The phrase "out with the old, in with the new" is especially poignant as we turn the corner into a new year. Our family spent this quiet week between Christmas and the New Year purging old toys and clothing, sorting papers and receipts, rearranging furniture and in general organizing the belongings in our home. It feels good to have these physical preparations prepare us psychologically for a fresh start in the new year. I must admit that Lizzie's pink "star shoes" were especially hard to part with as so many memories from the past year are affixed to them. But on the other hand, she had outgrown them and is now the proud owner of a new pair of bright fuschia Converse. Bring on the New Year 'cuz we're ready folks!
Illustration by Hilda Miloche & Wilma Kane, 1947
Well, it's the eve of Christmas Eve and I thought I would take a moment to extend a big thank you to every single one of you who have stopped by my blog this year. It has been a wonderful experience and I'm enjoying the many new friendships and connections from around the world. I'm going to take a little break and will look forward to seeing you back here on New Year's Eve (or maybe even the eve of New Year's Eve). From my family to you and yours...Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!
Today is my 36th birthday! To celebrate the day I've unearthed a book by Better Homes and Gardens titled Holiday Decorations You Can Make which was published in 1974, my birth year. Of course, I wish I had time to craft these folksy creations (especially those spiffy window shades for every window in the house) but alas, time has run out! Seriously though, aren't the paper chains remarkable? I'll just have to settle for this eye candy and the scrumptious red velvet cake that Patrick bakes for me every year.
Illustration by Christopher Rule, 1931
There is still time (if you live in the USA) to shop at Sushipot and receive your purchase by Christmas Eve! Starting today all orders within the US will be upgraded to free Priority Mail shipping until Monday, December 20th. International orders will continue to have free First Class shipping until January 1st. Happy holidays and have a beautiful weekend!
Too many 2 am nights (errr...mornings) these last few weeks have been taking their toll on me and I'm dreaming of hibernating in January once this holiday rush is said and done. Jenny Mitchell's (aka frecklewonder) post last week resonated with me and I marched over (virtually of course) to her shop and purchased the above plaque. A nervous breakdown might be a bit extreme but you get the point. Like I said a long winter's nap would do the trick!
Sushipot was mentioned in LMNOP's 2010 ultimate holiday gift guide just out a few days ago! The Australian based magazine is a must-read for all of you who have kids or are a kid-at-heart. You can download your own free copy of the magazine right here. So many cute finds in this issue! The featured set of Little Red Riding Hood ephemera blocks are available in the shop.
Winter Fun by Lizzie Scott, age 5
We have a busy weekend ahead. The shops are humming with activity, Patrick is studying for finals (another semester of grad school almost complete!) and Lizzie will be enjoying her last weekend as a 5 year old as she turns 6 on Monday! She has been dreaming up all kinds of winter fun as you can see in the drawing above. Have a beautiful weekend!
More specifically, I'm loving Essimar's recent project of decoratively wrapped packages using Japanese masking tape (aka washi tape). The resulting patterned packages are small works of art in themselves. Esther Ramirez is the talented artist behind these designs. Her blog is definitely worth perusing as she works magic with all of her paper projects. You can also visit Esther's Etsy shop to purchase her original jewelry, art and stationery goods. I sure hope Santa leaves some Japanese masking tape in my stocking this year 'cuz I've been inspired!
Some random red images from this past week....
A deflated Santa yard ornament seen on a walk.
My collection of roly poly santas has a new member.
Lizzie's book of "Chrismas Progcets" using stencils.
It seems like winter has finally arrived in Kansas. We woke up to this beautiful frost on the car windows and the temperature at a mere 14 degrees. Hope your Monday is going well.
When Patrick arrived home from class on Friday night, Lizzie and I marched him right back out the door so we could make it to the see our local Christmas Parade. To get him in a more festive mood Lizzie insisted he wear a Santa hat--and he DID--the entire night (I was so proud of him)! Unfortunately most of my pictures didn't turn out but you get the idea. We got there a bit early, grabbed some coffee and looked around at the Aggieville shops window displays. The parade was a true small town parade with local school bands performing and floats every kind--bikes, lawnmowers, trailers, shopping carts, a stretch limo and of course a horse and carriage for Santa Claus. Hope you had a festive weekend too!
Since it's the first day of December (yikes--almost the 2nd!) I thought I'd post these images of the classic holiday book, "The Night Before Christmas", a version published by M. A. Donohue & Company. I could not find a date on the volume but judging from the illustrations it dates to the early 1900's. Many of the pages have been embellished by a former young reader making it a charming keepsake. If you think this book would make the perfect addition to a holiday vignette in your home it is available for purchase right here. Enjoy!