Worth A Thousand Words

Sometimes a picture really can be worth a thousand words.
In these photos, I see many of my favorite things . . .

Tea, bone china teacups, flowers (especially pansies), the act of making jewelry, (and jewelry, itself!), bracelets, BEADS!, the color purple, aurora borealis . . .


Not too long ago, I spent an afternoon making this bracelet.

It was a welcome break during a particularly busy week.


What are you up to lately? 😀




There are people who like chocolate . . .

And then there are people who LOVE chocolate.

I’ve always been someone who “likes” it.

Well, that is until several years ago when I discovered Lindor Hazelnut Truffles by Lindt.

Oh my, are they ever good!!!!! So good, in fact, that the hazelnut is often sold out!

(xoxoxo to Sir Beads for snagging some for me.)


Happy Valentine’s Day, Kids! 😀

Hope you discover something sweet today . . .



Give your Favorite Things

girlchristmasIf you’re like me, you sometimes find it tough to come up with a good gift idea.

Is there a person on your gift list who doesn’t really “need” anything?

Do you avoid buying clothing for gifts because finding the right size can be an issue?

Or maybe you’re just tired of giving the same types of gifts to family and friends every year.

Until a couple of years ago, I could answer yes to all of the above. Then I thought of a new idea – I decided to give our favorite things. 🙂

I’m sure you’ll agree we’ve all sampled enough food, beverages, brand names, music/movies, etc. to be sure of the things we love the most.


With that in mind, I bought a medium-sized covered storage box (I wanted the container to be very useful to the recipient afterwards), and then I filled it with our favorite things, and I mean favorites! I used colorful ribbons and pretty tissue paper to arrange everything in a festive presentation. It was such fun to make a special shopping trip to purchase our favorite chocolates, tea, liqueur, jam, cookies, crackers, music CD, book, and video. (You’ll have your own categories of favorites, of course!)

This was a gift for my parents, who have no need and no space for “dust collectors”. Below is the little poem that I wrote and attached to their gift:


“We thought and we thought, and then thought some more,
As we searched and searched from store to store,
You’ve no need for knick-knacks, or do-dads, or “stuff”
Finding space for those things can be pretty rough!

So, here is a gift that will earn its keep.
You can use it all up – and that’s a relief!!!
You’ll find sweets and snacks and even booze!
There’s a CD for music, or a book if you choose.

The items are simple – not the treasure of kings
But these are a group of OUR favorite things!
They were gathered with care and lots of love, too.
And they come with a wish… Merry Christmas to you!!!”


The sky is the limit for different versions of this idea. I hope it helps the next time you’re having trouble finding the perfect present. 🙂


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