Christmas 2015 Gift Guide For Women

As a public service I am publishing this gift guide to assist the gift-giving challenged this holiday season.  Here are ten things any woman on your list will love.  The first five are from Amazon and the second are some of my very favorites from Etsy.

This Himalayan Salt Lamp is beautiful and unusual.   Not your ordinary run of the mill lump of salt.

Gorgeous, Right?


A lovely book for your favorite sock knitter.  I want this so badly!

Wow! I Want


My daughter went to China last summer and came home with the most amazing face masks ever.  Here’s one I love.  These create an incredible change in skin texture with just one use.

apple mask


I have a lot of fun with these oracle cards.  They are gorgeous fractal patterns and bring beauty and mindfulness into my life.  Instructions included, or use them in any way you can imagine.

return of spirit


A selfie stick is a great idea for your preteen or teen woman-to-be.  They are all addicted to group selfies and this will let them up the quality and the fun.  And self portraits are more flattering with a little more distance between shutter and subject than the average arm can provide, right? Built in remote bluetooth shutter means no cords to deal with, easy to use for everyone (even grandma).

selfie stick


This felted rose pin just makes me smile.  The colors, shape, everything about it are just perfect.

felted rose


For the woman in recovery, here’s a bracelet to help her focus on staying in the right mind frame.

recovery bracelet


For your favorite little bunny.  Can you imagine that little girl you love drinking hot chocolate from this darling mug?

bunny mug


Do you know a woman who is on her feet lot?  Maybe a long walk from the train to the office?  Or standing behind a counter?  These foot soak bombs are the perfect little indulgence for her.

orange thyme foot soak


Every woman you know could use a pair of fingerless gloves.  They make it so easy to use your phone, snap on the dog’s leash for the morning walk, find your car keys, and million other little tasks that need fingers.  These are from my Etsy shop, and there are many more pairs available.  Each are one of a kind, so you’ll never see another one quite the same anywhere.

fingerless globes


I really enjoyed creating this list, it’s always fun to shop for others.  I hope this list was helpful, even if it just got you thinking in a new direction.  I’d love to hear how you like my gift choices.


Holiday Doings!

We did our first little sales event this past weekend!

There was a holiday celebration sponsored by the city of Carmel, IN.  There were carriage rides and lighted trees, beautiful shop windows everywhere, and lots of holiday music.  Many of the area merchants had special events going on and we were invited to set up a sales table on the second floor of The Simply Sweet Shop.

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They had a cute little gingerbread house right in front.

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This shop is in a darling old house, and has lots of unusual candy.  There is also a a tiny kitchen where Chef Terry prepares delectable lunches and pastries!  If you are in the area, you must have lunch there.  They have a really great menu, which includes lots of vegetarian choices, even vegan food is easily available.  Yay!

Simply Sweet Shoppe is located right in the arts district in Carmel, I plan to have a nice day out there sometime soon (after New Year’s I think) poking around the shops, and of course, lunching at the candy store!  Vegan panini with a side of tabbouleh?  Yes, please! And maybe a bit of nice dark chocolate to follow.

So, Cheryl arrived first and set up a very beautiful table.  She has a very artistic eye and a talent for making things look pretty!

Sales Table

Most of the day was quite slow, but several pairs of fingerless mitts did find a new home.  We also met several other local artists, and had some knitting time together.  I fear we will not be able to knit together during the holiday weeks, as there is so much going on then, so it was fabulous to have a nice long time to chat and knit.

While we were there something funny did happen.  The owner of the sweet shoppe asked us to hold a couple of things for her, so we took them off the table. But, we did not take them out of the Etsy shop, and that was a mistake because one of those items sold that afternoon!  We had to explain to the very understanding shopper in front of us that the item she wanted to purchase was no longer available.  She was disappointed, but fortunately very understanding!

The other vendors had an array of products.  One of them (Pop Your Tab Jewelry) was making necklaces and earrings from recycled pop tops from cans.  Here’s a sample.

Pop Top Earrings

She had a lot of very creative ideas.  Here are a pair of Peanut Butter and Jelly Earrings!  See the tiny cell phone and the teeny star fish on the other earrings?  Cute ideas.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Earrings

They had some adorable necklaces with word charms – words like ‘love’, ‘peace’, etc.  I believe those sold very well; I saw a lot of her shoppers were younger girls.  I think it’s great kids want to wear ‘love’ and ‘peace’ displayed on their person!

What I liked about these was the recycling ethic displayed.  I love the idea of wearing something that might help me be mindful of my footprint on beautiful Mother Earth.

You can email them at to learn more about their creations.

Amanda Wood, a very experienced event planner, was there too.  She plans weddings and fabulous kid’s birthday parties (among other things).  She has a lot of creative ideas and is offering a “Soda Pop Saturday” party.  Kids get dropped off (parents make a reservation) one Saturday morning a month, stay a couple of hours, receive an old fashioned soda pop in a bottle, do a craft, play games, get a healthy snack.  Parents can do errands or (my choice!) enjoy a nice, peaceful, leisurely breakfast where they can actually talk to each other.  What a novelty.

Here’s her table display.  And here is her facebook page.

Soda Pop Saturday

There was another jewelry vendor – very different products from Stella and Dot.  Here’s a bracelet I liked.  White tigers!

White Tiger Bracelet

Her table was lovely.

Stella and Dot

Unfortunately, I’m unable to find her contact info, but I will make it a mission to find it.

There was a painter named Debbie Slack there.  She does several different kinds of paintings (see more on her facebook page).    I loved the painted glassware!

Mommy Juice

Mommy Juice

Holiday Lights Wine Glass.  Holiday lights are just about my favorite holiday motif.  They are pretty, shiny, colorful, and anyone can appreciate them.

Holiday Lights wine glass

She also had a painted martini glass.  This is such a versatile item, it can be used  for serving fancy desserts or little nuts or candies on a holiday buffet.   I might order one (or more) with holiday lights on it!

Martini Glass

There were several nice teenagers who offered woven scarves to raise funds for an orphanage in Bolivia.

Woven Scarves

Here is info on their fundraising project.

Orphanage Fund Raiser

The world debut of one of my new scarves took place at this event too.  This is an entrelac scarf knit from Noro Silver Thaw.  It’s not in the Etsy shop yet, but will appear there in the next few days.  Lots of visitors had to touch this one!  It’s incredibly soft and cuddly.

Silver Thaw Entrelac

The weather has finally become a bit more seasonal here in Indianapolis.  Today’s high of 39 has already been hit, and we will be falling all day.  The weatherman says there’s a small chance of flurries this afternoon.  Time to dig out the heavy coats and all the hand knits!