All I Want For Christmas . . .

Monday, December 3, 2012
For the last week or so, my social media feeds have been bombarded with tales of holiday decorating. Around here, it's been hard to get into the holiday spirit - mostly because it's been feeling more like late March than early December outside.

Today, temps soared into the 40s, which means a lot of the snow we received over Thanksgiving weekend disappeared. I can't say I'm sad about the warmer temps, but it is a little disconcerting. Holiday spirit feels a little sparse at the moment, but it will finds its way to this little cabin in the woods soon enough.

In the meantime, I'm doing my best to come up with a Christmas wishlist, but you guys, it's looking disturbingly and disappointingly adult-ish. Back in my teenage years, I used to love creating my Christmas lists. Now, I find myself struggling each year to come up with a decent list. I really do try to live as simply as possible - partly because of principle, partly because of necessity (the cabin is pretty small) - and I've never been much of a shopper. We are so blessed, that we don't really need new stuff and I hate having stuff that just sits around.

So without further adieu, here's my amazingly awesome Christmas wishlist of 2012:

Item #1 . . . the super sexy, ultra fun two drawer file cabinet!!!

But seriously, I need this. The elastic on the accordion file that I've had since college is just this side of shot. And it's so fun to get all your paperwork in order. Am I right?
Next up?! Paper towels!

Okay, I actually think these reuseable towels from Mamamade on Etsy actually are pretty kick-ass. I'm not sure I can totally divorce paper towels, but I love the idea of have these available to wipe up the vast majority of kitchen messes.

Speaking of messes in the kitchen, we could use a new compost bin.

Turns out that compost bins that have been hijacked (aka bitten) by black bears are actually kind of leaky. After reading that last sentence, I'm kind of embarrassed that I just admitted that we've been using a damaged compost bin for the last year +. How cheap am I? (Answer: very cheap.)  

I've been dying to get my hands on a copy of Marisa McClellan's Food in Jars  since it released this spring.  She's my canning guru.

Ooo, and some more ReCap lids for my Mason jars would be awesome!

One actual shopper-ish item that I've been lusting over for years are the Gussy Sews products. I just think they're adorable.
Posey Market Tote
Dashing Deer Pouch
Other more frivolous favorites:

This print from G is for Grow on Etsy:

Happy London Print

And this Minnesota necklace from Shop Oh So Antsy on Etsy. Except the heart must be moved to the Arrowhead region. Sorry Cities dwellers - the Twin Cities is not where my heart is!
Minnesota Necklace

What are you hoping to find under the Christmas tree this year?



  1. I love the Minnesota necklace!
    Just spending time with my family is enough, but I wouldn't mind a new charm for my Pandora bracelet.

  2. Yup, you're definitely a grown-up, mostly asking for boring, practical stuff. Flannel sheets are on my list, for one.

    I'm like you, not wanting to accumulate more "stuff" and trying to live simply.

  3. I feel the same. I don't really need much. Love to get Lavender or Pichouli soaps and lotions. Need a calendar for next year. Anything SF Giants :-) Books. That's my usual gift list. Love those reusable paper towels! Thanks for the canning book idea.... I know someone who would love that.

  4. I am awful at creating a Christmas List as well... I always feel uncomfortable asking for things. I just feel like I have so much already- I don't NEED anything really (yes, I know I write about fashion "needs" - but that is just hyperbole).

    I am looking forward to getting to my parents home next week and letting their already decorated home get me in the Christmas mood!


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