A big fashion item for me this year were leggins - they are just so comfortable, and I bought from two different shops both of which I was very happy with.
For the lower budget item, you can go to LazyDaisyLeggins, they ship quickly and their leggings are only $18 each. I bought the skull leggins for Debbie and three more pair for me. The leggings are super soft and stretchy. Shipping was very fast.
For another snuggly winter item, I bought woolen slippers from MiasFelt
But for personal purchases and gifts, I went with the more conservative ones.
Next weekend I am going to a friend's pot luck wedding and I was tasked with making a cake. I love baking German cakes, but I'm not so good with decor, so I went to Sugar Robot and I got these incredible sugar butterflies, they look amazing. Sugar robot also has leaves and other holiday decor items for cup cakes. Shipping was next day, so there is still time.
Like most of you, I love holiday baking (though not the calories). I think I recommended this shop last year, but I will do it again this year. Go to Oma Gisi's bakery and get the Stollen confection
They are a taste of the real Germany, and they were a hit with all my friends. The shop does not ship quickly I'm afraid (my order took two weeks to make), but I realize the difficulty in baking to order, having it fresh, and meeting holiday deadlines. It can't be easy. I think Oma Gisi's stuff can be enjoyed anytime though.
Last but not least, I am going to blatantly advertise my aunt's shop - but for good reason: Silver Designs by Gitte. My aunt is a learned goldsmith. In the late 1960s she was one of very few women in the industry, but she gave it up after experiencing the difficulty of working jewelry shops that mainly live off repairs and having to work assembly line under time pressure. She had always hoped to make her own designs but it was far too expensive for my family to help her start her own shop, so Gitte looked for a regular ("money") job doing book keeping instead. Now that she's retired, she's gone back to her roots. Every piece she produces takes an entire afternoon, and she charges essentially nothing for her labor (her pieces should cost $200-300 each). She makes practically ever bezel, every accent piece, and sets all her own stones. Here are some photos from her shop.
|Silver Designs By Gitte - Shop Tools and Drawings|
|Before, After, and in Between|
|My Aunt's Work Bench and Some of her Silver Pieces|
I'm really proud of Gitte for having found her way back to her girl dreams, and I only wish my grandparents could see it (Grandpa passed a few years ago and Grandma is in a home with dementia, she's still really lovely and misses us, but she can no longer retain what my aunt learned or did when she was younger). Go Gitte. Please help me promote her shop. www.etsy.com/shop/SilverDesignsbyGitte
|My Aunt's Studio where Creation Happens|
Happy holidays everyone!
+ Cecile Raley Designs Staff