Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Christmas Card to You


I'm normally a very humble and self-effacing person so I hope you'll forgive me if I gloat for a moment about winning "Best Tree" in the Holiday Decorating Contest on Scot Meacham Wood's "The Adventures of Tartanscot" blog.  The contest was judged by a panel of esteemed judges and prizes were awarded in three different categories.  I'm excited to have won what I think is the best prize:  Christmas ornaments from Gump's San Francisco that will be hand selected by Scot.

In all seriousness, I'm absolutely thrilled to have won.  There were some really amazing submissions and being chosen is a real honor.

Thank you all again for following along during the Christmas season.  It's been a lot of fun sharing the season with you and I'm blessed by all of your wonderful feedback.  Here is my Christmas card to you.


Merry Christmas to all!  May all the joys of the season be yours.

Steve

78 comments:

  1. AWESOME card Steve! Very nicely done and I'm not surprised at all that you won.

    Merry Christmas to you...enjoy every minute of it and I'll see you next year.

    Sarah

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  2. A well deserved award! May you and all who enter your Urban Cottage have a joyous and peaceful holiday. Merry Christmas! Bonnie

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  3. Congratulations. Well done

    Happy Christmas

    Helen

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  4. But of course you won.
    Hands down. The Best.
    Love your card.
    Love your blog.
    Merry Christmas!
    Looking forward to the New Year!
    :) - Cindi the bah humbug

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  5. Merry Christmas to you too and congrats for winning.

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  6. Your Christmas tree was by far the most memorable and the favorite of mine this Christmas season!
    Merry Christmas to you!

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  7. Congratulations Steve, I cheered aloud and literally clapped for you when I saw the winners revealed!

    Great work, so dually noted.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    xo,
    A

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  8. Happy Christmas to you too Steve. I think you have been one of the most inspiring blogs I have been reading this year. You have your own look and execute things so beautifully.

    Your Christmas card is just so lovely. I think your style of tree is going to be a much copied style next year.

    All the best to you and your loved ones this Christmas.

    Chania

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  9. Congratulations, Steve! Your tree is a stunner and you have every right to boast a bit. What a beautiful post, my friend. The Merriest of Christmas' to you, and to your readers.

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  10. this is just too good steve. gorgeous. so good that i just linked to you. congratulations and merry christmas!

    xo
    janet

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  11. Beautiful card and congrats on winning.. Merry Christmas!

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  12. Oh so pretty! I see the back porch there with my hot chocolate waiting. And the huggable tree!

    Merry Christmas Steve and congrats on your victory - well deserved indeed.

    Hugs, Terri

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  13. Congratulations on winning the contest! :) Its truly very beautiful. Merry X Mas. :D
    -
    Kavi
    (Edible Entertainment)
    Ongoing events:
    Jingle All The Way

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  14. Steve--Congratulations! Your other tree was my favorite of the year and I am so happy for you. I used to live in SF and Gumps is spoken of in tones of reverence there.

    Thank you for the beautiful card--reading your blog is always a pleasure. Enjoy the holidays!

    Jen

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  15. Janet sent me here. Your tree is stunning, congrats, love the garden too.

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  16. Merry Christmas Steve. May your holidays be blessed with love and laughter.
    xo Dianne

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  17. Congratulations on your victory! Your tree is the prettiest I have ever seen. I made a photo of your tree the wallpaper on my desktop. Merry Christmas!

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  18. Congrats...your style is recognized by many.
    Happy Christmas.

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  19. Whatever Janet tells me to do, I do. I came to visit your tree. What a sweet tree. How lovely.
    Yes, your home is one that I really must illustrate in the new year. I know I said that before. Now I must illustrate your tree too.
    It is perfection.
    Merry little Christmas to you.
    pve

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  20. Merry Christmas Steve, health and happiness to you in the New Year.

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  21. a wonderful christmas card. I don't know how you could not win with that tree. I just love it!
    Cathy

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  22. Wow! REally? That is a big honor!! So happy for you, you had a vision for your tree and stuck to it. YOu gotta love it when others feel the same way you do! I met Scot in NYC at a design blog party~he had on his trademark plaid pants. Betsy Speert just wrote a blog post on how a house she decorated head to toe for a guy on the North Shore who was mad for plaid. It really was awesome. Merry Christmas Steve!

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  23. Good morning and congratulations!

    The good news never stops at Urban Cottage.

    And your card is a unending piece of beauty.

    Merry Christmas sir. And a big virtual hug.

    xo Jane

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  24. You deserved the honor-your tree is original and beautiful. Well done! Merry Christmas!

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  25. Merry Christmas to you! I am so in love with your home :-)

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  26. Congratulations, Steve. Your tree IS a winner! Merry Christmas to you.
    Claudia

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  27. Congratulations, Steve! How exciting! Merry Christmas to you too, and thank you for all of the beauty you have created and shared this year.

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  28. Happy Christmas, Steve! You brightened my days with your adventures and your lovely sense of design. Thanks for that, and have a wonderful holiday. Donna

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  29. Thanks. Your images are lovely as always. Have a great holiday too.

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  30. Merry Christmas and Congratulations! Your Christmas card is gorgeous. I love both of your trees and your whole house! You are so talented.

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  31. Very beautiful pictures! Merry Christmas!!!

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  32. Tree cutting boy:

    You are SUCH a winner...in all ways! And dayum...that was the best Christmas card I have recieved yet...now if I could only get it to fit on my christmas card garland!

    Merry Merry!

    Glitter girl

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  33. Steve - A Merry Christmas to you too! A well deserved win as well. I noticed the blue poinsettia in your collage - wow that's eye catching.

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  34. Steve- thank you for the card and for your blog. I've said this before but I will say it again (and again I am sure) you inspire me. Your blog is such a nice highlight in my day and your tree- makes me smile every time I see it. It is magical. Thanks. Merry Christmas.

    Lynda

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  35. Congratulations on your well deserved win. Merry Christmas to you Steve! So glad to have gotten to know you this year.

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  36. Congrats Steve! You deserve it - the tree is gorgeous!

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  37. I just love your blog! Your Christmas trees are lovely. Congratulations on the award and Merry Christmas to you.

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  38. Merry Christmas, Steve! Your home and your tree are festive, indeed. Have a wonderful holiday.

    xo
    Claudia

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  39. I just read this fabulous news over at Janet's! Congratulations! You are certainly the King of Christmas trees!!
    Your Christmas card is beautiful, as is all that you do!
    I wish you a very Merry Christmastime my friend!

    joan

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  40. Congratulation on your "best tree" award. It's well-deserved. And thank you for the awesome Christmas card! Not to mention the awesome blog. Merry Christmas to you in your beautiful Urban Cottage.

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  41. Congrats! Lovely photo collage.

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  42. What a beautiful "card." Congratulations upon your award and have a Merry Christmas!

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  43. And best holiday wishes to you, Ann

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  44. Congratulations, on the win! You do have the most amazing tree!
    What a beautiful Christmas card too. May you and your cats have a Very Merry Christmas.

    Adam

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  45. beautiful in every regard
    merry christmas to you steve
    debra

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  46. Congrats on the win. That is a gorgeous tree. Great card and Merry Christmas to you.

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  47. Congratulations, your tree really IS the best! I know this sounds cliche, but your photos are pure eye candy.

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  48. Michele from BostonDecember 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    As I was viewing Tartanscot's website this morning and scrolling through the winners I stopped and said "Hey, I know that tree!" and it's a showstopper. Congrats, Steve! You certainly deserve the prize.

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  49. See Ya after the holiday! Merry Christmas! hoping your holiday will be just as great as Thanksgiving!;).

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  50. Congratulations! It is well deserved, can't wait to see those Gump's ornaments on next year's tree. And thank you for that lovely card.
    Merry Christmas to you!

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  51. Well of course you won Steve...your trees are fabulous!

    I love your collage of holiday photos...wouldn't they make great note cards or a calendar? Not only is each photo beautiful, but love the way you have them arranged. Stunning! Merry Christmas!
    annie

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  52. Awww, Steve!

    Thanks for the inspiration sprinkled with a little insanity!

    Cheers!

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  53. Perfectly gorgeous! (Well, not so crazy about the blue poinsettia, but I'll bet you used it in the perfect way.)

    Merry Christmas!

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  54. Congratulations on the award. I love your Christmas mosaic, especially the star. Have a lovely Christmas.
    Best...Victoria

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  55. Wow, Steve! I felt as though I was opening your beautiful card. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012!

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  56. Ms. Sherika, you know her..HAHA, was ranting and raving about your tree, so I had to come over....She was right, it is GORGEOUS! Both of them! I thought you did such a bang up job on the front porch but to follow it with those trees, is amazing....Thanks for your inspiration, can't wait to see what you give us in the new year, have a wonderful Holiday!

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  57. so well deserved Steve like I had told you before it is simply stunning to be honest I felt you had it in the bag it
    was a fresh rendition- my congrats!!!
    and what a beautiful post. Hope you
    have the Merriest of Christmases.

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  58. Merry Christmas to you and Congratulations on the tree win!!! You deserve it, it is truly stunning. My fave is the skinny tree in your kitchen though! Well done.

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  59. Congratulations on winning! I can't even imagine how beautiful your tree will be NEXT year with Gump's decorations...wow! Lucky you...looking forward to seeing you put your own unique touch on that! BTW I bought some of those clips liked you show here and from your posta few days ago - they are easy to find here since people still use real candles (no lights) on their trees. Not vintage, but still pretty and I will enjoy using them, inspired by your idea! Merry Christmas Steve!

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  60. Congratulations on your well deserved win.. Your tree is absolutely awesome. Merry christmas to you and yours. Hope the season is especially full of blessings for you. xo marlis

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  61. Happy Christmas Steve! Congrats on your award, you deserve it, you have style beyond words! I'm thrilled to have found and followed your blog!

    Mary

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  62. Wow! I just found you...feel like I am late to the party. My husband is from Boston, so I had to read on...congrats about the "winning" (bad old joke). I love Gumps and lived in the Bay area a while back...nice blog.

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  63. If sharing is gloating then by all means gloat. It has been a delight to watch your house become wrapped in your Christmas trimmings. Thank you as ever for inviting us in.
    Happy Christmas.
    Linda

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  64. Thank you so much for sharing. I am so glad I found your special place here.I will follow on my way out so as I would love to visit again. I hope you will find the time to come visit my place and do the same. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to engaging and supporting your blog in the New Year. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  65. Hello Steve, I just found your blog and WOW I am in love! Congrats on your win! Love, love, love your style! Talk about eye candy! I'm getting sleepy, but I'll be back because I've bookmarked your page.

    I found you on Claudia's Mockingbird Hill Cottage.

    ~Sandy

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  66. Can you feel the love here? Crikey, your friends are not going to recognize you with a head that size. Hee Haw. Happy Holidays Stevearino!
    Sha Fab

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  67. Your tree is simply gorgeous, Steve. Enjoy the holidays!

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  68. Warmest seasons greetings to you Steve. Your blog is the most beautiful thing. Be sure to have the copyright and prepare to publish a book in 2012!
    (Am I surprised you won best tree? Not a bit! :-)

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  69. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Best wishes,
    Karla in Ca.

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  70. Happy Christmas, Steve - and Congratulations!

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  71. Your house and blog are beautiful! Have a happy new year!

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  72. Hi! Haven't been in here in so long. Your holiday decor is GORGEOUS!!!!!!! HELLO you should be published in magazines :)

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  73. Just found your blog through Cottage and Vine. I am your newest follower. Looks like I have missed some amazing posts but I am looking forward to catching up in 2012. Have a safe and prosperous New Year. Wanda

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  74. Found the blue poinsettia, but more importantly, I found your blog! I'm your newest and most enthusiastic follower!
    Jan
    PS adding you to my blogroll immediately!

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