Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The madness comes to an end

For whatever reason, Christmas this year has not felt nearly as hectic as in the past. Maybe it's the fact that everyone I know is cutting back on the whole gift giving frenzy. Or because I either made or purchased handmade gifts from etsy supporting individuals instead of companies that makes me feel at peace amongst all of the crazy energy of this time of year. Whatever it is, I hope all of you have some calmness in the upcoming weeks too.

For those of you still shopping, I still have loads of practical gifts for anyone on your list, such as this autumn tree mug. Ideal for the coffee or tea drinker in your life.
On another note, one of my scallop edged trays made it to the front page. It is my favorite treasury that I've been featured in by far. The earthy colors, rich textures, and sharp photography makes for a stunning collection. Thank you to thumble.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Peace and primate

I've just returned from a weekend meditation retreat and am feeling relaxed to say the least. Which is good, because prior to leaving I was having a busy time firing another kiln in between work while the holiday season crept up. Lots of new items will be posted in the last few days of gift shopping. My favorite this year are the doves, reminding us to find peace during the next few weeks and beyond.And I was in this excellent treasury on etsy, I think it's great since the mug has my monkey stamp on it. It is by far my fiance's favorite stamp and has inspired him to start making his own mugs and trays with it. Thanks to seababejewelry for the treasury! Not only is it a lovely shop filled with beautiful jewelry, the photos help me forget a snow storm is on the way.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Gratitude and Bounty

Another Thanksgiving has passed, and I still stand firm in thinking it is by far my favorite of all the holidays. No pressure for exchanging presents, just getting together with loved ones and eating a wonderful feast celebrating the bounty of autumn. This year was especially nice to have four generations of our family all together; from my adorable year old niece to my 95 year old Grandmother who still keeps us on our toes.

Of course a big part of the celebration was the enormous spread of food that could have fed a small army. Days later, still feeling stuffed, I'm resorting to eating fruit and light foods. Here's a platter that makes me think of harvest and this time of year...soon to be posted in my shop.