November Means the Holidays Are Here! And New Christmassy Things in the Shop.

The beginning of November is always the most exciting time for me because it means pulling out my Christmas decor and spicing things up for the holidays. I LOVE the holiday season, and I love making everything in my house festive and cheerful. This November is even more special for me because in a few short weeks my wee babe should be making his appearance in our lives, and I can’t wait to bring him home to a beautifully decorated house.

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This year I’ve got a whole new collection of Christmassy items in the shop. Christmas decor and ornaments are probably my favorite things ever to make. Christmas is such a happy time of year, and I love the possibility of helping people achieve that with handmade decor!

For this season, I have created a new line of book-inspired Christmas ornaments, because books are ❤ and deserve a special spot on your tree. Right now, I’ve got a number of titles including Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Macbeth by William Shakespeare, among many others. I will keep adding more as I make them, and I’m thinking about giving them a permanent, year-round spot in the shop. These ornaments compliment my classic book cover tapestries.

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I’m also really excited to be offering fully customizable Christmas stockings, complete with a pocket displaying a hand-painted shelf of your favorite books. Obviously, books are a big part of my life and I love including them in my Christmas festivities. I made a stocking for my husband, one for myself, and one for the baby – who doesn’t have a name yet, so I’ll be adding on his name after he’s born!

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I hope the beginning of your holiday season is amazing, and please consider shopping small this Christmas! Etsy is a great resource for any number of handmade goods, and supporting small businesses is what makes our world go round. Remember to order your handmade decor and gifts far in advanced so they ship to you in time!

The Lavender Chronicles: A Painted Pot

IMG_3556IMG_3566My lavender has finally graduated to a real pot. It was honestly probably well-passed due, but I wanted to find the perfect pot to plant my little sprigs in, especially since I’ll be (hopefully) keeping them for a while.

You know I just love being thrifty when it comes acquiring things I need. I’d been scouring flea markets for a couple weeks, trying to find a pot that was 1). pretty and 2). cheap (always the same conditions) that would also fit all my little lavender plants. A nice pot, so I can nurture them from within the comfort of my humble home!

IMG_3569Over the weekend in NW Iowa, I found this tiny pot (for $1, score!), which fit two out of ten of my plants. Unfortunately, I had no luck at the shops with a bigger pot. I think I was getting a little too specific with my wants.

IMG_3558So when I got home, my sweet grandma let me forage her garage for any pots I wanted, and I found this green pot, which, granted, had a bunch of potential but the color was rather…well snotty. And wouldn’t match ANYTHING in my flowery apartment. So of course I used my powers of innovativeness and I got out my paints!

IMG_3559IMG_3548IMG_3550Now my lavender is happily planted in a vibrant pot that will fit in with the rest of my whimsy-licious decor. Painting is such an easy fix. If you have a specific look in mind but are on a budget, don’t despair when you can’t find it at your local Goodwill or thrift shop. Nine times out of ten YOU have the power to make exactly what you want with just a little time and effort.

IMG_3557I love being able to do things on my own. It means I don’t have to rely on the market or on other people to satisfy my needs (and I find that when I do  rely on those things, I’m hardly ever happy). So have power over your own happiness (read beautiful home) and go paint some crusty pots!

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