Today, I have a little visual distraction to break up your busy week.
I don't know about your family, but we only plan to do some very modest gift giving this year. Times are tough and it doesn't seem appropriate to so lots of lavish spending, when there are so many hard-pressed families out there this year. I want to make sure there is enough money left over to donate to local, charitable food and toy drives after our own shopping is all said and done.
Still, it is fun sometimes to do a little wishful thinking and look at nice things.
So, that's just what I have here for you today. A wish list of pretty things, many of them garden or nature inspired items.
Wire Terrarium at Pottery Barn
Wooden Terrarium at Pottery Barn
Farmers Market Baskets at Anthropologie
Handmade, Rustic Porcelain Pedestals at Herriott Grace.
Nikole Herriott is a Canadian blogger who has a small online shop where she sells unique, one of a kind handmade items, many of them made by her own father.
I love her father's wooden creations like this Red Cedar Candy Dish. All the shop's wooden products are hand-carved or hand-turned and finished with corn oil. This particular item is sold out at the moment, but you can sign up to be on their mailing list by clicking the link: Herroitt Grace
Canada's Garden Therapy has handmade floral pillows are created from flowers grown in their home garden, photographed and printed on linen-cotton canvas. Check out the Garden Therapy blog by clicking the link or purchase a pillow at their Etsy shop here: Garden Therapy Handmade Store.
Martha Sturdy Shallow Resin Bowl in Shimmer Red from Provide Home. I have always wanted one of these exquisite and pricy bowls by Canadian Designer extraordinary Martha Sturdy.
From the top left :Ehrman Tapestry Gatherings by Margaret Murton Fire Flowers by Kaffe Fassett Fleurs by Raymond Honeyman India Garden by Raymond Honeyman
These are not pillows, but rather are needlepoint kits from the English company Ehrman (they have distributors worldwide). If you have often wished you had something to do while watching television other than nibbling, then this may be the hobby for you. The needlepoint stitch is basic and dead easy to learn.
So what's one your wish list this holiday season?
I am being more practical this year than usual and am asking Santa Claus for a very basic sewing machine. I am sure there will also be something pretty and maybe even a few books under the tree for me as well.
My son is the hardest person on my list to shop for. Why are men so darn hard to buy for?