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Weekend View

Welcome to the weekend view...

This week it is all Christmas all the time-all about my trip to Baltimore for an event and book signing with my Balsam Hill family & an event coming up in Paso Robles at Hammersky Vineyards that you won't want to miss!

I can't believe it is ALREADY November 10th.
I know I say it every year but this year- really has zoomed by. I feel  a bit like I have been the Tasmanian devil swirling up dust clouds for the past few months. Truth be told- I love to be busy and thrive on that busy and deadlines schedule but boy has it zoomed by this year!

This week, I had a bit of extra downtime while traveling to Baltimore for a fun event with Balsam Hill. There were quite a few storms on Halloween that completely shut down the airports in the area- which meant we circled for about an hour and a half- and then detoured to Detroit for refueling and a pilot change. Thankfully- we arrived in Baltimore safe and sound when they reopened all the airports  and an unexpected bonus of spending several extra hours with other restless travelers- we all chatted and chatted. And I  really enjoyed all of the (very early)  morning conversations on the plane.
And something else that those extra hours were great for? I typed up a whole lot of 2020 notes and plans that I am excited to share more about soon.

TV Chatter

After a quick nap at my hotel-and a half a pot of coffee ( I kid you not haha)   I was off to a local T.V. station to do a segment on  Christmas decorating. I brought along the new gilded magnolia wreath and we decorated it with faux flowers- and chatted non traditional Christmas trends. Always so fun to chat decorating and Balsam Hill on tv.

Here is me with my 'Have Wreath - Will Travel' Instagram snap- and
yes indeed I did arrive at the t.v. station with a wreath on the back of my suitcase.
That is totally usual right? 

Tree Decorating & Book Signing Event

After a nap-  I was ready for a fun day at the Balsam Hill Baltimore store on Saturday.

It was SO fun to meet so many of you who traveled from near and far to come say hello and get your books signed.
We decorated a tree, I did a few tutorials for those who had questions- and I did my best 'Brad ribbon' attempt. Brad is an amazing Christmas designer who does the trees for the Balsam Hill catalog- those incredible trees with all  that incredible ribbon- Brads work.

If you are local to Baltimore- their store is inside the Colombia Mall near Nordstrom
And they do have several other locations in the US if you would like to see those 
beautiful Balsam Hill trees in person. 

Hammersky Holiday Home Event & Book Signing

Coming your next month-another fun event with Balsam Hill and Hammersky Vineyards
 in Paso Robles.

You might remember that I was at Hammersky earlier this year working with them on a photo shoot. It totally surpassed my expectations- it is one of THE MOST beautiful winery settings that  I have been to- 
and I live near all those beautiful wineries in the Napa Valley.

photo courtesy of Hammersky Vineyards
While I was there we were chatting twinkle lights, Balsam Hill and Christmas and they asked if I would come back and decorate their 100+ year old farmhouse for the holidays. 
OF COURSE was my quick answer. 
But it gets even better....

They are doing an open house Christmas event at the winery and farmhouse- 
complete with Santa, wine tasting and vendors you can shop.
And I am going early and decorating the farmhouse with Balsam Hill everything and
 will be there talking about all things Christmas
 and doing a book signing.

Photo courtesy of Hammersky Vineyards

Here are the first of the details-
 stay tuned for more:

Friday December 13th
4-8 pm (check for finalized times)
Hammersky Vineyards 
 Paso Robles, California

You can reach out to them directly for more details and to RSVP

I would love to see you there! 

Coming your way -

Christmas dining room...
A Christmas table idea
Delicious holiday treat-
and all about our stay in Capri, Italy.

Happy Sunday all. 


  1. On behalf of the entire Hammersky team thank you for selecting us to spend your time that is so valuable. We adore you!
    Xoxo Melanie

  2. Love your style and all you do!

  3. That all sounds so fun - can't wait to see how you decorate the farmhouse! And sure - I take wreaths around with me all the time - no problem! :)