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Life Makeover for the Year 2014

Week 51 – If you do this one thing, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy holiday shopping this year.

December 14, 2014

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If you do this one thing, there’s a good chance
you’ll enjoy holiday shopping this year.

Michael and I went Christmas shopping last night.

For about twenty minutes.

Then, standing in the middle of a busy mall store, we looked at each other, smiled a Cheshire cat grin and said: Foot massage!

We walked out of the shop and made a beeline for our favorite Chinese foot massage place on the other side of the mall.

Christmas shopping in malls isn’t what it used to be.

Wasn’t there a time when they were filled with unique and interesting shops, smartly dressed people smiling and waving hello, and festive music playing at just the right decibel?

It may have been a dream…

We gave the mall our best shot, but big box stores just don’t do it for us anymore. We like boutiques, arts & crafts fairs, and supporting local businesses.

Like on Friday night.

Every year our community hosts an invitation night where businesses stay open late, serving food and drink to customers who come to visit. I love this annual event because it feels like visiting “Whoville.”

Michael and I walked around (during a light snowfall, no less, for which I will be eternally grateful), and wandered into a holiday craft fair hosted by my friend, Roberta Horsman, a terrific herbalist and wheat weaver. Here’s a picture of her art…weaving
While walking around the fair, Michael and I met several talented artists. Cori Caputo, for example, makes imaginative, whimsical paintings for cards and prints.

Here’s an example of her work…

bluehearts

(ps – she’d love to illustrate books so if you know anyone looking for an illustrator, please contact her ).

Katherine Davis, a wildlife photographer, puts her extraordinary photos on cards, bags and even umbrellas (I just ordered two). The sea otter hanging out in the water is adorable. Check it out here…

wildlife

I love supporting artists because I know how much courage it takes to put our creative dreams out into the world.  We pour our essence and experience into form for months at a time (sometimes years!), create a finished piece, and hope like hell someone gets our vision.

Well, we saw plenty of vision Friday night and I thought I’d raise a glass to the artists of the world by sharing some of them with you.

Now it’s your turn.  Are you an artist?  Have a website you’d like to tell people about?  Well, post a comment here on my Facebook Page and include a link to your website.

Let’s share your art with the world, too .  Happy Holidays!  

art is truth and beauty

This Week’s Video

This is the video that should have gone with last week’s blog about affirming deer in the yard . This week, it’s a perfect example of how nature makes some of the best art on the planet! Check it out here (make sure to enlarge the screen). Thanks, Jacalyn!