Sunday, December 27, 2015

Restful Days

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, cuddle with your loved ones, eats lots of your favorite foods and watch plenty of fun movies!!  

I must confess that I have been in a bit of a funk lately.  Feeling a bit down and uninspired.  Perhaps it could be a combination of things.  I am under a lot of stress at work and my husband was in a small car accident.  And to make things worse, our main water line to the house had a leak and the entire line had to be replaced.  Thankfully, my husband is fine but the water line was a major repair.  All just too much for me to handle right now.  And when I start to feel anxious and overwhelmed, I tend to shut down.  I know that there are far more troubles in the world but it all all really got to me for some reason.   This is very unusual for me.  I am always the one with a positive attitude and the one that looks to make lemonade out of lemons.  

I know full well that I have to pull myself out of this funk and creative paralysis so I decided to put my energy into resting and doing the things that I help me relax.  Resting was at the top of my list however.  I think I am mentally and physically exhausted.  Sleeping a few extra hours has helped. And yesterday, my dear hubby even took me to New York for tea and to see the pretty Rockefeller tree.  It was just the two of us and it was such a fun and special day.  New York is truly magical during the holidays.

Feeling the need to create again, I decided to put this sweet vignette together.  My inspiration came from the gorgeous old-fashioned cookies that I bought from the cutest old world candy shop in Philadelphia called Shane Confectionery.  (I will post photos of this adorable shop in a future shop) 

Enjoy the photos...































Thanks for your visits and interactions on my blog.  Your readership makes this blog worth keeping up and I can't express my gratitude warmly enough.  Your blogging friendship means the world to me.

Fondly,

Janet






30 comments:

  1. Such a pretty and peaceful vignette. I think we all have the need to create something, and often simply the act of being creative moves us emotionally. Rest and time for creating , time for thinking, all feed the soul too. I am glad you're feeling better. Blessings to you this coming new year.

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    1. Hello Kathy,

      Happy New Year to you. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I was very moved by your kindness.

      The holidays were busy but I did manage to get some rest in between and read a little.

      Again, thank you for caring and supporting me. I look forward to your lovely comments in the new year.

      Janet

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  2. Dear Janet:
    I really think the extra rest is the way to go and relaxation. I am sure you need to continue that. Your special trip with your hubby sounds wonderful! As for your photos - they are so lovely and I have no idea where peonies bloom this time of year but wherever it is - these turned out amazing. You could also hang them up to dry to enjoy all winter! I hope you can join me tomorrow for my blog party and even it not - have a very good week!

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  3. Beautiful cookies! I would not want to eat them! I hope you feel better soon. xoxo Su

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  4. Hi Janet,
    Such beauty in your pics! Love, Love, Love your teacup and tea plate and peonies! I do hope that you feel better. Happy New Year Dear Janet! Karen

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    1. Hello Karen,

      Thank you for your sweet and kind comment. So glad you enjoyed my post. The plate and tea cup are from Spode. It is one of my favorite patterns.

      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a magical and blessed 2016.

      Janet

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  5. Hello Janet,
    I do hope you had a nice Christmas. Thanks for sharing this pretty post with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Have a Happy New Year.
    Julie xo

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    1. Thank you Julie. It is my pleasure to join your party each week.

      I am so glad to have met you.

      Janet

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  6. Your photographs are always so delightsome, my dearie, but I have to admit that I think I won't have the courage to eat those wonderful works of art which are the old-fashioned cookies you've bought, certainly at my home they'd become older, and older ..., and older :) !!!

    Hoping that your Christmas was blessed with love, anyway, I wish you a lovely new week, my darling Janet
    sending big hugs to you
    Dany

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    1. Hello my dear friend. Your comments always bring a huge smile to my face and touch my heart. You are so sweet to me. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I certainly enjoyed it this year. Took time to enjoy family and even did some local touring.

      Thank you for your support and friendship through out the year. I wish you a magical and blessed 2016 sweet friend.

      Hugs,

      Janet

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  7. Hi Janet .....I am glad you had a good Christmas ..so we did but very quiet as I too have been battling depression ...I had major 5 and half hour Spinal Cord and Neck surgery ...3 months ago ..totally successful I am pleased to say but for some reason I am battling depression in the ER two weekends ago with a 3 day Panic session that would not go away ..but much better now ...I am too usually always full of sunshine and bubbly never depressive ...but I find writing down in a beautiful journal with butterflies etc all over the pages the ideas I have for my blog www.maisonvogue.net for the coming year ....resting is great but I find I think too much and it doesn't help too much ...great exciting movies or romantic ones takes your mind off of yourself and I do like to keep busy as much as I can ..I am sure with the help of your wonderful Husband and a few more gorgeous days out like you had will get you better and chirpy in no time...I am very envious of your Peonies ....I had no idea that you could get them at this time of year ..though my Sons did send me 50 red and white Tulips which also should not be around these days ...your Peonies are such a gorgeous shade of pink ...your vignette is gorgeous who doesn't love pink and white and those cookies are just too pretty to eat ...love reading and looking at your gorgeous blog....come and join me on mine some time ...best wishes for your speedy recovery back to happiness ....Happy Days ..Kindest regards Janet

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  8. Janet,
    I think it is normal to feel a little under this time of year. Not everyone has a Norman Rockwell life. You have a lot of irons in the fire so things will end up better with time and reflection.
    Blessings

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  9. Janet,
    I think it is normal to feel a little under this time of year. Not everyone has a Norman Rockwell life. You have a lot of irons in the fire so things will end up better with time and reflection.
    Blessings

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  10. Hi Rosemary,
    Hope you feel carefree and chipper again soon. It must have been lovely to go to NY with your husband to see all the Christmas displays.
    I love the photos you took and am in awe of peonies this time of year.
    Congrats on being published in Simply Shabblicious too.
    Take care of yourself!
    Carolyn

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  11. Hi Janet, I hope things start looking up for you. It will soon be a new year, so you can leave all of that stuff behind and start anew! So glad you decided to post, such a beautiful elegant vignette, such dainty cookies too!
    Sending early New Year's greeting to you and yours!
    Gina

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  12. All is rain has not helped this year Janet. Glad to hear Angel is ok. How nice you got to NYC to see the Rockerfeller tree and for tea. You still have an open invitation for tea in Wayne, my treat! hang in there! You bring such beauty in our lives and I thank you for your inspiration.

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  13. Very lovely pictures. I so understand where you are coming from. I've been feeling a little bit that way for the last six months. I have been writing two novels, and I'm not sure about the next step. I put them aside for now, just as you are using your resting time to recharge. Take heart, the One who restores you will never fail you, but bring you perfect peace.
    Wishing you a blessed New Year.
    Jocelyn

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  14. Rest my friend. That is so important to do. Sometimes that is all we need to. Wishing you a blessed New Year's. Hugs, Martha

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  15. Such a pretty vignette! I hope that your restful break will help you get your creative mojo back. Happy New Year!

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  16. A few mishaps around Christmas time seems to increase the underlying stress of the season. I hope that getting extra rest and embracing the family around you helps bring things back into proper perspective again. Your photos are lovely ... a real sense of peacefulness comes through. Peonies in winter! What a treat! Those cookies are just amazing and look like they were made from old wooden cookie presses? Have a wonderful week!
    Wendy

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  17. It is hard not to get into these funks now and then....so glad the trip helped and oh my these photos are stunning! And yes rest is the most important thing to do. Happy New Year!

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  18. Hi sweet Janet...well, first I must say your photos are beautiful and inspiring even if you are not feeling the same. I completely empathize with you, I've been feeling the same. Blogging is fun, but hard work! I am here to say your bring beauty to the world so please keep your chin up, and wishing you all my best is 2016!

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  19. What a delightful vignette. Pretty, peaceful and serene … I'm glad you felt like creating. It does a lot for us, doesn't it? Wishing you a good new year.

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  20. Janet,
    Your vignettes are all gorgeous. You've shared some beautiful peace and calm with all of us. Hope you are feeling better. Happy New Year!

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  21. Hello Janet, nothing like some creativity to pull one from the depths of a period of funk.
    I hope 2016 starts off on a good foot for you, all the best!

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  22. Beautiful pictures, so soft and peaceful! Tho.se cookies are absolutely adorable can't wait for your post on your visit to buy them. Take care and rest and the world will come back around, it always dose and we are stronger for it. Best ~ Mickie

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  23. Such a great post...and this area looks so peaceful!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J! Happy 2016!

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    1. Thank you Jessica. You are very sweet.

      All the best in 2016.

      Janet

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  24. Janet, I hope that your spirits are lifted! You did have a lot of things going on and sometimes, no positive you are, the funk sneaks in. But inspiration, my friend; you will always have! Those cookies are gorgeous and this post has me longing for Spring. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  25. Hi Janet, Your little tea is indeed restful. I am so glad your husband is alright. These little cookies are so cute. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home and Happy New Year and I hope it is full of peace!

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