Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Christmas Surprise!

After our morning gift giving on Christmas Day, my parents had us clear away the massive mess on the floor (we could not see much of the floor) for the "big gift." We did so, then my mom sent me and the sister after me to our rooms. Something was brought in from outside, and everyone else was allowed to come into the family room. My sister and I were instructed to come downstairs with our eyes closed. When Mom let us open our eyes, this is what we saw:

This is mine; it is made of sassafras wood, so it has more grain lines and is more brown toned.

The dividing shelf/bottom is made of cedar, and we had some extra cedar blocks to use to keep the scent on our items.

This is my sister's; it is cherry, so it has less strong grain patterns (I think the pattern is like stone, marble particularly) and is more red toned.

These chests are made in the Shaker style. The dimensions are approximately 18x40x27 inches

Happy New Years! I am stuffing myself with my dad's homemade doughnuts (an Alton Brown recipe) and hiding from the crowd of our party for now.

Saturday, December 28, 2013


Here is the smallish Christmas gift list. The wonderful one deserves a post of its own. All my gifts are nice, but you will understand what I mean when I quit taunting and actually show the loveliest gift.

Practical (okay, so the grey gloves are elegant...touchscreen gloves CAN be elegant; my littlest sister picked them out, what a good job!).

 Workout clothes, two pairs of gloves (one pair touchscreen), and pajamas.


 A warming mask, plenty of chocolate, a pomegranate, and shampoo. I used the mask that very day and it was lovely.


One can never have too many makeup bags and these are cute, durable, and roomy. The hair comb is silvery and elegant. The sweater style matches (unintentionally as the gifts were given by different people) a sweater one of my little sisters received.

 Lovely, from my brother...I think with help from one of my sisters, but still, he did an excellent job giving his sisters and girlfriend gifts this year.

 These kitties even look like our newest kitty. Kitties and books, now how could that arrangement go wrong?

I am trying to obtain all the titles I like from the Barnes and Noble elegant hardback collection and was thrilled to receive this one. I haven't had the chance to watch Les Mis, and I adore Ramin Karimloo. A nerd's dream collection pretty much.

I have several Christmas posts to go. I love Christmas. I think when I have my own family I want to have the 12 days of Christmas.