giving gifts is not my gift

confession:  i am a terrible gift giver.

terr. i. ble.

i’m surprised i have any friends left.  i still have a family because, well, they can’t leave me.

one of my closest friends is a wonderful, thoughtful gift giver (see her gift to me here).  her birthday is the day before mine, so in theory, we should get each other’s gifts at about the same time.  nope.  she sends mine at least a few weeks early, while i send mine at least 3 weeks late.  i’m nothing if not consistent, people.

i decided that if i’m going to be late, at least i could get her something thoughtful.  but i couldn’t think of anything!  so i decided to just keep a look out wherever i went for the perfect gift.


i was at aaron brothers, buying colored pencils for my kids, when i was the sucker at the checkout counter.  they had these beautiful hobnail candles that i just loved!  the colors were so pretty with the gold lid.  and the scent… so yummy.  kind of a pina colada flavor.  but really, i bought it because it was pretty and i knew nicole would appreciate it.

so i’m super pleased with myself and think i’ve nailed the gift.

then this happens.


somebody who i couldn’t get mad at accidentally dropped the glass candle jar on the garage floor when she was trying to help me get all my junk out of the car.


thankfully, i went back to aaron brothers and the cashier helped me find a 50% off coupon on my phone to get the candle at a huge discount – yay!


i also gave her a couple of my copper & leather tassel necklaces and the sweetest oregon scarf i found at our thrift store (she lives in oregon).


i wrapped it all up in the scarf and it was done… just a few weeks late.  also known as: right on time!

on being known

i got some really sweet gifts from my closest girlfriends for my birthday last week!


nicole gave me the feather notebook.  she almost always gives me notebooks, which i love because i’m a notetaker and idea sketcher.  she gave me some fancy hand cream that i would’ve never treated myself to – it looks good and works amazingly!  she also gave me the #5 to add to a couple other 5′s i have.


joy gave me the vintage bingo cards in the most beautiful shade of teal with bits of red, and the old tool caddy.


but my favorite part?  the tool caddy was filled with my favorite treats that joy makes: blondies!

the best gift of all was that they made me feel known.

nicole knows i love making lists.  she knows my hands are always overused and neglected.  she knows my love for chippy paint and family-centric decor.

joy knows i love vintage and distressed finds with history!  she also knows my love for color and whimsical decorating.  and she knows that they way to my heart is through my stomach.  with blondies.  always blondies.

these girls know my likes and dislikes, but they also know my highs and lows.  they’ve walked with me in the valleys and celebrated with me on the peaks.  they know my failures and love me anyway.  and when i fail hard, they bring me blondies.

thank you girls, for knowing me.