December 13, 2010

A Beach House Chanuka and A Jar Lamp

Hello you guys -

Hope you are all enjoying the winter/holiday season.  I love winter, I love cold weather, I love the bare tree branches and the leafless boston ivy on the weathered fence in the backyard.  I love rain boots, and hoodies, umbrellas and big totes to carry it all in.

Mid December and we have warm weather - actually it's hot.  I shouldn't complain, it's great for my business at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and it's great to go garage saleing every Saturday morning, but still I hope we get some cold days so we can break out the boots and jackets.

We had a great day at the Flea Market yesterday - meeting people, talking, selling my thrifty finds, talking about treasures and decorating and styling, and what other people have in their carts as they stop and roll and stop and roll.  Mostly we love showing our Chandeliers - MrBH says that I love a compliment as much as a sale, not quite - but almost!

I'm taking photos of Chandeliers today, some that already sold, but I gotta show you what a man passionate about creating Chandeliers can come up with.

For many reasons, we're doing a low key holiday this year - I made a donation to every request for Missions and Holiday Meals we got in the mail, I'm taking Gift Certs to the Dog Rescue places in my area, I give a dollar to every cause at every grocery checkout and I put money into the Salvation Army Santa everytime I pass him.  Always a few bucks to the homeless and hungry at the freeway ramp or wherever, it's small, but it's what I do.

I went gathering up in my own stuff, stash, and traveling shop to come up with a few things white, wintery, and sparkly.  No big gifts for the kids this year either - each got a hoodie, they already have every i-thing invented and I've asked them to donate this year too - so we've donated as a family and we all like that very much.

We had a small Chanuka dinner last Sunday, and even though we try to have dinner together every Sunday, I tried to special it up a bit.  We had our favorite Cranberry Chicken, potatoe pancakes, applesauce, lemon brocolli,  a bottle of wine and a Challah that we all pulled from.  Apple Betty for desert with vanilla ice cream.    My son Tony brought a new girlfriend and I was glad that Jen & Ryan could meet her, get to know her, and like her as much as we do.  We'll keep our fingers crossed...

Here's the Mantel in the Family Room - simple and to the point.

Here's the Mantel in the Front Room - first thing you see when you walk in the front door -

We lit the Menorah and set it on the kitchen table in the window.  I found this gihugeant old Menorah while out thrifting a while back - gave it a couple coats of white paint and I'm happy - she's cool.

MrBH made this little lamp the other day - I said I needed a little lamp in the kitchen, he took one of my old blue mason jars full of white shells and I got a new/old lamp.  Love it.

Be happy.  

I wish you all Peace and Love

Hooking up with Kelly's Korner 
Partying with Julia too!


  1. Marhsa I love every one of these images and I so look forward to your posts. Your dining table is set to perfection - simple but classic. Sandy xx

  2. I can't get enough of your white interiors and gorgeous images. I love that lamp your husband made. Really unique and gorgeous! Sonia :)

  3. Hi Marsha,
    I LoVe your beachy home !! Everything about it, is just soo California, cool, and calm .. What a relaxing home to greet you each day, and all the blessings that come with it, EvEn more awesome !! Your evening sounds like it went beautiful, and I'm hoping your sweet son found a gem with his NeW girlie too .. thanks for always sharing coastal beauty ~
    Hugs ~TeA~ xo

  4. Love that menorah and the new little lamp! So homey.

  5. First, Happy Healthy Holidays to you are yours.
    The new mason jar lamp is too cute.
    As for the boots and hoodies well come on East and we will all be sure to hand you a shovel!

  6. Your home is SUCH a delight Marsha. I'm sure it must have a special "feel", one that can't quite be conveyed in photos (although your photos are fabulous).
    That Menorah is something else! WOW!!
    I love your blog, it is a very refreshing place to visit :o)

  7. Love that dad is Jewish, mom is Catholic, so we've always been lucky to get to celebrate BOTH Hanukkah and Christmas!! Your dinner table was so pretty and simple I love that look.

  8. I spied the blue jar that you used in the center of your Chanuka table and I loved it...then you show us this incredible lamp made from the jar with seashells. Well, lets just say I oohed and aahed a lot! It is absolutely adorable...he's good!

  9. I DO like erery single image, expecially the table is beautiful!!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a good day

  10. I think donating is truly wonderful. We do it in small ways, but still get caught up in the packages under the tree.

    All of your pictures are lovely...peaceful and pretty!

  11. So pretty, so fresh, so good. It kinda looks like you live on vacation. What fun.

  12. Wow!! Very very pretty! And inspiring! I love, love LOVE beach cottage style.
    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

  13. Your blog is just so beautiful. Love love love it. So much inspiration and loveliness.

  14. Hi Marsha! Gosh, I came by today to see what you've been up to and read all the way back to the last time I was here, which I'm ashamed to tell you was like in February. But, to my defense you've had a lot on your plate with the wedding and the business, so you posted about as much as I did this year.

    Anyway, I LOVED everything about the wedding, that is the most beautiful, beach wedding I've ever seen. I also loved the bathroom redo and I can't believe you painted the kitchen just weeks before the wedding. I love the trashy gate, the new kitchen lamp (he is so creative!) and the fact that you're doing the Rose Bowl Flea Market! Gosh, I used to go there all the time. My son still goes every couple of months looking for vintage furniture for his place, so I'll tell him to be on the lookout for you. Now, I know he won't buy one of your chandeliers, but you never know who'll be with him. You really must send me a pic of your booth there, so I can post if on my blog after the new year. I have friends in LA that just may stop by.

    Anyway, I know the weather there is terrible right now, but I'm glad to read it was gorgeous for your Chanuka dinner. Your Menorah is wonderful and the menu sounds delish.

    So belated Happy Chanuka and may 2011 bring much joy and love your way.

    Gosh, I love that little lamp!!!!!! lol

  15. My dear Marsha,

    I swear I thought I left you a comment on this post and now I see that I didn't. Maybe I can blame it on the hot flashes;)

    Your home is absolutely stunning as are all of the gorgeous creations that your husband makes. Love, love, love!

    I hope you had a nice Chanukah. The dinner you had with your family sounds wonderful! I hope the new girlfriend works out well:) We are having all of our girls over for dinner tomorrow night. Brisket AND turkey as both were requested and I am a sucker for a sweet face! As for the boyfriends, some we could do without, but who are we to complain;)

    Love and hugs,

  16. It seems you already have what I was going to wish for you this holiday season :-)


  17. Lovely thing to do with the whole family! And may I say you have a very lovely home! Enjoy the wonderful day, Kellie xx

  18. I absolutely love the all white!! Adorable!


  19. Love the house!!! Gorgeous inside!

  20. Dear Marsha,
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment today. It was really kind.
    Your home looks wonderful and I love your table. What I wouldn't give to be sitting there right now !! It's pretty cold here in the UK !!
    Thanks for all of the inspiration that you give and here's to more blogging friendship in 2011. With much love. XXXX

  21. Happy Saturday, dear heart! That's all:) Just thinking about you.

    Hugs and love,

  22. Marsha! Marsha! Marsha! (Couldn't resist! :))

    You always fill my heart with joy my friend. You bless me each and every time you visit!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your home. I sooo hope when I come to Cali this Spring we can meet. Crossing my fingers!

    Love to you~


  23. The chandelier is one of the reason why the house looks so expensive, And when the time comes I'll have my own house I will decorate it with a beautiful chandelier. Thanks for giving me an interior design idea.

  24. Hi Marsha, your home is beautiful. I have just discovered your blog and will be watching your journey. Simone

  25. I love the mason jar lamp - I think I need one!

  26. I noticed that all of your stuff if its not white it's silver=) and blending a black color really makes it more beautiful! Thumbs up to your interior designer.

  27. Missing you, dear Marsha. I hope that all is well and that you are busy creating, enjoying your family and relaxing when you can!

    Love you,

  28. You are on my mind, dear Marsha. I am sending you love and light on this somewhat dreary So Cal Saturday!


  29. i love your blog , it`s my first time here .
    the pictures are lovely and what a beautiful home do you have

    greetings Roos

  30. Absolutely stunning chandeleirs. I've been looking for one similar to the black & white style, would look perfect leading up the staircase. Thank you for the idea :) - Cathy Pieroz at Ray White Alexandra Hills

  31. Pay attention to scale. Bigger is usually better; too often a chandelier can look tiny and be overlooked.


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