Travel

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There is nothing I look forward to more every year than traveling.  It is one of my loves and passions.  I honestly wish I had more time to do it.  I do have to admit that I usually gravitate towards warmer places seeing as I live in the Northeast but Billings, Montana is still towards the top of my list.  Some of my other favorites are Cancun, MX, Sarasota, FL, and Bermuda.  I haven’t been to Europe in about 13 years now but it was incredible then.  I can only imagine its gotten better as I’ve grown older and I would probably appreciate it much more now.

I don’t typically travel very far over the holidays.  The chaos gets to be a bit too much and not worth the hassle.  Fortunately, for me, I come from a small family that lives close by and spend the holidays there.

I couldn’t imagine Christmas in a place that isn’t cold though.  I’m hoping for some snow this year!!! Happy Holidays everyone!!

Gift-Giving

photo 3 photo 1 photo 2Its that time of year again where everyone has started to begin their holiday shopping for loved ones and friends.  This is the time of year I think about what I can handcraft for those same people.  This year it is the infinity scarf.  They are the perfect gift for just about anyone.  Warm, cozy and size less.  You will not offend anyone with the infinity scarf:)

I, for one, like to give very thoughtful gifts.  I don’t do the ‘last minute gift card’ for people.  I think that homemade gifts are the best way to show someone you’ve taken a lot of time and given thought to what you’re gifting.  Christmas is not about giving expensive gifts and going broke over doing it.  Its about spending time with people and letting them you know you care.

But if you would like to give me a gift I love things I don’t typically buy for myself.  Maybe a great shampoo to tame my curls, wink, wink!

Textiles

photo 2 photo 3 photo 1On Fall days like these one of my favorite things to do is to comb thrift stores and flea markets for amazing and unique textiles.   This is also the time of year where I change my color stories to a more seasonal pallette.  The textiles are what keep me inspired to design new and exciting pieces.  My favorites are finding an amazing floral print but I’ve come to accept they aren’t always everyones favorite so I’ve tried to incorporate plaids, polka dots, geometric prints and anything else that may catch my eye.  If I find anything with turquoise and red its an automatic purchase because, in my opinion, its the best color combination.  I’m currently working on some other styles of bag because right now I mostly make clutches and coin pouches.  The ideas are always flowing its just picking the right one and running with it.

The First One

This is my first…my first blog, first Etsy site, first love and first post.  I’m beaming with excitement I can hardly contain myself.  Since I was young I have wanted to create beautiful things and I finally feel like I am on the road to new beginnings.  My brand of accessories, Christine Shirley, is something I have always dreamed of doing and its now a reality.  When people bring up, Christine Shirley, my face lights up and I can’t stop smiling.  I hope you will come on this journey with me and watch how life unfolds…