etsy shop (I apologize that there aren't many in there right now, but stay tuned...). I was on my way to a holiday party and was planning on bringing a bottle of wine as a hostess gift. Not sure what to wrap it in (a gift bag just seemed too boring), I looked to Pinterest for ideas and saw that some very clever people had found unique dish towels and wrapped their bottles in those. Cute idea, and I was all set to do that when I saw this bag holder that I had just finished and it occurred to me that the bungee open end might fit around the top of a wine bottle, so I played with it and wrapped it up and voilà--instant cute, unique gift.
Whenever inspiration strikes me in this way, it normally becomes the catalyst for me to start believing that I can really pull the holiday off one way or another. This one broke the seal, so it's full steam ahead. This morning I read Pigtown Design's Christmas Quiz, and loved reading the answers so much that I decided to share mine with all of you. When I read blogs, I really enjoy seeing photos of the author's home, family and reading about things they like, etc. Voyeristic, maybe, but it gives me an insight into what makes that person tick--and usually makes me like them even more! At any rate, here are my responses. I would love to read yours!
1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate definately, but I really prefer wine. Champagne if it's really good.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Always wrap! I actually spend an insane amount of time wrapping gifts and always look for special paper and trimmings and then my family feels guilty ripping it all off. I think I've permanently scarred one of my step-sons for life since he practically cries opening his gifts.
3. Colored Lights on tree/house or white? Alway white and non-twinkle, moving or LED--just bright, shiny and happy.
4. Do you hang Mistletoe? No, it's poison and I don't want to kill my dogs.
5. When do you put your decorations up? I start December 1 and the tree usually goes up about two weeks before Christmas.
6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Carrot Souffle. It's my specialty.
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Fetching my Grandmother at the bus station. It was always the start of everything awesome.
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Sadly, I'm not sure I believed in Santa for very long. I remember always being extremely skeptical.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? No
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? I have a vast collection of unusual ornaments. Most are handmade--the more detail they have, the more I like them. White lights, wooden cranberry beads and velvet ribbons.
11. Snow: Love it or hate? Love it. Period.
12. Can you ice skate? Yes, I taught myself to figure skate when I was 37 and never looked back. One of my very favorite activities.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? It was unintentional. We took our Border Collie Nick in as a foster on December 15, 2007 and he never left.
14. What is the most important thing about the holidays for you? Bringing warmth, light and love into my home in a time when all three are scarce.
15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? I don't really have one, but I love chocolate chip cookies all the time!
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Stockings. I try hard to find the most wonderful things for stuffing and I love it when we finish opening our gifts and then remember that we still have the stockings!
17. What tops your tree? We have the coolest tree topper ever. It's an old LL Bean decoration that we call "The Happy Woodsman". He's a lumberjack and wears a plaid shirt and boots. He has bushy white hair and a beard, so everyone just thinks he's Santa, but he's not. I keep threatening to outfit him with a little ax.
18. What do you prefer--gifting or receiving? Gifting, definately! I can't sleep on Christmas Eve because I'm so excited about the gifts I will be giving.
19. What is your favorite Christmas song? The entire Nutcracker Suite
20. Candy Canes? Do NOT like them.
21. Favorite Christmas movie? Love Actually. It's not a contest. I love the scenes with Jamie and Aurelia the best.
22. What do you leave out for Santa? Nothing. The dogs would eat it.