Are you in the holiday spirit yet? WHAT? You say the gloomy dreary dismery has got you down? You are sick of the short days, and how they seem all brown and soggy? You tried to muster some excitement, so you got out the ornament box, and then your damn cat batted the only family heirloom you had right off the Christmas tree, and it shattered, and then you stepped on the broken glass?
Well, Eeyore, dry your tears and lift your chin. I've got a little list of festivities that might just inspire some cheer. (This list is kind of only good for Pennsylvanians and Vermonters, so if you're neither of those, here's what you do: make yourself a delicious cocktail, and throw some cranberries it it!)
It's First Friday in Scranton! Tonight is the opening reception for Art X5 at ArtWorks. Me and my original drawings will be there along with the works of these talented artists: Jean Adams, Siri Beckman, Jenn Bell, and Valerie Kiser.
Also tonight in Scranton, Holiday on the Square! (and tomorrow too). There is *so* much fun stuff planned for this event, and while technically yes the weather might be a teensy bit frightful, there are heated tents! Plus you can get your Old Timey Scranton Portrait taken! Drink free hot chocolate! Enjoy the tree lighting! Tonight my Totally Awesome Husband will be there selling my prints and Christmas cards while I'm around the corner at my opening. Tomorrow I'll be there. Hope to see you too!
And finally, at The Cotton Mill Open Studios & Holiday Sale in Brattleboro, Vermont, there will be... my dad's photographs, my mom's paintings, and my prints! If you're in the area, please stop in and say hello to my Totally Awesome Parents.
First, thank you for all the Dream House advice! None of you said "a tiny stanchion under the kitchen counter to keep your miniature Southdown sheep corralled while cooking," which surprised me, but you had some really great ideas and we're taking them to heart.
Second, a bunch of my original drawings will be part of The Delicacy of Nature show at the Butternut Gallery & Second Story Books. The opening is this Friday, November 29th from 3-5pm, and I would love to see you there! There will also be Haibun writings from Melissa Whalen Haertsch, sculptures by Karen O'Connor, and paintings by Gail Bunting. Oh boy!
And on Sunday, I'll be selling prints and notecards at the Buy Local Holiday Market at the Scranton Cultural Center, where there will be all kinds of other delights. If you've never been inside this building (Scranton's Masonic Temple), it's awesome. I'll be on the 4th floor.
Wishing you much merriment!
These days when the sun hangs low for long hours - the picture taking is easy. Lots of golden glowing light, and you notice things now that were shrouded in greenery before - praying mantis cases, red fruits... old tires and french fry containers, of course, but for the sake of poetry we just won't mention those. Oops, I couldn't help it. Me, always with the if-you-can't-say-anything-nice-then-don't... well-darn-I-already-did.
We've taken a long morning walk the last two days, in between coffee-and-email and getting-down-to-the-real-work-of-the-day, and it's been so nice. We talk house design and tally up the number of things there are to do, then attempt to compress and compact and contort those things into a manageable plan for the next year. It can't be done, I tell you! Oh well, forge ahead anyhoo.
It's fun times, the planning and plotting. If anyone cares to share an idea for something they'd include in their dream house... I'd love to hear it! It can be outlandish and unaffordable - sometimes dreams are. Or totally practical - they can be that, too.
Now through November 30, this set of downloadable, print-at-home gift tags is free with any purchase in my etsy shop! You'll automatically receive a link to download after checkout. Then you can print your own and get crafty with your packages. This is just a suggestion to get your creative juices flowing: you could get out your glitter and your gluestick, and give the squirrel a jewel-encrusted stocking cap! For HIS TAIL!
We had a fun weekend off, beginning with cranberry-picking in the bog with Ellen and Mark. I met Ellen through blogging, which is very cool, and what is even cooler is getting to hang out with her, because that's just plain fun, but also educational: she knows a lot about foraging and cooking. Her new book, Backyard Foraging, has become a resource in our house... and this ties into the next thing I want to talk about, which is...
Has my husband turned into a squirrel?! No, he has not, but I can understand why you might think so. There are heaps of nuts in our house, and I do mean HEAPS. Black walnuts, English walnuts, and acorns. Matt has been collecting and shelling these, and also putting up other food for the winter - grand proportions of other food. There are things fermenting (curtido, kimchi, sauerkraut, salsa, cider, mead, and more) in pretty much every corner of the kitchen. This means there are little crocks and jars and tubs and bottles, each shrouded in its own kitchen towel, bubbling and burbling and keeping me company. So thank you, Matt, for keeping us fed and happy!
There have also been divine things stewing on the stove top. I get to eat them when I come in from the cold, where I have been cutting parts out for my shed. My shed! I can't wait to show it to you. But it will be awhile. I can't put it together until we take the parts to Vermont, because how would I get it there, if it were already put together? I have to keep reminding myself of this, because I do prefer instant gratification to wait-four-months-till-you-get-to-nail-your-shed-together.
That's all, folks, except: Happy Monday, from me and Otto!
Working on butterflies this week. Plus hopefully an Otto-the-cat or two. He's surely up to no good. And! My fabulous friend Cadyn, the artist behind these gorgeous beaded accessories and the owner/curator of this delightful shop called gathered, interviewed me recently. She asked good questions and I had fun answering them. Thanks, Cadyn!
The Virginia creeper might actually be helping to hold up our garage, which is kind of a falling down heap of crap. We're planning to level it this winter, and I have grand visions of turning the scraps into an adorable little shed that will fit in the back of the truck, so we can haul it to Vermont and throw our tools in it. This will likely not happen, on account of having ten thousand other things to do, but I REALLY WANT TO BUILD SOME SHIT. So maybe I'll get to it.