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It’s a Shop Swap!

I just finished taking part in a blogger swap via Casey’s blog and stumbled across a tweet from Danni at oh, hello friend about a shop swap. This is such a great idea! I mentioned in my post a couple of days ago that it’s always fun to get surprises in the mail. Who doesn’t love that? I’m super excited to be a part of another swap that may include other handmade items and shop owners (something that strikes a personal chord in me). I can’t wait to find out if I made the cut (they were limiting it to 100 entries) because there were only a few slots left when I found out about it. Just in time though…fingers crossed!

Check back here to find out who I got! We can learn about a new shop buddy together. In the meantime, go visit Danni. She’s such a sweetheart and delivers daily inspiration. ❤

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A Little Christmas Trivia and Christmas Break

I know I’ve been sort of absent the past couple of weeks. It’s getting crazy busy with Christmas coming up this Sunday. Steve and I are hosting dinner for my side of the family and we are working on a VERY ambitious project at the moment (painting our cabinets). Everything in the kitchen is torn apart (almost literally…but it is a HUUUUUGE mess) and we want to get it done by Friday. So that I can use the kitchen properly on Saturday to prepare food. Plus, there’s last minute errands to run and last minute gifts to pick up. So, it’s been keeping me away from the blog. Unfortunately.

Because of this, I’ve decided to take a break from the blog until after the New Year. From my family to yours… Have a very, merry and blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! And to that, I will leave you with this fun Christmas trivia found at Casey’s and Katy’s blog (and originally found here by Casey)…

Our Woodland Christmas Tree

  1. Eggnog or hot chocolate? Most definitely hot chocolate! Eggnog is so filthy. haha! It’s so thick and it coats your throat. Gross!
  2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Oh, everything is wrapped! And not just with paper and a tag. I go all out with tie-ons and everything! (I’ll have pictures from this year on the blog after my holiday break.)
  3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? We have white lights on the house. And on the tree we have…red and white! We’re a little unconventional.
  4. Do you hang mistletoe? We don’t but I was thinking this year that I really wanted to but never got around to looking for it. Is it easily accessible?
  5. When do you put your decorations up? We usually put them up the weekend right after Thanksgiving. However, we were a little late this year; we only put them up about 2 weeks ago. First year with the baby kind of threw us for a loop. We’re still learning how to be efficient while having to constantly watch him. Or at least I am.
  6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Oh, hmm. I don’t know. Probably stuffing. I love bread. But I also love the dark meat from turkey (no white meat, thank you very much!). Oh! And probably crab cakes on Christmas Eve at Steve’s aunt and uncle’s house.
  7. Favorite holiday memory as a child? Probably when I got a pair of “high heels.” I was about 10 and the heel was probably only half an inch but I was ecstatic!
  8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I actually learned about it by accident, despite the fact that I was a HUGE sneak and would seek out my presents EVERY YEAR (usually in the huge shed in our backyard or under my parents’ bed). I walked into the kitchen just as my mom was telling my older brother that Santa didn’t exist. And I think I told her that she was wrong! Ha!
  9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Never! You have to save that for Christmas day!
  10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Our tree has a woodland theme so all of our decorations go along with that. We got them at Target the first Christmas we were married. 6 years ago now. Wow! I can’t believe that. Oh, but we love our tree.
  11. Snow! Love it or dread it? Love it when it’s around Christmas-time but not into it when it’s late January/February. I usually find it kind of depressing around that time.
  12. Can you ice skate? I manage. I’m no Olympic skater but I don’t fall down. I used to be able to do figure 8’s and go in circles. My grandmom used to take us every year. Not sure if I’d be able to do the “tricks” anymore. It’s been a while since I’ve ice skated.
  13. Do you remember your favorite gift? I have a very, very generous family. Too generous, in fact. I’ve gotten quite a lot of favorite gifts.
  14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you? Spending time with family (since it’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day), eating, and being reminded of why we celebrate. That God came to save mankind from sin.
  15. What is your favorite holiday dessert? Any and all desserts. Seriously, I have no preference. I’m a dessert/sugar fiend! This year I’ll be making Pumpkin Meringue Pie. This’ll be the first time. Can’t wait!
  16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Crackers and cheese at the end of Christmas day. Although, this year we won’t be able to make it because the little one will need to go to bed before it starts. I’m a little (ok… a lot) sad but that just means a new tradition at home will have to be born!
  17. What tops your tree? A distressed, woodland-styled star.
  18. Which do you prefer: Giving or receiving? Oh, giving by far! I LOVE giving to others. Especially if I can make something handmade to give. We can never give enough but I love that we’ve been blessed to at least be able to give a little. I always wish we could give more because we certainly receive so much.
  19. Candy canes: yuck or yummy? Yummy!
  20. Favorite Christmas movie? A Child’s Christmas in Wales. A must watch if you haven’t seen it before.
  21. Saddest Christmas song? I don’t listen to sad Christmas songs. There’s enough sadness in the world so around Christmas I try to focus on the positive.
  22. What is your favorite Christmas song? Instrumental: Winter Solstice by Michele McLaughlin; Religious: Oh, Holy Night; Secular: Silver Bells

A Merry Indie Christmas

I’m linking up to Casey’s “A Merry Indie Christmas” follower fest. I’m just making it and you can, too! There’s one day left to submit your link.

The goal is to encourage and promote e-commerce, small business, and handmade for the holidays. Hop on over to Casey’s blog to find other creatives out there that are selling handmade gifts this holiday season. And if you’re in the market for handmade totes and clutches, check out my Etsy shop.