Around the House · Gifts

It’s That Time Again!

The catalogs have started to arrive.

Yes, they’re here! From the foodie drool-fest catalogs to the I-don’t-have-a-clue-but-this-covers-pretty-much-everything catalogs. And a few in between for good measure.

For me, Holiday Gift Giving is more a focus on treats or treasures rather than the day-to-day (i.e.: socks and underwear) kind of thing. Put it down to too many gifts that were more of a necessity nature rather than indulging in hobbies or adventures. Yes, I understand the reasons why, but … <shrug>

My particular problem is that those I gift to are too far away for my preferred methodology; make and deliver.

You see, I like to feed people. And, yes, it is less expensive to make it myself. (Have you seen the prices some catalogs charge?????!) Now, to be fair, I do understand the reason for the cost, especially having priced ingredients myself, and we already know I’m cheap labor.

All that being said, I like to find places to purchase quality items at a reasonable price and expect my recipients to enjoy the results, even if I haven’t made them myself.

This year I’ve found a couple of items that I use myself and I think will be quite useful for the recipients. I’m considering requesting them to be shipped early in December, too. We already know that the US Post Office is intending to slow down delivery to accommodate the high traffic gift/card giving season. (I’m sure there is sense somewhere…I just can’t see it myself yet…) Other delivery services will be just as overwhelmed as in years past, so it makes sense to get things started early.

Have you started creating your strategies for holiday gifting? Sending you High Fives, Good Luck, and lots of encouragement. January is coming. Really!

Crafting · Gifts · YouTube

The Alternative To Regular Viewing

Or, a great way to watch (and learn) to craft. Even if you aren’t a crafter.

Now, I know that not everyone wants to craft. And I know that there are lots of people who are curious, but not sure if they want to learn a craft. Then there are lots of people who love to craft and are looking for some great instruction, interesting projects, fabulous product.

If you are any of these, stick with me.

If you are a long time reader, you know I enjoy MaymayMadeIt on YouTube. I’ve been a viewer, and a customer, for quite a few years. Maymay is a great teacher who loves to share her love of crafting. Recently, she has changed her video schedule to accommodate the needs of her viewers and the result has been phenomenal.

If you are looking for a way to ease out of a busy work day and spend some time learning something new or just enjoying some great chatter, Maymay has an evening Crafter and Crafter After Shows ( both are live shows ) on Tuesday. She also has crafting tutorials on Thursday and Saturday. If you miss a show, you can always pull up the replay on her YouTube channel.

To find her on YouTube, type MayMayMadeIt in the search box. Don’t forget to hit that ‘subscribe’ button and ring the bell so you get notification about her next video!

The schedule – Note that her schedule is Central Standard Time:
  • *Here is our Weekly Video Schedule:
  • – Sundays 6:00pm CST | Created In Christ Devotion
  • -Tuesdays 6:0pm CST |The Crafter Show
  • -Tuesdays 6:30 pm CST The Crafter After Show
  • -Thursdays 2:00pm CST | Craft O’clock Show
  • -Thursday 6:00pm CST Maymay Recorded Tutorial
  • -Saturdays 6:00pm CST | Maymay Recorded Tutorial

Even if you aren’t a crafter, but just want a way to ease out of a busy day, I strongly recommend that you stop by and spend some time with Maymay, Vinnie and the crew.

As someone who spent years watching quilters long, long before I ever picked up a sewing machine or quilting pattern, I know that sitting back and watching the process can be quite relaxing, and an opportunity to pick up some tips and tricks along the way. It is also a great way to see if a particular craft is something you might be interested in. Or not. 😉

You can also learn more by visiting

If you are bored of the regular TV viewing, tired of the same old, same old, looking for something different, why not give Maymay a chance?


Gifts · Musings · Shopping · YouTube

Getting Into The Holiday Spirit

I admit this year has been quite an interesting one and as we start towards the end of year holidays, I’m finding it a bit of a slow start. I’m not one to spend a lot or buy a lot just to spend but I do enjoy finding beautiful things and getting ideas that I can bring home. Or share. 🙂

I saw this the other day and was fascinated. If you are like me and love beautiful ornaments, this will give you a bit of a wow moment.

Come Shopping!

I love my UK folks! I especially love it when they take me along on their travels.

Luke Catleugh recently posted a wonderful London shopping trip that made me smile. Check it out:

I love to find stores that still decorate their windows. Holiday window displays are magical things.

Looks like Maggie will be having a magical Christmas, too! Such a good dog!

I’ve been browsing shopping sites and catalogs trying to find ‘just the right gift’. It isn’t easy. I like to feed folks but that isn’t easy, either. 🙂

What are you planning for the holidays this year?


Thinking About: Subscription Boxes

I’m sure you have seen or heard about the monthly subscription box services that abound. It seems that there is a box out there for pretty much everyone at a variety of price points.

I admit I’ve been curious about quite a few and some have made me stop and consider while others just … didn’t grab me at all.

If you are in the midst of a gift hunt for someone, or even yourself, it might be worth your time to look into what is available.

What is A Subscription Box?

Subscription boxes are collections of items curated to meet a particular niche.

Sew Becca (look for her over on YouTube) receives several each month that provide items used for sewing and/or specific projects. She covers each in depth with a breakdown of the cost of the items in the box along with the total cost and her thoughts on the contents.

What’s For Tea? (also on YouTube) gets a couple of subscription boxes each month that have a variety of snacks.

Rachel Maksey (yes, also on YouTube) has been a subscriber of the Hunt A Killer mystery box.

And even the Missouri Star Quilt Company has put out a monthly subscription box that provides the materials to make a quilt.

If you are curious about what is available, one resource is My Subscription Box Addiction. There you will find reviews and links for a wide variety of boxes.

I think the idea could be a good one if you know your recipient well and take into consideration preferences and tastes, it could also become a bit expensive depending upon the time frame you choose. I tend to stay away from quilting / sewing boxes because I find they tend to carry items I either already have or don’t want. I’m intrigued by the food boxes, but can see where allergy issues could be a problem.

What do you think? Have you subscribed to a box and what did you think? I’d like to know.