Thursday, December 23, 2010

City Views, Country Dreams

Good evening from New York, and a very Happy Christmas to all.

I have been hoping to get a better photo of one of the Christmas teacup cards I have been painting for weeks now, but...this one will have to serve.

This 2010 has been quite a year, full of surprises, some of which were wonderful. Amongst those joys has been the pleasure of getting acquainted with so many interesting folks from all over the world. I imagine that next year will increase this wonder.

Meanwhile, may you all know just how special you are to me, and may you find that this Christmas creates the magic that only this season can provide.

May your dreams be filled with sugar plums!


  1. Merry Christmas Frances!

    I love your festive teacup painting! Makes me realise that life has got in between me and my sketchbook recently. Your picture is making my fingers twitch in anticipation of paints and brushes...

    I love re-visiting Manhattan via your blog.


  2. Well, that little teacup has brightened my monring! Seasons greetings to you dear Frances, and gird your loins for the post-Christmas sale I assume you will probably be having in the shop!

  3. Wow, Frances, that teacup is exquisite! I really hope you will show photos of some of the others, as you hint that there are more?
    I wish you the happiest of Christmases and thank you in return for the pleasure of getting to know you through your always-interesting blog and your lovely comments on mine.
    Merry Christmas and best wishes,
    Karen x

  4. What a beautiful card Frances, and lovely words to go with it, may your dreams be filled with sugar plums also. Best wishes,
    Posie xx

  5. I do wish you a very happy Christmas Frances.

  6. A very merry Christmas to you. It's a lovely card you painted.

  7. Love love your little teacup painting and especially the delicate colors! Merry Christmas and a few quiet an peacefully days for you, Frances.
    Barbara from a snowy Munich in Bavaria.

  8. And to you, dear Frances. One of our highlights this year was meeting you and enjoying your wonderful city. Thanks for your kindness and support this year, here's wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year. Cx

  9. Dear Frances,
    I echo Chris's comments about the warm welcome you and your city gave us this year. It's been nice to see your photos of the place at times of the year without snow on the ground. We hope to come back again sometime soon. Thanks for all the encouragement you have given to Chris's writing exploits this year and for your kind words about my paintings. Love the cup & saucer painting!
    Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Hapus, as they say in these parts!

  10. Merry Christmas, Frances! I hope you have a few days off after a hectic lead-up to the big day. I know that you work very hard, up to the last minute.
    Your new teacup is lovely - the colours are refreshing!

  11. Have a very Happy Christmas Francis.
    Lovely card which leaves me wishing that I was far more artistic than practical but I suppose you can't have everything.
    Perhaps Santa will grant me a bit more flair with the paintbrush!!

  12. Merry Christmas Frances from snowy Wales! Your teacup is beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and that 2011 brings you much happiness.x

  13. Merry Christmas Frances.
    Wishing you the very best for this Christmas and the coming new year.

    I like your elegantly festive and teacup, what a lovely Christmas gift. I hope we get to see some of the others.

    Peace and Joy,


  14. Dear Frances,

    I've only recently discovered your very interesting blog. I visited NY about 30 years ago and will always have a soft spot for it, so I really enjoy your news, views and photos of your wonderful city. I really like your art too - it's beautiful. Looking forward to seeing more of your NY in 2011! Merry (belated) Christmas and best wishes for the new year.

    Barbara, Cornwall, UK

  15. Frances, I have been reading your writing for some time but have never, previously, responded for which I apologise since I enjoy reading about your way of life. I hope that you had a peaceful and restful Christmas day and look forward to reading more in 2011.

  16. Beautiful card.
    Hope your christmas was wonderful and you have a lovely new year x

  17. Lovely festive teacup card. The New York santas were a fascinating glimpse into a quirky aspect of New York life! Greetings from snowy Oxford, UK, and all the very best to you for 2011.

  18. Merry Christmas Frances, I do so love that pretty tea-cup you have painted.

    Stay warm,know that NY has much snow today.

    May the New Year ahead be filled with lots of exciting sugar plums for you dear friend.


  19. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Frances. Thank you for all your visits and comments on my blog over the past month. I love the tea cup painting.

  20. And I have a little teacup all of my own!!
    Thank you, thank you.
    Sending all best wishes for 2011
    ans hoping we both unfreeze pretty soon.

  21. Your teacups are TERRIFIC Frances!!
    Please do show us yr snow pictures.
    Thanks for stopping by now and then at PB..

  22. Merry Christmas, Frances. Meeting you through your blog site has been a real pleasure. Hope you are safe and well and that you'll have a Happy New Year in spite of the huge blizzard NYC has been having. All the best in 2011,
    Canadian Chickadee