When I was a senior in college, my sister (newly married) bought me a crock pot. She has been the domestic influence in my life for a long time. But I have been slow to utilize this influence. After college, I stored all my stuff, including my crock pot, at my parents house and moved to D.C. for a few months, then to London, then to law school in Southern California. That crock pot was stored for quite a long time.
But when I unpacked that crock pot after law school, as I was settling into an apartment in San Antonio, I was really grateful to have some domestic stuff to unpack.
Meg: if you are reading this, the handle just fell off of my crock pot. I might need a new one.
About the time I finally unpacked the crock pot, Megan started asking me if I needed Christmas decor. No, no, no. I don’t need it. Don’t want it. Don’t want to store it. Get it out, put it up, take it down, etc. No. But then I bought my loft in Austin and became a little more domestic. I bought furniture, decorated, and had a vision of what I wanted the place to look like. And I needed some Christmas decor. Boy, was Meg thrilled. I bought a Christmas tree–that was about 1.5 feet tall and gold. It was easy to take down and put up each year. Meg supplied me with a tree skirt that was roughly 3 times the size of my tree. Mom delightfully cleaned out some of her ornaments and I was good to go. I didn’t want anything extra. Just a tree.
So, this year, when Scott and I bought our house, around the beginning of the Christmas season, Megan, with a tentativeness in her voice as if not to force the issue, asked if I was going to buy a wreath. Hmmm. I had not thought of it. But then I started seeing wreaths made out of magnolia leaves and I got the idea to make a wreath out of MY magnolia tree leaves. But I confessed to Meg that it would not happen this year. Too much to do at work. And of course, I had Christmas cards to complete. A few days later, a package came in the mail. The outside was covered in glitter. I knew what it was.
Meg had made me a wreath. She even supplied the door hanger. And it is really fun! It screams Christmas, and I really needed “Christmas” screamed at my front door. If ever there was a season for glitter, I do believe Christmas is it.
I am thrilled to have a sister who knows what I need.
I also had another necessity: stockings.
I found a remnant of Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon on ebay for $50. It was just under a 1/3 of a yard. I know this seems like a lot of cash, but when the other alternative is buying it through an interior designer for $150 a yard with a 2 yard minimum, a remnant on ebay seems pretty great. I have loved this fabric for a long time–great colors, beautiful texture of fabric, and very rich looking. I knew I couldn’t use it to cover a couch, but I wanted a touch. And stockings were just the thing!
Thanks, Mom. They are exactly what I wanted.
The back has some khaki linen that Mom already had. The top is something from Hancock fabrics. I think I spent $2 on it.
I sure am grateful for a mom and sister who let me embrace Christmas decor and anything domestic slowly and gently.