Thursday, December 22, 2011

City Views, Country Dreams

Good evening from New York.

It's been a very busy bunch of days since my last post, and I do not want more time to speed past before I show you all a rather poor photo of one of my watercolor wish each of you a Very Happy Christmas!

Work at the shop continues to be very demanding, and it's up to all of us to keep our energy levels high as we help many folks to make their various seasonal shopping decisions.  We are all beginning to truly look forward to December 25, when the shop will be closed.

I've also been doing lots of cookie baking and baked cookie giving, and enjoying getting together with various friends, opening beautiful cards from folks all over the world, and generally enjoying the spirit of this season.  Today the daylight began to increase!

May I again wish all of you a very Happy Christmas, and thank you again for all your visits to this space.


  1. Merry Christmas, Frances! This year's card is so pretty - and I have a weakness for images of teacups. What a gift you have!
    I hope that once the rush is over on Saturday you will be able to snuggle into your nest, or go out with friends - whatever invites your spirit. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to more posts from NYC. You know, we are moving into our sixth year of blogging on the same wavelength!

  2. Wishing you a very happy Christmas Frances.

  3. Dear, dear Frances,

    Your card is beautiful! I so admire anyone with painting talent.

    I am deeply grateful to have 'met' you this year. I always find your comments thoughtful and beautifully written.

    I hope you find some time to relax and I would very much like to know which sort of shop you work in.

    Merry, merry Christmas dear Frances all the way from France to New York.


  4. Frances, it is indeed a lovely card and most beautiful, such that it deserves a wider audience. Maybe it should be printed and turned into a card or postcard that could be sold.
    You are most talented.

    I am laughing at your plea for high energy having just succumbed to everyone else's cold. I am sitting here paying bills and doing accounting work and wondering whether a glass of whisky might help to clear my head and sinuses. But, no sympathy, it will pass quickly enough. It isn't the Black Death (or at least I don't think it is).

    Have a happy, peaceful and blessed Christmas.

  5. Merry Christmas Frances - loving the painting - such a pretty tea cup too.

    Hope you manage to find some peace amongst all the retail fervour and enjoy yourself too xxxx

  6. What vibrant colours! I admire you, painting each one of your cards, especially as this time of year is the most tiring for retailers (as I know). Have a lovely and restful Christmas day, and put your feet up, 'Happy Holidays' to you, from rainy England!

  7. What a very beautifully painted tea cup card that is! You do sound as if things have been very hectic at lovely it will be now to take that much needed break.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Frances!
    Helen x

  8. A very merry Christmas to you too, Frances. Gosh, you don't get a lot of time to relax though, do you? What a beautiful card!

  9. What a colourful card... it's reminding me that I was about to make a cup of tea about an hour ago!!!

    Happy Christmas


  10. Dear Frances, I do love your cards - you are very talented! I wish you luck getting through the next couple of days and a well-deserved break on the 25th.
    A very merry Christmas to you!
    Karen xo

  11. Lovely watercolor! I'm so happy to find and follow your blog. Merry Christmas!!


  12. Merry Christmas, Frances, and thank you for another lovely post. The one a few days ago, with all the photos of New York's Christmas windows, etc., made me want to visit the Big Apple again. Thank you for sharing parts of your life with us in blogland.

    Happy Holidays!
    Canadian Chickadee

  13. Oh, a very happy Christmas, dear Frances... I had a sudden sense of the scent of your apartment then...delicious. Baking and paints. :) xxxxxxxxx

  14. Now we know it's Christmas because Frances has painted her lovely tea cups!
    Happy Christmas to you and thank you for another year of City Views. xxx

  15. I'm sending you heartfelt happiness and peace this Christmas Frances... I hope you get a good rest and enjoy this lovely time of the year x

  16. Beautiful, and how do you find the time for individually painted cards? The recipients are lucky individuals!
    Merry Christmas, and wishing you every blessing in 2012.

  17. What a wonderful talent you have Frances... Water colours are just my cup of tea!
    Many thanks for all of your lovely blog visits this year and maybe next year you will be able to visit in person.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.. with your feet up!

    Michele x

  18. Oh, and your card arrived yesterday... I love them so SO much. The Frances card has become a vital part of my Christmas now... I tell James they are heirlooms of the future. :) xxxxxxxx

    Happy Christmas my dear never seen but none the less loved friend. xxx

  19. Like Fennie I have succumbed to everybody else's cold but that gives me time to read your lovely blog and look at your beautiful water colour. I am wishing you a very happy Christmas (Is boxing day still Christmas in the US? here it is anyway) Love from Germany xxx

  20. The teacup is beautiful-that is a card to keep forever. I always enjoy a cup of afternoon tea-how wonderful to have it in a lovely cup. Have a peaceful New Year.

  21. A very belated thankyou for your Christmas wishes, dear Frances. I hope you had a great time and had a chance to rest for a day or two. Shops round here are open almost all year round, except for Christmas Day - only supermarkets open on Christmas Day -, it is as if people couldn't exist without buying, buying, buying.

    I don't have that problems.

    Happy New Year, dear Frances, look forward to meeting up with you somewhere, some time!

  22. Wishing you a peaceful New Year Francis, its always so lovely to see you have popped over to visit, maybe one day we'll meet up for real ! x

  23. Happy new year, i wish you the best love this post!

  24. Dear Frances Thank you for visiting the blog and leaving such lovely comments. I'm sorry not to have been by here very often. Looking forward to seeing you in the Skool though.

    I send you my very best wishes for a happy, healthy, peaceful, & creative 2012.
    Much love

  25. woof woof!
    so many dogs and cats have kept me away too long
    Please forgive

  26. Love your watercolor card!!! Happy New Year to you!!
    Chris :o)

  27. Your greeting card is very pretty – I am a softie for tea cups and have several. I enjoyed your walk and pictures showing us the glamorous New York windows. Now I have to look at the NY calendar to see what is coming up so I can figure out the date of our next trip to the big apple – but in the spring as it gets too cold in your lovely city! I hope you had a nice New Year and wish you a great 2012!

  28. Hello Frances,

    I cannot believe I missed this post.! Do hope you had a wonderful Christmas dear Frances, and thank you, love your festive pretty painted tea-cup card, you are such a talented lady.

    Love Camilla.xx