My friend, Tiffany, started her own stocking company this year called Holiday & Crew. Her goal is to create beautiful and unique stockings, reminiscent of Christmases in New England. I've known about her dreams to start this business for a while, so to see it come to fruition was so very exciting. I was in the market for new stocking (for a couple years now) and patiently held out till she launched her business because I knew anything else I bought would need to be replaced once I saw hers (I was so right). They are timeless and special and I will treasure the four I have for many years to come. I had a local embroiderer add our monograms and I swapped out the pretty satin ribbon with a beautiful velvet. I have really been drawn to velvet this season. The results are stunning, if I do say so.
I choose a dark brown thread to contrast with the light brown herringbone fabric. It also goes so well with our living room fabrics. Our family tradition is to hang the stockings on the mantle on Christmas Eve but these were waaaaay too pretty to keep tucked away for the whole month so I hung them along the banister that way we could enjoy them all month long, but we'll still move them to the mantle on Christmas Eve.
And since the perfect stockings deserve extra special stocking stuffers, I put together some ideas just in case your Santa waits till the very last minute to figure them out too. (wink.) While it is too late to order online (how did Christmas sneak up so fast this year?), many of these ideas can be found in local shops too, or they may spark another idea along the same line. As a little girl, opening my stocking was always my favorite part of Christmas morning because it was filled with little treats that weren't on my wish list and somehow that made it all the more special. I still remember opening a sleeve of Bonnie Bell flavored lip glosses when I was in about 5th grade and thinking I'd just struck gold.
things that smell good | perfume, because you should never really buy this for yourself | hairbrush that should last a lifetime, even though I lost my MP brush in college | pretty packaged chocolates | personalized address stamps | personalized ornaments | stationary | jewels, but not the over priced kind