Sunday, November 16, 2008

I'm On the Move...

Sometime this week, maybe Thursday or Friday, the moving van will load all my earthly possessions and take them to my new home--in South Florida. (Please keep your fingers crossed that it will happen--thank you very much)! Yes, I started a blog in the middle of a major move and during the holiday season! I simply must be crazy... I will still be blogging until the end of the week and have already photographed some tablescapes to post before I move.

Anyway, there is a huge, but very organized mess in my home. Oh, but I shall not worry! My friend Miss Kara, being the proper Southern lady that she is, will be over later today and she's bringing a picnic for us. She's gonna bring the food, plates and everything! Now y'all, that is what we Southerners call Southern Hospitality...going out of your way to make others feel special. I'm so excited to see what goodies she will have!

Until she arrives, I'll be lounging on the sofa in front of the fire sipping some African Rooibos, an herbal infusion of redbush, cranberry, and oranges, sweetened naturally and rich in essential nutrients, available at Harney Teas.
There are two books I'm rereading today, both by Alda Ellis--The Gentle Art of Hospitality and Sentimental Living. Ms. Ellis is an author, entrepeneur, and speaker. In addition, she also has a lovely website for shopping. Both of these books are must-haves for those who love to entertain. The Gentle Art of Hospitality is an elegant and inspirational book for the gracious hostess and provides creative tips for stress-free entertaining. She shares ideas how everyone can reach out to others with heartfelt hospitality. I especially love Sentimental Living--this book is full of colorful photos of tablescapes and entertaining ideas--from the porch--for all the seasons. It's full of ideas to dress our new place up...Southern Style.


A breast cancer survivor, Ms. Ellis authored another book Beyond Breast Cancer, she sells several pink ribbon items on her website, and has made generous contributions to the Susan G. Komen Foundation Arkansas Affiliate. I certainly admire this beautiful and talented Southern lady--she is so full of style and grace! You can visit her online here.
"Style cannot be bought. It is not what your wear, but who you are. Style is the way you decorate your house. It is your taste in books, music, poetry, and art. It is the way you arrange your flowers. Style is the personal touch you give to everything and everyone in your life. Style has nothing to do with money, but it is the way you live your life."
~Alda Ellis
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you drop by again tomorrow, I will be talking about gift ideas for the Autumn season.

12 comments:

Lady Katherine said...

You sure have a lot on your hands, Moving is not very fun. Have a safe and wonderful move. When your all set up, I am looking forward to seeing your new home. I have loved the hospitality you have given into your home and life.

the voice of melody said...

Miss Janice, I hope your move goes smoothly, and that you're able to make the best of it. :)

It sounds like you have a very special and thoughtful friend. May you make many great friends in your new town!

Cary said...

Good luck with your move! I can't wait to see pictures of your new home.

Miss Linda said...

Thank you so much for your very kind comments on my blog. Moving, while exciting, is also such an exhausting activity! I hope you will be very happy in your new home. Southern Florida is so very lovely, and your presence will make it lovelier still.

Melissa Miller said...

Good Luck Miss Janice! Being military I know how you feel. Hey, I'm from NW Florida. It's a great state. Thanks for coming by today.~Melissa

Nancy said...

Miss Janice, You are going to be so busy with moving and you still plan to blog... I have been so busy the last few days, I have not had the time to get around to everyone! I can't wait to start seeing pictures of your new Nest! Blessings, Nancy

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I wish for you a safe and stress free move to your new home! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog for a visit. I hope you come back again soon.
Penny
p.s. where did you find a black toile apron? I would love to have one like that!

Shelia said...

Good afternoon, Miss Janice! You're about to be the busiest one! Now, is that your beautiful home you've shown here? If it is, it's so lovely. Hope all goes very smoothly with your move. Anyway, I can't wait to see how you will decorate your new home.
Be a sweetie,
Shela ;)

Melissa Miller said...

I looked at the books by Alda Ellis and I plan to order. Thanks for sharing. I didn't know of her.

Liz said...

Good for you! Taking the afternoon off! I also have the book Sentimental Living... I love her ideas. You will be on my prayer list for a safe and uneventful move!

~Liz~

Susan said...

Hi Janice,
I have Sentimental Living and it's a great book...just as you say! Is the lovely home the new home you are moving to? I love it! Can't wait to get a peek inside if it's that cute outside. Glad things are running smoothly. Did you say you will be posting a tablescape on Tuesday...don't want to leave you off the list if you are. :-) Susan

The Rauths said...

good luck with the move! looking forward to the new home updates! =)