In terms of gift giving, my mom and dad gave me a pair of MacKenzie Childs eyeglasses!!! I love MacKenzie Childs!
Among other things, I gifted darling daughter a new iPhone cover from my friends at Anthropologie:
Darling daughter gave me the “Do Your Best” platter by artist Molly Hatch, available at Anthropologie! It matches the Molly Hatch “Now and Then” teapot and the “Tea Revives You” caddy I have!
That is my treasured Mackenzie Childs black Flower Market, three quart tea kettle in the first photo. It was a birthday gift from a friend several years ago. I use it all the time. I combined the Molly Hatch teapot with some vintage souvenir trays of Maine and Massachusetts in the second photo. I like how this looks altogether.
Darling daughter is crocheting a blanket using all the leftover yarn I have. She started this project yesterday afternoon. Here it is so far:
My mom and dad sent us a honey baked ham and a pecan pie (thanks mom and dad!), so there will be Christmas feasting! We also plan to play Bananagrams, and of course, open presents! On Thursday, darling daughter and I did some Christmas shopping in Brunswick and Freeport. I will blog about our finds after we do the unwrapping.
Hello, dear readers! We have been busy! Darling daughter came home yesterday from school! Yay! Today we jumped both feet, or all four feet between the two of us, into the Christmas prep. Darling daughter and I took the 825 ferry into Portland for some holiday shopping.
Emma stayed home:
No shopping trip is complete without a stop at the thrift store. I found a Charlie Brown Christmas tree at Goodwill in Falmouth for $1.25. The Christmas decorations were 75% off! Then at the Christmas Tree Shop in South Portland, I found a globe ornament for $1.50. So for exactly $2.75, I put together the Christmas tree below:
And we enjoyed a beautiful sunset over Casco Bay on the 415 ferry ride home:
I hope all your preparations are coming together as well!
Dear readers. It has been quiet here. I have been recovering from strep throat. This has involved a great deal of sleeping. When I haven’t been sleeping, I have been pinning on Pinterest! I reached 15,000 pins today!
For the first time in my life, I own a home with a dedicated guest bedroom! My three bedroom home happens to be a townhouse in a restored barracks building on a former Army base on an island off the coast of Portland, Maine! Woo-hoo! Look at me adulting and everything! Being able to comfortably host overnight guests is a game changer for us! Darling daughter can have her school chums over for a visit and we can host family, too!
Of course, the December holidays sometimes mean hosting people overnight in your home, am I right? Opening up your house to family and friends can be a great thing, but it also comes with the pressure of making sure you’re totally “guest ready!”
Here are some easy tips from our friends at Wayfair to help your home feel more like a hotel to your guests:
The guest bedroom:
1. Make sure bedding is clean and fresh
Seems obvious, right? But the white sheets you’ve had on your guest bed for ages might’ve greyed, that old comforter could have a few holes, and those pillows might be a bit flat. Even if they’re family, guests will appreciate bedding that’s in good shape!
Your guests could get cold in the night, and having an extra blanket on hand means they can layer up (without waking you!). Same goes for pillows: too many is better than not enough, as they can always remove the ones they don’t want.
3. Select a few classic books or magazines
In case your guests need something to read to help them fall asleep at night, leave out a selection of current magazines and/or classic books for them to flip through.
4. Make extra room in the closet or dresser
If guests are staying for a long period of time, they’ll probably want to take their clothes out of their suitcase and fold or hang them. Clear out some space for them, and leave plenty of spare hangers.
5. Provide a phone charger
People so often forget their phone charger when traveling, so leaving a spare one for the most common type of phone can really help out your guests. You can use a desktop organizer to create a charging station free of messy cables.
The guest bathroom:
1. Make sure everything’s super clean
It probably goes without saying, but guests will appreciate a spotless bathroom. Utilize smart storage solutions to make sure unsightly things like old hairbrushes are tucked neatly away.
2. Create a sampling of products
Chances are you already have a collection of sample-sized products from beauty purchases or stays in hotels, so put them together in a bathroom caddy and let guests use them as they please. They’ll appreciate not having to lug around their own shampoo!
3. Leave towels out
Don’t make guests have to creep through your linen closet to find towels. Roll them up to make them look polished, and then place them on the guests’ beds or in the bathroom. Don’t forget a washcloth and hand towel, too!
Most of all, enjoy your holiday guests! For the holidays only roll around once a year!
Yesterday’s bit of snow put me in the holiday spirit! I put up the Christmas tree today! It has been in the basement since the movers brought it from Maryland to Maine in July. Last Saturday, I found some pretty Silvestri Christmas lights at the Nobleboro Antique Exchange. They look like old fashioned Christmas tree candles!
So far, these candle lights are all I have on the tree along with a tree topper shaped like a flower made out of a baseball cover. I put a cream colored matelasse throw around the base of the tree as a skirt. I set the tree up in the corner of the dining room, but I am not sure that is permanent. I may relocate the tree to the living room. Here she is: