I know things have been quiet here on the blog the last month. Most of it was due to a heavy work schedule but some of it was by choice. After I finished my last shoot of the year, I knew I’d have a few weeks at home to prepare for the Christmas season. And I thoroughly embraced it. Some highlights for me were documented on my Instagram so I thought I’d do a small round up here.
Having the studio has given me a quiet place to wrap gifts (and hide them!) and I did the majority of it in this little corner of the room. The Man surprised me with a rescue puppy a few weeks ago! Her name is Liberty and she’s been my constant sidekick ever since coming home to us.
The island in the studio kitchen ended up being the perfect shade of green for the holidays. I added an evergreen garland over the window and a few small touches here and there in other rooms. Lots of baking, candy making and crafting was embraced.
I sent out my Holiday Cheer Boxes to friends, colleagues and a few folks I haven’t met in person but thought it would brighten their season. It was my absolute favorite thing to do this year! Cookie and candy boxes went to neighbors, family and a few special friends.
Lots of time was spent in the kitchen as you can imagine. In fact, I’m still baking today as I’m sure many of you are as well. This year I found all my fresh cedar garland at my local Ralphs grocery store! The florist was able to order it for me…only 9.99 for 6ft at that!
Another deal was a small faux bois pedestal that I just love! And my assistant made me two felt ball garlands which I hung over my desk. I nestled in a couple tiny wood trees to make it more festive while I’m working. I can’t tell you how much I adore handmade and homemade gifts.
Our orange trees about to be harvested, so I bought a bunch of old crates on Craigslist so our family and friends could fill them with fresh picked oranges before our wholesaler comes to clear the trees. Oh…and there was a lot of chocolate peanut butter candy making. We’ve always called them Christmas Candy but I’ve heard of others calling them Buckeyes? Not sure where that comes from?
And I spruced up our coffee station with a little holiday goodness. It doesn’t take much…a few sprays of evergreens, red transferware cups, and the most delicious striped candy cane wafers!
I want to wish each and every one of you very Merry Christmas.
May the season bring you comfort and joy and time spent with those you hold dear.
Wishing you peace and much happiness from our home to yours!