Holiday Gifts & Regifting for 2023

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Hello and Happy December! We are officially into the holiday season. With lots of upcoming social events on the calendar from now through the New Year, holiday hostess gifts are important to stock up on. Do you like to personalize the gift to reflect the interests of your hosts? Or perhaps reflect something you yourself … Read more

John Derian Does Halloween for Target

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My pretend boyfriend John Derian has done it again with a spectacular, or should I say spooktacular, new collection celebrating Halloween for Target.  John has long done great products for Target from dishware to paper goods all in his signature whimsical style derived from his decoupage work. I’ve long written about John’s decoupage work and have … Read more

2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

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Happy (almost) Christmas! Sorry to take so long getting these 2018 Newburyport Holiday House Tour 2018 tour pics up. I ended up taking so many photos it’s taken forever to edit them down into a manageable tour. As I’ve often said, Newburyport, Massachusetts is my absolute favorite city.  One of the things I love about … Read more

2016 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

I made my annual pilgrimage to the 2016 Newburyport Holiday House tour on Saturday and this year, we were treated to some amazing homes and lovely, though not ostentatious, holiday decorating. The House Tour is put on and benefits the Custom House Maritime Museum of Newburyport. The first house I visited was the 1774 Lowell-Tracy-Johnson … Read more

Newburyport Holiday House Tour: Toppan-Whitney House

I wrote about three of the houses I visited at the 2015 Newburyport Holiday House Tour the other day, but wanted to share the Toppan-Whitney House in its own post because it’s on the market – so we get more insider photos! The Toppan-Whitney House is a brick Federal-era home built in 1804 and is … Read more

2015 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

This past Saturday was a lovely one to take in the 2015 Newburyport Holiday House Tour which benefits the Custom House Maritime Museum. As I’ve written many times here, Newburyport is my favorite place in the world – I lived there for about five years and still miss it. Unfortunately, everyone in my life is … Read more

DIY It: Gorgeous lawn ornament for the holidays

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My friend, children’s book author and illustrator Brian Lies, is sharing with us a great gorgeous lawn ornament project he did last year that turned into this gorgeous, huge, yard ornament for the holiday season.  Brian is a very handy guy and there’s not much he can’t MacGyver. Usually I don’t post holiday – meaning … Read more

2013 Newburyport Holiday House Tour

Okay, so most of us have our holiday decorations packed away and are a tad sick of the whole thing, but since this is the Feast of the Epiphany, aka Twelfth Night, I thought I could squeeze in my visit to the 2013 Newburyport Holiday House Tour from a few weeks ago. I only made … Read more

2012 Holiday House Tour in Newburyport, MA

  On Saturday my New Hampshire client and I spent the day wandering around my favorite local city of Newburyport, MA taking in the 2012 Holiday House Tour  in Newburyport which benefits the Custom House Maritime Museum. When I lived there I did the house tour one year and it was really great. This year … Read more