Thursday, November 29, 2007

Christmas Gift Ideas and some other thingies!

It actually feels like winter today, it's cold and cloudy outside, the house is dark save for the christmas tree lights, a couple candles and a few very soft lights around the house and I LOVE it. Now where's my next book to read????

I have to tell you I finished my third book last night, I did the bookaholic thing, got into the book around 9pm and didn't stop until I was done, which happened to be at almost midnight. I am tired today but you know it was well worth it when a book is good.

I finished "By Arrangement" a 14th century book by Madeline Hunter and I loved it.

Outraged by her unwilling betrothal to a common merchant and infatuated with a handsome knight of the royal court, medieval Lady Christiana Fitzwaryn pleads with her fianc? to end this misalliance arranged by King Edward of England. For personal and political reasons of his own, David de Abyndon refuses to renounce the marriage and begins a gentle but resolute seduction of his innocent bride. As Christiana awakens to the painful realities of her first love and becomes a part of David's London world, she learns to cherish the husband she first despised. David tries to shield her from his old enemies and a mysterious French familial connection as he secretly assists King Edward in planning an invasion of France. This first novel in a planned trilogy intertwines the difficulties of David and Christiana's marriage with a subplot that contains both political and personal peril as well as a lively cast of secondary characters. Just enough historical detail of 14th-century England enhances a love story that culminates in the sacking of a French city and the revelation of David's true identity.
The next books to follow this one are "By Possession" and "By Design" which I have and of course am going to read next.


Yesterday I mentioned going to Africa and I think I got some of you confused with the way I worded it, I am NOT going there for Christmas, I'm going next year May. For some reason I made it sound like it was only a month away, maybe wishful thinking???? Who knows!

I can't wait though, I know time will fly by and before long I will be on an airplane heading home to Johannesburg, seeing my wonderful family, going to Kruger National Park and hopefully Mozambique where I was actually born. I think it would be great if Curt and the kids could get to visit my birth country.

Anyway......sorry for the confusion.

I also mentioned The Cinnamon Bear and gave you a link, well this morning I had a comment from The Erskine Family mentioning that I should direct you to The Cinnamon Bear main page so that you can get ALL 26 episodes, not just the first 6 audio files. YIPPEE! I'm already there and can't wait to start playing these for my kids....we've decided to start on December 1st and listen to one at a time every day through the 26th. I just hope I can keep the kids away from the rest of the story!


Now for some Christmas ideas, I'm trying really hard not to overspend this holiday. With the upcoming trip to Africa we need to save almost $6000 just for the air tickets themselves, so no wasting money on unnecessary stuff. Christmas is one of those holidays where I feel that everyone tends to go way overboard and personally I prefer homemade gifts, so I'm trying to cut down on expenses.

I've been searching around for some ideas and here's some I found:

1. Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup
Child's artwork, framed
3. Journal with special inscription inside
4. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar
5. Pretty Stationary set
Home baked bread, in pretty inexpensive tins, include recipe
7. Fancy chocolate bars tied with a ribbon
8. Gardening gloves with a plant or flower seeds in a pretty basket
9. Special coffee cup filled with candy
10. Movie theater gift certificates
11. Board games
12. Specialty cookbook
13. Basket filled with kitchen gadgets
14. Handwritten copies of your favorite recipes
15. Puzzles
16. Personalized cookbook

Now if you're also looking for some great sites with wonderful inexpensive items, you may want to take a look at these, I just get lost there especially with so many cute victorian and such items.
Lakeside Collection
Harriet Carter
Klutz - This one has some great toys and gifts for kids that are inexpensive and just adorable

And those are just a few to look through, I have to say that the Collections ETC is my favorite one though :)

Again, if you're looking for my Slow Cooking Thursday post, it's just below. Have a wonderful thursday everyone, I'll be back tomorrow!


  1. Thank you for the Cinaamon Bear weblink. My kids are going to really enjoy this (me too!). Great gift ideals!

  2. I love your reindeers and Santa at the top of this post. Glad you are going to make it to Africa, even if it's not next month!

  3. I love the movie pass idea....and body lotions from bath and body are nice with a ribbon on them..some are really inexpensive and everyone loves that place. I have actually written down 2 of my favorite recipes and put into my dear friends cards for the holidays I know they will love them.

  4. Yay your going back home in May?! I know you must be getting so excited!
    I love Collections ETC & Lakeside. I actually just placed an order (because of the $1 shipping yesterday LOL!) It was the 6 boxes of fun. Have you seen it? Too cool & only 9.99!

  5. Oh, I'm so glad you're going to get to go to Africa in May!!! How exciting!!!!

    Thank you for the link for the Cinnamon Bear.

    I love your gift idea list. I saved it in my idea file for next year.


  6. I just love your page. I don't get by often but it seems like each I do you have a different theme going on. Your page really brings on the Christmas Spirit. I wish I had the talent!

  7. Hi Sandra!!

    I love your cute and adorable picture up at the top. Can I have some of that Coffee??

    Don't you just love the winter weather? Have fun getting ready!
    xo Jeannene @ Love Conquers All

  8. Thank you for the gift ideas. I try to keep things frugal too. There is a collection of them getting started at Pure Joy
    starting at her Nov.25th post if you want to include yours so bloggers stopping by for a look can benefit there too. - Linda

  9. $6000?!!! R42000?!! I nearly fainted! LOL

    Sandra, why is it so expensive for flights? Have you tried flight centre?


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