Last minute non-consumer holiday gift ideas

Jean-Marie Xmas tree

This is my neighbor’s gorgeous holiday tree from a few years ago. This year he is doing a huge traditional tree with antique French ornaments and real candles. I wish I wasn’t working so much lately, because I really wanted to rerun all my holiday posts from previous years. But since it’s so late in the […]

Novica giveaway winner

Congratulations, Theresa! You are the winner of the Novica gift certificate! Please email me at and I’ll give you the information you need. I wish I could give every reader a gift certificate, but I only have the one to offer. Thanks to all who entered, and you have given me some great gift ideas. I […]

A Novica giveaway!


Since I’ve been writing this blog for almost four years now, and this is only the second time I’ve accepted a product offer, you know this company is one I’m down with. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s called NOVICA, and not only is it a great business model, the items they sell are […]

Continuous Small Treats

The following is a reprint of a previously published post, from Easter 2009… Our dear sweet neighbor gave us this Easter basket. He baked the ginger cake himself. I can’t wait to enjoy it with tea tomorrow afternoon. It will perfectly embody the concept of Continuous Small Treats. By the way, the flag reads “Joyenses […]

Creative Wrapping Ideas


If you’re looking for some non-consumer holiday gift wrapping ideas, here are a few options for you. I haven’t bought wrapping paper for several years, I use it over and over and it turns out like the package on the left. I cut up old Christmas cards and save wrapping paper from gifts I receive […]