November 30, 2014

Advent Giveaway 2014


Hello, sweeties. I am holding a giveaway! I'm very excited about this. Watch the video above if you like, but I have explained it again below just in case you don't (but please do. Captions available).

November 23, 2014

cable knit

Hello, sweeties and the occasional gent who wanders into these parts. Today's post is brought to you by this year's first substantial snow at mi casa.
Let's all just take a moment to acknowledge the best coat and scarf I've ever owned.

November 20, 2014

nativity stones + 20% OFF giveaway for all y'all

**Head on over to www.facebook.com/iristhewriter and hit the "like" button. Once we reach 120 "likes," I'll be hosting another special giveaway!

Man... I haven't written a fashion post in so long, I think I'm out of practice.

Anywho, I wore something very special to Mass last Sunday, gifted to me by the folks at The Nativity Stones Collection: an ornate, golden cross containing a small stone from the birthplace of our Lord.  Chiseled from the holy Cave of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 1963, these are the stones that witnessed the birth of the King of Kings over 2,000 years ago.  
This stone speaks through its beauty… the small white piece surrounded by a golden-plated cross with the fourteen-pointed Nativity star at its intersection.

November 18, 2014

christmas love

Shout out to Barbara McGuigan (mac-wiggen), for who's show I work behind the scenes. She read this adapted version of Corinthians 13, and I thought I'd share it with you lovely folks because no matter how I deny it, winter and Christmas are on its way, and I have nothing else to say. And it's just lovely. So, read on.

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls,
but do not show love to my family, 
I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies,
preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime:
I’m just another cook.

If I work at a soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity;
but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes,
attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ,
I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love does not envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love does not yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love does not give only to those who are able to give in return;
but rejoices in giving to those who cannot.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust,
but giving the gift of love will endure.

~ Author unknown

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November 13, 2014

have any spare christmas cards?

Hello, sweeties.

If you're a regular around these parts, you know the level of patriotism that runs in my family. So, when a school friend approached me with the idea for her student group's Christmas Card campaign, I was super excited to write a little something about it here. We've been blessed to have Navy Bro home for the past few Christmases, but we also know how rough it is not to have family close for the holidays.

Jess's group, Madonna University's Student Veterans Association, is asking for donations of unused Christmas cards, so we can sign them, and send them to our troops overseas who can't to make it home for Christmas. Starting November 17 (this coming Monday), the association will have a table in our school lounge where folks can come sign the cards, and they'll send them on from there.

November 11, 2014

November 9, 2014

Can't beat live music.

You just can't. It's so much fun to unplug from YouTube or the iPod or the smartphone cameras and be immersed in some really good voices and tunes produced by real people instead of machines.

And on Friday, I had the accidental pleasure of attending a concert by a few very lovely Christian/Catholic singer/songwriters. (I say "accidental" because I hadn't originally intended to be there - my presence was the result of a miscommunication between myself and a photography client. But lucky me, I had all my camera gear.)

Alanna-Marie Boudreau...

November 5, 2014