December Randomness, Inexpensive Gifts and Recipes

How are your holidays shaping up?  

Since we are going to San Diego for Christmas, 
our holiday decorations here in SF are mostly on our mantel.  
But, we picked up my sister's tree before we left after Thanksgiving.
Here's Howard and my sister, Teresa,
with the big tree standing in the back.

 I set the table with fresh fruit for Thanksgiving, 
but it works for Christmas, too.
The branches were from the garden.
We gave everyone pomegranates to take home.
Speaking of which...have 

I did some internet shopping to take advantage 
of the deals out there...
and I'm glad I did as the sales don't seem 
to be as great today and there isn't a lot of stock at some places   
Are you finding that, too?

Here is a great, inexpensive game/gift for the whole family...
Rummikub.   If you like board games, you will love this.
Bloody Mary's are optional but act as a secret weapon against opponents.

Some of my favorite pets are getting their own stocking.

This makes a great gift...especially if you have a faux tree...or even if you don't!

Anthropologie has some pretty calendars 
(hint:  I like any of these).

Garden Calendar                                                      map desk calendar

On Friday, I was at a new client's home to help plan her beverage center, and couldn't stop myself from shopping her house for this space before I left.

We gave our son, Thomas, a crockpot for his birthday.
This morning, I sent him 
that gives you enough for leftovers!
It's delicious.
You could serve it by itself or on top of pappardelle pasta and later as a sandwich.

He's making it today.  Wish we lived closer to him!

Have a great week!


Steps to Layer Your Holiday Mantel and Mantels Around America

Playing with our mantel is fun, so when Suzy from Worthington Court invited me to join "Mantels Across America" I said YES! 

Anyway...welcome to San Francisco, California if you are visiting for the first time!

Our mantel started off bare...except for the mirror from Anthropologie (fitting with the 1920's architecture of our apartment building overlooking the SF Bay).

I'm not a very good artist, but as with a lot of my ideas, I like to do a quick sketch.

1.  Start with your greenery.  At the San Francisco Flower Mart, I chose eucalyptus branches (popular right now) and boxwood for garland and a wreath. 
2.  I hung the wreath on the mirror with Command hooks...easy!  It was my first time using one...and I can remove it after Christmas.
The greenery and the berries grow all over here in California.  

3.  Next, came the hurricane candles with some snips of the greenery in the base.
4.  And then these colorful votives from Glassy Baby (hand blown glass.  10% of their sales go to charity).  Each shade has a name like Tradition and Azalea and is heirloom quality.

5. Ribbon from Home Goods was added to the garland for another texture.
6.  I tied sprigs of eucalyptus to the stockings.
7.  Finally, I added a wire basket of birch logs and pinecones sprayed with "flocking" to fill in the black fireplace when we don't have a fire lit.

Check out these wonderful mantels around America...

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