Pimentos for Christmas

Pimentos for Christmas

Each year around Christmas, I give my husband a picture wish list of what I want from Pimentos. My friend Teresa owns the unique little gift shop, located in Athens, Alabama.

Okay, Lefty, here’s my wish list! 🙂

Sold the Farm

Barn ornament
Ever heard the expression, “He sold the farm?” I think it means someone sold something way under value. As you all probably know by now, I’m from a farm in southwest Alabama. We didn’t have a red barn like this, but I can now if I get it for Christmas! (Hint, hint!) ;-p  Pimentos has a lot of these cotton ball stems in their store.  I find it very apropos for the little Athens store since several of my Athens relatives had to pick cotton for a living back in the 30’s and 40’s.

Charms, Glorious Charms

charms for bracelets

Pimentos has charms of all shapes and sizes. I especially like their pearls, since I’m a pearl girl.

charms for bracelets

This is only a small sample of Pimentos charms. They have charms of crosses, animals, hobbies, and letters. I think I got my niece a rhinestone initial one year.

charms for bracelets

charms for bracelets

And other Jewelry

costume jewelry
Cute stuff, right here!

Christmas Ornaments and Decor

Dog Ornaments and Decor

I couldn’t resist. I bought this little dog for Princess Buttercup and gave it to her yesterday.



lantern Ornaments and Decor

Just don’t leave the lantern in the barn!



chicken with hay bale Ornaments and Decor

Bock! Bock!



Ornaments and Decor


angel Ornaments and Decor

Elegant angel.



Rejoice Ornaments and Decor


reindeer Ornaments and Decor


These gold Christmas trees are so elegant. Arrange three together, add some cotton stems, and display with some twigs and pine cones from outside.  Oh, so pretty!

elegant Ornaments and Decor


elegant Ornaments and Decor


Ornaments and Decor


Ornaments and Decor

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Note: I didn’t receive anything for promoting Pimentos in Athens, Alabama. I just hope you’ll stop by because Teresa is a sweet friend of mine, and I love her locally-owned store. If you had to choose, what is your favorite thing from the Pimentos pictures.

Getting Sweetgum House Gussied up for Christmas!

Hi everyone, I’m getting Sweetgum House gussied up for Christmas!  I went to photograph some local shops for a real estate blog I write for and ended up buying some stuff, myself.  The places that I shop sell unique items, which is definitely what I’m looking for.

Check out this sign!

shop local sign

I love to shop local because my parents also had a non-chain store back in south Alabama when I was growing up.  We used to sell all sorts of toys around Christmas, along with the usual stuff you find in one of those old general merchandise stores.  Our store was like the Olson’s store on “Little House on the Prairie.”  We sold groceries, bags of nails, cattle feed, salt blocks, clothes, tools…you name it.  It was a fun place to hang out in with all the customers coming in, the cash register dinging, and KL and Aunt Maybelle snapping opening the paper bags to load them up with goods.

I digress!

Like I said, I couldn’t resist this tin bucket from Jacklyn’s Keepsakes in Madison.  I heard or read that Joanna Gaines recommends 3-dimensional wall art. Well, this little bucket fit the bill. I’m going to get Lefty to hang it for me in the house, and I can swap out the berries for seasonal flowers as the year progresses.

tin bucket with decoration

My little tin bucket for flowers.

I’m determined to make my cookie-cutter, subdivision Sweetgum home into something charmingly farmhouse-ish.

Christmas decoration

Cotton Christmas from Jacklyn’s Keepsakes

 

Christmas balls decoration

I thought these little glass balls from Madison Station Antiques were so pretty.

Noble Passage Interiors has a ton of elegant Christmas decor like this beautiful Nativity scene. I’m definitely going back for some of their ornaments!

Sweet, Silent Night

Wait! Just one more thing…This, I found at Target (obviously not local) and posted on Instagram. My parents used to take us camping all the time, and I just love this vintage decoration that represents our camping life.

CrimsonCamper

So what about you? What’s your favorite decoration that makes your life around Christmas time a little bit jolly? I’d love to hear from you from all over the country! Do you have a Christmas theme to gussy up your home around Christmas?

Note:  I didn’t receive any compensation for posting about these retailers.

eCo Creates a Sweet Holiday Tablescape!

Erma's red, white, and black holiday tablescape.

Erma’s talent in putting together a holiday tablescape is evident in this black, white, and red tableau.

It’s the holiday season and Erma Sampson of eCompany (eCo) can help get your holiday tablescape ready for the festivities!

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Erma Sampson is the proprietor of one of Funky Monkey’s very popular booths.

Erma owns eCo, a booth at Funky Monkey Vintage Market in Madison, Alabama.

She has enjoyed a sweet life with Funky Monkey since September 2014—practically since it opened its doors to customers who love to shop creative resale stores.

 Greenery for festive holiday tablescape

 

eCo Friendly

The E in eCo mainly stands for the first letter in Erma’s name. It also stands for her value of caring for the environment.

“Watching what we put in our land fields is a passion of mine…” said Erma, who has a booth full of upcycled and new items.

Natural elements and fine China

Incorporate natural elements with something formal like your fine China.

Beautiful Home Décor

Walk into Erma’s booth, and you can see right away that she has a knack for putting together a beautiful holiday tablescape.

“I am really passionate about things looking their best,” said Erma, “and I’m also passionate about home décor. I love dining tables and chairs and basically anything that catches my eyes. I pretty much invest in [an item] to reclaim it, upcycle it, and put it back into circulation.”

Beautiful white pitchers

I’ll bet these pretty pitchers will go fast…I love them!

Customer Service

Erma is an incredibly sweet person and a very helpful vendor.

While I was visiting eCo, a customer came in to shop and to introduce herself and her 21-year-old daughter to Erma.  “Thank you for being a part of our home!” the customer said as she showed  her daughter where she’d purchased several eCo items for their home.

“I pour a lot of love into what I do, and I hope that people appreciate it—and they do. That’s evident by the purchases that are made,” said Erma.

Plants and pops of color

Try incorporating fun succulents and punches of color like this pretty floral napkin to your holiday tablescape.

Erma’s Tips for Upcycling:

“Always invest in something that you really love. If you have a piece that’s sentimental to you or you’re tired of a piece, you can always upcycle that piece—maybe its color. Sometimes people get rid of things that just need a little TLC. It may need a little putty, a little sanding, or a good cleaning, and it can be new again with a new color,” said Erma.

Your local landfill will thank you!

Happy Holidays!

Erma said, “Being Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank all of those who have supported my business, whether it was a sweet compliment or they actually used their resources to invest in a piece from eCo. I am certainly grateful for that, and I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope this whole holiday season is filled with family, friends, food, and festivities that truly warm hearts!”

The completed holiday tablescape

Note from Stephanie: I didn’t receive any compensation for writing this piece. I was just glad to get some more photography practice and help support this super-nice lady as well as our local economy!

Photo credit for first holiday tablescape picture:  Erma Sampson.  I took the others with my sweet little Nikon!

The Wild Christmas Picture Piggy Chase

Dr. Pepper & S’mores with Princess Buttercup

I’m a little old-fashioned about that sending Christmas cards, so Lefty, Princess Buttercup, and I went out to our woods to take our Christmas photos.

I wanted to get some pictures of Princess Buttercup by herself but knew she would balk until I told her that I’d let her put her guinea pigs, Dr. Pepper and S’mores, in the shot.

When PB brought out the piggies, Lefty (my left-brained and left-handed husband) commented, “I don’t think this is a good idea.”
At moment Dr. Pepper jumped from PB’s arms and scampered into the woods.

Horrified (it was really cold outside), I dashed after Dr. Pepper.

“Get him!” she yelled as she clutched S’mores closely.

One thing you should know about our guinea pigs: I don’t like having them because they smell bad and the room designated as play room in our new house is now actually called the guinea pig room. But Princess Buttercup loves them, and I was going to catch Dr. Pepper or die trying.

I wasn’t born on a cattle farm for nothing. I knew how to herd animals. Ok, so maybe not so much except for in theory.

The little rodent ran faster than I could imagine.

He ran one way, and I darted in front of him to block his path through the trees. I dove to the ground. I wasn’t sure I had him because he was under a thick bed of sweet gum leaves.

He jumped, I jumped. He turned right, I turned right. Lefty blocked him to the left, and I dropped to the ground and grabbed another handful of leaves and this time Dr. Pepper as well.

Lefty gave me a small box and I put the wayward piggy inside while Princess Buttercup did the same for S’mores. I took their picture and then we all went inside to warm up.

I had already known better than to put Snuggles and wild, man-dog Spike in the photos. Next time I’ll know: absolutely no critters in our next Christmas card pictures!

What about you? Do you like to send out Christmas cards? Do you wrangle your family into a picture that’s good enough to send to Gramma?

Princess Buttercup hides behind Lefty and me.