I am definitely suffering from after holiday lack of motivation. Can't wait to see what you do with your chandelier!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I think us midwesterners get the blahs more than other states...we have the frozen tundra to look forward to. At least there is shopping, love your finds!

Stacey said...

I never really got anything up since we were in busy moving, but i reminded myself that it's not about the decor:-). Love your chandelier! Happy New Year to you! XX

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Jane...I'm loving the mercury glass, too. I got a few pieces this Christmas, and I agree with you - it can stay around all year! Linda

Coty Farquhar said...

Dearest Jane,

Thanks for dropping over to me and my blog today. I wish your weather was a little warmer for, but you know, I love winter, it's one of my favourite times of the year.

I also want to wish you a wonderful, wonderful 2011 full of happiness, blessings and lots of laughter. Thanks for being such a lovely bloggy friend through the last few years.

xx Coty

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Jane,
Hope you are having a great new year...I have been so busy with all the wedding plans and we went on a five day family vacation. I see that you hit Target too...I was there when they opened on the 26th...then off to church I went:)

Blessings,
Linda

Designs on 47th Street said...

Thanks for your visit! Let me know if you try the soup. :)
Donna

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

January is a quirky month for me. I usually get the blahs the day after UNLESS I take in the holiday sales. I didn't do that this year and it seems I missed out on a lot!

I think that chandie could be a great project. Could be really pretty with some paint...you could try it out as a blog project!

Happy to have found your blog, have a great weekend!

Roberta said...

Those sales are way too tempting Jane. I'm nesting instead...Looking forward to seeing what your plans are for the chandelier Jane!

KarenB said...

My daughter bought two different brass chandeliers similar to this at ReStore and painted them. One is bright red for her entryway. SO CUTE.