The season has officially sprung, and once again, I'm refusing to participate in total consumer madness. Whatever the hot items are, I know nothing of them. The sibs and cousins and I are holding strong on the family no-gift truce for the family holiday party (exceptions for under-18; minor cheating allowed for sneakily gift-carding young adult kids). Nothing big, even among us chez nous.
But, I'm feeling festive! And artsy -- a painting from an unbloggable provenance finally reached me after an unbloggable delay. It was a humbling gift of the heart; a complete affirmation of the belief that something special rests in each one of us, and all we need to do is support the impulse and share the joy.
So, shopped the local arts store on Flack Briday, and discovered that the artist on duty is also a historian, whose day job is teaching community college classes (but his art photos are all about the western US); and a local art show, where it turned out that a colleague (married to an artist) was playing mandolin in the background at the opening party, and the organizing artist went to law school with another colleague. Serendipity, no?
All this sent me to the fabric store with an overwhelming burst of craftiness. Santa always has stockings for everybody visiting on Christmas day, and I have a burning need to create new stockings. Out of felt, the most forgivable of materials. I bought 1/4 yard (72" wide) in 12 colors -- plenty for extra stockings to donate + decorative extras (trees; snowflakes; whatevah) -- the raw materials set me back a whopping $8.29, plus thread and tax. And some other optional whatzits. Just saying -- a little heart need not cost much or be hard to do.
I'm also behind, behind on some work thing. gah.
What's the good, the bad, and the ugly for you?