It’s Friday… I don’t know about you, but it is my day to take a break, especially when I have plans to work all weekend on projects around the house. I am in the process of two painting projects… one big, the other fun. I will share both with you over the next two weeks.
With the holidays approaching, my mind has been on getting myself organized as I shared with you in this post. This week I focused on finding unique gifts I still need to get or make. I shop all year long and make a list of items that I think my friends and family will like.
I try to get stuff that my friends and family will use, nothing to clutter up their home. Food gifts are always a winner especially when they are…
…delicious and CHOCOLATE!
In case you’re curious, the meeting he attended was One Million Cups Columbia, which is part of a national entrepreneurial network, One Million Cups meets weekly in the morning. I like their tagline: Caffeinating an entrepreneurial nation! Ed has met some very interesting creative business owners.
If you are looking for a delish gift for friends, family, teachers, co-workers, hostesses and more? Take a look at their website: Bruges Chocolaterie. They specialize in corporate gifts, too.
The chocolates so good and they offer a wide selection from bars to artisan chocolates.
All are all beautifully packaged for giving. So much better than mass-merchandised chocolate you buy at the mall. If you like to support small companies, this is one to check out.
The Gift That I Have Been Trying to Find
For the past few weeks I have been trying to find this…
…, not only to give, but as a gift to me, from me… :-)
I am a tea with jam and bread kind of person and think this calendar is so cute. I buy the regular size, Bonne Maman jam and preserves at the supermarket and save the jars after I finish the jam. You can see how I repurposed one for this table centerpiece.
This Christmas Countdown Calendar was something I wanted to get last year, but it sold out before I had a chance to order it. This year I got on a list to be notified as soon as they were available for Christmas.
When I got the email, I wasn’t quick enough, it sold out in hours. :-( I found out that re-sellers were buying them in bulk and then selling them for $80 and up on Ebay. I will pass on these, but just couldn’t get the calendar out of my head. You know how that happens sometimes? I wanted it badly and was willing to keep searching.
Luckily, after lots of time online and then going to 3 World Market’s, I scored one…. kind of. I am keeping my fingers crossed. The manager at a nearby World Market found one in the Atlanta store and is having it sent to me. I hope it doesn’t get lost in transit.
Clever Ideas I Want To Give, Make and Do
If you like Margaritas, but only in the summer, you may want to try this fall inspired Margarita to serve your guests on Thanksgiving.
Need a non-food gift to give a hostess, teacher or friend? I like this mini tree idea.
Have you seen these stencils? I am thinking about using the Buffalo Plaid in my house. Maybe on the wall I just painted in my kitchen. I will be sharing soon!
This console table is one of the best no-paint needed furniture makeovers I have ever seen. I love it. I think it would look nice in my bedroom.
Do you grow rosemary in your garden? This is a pretty and an easy DIY to use it in a decorative way for the holidays.
A holiday tradition that I have always done with my daughters was read one of their favorite Christmas books every night. We have gathered many over the years. I wish I had done this... such clever and festive idea.
That’s a wrap for my week… off to the movies and dinner tonight. Then I will don my paint clothes and be painting and if the weather stays sunny, maybe even stain the dock.
Have you found any unique items that you are giving family and friends this year?
Enjoy your weekend!