We have a lot to talk about today on this rainy December weekend! If the temperature would drop..oh… only about 35 degrees we would have snow. (My 3 naked Christmas trees that are standing out on the deck are appreciating today’s weather.) What are you doing today? Have you been out shopping? If we were shopping, I wouldn’t be able to resist these slippers here. (That gingham is just too cute!)
And the same store has this fabric…yes fabric. It is about a 2 yard panel, available here. Don’t you think it would be fun hung in a child’s room with a dowel and ribbon at the top? (Perhaps I should send it to our sons who say they are not putting up a tree in their small apartment…hmmm.)
If you are not out shopping, are you wrapping presents? Aren’t these the sweetest tags from the talented Lana Frankel? Her motto is Nice Matters. I love that. She also has an Etsy shop that you might like to visit.
Felix Doolittle has these precious tags (and a lot of other gorgeous things) that I really should buy. I have wanted them for the last few years and just never get around to ordering them in time. That red sled is my favorite.
And while we are talking about wrapping presents, I wanted you to see this amazing kitchen gift wrap station.
Isn’t it great?
If you are not shopping or wrapping, perhaps you are cooking. During the last couple of weeks when I was sick with the evil pneumonia, I wanted soup…Mexican chicken soup…over and over again. Here is Ina Garten’s recipe for her version of it that would taste great on this damp and dreary day. (I am going to add rice to her recipe though.)
Do your children or grandchildren need a letter written to Santa Claus this weekend?
Here is a beautiful free printable they can use by the talented people at Silverbox Creative.
Are you needing ideas for decorating? The annual tour of homes in beautiful Madison, Georgia is this weekend. Victoria Magazine has an article on the tour here. Our daughter’s college roommate and her aunt have been several times, and they say the tour is absolutely wonderful!
I had to search and search in order to find this magazine several weeks ago, but I was finally successful at a Barnes and Noble in Atlanta.
I wanted to see the article on Tessa’s classically beautiful home, from the Nine and Sixteen blog. If you don’t have the magazine available, Midwest Living has the photos for you to see online here.
We are finally starting our Christmas decorating here today…the latest I have ever started! I wish I had the
elves crew from this photoshoot at our house.
And one last thing to talk about today…a Christmas giveaway for you! Two great books and a $25 gift card for Williams Sonoma. I gave away a copy of the Williams Sonoma Christmas Entertaining book last year, and you can see some photos from it here. It is such a great book, I thought someone else would like a copy. The Treasures From Home book is truly a treasure. It is my go-to cookbook for just about everything, and it was out of print and nowhere to be found for several years. Then Mrs. Shelton was persuaded to do a reprint, and when it came out, I bought several copies – one for you, one for me, and one for our daughter. The gift card I am including is so that you can have some fun shopping at my favorite store. (The Peppermint Bark is always a good choice at this time of year…if you need a suggestion.)
Just leave a comment on any/all posts that publish between 12/6/2014 and Saturday 12/13/2014 (only one comment per post.) I am asking that you please leave the comment on the actual blog posts online – not reply to an email delivered post this time. I am swamped and far behind right now, and that is one thing that would help me out to save a little time. (Thank you!) If you have never left a comment on a post here before, it is easy. Click on Leave a Comment. It will flash at you a few times. Then scroll to the end of the comments on that post, and you will find a box to fill out with your name and comment. When you finish, just click Post Comment.
I will close the comments for the random drawing at midnight Eastern time on Saturday 12/13/2014 and announce the winner in the following post. Hopefully, this is early enough that you will be able to enjoy the books and gift card before Christmas.
And now let me get back to decorating!
Something fun will be coming your way this week, and I really need to get busy on it…
Happy shopping, wrapping, cooking, decorating, merry making!
Enjoy your weekend.