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December 01, 2007



I envy your organizational skills - would love for you to do my closets! An old mistery bookshop sounds so inviting! I'd like the one Kellie Martin owned in Mistery Woman series.


I love your tree that is from your yard. As you said, "perfectly imperfect". How special!!
I enjoyed learning more about you by the things you shared.
Your home is lovely!


Thanks for sharing; it was nice to hear that someone else organizes as obsessively as myself. One difference is that I organize my clothes into suits, pants, skirts and tops. Each section is then further divided into color and length. LOL!

Rose @Classic Charm

Allison -
Love that Christmas tree! Yep you're right, it's perfect! All decor lookin good, can't wait to see more...Enjoyed your long post too ha!

Kathleen Grace

I love the imperfect tree, a real tree should have some character don't you think? our home does look cozy and very pretty for the holidays:>)



Let me know when that bookstore opens and I will fly in for the Grand Opening with a platinum card.

Wouldn't that be fun, to own a bookstore and make it beautiful and kinda funky and serve French Roast coffee maybe scones in the morning. I am so there.

Stop by and see me sometime.


A very fun bog today - thanks for sharing all about your home and yourself! :)


I knew I really liked you!! I love, love psych too!! It cracks my husband and I up. Can't wait til January when it comes back on.
Your tree is so cute. Your home looks so cozy and charming. I would love to go to a bookstore like that.
I love your banner!!
Have a great weekend,

Angela (Cottage Magpie)

Oooh, I want to have that closet! I love that kind of organizational stuff, organization stores make me giddy. But, alas, my family will not allow such flights of fancy. Your living and dining room are lovely and your decorations are gorgeous!
~Angela :-)

Bristol @ Cottage by the River

Allison- You have been busy! Love the tree. We had one like that in our yard. At least you were able to enjoy its beauty this Christmas~~

Robin~Thrifty Miss Priss

Oh you'd fall over if you walked in my closet! I WISH I could be more organized! It was nice finding out the random things about you. PS I have the Baileys cups too - they are too cute!!


Love your morning coffee cup and saucer and hey I'll be your partner in the "Creaky Door Mystery Bookstore" sounds like just my type of place. In fact just listed 3 mysteries that might be new to you on my latest post over at Willow House.


Hi Allison,
How interesting to read all about you, its nice to know about the person writing such a lovley blog. Your living room looks very cozy indead! I love the stockings, one for each of you, how sweet they look on the fireplace.

Have a wonderful week, enjoy your decorating

Priscilla x

Katie at Harrington House

Hi, Allison! I am loving your "perfectly imperfect" Christmas tree! And what exactly is your morning coffee sitting on? A coffee table? A trunk? Whatever it is.....the wood is gooooorgeousss! I have been a regular reader of your blog for some time, and this is my first time to comment. It's nice to finally say "Hi!"


That's a great name for a mystery bookshop! I am a mystery book lover myself - I am reading The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly right now and it's fabulous. It starts out in London in 1888 where there is a murderer on the loose and eventually moves to NYC where the main character Fiona finds success in the tea trade after several devastating losses back in London. It's the perfect read for a cold, winter night - murder, revenge, and betrayal against a Victorian backdrop!


Your decorations are beautiful. Your tree is perfect just like Charlie Brown's tree. And your facts are fun. But I'm sorry to hear that you lost your dad at such a young age.



Love the warmth your fireplace area generates (sp?)!!


Allie, everything looks so cozy! I like your tree because it is unique. And, I enjoyed reading what you were doing 10,20,& 30 years got me thinking about what I was doing, especially since I realized that we are the same age!


At first I thought I'd have to disown you as a blog friend for all that organization...but then I realized that's just the type of person I'm drawn to. Watch out cause have lifelong research project on organizing going on...share any tips you can!

I love your tree! I think slightly imperfect makes it better!

melissa @ the inspired room

Your home is lovely! So fun to see all the holiday decorations going up around blogland. My house is almost all festive, I'll post pictures after this week. Now I feel like I can really enjoy the holidays!

You are an obsessively neat one, aren't you? LOL! I just stuff my things in a drawer. Different drawers and sections, but not neatly folded or color coordinated! Wish I was that organized. You are amazing! I do like the nice matching hangers though. That I can relate to, it is disturbing to have a tangled mess of unrelated plastic ones!

Thanks for sharing, so much fun!


I love your perfectly imperfect tree!!! It looks great :) Your organization with your undies made me laugh!!!! Organization (even of underwear) is a wonderful thing! :) I Hope you have a wonderful week!


Hi Allison!
Your organization does not make me want to run screaming - quite the contrary we sound like two peas in a pod - though I envy your make-up drawer organization you posted about a while back! Love the free spirit tree - looks great and how wonderful that you didn't just chop it down and dispose of it. Perfectly imperfect is one of my favorite sayings!

I agree that Christmas is magical. We put our tree up yesterday and are just about done with all the decorating. It is so cozy and warm - it makes me so sad to take everything down and see the "empty" house. But I am not going to dwell on that from now!


Karin (creativechaos)

Hi Allison! I loved that post! I remember getting "Little House on the Prarie" for Christmas also. They were my all time favorites.... I LOVE that mug for you coffee!!! Love it....and your house looks so nice and cozy.....Talk to you soon!

Daisy Bouquet

I love youe coffee cup and the tree is so awesome. Mary


Everything looks wonderful Allie - I love imperfect trees, they have much more character than the tree farm groomed ones.

You are so cute sharing organizational secrets for your 'smalls'(Brit for undies) - and I will be waiting to enter your bookshop as soon as you open for business. I'll even bring you some special cookies!!

Happy snow days!

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