Holidays Photography

Santa Visited

The kids have a new favorite toy, and so do I. And Santa filled our stockings with fun things. (I forgot to show you this little part of our home, all decorated for Christmas. There are brass deer.)

My Secret Santa was good to me too. I still don’t know who it is though! Another package arrived, this time with a set of personalized colored pencils nestled in more pink tinsel. Eleanor has been decorating the tree with the sparkly pink garland.

And then, a separate shipment arrived. Is it from my Secret Santa as well? It came directly from the shop, so no packaging to tip me off. It’s from someone who knows me well though — I wrote about wanting one of these camera straps a while back.

Santa is very thoughtful.

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  • Adventures In Babywearing
    December 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Wow how fun! I want a Secret Santa, too! :)


  • Viv
    December 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Lucky girl!

  • Adriane
    December 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I love your stockings!!! And those pencils are adorable, what a cute gift idea!!

  • J.
    December 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    What are you using to hang the stockings on your built-in china cabinet? We have a similar setup, but I haven’t found a good, secure way to hang all of our stockings on our built-in. Thanks!

    • Making it Lovely
      December 27, 2011 at 11:20 am

      They were sold as stocking hangers, designed by Jonathan Adler as part of a lower priced line for Hold Everything (years ago).

  • kimberly
    December 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I got a mystery Christmas package in the mail, too! I recently pinned this

    and I received it in the mail directly from the shop on Christmas eve…I am still wondering who my “Secret Santa” might be :)

    p.s. Love the stockings :)

    • Making it Lovely
      December 27, 2011 at 11:21 am

      How nice! Those are really cute.

  • Julee
    December 26, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    How much do you love that lens!? I just got the same one from my husband for Christmas. I’ve hardly stopped taking pictures since. Yay!

    • Making it Lovely
      December 27, 2011 at 11:22 am

      It’s so nice! I’m eager to play around with it some more.

  • Audrie
    December 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    The lens is my favourite! Never leaves my camera :) And my sister gave me a Domo for Christmas… dressed a dinosaur! Adorable.

  • ArticulateArt
    December 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I see Domo in the stockings! Haha!
    Cute Christmas tree and decorations.

  • adella
    December 28, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Hi, i’m just dropping by to say Merry Christmas! I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years now (perhaps 4 years already now)- and it has always been a source of inspiration and also a good source of happiness :)

  • Tineke
    December 28, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Could you pretty please tell me where you got the chevron stocking??? Sooo cute.

  • Holly
    December 28, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I don’t think I’ve commented before but I’ve always loved browsing your blog. I’ve been a big fan of your style for a while. I LOVE the pencils and the camera strap – how nice of your Secret Santa!
    I’m finally starting to figure out the whole balancing act of mom, wife, full time work, and blogging. It’s tough but so worth it. Thanks for your continued inspiration and I’m excited to see your new blog design.

  • Erin
    December 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I love that lens- it was the first real lens I ever bought! Also, just wanted to say that I think it’s really refreshing to read that your kids have and love a “commercial” type of toy. Sometimes in blogland I feel like a less-than-perfect parent if I don’t have the natural wood nursery with all organically knit stuffed animals. As you mentioned in the article, we have some of those special things, but my kids really love the toys from the big box stores too. Anyhow, just nice to read! :)

  • Connie @ Daydream In Color
    December 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Super cute. Love the domos!

  • Nat Nat
    December 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    My son got the Little People Zoo Talkers thingy aswel (gifft fr grandma) and I had a hell of a time searching for the other animals. I’m still searching for 4 of them.

  • Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet
    December 29, 2011 at 10:52 am

    These types of photos make me ache for kids to open stockings and presents with :-)

  • justine | lovemaki
    January 1, 2012 at 11:37 am

    oh, i love the splashes of pink!
    hope you had a wonderful christmas, and an amazing new year!

  • cecilia
    January 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Oh my gosh! The Fisher Price Zoo. My kids’ favorite too. They’ve outgrown the toy, but every now and again still love to see a Little People DVD :). Seeing your post made me realize how fast they are growing and how we have to stop and enjoy every moment with them, because you don’t get it back!!