It's the most wonderful time of the year
& it's the most wonderful time of the year to be a blogger!
Blogging inspires, connects & continues to feed our curiosity and nourish our souls. You are an amazing & talented bunch & I am so grateful that you all take the time to stop by.
I have also discovered some really nifty stuff that I wanted to share with you all.
Here is a shortlist of just a few of my favorite things to give & to receive this holiday season.
As I mentioned last week, iomoi makes sending your latest & greatest emails newsworthy events when you use your own custom-designed
Click on the monkeys & they will show you
the way to design a free sample for yourself!
And to keep the art of handwritten notes
alive and well, just look, iomoi offers the best
selection of stocking stuffers around!
Check out Jen Ramos' collection of iomoi goodies I found at Made By Girl.
Back to emails for just a second...
How much fun would it be to send
snazzy e-stationary on a
This gal looks like a happy blogger!
To learn more about the amazing things
that you can do on one of these,
How sweet it is ...
that these two are still
making beautiful music together!
Carole King & James Taylor
are still singing the songs we loved back then
& these days they sound better than ever!
Do you love the scent of fresh-cut privet...
A privet candle from
fills the air with that crisp green earthy scent
I crave on the coldest days of winter.
Speaking of earthy, the day I discovered
My Sparrow was the day
I fell in love with Henry!
The Henry Woven Bench from My Sparrow is all about comfort and bringing things into your life & home that make you smile.
Did I mention that I would adore having all of this beautifully wrapped by Sande Chase at a
Gift Wrapped Life? Well, I would.
Smile & look fresh as a flower in a suit or t-shirt & jeans sporting a hand-stitched bloom on your lapel from
Each bloom Emerson makes is one of a kind, varied, and has its own unique character and soul.
Kind of a flower soul mate!
Speaking of flowers...
Indulge yourself with the scent of clementine leaves sparkling in the morning dew
above a heart of orange blossom
and water lily with theOrange Blossom Gift Set.
I don't know about you, but during the holidays I actually look forward to spending time in the kitchen.
It's where everyone loves to gather & I love reading old family recipes even though I know them by heart. So why not wear something pretty while I whip up something gourmet!
Ashley over at Ice Milk Apronshas designed
a gourmet line of heirloom aprons
that will keep this hostess looking
crisp and pulled together.
All of Ashley's ideas make for a meaningful
Now, let me ask you, do you know how much
I love bicycles?
I've had my favorite beach cruiser from our California days forever. I'm not selling it...way to sentimental.However, I'm thinking that my cruising days are behind me and that I would do swell on this Classic Ladies 3-speed from Schwinn. It's a beauty!
And last but certainly not least...
Planting a tree
is a beautiful way to honor someone!
is a delightful farm that specializes in growing trees that can be given as a gift and planted to honor a special friend or family member.
A tree or seedling suited for a special teacher comes beautifully wrapped and is the perfect way to say thank you for helping our children to grow & learn.
A living tree symbolizes strength and endurance
as these kinds of gifts have the potential
to last centuries.
So... there you have it, my friends,
the makings for an enjoyable holiday season.
Start your day on a bike ride with your kids.
Around the block or through the park,
just get outside and play!
Send a festive invitation to friends on your iPad
using your e-stationary. Fill your home with music
from James Taylor & Carole King
and fill the air with the scent
of fresh-cut privet. As you prepare
to greet your guests, put a dab of orange blossom
behind each ear
and a beautiful flower on your lapel.
Tie on an heirloom apron
& Serve a gourmet dinner in the kitchen
that everyone will remember.
Look forward to giving & receiving gifts beautifully wrapped by one of our dearest of friends.
Then sit back
and relax with Henry & friends.
You deserve it!
Sounds to me like a
a lovely way to celebrate
I look forward to reading all of your
wish lists & gift-giving ideas
that many of you are famous for!
Happy giving everyone...XO Lisa
I also want to thank one of my
SoCal friends, Christina Fluegge, for inviting me
to share my gift list at greige!
I just love Christina's stylish responsibility,
which makes greige designand her My Sparrow, two of my favorite places to land.