SHOP THE CREATEAERIE

Practice does not make an artist perfect.  However, it does better their craft, expand their potential and open the door to further means of creative expression.  Practice also creates piles of artwork pending a destination, the “lucky” pieces moving on to permanent homes.  The studio orphans likely take residence within the artist’s home where vacancy allows.

Well, my practice piles have been getting bigger and bigger, and it was about time I did something about it.  I FINALLY opened my online shop!   Small, humble beginnings, that’s for sure, but I did it.  What took me so long?  Procrastination, anxiousness, dreading the learning curve…. all those yucky feelings that get in the way, that make one stagnate.  But it then occurred to me that I could start small, focusing on handmade items that are easy to ship, are at an affordable price point and are convenient for me to make and restock.  I admire people who go big, far and fast, and who’s ideas come to fruition in a snap; but that has never been my style.  I have to do what feels right for me, don’t you?

Here’s a peak of what is currently in my shop –

And here’s a peak of some items to come –

I will keep it simple and continue to take small steps.  Because small steps are better than no steps at all, right?

 

 

LET THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT LINGER

All too often I hear of folks who dismantle all of their decorations right after Christmas, so eager to move on to the next thing.  I find that quite sad.  Christmas week is such a beautiful time to exhale, relax and actually admire the decorations that took such effort to display.  It’s a time to rejoice and keep the “Merry Christmas” sentiment going.  Be a wise king(or three), make the trek, seek the Gift and maintain that sense of wonder.  It’s “the most wonderful time of the year”, why make it go away?  Bake those cookies you didn’t get a chance to bake before the 25th.  Delight in an evening drive around your neighborhood to admire the twinkle lights.  Or a leisurely stroll down a village street to get a closeup view of the storefront displays.  I bet you didn’t have time to do that with all the holiday preparations in your lap.  Just keep the spirit going for a little bit longer, minus the hustle and bustle.

That being said, I have to share with you a most wonderful gift that made my Christmas Day.

My precious kitty celebrated his 21st Christmas!  This little old man is blind and deaf, but his appetite does not wane and he still loves scratches under the chin.  I cherish every day that he is still here with me.

And this is his younger brother, who loves tease.

Merry Christmas!

POMELOS

‘Tis the season for enjoying the sweet, fragrant deliciousness of pomelo fruit.  If you’re not familiar with this southeast Asia native citrus fruit, a pomelo is the ancestor to a grapefruit.  Unlike other citrus fruits, however, you don’t eat the individual wedges.  Just the pulp is eaten.

Don’t let the fact that they’re related to grapefruits scare you.  They are sweet and fun to eat!  A bit pricey, but so worth it.

I participated in a few holiday craft fairs last month, a much welcomed treat, as all such events were cancelled the previous year due to Covid.  My scrap fabric trees were popular sellers, as were the ornaments.

Early December seemed to fly right by, seemingly leaving me little time to do elaborate Christmas decorating, but I managed to make things festive enough for spirited pleasure.

And, garland is my ribbon of choice for gift wrapping this season.  It’s just so sparkly and pretty.

It’s just a few days away before the baking begins.  Oh, those delicious smells that will permeate my home!

BYE BYE, SUMMER

I know, I know, we’re already a month into autumn.  But, it’s still been feeling “summerish” around here, though not for long.  Next week’s forecast looks to be bringing on some cooler temps and a bit of wet weather.  Oh well.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a little recap of summer at the createaerie.  I’ve been out of touch with blogging since the spring and thought it’s about time I make an appearance.  This happens every year.  My gardening season begins, and I drop blogging by the wayside.  So typical.

Who wouldn’t want to start their summer off with observing the emergence of a Cecropia Moth from its cocoon?  What a magical experience.

Not long after, a mama wren took residence in this house and gifted me a little chirping choir of babies.  Same time next year?  I sure do hope so.

May, June and July were busting out all over with punches of color everywhere in my yard.  I was a happy gal.

 

And, as summer progressed, bees and butterflies were doing what they do best – pollinating!

 

This potted combo was probably my favorite of all my personal container plantings this season.  I’m especially a sucker for floral splashes of orange; however, I really don’t turn my back on any blooming face.  I love them all!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this better-late-than-never summer stroll of my garden.  And, while I let it prepare to bid good riddance to the growing season, I will be preparing for some upcoming holiday craft fairs.  I can’t wait to show you what I’ve got brewing.

Stay tuned…..

 

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