At bedtime the night before, we scrambled to get ‘you know who’s’ gingerman cookie ready. I didn’t realize it was our tradition and was sort of hoping that the peppermint bark and hazelnut crunch (minus the coffee) i indulged in making was enough holiday sweet amongst many others gifted to get us through. I found myself both committed and uncommitted to the project. The feeling of Christmas has been very slow to infiltrate this year….i don’t know if it’s the lack of snow or what but i’m certain i’m not the only one feeling this way. Somehow the quirky gingermen did help with the mood of things around here.
7 years old and stumbling over his feet to the tree in the dark hours of morning, squealing in delight from 1 surprise to the next…it’s worth all the midnight elf work in the weeks prior;
19 mos and indifferent to most of it. His stocking remained plump for most of the day despite his older brother’s impatient urgings. In the end i’m tucking a few things away until May;
The days have been simple with good food, an abundance of mandarins and sweets, drop in visits, games, reading, knitting and projects…i’ve been mostly home bound with a banged up foot (never mind the silly story as i’m on the mend), the boys have been out in the hood some but mostly we’re all tucked in and low key here. It’s Christmas all over again at Auntie’s place tomorrow though…
Our first solo Winter Studio Sale was a lesson in events for sure… it was awesome setting up in our own (graciously borrowed) space with ample natural light and in our time without a vendor’s fee and it was a great way to really spread out and see our hand mades (we always have so much more than we think we have). it was also really nice to be away from the little ones for awhile and to just have tea and truffles in a cozy space. Some lessons learned; it would be really beneficial not to misplace or lose all of the advertising posters – my fault completely! i got 3 up and then where the heck did that giant envelope go? i’m baffled. We could do a lot better in promoting the event further in advance, especially at such a busy time as the week before Christmas when there are copious events about the city. Did i just say the week before Christmas?! It really doesn’t feel like it to me yet but i have a feeling things are going to get kicked up a notch and in a bit of a scramble this next week. Anyhow, in spite of the trickling flow of customers it was well worth our efforts and great to see friends. Thank you again to those who came out to support and encourage us. xo.
The shop is closed now and for the holiday, however, should there be something you fancy that is not urgently required in time for Christmas i will be happy to set up a listing for you or connect you with Anna.
The second light of Advent is the light of plants–
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.
This is the week that we will choose our tree, spend some cozy evenings stringing popcorn, cranberries and dried citrus rings. we may carve potato or apple stamps to decorate wrapping paper. We’ll gather moss to fill ornaments, make stick stars, stud sweet oranges with clove, play wildcraft, follow suit of St. Nicholas and leave surprises at the doorstep of friends. The Advent elves have been kind leaving surprises for us each morning. We’re having some good moments here.