Sunday, December 12, 2010

All Manner of Good Things...

First of all, the winner of the star ornament giveway, as picked by is Dina of Five Cats from Crazy. :D  So one of the stars will be on its way to her, and the rest are available in the ornaments section of my shop.

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway myself, and got these beautiful gift tags by Deb of The Running Garlic.

You can't really tell in this photo, but the owl and flower are embossed and look amazing.  These are going to make my Christmas presents so much prettier.  (And you should check out her shop for more pretty tags and hot pads and even dried homegrown garlic, which I wish someone would buy me for Christmas. Yum.)

I've been trying to buy most of my Christmas gifts handmade for a few years now, and these are my favourite of this year's selection---tiny, gorgeous koi pond tins by Starless Clay.  The water and lily pads and lilies and fish are all done in polymer clay, and I can't believe how detailed and beautiful they are!  I keep taking them out of the gift boxes they came in to admire them.

Just for LOLs, some of the Christmas cookies I made the other night---nothing says "Christmas" like squirrels and palm trees.  (There were more traditional shapes in the mix, too, but of course I only photographed the crazy ones.)

And if you're near a Trader Joe's (and you like mangos, cranberries, and chili spices), run, don't walk, and buy a tub of this cranberry mango salsa.  I'm a recent convert to the wide world of mangos, and I never would have thought they'd go this well with tomatoes and onions and cumin and other salsa spices, but this stuff is delicious.  Sweet, spiced but not hot-spicy, so good you want to eat it straight out of the container with a spoon...


  1. Thanks so much! Those koi pond tins are really cool & your cookies are awesome! Hope your Holiday Spirit is in full gear! Happy, Happy to you!

  2. Yum! Our Trader Joe's is over an hour away. Such a bummer. The next place we move to I'm demanding a nearby Trader Joes! The military always considers demands like that, right?

    Love the Christmas Palm trees....hahha!