1. Journaling. What's the obvious gift for an aspiring writer? For my last birthday, family and friends agreed the answer was a leatherbound journal. I used to regard such journals with reverance and awe, afraid to touch them and spoil their pristineness but now, with a stack of beautiful journals I find myself writing in them more and more. I love using them in a stream of consciousness way. I keep it in my purse and I write when the mood strikes, sometimes a grocery list, sometimes a poem and drawing, snippets for a future story, and other times lengthy thoughts on my day. I highly recommend pen to paper journaling because there's something different about putting your thoughts down like this as opposed to on a computer screen.
2. Throw Pillows. I just filled the last of my floor cushions. We got the covers from Pakistan and I have them in my family room. They are perfect to grab and toss to lie on while reading a book or lean on when you sit around chilling with friends.
3. Random beautiful January days. January is supposed to be cold, bleak and gray. Just a few days ago I looked out to drizzly rain and fog, but today the skies parted and it was amazing to feel spring-like breezes after months of cardigans, blankets and socks.