It's a cloudy morning here and I don't mind a bit. I have candles lit, a pot of ham and beans simmering on the stove, Christmas music has been playing all morning, the downstairs is clean and tidy and I have plans to wrap some more Christmas presents, knit the heel of a sock and make a list of Christmas cookies I want to bake this season.
We are recovering from last weeks festivities and a wonderful Thanksgiving in our tiny dining room crammed full of friends. It was just the very best of days and all the work that went into making it happen was so completely worth it. I can't tell you how many full heart moments I had that day.
The day after Thanksgiving we went to our favorite tree farm with the same friends who came for Thanksgiving. This tree farm is such a magical place and I love having it as part of our holiday traditions.
I love having all three of my beautiful girls there to help cut down a tree. These are the things we will always remember. I'm sure of it.
I had an email asking if I would share some ideas for Christmas wish lists for you guys. It's one of my favorite things to do. Since I was a little girl I have absolutely loved making my own wish list and since my birthday is 5 days before Christmas I get to make a double list. I have also always enjoyed hearing what other people have on their lists. Today I'm sharing some of my favorites, as well as some things I'm wishing for. I would LOVE for you to share what's on your list either by writing a blog post and leaving a comment and link or just commenting. By the way, none of these are affiliated links, I just really like sharing things I love with you guys!
I am so loving my Dark Aqua Filofax for organizing my life. I wish I had gotten one years ago. I've got this fountain pen on my wish list to go with it.
Pens and paper are always something I want more of. Lately I'm obsessed with Frixion pens which are great for writing as well as crafting. They are erasable gel pens that REALLY work and also disappear with heat for crafting. I love these and am hoping for some of these and these.
One of my favorite places for buying and receiving gifts is Anthropologie. I'm crazy about their candles and mugs in particular and they are actually two of the few things I will pay full price for in that store, although a good sale is always preferred! This is my favorite candle above. It's Fir and Firewood and you can buy it in this container and also in votive form. It may be considered a seasonal scent but I stock up and burn it all year especially in the studio where I consider it the official scent!
This is my newest mug and I'm so in love with it. It's worth the effort to hand wash. It happens to be sitting on top of one of my other new favorite things- Making Magazine Issue 2 Fauna. Honestly most of my wish list is crafting supplies and books. Those are the material things that make me happiest. Well, aside from stationery supplies and candles which I think we've already established!
Speaking of stationery...I'm really hoping Santa brings me this journal. Because I'm sure I need another journal. Or maybe I'm just sure I want another journal.
As for things I don't need more of but can't resist...These Champagne truffles are amazing and such a treat in our house. You can find them here but I find them occasionally at Homegoods where they are much more reasonably priced and only slightly splurgy. But amazing and worth it.
Jewelry is always a fun gift. I don't really need anything fancy but I love necklaces from Nest Pretty Things. I like to buy a couple of pieces from her with bithday/Christmas money every year. I'm waiting on a delivery of this and this.
I have so many books on my wish lists but here is a favorite decorating book and crafting book I am hoping for. There is just really nothing like the joy of a new book and the gift of time to read it.
If you are thinking about gifts that teach you something, you could ask for a year of Creative Bug classes (I'm loving my subscription) or maybe a photography class from Kim Klaassen. I think I'm going to use some Christmas money to sign up for her Be Still Fifty Two class which I have a feeling is going to teach me more than photography and re-center me. And I really need to be re-centered.
We all know life isn't about the stuff but who doesn't love the occasional pretty trinket? I also know we all have different budgets so I tried to find things for every price range. Our budget is but a fraction of what many people spend but it has never bothered me. I do believe that when I have less to spend, I tend to put more thought into it and to this day, my girl's favorite gift every year is the one I make them.
I'm off to fix some tea and make something lovely. I hope you have a weekend full of holiday happiness.