Friday, January 8, 2010

Were You Good This Year?

It was an interesting economic year, wouldn't you say? This year, our Christmas Lists were shorter, and more practical, as well as more creative. And I have to say this Christmas was one of the best I have ever had in terms of gifts received. They were more thoughtful, painstaking and by for more meaningful than ever.

My daughters are both very creative. One is a very talented artist and bakes delicious goodies. The other loves to make things with her hands and has a very unique and wonderful graphic sense. The latter made a mosaic pot from shards of pottery she found at the Antique Faire on a trip she went on with my Mother, her Grandmother. Little did I know she would create this masterpiece and present it to me Christmas morning with a beautiful jade plant. My mosaic pot runneth over.

I collect bottles with caning and wicker around them. I always am on the lookout for another special one. The same daughter found the middle bottle at the Sacramento Antique Faire with the letters "AA Co." printed on it. I love it and I love her for thinking of it. I think I have another Antique scavenger in the making here! Like Mother like Daughter?

I had mentioned seeing these two cups or vases at Fringe, a really fun shop near our home recently, and lo and behold, my husband, Tim, had gone the very next day and picked them up. I also collect shells and vintage shell boxes. These cups were made in Ireland, probably as a tourist tchake. I adore them! They will be used for pencil cups at my desk or for flowers in various places. So many uses! These were such a bargain as well. I am so glad he went back for them! (I have a wonderful husband....did I mention that?)

A little close-up. I can just imagine these on a window sill overlooking the sea with a bunch of Irish Heather.

My husband knows my collection of Ironstone is ever growing, and he hunted down this sweet sugar bowl..........

......and this platter at the antique shops over on 57th Street in Sacramento. Totally unexpected for Tim to go Antique shopping on his own. I think that meant more to me than the gifts themselves!

One of my very favorite presents was this bulletin board Tim made for me. Apparently he and girls had it hidden during production in the garage for a month before Christmas without me knowing. He made it perfectly to fit where we had been talking about putting one for all of those mundane things like family calendars, shopping and "honey-do" lists. Now we have a place for all of it besides the kitchen counter. SOOOOO cool! (Love you honey!)

Didn't he do a fantastic job?! It will be filled up as soon as I can find some cool tacks.

Tim also went and found this vintage breadbox at the Antique Shops on 57th Street. It was on my list....but putting things like this on my list is a little risky. Who knows what might show up, and I have been known to be a bit picky. But I think Tim is developing a very good eye! I really like it, especially since all of the bread is now hidden away instead of having 3 bags on the counter.

Tim also gave me these two beauties. I had a beautiful Christmas day with my family, just relaxing with a cup of cider curled up with these two books, also on my list.

Nothing too big, nothing too fancy, but perfect in every way.

(Did I mention how much I love my family? They just "get" me, and that is the biggest gift of all. I must have been pretty good this year.)


Acanthus and Acorn said...

Just found your blog. Love your style!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Each one a treasure - and I think Tim has redeemed himself from the armoire catastrophe. Happy New Year.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Beautiful...My favorite kind of Christmases!! Love it!

Things That Inspire said...

Thoughtful and creative gifts, perfectly suited to both the giver and the giftee, are the best! This year, we spent Christmas in Colorado with family, so we had to ship all of our Christmas gifts home. They did not arrive until a week after we returned - and I can honestly say that I did not miss any of them. I actually felt a little sinking in my heart when the boxes arrived, because I would have to find a place for more 'stuff'!

Your Christmas sounds like it was perfect.

vignette design said...

You got some great gifts this year! I also collect bottles with wicker and caning around them. As well as vintage shell art. I recently did a post on shell art. Check it out and see some of my favorite pieces.
BTW, your husband is so cute to go antiquing for you. The ironstone he found for you is wonderful! -Delores

Renae said...

I got a wee bit choked up on the thoughtfulness and creativity of your family. So sweet. Your hubby, what a guy. He listened to you and "heard" the things you spoke of and 'remembered' and went to get them for you, such a treasure.
Thanks so much for sharing these precious moments with us.
You are blessed my friend!

Renee Finberg said...


i think you hit pay dirt!

and i understand completely about being hard to buy for because of being picky.
you can't help it.
i know i can't.
it is a nightmare for those who love us and want to give us gifts.

oh well....

it looks as though your family and you had a swell Christmas.
happy new year!!

btw....the economy is pretty bad in boca raton, fl.


Caroline said...

What a wonderful family! God Bless you! So lucky to have two sweet children! Your bulletin board rocks, they did a great job!
LOVE the silly shell vases!
Yes you are blessed, so am I.
fondly your;

Heather Chapple said...

Your family filled the true meaning of giving, firstly
'it is in the thought'.....
Now I am curious what did you give each of them?

Gwen Driscoll said...

Love all your gifts. The bulletin board is awesome. I got the cutest tacs for bulletin boards online at Ballard Designs. There a little pricey but add such a cute element to the board. Check them out if you're interested. Happy New Year!

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Suzie from palazzo pizzo said...

Happy New Year to you !
The flower pot with the old ceramics is a very nice idea. And did you know that the plant itself brings "good luck for money".
Once a neighbour told me. It is because the little "leaves" look a bit like coins. So make sure it gows!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I love all of your creative gifts, especially that cork board. glad you had a great holiday.

Michelle said...

What special gifts...what a lucky girl! And santa knows of some great id books!


Brillante Home Decor said...

You must have been a very good girl last year. Great gifts.

La Dolfina said...

Love all the wonderful treasures your sweet family found and made for you!
You are truly blessed!
I found an entire collection of around 30 wicker bottles at an estate sale recently. I'll have to do a post about it one day soon.
Enjoy the remainder of the weekend :)

Design Wanna-be said...

What sweet gifts. I think the thoughtful ones are just as good as the extravagant ones.

Mary said...

My mom bought me a compact size drill and my very own tool belt for Christmas. She gets me :)

Paula Grace Designs said...

What lovely and thoughtful gifts! Your family sounds wonderful. Those are great books too!

La Petite Gallery said...

That is so thoughtful, what a loving family. It's not the cost of a gift it's the thought that
they put in it.
You must be loved very much. AND WHY NOT? you are great.

i have a jade plant it never had a flower.

Jaime said...

The breadbox is so cute!

Marie said...

Sounds like you had a beautiful Christmas. Isn't it nice to be known?

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you got those shell encrusted containers, as I lusted after them for days! Tom

Fifi Flowers said...

Hope all is well with you... it has been far TOO long since I stopped by to see what you are up to... will try to stop by more often!