How To Be A Hostess

Yesterday was spent mostly relaxing – Bret napped all afternoon, Taylor made Christmas cards for everyone (I think 16 total), and I did a bit of work on my messenger bag. I had planned on staying away from any store that sold anything that could be given as a Christmas gift (crowd avoidance) – until Bret said that he had read all of his books…..


So I told him I would make a run to the bookstore and pick him up something new. Of course, while I was there, I couldn’t resist looking at a few things for myself. One thing that caught my eye was a new magazine called Altered Couture. I finally had a chance to thumb through it and basically, it’s the best of Craftster‘s reconstructed clothing projects in print form (like this necktie skirt) and with a price tag of $14.99. After quickly returning this periodical back to the shelf, I wandered the bookstore and browsed the titles. That’s when I saw it, Amy Sedaris’ I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. I’ve had this on my Amazon wishlist for quite sometime, but wanted to check it out in person first. I’m sure I got quite a few stares as I squatted reading this book (it was on the bottom shelf) and chuckled loudly at Amy’s R-rated hostess book. I laughed so much, that I wound up buying it and spent the evening snickering at home. I’ll eventually do a review, but it’s one of those books that you want to savor – otherwise you’re stomach will hurt from laughing too hard!
On today’s agenda? Absolutely nothing! I may work on my bag some more, I might try this adorable dressform pincushion if I can find all the materials (thanks to Patty B for reviewing it and providing a link), I’ll definitely be reading my new book, and if Bret feels up to it, we’ll catch a movie this afternoon. What is everyone else up to today?

4 thoughts on “How To Be A Hostess

  1. brenadette

    I baked cookies yesterday and this morning, packed then all up (well, I ate a FEW!), and shipped them off to my son and his wife. Also included a handmade anouncement (think ransom note style) of their “charter membership” in the new “cookie-of-the-month”club.
    I will send them a different batch of (relatively healthy) cookies each month for a year! I sent them December’s (Choc chip/walnut/oatmeal) and January’s (Mexican Wedding Cakes) plus a BONUS selection (peanut butter cookies) for “charter members only”. (They ARE the only members, haha.)
    The cookies do not have to be at their house in the Southwest until AFTER Christmas because they are away right now, anyway.
    I am considering expanding the “club” to include my mom-in-law and two brothers-in-law, who all live in one city, so I could send all three batches to one of the addresses, forcing them to visit each other. haha! Probably to my mom-in-law since she is nearly 88!
    I like that “tie” dress a bit. My husband’s ties are always stained by the time he is done with them, though, and I don’t want strangers used ties! So I’ll just admire the work of others.
    In case we all get too busy to read/blog, Merry Christmas to all of you !!!

  2. Jessi

    I’m working on a helmet bag for my husband. It’s basically a duffle bag but the zipper is on one side (like a garage door flap). I just hope he likes it and I’m happy with it.
    I’m a huge fan of David Sedaris. I’ve seen him live a few times. I would read his books in bed and wake my husband up because I would laugh so hard.
    I’m sure Amy is just as funny. I’ll be looking foward to your review!
    Merry Christmas Stacy!

  3. Anonymous

    Merry Christmas!
    I hope that Bret is feeling better. I ahve another couple aprons to finish, some food gift bags to assemble & my dishes to pass to finish up then I am done for now. I am so far behind this year that all the out of town gifts are going to be super late. Oh well with the year we have had what can you do?
    I have been looking at that book too! It looks like something my MIL would get me so I thought I should wait to get it.
    I will belooking forward to your review!
    Have a good one!

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