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was the first week that felt like Christmas. While putting myself into Chapter 7 bankruptcy at CVS last weekend, I noticed that above, below, and to the side the non-essential items in my basket (Essie nail polish, hard candy, yogurt covered raisins, etc) were garlands, ornaments, lights, cards, and gifts. The cold weather, the Nor’easter that hit mid-week, and the Christmas list I drafted – for Santa – is setting the mood even further.

Holiday will be in full swing starting tomorrow when I attend Terrain’s annual Holiday Open House. Terrain has a soft spot in my heart. Located in Glen Mills, it’s a long commute from my West Philly apartment (hell yeh to Fresh Prince of Bel Air) but it’s a beautiful, hilly, and very green drive out to the garden center. Every trip I make is a breath of fresh air – the miliue is inspiring. On the agenda for their open house are tastings from Shane Confectionery, recipes from Hot Toddies, holiday decorating tips, a ‘meet the artist’ with Annie Howe, a book signing with Canal House, and my favorite, a showcase of the stores holiday lighting. Most likely, actually guaranteed, I’ll come home from the afternoon’s activities, cook pumpkin soup (with cranberries) and watch Miracle on 34th Street starring Maureen O’Hara and NOT Mara Wilson.

On the sewing front, lots of sewing and pattern making have been going on. I’m keeping shush though about my makings until they are ready for reveal. No hints, no clues, just anticipation…

So, what are you up to this weekend?


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    What?!? Not even a hint?? Boo.
    Just kidding. Sounds like a fun weekend. I always have a bit of a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit since we always have to travel for the holidays. Its hard to get too excited about decorating our place if we’re not even going to BE there for Christmas! So I usually hold out on any festivities until we get back east, and then I get an overload! But I used to get WAY more into it when I lived in Philly – how could you not?! It’s cold and frosty and the city looks beautiful… Maybe you’ll have to give me some tips on Christmas decorating when I’m staring down a palm tree in 80 degree weather!

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      Not to worry! I have a Christmas themed tutorial up my sleeve. No hints on that one either šŸ™‚

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    Christina Crooks

    I completely understand how those unnecessary items magically appear in your cart. nail polish can be so sneaky.

    The Terrain event sounds incredible. That place is definitely on my list of places to visit if I’m ever near one. Have a lovely weekend, Maddie!

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    Bekuh Browning

    Your life is so crazy cool. Have a great weekend girlie, I hope you find a little time to get cozy and relax amidst all the fun.

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      Oh yes, relaxation a la old movies is in order for sure!

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    Hihi, what’s that drinking bottle? It looks like fun! ^^ Hope you’ll have a great time at Terrain! I love the christmas collections at gardencenters, ours even builds a whole little town with miniature houses with moving dolls in them. It’s amazing to see!

    I also can’t believe I wanst’ following you on Instagram yet, I will now šŸ™‚

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      That drinking bottle is a jar of honey! It may be sticky but I put it on everything this time of year. Seriously.

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    I have to agree with Bekuh; your life is “crazy cool.” šŸ™‚ I hope you have a fantastic weekend! That photo of the pattern? I LOVE it. It’s beautiful and feminine.

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      Thank you. I truly consider myself blessed. My mom is watching over me and taking care of me.

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    Your Terrain open house and your cozy movie watching plans sound perfect. I get my machine back from repair and I am going thrifting with a friend!

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    Unfortunately, it’s feeling nothing like Christmas down here. It’s hot and people just don’t go all out like we do, which makes me sad since it’s my favorite holiday. But I know that it will be lovely to dive into the Christmas cheer the moment I get home.
    What a fun trip, I hope you had a great time. I can’t wait to see what you have been working on. All of your sewing projects always inspire me to keep practicing.

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    Valerie Bryant

    The Nor’Easter put me in such a Christmas mood as well! All that snow….I don’t know if I can resist putting up the decs for much longer!

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    Doggie!! I don’t do any Christmas decorating until after Thanksgiving, but I can barely wait!

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