Tell me this isn't the cutest hat you've ever seen?
My friend Jane (known elsewhere as Cactus Petunia) makes these and sells them at her Etsy site. Now, I can't promise you there's enough time to order between now and Christmas, but it's worth a shot if you've got a cute kid who likes owls.
And what cute kid doesn't like owls?
While you're looking at the owl hats, look at Jane's fairy series. She's an artist, extremely creative, and she makes beautiful things. But for now, I'm just waiting for my three owl hats.
Come back later this week for at least one more FOOLHOGG* recommendation.
I use very few apps on Facebook. For one thing, most don't interest me, and for another, I trust Facebook just about as far as I can throw Mark Zuckerberg. But I made an exception this morning for the app "My Year in Status." It was pretty fun, actually. Click on the image and it will open.
If you choose to make you own Year in Status, I can't promise you the app won't bug your friends and sell your grandmother, so proceed with caution.
Another FOOLHOGG (Foolery Holiday Gift Guide) already -- I must be in shopping mode. NOT.
This year our office gift exchange rules are "bring a gift that will work for any of us." Yikes. Even counting spouse there are only seven people who attend our office Christmas dinner, but those seven people could hardly be more different. We keep it very small -- $10-15 a gift -- and there are not a lot of gifts worth getting in that price range. "What on earth can I buy this year that could possibly work for any of those people?" I asked myself as I dried my Tervis Tumbler lid. "What will be useful and practical, even if the person might already have one?" I asked myself as I put my Tervis Tumbler away in the cupboard.
I'm giving Tervis Tumblers for my office gift exchange this year. This is mine -- a custom one from the Virginia Blogfest 2010.
How great is a cup that keeps cold things cold, hot things hot, doesn't leave sweat rings, doesn't break easily, is dishwasher safe AND made in the U.S.A.? I know!
You can order custom Tervis Tumblers (and cups and mugs and ice buckets) at their web site, or you can buy them in a store like Bed, Bath & Beyond, where I bought mine. The Tervis web site has a store finder for you, so that's helpful.
And, because I'm feeling all festive-y and good cheer-like, I'll give you my favorite Tervis Tumbler recipe. Ready? Pack a 16 oz. tumbler with crushed ice. Pour wine up to about an inch and a half from top. Fill rest of the way with tonic water. Put the lid on and go outside to play. (It's not nearly as much wine as it sounds because of all the ice, but I'm not giving my Fooleryland Seal of Approval if you use a 24-oz. Tervis Tumbler.)
Stay tuned for more FOOLHOGG recommendations!
(As usual, this is in no way a paid promotion. I'm just helpful that way.)
If you're looking for a new Christmas book to share with a young child, this is a beautiful choice. The story is true but very simple, written by James Doti about a visit to his grandmother as a child in Chicago's Little Italy. My girls are a little bit old for the story, but not for the heart of Mr. Doti's tale. Who could not love a story about a grandma who bakes cookies, and a pet dog and snow and big city life? They love it.
I had the privilege of meeting Lisa Mertins, whose delightful illustrations give the book life, at an event last month. Though I've known her through the internutz and admired her painting skills, I was thrilled to find out that she's just as nice and interesting and funny as she is talented.
I ordered A Christmas Adventure in Little Italy directly from Lisa, but you can order it from the web site or from your favorite bookseller.
From the web site:
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Kathleen Muth Reading Center at Chapman University. For more information, please visit www.chapman.edu.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's FOOLHOGG -- another good gift under $15!
The second installment of the FOOLHOGG (Fooleryland Holiday Gift Guide). Sick to death of the same old Christmas music over and over -- or, even worse, new versions by musical lightweights who add nothing of value to an old standard (and probably ruin it)? Well, I am. So I was very surprised to hear excerpts from a holiday album that I actually wanted to buy.
And no, when I write "holiday album," I'm not being politically correct. You should know me better than that -- shame on you for thinking that!
The eclectic band Pink Martini is all about variety, flexibility and uniqueness. Nothing is as you'd expect. They're a little campy, sometimes old-fashioned, often very multicultural, and always extremely musical.
This album has a very sacred feel to it, whatever your beliefs may be. There is a gorgeous Hebrew prayer put to music that just about stops my heart every time I hear it. There is a song for new years from China, sung in Chinese and quite catchy. There are lyrics sung in Japanese, Arabic, French, German, Ukrainian, and yes, even English. This is not a Christmas album, really -- it's a holiday album in the best sense of the word. I downloaded my version but you can buy it from all of the usual suspects, including at the band's web site.
(As a bonus to my fellow NPR junkies, Ari Shapiro sings as a guest on two of the songs. It turns out he has a beautiful voice.)
You can read and hear the NPR interview, and three songs, here.
Suddenly I'm craving a martini. And stay tuned for the next FOOLHOGG!Whatever it's gonna be . . .
For over a year Sarah has been working on the book The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Food and Recipes with Connie Green, who is this lady:
Connie Green is an expert in the field of foraging wild foods -- from all over North America, I understand -- which she then ships to famous chefs. Sarah Scott created the recipes using these foods. The resulting collaborative cookbook features over 100 recipes using mushrooms, berries, and other stuff that grows beside the road treats. I have ordered one for my brother Chef Bocci (who never reads my blog so this won't be a give-away) and one for myself for Chas to give me for Christmas. Yep. Easier that way.
Check out their web site** if you need a gift for an adventurous, creative soul. Or for someone like me, who likes to pretend she's adventurous and creative.
*I showed this to the girls and asked if they remembered meeting cousin Sarah for lunch in the Napa Valley. Sparky asked, "How old is she? Is she 30?" (She really did, Sarah.)
**This is not a review because I have not even seen the book yet. Nor was this in any way a sponsored post. I'm just pushy and like to associate myself with winners.