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Monday, December 12, 2011

Twelve More Days

Hello everyone, how are you doing?  What an exciting and fun week this has been!  So many new followers and lots of sweet comments.  I can't tell you enough how you all brighten my day.  I am so grateful.  This post is dedicated to you.

Melinda of Alabaster Rose Designs featured me on her wonderful blog.  To view it click *here*.  Thank-you very much, Melinda!  And now it is my turn to return the favor and show her off to all of you!  Her style is fabulous and she is very talented.  Go see for yourselves, you will not be disappointed!

Melinda upholstered this vintage French style chair herself.  I love it.

This is my favorite picture.  I love Melinda's settee and her monogram grain sack bolster pillow.  To see more go check out her blog, Alabaster Rose Designs.  You will love it!

When I decided to start a blog several months ago, I was very nervous to put myself out there as my style is a little unconventional, but you have all received me so warmly and welcomed me with open arms!  Thank-you very much.

I have met many new people and can call you all my friends from near and far.  There are a couple wonderful ladies that have been with me from the beginning and they have never failed to leave me a greeting on every post!  Their blogs are amazing so head on over and say hello!

Michele at Summersoul

I found these wonderful monogram pillows that I keep on my bed at Michele's Etsy store, Maisondemichele.

And Maria at Dreamy Whites.  Maria also mentioned my blog on her latest post and her online store is one of my favorite places to shop.  I find many wonderful treasures there, such as the metal french wine baskets and the grain sack stockings shown in my last post.  Thank-you to all my new friends, you sure know how to make a girl feel welcome!

Welcome to the twelve days of Christmas!  We are finally here.  Today, I want to show you my advent calendar that I hung on my wall above the kitchen table.  Several years ago,  I saw a picture like this in a magazine and made my own out of an artist canvas and shipping tags.  It is plain, but I like the simplicity of it... at least for now.  Next year, I might add a burlap background or redo the tags.  How do you count down the twelve days of Christmas?  I'd love to hear about it! 

An old egg gathering basket catches all the ornaments waiting to be hung on the board.

I love to pile tons of red linens on my kitchen table, especially at Christmas time.

Well, I have to go for now, it's time to go cut down our tree!

I hope you all enjoy this twelfth day of Christmas,

Maria ~Rusty Hinge


  1. Hi - I´m one of those new followers ;o)
    Wanted to pop in and say hi - your blog is so pretty and I can´t wait to follow along.

  2. Hi Maria,

    I have been a bit behind in blogland this past weekend/week, and just saw this lovely post! :) I have to say that your style is definitely not unconventional - it's perfect and I just love it! And Melinda does have an amazing blog - that lovely lady is one of the sweetest & most talented bloggers on here! :) And thank you so much for mentioning me in this post - you are way too kind! :) Love your linens & ornaments!!! Happy Holidays to you & yours!!!


  3. HI Maria,
    I am thrilled that I found your blog! Your style is absolutely beautiful and I have reread all your posts just staring at the lovely photos. I am a loyal follower now. :)

    I'm in love with your advent calender...can't wait to 'borrow' that idea next year!

    Hope you're having a lovely holiday...and can't wait to see what you do with your Christmas tree.

    xo Sarah

  4. We are the lucky ones for having been introduced to your lovely blog! Your style is fresh and beautiful! How fun to be able to cut your own tree!

  5. I love your style and love your blog. Melinda is a dear sweet lady and it is on her blog that I found you. Very excited to meet new friends.

    God's blessings to you! Amy

  6. Oh Maria,
    You made my year!!! Thank you so much for your kindness, I truly am so thankful that we met and for your friendship!!!
    I was so honored to feature you, I really believe that you have an amazing talent!
    I love your advent calender, what a great idea!!
    And if you ever decide to part with some of those yummy linens, just think of me! :)
    Have a wonderful day!!

  7. Hello Maria!
    Wow ~ I'm in awe of your amazing talent! Your home is just amazing! So glad I found you!


  8. Hi Maria~ Yay!!! I am so happy for you! I was so excited to see you in Romantc Homes! I am so glad I found your wonderful blog my friend~ You are awesome!! xoxo Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

  9. Hello Maria...I love to visit your blog and always leave smiling! Loving those pops of red!

  10. It is incredibly lovely over here! I have seen your blog featured at different places! Thank you for visiting me at Three Pixie Lane! I am a new follower of Rusty Hinge! Christie

  11. I stopped by Melinda's site yesterday for the first time just in time to see her feature on your beautiful blog. I'm so happy to meet you and I think your home is gorgeous. I'll be your newest follower.

  12. Hi Maria

    I found you through Melinda At Alabaster Rose Designs, oh and what a find, I love your style,
    such a gorgeous home, I am new to this blogging world too but is lovely to get great support and meeting such talented ladies

    Best wishes

  13. Hi Maria~~~~Thank you so much for mentioning me in this post. You are so sweet!!! I think you were my first follower or should I say the first follower I had that I didnt know:))) And here we are sharing the same page in Romantic Homes!!!! Yippee!!

    Have a great week!!!


  14. Wow! some beautiful pics, I love the advent calender, thanks for sharing I have enjoyed looking around your special place. I will follow on my way out so as I can keep in touch. I hope you will find the time to pop over to my place soon and do the same. Whilst I am here I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to engaging more in the New Year! Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  15. Hi Maria,

    First of all, I LOVE your home and how you have decorated it.
    I wish we lived closer we would have so much fun shopping together.
    I also wanted to congratulate you on your feature in Romantic Homes! I was so excited to see your blog featured in their latest issue.
    Thank you for the very kind words you said about my shop.
    I really appreciate it. I am so happy you started a blog. I also wanted to tell you that you are very talented with your camera, I love your pictures.
    Merry Christmas Maria!
    Take Care,
    p.s. I too love Melinda's home and blog : )

  16. What a happy,bright,lovely post...love it!!! Merry Christmas to you!

  17. Just wanted to say Congrats on your feature in Romantic Homes! You have a beautiful blog here & great style!

  18. Maria!
    What a wonderful week! I am so happy to have met you thru my feature on Faded Charm. What a treat for me to be able to find your fabulous blog as well. I have been sitting here scrolling thru many of your past posts and can't wait to see more. I happily clicked on the "follow" button.
    I'm hooked! Your style is stunning.

  19. Maria,

    this is so strange. I posted saying how honored I was to be included in your list of supporters. I don't know why its not here. I am so sorry! Again, :) thank you for mentioning me and my pillows. You are so kind and I love following your blog. You have wonderful style and I look forward to your posts next year. Have a wonderful holiday!



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