Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Bookworm

Greetings Y'all! I hope you had a joyful Christmas!

Ours was a relaxed, low-key affair, Sean, Ana and myself (and the dogs, of course) went up to the mountains to my brother & sister-in-luv's house. It's become our Christmas tradition, and I don't think any of us would have it any other way. It's just so nice to be with people you not only love, but really like and want to be with. To let your hair down and just hang out. Since we're spread a good ways apart, the daily grind doesn't allow us to visit as often as we want to, so I really appreciate when we have a couple of days together. Even Especially if all we do is sit around Apryl's kitchen table and eat, drink and be merry. 

I got a few really great books for Christmas that I thought I'd like to share with you guys, I'm excited by these, they're so inspirational and really get the wheels turning!

Fa La La La Felt by Amanda Carestio. This book is wonderful! I'd never seen it before, but just a couple of pages in, and I'm in love. I think a lot of next years Christmas presents will come from this book. Such great ideas!

Lola & Butch are SO not impressed. They're annoyed. Sean is at a hockey game tonight and I've banished them from the couch. Look at Butchie... he's not giving me the cold shoulder, oh no, he's giving me the cold tookis. Sheesh...

Doodle Stitching - The Motif Collection by Amiee Ray  - I LOVE this book, it's great! There are so many cute doodles contained in here. This book is going to get a ton of use for many years. The best part is that it comes with a CD containing the entire collection. This makes transferring patterns as easy as, click, print, trace. I've already printed & traced several with my new light box. In fact I'm planning on a little stitching from this book as soon as I finish this post. Yay!!

Here's the little bit of stitching I did last night. So stinking cute!
 Have I mentioned that I love Doodle Stitching?!?
Who doesn't love a mushroom cottage??
Love for Textiles from Ikea. Great photography, meant to inspire.
It does.

A very special gift from Ana (thanks baby!!) The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook!!
I'm so excited about this, and looking forward to trying a bunch of the recipes. Many of them are mentioned so often in the books that I feel like I should already know them...

Pumpkin Juice, yay!!!

Ana really hit a home run, look what else she surprised me with!
Slytherin House Blend Tea by Adiago. It's delish! I love it, even though the Sorting Hat said I was a Gryffindor. There was a witness, I'm sure she'll vouch for me.

This goodie was a prezzie I bought for myself. That's totally ok, right? 
Oh, you can't possibly imagine how much I love these guys.
Moody, romantic, power-folk! I love me some Mumfords.
Doesn't hurt that Marcus Mumford makes me weak in the knees either. Swoon.
I'd already bought this album from iTunes months ago, and I think it's so swell that I dropped another $25 on the deluxe CD set. Worth. Every. Penny.

I'm so thankful for all of the awesomeness I received, I love books. There is such great information online, and so many wonderful resources, but boy, I still love books. I think I always will.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn't mention what I'm most thankful for on Christmas and everyday.
This guy right here.
My friend, my partner, my husband. Ten years ago on a cold Christmas morning in a tiny, little house, he asked me to be his wife. He's the gift that keeps on giving, I love you Sean ♥ ♥ ♥

 I hope you're all having a lovely holiday season, I'm extra lucky this year as I've taken a weeks vacation between Christmas & New Years. I've never done this before, and it's wonderful. I think I'll have to do it again next year.

If I don't have a chance to post again, I'd like to wish you all a 
Happy New Year!



suzitee said... got totally spolit! (and you are totally deserving, of course). I'm busting to look inside Fa la la Felt, it sounds like I need to get myself a copy :)
Hope you have a wonderful New Year, and enjoy the rest of your holidays xxx

Margie said...

Books are the BEST presents! (other than our hubbies, of course!) I was SOOO happy to get some for Christmas this year too! Wishing you a Happy New Year as well!

beadgirl said...

I love Fa La La La Felt; I want to make practically every project in there. It's a great book and I think you'll really enjoy it.

And Mumford & Sons! With that and TMBG, we might be music twins.

my cup of tea said...

Wow Lisa! Sounds like you have had a wonderful Christmas! Happy 2011 to you and hubby and all the 4 legged children at your house!

MafiosaGrrl said...

Glad you enjoyed such a lovely Christmas. I'm so happy that my work has calmed down a bit, now I can get back to stitching! (And finishing up my project for you!!!!)

Wishing you a happy new year!

Jill said...

Hey Girlie~ I LOVED this post! I can't wait to see those books in person this weekend. Please let me look at them. Please please Pleaaaaaase! I love fun books! I must say, yours peeps know how to give awesome gifts. Love the Harry Potter goodies~ so fun!
Hope you have a wonderful New Year's! See you soon!

Kamisha said...

Oh I'm so excited you got the fa la la felt book! I can't wait to see what you make with it! I really want to get it!

And that Harry Potter Cookbook looks incredibly awesome too!


Emma said...

Gosh what a lot of fab books. May have to go and get some of those for myself.
Have great New Year.. Em x

Angela McRae said...

And a very Happy New Year to you too! LOVE the books -- and look forward to seeing what you create! (My gift to myself this winter: keep up with crafty blogs, *especially* when I don't have time!) And that picture of you and your hubby is just awesome!

Beedeebabee said...

What great presents! I'm drooling over those books!...and your last bit about Sean is sooo sweet! I'm glad you all had a great Christmas!
xoxo Paulette :)...Love that mushroom house!