Happy holidays with love from Boca.

We Hunt-Homans had a simple and low-fuss Christmas celebration this year–no-fuss for us, at least. My parents and grandparents on the other hand went above and beyond during our three-day drive from Omaha to Boca where we’re staying in my grandparent’s house. The guest bed is from the hotel they used to own, and they have the hospitality to match. I came here often as a child growing up and I never dreamed when I was sleeping here in a fold-out couch at age 8 that I’d be doing the same thing someday with my daughter and husband. Being able to bring them here and create this new memory together is the best gift I got this year.

Alice’s big gifts from us were a Lego Duplo zoo and a magnifying glass. We also got her some books and filled up her stocking with treats like Hello Kitty lip balm (we’re very into lipstick), stampers, and a flashlight. My parents gave her a wooden kitchen set and a cardboard fort-making kit from a San Francisco-based company called Bildopolis, and they left it with us on Christmas Eve to set up for Alice’s Christmas morning. At first when she woke up to a living room with a kitchen, fort, and toys set up, she was a little overwhelmed and anxious and went back into her room. After a while she warmed up to the new toys and was soon cooking eggs and cake for all of us in her new kitchen. It’ll be awesome to set it all up at our house when we get back next week.

Dave setting up the fort, which has since become much, much larger and more complex….

Alice playing with some big blocks from her grandparents. We had donut holes for breakfast. There was much more excitement than pictured here, but I tend to end up with a lot of serious pictures of Alice because she is a very serious person. Once I upload the photos from my camera I will share some more.

I love this kitchen–all the little details are perfect. Look at those wooden mushrooms! The salt and pepper shakers make a shaking sound, and the little knobs on the stovetop turn. It’s a really pretty kitchen that I’m sure we’ll use for a long time. I look forward to many carrot cakes and scrambled eggs.

xx

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Letter to Alice no. 32

As I look back over the letters I’ve written you in the past, I feel like there’s a theme of reassurance, joy, and calm in the gifts you give me as your mother. You seem to always make my life easier exactly when I need it most. My heart is always yours, and it will always be yours, in every world, in every life, in every drawing you make, in every dream you have.

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Hello Holiday is hiring a college marketing intern and we're doing interviews this week and next week.

Progress report: A muted jewel tone bouquet

I've got the thread pile and pincushions back out on my lap and I've got a bazillion movies queued up on Netflix, and that can only mean one thing--I'm back in the saddle doing some more bridal bouquets! Here are some flowers I finished tonight that shows the first phase finished. Next come the buttons, choosing the perfect color and shape for each flower to compliment the bride's vision for the color and tone of the bouquet. After that, each flower gets stemmed and arranged, and then I start working on filler flowers and leaves which are added last. The colors used in these flowers might seem kind of all-over-the-place, but once the buttons are added and they're arranged together, it will look very cohesive.

New for March: My favorites!

It's that time of year when we're starting to get a lot of new things into the shop, but this season is even more exciting to me because so many of our designers are brand new to us as well. I'm noticing a theme throughout my favorite picks--lots of words and messages. I generally think it's good to let your clothes speak for themselves, that they don't need to speak for you, but a playful message here and there (especially one of our enamel lapel pins on a conservative business suit?) can be memorable in a good way.

sent from the phone of megan hunt

1. A skull and crossbones drawn by Alice. "It means 'Pirate.'" 2. Before dinner with Rebecca Forsyth at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Las Vegas, my favorite restaurant ever. Maybe we'd had a few by that point. I think Rebecca looks so gorgeous here! A true living doll.
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