Friday, December 12, 2014

Tis the season (to be busy!)

Christmas is only thirteen days away. Thirteen! I can't believe how this month is flying by!

The last of the Christmas cards were filled out this morning and will be mailed later today. The ingredients for the cookies, cakes, and other treats I'll be making for gifts have been purchased and are ready to go. A few small gifts for family and friends have been purchased, but nothing over the top or too expensive. I'm still trying very, very hard to keep the holidays simple.

Yesterday I found the cutest little gifts to give to a couple of lady coworkers of mine......

They're glass globes with a bit of moss in the bottom and tiny little "air plants" (Tillandsia, a kind of bromeliad) inside. They are meant for hanging in a windowsill. Aren't they pretty? I'll also include small boxes of homemade sugar cookies for the ladies. For the guys, I plan to buy craft beers to be given alongside homemade cheese wafers and Chex mix.

I'm also taking part in a secret Santa gift exchange my friend Jessica over at Chronically Vintage is hosting, and I finally found the gifts I want to send to the person assigned to me, and will be shipping those out (to Alaska!) this weekend as well. I'll post photos of the package I'm sending as soon as Christmas gets here. Although I'm almost certain the recipient doesn't read my blog, I'd hate to ruin a surprise. And I'm eagerly waiting to see who got my name and what they will choose to send to me! Jessica is a dear for coming up with this idea and making it happen. It's been a lot of fun!

Well, I'm off to swing by the dollar store before work to look for some gift wrapping, ribbons, and bows, as well as goodie boxes and tins. Then comes another busy Friday night at the bookstore!

How are your holiday preparations coming?


  1. In stops, starts and small bits for the most part. I've been under the weather almost constantly since a few days after we got back from our trip to Vancouver Island at the start of the fall, so my holiday plans haven't progressed as smoothly as I would have liked. Still, I'm not entirely behind and I have had the Vintage Secret Santa gift exchange keeping me extra busy, so I'm cutting myself some slack.

    Speaking of which, I am seriously tickled pink (or would that be red and green at this time of the year? :)) that you're taking part. Thank you very much for doing so and for your touching words. It's such a delight to be able to bring so many of us in the vintage world together in this way for the holidays and I really hope that the VSS is able to become an annual event. 260 folks took part this year, which far exceeded my initial expectations, so I don't think it be tricky to keep interest in it up in future years.

    Wishing you a beautiful holiday season, sweet gal!
    ♥ Jessica

  2. I haven't done anything yet. I may put-up some decorations this weekend; earlier than usual as we have youngest son coming from Oz for a few days. Otherwise I'm an eleventh hour person. I enjoy the sudden rush of Christmas shopping just a couple of days before the 25th.