I started with the $9.99 boxwood wreaths at Trader Joe's. What a deal! I grabbed two because I love boxwood so much, but the sad reality is that they just don't last indoors here. The Mister saw boxwood wreaths at Home Depot for $19.99, and I saw them at a nursery for $35 and at one of my favorite shops for $85. So, so glad I was able to get them at TJ's!
Wreaths, of course, need bows, and, for me that means a trip to the one and only (well, actually there are three) Wilson's 5 and 10. The original store isn't too far from home, and a trip to Wilson's is always a treat, if you don't mind a certain amount of chaos! You can seriously find anything--archaic office supplies, floral supplies, toys, baking supplies, weird little hardware needs, obscure candies. Honestly, it's hard to put into words. The craziest thing is that the whole store is a bit of a jumble, but you can ask any employee (of which there are many), and he or she can always take you to exactly what you're looking for.
Wilson's is famous around here for their astounding selection of fabric ribbon. This is the front half of one side of the aisle!
The ribbon department has relied on the honor system for as long as anyone can remember. Scissors, yardsticks, notepads, and pencils are stationed about every six feet of the long aisle of satin and grosgrain and silk ribbon.
I love the wired plaid ribbon I found this year. Most of the plaid ribbon I see at fabric and craft stores has metallic thread, which isn't my favorite for our house. I'm already planning to purchase some more of this lovely tartan.
After my foray to Wilson's, I headed to We Took to the Woods, a dramatic contrast to the five and dime. One of my favorite spots for inspiration and one-of-a-kind finds, We Took to the Woods features amazing merchandise and merchandising. Shopping here is always a fun experience. They're usually serving coffee and hot cider, and last weekend, they had Bloody Marys!
Fresh greens deck the beams of the small store.
The shop features beautiful books, antiques, vintage tartans and classics, French jams and mustards, Belgian and French linens, and antique silver. One of my favorite items are the hand-poured candles, made here in town and packaged in kraft paper, bark, or tartan. The long-burning candles come in a number of scents. My favorite for this time of year is called Gumboots for Winter. It's a fragrant mix of pipe tobacco, orange, and evergreen.
I added a few bristle brush trees to compliment my Santa collection, which I'll post soon.
Next, I made a stop by a nearby nursery to pick up some paperwhite bulbs, which are already underway in the living room. I'm curious how long it will take for them to bloom. I love their fresh scent, but the Mister thinks paperwhites smell like bug spray!
There's still a family photo on the other side of the card, but for the front I used a picture of our front door that I created in the app Waterlogue. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
One Christmas decorating and entertaining project that we're already enjoying is this little hot chocolate bar. I set it up on a sled the Mister and I bought on our honeymoon. If only the weather through the window was snowy rather than rainy, it'd be perfect.
The tartan throw both protects the chest from the runners of the sled and adds a touch of color and warmth.
My nightly cup of sugarfree hot chocolate seems like an extravagant treat when topped with a
few handful of marshmallows.
It's supposed to be sunny this weekend, so I hope to get some better photos of our Advent and Christmas decorations. I'll share some recipes, too!