Part of the sweetness of Christmastime for me is making my everyday spaces festive. The places I spend a lot of time and where some may find drudgery. Like the laundry room, pantry, my kitchen, and even my spice drawer which sits nestled in kitchen island, amid many other drawers that make up what I call my Baking Center.


Recently, I relabelled all of my spice jars and alphabetized them, which surprisingly I’d never done until now. Let me tell you, I love being able to find the spices I want quickly.

And I added in a variety of holiday sprinkles too. Now they’re easily accessed right where we’re doing all of our baking. But most importantly, they make me very happy every time I open the drawer. Merry Christmas!, they seem to sing.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.