December 11, 2012

Friendship is a Gift


Is it just me or is December flying by at breakneck speed? I wish I could slow it down a bit. I wanted to post this last week but had been waiting for a sunny picture taking kind of day and we didn't see many of those last week. Not that I mind because I love a dreary day. The picture above is an early birthday present from my friend Melissa. The girl knows how to wrap a present. She also knows how to spoil a friend.


She also knows how to spoil my girls. It's ridiculous. I love how they think my friends are just their extra Mommies. I also love how my friends think the same thing. For instance, Melissa telling Emma to pick up her snot filled kleenex and throw them away. That's when you know your friend feels comfortable in your house. Or when she falls asleep on your sofa in the evening and snores her way through the movie you're watching. Not that she did either of those things. Or maybe she did.


The point is Melissa and I are like peas and carrots. Or like polka dots and pom poms. Take your pick. I am seriously blessed in the friend department these days and just feeling so grateful for a group of women that get me and are so unique and wonderful.


If you've been around awhile then you know Melissa and I do an annual stocking exchange. We make a stocking every year for each other and stuff it with all manner of pretty things.  This is really great in case your husband forgets to stuff your stocking. Not that mine did that. Or maybe he did.

You can see previous years stockings here, here and here.


This is the stocking I made for her this year. I let myself go a little crazy with the pink because she loves it. Also because I was in a really pink mood this year. I find that it doesn't matter what stocking ideas I have in my head when I start, the stocking ends up being what it wants to be. I sound like a crazy hippy, I know.

 I didn't get pictures of what I put in the stocking but it was all purchased on our trip to Paris and London this summer. There is a lot of one for her and one for me that goes on while buying stocking stuffers. I know that she does the same thing when stuffing mine. So really it's like getting a double gift.


This is the  stocking she made for me this year. Yummy isn't it? Now that we have 4 each some might think it was time to move on to a new tradition. Some would be wrong. I figure by the time I move into the old people's home I will be able to cover an entire wall with stockings.


Look at the vintage chenille liner. Yummy right? And the flower she made to decorate it! Lush! It was stuffed with all kinds of thoughtful loot that I wasn't smart enough to photograph before I distributed it around the house but trust me, it was stuffed to the gills with goodness.


I'm off to make this pie. We were supposed to have friends coming by for dessert and new kitchen gawking this evening but one of them is sick. That's more pie for me I think.

24 comments:

  1. YOU are a treasure! Envious of the people who get to spend lots of time with you but so thankful that you're flooded with love!

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  2. love your stocking tradition... and they are so cute and colorful! Cheers to good friends! indeed one of the finest blessings in life.

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  3. You can't have to many good friends like there can't be to many flowers. What a sweet tradition of gift giving you two girls share! ~Amy

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  4. she does no how to wrap a gift. beautifully done. what a special friend. you are both very lucky to have each other. friends are the best. love the stockings. what a great tradition.

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  5. What a great tradition! I was just thinking that we need to mix-it up a bit in the stocking department. I may just have to try and whip a few up...

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  6. How fun! i love the beautiful stockings.

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  8. Such a fun tradition to have! You girls sure make adorable stockings! So cute!! Love the colors and fabrics! I have been meaning to make a stocking for my mama sometime...maybe next year. too late this year...it takes a while to find all the cute little goodies to put in.
    Michelle xoxo

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  9. You know, I have some friends like that too. I consider friends to be one of the greatest blessings on earth.

    Another is my sister in law, she is a wonderful single mom. I think she needs one of those fun stockings!

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  10. Jen- What beautiful wrappings and what a wonderful friend. I LOVE those stockings. I love coming to visit you. I think that many of us are envious of your sweet little village and the fact that you are living your dream. Blessings to you- xo Diana

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  11. Such cute stockings and a wonderful tradition! It's so great that you have such a great friendship with her...so lucky you are!!

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  12. Both of those are absolutely stunning! You are both very lucky ladies in more ways than one :)

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  13. Both of those are absolutely stunning! You are both very lucky ladies in more ways than one :)

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  14. That stocking is so scrumptious!! You are a lucky gal! I havethe feeling she is lucky too! Traci

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  15. Wow, those are incredible stockings! What a great tradition. And your gifts are wrapped for just you. In your colors. So perfect! :) Kit

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  16. What a fun tradition! And both stockings are just lovely!

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  17. That Melissa- she's got mad skillz! =)

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  18. I have always loved this stocking tradition you two share. What fun it must be to shop one for you, one for me. I hosted my crafty party on Monday and loved it beyond measure. I posted pics (most of them not mine) on my blog today if you want to go take a look. Patty

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  19. What a sweet tradition to share with a friend! Those are the most adorable stockings and packages, too. It's so nice to have a special friend. You might have to eat that whole pie. Just sayin'. xx

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  20. What fun. These stockings make me feel so good just looking at them and what you stuff them with. How blessed to have a friend that you can share such beautiful things. I think I will begin collecting fun things in hopes of finding someone to share with. Merry Christmas and many blessings.

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  21. What fun. These stockings make me feel so good just looking at them and what you stuff them with. How blessed to have a friend that you can share such beautiful things. I think I will begin collecting fun things in hopes of finding someone to share with. Merry Christmas and many blessings.

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  22. love this tradition of yours! i think i need to find a friend to do this with! :) a wall of stockings would be awesome.

    and my favorite line of the post was "one for her, one for me". totally reminded me of an old favorite scene from little women i used to watch with my grandmother. :)

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  23. I remember your stocking tradition from last year! I love that you and your friend do this every year.

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