I went to a holiday craft fair in Northwestern Connecticut a few weeks ago. I picked up these super sweet sewing spool snowmen. Mine are of the smallest size. (I don’t see any like the ones I purchased in her etsy shop – It’s quite possible I bought her out!) But they are just darling, don’t you think?Next, I picked up some mid-century Holiday china at of my favorite antique malls Upstate New York. It’s a great place because the space is so unassuming. It’s like digging through your grandmas closet – there is a ton of stuff – you never know what you might find at a really fabulous price. I recently found eight Holiday bread and dinner plates for a whopping $20.00! I’m excited about them because while I have a few small Christmas cookie plates, I have never had enough place settings to use them on the dining table. I totally love Spode’s Christmas Tree Collection – they remind me of being a kid – but you can see from my Winter Solstice party photographs that I rarely choose to do our holiday decorations in traditional red and green colors.I just love how it looks both with my mom’s wedding china and with my Merry Christmas cookie plates by Johnson Brothers. I have eight that I use to serve cookies at my Winter Solstice party each year. As a matter of fact, I’m considering using the cookie plates as a salad plate for our New Years Eve dinner. It’s homespun, cozy and festive without being too Christmassy, right?Each Saturday morning while the Mr is taking his bike ride it has become my routine to visit the transfer station (i.e. The dump!) to see what I might find. I then drive over to the antique mall only a few miles beyond – I like to go at least once a week because the inventory turns over so quickly. Oh, and since I mentioned the dump, you must see my most recent treasure…What I really wanted is a venetian mirror for that space over the fireplace, but a free mirror from the dump with a little elbow grease will do! It amazes, thrills, and surprises me what people are willing to leave behind! Oh, and speaking of wonderful surprises, I got one over the weekend.At first, I was scared to open it because I didn’t know the name of the sender on the box. I quickly started thinking about Twitter and all the people that I chat with on a daily basis whose names are in the distance and I actually know them by their @handle. For instance, I am not @AmyBethCuppDragoo, I am @ABCDDesigns and I bet more people know me as “ABCD” and not my actual name.Dear (@DoorHardwareLux) AKA Asta, What a fantastic surprise it was to get such a sweet, handmade gift in the mail from you. I am so touched by your thoughtfulness. It’s been such a pleasure to chat with you everyday and to have gotten to know you over the last year. You’ll be happy to know that the candle holder has already found a great home in our bookcase at The Country House! (Don’t worry, I am using a LED flicker light votive as to not burn the place down.) Many Thanks Asta. xoxABCDFYI: The photos in this post are a mixture between my good camera and my iPhone. I think it’s pretty clear which is what!