Monday, December 6, 2010

The Best Christmas Gifts and a Giveaway!

Happy Monday!
I hope everyone is having fun Christmas shopping, filling and mailing out cards, and decorating! We're well on our way to December 25th.  I love the most wonderful time of the year!
WIN IT! - Don't forget to enter the giveaway for the "Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland" wooden sign hand painted by moi! I created the sign as part of the 25 Days of Christmas, and featured a tutorial in yesterday's post.  Click on the icon at the right hand side of the screen for more details!

You may have noticed that there's been a bit of a wintry change around here.  I'm gradually phasing into a new look and feel for my blog, and working toward the format of  (Notice how the composition notebook graphic shrinked?  That's because my husband's adventure as a graduate student is coming to an end.) Loving that font? It's "Another Typewriter", and you can download it for free here! As for the cute tree graphic, it's all mine - a wing it attempt at free-handing on Photoshop.  The snowflakes come courtesy of Crate & Barrel (check the ornament page), and the snowy pine cones were found at Microsoft Office Clipart online.

It's time to kick off a new week of Star & Jmo's 25 Days of Christmas; the topic for Day 8 is "the best gift you've ever received".  I simply can't pick one, so I picked a couple of the best gifts from my childhood, and a few from my adult life. 
I'm sure most of the gals out there remember the magic that Happy Holidays Barbie brought on Christmas morning! I collected these throughout my childhood; now that I'm blogging about them, I wish I would have continued to collect them! My favorite Happy Holidays Barbie is from 1990, which is the first doll on the left:

As i grew out of Holiday Barbies, I grew into a tomboyish phase. The Chicago Bulls Starter Jacket I opened on Christmas 1997 was my favorite gift as a teen. Sorry there isn't an image; the only one i could find on Google was a pic of the jacket hanging on a fence post.  Yeah, I didn't understand it either.
My three favorite gifts as an adult are still being used/worn/admired on a daily basis.  My in-laws hooked me up with an engraved lime green iPod Nano and JVC dock for my office.   Two years later, the iPod is completely full.  It's my best friend!
My husband gave me a framed print of Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards Stadium, matted in green.  It was a complete surprise, and I will always have it hanging in my home as long as I live!  
There's always a jewelry gift involved in "the best gifts I received", isn't there?  For me, it's definitely the Tiffany & Co Bar pendant/necklace my husband gifted me last year.  It's my first piece of Tiffany, and I wear it every single day.  Timeless, classy, elegant, simple - perfect for me! And the best part? He picked it out all by himself!

What are the best gifts you've received?  Blog a little about it, and link up!

Catch up on my 25 Days of Christmas:
Day 1 - Christmas Decorations
Day 2 - Christmas Traditions
Day 3 - My dreambook (Wishlist)
Day 4 - Favorite Christmas Movies
Day 5 - Favorite Christmas Songs
Day 6 - Dresses for the Holiday Season
Day 7 - Christmas Crafts

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Emma said...

Good morning!

Anything that comes in Tiffany-blue wrapping is a good gift! But, all of your gifts sounded like good gifts! :)

Hope you have a great start to your week!

star said...

I collect Barbies! The holiday Barbies are always beautiful, though this years isn't too spectacular! Anything from Tiffany's is always a fabulous gift! Thanks for playing!

flip flops and pearls said...

Love your sign. Dang girl, you are some kind of talented!! Hope your week is fantastic!

Heather said...

I still collect Holiday Barbies!!! It's the one tradition that I can't break!

Kerri said...

Your three favorite gifts are pretty awesome! I'd wear that necklace everyday too...and I'm not a big fan of jewelry!
Thanks for the free font...but how the heck do you get it on your blog...that's the tricky part!!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I love that you use to collect the holiday Barbies! We use to have them as well but stopped the year they decided to like 4 instead of just one!

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