Thursday, November 1, 2012

Favorites on the First! Gift-Giving

It seems the first day of each month
arrives sooner and sooner lately!

How does that happen!?!
(Or is it just me?)

It is still the first and I know I am late
in posting this edition of the linky party,
but I was on an "adventure" this past weekend
as some of you already know and I am still behind
in my chores and my "things to do list"!
(Will explain more about this at the end of this post*)

But I am very anxious 
to show a few more things 
that might be fun to give 
for the holidays.
Cute woodland ornaments from

Hand-made kringles from Oh! Danish Bakery.... perfect for everyone on your list.
I recommend the almond or pecan ones. Go to

Keep someone cuddly and warm with new tartan throws 56" x 78"
in 38 different plaids from

Find the perfect plaid flask in one of many
Scottish tartan patterns at
You can have them monogrammed too.

How about a dozen of these Delft-tile designed shortbread cookies
from StoneHouseOven on Etsy? Link here  Each a work of art!

Darling gingerbread house from

OK, and before you all link,
I will tell you about the weekend  
My daughter and I went to NYC
this past weekend on a planned trip.

I was going to go into all the details 
and how it took us four days to get home, 
but I am not even going to go there. 
We are safe and we made it home ---
to our house, which is intact and has electricity.
It was an inconvenience, but an adventure and
we are safe and fortunate.

Cannot stop thinking 
about those who have been
affected by Hurricane Sandy. 
Please pray for these people 
and do or give what you can 
to help them.
God bless those 
whose lives will never 
be the same.

Sorry to end my post
on such a sullen note!
Please link your holiday gift-giving ideas below.

Hug your loved ones 
and know that life can change
in an instant. 
Make every day and every moment count.


If money was not an issue,
what gift would you love to give to family
and friends?


Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

So glad you and your daughter are safe. So much to be thankful for.

michele said...

truly an adventure! my in-laws barely made it out of manhattan (they had traveled from montana for shows and sightseeing) and drove here.

glad you are safe. some pics up from our hotel in paris.


Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Alison, glad that you and your daughter are safe! I know that it truly had to be an adventure! I am praying for everyone affected. Thanks for taking the time to host your party...I love anything by Jo Malone!

Divine Theatre said...

I am glad you are okay. My heart is heavy for those who have lost so much.
If money was no object I would go door to door and spay and neuter all the cats and dogs in attempt to stem the relentless tide of abused, abandoned and suffering animals.


At Rivercrest Cottage said...

If money weren't an issue, I would buy all my family houses right together in a compound. It's hard to be far from the grandkids!

Rebecca said...

Wow! Glad you're home safe & sound after your "brush" with Sandy!

I like the precious/unique gifts you've pictured - 'specially the Delft-tile cookies (and of course ANYthing plaid).

Re. the "money-no-issue" question - I like the family compound idea :)
I was thinking in a similar vein - a perfect lake cottage/retreat with enough spare bedrooms to house our extended family. I would want to live there year 'round in the lower level and be able to close up the extra rooms until necessary.....

NanaDiana said...

I am so glad you and your dd are safe. We have a sister on Long Island and they still do not have power-there is so much damage all around them. What a tragedy- xo Diana

Garden, Home and Party said...

Talk about an adventure. I'm happy to hear you and your daughter are home safe and sound. You are right, it's so sad to see the devastation and the idea of being without power as the days get colder breaks my heart for NY and NJ folks.

Susan Freeman said...

What an adventure you and your daughter had. I am glad to know that you are at home safe! Having lived in NYC and still having many friends in the area, I cannot stop thinking of the tragedy that has affected so many there. Your gift selections are so wonderful. All the kinds of gifts I love. Have a happy weekend my dear friend.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

So glad you and your daughter are safe and sound!!!! If money were not an issue, I would love to buy my son the home of his dreams and enough meds to keep him well for MANY years. For my daughter: Whatever she would want/need in her new house. What a dream that is!! XO, Pinky

The French Hutch said...

I'm so happy to hear you and your daughter are home safely. I'm sure it was not the "adventure" you planned. The pictures show just how devastating the storm was and my thoughts and prayers continue for those affected.
The French Hutch

Pamela Gordon said...

Alison, I'm glad you got to and from NYC safely. Such a terrible storm. I am going there in 2 weeks so I hope things are more settled by then. In answer to your question I would give my family out west free travel by air any time they want to come home. Enjoy the weekend. Blessings, Pamela

debra @ 5th and state said...

great choices!
having just returned from england i loaded up on jo malone for me and for gifts.

if i could give anything? tartanware!!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Hi Alison! The Delft-tile cookies are beautiful, almost too pretty to eat!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

The Charm of Home said...

So glad you and your daughter are safe. Great idea to be focused on gift giving.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What great gift ideas! Hope I'm on your Christmas list! Hee-hee!

So thankful you had a safe trip as well.

If money were no issue: I like what someone said about building all the kids houses close to us - I miss our grandchildren too!!


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Hi, Allison... I'm a little late too! Thanks for hosting! I am so happy that you and your daughter are safe and sound and home!!! Bless your heart! I am praying for all those suffering from the hurricane!