December 08, 2018

Wish List 2018

As promised I've assembled a list of Christmas gift ideas. Many of these are on my own wish list or things I have and love. None of these links are affiliated and I am in no way compensated for any of these. These are all just honestly things I love and think you might too.

To get you organized for the new year:

A tech organizer from Anthropologie

This set of journals from Rifle Paper Co

custom planner from Golden Coil

Magnificent Moth Pouch from Anthropologie

Any candles (and soy wax melts) from Harmony Farm Candles. She has a chai candle that is one of my favorites.

Speaking of chai, I prefer mine with mountains of froth piggery. I use  this one daily and this one for making chai for a crowd and for traveling. Because I'm not leaving home without my froth.

I love a cozy throw like these from West Elm.

Part of my obsession for a cozy home includes baskets. This one from Ikea is a favorite. There may be 2 in my studio alone!

Pottery from Julia Smith Ceramics

The Hygge Game
One of my all time favorite purchases that I use year round for the cozy factor is this fireplace from Plow & Hearth

Books. Always books.

For the craft loving:

A Lap Loom weaving kit from Craft South- my favorite craft store of all time.

A crafty kit or pattern from Alicia Paulson.
A Gypsy Gripper for your quilting ruler.

More books. Crafty books. All the books.

How about a crafty subscription to keep the joy going all year long?

I love my boxes from Craftpod. It has been a thrill to open each one I've gotten so far.

My favorite magazine subscription of all time is to Making Magazine. While it has a good amount of knitting content, it absolutely isn't just for knitters. You will find all kinds of creative projects inside.

A class or gift certificate from Jeanne Oliver. I have loved every class I've taken there.

Obviously coziness and creativity are the most important things to me and my wish list reflects that. I always love hearing what's on your wish list too! I also suggest, wherever possible, give handmade, shop local and small businesses and give the gift of experiences, memories and time but there is nothing wrong with filling in the gaps with a much coveted store bought treasure!

December 03, 2018

Random Acts of Kindness

This is not the post I had intended to publish today. I have been working on a post about Christmas wishlists which I always enjoy putting together and get  a lot of requests for. I will still post that but today it seems important to focus more on the real gifts of the season.

This weekend, I was on the receiving end of a major random act of kindness. After running errands with my guy on Saturday, I came home to find a bag on my front porch with a carefully wrapped treasure.

Let me start by explaining that I mentioned on Instagram, but not here I think, that I sadly dropped and shattered the head to my beloved owl cookie jar. I was fairly distraught about it as it was such a treasured possession and I immediately got onto Ebay and Etsy to check for a replacement but it was NOT cost effective. I tried to have a good spirit and remind myself that it was just a thing, albeit, a thing that I adored. I could barely justify the original cost and could not justify the replacement cost. I try to be zen about such things and assume it just wasn't meant to be or if it is, then it will find it's way to me. I couldn't make myself part with the bottom half of the cookie jar, so I made the most of it in the studio as a sort of vase/art display.

So, back to finding a package on my front porch. Having no idea what was in it, we brought it inside and gently unwrapped it. I could not believe my eyes! Inside was a duplicate of the very same Anthropologie owl cookie jar that I had clumsily destroyed! Who in the world would part with such a treasure?! Well, the truth is I don't know. There was a lovely note inside from a blog reader who I don't believe I've heard from before and I won't share the details of the note with you out of respect for her privacy. I could not have been more surprised or touched. All I can say is THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart. Since I can't thank you personally, I want you to know that your act of kindness will have a ripple effect this holiday season as I make it a point to pay it back to those around me. I will forever smile when I look at that beautiful cookie jar and think of your kindness. And one day if you feel like it, I'd be honored if you'd email me.

In this often harsh world, isn't it so lovely to know that there are such good hearts all around us?