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Dan and I don't usually do gifts. We abide by the premise that we buy things we really want when we find them throughout the year, and then call them birthday, or Christmas, or Valentine's, etc. gifts. That way you always get what you want, and it takes the pressure off of the other person to surprise you with the perfect gift. Dan greatly appreciates this system;)!

Two days ago on our trip to Maine, I bought some things I had been wanting for a while! This beautiful muehlenbeckia caught my eye over a year ago, but we had just moved here (after giving away almost all of my houseplants from Dallas) and I honestly just didn't want the responsibility of a new plant. This past Spring we were trying to get into the house, and with all the boxes and unpacking to do I still didn't want to get the plant, yet... . Two days ago I decided the time was right and got it, and I have to say I am in love this plant. Just looking at it makes me happy! I love it's spirit, which is similar to my own gardening style- the juxtaposition of the wild chaos amid order (usually in the form of manicured boxwood borders, or in this case the topiary frame!) I found it at the beautiful Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunk. This place is magical! There are peacocks, and fancy chickens and ponies walking around! I love nurseries and can easily say that this is my favorite one ever!

I also bought this fun candle holder at Antiques on Nine in Kennebunk. I have wanted it for a while, but when you unpack box after box of goodies, you realize you don't need anything. But hey, it was my birthday, which was the perfect rationalization to buy it anyway! I'll use it outside on one of the porches

Then, one of my favorite purchases of the day was these beautiful white sponges I found at the Crate & Barrel outlet! Yes, sponges can be beautiful! (it's the little things in life!!) I have never seen white sponges (and I'm a sponge girl) and when I found these biodegradable sponges I knew I would never look at a bright yellow sponge in my white Shaw sink again!!

I want to thank everyone for your sweet, lovely well-wishes on my birthday/our anniversary post. We were so very touched by all of your comments.
Thank you so much!