A Selection of Gifted Loveliness

Does it feel a little like Christmas is now just a distant memory to you too? My return to work this week has been slow and painful (though the air-conditioning has been nice) … So after seeing Kylie share her lovely Christmas gifts earlier in the week, I thought doing the same might help shake some of my return-to-work blues …

Aside from receiving lots of iTunes gift cards (YAY for new music!), I also did rather well in the other gift departments – with a lovely mix of books, homewares and stationery … clearly those near and dear to me know how to pick my favourite things.

There’s a cookbook which makes rather large claims about the recipes it contains (I wonder if my lack of culinary abilities will prove that title wrong?); a sweet book about Jane Austen and her world; an adorable letter-writing set; and a shiny new iPad. Aside from spending time with family and friends, these are just a few of the things that have made me happy over the festive season … I feel well and truly spoiled!

Of course this influx of new things sparked yet another cleanout of old things. The impact of which has been that I am slowly starting to see some physical benefits from my cleansing efforts – I finally have available space!

So … what’s happening in your world? Are you still enjoying a welcome holiday, or are you struggling to overcome those return-to-work doldrums too?


  1. Erika Lee Sears

    I too am loving see all the different Christmas gifts in the blog world.

    I did a major clean sweep about a year ago and it felt great and that I could actually enjoy the space.

    New! I feel like I have a ton of projects and there are not enough hours in the day.

    E 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – It’s been lovely to see all the beautiful gifts that people have received during Christmas … there are so many lovely things and lovely people to see! 🙂
      It’s fantastic to do a major household cleanout … I find it quite inspirational and invigorating (in fact, once I start I find it quite hard to stop!).

      I know what you mean about there being so much to get done … I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you can find some extra hours to attack those projects!! 🙂

  2. Kylie

    Nice stash!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – Thanks … I think I did rather well myself! 🙂
      I hope you’re enjoying your holiday and the rain hasn’t got in the way of too many of your plans.

  3. bobbi

    Jane austen, vegetarian cookbook and an IPAD??? I want an iPad. I swear i need it. It’s not only because i am an apple addict, i really need it. I had nice gifts at christmas too, but mr Steve Jobs wasn’t anywhere under my tree.
    I think i have to get me new friends. Friends like yours.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – I so want you to have an iPad too … I completely agree with you – you NEED to get one, it’s not necessary for you to justify the need to me … it simply must be your next big purchase, or at least your next lovely gift from someone who loves you very much! 🙂
      … Perhaps those adorable cats of yours could save up their pocket money and get you one! 😉

      Haha … you’re always so hilarious Bobbi … and it’s nice to know that you love Apple products as much as I do! 🙂

  4. Andrew

    Jealous! A fantastic selection of Christmas presents.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – Thanks for your kind words … though I’m sure you received some lovely gifts for Christmas too! 🙂
      Though I do also find that there can be just as much fun in giving as in receiving.

  5. Debby

    What lovely presents Tracy. I’m back to work too but still can’t face recycling the Christmas tree…it looks so jolly and the pine smells amazing. I must do it soon….

    I’ve just ordered a vintage dress from your shop, so it’s going to be like Christmas all over again when it arrives! I can’t wait….whoopie…..

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – I’m glad you like my Christmas presents … I feel very lucky to have received such lovely things! 🙂
      I know what you mean about it being hard to wave goodbye to Christmas for another year … real Christmas trees do have the most wondrous scent – mine is a fake one, so it just gets packed up in a box for another year … enjoy your tree as long as you can I say!! 🙂

      Oh … I’m so very happy and excited at your dress selection Debby … you have most excellent taste if I do say so myself! 😉
      I love treating myself to personally selected gifts like that from time to time … especially if that gift happens to be a vintage dress! 🙂

  6. Megan

    What a lovely selection of goodies you got for Christmas. Going back to work definitely does make thing seem a little hohum, I must say – summer holidays would have to be one of the best things about being a teacher! (I do also love that I have never once in 5 years been bored at work, looked at the clock and found it is only 5 minutes since I last looked – hated that part of retail and office work!) Hopefully tomorrow is a good work day – busy, productive and quick!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Megan – I do feel rather spoiled by the lovely things I received at Christmas … I think I did rather well with gifts that ‘last’.
      Summer holidays as a teacher would be wonderful for sure – though I’m sure you earn that break during the rest of the year! 🙂

      Wow … never being bored once in 5 years?!?!? What’s that like? 😉
      I think that clock-watching is definitely an issue for me in retail and office environments … though perhaps I’m just too much of a dreamer? 😉
      Fingers crossed that Friday is a wonderful day, and that many fun and productive things are ticked off the to-do list – have a great one too!!

  7. Christine

    Oh yay :-)) Such awesome gifts – you are so lucky. What kinda music are’ya gonna get?
    And space?! Sound like a gift in itself.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Christine – Glad you like my gifts (I’m fond of them too).

      As for what music I plan on buying – so far I’ve gone for a little ‘Washington’, ‘Arcade Fire’, ‘Angus & Julia Stone’ and ‘Joanna Newsom’ … it’s so hard to choose! 🙂

      You’re right, ‘space’ is a wonderful gift … I’m looking forward to indulging in more of it.

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  9. Kimberley

    Happy New Year! For me, I worked through the break, but I am trying to make some much needed changes at work. Ie.. a big one; not getting stressed out over flaws of co-workers. I am *such* a perfectionist, almost a bad thing, so when others make mistakes… it annoys me. But it shouldn’t! It does damage my relationship with them in a way, and I don’t want to be stick-up-her-butt girl at work. I want to be ‘giggles’ all the time! I mean, even my manager calls me that, but she’s also given me advice to relax a bit.. So, that’s my work goal; the need to slow down!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kimberley – You always seem to be working so hard at your job … I hope you give yourself enough down time! Like yourself, I’m also trying to make some changes at work – after all it’s *only* work and it shouldn’t rule our lives.

      Being ‘giggles’ all the time sounds like a great goal to have … though I honestly can’t imagine you being far from that all the time! 🙂

      Relaxing and slowing down sound wonderful … here’s to a great year ahead! 🙂

  10. Mel

    Gorgeous gifts indeed 🙂 I love Jane Austen!

    It’s certainly true that it’s difficult to be bored as a teacher – but nevertheless, it was a bit of struggle heading back! (UK, so no summer holidays for us yet!) I had a great time though, lovely classes, lovely lessons, and it reminded me that I had missed them 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Jane Austen is wonderful … she’s one of my absolute favourite authors!

      I think it’s completely normal to find it hard to return back to work after a holiday (I sometimes forget that holiday times differ throughout the world) …

      I bet you have some lovely students who adore being taught by you! 🙂

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