A christmas wreath that I purchased from a young, tiverton based floral designer named kim (Green Lion Design) who was working at a RISD event with me. I love the burlap bow! And I didn’t want to put any new holes in my wall (this generally gives me anxiety attacks), so I just hooked it over a favorite picture. In case you are wondering, “Lo How a Rose” is one of my favorite Christmas Hymns. To hear it and other phenomenal Christmas music, including Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noel, come to Trinity Church in Newport tonight for the midnight mass. Carols begin around 10:30 and the service starts at 11. I hope everyone has a fun and safe Christmas Eve!
I love my friend Adriana’s style. She always looks so cool without trying, and most of her accessories have a story to be told. Like her gold necklace that says her name in arabic, which was made for her while traveling in Lebanon. And those glasses (which sadly plunged into the cold briny deep moments after this was taken) were purchased at a market in Spain. She travels fearlessly and passionately, and consequently has many tales to share. Even though the glasses met a tragic end, the experience is now just another one to tell: not many people have walked through downtown Newport on a busy Saturday with a homemade boat hook (broom handle, electrical tape, hanger) in an attempt to rescue a beloved pair of 5 euro spectacles!
Do you ever feel more excited about the way you wrapped a present than for the gift itself? I get rather into gift presentation. Here are some tiny ideas for a jingle box (pretty box filled with christmas treasures such as paperwhite bulbs, homemade and antique ornaments, fresh evergreen sprigs, jingle bells, and love), and a handmade card (I shooed some card stock through my grandfather’s old typewriter with some difficulty, then added a bell with a needle and some red thread. In the spirit of giving experiences rather than things to my loved ones, I’ve bought a lot of gift certificates this year, and I’ve been playing around with ways to make them a bit more festive than your standard envelope number). Happy wrapping!