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Christmas, Ballet & Tchaikovsky

Ballet shoes







This post was inspired by two hours of listening to Tchaikovsky. It makes me wish I lived in a place where it snows. I also wish I’d stuck with the ballet classes. My posture would be better. Why do the holidays bring up so many regrets?

Ten Ways to Give a Gift Card

The ever ubiquitous gift card has become my default holiday present for almost everyone on my list. It started a couple years ago when I was running behind, as usual, on my Christmas shopping. I just popped into a Vons grocery store and bought a stack of them. But then I was left wondering: How can I dress them up so they seem more personal?

Now I spend part of the year looking for the perfect companion present to go along with the last minute holiday gift card. Sometimes it ranges from monogramed bags to handmade pouches to slippers. After I bring them home I put them in a big box where I can find them on Christmas Eve. I wrap them in tissue and place them in a gift bag. Voilà! Easy!

Here’s my list of the perfect presents to pair with gift cards:

What’s about you?

Sources (all from Etsy):
1. Green fingerless gloves 2. Wool felt iPod case 3. Vintage tea tin with buttons 4. Gadget pouch 5. iPhone cover 6. Artisan chocolates 7. Pottery coffee mug 8. Letterpress recipe cards 9. Vintage powder compact 10. Scarf with pocket.
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A White Christmas

Not talking about the weather!
on the 4th day of joyfulness...
on the 11th day of joyfulness...
on the 3rd day of joyfulness...
on the 7th day of joyfulness
on the 6th day of joyfulness...

Photos by the talented
Dottie Angel (aka Tif Fussell) for her
“12 Days of Joyfulness” series this month
on her blog….

Among the things she’s joyful for this year: her partnership with Uppercase Publishing on her Grannie Chic crafting book, Dottie Angel.

“I know this will be the year I look back on when old and crinkly in my rocking chair and marvel at how an indie publisher and crafter collaborated upon a book and how many folks embraced the results, leaving me thankful and joyful.”

I have her book. I love it.

More HERE!

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The Most Awesome Pinterest Book Boards

Blogger Alaina Buzas is a collector of books and book photos. She has, I think, the most awesome collection of book boards on Pinterest.

She explains in a recent post on her fantastic books blog, To Be Shelved: “Work has been a real whirlwind lately, and obviously blogging has been lacking. BUT I have been curating a few pinboards and have become a little Pinterest crazy.”

Pinterest? Crazy? Impossible!

See her lovely collection {{HERE!}}
(Tell her I sent you!!)

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Things Inside Purses

I love this giant tote, filled with very cool things. It’s from the latest Anthropologie catalogue.

I love to see what’s in other people’s purses. (Especially cosmetic bags! Is that weird?!) I guess it’s the sartorial equivalent of glancing inside windows on an evening walk. It’s fascinating to see how other people live their lives…

A woman with red glasses and a tube of Lipstick Queen lipstick? I’m sure we could be friends!

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A Procrastinator’s Guide to Simple Holiday Decorating

Christmas is here to stay ...

I’ve been putting off holiday decorating this year, first because I was busy and now because I have a cold.

It inspired my latest design post for Lamps Plus: Tips for quick holiday decorating.

(Photo by Yvestown.)

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