a bernina for christmas

{I’m a little bit obsessed with picnik’s holiday photo embellishments}

Santa brought me (and Karl) a Bernina 330 for Christmas! My parents stealthy planned an errand to Gina’s Bernina sewing store in Knoxville on Thursday morning, citing a need for new needles for my mother’s older machine. When we got to the store, Gina, the owner, met us and pointed out a sewing machine in the corner wearing a bright red bow!

Here’s a little breakdown of the experience:

so many stitches…

and an alphabet function!

p.s. Gina’s has an amazing fabric selection….and I hear it’s going on sale on Monday morning…which ones should I pick?

tennessee christmas

Merry Christmas dear readers! We’re spending Christmas this year in Tennessee and taking full advantage of a chance to relax and re-charge.

Our vacation started with a holiday party with neighbors and friends (and a red velvet cake, of course.)

Pretty presents, cinnamon rolls, and matching pjs have made the last few days lovely, delicious, and cozy.

Finally, we’re celebrating a couple of “firsts” this year—our first Christmas as a married couple, Karl’s first Christmas in Tennessee, and the first time I’ve ever experienced a real white Christmas! We woke up to this:

Though it’s nothing close to the blizzard from a few weeks ago in Minneapolis, a little snow goes a long way in making a southern holiday more festive!

Wishing you a relaxing, festive, and bright rest of your holiday!

irish inspiration

Today I’m missing Ireland. I spent January 2008 studying literature and culture in Dublin, Galway, Derry, Belfast, and several little towns in between. One of my favorite shops we popped into was the Foxford Woolen Mills in County Mayo. I’d visit there all the time if I could find my way back. And, I’m definitely still holding on to the crush I had on all the c-o-l-o-r-f-u-l woolen blankets on display.

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Southern girl loving life in the Midwest. Meeting and event planner, handmade creator and crafter, lover of interior design and fresh blooms. Wife to a cute male nurse, puppy mama and constantly inspired.

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