Giving Thanks, Small Business Saturday and Trunk Shows!

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So much coming up – but first I’d like to wish everyone a very happy thanksgiving.

Enjoy all the wonderful things about this holiday – the food, friends, family, and most of all…. our continued freedom.

This was my father’s favorite holiday because there were no other things to focus on (other than football, which he enjoyed a vague passing interest in) and he really did love the opportunity to exercise his amazing cooking skills for the enjoyment of all those who assembled (including random ‘straglers’ – friends or acquaintances who may not have had a place to go on Thanskgiving.)

Now, Steve and I also enjoy cooking at our house; feeding friends and family and keeping our new and old recipe traditions alive – including my great aunt Al’s cheese ball that employs some weird salted chipped beef that will soon be impossible to buy but tastes AMAZING – so obviously,we’ll be closed on Thanksgiving.  We hope you’ll come see us on Friday, Saturday, and even Sunday.  (If you want my aunt’s cheeseball recipe, I’ll be glad to share it.)  Have a great holiday, ya’ll.

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Saturday, November 26 – SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Come in, have a fizzy beverage, and dig your hand deep into our Fish Bowl of treats and Discounts!  Lots of great deals and give-aways, so please make it a point to stop in.

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December Trunk Shows:

Sat. December 3 – Cindy Bagwell Trunk Show.  Sophisticated *and* funny dwell together in Cindy’s earring and necklaces designs, realized in mixed metals, wire, fiber, and gemstones.

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Sat. December 10 – Audrey Legatowicz Trunk Show – Bright, soft, and oh so lovely dyed silk scarves; beaded “Baby Boomer” necklaces; felted pillows and garments, and the most amazing woven scarves, shawls, and handbags.  You will want to treat yourself; one for you, one for your friend/sister/mom/sibling…..one more for you!

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In the Garden of your Mind….

So the store is really looking swell and I’m sitting at the wonderful heavy wood desk (“Norden” in Ikea-speak) working on a metal mesh handbag and thinking about the nature of creativity.

Anyone older than Pop Rocks will remember that Mr. Rogers was pretty interested in that subject too.  He spent a lot of time talking to artists of all crafts; from fine art to music, and a fair number of crafters (remember the visit to the violin shop?)  I think the message he was always repeating is that

1.  We’re all creative 2.  Creativity is what makes humans special in the animal kingdom  3.  We should really give in to our creative urges, no matter how they pop up in our lives (unless you’re a psychopath…) 4. We should uphold and celebrate creativity in others 5.  and we should really make time in our lives to allow ourselves to be creative, even (especially) if that means making messes, making mistakes, or making it different ways until we find a way we like best!

Then I thought about my own creative urges – how they are almost never anything to do with what is considered ‘Fine Art’, even though both of my parents came from that world and one of them has enjoyed a darn good career based on making art.  I thought about what makes me smile and when I get that inner sensation that can best be described as feeling ‘tickled’ (just like my aunt used to say).  Looking to recent events, I can say that having the frosted plexi lightbox up and working in the shop is one of those moments of feeling like ‘wow, that was a really cool idea and it WORKED!’  Actually I have Steve, my wonderful husband, to thank for most of the labor (and Regal Plastics)… but we definitely created something cool out of nothing – seriously, nothing more than a slender idea of this thing that we talked about for hours during car trips to Houston and Austin.  It was having all the parts fit together; from the c-channel to the light strips; and then having the back panel work out so well; this type of stuff really tickles me!  I guess that’s design instead of art; they are both offshoots of the same creative urge.

That might explain why I love making assemblage jewelry; making something interesting out of ‘pieces/parts’ that bore no immediate relationship to one another until put together.  I have an equal amount of respect for other artists who surprise me with their amazing assemblage sculptures and jewelry.  Recently I found a shop in Houston where the owner, Judy Masliyah, not only encourages but often buys jewelry parts for her lucky employees, who eagerly arrive at work to find their drawers containing some amazing new piece for them to work into their pieces.  Each employee has a slightly different perspective, so after spending some time in the shop, I was able to tell who had made what.  It was quite a cool way to spend the afternoon.  And Judy’s own vintage-inspired clothing was also to die for.

I got off topic; back to creativity.  It’s like Bob Ross said, “It’ll bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart.”   Who can’t use more happiness?  “There are no limits here… start off by believing.  It’s your world.   You’re the creator.”

…go make some happy little clouds!