Five Things Friday (#45)

It’s the last Friday before Christmas, y’all!!! I’m so excited! My shopping done, my wrapping is close to it, and I’m looking forward to a cozy and celebratory 4-day weekend with my friends and family.

1. Charlie Mackesy Art

I absolutely love his style and the moods his creations evoke. I saw that first one, the girl smoking, on Pinterest and immediately thought of my Sarah from Across the Formidable SeaI was surprised to find that Mackesy is a contemporary artist because his work is so timeless. Maybe someday I’ll be able to afford to have him design a cover for one of my books… a girl can dream, right?

2. This Vanity Fair Article about the Making of Angels with Filthy Souls

This is a cheery little vignette about the making of a beloved movie-within-a-movie, the iconic gangster film that 8-year-old Kevin watches in Home Alone. It seems like no one involved knew what a Christmas touchstone their make-believe movie would be come, and it’s very charming to read about.

3. Trader Joe’s Cheesy Trees

You guys… we have to talk about Cheesy Trees. They’re one of Trader Joe’s best snacks and they’re only available ONCE A YEAR, which I think is a crime. These crackers are SO GOOD. They’re SO CHEESY and BUTTERY and DELICIOUS. Go to your nearest TJ’S NOW and stock up, because I sure am.

4. Laura Crow on Etsy

I bought a little print of the Christmas Hobbit Hole for myself because it’s so darn cute, but all of her art is so witty, geeky, and unique that I had a hard time stopping myself from buying more. How amazing is that Pride and Prejudice reading journal?! Laura is also on Instagram @itslauracrow.

5. All the Gifts I Need by JD McPherson

Today’s anything but the same-old-thing
I can almost hear those sleigh bells ring
Singin’ all those happy songs
While the little ones all dance along
Take a real quick look around and suddenly I see
It’s not even Christmas yet, I got all the gifts I need

Merry Christmas, everybody. Hope your days are merry and bright.❤️

Published by clairelaminen

I am a Ventura, California native with a compulsion to create. I'm a storyteller, through writing, photography, and occasionally music. Weekends are for camping with my husband, reading, and hunting for vintage treasures, which I sell in my Etsy shop, Peace & Goodwill. My favorite things include lavender lattes, swimming in the ocean, true crime podcasts, The X-Files, and Peaky Blinders. I hope to become a full-time writer, bestselling novelist, and a continually improving reflection of God's grace. Proverbs 16:24

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