way back when, i told you guys that i was going to support only small businesses for my christmas gifts this year. for the most part, save for a desperate last minute trip to target and one other exception that i know you’ll understand, i stuck to it. it was fun, challenging and so much more rewarding than just clicking through amazon.com or land of nod (although i DO love to do that – don’t get me wrong). it’s just cool to hand someone a check and know exactly to whom it’s going.
i warmed up with some holiday decor… fell hard for these foil-stamped prints by lindsey letters. super gorge and so fun to have a seasonal addition to the shelves! although i did have to sneak into ikea to get a couple of their ribba frames to complete the look (oops).
while i was working behind the booth most of the time at the northside methodist preschool gift show, i did manage to shop a little bit too. i picked up this pretty driftwood angel that benefits abby’s angels, a non-profit started in honor of a sweet young girl with cancer who “outran us to the Father’s house.” (that’s a dr. gil-ism – i think it’s a lovely way of saying it.)
if you’ve been around a while, you might remember these stockings from when i first started blogging. i scooped them up in a post-christmas clearance sale on garnet hill’s website – they’re hable construction (love everything they do!). i just now got them monogrammed… yeah. sadly i think that’s pretty good. anyway, my favorite embroiderer, shelley at sss creations, did the monograms and i LOVE THEM. i always drop stuff off and think hmm….wonder how that’s going to turn out. i think i’m scarred from a story my friend betsey tells about some towels she got monogrammed as a wedding gift and the monogram took up nearly the entire front of the towel. shelley always does a fantastic job and whatever she does turns out ten times better than i could have even pictured in my head! plus, she’s a stay-at-home-working-mama too. i guess i just love the casual nature of that. storefronts are so overrated!
oh right, the stockings. red for the boys, cream for the girls. i thought i wanted a gold thread, but then shelley suggested taupe and it looks wonderful! circle monograms on the front…
and full names on the back for two reasons: 1) i can use this side if i get bored with the monograms, and 2) we have two RBBs so we needed a way to distinguish the stockings. i absolutely adore how they turned out. the font we used for the back was “rosebud.”
i even managed to go small and local for our wreath! the mood moss wreath and ribbon is from cut flower wholesale (open to the trade only), and the garland is from our church, which supplies it from a small farm in north carolina. it’s a little charlie brown looking, but that’s ok.
i also commissioned kate at just kate (email@example.com) to make me a custom tree skirt. i have never been able to find a tree skirt that i really liked – all too theme-y, too metallic, too red/green, too usual. and i just hate usual. i had some turquoise fabric i had picked up at the 2011 ADAC sample sale gathering dust ($10 for the whole bolt!), paired it with a fantastic cream/moss green/turquoise abstract chevron fabric from lewis and sheron, and added a small pleated cream trim between the two – which by the way was scored on the $1/yard rack! can you believe that?! i felt like i won the lottery. it’s typically $20/yard. i have never laid down $4 faster!
now, the gifts…
rhyne becton designs is a business run by a fellow NMP mom, becton wallace. she and i have a good mutual friend (hi perry!) so we had heard about the other for awhile, but so glad i got to finally meet her at the gift show! her jewelry is in a word, awesome. simple, chic and stylish. i just loved these cross necklaces that she makes and had to buy them in all different colors for a bunch of my gals. they lay a little off to the side too – i love little details that make something a bit different (see above re: usual).
if you’re in atlanta, i’m sure you have heard mention of richard’s variety store. i can’t tell you how many conversations i’ve had or overheard where one person says, “oh – try richard’s, they might have it.” i don’t know how they do it, but these people stock everything. including aisles and aisles of toys, as exhibited here…
rush got a garbage truck and a fire truck from those shelves – both were big hits, as was the elmo cell phone purchased for rinne.
a funny thing happened when we went to see santa… we go to the local baby and children’s boutique, baby braithwaite, to visit the man in red. at one point while we were waiting for our flash drive with the photos to be prepared, rinne and i wandered over to this big display they had, swathed in pale pink, featuring the sweetest and most delicately crafted rendition of the princess and the pea. i think rbb can smell my desire to spend money, because he and rush appeared right behind me just as i was flipping over the price tag to see how much it would set me back and unfortunately, we both saw it at the same time and i could pretty much hear his head shaking. so i had to walk away but told the princess we would meet again later, just in a dark alley and without this tall male companion i had with me. cut to late night cruising on garnet hill, looking for bins for the office…click on the sale section, eh. might as well see what they got. HOLY SMOKES MY PRINCESS AND THE PEA IS HERE!! and it was at nearly 1/3rd of the price tag of the local boutique. i was BLINDED by those little mattresses – do you SEE them?!?! they are different in every little bed! and that little pea! and i actually have a little girl to buy it for! before i knew it, it was on my doorstep and instantaneously wrapped to put under the tree. here it is resting quietly after a frenetic christmas morning.
i am telling you, these chevron notepads really do make a good gift! i whipped some up for my mom and mother-in-law (these were not for them, but for other clients – i’m loving the yellow and navy blue!).
etsy is the most fun place to poke around, and i swear you can find anything on there. enter: hand crocheted lightning mcqueen slippers. like i said, anything. :)
also, i want you to know that if you ordered your holiday cards from calliespondence, you not only supported this small business – but all of the printers i use are also small businesses, local to atlanta. they are people that i know, love and trust to do a good job for you – so thank you for supporting them via supporting me!
and now it’s time to tuck away all of these holiday wares – always sad to see them go!