I heard my first Christmas song yesterday. Too early by my standards. I am trying to get an enjoyable early start on holiday shopping so I can enjoy December instead of my usual frazzle trying to get last minute things done.
Angela from The Artists' House started A Crafty Holiday blog - a hop of sharing the handmade love as we think, plan, and enjoy the holidays. I've enjoyed looking at everyone's wish lists of handmade items. Joining this group has been inspiring and motivating. It takes a few more moments to pause and actually think about what people in my life would like what. It makes the gift-giving a bit special, instead of standard gifts for the sake of giving. I want my family's gifts to me an extension of our thoughts - I am thankful for having you in my life. What better way than discovering a talented individual who, although you don't know personally, spent their precious time, creating something for your someone. with love, of course. I don't think it gets better than that, really.
My virtual shopping list:
For my husband -
To add to his growing Kennedy collection, a JFK print by squibb.
For my son -
A giant checkerboard set from porchswingafghans for game night on the porch. I'm drooling over the detail in this afghan.
For my daughter -
Who dreams about the 'croissant moon' while adoring her Hello Kitty friend. A sweet necklace to remember this stage in her world by LillyEllen.
with an addition of these sweet mushrooms by SerenityMosaics, of course.
While taking time and starting my holiday wishing and shopping, I've noticed:
- I'm enjoying shopping (this soming from one who prides herself on making it to the mall 1x a year)
- Inspiration from such talented individuals.
- remembering why we give gifts
- I really do love the holidays and feel like a kid again.
I've enjoyed sharing the holiday, handmade love. The momentum continues with Emily Myer’s Blog tomorrow. And, if you missed any posts prior to, here's the listing.
Here's to you making your own handmade holiday. Share the love...
I was in San Diego last week for work. And, although I wasn't able to enjoy the city because of long work days, the city was a beautiful backdrop. I can't wait to come back and play. I am still amazed that this piece of paradise exists.
I realize, and can't believe!, Thanksgiving is in a couple weeks. I was going through some pics and was reminded of the great time our family had on the Cape. Here are some of my visual, inspirational reminders of our summer holiday.
There are so many sweet spots to stop and see including Karen's Garden Cottage Antiques. I dream about being the owner of such a show. I am in love with the idea in my head. Shabby chic goodness! Loved this 'garage' linked to home by wisteria pergola. Just dreamy.
Loved walking the streets of Wellfleet. Time stood still around every corner.
I am a mom who thrives on the chaos of my every days. This journal is a place for me to reflect on the inspiration around me - sewing, knitting, vintage notions, gardening, cooking and family. I love lists and at the top, is my goal to lead an authentic life.