oh, and happy, happy holidays.

well, my dear readers, it’s been quite a year. it’s had some serious ups and downs and very some difficult days, but with your company i made it through. i find myself feeling most fortunate for your loyal following and friendship, for had you not been here, those darker days could have really swallowed me up. i lost my father this year, and your uplifting words of support and kindness meant everything, so i want to deeply thank you for that. when i felt a little lost, having you and the blog to check in on every day was just what i needed. so, my gratitude is quite heartfelt.

i’m not a big one for the holidays, so i’m gonna lay low here at home with lucy and have some much needed down time. i may check in on the blog, with some images to uplift you throughout next week, but i’m going to rest up and rejuvenate myself. i hope you do the same. much, much love and appreciation for you all, and i’ll see you back here on january 2, 2012. a brand new year. have a very merry holiday. xoxo, victoria

• background art my print by ▲ Katty Bouthier ▲.

40 Responses to “oh, and happy, happy holidays.”
  1. Joyce says:

    May the holidays be good to you laying low or sharing.. Sorry to hear about your dad. All my best to you and Lucy. xo

  2. merry christmas to you victoria! see you in less than a month!!!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Happy Holidays! Enjoy your rest.

  4. kathy says:

    so sad for you for the loss of your father. may you have peace and know that you are still together, just in a different way right now, and that you will enjoy a joyous reunion some day. :)

    hope this time is as you want it to be. may it be restful and restorative for you. merry Christmas and happy new year to you and the whole world.

    and thanks for another year’s-worth of beautiful and inspiring posts. i appreciate the time you take to find all sorts of creative and cool things for others (like me) to enjoy.


  5. Hope you have a very rejuvenating holiday, Victoria. I’m so very sorry for your loss and wishing you some peace this Christmas. This is my second Christmas after losing my brother and It feels just as hard the last so my heart goes out to you. Thanks so much for all the wonderfully uplifting inspiration you’ve provided this year! best-Laura

  6. Katie says:

    I hope you have a good holiday and a very happy new year! xoxo

  7. Mariela says:

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and thank you for your blog because is really amazing. Merry Christmas to you and Lucy.

  8. jodi says:

    merry christmas victoria! xoxo

  9. maria says:

    Happy Holidays, Victoria. Thank you for your inspiration.

  10. Melanie says:

    Victoria, I’m so sorry about the loss of your father. I know how hard the holiday season can be after losing someone you love, especially those first few years. After my brother died, I didn’t want to have Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, etc.

    I’m so glad that I found you and your blog this year! You are awesome and sfgirlbybay so inspiring. I hope that 2012 has wonderful things in store for you. xoxo

  11. Patricia C. says:

    I hope you have a lovely, restful Christmas. Thank you so much for your beautiful work here. It really does make me happy.

  12. honeydonthink says:

    Almost not a day goes by I take a break from my hectic life and check in to see what you’re doing Victoria – one of life’s small & constant pleasures – thanks for being you and for all the inspiration ! Here’s to peace & prosperity and a big dose of creativity in 2012!

  13. nicole says:

    you’ve got the right plan for the holidays Victoria. i want you to know that your heartfelt words that you wrote about your dad on your blog, as well as the personal note that you took the time to write to me, both helped me with the loss of my mom this year; therefore i have to throw a thank you right back at you :) and it makes me so happy that Lucy came into your life this year, no accident there if you ask me. wishing you and your adorable girly a restful holiday & and a very happy new year. oxo

  14. Cathy Jean says:

    I say ditto to what Patricia C. says’: Thank-You for your beautiful blog… I live in a sleepy-town, and you manage to wake up the artist in me every week with your enthusiasm and artistic whimsy. Thank-you- and enjoy your rest. I love the image. The colors are great and I can hear the sound of music. xoxo

  15. Have a most wonderful holiday season Victoria. Thank you for providing such a beautiful place for us to come visit. Looking forward to what 2012 brings. Many hugs, Elizabeth

  16. Tina says:

    Enjoy your break, thanks for a terrific site!


  17. Jenny says:

    Enjoy your R and R. Peace to you and Lucy, have a safe and peaceful Christmas.
    Thank you for your lovely blog.

  18. Be good to you. I lost my father laster year and it is so tough! Holidays bring memories, cherish the love you felt and feel. Blessings to YOU.

  19. Cliodhna says:

    Merry Christmas. Thank you for the gift of your blog. I absolutely cherish your posts and on days where I’m finding it tough to stay positive your images and thoughts remind me who I am and why the world is good.

  20. love your blog!!!

    you share so beautiful things!!

    i will come back for sure!!

    merry xmas!! :)

  21. Miss Happy says:

    My year has been something akin to traumatic. But…but…when it was at its worst, I would come to this site for a much-needed dose of delight. And it reminded me that yes (yes!), there was indeed beauty in the world. Thank you. Thank you! I hope your New Year is full of treasures!

  22. Enjoy your down time Victoria! Thanks for the inspiring blog.

  23. Connie says:

    For the past two years I have had some struggles with my health which kept me at home far more than I would have liked. But I was able to check in on your blog pretty regularly and I want to thank you form the bottom of my, now hopefully healthy heart, for all of your inspiration. You lifted my spirits. Thank you. And Happy New Year to you!

  24. susana majewski says:

    oh happy happy handsome NEW YEAR!!!!!!!…..and THANKS a lot to you for your company, this blog is amazing, really……always usfull , stylish and cool…..I love you for all you make every day…….thanks again and see you next year!!!!!!!!

  25. {gemmifer} says:

    Thinking of you during this first holiday season without your father. I wish you peace and happiness in the new year, and thank you for your wonderful blog :)
    xo Jennifer

  26. shalini says:

    A very Merry Christmas to you too. And looking forward to another year of interesting posts here.

  27. Valerie says:

    Oh dear Victoria……I am wishing you such good wishes and the very very very best to you and Lucy in the new year! Cheers ~ Valerie

  28. johanna says:

    Happy Holidays!!!
    And thank you for all the inspiration you give through your blog!

  29. Kasey says:

    I hope you’re having a restful and relaxing time! It’s a great time of year to reflect and look forward. Happy 2012!

  30. Margarita says:

    Hello Victoria,
    I wish you a restful and nice break, at home with Lucy, I am back in my sunny Spain, resting myself to start 2012 full of energy and new hopes and goals. 2012 is going to be a good year for all of us. Love from Gran Canaria, Marga

  31. dgm says:

    Sorry to hear about your father; mine also passed away earlier this year. He was always such a big part of our holidays (more maternal than my mother, and not just because he did all the cooking), so I had to set my expectations low this season in order to get through it. I am so glad to have discovered your blog this year–it keeps me connected to my beloved City and inspires me to appreciate beautiful things. Wishing you and Lucy all good things in 2012.

  32. ellie says:


    this is my first time leaving you a message tho i’m a regular reader from dublin, ireland. i just wanted to say thanks for your blog. i often log in during the week, but part of my end-of-week post-work-un-wind always includes happy friday.

    i lived some haapy times in the mission in the 90’s but i’m back now where i belong. still, i’ve got lots of family in the bay area. i return every now & again. in the meantime, your blog is my (stylish) way to keep in touch. please keep doing what you do, it brings so much joy xoxo

  33. I hope that as much joy and inspiration you’ve given me as a reader somehow finds it’s way back to you. Thanks for another fabulous year,
    best wishes

  34. Julie says:

    I hope you had a relaxing holiday weekend, to be honest I’m pretty happy it’s over. Now, off to Maine for New Years…Brrrr. xo

  35. corinne says:

    joyeuses fetes Victoria and thank you for all your offer us via your blog :) !!
    I like your picture… The Matterhorn in Switzerland…. I’m just back from a one week holiday there, in Zermat…. it was so beautiful, i wish one day you can go there !
    i wish you 365 days of nice moments, very nice moments, extraordinary moments….
    a bientot,

  36. leaca says:

    I did not know about your dad. So very sorry. I will be thinking of you.

  37. Thank ~you~ Victoria for creating this wonderful space for us to be able to check into everyday and lose ourselves for a little while. :)
    Lots of love to you. Here’s to a smashing 2012!

  38. Tania says:

    Happy Holidays to you too! I’m a new reader but love to visit your corner of the blogosphere because you make me feel happy with all your pretty and inspirational images.

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your father…hugs.

  39. Lula says:

    I loved the picture you put on. It is The Matterhorn , laso named The Monte Cervino . It is in Switzerland, in a town called Zermatt , a beatiful place to visir and enjoy and it is where I was born!!!!!! Now I am living in Uruguay, in South America. Best wishes for you !!!!

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