Holiday Shopping | Christmas Tree

by Jamie Sanford on December 1, 2017

I will be traveling this year and so won’t be putting my tree up. However, I look forward to the day when I will have a house and will definitely be having multiple trees in my home. I don’t know what “Christmas decor overkill” means.

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Let’s start shopping with trees.

The variety of trees is remarkable. I am not a person who needs a real tree, I think that’s why pine-scented candles exist.

One of my greatest dreams is an upside-down Christmas tree. They sell them with bases that come out of the top, but I want to actually mount a tree to the ceiling so there’s empty space under the tree. I think it would make an amazing centerpiece over a dining table.

I have a collection of ornaments starting from when I was born. Those “baby’s first Christmas” ornaments are quite fragile now, and so I hang them inside the tree a bit so they do not get knocked to the floor. I have traditional decorative ornaments in gold, as we ended up with a slight gold theme after my husband Will suggested that we supplement the white lights already in the tree with extra gold ones. I also have some Hallmark pop culture ornaments that were gifts, as well as ones purchased in our travels. I absolutely have too many ornaments for my current tree, which is another reason why I need a house so that I can have multiple trees.

Lights! My main tree right now is pre-lit, but as mentioned above, we haven’t been able to leave it at that. Once Will suggested adding more lights, we have gone a bit crazy. We have the white lights that came with the tree, and we add regular tree lights in gold, and then we add a few more that have ball-shaped bulbs, some with beautiful texture. This adds dimension to the tree that I did not expect, but I love it and will never go back.

Tree toppers! Since my tree is not the sturdiest, we have utilized a simple ornament-style topper for years, like the Christopher Radko one above. Once I get a more substantial tree that can manage a more robust topper, I will likely struggle to pick one that I like. Now that I’ve seen it, I am definitely obsessed with the peacock.

That’s all for me on Christmas tree shopping and decoration. Tweet me with your favorite Christmas tree traditions.

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2015 Home Wishlist

by Jamie Sanford on December 7, 2015

Holiday wishlist time! I update my Amazon Wishlist all year long, I think myself very useful for giving everyone at least 50 ideas of things I would like to receive. I am perfectly aware that not everyone wants to buy me a $2000 lens, but that’s why it is a wishlist.

Let’s focus on what is on my home wishlist for 2015.

Swanky bedding! We use quilts and not comforters – I find them so comforting now.

Fornasetti everything, at all times!

I’m pretty into Jonathan Adler stuff too.

Just mermaid things. I currently do not own a home where I can mount the weathervane but I never knew how much I wanted one until right now.

Christmas decor! We are totally minimal on decor this year because we are traveling, but I WILL have a black Christmas tree at some point. I also have a big ambition to mount a tree to the ceiling, upside down. It will happen!

What is on your home wishlist for the holidays? Share in the comments!

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Instagram Roundup #20

by Jamie Sanford on December 26, 2012

Here are all of the other Instagram Roundups!

Last one of 2012, Christmas edition.

Colored my hair before we were leaving for Florida. My hair dye robe looks like a crime scene.

My holiday headband collection grows. They are supposed to be deer but Will says they look like hamsters.

Different headgear when we got to Florida. Big horns with LEDs this time.

The Courtney Campbell Causeway. Always full of memories on the ride to Mom and Dad’s house from the airport.

My nephew Cooper!

Will and my brother Pete putting out corn to attract deer for viewing purposes. We have seen 4 bucks this week, and lots of does as well.

I went to Publix with Dad. I even got carded for wine!

We went to the Oldsmar flea market for a look around. This place is legendary.

Dad gave Will instructions on cleaning shrimp. Will wore the best apron ever.

Me with Nan.

My sister Robyn, Mom, and me.

Mom and Dad’s new Christmas tree. It is really beautiful.

Mimosas on Christmas morning are a tradition in the Sanford house. Dad made the OJ fresh, it was super delicious.

Mom ordered this necklace for me from Etsy seller Fierce Deer. I’m proud of her for ordering online.

Nana brings the caroling books over and we sing carols after dinner. These carol books were printed in 1968.

Our last Christmas photo. We are sleepy on the couch, but Will is still wearing his paper crown. It was a lovely Christmas.


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by Jamie Sanford on May 13, 2010

Add this to the list of things I’d like for myself.

I live in an apartment and do not have a garden, but this would probably fit that need a bit.  I also think it would be good for someone who needs something else to focus on every now and then.

Isn’t it cute?  It is 5 years old and 9 inches tall.  The Brussel’s Chinese Elm Bonsai is available on Amazon for $40.

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Cuckoo Clock with a twist

by Jamie Sanford on March 26, 2010

Today’s item is a cool twist on the traditional cuckoo clock.

This one is much sexier and more modern.

The clock even has a night sensor for no cuckoo-ing during sleeptime.

This clock is available for $385 from ATYS Design.

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