Here comes another series mes très, très chers amis.
Tis the season to shop. Let’s start out slowly, shall we? I thought a collection of special finds under $50 would be a pleasant way to begin. All of these could be now or later hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or a “this is my present to me, just because.”
These gifts are modestly priced, but excessively glamourous. What more could a girl desire?
My friend Judy, ever the creative gift-bestower, gave me monogrammed cocktail napkins and “jotters” — slender, vertical notecards cut from a luxe, heavy stock with my name across the top — as a hostess gift when she stayed with us. She chose a toasty beige for the napkins with a silver monogram as perfect accessories to our living room/dining room colors.
You can order yours by contacting Barb Wagner (firstname.lastname@example.org). Barb owns a little company called Pretty Papers and I like the idea of supporting women who are involved in interesting enterprises.
The jotters come in either white or ivory with a variety of fonts in these colors: black, emerald, fuchsia, mocha, navy, purple, red and turquoise. The napkins come in a vast variety of paper and type colors. The napkins are: $29.95 for 100 and the jotters, $39.95 for 100.
Staying on a paper theme, but completely different, is the divine coloring book of luscious fruits and vegetables by the brilliant artist, Jessie Kanelos Weiner. The coloring book allows anyone to be incredibly creative and the results of one’s endeavors could be more than a calm escape from the world of stress many of us inhabit — it could also be a frameable work of art. Imagine, a gifted artist offers us the gift of exploring our own creativity in her “Edible Paradise: A Coloring Book of Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables” ($16.95, Rizzoli).
Although Jessie may not have the time to complete commissions for the holidays, she does accept them and when you peruse her other site I’m sure you’ll be tempted to own one of her beautiful designs.
The idea of paper in all its manifestations, from a puzzle to a real thank you note, gives such pleasure in ways electronic devices and messages never can. How exciting is it to go to a mailbox, you know, the one not far from your front door and discover a letter or a card waiting for you or assembling a puzzle with friends or family (and maybe putting your drink on your new monogrammed napkins), tell me is there anything quite like these oh-so-simple pleasures?
Here are your choices for the napkins and the foil font colors:
I have many more holiday gift ideas for you in the days to come, including presents I will be giving you. Can you still your beating heart?