01 December 2010

Eccentric Eclectic Xmas List

Since *everyone* does a holiday round-up about now, I figured I'd get in on the act with a list of some things that people I know might be getting for Christmas:



1) Wandering around Portland last weekend, we stopped into a shop selling flavored balsamic vinegar. It is oddly delicious, and I imagine that the espresso balsamic drizzled over a pork chop will be divine.

2) The girl child got an American Girl doll for her birthday, but it only came with the clothes on its back. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on actual American Girl pajamas, I found some on Etsy - they're cute, they were cheap, and the money goes to a person instead of to Mattel. There are lots of people selling doll clothes on Etsy - just search for 18" doll clothes if you need some.

3) My very wonderful friend Very Mary makes very charming necklaces, personalized to order. She wraps them beautifully, and her handwriting on the package is just splendid.

4) I've been eyeing Happy Tape forever; I finally bought some to wrap with and some to give away.


5) Somehow, we ended up with two copies of The Magic Pudding because I'd bought one and squirreled it away a long time ago, and then my sister-in-law gave a copy to my daughter for her birthday last month. So the original copy is now destined for another child - that's not re-gifting, is it? Incidentally, if you don't know about the New York Review Children’s Collection, you might want to buy one of each.

6) I had a credit for a dozen free note cards at Shutterfly, so I had some printed using an image from my decay blog.

7) As soon as I saw the solar queen, I knew I needed one. Her purse is a solar cell! She waves in the sunlight!

8) It is impossible to buy anything for my father; he has everything. So, instead, I'm adopting him a golden eagle through the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. I could adopt a bald eagle instead, but the golden is BIGGER!

What's on your list?

11 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I didn't know about your decay blog--there are some great choices for notecards.

Bibliomama said...

Me neither, but a decay blog sounds awesome -- reminds me of a book we did in book club a couple of years ago where no one could remember the title but we called it "that 'everything rots' book". We're dedicating a metre of the trans-Canada trail to my brother-in-law and his wife. I've never done a holiday roundup. I'm afraid to look at happy tape.

Amira said...

These sound pretty neat. I especially like the idea of adopting an eagle for someone who has everything already; they're always the trickiest to shop for.

Life As I Know It said...

What? You were in Portland last weekend? We probably walked right by each other ;)

mayberry said...

Ooh, that balsamic will be great for someone on my list I've been stumped by.

What I want: Gloves that allow you to use your touch screen device without taking them off.

Gina said...

Thanks for the doll clothes on Etsy idea - I was too dumb to think of it myself. I haven't given in to an American Girl doll...YET, but Em did get an 18 inch doll & wants more clothes.

painted maypole said...

MQ is getting an American Girl doll... I think. Trying to get a used one, but they go for nearly as much as the new. Crazy. maybe I'll get her some clothes as well. depends on what I spend on the darn doll.

When we lived in CA a golden eagle once swooped over our car and then glided about 20 feet in front of us for a minute or two, then took off. It was incredible.

Heide said...

I read the title of this entry several times before I realized you have triple alliteration. Very nice.

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

Wait. Portland Oregon? or Portland Maine?

Very Mary said...

Thanks for the shout out! And I could really use some bloggy love right now as I have just left my husband and now have to figure out how to pay for life without him. Details if desired...

The Library Lady said...

Clothes for the dolls also available on Ebay. I acquired a good deal for SC and JR that way. In fact, I just sold Samantha nightgowns for girl and doll (we have 2 sets, not that JR is even using them) on Ebay this week.

Our current problem is finding suitable clothes for Fred the Sock Monkey. He wears those 18 inch doll clothes, but most of them are too girly for him. Got him some nice flannel PJs with a monkey pattern though..