January Inspiration

Happy New Year !

Please join me this year to see my monthly inspirations. At the end of the year I am going to publish a Calendar.

Thank-you,  Cheryl 

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Celebrating the beauty of nature

Our (Darrill and I) Christmas tradition is to get up early after Christmas eve with my children and head up to Big Bear to go skiing. I love the beautiful scenic drive up to Big Bear. It only takes about 1 1/2 hours to get to snow summit from our home, but the roads were closed  from all the rain , so we had to go up the back way and it took about  2 1/2 hours.  Never the less it was still a beautiful drive, and well worth it !

 

 

   Simply beautiful white snow-covered mountains…

 

 

and beautiful flocked evergreen trees…

 

 

 We all try to recreate this winter wonderland in our homes for Christmas, but it’s never quite as beautiful as natures creation.

 

 

 Leo likes to ski, but  he loves  sitting down and playing  in the snow.

 

 

and he loves to  stick his finger in the snow and eat it.

 

 

He then  said he was hungry and wanted a snack bar…and then he wanted another one. A little Al fresco dinning. Then he wanted me to just sit there in the snow with him.

 

 

Darrill finally came and decided to take him to the bunny slope,   and I headed to the ski lifts, which were pretty empty. I love riding the ski lifts and just looking out at the beautiful snow covered moutains.  Just me and natures finest.

 

 

The snow was a beautiful cold blue power, perfect for skiing. The temperature was a warm but brisk 45 degrees.

 

  

 

I skied untill the sun went down, and the sunset was breathtaking.

 

 

 Santa was there,  so Leo wanted  to have our picture taken with him. 

 

 

I was able to talk Darrill into coming back here to spend our New Years eve  here skiing.

 I have a superstition that how you spend your New Years eve is how your year will be. So hopefully our New Year will be eventful and in celebration of the beauty of nature…  

Have  a wonderful New Year !

 

All is calm all is bright…

 

Welcome…from my home to yours this Christmas eve…

 

 

 

    

a simple Christmas with my Children, what could be better than that?

 

 

Antique ornaments (from the Pottery barn) hanging on the tree, and pictures of my family.

 

 

My wrapping is brown paper bags, with white paper ribbon.  I made my tags, with glue and pines and a little green bow . 

 

 

 

The table is set and I have a turkey in the oven, the kids should be here at 5pm for dinner.

 

 

 and they arrive looking so very nice.

 

 

some simple earthy touches by the bed , and  a baby picture of my mom.

 

 

Goodnight to all… and  to all sleep tight … , I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

xoxo Cheryl  

(I had some request for more Christmas pictures so I added a few more )

The Yuletide Wizard

The Yuletide wizard of the North recognize Christmas as a season steeped in magic and enchantment tradition and ritual. One of the most interesting of the Yuletide tradition is that which has come to be known as the Christmas tree. The lore of the Christmas tree finds its roots in the ancient observation that when other trees drop their leaves and seem to die…the evergreen runs with sap. This promise of a perpetuation of life, not to mention the glimmer of trapped magic, has long given pine, spruce and fir special significance in the web of nature. The evergreens appeals harkens back to ancient Egypt, Palestine and China, where its branches were twisted into wreaths as symbols of immortality. Scandinavians believed the branches offered protection against evil spirits, thus, barns and homes were adorned in evergreens during the shortest days of winter, a month called Jol. The word” yule” celebrates this custom.

Europeans eventually began to decorate the trees themself with nuts fruits and berries, natural symbols of spring, summer and harvest time. Later the trees were brought indoors and began to be adorned with Christian symbols such as wafers and candles, memorializing Jesus Christ as the light of the world. But no matter the belief or tradition, as long as the joy, goodwill and magic of the Christmas tree be found year-round in the enchantment of the evergreen.

The Legend of the Lore. Bags of good tidings is full of gifts , toys and other enchantments. It is tightly secured by a lock that takes a key the shape of a star. The rainbow. A tool used by a very specialized sect of elves that works closely with the flicker fairies to collect and distribute the colors of the rainbow to light beams in need.  Season Spheres. These orbs are the vessels of enchantments that are used to carry the sights, sounds and scents of the seasons. Thought to be the forerunners of tree ornaments. The Northern Lights is one of natures finest light shows, its mysterious energies help to fuel the deeds of the Yuletide Wizard.

All information and text from ” The Way of the Wizards “, by Tom Cross. A children book.

Hope everyone has a simply enchanting Christmas, I believe in MAGIC and the Yuletide Wizard.  

Happy Winter Solstice

The winter solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26′. Though the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, the term is also a turning point to midwinter or the first day of winter to refer to the day

on which it occurs. More evident to those in high latitudes, this occurs on the shortest day, and longest night, and the sun‘s daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest.[1] The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere.[2] The 2010 winter solstice (summer solstice in the southern hemisphere) will occur on December 21, at 11:38 pm UTC.[3]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Images from Bing

Tonight is a rare lunar eclipse and Winter Solstice, big changes for our Simply Earth.

I believe in magic do you ?

Today is one year of blogging.

Today is one year of blogging. Wow have I learn a lot in one year. I look at some of my post from a year ago and boy are they pitiful. I have change my header numerous times and I am still trying new ways to improve my blog. There are so many beautiful blogs out there and I have enjoyed so many of them. I am excited to reach a blog stat of 6,000.00 for one year I hear that’s pretty good. My views are about 50 to 100 everyday and thank-you all for visiting. WordPress has featured my blog for the California coast, and Al Fresco dinning, thank-you wordpress. So please if anyone has any comments on what you would like to see more of please let me know.

         and  Joyuex Noel from Simply Earth Blog !!

Simply enjoy… Christmas

PEACE…JOY…LOVE…

 

I love the natural colors of the local wineries and I love to use these colors in my home.

I  keep my decorations simple and fresh. I have  two trees in pots so I have the  trees up all year. So when Christmas comes around I add my black and white family photos in silver frames, and a little sparkle with silver antique bulbs and crystal ornaments. I love the fresh colors of white, silver gold and apple green with just a touch of red.

My living room has an antique piano and I have added some white flowers and an angel, and a silver crown.

Just a touch of greenery, pinecones, and  gold and brown ornaments for my sconces in my living room .

My breakfast table is set with a snack for santa, a brownie cupcake, mints, and coffee to keep him awake all night long…

 I think Santa will like the red reindeer plates given to me by Darrill’s mom, and the letter C cup for Christmas.

The dinning room table is still a work in progress, so far I have  set the table with white linens , white plates and a couple of pinecones Brandon brought to me from the local mountains.

 I use my silver reindeer vase for all of  my winter holidays, and I have added  fresh greenery from Trader Joe’s.

 

 I have cut some white roses from my garden and put them into my silver sugar cup, and I use the little snowflake spoon Darrill’s Aunt  sent to me.

In my bathroom and master bedroom I have a tall gold tree and another angel..

My wrapping is creams and golds and silver, and plain brown postage paper with white paper ribbons.  I make my tags with white paper stock and pine cone needles.

My entry table has fresh greenery and small white candles.

 I shop Trader Joe’s for their great selection of French truffles, candy, and Holiday cookies.  Trader’s Joes Greenery is so reasonable , I can add fresh greenery for my home for about $30.00.

I have  a little present filled with French Truffles for each family member for our Christmas eve dinner.

A Simply Earthy Christmas…

Joyeux Noel !

A Wedding to remember…

Congrats to Lyndsey and  Steven  wed December 4th, 2010. I did not shoot this wedding, and I didn’t  bring my good camera so these photos aren’t very good…but I must say this was a very unique wedding. This couple is beautiful, creative , edgy and fun…and so was their wedding…

 

 

we arrived late and I was upset….but I got these great shots of this couple walking up the steps..

 

     

Steven Nunez is my brothers first-born and we all love him…

 

 

 

Lyndsey is a beautiful,  fun, smart and a exciting women, and we all love her.

 

 

 

Steven  is tall, dark , cool, edgy and a really nice guy… and they have been together for a long time.

 

 

 

so when we heard they were finally getting married we were all thrilled ! 

 

 

 

 

All eyes were on her as she looked  stunning …

  

 

Their very unique colors were purple, black, grey and pink….and white.The cake had a dark purple frosting, with chocolate cake and vanilla filling. They had a L, N and S on top for Lyndsey Nunez and Steven.

 

 

Her center pieces were black branches with hanging crystals and purple flowers stuck onto the branches. Lyndsey and her mom made the center pieces themselves wow, did they looked beautiful.

 

 

 

Tanya and Lyndsey, they look like they could be sisters…

 

 

 

 

               and Brandon, Steven and Justin oh you can tell they are cousins.

 

 

 

They added just a little  bit of tradition, and a lot of originality.

 

 

A wedding to remember and I must say, we enjoyed ourselves till the last song was played. 

 

  

                         Congrats  Steve for rasing such a great son,but you still have Emily,  and congrats to the beautiful couple  Steven and Lyndsey for overcoming any obstacle that came your way. 

 

 

 I hope you have a long and prosperous  marriage.  I think you are the ones who can show us all what true love is  all about !