“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin CoolidgeDid you make it through the shortest day yesterday? Now the days will get longer and hopefully brighter. Are you affected by the darker days? I think I am. I need to get my happy lamp out while I work.
I’ll be brief today. I have a few last minute orders to get out and then it should be back to normal. Things have been wonky lately and I forgot a few things. My Christmas shopping is meager this year and I went with what people actually use. This world situation has made me think very practically. No more useless stocking stuffers or cute things, just because. No impulse buys-partly because I’ve rarely been shopping and partly because “as seen on tv” things look so useful until I find them a year later still unopened in their original box.
That thinking has impacted what I, myself am producing. Things have to be practical AND lovely-and made with our fiber. I hope I hit the balance. Because we are probably all busy today I WILL be brief, and wanted to share a new shop we visited last night. The Artique Gallery is a new shop on Walnut Street in Johnstown featuring their hand poured (by Jim) candles, fair trade items, and Jay’s passion, vintage photos from around the region. We got an invitation to their soft opening and it’s worth stopping in to see. Really unique. It’s a great place to do some last minute shopping. Of course I forgot to take a picture and I can’t even take a picture of what I bought! 😉🤫. We’ll be back.
Here’s a picture of the cute Summit Bank window display instead. The fabric calendar.The church calendar. This is the real meaning, but they started the gift giving, didn’t they? Only one though! Some whimsy. Jay’s Mom’s reindeer. We need to glue his antler back on. She loved animals. In the meantime, do something you’ve never done before. Find your passion and explore it. Every single day is a gift. I’m off to tend my passion.