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Cottages at the Beach

I'm unpacking and catching up on laundry since returning from  our annual vacation with my husband's family. We always have a great time and I love that we have this tradition. It's such a cute little beach town and I always enjoy taking long walks and looking at the charming houses. Want to come along?

The house above has its red, white and blue going on  all ready to celebrate. Adirondack chairs always look great and I think they look very inviting on the front porch.

I like how neat and tidy this pretty blue house looks. The landscaping isn't anything extravagant but it looks great. In the picture below you can see the pretty, soft light green on the screened door and the same color is on the door to the house as well.

Here's another screened door that is just so charming. The little spindles in the center are painted the two  colors of the house - such a great idea.

The red door on this house really stands out. A lot of the houses have screened in porches on t…

Christmas Artwork of Thomas Kinkade

Do you like the artwork of Thomas Kinkade?
I'll be honest and say that I never took much notice of it until recently.

Hometown Christmas

I happened upon this first painting online and I really loved it.
As I looked at more of his artwork, I started noticing a certain feeling.

Skater's Pond

It's that feeling that I think many of us strive to have in our homes and lives.

The Lights of Home

That feeling of a lovely, warm and welcoming place to call home.

Home for The Holidays

The place where we feel most comfortable and safe.

Blessings of Christmas

I chose a few of his Christmas paintings to share with you today.
These especially evoked that feeling within me.
Of course there are many, many more.
If you are not already familiar with his work, I promise you will
find something that you love.

take a look

"A home with warmly lit windows is a resting place for the heart.  It's a dream
worth holding onto, a peaceful vision for our friends, our families, ourselves.
When we come home to the things that matter most, the windows of our very lives
will be with the irresistible glow of a place that says welcome."
~ source

~ wishing you all peace and joy this Christmas ~


  1. I love the architecture of the houses and would like to live in one of them.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, JoAnne! Please give Sox some belly rubs and a yummy little treat from me.

  2. The first one really speaks to me. Reminds me of an old town in New England or N. California. xoxo Su

  3. The first one is one of my all time favorites. Have a merry Christmas!

  4. My mom has put together many of his puzzles. He is a brilliant artist. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  5. My family and I have loved his work for years, and it made us oh, so sad, when he passed away. Who knows what other great work he would have created! We bought his art curriculum to teach our son in our homeschool. I am planning to do it with him! It should be a lot of fun! Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  6. His paintings are amazing! He had this way of painting that made you want to live inside those pictures! So warm, inviting, small town feel......his work is extraordinary.

  7. I've always enjoyed his paintings. My cousin has quite a collection in her home and I could stand for hours to study each one up close. Have a very Merry Christmas, my friend.

  8. His paintings are amazing how the lights glow. Merry Christmas.

  9. His paintings are amazing how the lights glow. Merry Christmas.

  10. Oh, how I love me some Thomas Kinkade! I have a friend who is fortunate enough to have an original Thomas Kinkade painting in her home--it is gorgeous! He had such a talent for making the world look beautiful and cozy. I hope you and your family and a wonderful Christmas...just like the ones in those paintings. :-)

  11. Oh I have always enjoyed his talents - not to decorate with but to admire - so much thought he put into every detail! You are so right- his paintings capture the MOOD of Christmas - from the smoke coming from a warm glowing house, to neighborly love, to children playing (as they should, not always nose in electronics) and a serene sense of color, style and warmth. I adore his talents.

    I first found out about him because my sister collected his nautical art - years ago.

    Thank you for this post. I am wondering which home or painting is your favorite, if you had to choose?

    May your New Year be filled with the blessings of good health, laughter, love and peace.

    Hugs. ♥♥♥

  12. I become completely mesmerized when looking at his paintings!! So sad that he had to die so young. He was truly gifted. xoxo

    ~ Wendy

  13. thank you for sharing, his pictures gave me the same feelings as I looked into the pictures of Little ~women, I loved that book* Even now I can read it again and again and these pictures although of a different era, manages tobring back the same feelings of warmth and safety... loved to read your blog too, I will be back.. but again, thanks for sharing the pictures that bring back feelings and memories..


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