December 5, 2014

Cool Stuff I Like

Ha! Remember how I was talking about sometimes not writing on my Cool Stuff lead photo? Well, honestly today I just plumb forgot. I loaded the photo and went, oh I forgot the text! And I left it. GASP. Anyhoo, pretty ornament, yes? Saw it in a little shop. I loooooove it. Now that I'm looking at it again, I'm wondering why I didn't bring this guy home with me. Oh well. Do you have your tree up? We have our tree up! It's in a new place in our living room, which is tremendously exciting! It's the little things, people......

This almond Christmas cookie will be the first one made in my house this season.

PURE BRILLIANCE. Thank you to my friend Sam. 

How did I not know there was a Harry Potter cookbook?????

While we're freaking out about Harry P. stuff....OH MY STARS. Can you believe this? Awesome!

Holiday light and garlands ~ I love the idea of using round globe lights on a tree.

Adorable gift ideas in this post.

Tiny little baby bear slippers!

Lots of dragon books for every age. Because dragons are awesome.

Christmas pudding tea!

Turkish Delight!

Skating Penguin pajamas. (these might be the Christmas eve pj's for a certain someone I know)

Cool Book of the Week: 'The Animals' Santa' by Jan Brett. A new Jan Brett!!!! I think Jan Brett Christmas books are the bestest. LOVE the detail of her art. A little rabbit is trying desperately to figure out who brings the animals their holiday gifts. As the rabbit asks his friends, each one realizes that they too, have no idea who brings the gifts, and each one has a differing guess as to who it might be. I barely even looked through the book when I saw it a bookshop. Basically, I was like, oh new Jan Brett Christmas story? PURCHASE.

Have a lovely weekend! Every weekend of December is packed with stuff. I'm a little wee bit sad about this actually. During the week between Christmas and New Years, I'm going to sit on my floor, listen to Christmas music and stuff cookies into my mouth and watch movies and NOT MOVE.



  1. Oh, Turkish Delight! I remember watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on Wonderworks on PBS as a kid (and subsequently reading it) and Edmund being taken in by the witch with the enticement of Turkish Delight and thinking it must be the most wonderful thing in the world. Many years later, I found one at a candy store in England and tried it- uh, not as mouthwatering as I'd imagined my whole life. Love the Christmas pudding though- my kids have been running around the house singing "Now bring me some Christmas pudding and bring it right now, we won't go until we get some" all morning. :) And the Christmas, Restoration Hardware Style just made my day- kind of like that "Let's Make Fun of Anthropologie Furniture" post. Brilliant!

    1. I know, I've heard Turkish Delight isn't really all that delightful, but I like to imagine still that it is, esp if made by Crabtree & Evelyn, ha! I never liked Christmas pudding either, until I was an adult, and now I LOVE it - I like to go buy a small one just for me at the British teashop in the next town away!

  2. We have that book checked out right now! I actually miss Restoration Hardware (ours closed). I admit to getting sucked in by it this time of year. ;) (And holy crap, if I had a basement, I would did that skee ball machine! No joke!) The whole thing's a scream, though. “A cashmere hot water bottle?” Kyle asked her husband after tearing off the wrapping. “Really, Mauricio? A Cashmere. Hot water. Bottle.” It was the first time she knew with certainty that the rumors were true. - HAHAHAHAHA Love that HP steamer trunk! I've heard Turkish Delight just isn't as tasty as it sounds in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I've been reluctant to try it. Christmas pudding tea, huh... Okay, so I had no clue until recently that Dean & DeLuca is headquartered here in Wichita. We have no Dean & DeLuca stores. The closest one is in KC. I guess the company is being sold, which is why I read about that. Love the Cakies gift list. Pretty stuff! Hope you have a marvelous weekend!

    1. "I would DID that skee ball machine." I blame yesterday's fever.

    2. omg that was best part, the cashmere water bottle thing? HA HA HA HA! can you believe the steamer trunk with Harry P books???? can you believe it???? see above comment to Amelie re turkish delight ha ha ha!

      we're finally going to get our tree decorated! it's been sitting here with lights on but no ornaments for 3 days......:)

  3. So impressive. I swear, every new blog I find, I find in these posts. Thank you!

  4. I always envisioned Turkish Delight to be some sort of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. Clearly I was so very wrong. The real thing doesn't sound nearly as good as I imagined it to be when I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe all those years ago.

    Love that RH post!

  5. I didn't know that there are Harry Potter cookbook, but it sounds awesome! Kids will love to make some of the popular treats from the film and books.

    End of tenancy cleaning Vauxhall

  6. Jan Brett's books are magical! They are simply so beautiful to look at and the poetry in those stories never ceases to amaze me. Oooh Turkish Delight! Not that I need them but mmm they are so good!

  7. Those little bear slippers are so precious!!!

    I would LOVE to check out that cookbook!