Wish Gift List: Ill Seen, Ill Said.

Jane here from Ill Seen, Ill Said! I’m one of those freakish people who likes giving more than receiving. If I ever came into real money, I’d spend equal parts on myself and all my friends, no doubt burning through the entire windfall with ridiculous speed. So, when Kelly asked me to contribute a fantasy gift list, I was ready, willing and able!

My Mum is gentle and homey and Ireland’s damp windy days often get to her. A cashmere sweater from TSE would keep her warm and cozy, but in the manner to which she’s become accustomed.

Daddy is retiring this winter and has been exploring photography as a retirement pastime. He has a great eye, but is learning digital photography for the first time. I’d make it easier on him by splurging on a Leica.

Laura is my knitting friend. Her love of textiles is unparalleled and thanks to her influence, I’ve learned to look at material labels much more closely than I ever did. She’d love a Melin Tregwynt Welsh blanket for nights curling up knitting.

My Irish friend Jen is getting married next summer. I love Jen. She’s crazy about Anais Nin, 1920’s style and is hopelessly romantic. I’d love to buy her something vintage and special to have for her wedding (it could be her something blue too!)

Karen is my most forgetful friend. But when I blogged about this Arctic Pear lamp from Ochre it made an imprint on her consciousness and she waxes lyrical about it very often. I’d love to watch her unwrap this gift!

Candace is my crazy friend. She’s lived in Toronto her whole life, but still doesn’t know where anything is. We get drunk and silly together and watch the most terrible TV. And one Halloween we dressed up as Edina and Patsy from AbFab. Because it’s equal parts funny and showy, she’d love this antique chandelier.

For my blog world friends (including Kelly!) I would buy up these calendars from Hello Handmade Paperie. I already nabbed one for myself and, believe me, they’re every bit as beautiful in person.

I don’t have a beau. But this is a fantasy post, so why not pretend! If I did I have, no doubt he would share my love of literature. This perfect man would love nothing more than this signed edition of Yeats’ poems. We’d curl up on the couch and read it while it snowed outside…

Although I can’t afford gifts like these, they do embody the essence of my friends and express a bit of what I try to inject into every gift I buy for them. I would love nothing more than to really shower the people on this list with these exact gifts. Thanks Kelly for letting my imagination run wild!

  • Jane Flanagan

    December 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Thanks for asking me to play along Kelly!

  • karey m.

    December 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm Reply

    jane? you're nice. a nice girl with kickass taste.

    and i spoke with the young fireman. he's memorized all the words to the wanderings of oisin.

    match made in internet heaven. xoxo.

  • anabela / fieldguided

    December 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm Reply

    Wonderful! I snagged one of the calendars myself. I love its Classical (literally!) vibe.

  • jane

    December 9, 2009 at 4:36 pm Reply

    what a lovely + thoughtful list, jane.

  • Laura

    December 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm Reply

    Jane! You are so generous – and you know me so well! I would absolutely love a Welsh blanket…!

  • Candace

    December 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm Reply

    I love that Ship!

  • Jane Flanagan

    December 9, 2009 at 8:30 pm Reply

    Whoops! I neglected to name the source of the brooch. It's from SJ Phillips http://www.sjphillips.com/ Click over there at your own peril. The most amazing vintage jewelry!

  • Jessica

    December 9, 2009 at 9:19 pm Reply

    I'd like to add the ship chandelier to my fantasy wish list too!

  • Caitlin @ Sacramento Street

    December 10, 2009 at 6:05 am Reply

    Jane: I love your list.

    Kelly: What a great gift guide idea.

  • Stephanie

    December 10, 2009 at 2:39 pm Reply

    What a great list! Jane always has such a good eye for understated luxe.

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