Today, I have the honor and I do mean, honor of guest posting at my friend Cheryl's blog. Cheryl has a blog called Mommypants where she writes so eloquently of all the big and little moments that come along, once you slide on those certain pants dotted with bits of Play-Doh and dried up Cheerios and claim the noble title of mommy-hood. Cheryl is a journalist who now stays home with her three beautiful children. Her take on motherhood makes me laugh, sometimes makes me cry and always takes my breath away.
Cheryl asked if I could write about one of my own Mommypants moments. And after much thought, I told the tale of my girls and a summer evening just a short time ago. It's a spin on a former post and you might recognize it, but I would love it if you'd go over and say hello to Cheryl and take a look around her blog.
Cheryl is just splendid in every way and it's worth the big effort of clicking right here.
And one more thing:
One of my blog friends, Erin Prais-Hintz, is an artisan jewelry designer. And I really feel like the title, jewelry designer, doesn't do justice to Erin's work. The first time I took a peek at her treasures at Tesori Trovati, I fell in love. Her jewelry is so much more than a necklace or a bracelet or a pair of earrings. Each one-of-a-kind piece, is its own story, crafted by Erin's hand, filled with unique gemstones, beads and charms and just so beautifully made.
I ordered a bracelet from Erin's Etsy shop for my sister's birthday.
It was here in just a few short days, a miracle in the chaos of the Christmas shipping season. And it was delicately wrapped up in a beautiful bronze box along with several handwritten notes. There was one from Erin, detailing the story behind her inspiration for the piece. And not only was there a personalized note to my sister, but there was a note for me, too.
And as usual, Erin's note was filled with the loveliness that makes up Erin. My sister was so touched, she shed a tear and then declared the bracelet as one of the prettiest gifts she's ever received.
My picture does not even compare to the beautiful photos on Erin's blog, but trust me when I tell you, this bracelet is an incredible work of art, one of those pieces that will certainly have people grabbing my sister's wrist and exclaiming, "Where did you get THIS?"
Erin, thank you so much for all your thought and care. The bracelet truly is a treasure.
If you're looking for a gift that will have them gasping at its splendor, check out Erin's trove of treasures at Tesori Trovati.
And don't forget to go see Cheryl at Mommypants, too. Be prepared to fall in love with both of them.
Man, I have great friends.
Today's Definite Download: I've said it before, but it's worth repeating because it's one of my favorite Christmas songs, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" Judy Garland's version. It's rather a melancholy song but so sweet and beautiful when sung by the extraordinary Judy Garland. She just had a way of pouring her sad, little heart into all of her songs that made them luminescent.
And because, I've almost caught up to the runaway train that is Getting Ready For Christmas. I've been overwhelmed with illness and writing and vacations and company, company that I love having by the way, but all of those things combined put me so far behind in life this month.
Yesterday, I ordered Christmas cards. I haven't sent out Christmas cards in 4 years. But this year, I am on it. And my house is finally cleaned and decorated. The only thing left is the Christmas shopping and I'm working on that this week. Now, if I could only catch up with all of you fabulous bloggers.
It's all in the baby steps.
Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas. The Christmas Spirit is in the house.
Posted by Joann Mannix at 10:00 AM
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