It’s A Wrap. Happy, Happy To You All!

Happy Holidays Fabulous Blog Friends!
From my little corner in the world (that would be lovely Seattle!) to yours, I am sending you Warm Thoughts & Great Energy for the New Year.

I am so over the moon happy that I started on my little blog adventure. I had absolutely no idea that it was going to take me to so many fabulous places and let me meet so many amazing, inspirational, kind and fun people (yes, that would be you!) . Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there and for pushing me along!

You are constantly on my mind dear readers and I can only hope that I give you a little bit of inspiration and joy the the same way you generously give it to me.

I also want to send a special thank you to the talented ladies Joni Webb, Linda Merrill and Megan Arquette (I call them the Blog Musketeers) behind the must-follow industry blog forum “The Skirted Roundtable“. In their Podcast  with the title “Favorite Holiday Decorating Blogs“, they seleceted a few blogs and discussed their holiday blog posts. And Splendid Willow was one of them! What an honor for little me to be recognized and included in such good company! Thank you! Make sure to follow their always very interesting design discussions in the new year.

Oh, just one more thing. My dear old Mom back in Stockholm has a really great sense of humor. (And I’ll miss her this Christmas). She once found these (slightly intoxicated?) hand made Santa’s helpers at a Christmas Fair in the Old Town of Stockholm. I think they are supposed to sit in planters. I put them in antique books in my dining room. They crack me up every time I see them! (This would be the Holiday decor I would pick if I for some odd reason only got to use one).

Enjoy the season, stay safe, laugh and have lots of fun!

I will see you again next year – on Monday January 4th, 2010.

Peace & Love,

Written by Splendid Willow in: Holidays & Celebrations |


  • Dear Monika,
    As you I am so glad to have met so many gorgeous new friends through my blog!
    And I want to thank you for your beautiful blog and the wonderful giveaway that you sent me!
    I wish you and your wonderful family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    A big hug and a lot of kisses!

  • Charlotta says:

    What a wonderful post! I am head over heals in love with your little gnome heads guarding your antique books… They are fantastic!!
    I bet your miss your mother – she must be a very special lady! Actually all mothers are special ladies! :)

    Lots and lots of big warm Swedish hugs to you and your beautiful family – I wish you the best of Christmases. May Santa grant your wishes and your New Year be magic and safe!

    Vi rings innan Nyår ok!

    KRAMAR från snöiga Sverige

  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Monika!

  • Monica and nice to see a lovely photo of you look magical and your little children are scrummy. Still no sign of my number three who I am hoping will get her timing right in around these festive times! Love your posts..the cat and the horse is to much! so much love and best wishes to you all for 2010.

  • those santa helpers are so cute! love your family pic! hope you have a lovely holiday season!

  • kendra says:

    You are such a gift! Enjoy your holidays and thank you for the gift ideas I bought the cute owl wine stopper for my aunt and uncle in Portland. Perfect for the
    old wise owls that they are. Love you, Kendra.

  • Mia says:

    Hej Monica
    Vad kul att du gillar min hästtavla :-) Jag vet faktiskt inte om den finns kvar på galleriet.

    Åh, så söt katt och häst, är de era? … och vilken fin familj du har. Hoppas att ni får en riktigt härlig jul- och nyårshelg!
    Stor kram

  • vicky says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New year from a neighbor in Everett Washington. I enjoy your post and pictures. I’ll be here next year. Vicky

  • Joe Clarke says:

    Merry Christmas Monica from NY! Your family is beautiful! I will make sure to listen to the Podcast. You have such great style. Rest and relax, see you next year!

  • Elena says:

    So glad to meet your family, Monika. And what a beautiful family it is! May you all enjoy a safe, serene and blissful holiday. It has been a pleasure to get to know you and your blog and I look forward to another year of stellar posts.

  • Heather says:

    Just found your blog – the horse and cat are wonderful. The trees covered in snow are simply perfect too. Have a wonderful holiday!!

  • sylvia says:

    Happy Holidays and a very healthy and fun 2010! Keep up the blogging! Love the family picture! Where was it taken?
    Hug for Elsa! Love, Sylvia :)

  • WillowDecor says:

    I love those little Santa’s – so adorable!! Great getting to know you better this year.

  • Delishhh says:


    Love the little Santa’s!

    God Jul and Gott Nytt Ar!


  • Hi, Mon! What an adorable family portrait! And the drunk Santa’s helpers are hilarious :) and I love that you put them in those gorgeous books! You’re always so creative! Getting to know you this year has been wonderful – I’m only sorry we didn’t get a chance to meet in person before I moved! I hope you have a very merry Christmas! xoxo, Ally

  • kiki alvord says:

    Goaste Julen Ever!!!! Och ett gott slut och ett riktigt Gott Nytt Friskt Ar till er allesammans onskar KIKI som fortfarande ar knackig i ryggen. Hall tummen att den haller flytten ut.

  • Merry Christmas Monica to you and your family. And thanks for mentioning The Skirted Roundtable! Linda

  • Anci says:

    Tack !!
    Även om julklapparna är köpta, så känns det som det är en del kvar att göra. Men julen kommer även om jag inte är färdig.
    Det är roligt att få en vän i dig, hoppas att vi kan “prata” mer nästa år ! Fin bild på dig och din familj. Hur mår William nu ??

    God Jul & Gott Nytt År

    Bamsekram från Anci & Sverige

  • Debbie says:

    I love the Santa’s, I like different quirky things and they are just the kind of quirkiness I love to put around in obscure places. I have a wonderful picture of a pig diving into a lake in my guest bathroom and it makes me smile every time I see it. (As a sidebar to the pig, it was in a documentary and nominated this last year at the acadedmy awards, I guess a man was suicidal and had the print hanging in his hospital room and it saved his life.) Sorry random information.
    Your family is just darling, and you all look so happy. Have a wonderful holiday season.
    Debbie K.

  • Happy holidays to you and your family dear monika. What a lovely family and very stylish pic. Looking forward to more awesomeness here in 2010. hugs

  • Marlene says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family from the bottom of my heart. I love Splendid Willow. This is what the trees look like where I live!

  • Di Overton says:

    Just dropping by to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas
    and a big thank you for your friendship throughout the past year.
    From a very snowy UK
    Di (Designers Block)

  • Hey hon! I didn’t see your comment until now, frankly I have not had the time or the energy to update Designfragment for a while – I have been super busy! But I hope the X-mas-weekend will give me the energy to get back to blogging again.

    Anyways, just wanted to drop by to wish you and your family a lovely, lovely christmas!

  • Lovely images!
    Merry Christmas to and your family.

  • Gaia says:


    You and your family looks fabulous!
    Can I say that?

    Lots of love

  • Monika-
    What a beautiful family portrait!
    Wishing you everything wonderful for the coming year! So happy to have discovered your blog, looking forward to following you and staying in touch next year
    xo S

  • Trish says:

    Howdy Monika. Wow, what a beautiful family! Thank you for a plethora of fabulous posts, so many lovely comments, fresh and new design. Looking forward to a splendid new year. XO Trish

  • Monika says:

    Thank you all for your lovely comments and for your wonderful support this year. You are the best! I am very exited about 2010 – I know it is going to be a fun & rewarding year – for all of us! Happy, happy hugs to all of you! Monika. (Splendid Willow)

  • Happy New Year, Monika!

    It was wonderful to connect with you this year! I look forward to visiting your lovely blog again — I can’t
    wait to see what you have in store for us…

    All the best for 2010,

  • Hi Monika!
    OMG it’s been crazy here. I just want you to know this post was just delightful and I am so lucky to have gotten to know you….You are a very talented and creative being and I look forward to lots of big things from you in the coming year!You totally deserve the recognition you’ve gotten and I am proud of you!!!!! Onward and upward! Maryanne xo

  • koralee says:

    Sending you much love for 2010 my friend. Your love and inspiration has carried me through the past year. Thank you for your lovely Christmas photo of your sweet family.

  • Di Overton says:

    Happy New Decade. May all your hopes, wishes and dreams come true.
    Much Love
    Di (Designers Block)
    Thanks for your lovely compliments on my blog today. You made my day.

  • Anna-Malin says:

    Hej Monika!!

    God fortsättning på det nya året!!
    Hoppas du haft det lugnt och mysigt tillsammans med din familj!

    Här fixas det (som vanligt), är ledig i några dagar till…

    Titta, jag kan kommmentera!! Det funkar!!

    Stor kram!

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