It's no secret that I am a little frazzled this time of year. Between holiday excitement, daughter's birthday, and busy season there's barely room for clean dishes, let alone a decorated house. And though we swore we'd do things differently this year, we never really got around to putting up a Christmas tree--despite how excited our two-year-old is about lights this year and all of our best intentions at the ready.
So here we are--mere days away from Christmas itself--and I pull in the driveway after a long day in the studio (again). As I sat in the car (listening to the last bit of World Cafe on NPR and my infant daughter's snores from the carseat) I stared absent-mindedly at our back deck, not quite realizing what was different...until suddenly it hit me. We had a Christmas tree! Nothing crazy extravagant--nothing at all like you might find in Elle Decor or Martha--but a tree alright. In a bucket! With lights! I smiled as we headed up the back steps, and I can't tell you what joy I felt about a tree in a bucket.
From whence did the tree come? Well, that's the best part. You see, this morning my husband asked our toddler daughter what she wanted to get her mother for Christmas. Her simple reply was "A Christmas tree." And since she's two and knows exactly what she wants, they went out and found one. And then put it in water and strung lights on it. And I I love it. I realized that, as much as I love what I do for a living (it is truly a pleasure to go to work each day) it is not everything. All it took was a toddler and a tree to remind me.
So we'll be taking next week off to bask in the glow of white lights on a tree in a bucket, and we hope that--wherever you are and whatever you do--you'll be enjoying the simple things in life, too. Happy holidays to our incredibly kind and wonderful friends, family, Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and (last but DEFINITELY not least) our fantastic customers. We love you all!
We're not even close to wrapping up our holiday shopping (no pun intended) but we've kept one thought in mind as we've pondered and browsed and brainstormed this year's list: giving truly makes us happy. Price tags, crowded shops, and tying bows aside, we're looking for gifts that do double-or-more duty; gifts that matter--both to the recipient and the greater good. Gifts that inspire and bring joy that really resonates.
While jewelry may not be a fit for everyone on your list (men just don't seem to fall for our rhinestones and beads like the ladies do...) we like to think that a gift from Elva Fields offers both style and substance. Not only are our jewels made by hand in our small Kentucky studio (always good to patronize small businesses with handcrafted creations, right?) but we also support an incredibly worthwhile organization in our rural local community of Spencer County.
Three dollars of each purchase made online is donated directly to Backpack Buddies, a program that provides a weekend's-worth of food to a school-age child who might otherwise go hungry throughout the academic year. Many children in our area depend entirely on the school cafeteria for their daily meals, so by sending them home with a backpack full of food on Friday afternoon, they are able to look forward to snacks and meals at home on Saturday and Sunday. It's amazing to think that $3 can feed a child for an entire weekend, and our small contribution each month has made a difference in the lives of over 100 students in our area.
Whether from Elva Fields or another company that offers style and substance, we hope you'll consider gifts that give "more" this season. Happy shopping and beautiful holidays to you!
If you aren't too distracted by the Shiloh-Suri face-off on the cover of this week's Star Magazine (the nannies tell all!), you'll be able to enjoy a pair of earrings from our June Collection in the pages of the irresistible tabloid. The "Pretty in Pearls" style feature shows off our vintage costume pearl clusters--perfect for holiday or a bit of glam anytime...so stylish, you'll be ready for the flash of the paparazzi yourself with this addition to your ensemble.