Stop by between now and then to make your wish list and then send your man shopping (whether it be your husband, boyfriend, father, or son)!
I think everyone should make a Christmas list. Growing up, my sisters and I always made wish lists anytime presents were involved. And that is exactly what they were…wish lists. There were the years I already mentioned of wanting a parcel of my parents’ land; then it was the organic mattress; and I am sure I had a slew of other dreams that were a bit far-fetched. That is what they always tended to be for me, dreams and wishes. It was the place that I wrote down my hopes for life. And then all the practical things I needed.
I still tend to opt for the practical, the things I cannot afford, or the things I feel like I should not spend my money on but could really use. (This year I would have been tempted to add a plane ticket to France or Sicily if I did not realize it was just silly of me to do so.)
I love hearing what other people put on their lists. It shows what might be in their heart or head that they might not have shared. You learn something. And, it makes shopping a lot easier.
Here is a handy Christmas Gift List to help keep track of what and who you are buying for designed by Bonnie. It helps to stay organized!
To print, simply click the image or visit Going Home to Roost for other ideas and fun illustrations!
*Images used with permission from Bonnie.
Make sure to check out all the other shops having a Thursday night preview party along Hanover Street and Hixson Pike including:
1307 is open!
For those of you who do not know, I have joined together with two other businesses to open a new shared space & shop, known as 1307. We are located in the Riverview area of downtown Chattanooga….1307 Hanover Street.
If you are in the area, make sure to pop in and say hello!
You can follow along on our facebook page to learn more.
For my birthday this year, one of my best friends gave me the sweetest, most thoughtful gift…a date to go pick blueberries at The Blueberry Farm in LaFayette, GA. And pick we did. By the time we made it to The Blueberry Farm, the blueberries were almost gone, but we were still able to pick a bucket full (almost).
We ended up combining both of our efforts to get that bucket.
After a morning of picking, we sat down under the shade of a tree to share a picnic.
An absolutely delicious picnic by the way: a French baguette, cashews, cheese, salame, and a cucumber. So good (and filling and definitely not healthy)! Before going to The Blueberry Farm, we stopped by Earthfare and bought an assortment of cheeses and some other goodies for a little lunch. We obviously got a little carried away in our enthusiasm for good cheese and bought way more than was necessary. Our little tasting consisted of : Comte, Gruyere, Gouda, Mediterranean Herb, and Sequatchie Cove’s Dancing Fern. And for the salame - delicious and one I would highly recommend! Olli Salumeria, from Mechanicsville, VA, tastes of authentic Italian salami (and the flavor choices are so tempting). We ended up getting the Molisana: pepper and garlic with Sangiovese wine (I have a weak spot for Sangiovese wines – one of the best wines I ever had was a sangiovese). The Toscana with fennel sounded fabulous too! This will definitely be my go to brand in the future for sure. I could go on and on about them, but encourage you to check out their site to read about their philosophy and production, and try some yourself!
After lunch, we enjoyed a tour around the property with Joe Kilpatrick, the owner of The Blueberry Farm. He told us all about their solar energy use, fruit production, and answered whatever questions we had. I loved strolling around the property and hearing about the hard work and effort that they put into their farm. So inspiring – my dream of all dreams is to live as self-sufficient and sustainable as possible.
Interesting fact: they are home to an American Chestnut tree, which were hit by a blight back in the 1900s. The Blueberry Farm was approached to be host to a couple of trees and they are looking good!
Although blueberry season is over for this year, you can still visit in the fall to harvest grapes or just try to remember to come back next year. It is entirely you-pick, honor system style, and makes for a wonderful day. Loved it!