Thursday, December 18, 2014

Some Of My Favorite Things This Year

Isn't it funny how you find a combination that works for you and then it is your favorite love at the moment.  I have a few this year.

I had fallen into the habit of just using cheap 99c store paper and stick on bows for my presents, so this year I was determined to change that.  I am loving fancy ribbons on pretty papers this year and trying to make the package fit the personality of the person.  Simple for men and glitzy for ladies.  My ottoman has also become one of the hardest working spots in my house-my favorite dumping spot.  These are the packages that I need to take to others homes.  Perfect place to keep them all in one spot and not mixed up under the tree.

My favorite outfit is usually a pair of jeans and a tee shirt.  This year I have loved adding the scarf to dress it up a bit and of course the leopard flats add a fabulous measure of chic.  My go to bag has been this wonderful big leather one.  It has a strap long enough to cross over the body for hands free shopping and is super light weight.    It gets dumped here on the ottoman as soon as I walk in the door and is the perfect place to grab everything as I walk out.

Last present wrapped and I am out the door. I wrap stacks of different cookies and candies in celephane and tuck them into gift bags for a couple of gentlemen seniors that I work with. Each bag holds 3 doz. cookies and 1 lb. of fudge.  They LOVE any kind of homemade treats and are always curious if I've started baking yet.  haha  I love hearing the stories they tell about all the wonderful things their wives use to bake.  So precious.

Of course there's a few presents for this gift to us from the Lord - Bronx.  He is such a special Miracle and we are all so Blessed.   He is so much fun.

So I guess I would have to say one of my favorite things this year is the ottoman, it has turned out to be a great dumping  staging spot.  Easy to grab everything and out the door.

What's your favorite outfit this year and do you have a "dumping" spot too?

 I am joining the following parties:
 Craftberry Bush  Posed Perfection ,
 Katherines Corner , The Vintage Farmhouse , A Delightsome Life ,
Love of Family & Home ,  Between Naps On The Porch ,
 From My Front Porch To Yours , The 36th Avenue , Imparting Grace ,
 My Romantic Home ,   French Country Cottage ,The Thrifty Groove ,
                  The Charm of Home , Chic On A Shoestring Decorating , Finding Fabulous ,
                                        Rooted In Thyme , Jennifer Rizzo , Redoux Interiors

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  1. Marty, I love that you use your ottoman. It just states that you use your home and it is just not a place for show. Your packages are wrapped beautifully. Thank you for showing interest in the seniors. So many people forget about them this time of year.
    You are one of those people who could even make tee shirt and jeans classy. I enjoy your blog so much.

  2. Gorgeous! Love that leather bag, especially, Marty! Merry Christmas!

  3. Marty, I love your "fancy paper" wrapping, and your gifts for the seniors is a lovely gesture! Merry Christmas!

  4. That Bronx is SO cute! I have to find a new dumping spot cause I just cleaned out the guest room. :)

  5. I love buying wrapping paper from TJMaxx and HG and enjoy wrapping them beautifully as well! Love your HERMES bag, I was thinking of getting one but I think my hubs bought me a different kind. I really love it's style and would definitely get one sooner of later! Bronx is so big already and soooo cute!

  6. I have all my gifts that I have so far (I think I am done) wrtaped and under the tree. Wish I had an ottoman to use for grabbing as I go out the door!! Love that idea! I made all the gifts that are in boxes special by using pretty ribbon and hand made bows too. The rest are in gift bags, either to big to wrap or for little Colleen who LOVES pulling the tissue out of the bags!!! Marry Christmas, Marty and I LOOOOOVE those flats!!!

  7. Do leggings count as an outfit? Merry Christmas marty.

  8. Love the ottoman and your gifts are so beautiful....almost too pretty to unwrap! Bronx is such a cutie pie too :o)

  9. Oops, my comment sent before I wished you a very Merry Christmas with your family, and your little grandson. In the Spirit, sheila@mykentuckyliving

  10. Bronx is so sweet!! Merry Christmas Marty!!

  11. I think we all have a "dumping spot. :) Ours is generally the kitchen table. Bronx is sooo big. He has the cutest smile. :) We are all done and ready to enjoy Christmas also. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Marty!

  12. Oooh, I love your bag, Marty! I've been using a bag lately that is long enough to wear crossed over my body. It is so much more convenient especially when I've been shopping and don't have to stop to push a strap back up on my shoulder. Your home looks so festive and the gifts so pretty!