The Holly and the Ivy.

I would like to wish all my lovely friends in blogland a very happy Christmas. When I first started this blog earlier this year I had no idea that I would make contact with so many wonderful, inspiring, entertaining and talented people. Thank you all for making my life richer, and as they say on my favourite Christmas movie (The Muppet Christmas Carol) "God Bless you, one and all".


  1. Thanks acornmoon - I feel exactly the same - what lovely blogging friends and what a lovely interaction. Have a wonderful, peaceful Christmas.

  2. Thank you, hope you have a good holiday and a great 2009.

  3. Has to be one of my favourite carols, and such a lovely AW to accompany it. (You don't know how much your shrew stew comment has just made me laugh!)
    Here's to a peaceful Christmas and more friendly blogging in 2009.

  4. I have enjoyed getting to know you, as well, and love all your lovely artwork. This particular piece is fabulous!

  5. Hi Val,
    It has been wonderful to meet you through your blog and to see your beautiful paintings.
    Christmas Wishes
    Michala x

  6. I do so love The Holly and the Ivy. I adore the Christmas episode of All Creatures Great and Small, when they sing that song whilst cutting down the Christmas tree!

    Edward and I hope you are enjoying a lovely Christmas week!

  7. Hi Valerie~
    Wishing you all that is wonderful this Christmas season and MANY blessings for 2009!
    I began blogging in August...I fully agree with you~ it is wonderful to meet such talented, kind & sharing blog friends! You're one of my favorites! :)
    Best Regards~

  8. Lovely as always - and may your Christmas be likewise.

  9. Thank you so much Valerie!
    May you have a wonderful Christmas too!x

  10. Dear Valerie,
    Thank YOU for your encouragement and continuing beautiful and inspiring work...you have been a Godsend to me, I wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Fabulous New Year,
    Love and enduring Friendship,
    Patricia xxx

  11. I love The Muppet Christmas Carol, too-it always brings a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye but it is wonderful. Have a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year:)

  12. Thank you Valerie! Warm Christmas greetings to you too!

  13. Valerie, it has been sheer beauty following your art posts this past year. Merry Christmas and a properous New Year!

    Love, Dana

  14. I'm so glad you like "Our TeaSpoons came from Woolworths".
    One of my favorite books of all time........
    All best wishes for a lovely Christmas.

  15. Best Wishes for a lovely Christmas, Acorn Moon.

    I agree, it is wonderful to interact with such interesting and lovely blogging friends all over the world, and great fun too!

    There's a card back at mine, feel free to print it off if you wish.

    May 2009 be a gloriously creative year.

  16. Have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and artwork - I'm always glad to see you've listed a new post because I know there's a treat waiting!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  17. Hi,

    I am a fan who has you on my sidebar. I was wondering if I could have permission to use this painting for a post I am doing on Holly and Ivy? If so, does it stand alone as a painting or was it used for a book cover, fabric or something else?

    Julie from Bismarck, ND