Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind… Miracle on 34th Street

IMG_1328Welcome to “Beautiful Ideas!”



IMG_1009“If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.” -Unknown

Warm Greetings, Dear Friends! 

As always, the teapot’s at the ready, steaming with a rejuvenating amber brew. And, there’s a cozy armchair waiting especially for you! Put up your feet.  Settle in. I’m over-the-moon that you are here at Beautiful Ideas! The holidays are just around the corner and the anticipation has already begun…

This is my blog’s main, or static, page filled with holiday images in nod to the season.  My blog posts can be accessed in the sidebar.  I hope you will browse through the posts, listed with the most recent at the top.  Just click on the titles that interest you. Or, click on the photo of a popular post to open the link directly to the blog post named. 

I hope you enjoy the time that you spend here. I love to hear what makes YOUR heart sing! Thank you again for stopping in and Happy Holidays! 


Wishing you a beautiful day!  




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“Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies!” -Francis Pharcellus Church


Let Every Day Be Christmas…Norman Wesley Brooks, 1976

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like the bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day.
Helen Steiner Rice

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  W.T. Ellis

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.  ~Charles Dickens

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.

Christina Rossettie

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!  ~Author Unknown

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.  ~Peg Bracken

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.  In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.  ~Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

  1. 2011/11/20 at 5:13 am

    Dear Linda,

    Your comment on my blog made me smile! I really would love to know what you sent me, but I will be patient! However difficult I find it :-) Your Christmas decorations do look lovely. The red daybed with the bear on it looks very comfortable.

    I haven’t replied to your last email yet, but I hope to find some time today!

    Wish you a Happy Sunday!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

  2. 2011/11/20 at 6:39 am

    What beautiful Christmas things here…Thanks for visiting my blog today!! Love from me xxx

  3. 2011/11/20 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Love all your Christmas’s past! My favorite is the tiny tree! I am chomping at the bit to get started decorating!!!

  4. 2011/11/21 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Nice to meet you! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a heartwarming comment. Your blog is, indeed, beautiful.
    Are you a fellow corgi owner? If so, they are great, aren’t they, albeit a little naughty!
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

  5. mo
    2011/11/23 at 9:37 am

    Your blog is amazing! It is like opening up my favorite Victoria Magazine. So warm, festive, and inviting. Many blessings to you and yours.

    • 2011/11/23 at 11:27 am

      Dear Mo,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and, too, for the greatest compliment you could have ever given me! You made my day!
      Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. 2011/11/23 at 11:11 am

    Dear Linda,
    I do love everything about the festive season…all the images and prose just seem to make the heart grow fonder toward the warmth of the season. Your pictures are inspiring and have prompted me to search out my Christmas decorations…Tra- La la…Thanks for uplifting my spirit.
    Bright Blessings

  7. 2011/11/23 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Linda,

    I love all your pretty decorations from past Christmases. I did have to smile at the things we have the same – the tree, the angel music box, the vintage looking Santa, soup tureen and the sheep – Could Midge be right and we were separated at birth?!

    I love the new look of your blog, and Mo is right – it is like a beautiful Victoria Christmas magazine. Looking forward to your new Christmas photos because I know they will be beautiful, too!


  8. christy zima
    2011/11/23 at 10:02 pm

    How pretty!

  9. 2011/11/24 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Linda,

    It’s me, Florence, from I really enjoyed reading your story; thank you for sharing that. We have a lot in common: Breast Cancer, positive attitude, blogging and GARDENING! I live, eat, sleep and breathe my garden. I also run a very small hobby business from my home…Perfect Perennials, and I would LOVE to hear more about your Pink Days idea. Oh yeah, and I am the only registered “Horticultural Therapist” in the province….basically, it means that I use horticulture in my Psychology practice (I am a Psychologist by profession). I also noticed the theme of Angels on your beautiful website…I am trained in Angel Therapy as well. So, we are certainly kindred spirits. I just posted your blog to my Facebook wall, and I encouraged my friends to check it out. Do you facebook? I am Florence A. Jarvis, if you want to find me, and on Twitter, I am strangwarrior.

    NTV news is interviewing me tomorrow about my blog and I think it will air on Monday evening.

    • 2011/11/24 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Florence,

      Well, it certainly seems that we do share much! Thanks for following and for posting my blog to your Facebook site; I really appreciate that. I am on Facebook, but have much to learn – I’m not very good at it. Lol Please email me anytime, Florence, at You’ll certainly get me much quicker there. :-)

      I am having a special fundraiser, “A Christmas Tea for Lucas”, here at my home on Sunday, December 11th. You are warmly welcome to come and bring a friend or two, and join in the fun if you happen to be in town. If you’d like to know more, I invite you to email me and I’d love to tell you more about it.

      We have tons of snow here this day! And, what better day to watch Miracle on 34th Street?! It’s one of my favourite Christmas movies of all time…

      Wishing you a beautiful day,


  10. 2011/11/25 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Linda-

    I feel like I have stepped into a beautiful Christmas shop, or am paging through a glossy magazine. Your blog is filled with such festive and pretty decorations and displays – so inspiring. I am a big tea lover, too – so I am enjoying reading the references to the pleasures of a cup of tea.

    Getting to contribute to An Old Fashioned Country Christmas was a thrill for me. Happy to know that it was one of your favorites. :) Thanks for taking the time to tell me.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

    My best- Diane

    • 2011/11/26 at 12:07 am

      Wow, Diane! Thank you for taking precious time out to visit my little blog. And, thank you, too, for your very kind and generous words – it is a high compliment coming from you, as I admire your work so much! An Old Fashioned Country Christmas has always been one of my very favourite holiday books. I look forward to reading it year after year to get the holiday inspiration flowing…It’s like visiting with an old friend. Wishing you and yours all the best this Christmas.

  11. 2011/11/29 at 7:47 am

    So beautiful pictures! Just love your Santas.
    Hope you have a nice day.
    Love, Elzie

  12. 2011/12/02 at 12:15 pm

    Such beautiful decorating you’ve done! The photos are gorgeous. Enjoy the festivities!

  13. 2011/12/08 at 9:26 pm

    Linda, your photography is amazing….so beautiful! New follower.
    Blessings, Audrey

  14. 2011/12/12 at 7:19 pm

    So pretty and festive! Love the tree! Happy week!

  15. Kim
    2011/12/14 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to see my “boys”!! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  16. Kim
    2011/12/14 at 12:22 pm

    I hit “send” too fast!! Love your photos … they are beautiful and magical!

  17. 2011/12/16 at 11:41 pm

    Lovely. Your Christmas decor is just wonderful! Gorgeous – Beautiful!

  18. 2011/12/16 at 11:51 pm

    Such a wonderful post, and I love the first poem and all of the quotes you’ve used. Your home looks so warm and inviting! I love the egg nog bowl and amber looking pitcher and glasses. What a gorgeous set!!!

  19. 2011/12/17 at 1:17 am

    Hello Linda,

    Your blog is stunning!!! Filled with “beautiful ideas” & artistry.
    Oh, I love your photography…
    Merry Christmas.

    Hugs Rosemary

  20. Wendy
    2011/12/18 at 2:31 am

    I am so glad to find a kindred spirit! Love,love your blog… so beautiful!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours,

  21. 2011/12/18 at 9:29 am

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. It made my day. :)
    You have a beautiful blog; I can feel the Christmas spirit here.

  22. 2011/12/18 at 10:22 am

    Good morning Linda,

    I read your lovely post the other day on my email but never got a chance to comment until now. Love your Christmas decor and ‘beautiful ideas!’ Magical post! Thank you for your visit and Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

    Christmas blessings,

  23. 2011/12/19 at 7:44 am

    Hi Linda :)

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my Christmas mantle…I, too, love those old skates and that vintage window! :)

    Your blog is lovely and you’re doing a great job. I noticed you only started in May…you’re doing a really nice job and I like how large your photos are. :)

    Hope you have a very Merry CHRISTmas and a happy and healthy new year!


  24. 2011/12/19 at 10:37 am

    Hi Linda,
    Thank you for visiting and leaving such nice comments. They are most welcomed! I enjoyed looking at your lovely Christmas decor and Victorian styled adornments. I especially loved the wreaths at the head of the beds.

  25. 2011/12/19 at 7:08 pm

    My! You have some mighty beautiful arrangments…so inspiring as well! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment today!

  26. 2011/12/20 at 11:20 am

    What beautiful Christmas decor! Simply stunning! I love that Christmas bed…
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment!


  27. 2011/12/21 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Your Christmases past are beautiful. SO many beautiful holiday decorations.
    You asked about my column in the living room…I am a major junk shopper, and found it in a great shop in a little town near my own.
    Have a Merry Christmas!

  28. 2011/12/23 at 2:16 am

    Such lovely photos and decorations, Linda… I love the magical lighting! Thanks so much for stopping by my Ideas House posts and for your so sweet comment! Merry Christmas!

  29. 2011/12/24 at 3:50 am

    So pretty! Wishing a very merry Christmas and the happiest of holiday seasons to you and yours!

  30. 2011/12/24 at 9:10 am

    You are right, Linda…Jakie does look like our Miss Kitty! Your Monza is gorgeous! Merry Chrtistmas.

  31. 2011/12/25 at 4:54 pm

    Beautiful vignettes…
    I’m having a great giveaway over the hoidays. The prize is a coastal-style interiors book. If you have time, I’d love it if you would pop over and join in.

    Carolyn XX

  32. 2011/12/27 at 10:23 am

    Lovely pics! Thank you Linda for visiting my blog and for your nice words. Hope you had a lovely Christmas. Wishing you a very Happy New Year :)

  33. Linda Bowering
    2011/12/28 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Linda,

    You make your spare bedroom look so inviting. If you hear noises in the middle of the night, please do not panic. It will be me, inviting myself in for a sleepover. Pull back the covers and snuggle in for the night. The teddy bear will have to move over for one night. Hopefully, you will invite me to share in a “cuppa” with you in the morning from one of those beautiful teapots you so beautifully display.

    I hope you had a beautiful Christmas and the new year brings for you all the things you wish for. Keep up the good work on your blog. I so enjoy the photos and the calming effect it gives. Take care and see you in the new year.


  34. 2011/12/28 at 9:51 pm

    Just stopping by to say thank you so much for the sweet comments on my blog! Your blog is incredible and I love all your pictures! I am your newest fan!

    • 2011/12/29 at 9:46 am

      OMGosh, Your kitchen is what I dream of…very inspiring blog and a pleasure to visit and see all you’re working on!

  35. 2011/12/29 at 8:31 am

    Your Christmas photos are magical! I love the idea of having a Christmas stocking for every bed. So lovely and welcoming! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind comments.

    • 2011/12/29 at 9:44 am

      Ahh, thanks Maria. I think it is so thoughtful that you take the time to create such a beautiful table setting for family, making everyone feel so special and honoured to be there.

  36. 2011/12/29 at 4:18 pm

    What beautiful vignettes! Each photo a new delight. Love the Santa collection, and the angels, and the gorgeous beaded ornaments, and the creative use of the beautiful gold ribbon. It’s all so stunning. Please come decorate my house!

    • 2011/12/29 at 4:23 pm

      It would be an honour and a pleasure! We would have so much fun, but you are too sweet cause I think you do a great job all on your own! You’re so kind to take time to visit and to let me know that you were here! Happy New Year!

  37. 2011/12/30 at 10:08 am

    How incredible! This is like stepping into a high-end Christmas Store or into the pages of a beautiful magazine. Although I love it all, I am really taken with the beautiful beds!

    • 2011/12/30 at 10:30 am

      Oh, Honey! You are too sweet, m’dear! Lol Thank you so much for your beautiful compliment. I love that you love the beds. You made my day! May all your dreams come true this year…


  38. 2011/12/31 at 1:49 am

    OMG Linda…

    Such beautiful Christmas memorabilia…. It warms my heart to see this ambiance… Every picture is set up in such fine array of the festive season…It really could be in a magazine…

    Thank You for such a loving visit to the ” Grand Lady ” and Thank You for being such a Special Teatime Friend…

    Bright Blessings for a happy New Year….. HUGS

    • 2011/12/31 at 1:50 am

      Thank you, Grand Lady! That is the greatest compliment you could ever give me! I am thrilled to my toes that you enjoy my holiday decorating. We’ll visit again soon…

  39. Riet
    2012/01/01 at 1:25 pm

    Happy New Year to you, too. Thank you for your visit. What a lovely positive blog. I like it that you look at the next festivities like Valentine. Have a nice day.

  40. 2012/01/01 at 1:42 pm

    Wow! Your home is just beautiful decked out for Christmas! I had to pin the child’s bedrooms, they are divine! Did you make the red embroidery euro sham? I just loved it. Thanks for joining me for Home Sweet Home last week I so enjoyed your post. You have a lovely blog! Have a very wonderful 2012!

    • 2012/01/04 at 7:25 pm

      Hi Sherry,
      I forgot to answer your question re the Euro pillow sham – it came from Pottery Barn. I ordered it last year on-line.

    • 2012/01/01 at 6:25 pm

      Hi Sherry,
      Your comments are very generous and I am thrilled that you like my blog! Many thanks for hosting ‘Home Sweet Home’ and offering a new blogger like me such a wonderful opportunity. Being new to blogging and my first time joining the parties, I wasn’t sure how my post would be received. I had a wonderful time and was shocked to see that you actually featured it! It means a lot to me because I love your blog so much! It was a real honour. Happy New Year to you and yours, too! And, thanks again for encouraging me…

  41. 2012/01/05 at 5:13 pm

    Great festive atmosphere! I hope you had a wonderful time in such a cozy home.
    I would love to thank you for visiting my blog and writing kind words!
    Have a bright and peaceful New Year !

  42. 2012/01/08 at 6:14 pm

    so many beautiful things!! thanks for visiting my blog.
    cheryl x

  43. 2012/01/09 at 6:29 pm


    Just checking on you! BTW..I wanted to invite you to stop by my blog. We are having an “impossibility” challenge for 2012!

  44. 2012/02/05 at 9:24 am

    Hi Linda

    What beautiful images and words of inspiration. Thanks so much for visiting my little blog project.

  45. 2013/11/12 at 10:36 am

    Hello Linda,
    Welcome back! You’ve been missed! Your images are all so beautiful and makes me want to start bringing out my Christmas decorations. Your post is filled with sparkle and lovely quotes and just a joy to visit. Thank you for sharing and have a joyful day, my friend.

  46. 2013/11/26 at 4:10 pm

    Just coming here has put me in the mood for this beautiful season, Linda! Beautiful, beautiful photos and words!
    Sending hugs…

  47. FABBY
    2013/11/30 at 1:44 pm

    Your Christmas decor is stunning! The figurines are what I love the most, but everything is swoon worth and lots of eye candy! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. Fabulous photography as well.

  48. Sherry
    2013/12/01 at 2:40 pm

    I love your Christmas home tour! One of my all time favorites!

  49. 2013/12/03 at 11:52 pm

    Your home is amazing! Thanks so much for lettings us in to take a peek.
    Blessings, Martha

  50. 2013/12/05 at 6:56 pm

    Wow! Everything looks wonderful. I love love love all the greenery. The wreath and roping above the bed are beautiful!

  51. Kim
    2013/12/05 at 11:13 pm

    Gorgeous!!!!! You’ve inspired me to do a little more decorating – and take some close-up shots. Love yours! :-)

  52. 2013/12/06 at 10:22 pm

    love it all, linda! the sweet bedrooms with the teddies–darling:) happy weekend!

  53. 2013/12/10 at 8:04 pm

    Your Christmas decor is gorgeous, Linda!
    Mary Alice

  54. 2013/12/11 at 8:35 pm

    Love the Santa collection, but the sweet bird up top is my favorite.

  55. 2013/12/11 at 9:36 pm

    Oh, be still my heart!!! Your blog is very beautiful.
    Smiles, Dottie

  56. 2013/12/12 at 5:24 am

    So Lovely! I have that sweet little glitter bird, but mine doesn’t have a cute banner…

  57. 2013/12/15 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks for the comment you left on my Helicopter View of Neuschwanstein post! Have a great upcoming holidays!

  58. 2013/12/16 at 12:57 am

    Oh, my! I do believe I could just stay here and soak up the Christmasness! Your blog is gorgeous and I thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  59. 2013/12/17 at 12:01 am

    So festive, Linda! …and thanks for the cup of tea – I needed that :)
    Holiday greetings♥ ~Pernilla

  60. 2013/12/17 at 11:38 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I love how you displayed the eggnog bowl! I may have to “borrow” this idea!

  61. 2013/12/18 at 9:40 am

    Beautiful blog, I found you through Pinterest. Is your blog on FB? Diane from

  62. 2013/12/19 at 10:03 pm

    So cozy and whimsical! Thanks for the tour and for visiting my blog today!

  63. 2013/12/21 at 7:30 pm

    I have never been here before and wow wow wow, it is gorgeous!
    Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas.

  64. 2013/12/22 at 12:45 am

    Love your Santa collection…
    Merry Christmas, Linda!

  65. 2014/01/10 at 11:03 am

    Beautiful Christmas decorations Linda!! Many blessings in 2014!

  66. Des
    2014/11/14 at 6:21 pm

    Wow!! You have so many wonderful Christmas goodies….love them all!!!! I have to go back and have a second look…..don’t want to miss a thing!!

  67. Susan Newbigging
    2014/11/14 at 9:13 pm

    Hello, I am Susan from Susan’s Hearts and Flowers. I just found your web page and am very impressed. What gorgeous Christmas decorations!

    • 2014/11/14 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Susan! Welcome!
      That is very nice of you to say and I appreciate it very much that you stopped by.
      I’m glad you are enjoying. Happy Thanksgiving! (Ours here in Canada was in October).
      Wishing you a beautiful weekend,

  68. 2014/11/16 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Lovely to hear from you! I hope you are keeping well and warm. I see that your blog is starting to get festive. With our wintery white days, we’re starting to feel that way ourselves.
    Wishing you a beautiful evening…

  69. Midge
    2014/11/17 at 7:47 pm

    Lovely site.

  70. 2014/11/17 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Linda:
    Everything looks beautiful. Have a great week.
    Blessings, Martha

  71. 2014/12/23 at 1:18 pm

    Merry Christmas Linda!!

  72. 2014/12/31 at 1:15 am

    Dear Linda
    I enjoyed this post very much! Christmas was a little bit of a blur for me. as I was so ill with the flu, but thankfully I am feeling 100% better now! It was nice to see so many of your wonderful ornaments and decorations. I particularly like your Santa Claus statues. Have a very happy and healthy New Year!

  73. 2014/12/31 at 9:17 am

    Hi Linda! Oh, what gorgeous Christmas snaps! Your photography is wonderful and what beautiful vignettes. Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Happy New Year!
    Shelia ;)

  74. 2014/12/31 at 11:32 am

    Absolutely gorgeous Linda! I adored each and every photo, and the quotes were wonderful! I have that same little dream bird. Love it nestled in the arms of your angel!

  75. 2014/12/31 at 5:43 pm

    I came again… enjoyed all your photos. Such lovely ones you take. And I see you and I enjoy that Christina Rosetti poem about the Star and Angels giving the sign that Love came down at Christmas.

    I’ve popped by to say thanks for stopping by and leaving your lovely ‘footprint’ in my comment box and to also wish you a very Happy New Year. I hope 2015 is filled with favour upon favour for you and your loved ones. Peace and contentment too!


  76. 2014/12/31 at 5:45 pm

    Sorry… here’s my blog link to It’s A Beautiful Life

  77. 2015/01/11 at 8:54 pm

    Your Santas are amazing. xoxo

  78. 2015/01/17 at 2:53 pm

    Linda, your blog has the very best name, because you always share such beauty with us.
    I know I’ll have to visit many times to take it all in, just amazing!
    Hugs and Happy New Year!

  79. 2015/01/17 at 5:57 pm

    Linda, thank you for visiting! Little Miss Matilda Bear says thank you!
    Your blog is lovely! I feel as if I’ve stumbled into a Victorian Christmas!

  80. 2015/01/18 at 8:59 pm

    It’s so beautiful. I love the red and white linens! So pretty. xoox

  81. 2015/11/11 at 11:22 am

    I always love visiting with you. So excited for Christmas season. If you want come by Home Sweet Home and share your post!

    • 2015/11/11 at 11:50 am

      Hi Sherry!
      So wonderful to hear from you, beautiful lady! This is my blog’s main/static page (like the cover of a book, you’ll always open my blog to this page first with my new posts featured in the sidebar); and as soon as I share a new post, I’ll be sure to come by and visit again. Thank you so much for the very kind invitation. Love your blog! XO

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