It already feels kinda weird to say “2018,” doesn’t it? XD Anyway, today I’m going to show you some of the lovely gifts I received for Christmas. As I’ve said before, the term “haul” really annoys me for some reason, so I’m sticking with “harvest” for now as a more… I don’t know, polite term? 😛
Before we begin, the obligatory disclaimer: of course I’m not writing this post to brag to you guys about my gifts. Why would I do that?? I made this post because I enjoy reading these kind of things, and hopefully you do too. 🙂
Oh, and this is not an exhaustive list (because I don’t want to make you guys TOO exhausted 😛 ). Ha ha, but yeah, that would get a bit long and drawn-out. Whether all your gifts are on here or not, please know that I was truly delighted to receive them – thanks ever so much for giving them to me! ❤
Okay, onwards! (Side note: wow, a spider just appeared from nowhere and let itself down onto my keyboard. : Lovely.) AHEM.
Let’s start with some art supplies, shall we? 😉 I’m super excited about these Faber-Castell watercolor pencils from my grandparents! This is a set of 24 beautiful colors, plus a blue “Magnus” pencil… not entirely sure why it’s there, but I think it has a softer, bigger lead good for shading large spaces like sky? I haven’t used them a ton yet, but they’re lovely from what I can see so far! The pencil strokes dissolve wonderfully when you paint over them with water and the colors are bright, with plenty of pigment.
This also came from my grandparents. I took this out of its packaging, but it’s a set of four artist-quality mechanical pencils with four different thicknesses of lead. I think they’ll be GREAT for sketching out pieces that have a lot of fine details, or even for details on finished pieces, like eyelashes on an eye. 😉 The set comes with refills for all leads, plus the erasers, which is great!
AHHH WASHI TAPE! The first three stacks are from my grandparents, and the gorgeous and adorable copper mushroom tape on the right is from Laura. I LOVE IT ALL SO MUCH!
This lovely thing is from Clara. It’s a 5-year journal, which means it has 365 pages with five sections on each page (to write about that same day next year, and next, for five consecutive years) so you can compare the days to one another. Isn’t that such a neat idea? Also IS IT NOT STUNNING? Ahhh, it’s SO SO beautiful, inside and out, and I’m excited to use it!
These fun goodies are from also from Clara and Laura. Laura gave me another pretty pen, but I have that in my purse already. 😉 I love getting blank ATCs, since they’re so much more fun to use when they’re precut! And then there’s a fun mini pad of scrapbook paper… some of which is PURPLE! 😀
This is from my pen pal Laura (a different Laura XD). I haven’t read too far into the devotional, but so far it seems like it will be outstanding! I’m planning to read one each Sunday so I can make it last longer. 😉 Also LOOK AT THOSE ADORABLE SUCCULENT STICKERS! They’re the slightly puffy, squishy kind – you know? I love them. ❤
Aria sent me The Count of Monte Cristo for our book list exchange. GUYS, THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST GORGEOUS BOOKS I’VE EVER SEEN. 1) It’s a hardback classic that I’ve been wanting to read. 2) The cover is brilliant and striking, as are the red endpapers, and 3) THE BOOKMARK! This tome is well over 1,000 pages long, so it’s kind of a necessary accessory (hey, that’s fun to say). Anyway, I loooooove it. I’m only 61 pages in, but it’s really good so far and I can’t wait to finish it!
YAYYY, new piano music! I’ve kind of exhausted our collection, so I was quite excited to get these. The praise-and-worship book from my parents has super nice arrangements and it’s just the right difficulty level. They also gave me a gold plated (O.o XD) hymn-book-holder-opener-thingy that works quite nicely! We needed one of those.
The Piano Guys book from my grandparents is a bit more difficult – I think the songs are better for learning vs. sight-reading. It’s amazing how Piano-Guys-y the arrangements are! They even have instructions on when to bang the piano lid in “Michael Meets Mozart.” XD (Which is really fun to do.)
My grandparents gave me the big, beautiful Bible verse monthly calendar, and my parents gave me the small, beautiful Bible verse daily calendar. 😛 They’re both so pretty and they’re both currently being used. The small one is right on my desk by my computer, actually. I love seeing a new picture and bible verse each day or month!
Ha, so I actually got two Oontz speakers for Christmas. XD My brothers gave me a smaller black one, and my cousins gave me this Oontz Angle 3 Plus, I think? They are both a GREAT improvement on my awful laptop speaker. :’D I’m listening to music on the white one right now (“I Won’t Let You Go” by Switchfoot, which I highly recommend), and I might try putting the smaller one in my car so I can play songs from my phone. (My car’s too old to have Bluetooth, ha ha.)
Also I’m not one to gush over aesthetic technology, but this speaker is pretty good-looking, isn’t it? Plus, it matches perfectly with my studio decor. 😉
AHH AREN’T THESE SO CUTE? My pen pal Heather sent these to me and I’ve already worn them once or twice. I love them so much. ❤
Aria gave me the super cute giraffe mug and some delicious-looking hot chocolate packets – and Laura (the first Laura XD) gave me one too!
HAHA ISN’T THIS GREAT? It’s a camera lens mug from Clara! I’ve seen something like this before but never had one. At first when I opened the box I seriously thought she got me a lens and I was like… O.o And then I looked again and I was like HAHA OH YES I LOVE IT. It’s so realistic, and it does actually works as a mug besides!
Guys, I got SOOO MANY FUZZY SOCKS FOR CHRISTMAS! (Some were in the laundry so they aren’t all pictured. XD XD) They’re all so comfortable and cozy and fun to wear! ❤ I’m wearing some green ones right now, actually.
Here we have a small sampling of the tasty treats I received from various people. My sister, Megan, gave me several different bags of dried fruit which I LOVED, since dried fruit is like my favorite snack ever. Laura (my pen pal, not the blogger) gave me the chocolates to go with the book, Heather gave me the tea, and Aria gave me the gummies. Thank you so much, dears! ❤
And last but not least, we have… A BAZILLION PIECES OF DUTCH LICORICE FROM ARIA! Oh my goodness, it totally made my day to open up a big box of delicious candy! XD If you’ve never tried Dutch Licorice, it’s basically like normal licorice, except with some to a lot of salt added. Sounds weird, but I think it cuts the sweet and makes it better. Also there are SO many different flavors and varieties, as you can see! I don’t know why, but there’s something about Dutch licorice specifically that makes me want to photograph it as a perfectly organized flat lay. :’D And then eat it, of course.
And that, my friends, is it for now! I hope you enjoyed seeing the lovely gifts I was blessed with and maybe even got a few ideas for your next wishlist. 😉
What was a favorite gift YOU received for the holidays? Do you prefer tea or hot chocolate? Do you like fuzzy socks? And does Dutch licorice sound good or gross?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Sorry about the scattered posting schedule lately. From now on, I hope to post every Tuesday and Friday. 😉