Christmas Spirit in August is Probably Not a Thing But That Won’t Stop Us!

It has been a rough week ’round here health-wise (hello, not-so-lovely Crohn’s disease), and I’m not sleeping well. Sleep deprivation for this patient causes what I (a credentialed therapist) might term a trippy emotional weirdness and disconnection from things like, oh I don’t know…time. Today the weather was a bit cooler and overcast, and I swear you could smell pumpkin spice in the air! I sat in the courtyard while reading a good book I agreed to review and actually felt a chill on my skin. Lord, have mercy, where did I store my cableknit scarf? I will get caught up on sleep and sanity this weekend, but for now, I’ve decided to simply bring you along for the tired high ride through crazytown. What the heck…let’s make it a sleigh ride because Christmas Spirit in August is Probably Not a Thing But That Won’t Stop Us!

Vintage style Christmas decor with a tree in a galvanized tub and a gorgeous green primitive cabinet!
Christmas Spirit in August is Probably Not a Thing But That Won’t Stop Us…certainly random indeed. Lovely Gift Ideas and Quotes to Pin as well as Holiday Decor Inspiration.

I know just what some of ya’ll are thinkin’ about now…

Humorous quote about pumpkin spice.
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Disclaimer: No eggnog, pumpkin spice martinis, or Prince of Peace juice were imbibed while blogging this drivel however impossible that truth is to accept as we travel over the river and through the woods.

Christmas Spirit in August is Probably Not a Thing But That Won’t Stop Us!

Blonde women at front door with holiday wreath - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly festive indeed.

If you’re in the mood for more spiritual Christmas reflections without the candy and kitsch, you could always take this ditty I wrote about Christmas hope for a spin.

Encouraging inspirational quote about Christmas.

This sweet tune sets a happy tone for our Christmasy August…

Snow covered bench with bucket of Christmas greenery, wood lantern, and French mirror - Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio – Christmas Spirit in August is Probably Not a Thing But That Won’t Stop Us…certainly random indeed. Lovely Gift Ideas and Quotes to Pin as well as Holiday Decor Inspiration.
Charming and inspirational Christmas quote.
Urban farmgirl shop door decorated for Christmas.

Bring These Ho Ho Home Finds Down the Chimney, Santa Cutie

I independently selected products in this post—if you buy from one of my links, I may earn a commission.

Mug drying rack
Mug Drying Rack/Organizer, Amazon…certainly useful (and doubles as a Christmas tree in the kitchen!) indeed.

Console Table

Rustic Console Table
Rustic Console table: Find Here…certainly rustic indeed.

Armchair

Traditional French Chair
Traditional armchair: Find Here…certainly a well priced piece indeed.
Inspirational scripture quote for Christmas.

Chairs

Christmas wreath on my front door with a vintage sled and wood lantern - Hello Lovely Studio. #christmasdecor
Hello Lovely Studio – Christmas Spirit in August is Probably Not a Thing But That Won’t Stop Us…certainly random indeed. Lovely Gift Ideas and Quotes to Pin as well as Holiday Decor Inspiration.
Louis Ghost Chairs. #louischair #ghostchair #louisghostchair 3modernclearchair #acrylicchair
Set of 2 Louis Ghost Chairs, find here...certainly helpful for extra seating indeed.

Rustic Pots

Wouldn’t a little lemon cypress be darling in the largest one at Christmas time?

Terracotta Round Pots
Terracotta pots: Find Here…certainly perfect for your Christmas greenery indeed!

French Country Chandelier

I can imagine the vintage charm this could add to a porch or entry during the holidays!

French Country Chandelier
French country chandelier:Find Here…certainly lovely indeed.

For a friendly-priced French chandelier with a distressed finish, this one may do the trick:

French country chandelier
Country French chandelier:Find Here!

Platform Bed

The wheels are turning as I consider how I will outfit a guest bedroom here now that our law school graduate has moved out…

Twin platform bed
Twin Platform Bed, Amazon…certainly simple and classic indeed.

Small cottage or French style bedroom with limited space near the bed? Here’s a petite table to hold a few essentials.

Bedside Table or Side Table

White French Country Accent Nightstand/Table
French country nightstand: Find Here…certainly petite and sweet.

French Country Yum

Straw Market Bag
French Market Basket: Find Here…certainly the styling possibilities with such a basket for the holidays are endless!
PATISSERIE Pastry Sweets Bakery Sign Plaque Wooden YOU Pick Color HP FREE SHIPPING
Handpainted Patisserie Sign: Find Here…certainly charming indeed.
Christmas decor in entry with red plaid scarf, red boots, zinc vase, and pom pom wreath - Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio – Christmas Spirit in August is Probably Not a Thing But That Won’t Stop Us…certainly random indeed. Lovely Gift Ideas and Quotes to Pin as well as Holiday Decor Inspiration.

Books to Give or Receive

I have shared my MUST READ favorite book when you are in the throes of despair before, but in case you missed it…here it is:

The Little Tern by Brooke Newman, Illustrations by Lisa Mann Dirkes
The Little Tern by Brooke Newman, Illustrations by Lisa Mann Dirkes…certainly a work of art.
On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity & Getting Old by Parker Palmer…certainly a wise author.
Swedish Wood Electric Candelabra
Evergreen Bucket
Courtney Lamp Base
Winter Jewels Crown Decor
Dried Hydrangea Wreath
Blue Juliska Platter
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Natural Linen Napkins
Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Weathered 4-Door French Cabinet – 71″
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
Grainstripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool
Swedish straw goat and holiday decor at my front door - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – Christmas Spirit in August is Probably Not a Thing But That Won’t Stop Us…certainly random indeed. Lovely Gift Ideas and Quotes to Pin as well as Holiday Decor Inspiration.
Patina Farm
Patina Farm…certainly a gift any European country admirer will love.
French Accents Farmhouse French Style for Today's Home by Anita Joyce.
French Accents: Farmhouse French Style for Today’s Home by Anita Joyce…certainly a lovely gift for your library.
Photo: Design Indulgence – Christmas Spirit in August is Probably Not a Thing But That Won’t Stop Us…certainly random indeed. Lovely Gift Ideas and Quotes to Pin as well as Holiday Decor Inspiration.

Amazon Prime Membership

If you don’t already have one, consider the convenience and pleasure of a Prime membership here to take advantage of jolly good deals.

Did you know I have my own curated lil’ shopfront on Amazon here with amazing French country and farmhouse style furniture, decor, and lovely things for home?

Kindle Goodness

Try the All New Kindle Oasis or Kindle Unlimited!

Photo: Design Indulgence…certainly a beautiful holiday moment.

Audio Books

We’re wired for story, friends. Stories can heal and mysteriously mend us as well as restore our hope or awaken a calling. A book is so often a doorway into new depths of understanding and inspiration. Is this Audible Gold (go here!) bargain calling? Amazon also offers an Audible Romance Package (go here!) with a free month of unlimited, nonstop, heartwarming audible romance listening.

Photo: Design Indulgence – Christmas Spirit in August is Probably Not a Thing But That Won’t Stop Us…certainly random indeed. Lovely Gift Ideas and Quotes to Pin as well as Holiday Decor Inspiration.

Woohoo Amazon Prime Pantry is here!

Amazon Prime Pantry (go here!) is shampoo/snacks/laundry detergent delivered to your door.

Photo: Design Indulgence…certainly a sophisticated take on holiday decor indeed.

Amazon Fresh is here!

Have you heard Amazon Fresh is grocery delivery…start a new trial!

Photo: Design Indulgence – Christmas Spirit in August is Probably Not a Thing But That Won’t Stop Us…certainly random indeed. Lovely Gift Ideas and Quotes to Pin as well as Holiday Decor Inspiration.

Superfood to Get Your Greens

Here is a simple way to get your greens for better nutrition and health. This blend has no gluten, 45 calories, neutral flavor, and is nifty stirred into yogurt or blended into smoothies. 30 servings in the bag means a month’s supply of this superfood is dang affordable.

Better Body Foods Organic Livfit Superfood Blend with Protein
Better Body Superfood: Find Here…certainly a healthier choice than all those Christmas cookies!
Michele on a vintage pickup truck with holiday farmhouse decor at Urban Farmgirl - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photo: Jody Stella for Hello Lovely Studio.

Thanks for keeping the temporary insomniac company as she heals and finds a bit of comfort, joy, and laughter from the hope of healthier days to come. You are so dear to join me on my journey, and I feel as though I’m accompanying you on yours as well. I count it a blessing to learn a little of your story gradually as you share it. It’s a gift, this community, and I’ll try to be as helpful as I can bringing inspiration and resources for your decorating whims while also writing soulkeeping pieces along the journey.

Blog Award Nomination

BTW. Regarding my award nomination. Do I think I’m the best writer about interiors? No, m’am. But I do seek to place my heart into my writing, bring a uniquely playful spirit to the online design community, and aim to unify us with healing light rather than divide us with snarky shadow.

I do it all imperfectly, but I aspire to improve and will keep working on my craft.

Thanks so very much if you have a moment to vote, and you’ll find the nomination of Hello Lovely for Best Written Blog RIGHT HERE.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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16 Comments

  1. Sandi
    August 15, 2019 / 9:20 am

    Praying for relief and good sleep for you and restoration of your energy.

    • Michele
      Author
      August 15, 2019 / 1:00 pm

      Thank you for seeing me and my vulnerability through all the links and laughter, Sandi. Peace to you.

  2. August 15, 2019 / 10:32 am

    I’m sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well. I can so relate to the sleepless night problems, although not due, thankfully, to Crohn’s Disease. I can also relate to Christmas in August, as I’ve been getting a super healthy dose of that myself lately as well. The mountain home I’m renovating was decorated for Christmas all year long! I can’t tell you how cathartic it has been to get rid of every bit if evidence that Christmas ever existed in that home. I may sound like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas but that is exactly what that house needed. I’m taking August back. Hope you feel better soon!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 15, 2019 / 12:35 pm

      That’s right!!! Ho Ho Ho – you’ve been slaving in the dreaded, jolly, just-make-the-merry-stop, so-over-tinsel-town reno debacle! You don’t sound like a Grinch – just a hardworking, determined, wise maker of lovely. Thank you for the wishes. There have been days. Oy. And even though it has been years since my disease was this active, I know I will recover if only because of all this grit and sass and appetite. We spend so much time shaming ourselves for our appetites and our vulnerability to addiction/habits/patterns that we forget the flipside…how they may also serve to aid our ultimate flourishing in mysterious ways. We’re creatures muddling through a profound era of human history afterall! Am I just loopy and tired high to see the way I see? Or are my weak spots and your weak spots in fact blessedly rigged in our favor?

  3. Sandra
    August 15, 2019 / 11:36 am

    I am new to your blog and look forward to every new post. It is never the wrong time to think about Christmas and I live in the desert so anything that takes my mind off the excessive heat is welcome. Thank you ❤❤

    • Michele
      Author
      August 15, 2019 / 12:15 pm

      I am so happy to meet you, Sandra and so grateful you took the time to comment. You’re right that the time is always ripe to be in the spirit of Christmas. Thank you for reminding us, and I hope the desert heat will become gentler soon. Peace to you, friend.

  4. Teresa C
    August 15, 2019 / 12:42 pm

    Christmas celebrated in the heart and home occurs every day for us! I have friends who leave their creche up year-round. Thank you, dear Friend, for this beautiful blog,
    God bless.
    T

    • Michele
      Author
      August 15, 2019 / 1:43 pm

      Thank you for reading and for sharing your joy – how grateful I feel to soak it all in and look with anticipation to the holy season to come. xox

  5. Joanna
    August 15, 2019 / 1:05 pm

    I feel cooler just looking at these pictures. My A/C is down so this was a welcome sight. I’m not rushing the seasons though. They all bring something special to the table. I love being able to sit on my porch in the shade on a hot summers day and have drinks with friends & family under the pergola later. The crispness of fall means changing wardrobes and dressing in layers. So much more stylish than my summer uniform. Winter brings fresh fallen snow (occasionally) and of course, decorating for the season. And, spring! Time to shed those layers and spend time in my garden. I love the first signs of everything coming alive.

    I’m so, so sorry you are dealing with another flare up. Living with pain can really bring a person down. Sending prayers your way. ~Joanna

    • Michele
      Author
      August 15, 2019 / 1:41 pm

      I love reading your reflections so much, Joanna. So much wisdom there about the joy of seasons and how they make us more resilient and open for change. That’s not a small thing at all and it’s what maturity is surely all about. I have no right to ask it, but while I am struggling to heal, do take me with you if only in spirit as you spend time in your beautiful garden, close to the earth. Whisper my name to what is blooming and what is wilting. Sending you peace, friend. xox

      • Joanna
        August 15, 2019 / 6:38 pm

        You’re right here with me. It’s beautiful in the shade of all the trees. It’s just that much cooler to be comfortable. The crickets are loud & busy this year. Hummingbirds visit the Fuchsia often, ignoring the feeders. The garden is good for my soul. Feel it?
        Blessings,
        ~Joanna

        • Michele
          Author
          August 15, 2019 / 9:12 pm

          Sounds heavenly! Merci beaucoup. xox

  6. August 15, 2019 / 1:07 pm

    Hi Michele,
    I love Christmas any time of year! It’s such a happy season for me. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re under the weather. Auto immune diseases suck. I’m sending you love and healing prayers.
    xo
    Holly

    • Michele
      Author
      August 15, 2019 / 1:37 pm

      Feeling the support and the power of prayer, Holly! How can I not feel rich in spirit with so much love swirling around me and within me? More of you, God, less of me! xox

  7. Marlene Ciborowski
    August 15, 2019 / 7:08 pm

    I love your blog Michele and wish you good sleep and good health. Christmas at any time of year is OK by me!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 15, 2019 / 9:10 pm

      I love having you here, Marlene – thank you for welcoming my whims and for the wonderful wishes. 🙂

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