Saturday, December 27, 2014


When fellow-bloggers are nice to me, my heart melts.  You guys see the real me, so when you say you like me, it has infinite significance.

Several of you sent cute Christmas gifts.  I want to mention three.

The first friend is Jessica, whose blog Chronically Vintage is a must-read.  In addition to vintage-y tree ornaments, Jessica sent me the coolest book -- a photographic history of women motorcycle-riders.  I'm swallowing it up in big bites.  Here are some pics of the ornaments and book...



Next is Ashley, my friend in Minnesota.  You may remember I recently mentioned Ashley's new online stationery store Moonstone Paperie which carries products that Ashley designed herself.  Many have a beautiful image of a moose on them.  (I got a coffee mug and notepads with that image.)

For Christmas, in addition to some fab notecards with a motorcycle on them, Ashley sent me a metal moose silhouette that works as a chalkboard.  I tested that out by writing my name on it, as you can see...

Isn't that pretty!  I'm hanging it where I can see it every day and be reminded that I have a friend so sweet.

My last mention is Emma who not only sent me a big box of beauty products, she handwrote a lengthy guide to using them.  She encouraged me to have a "spa day" in my home and that's just what I'm gonna do.  Wheee!!

Friends make life better.  My friends give me confidence.  Thanks, everyone!


  1. These are def super sweet gifts <3

  2. You're so very welcome, Ally. Thank you for your unendingly kindness, thoughtfulness and friendship (very much including your wise and helpful blog comments), as well as for the many ways in which you make the blogosphere a more enjoyable and fantastic place to be the whole year 'round.

    Have a stellar New Year!!!
    ♥ Jessica

  3. That moose is so adorable - you have the best friends!


  4. Oh how lovely and beautiful! Friends are the best! The motorcycle book seems so great! Enjoy it :)

  5. I don't think I can say it any better than Jessica did. Your friendship is a gift in itself, and it's one that I cherish!

  6. wonderful gifts for a wonderful person!!

  7. This is wonderful and so thoughtful of them! They truly chose well.


  8. Christmas has become so commercialised, for myself it is about seeing friends who i do not normally see. It is hard to organise times but for some reason christmas just works :). Love the pics
    have a lovely New Year to you and all your family and friends

  9. How sweet! These are amazing and thoughtful gifts - the best kind. :D


  10. Wow they are so adorable and it's obvious a lot of thought went into it. I love that.

  11. Don't you just love blogging for the sole reason of making fabulous friends? What great gifts...well deserved!

  12. Great gifts! Love the motorcycle book in particular! I'm glad I went with what I did--I was going to go the make-up/beauty product route with tutorials, so you would have had quite the stash on hand!

    - Ashley

  13. Very thoughtful gifts Ally :)
    I certainly hope you had a beautiful Christmas.

  14. Great gifts! I particularly like the cool! I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you as well. :)

  15. Sweet! I love the moose chalkboard.