Over the next few days I will be adding several new prints to my Etsy shop. I'm excited because they are archival giclee prints of the watercolors I painted for last month's Paper Hat show. Two are now available, the argus camera and the vintage sled, and I hope to have them all listed by next Sunday.
I can't believe that it is that time of year already, but yes,
it is time to start thinking about the holidays again. I’m trying to not feel
too overwhelmed about it, but I'm also grasping onto the
shirttails of the remaining days of 2012 because I’m just not ready to move into
another year quite yet. But time waits for no one. So, I guess… onward!
Maybe to soften the blow of the passing days I should
make my own Nativity calendar to count down the days to Christmas and then
continue it right on through the end of the year. When I was a kid I loved the calendars that had
chocolates hidden behind each day. Unfortunately I inevitably ended up losing
my patience and eating all the chocolates approximately 8 days before Christmas.
Patience has not always been one of my stronger virtues! Anyway, maybe I should make one for myself somehow with something fun to look forward to each day?
I’m not sure what that would be or how I would make it – I don’t think
chocolates will do the trick for me anymore – and it also sounds like a lot of work.
Maybe interesting and new flavors of tea? Or other various treats? …See, I’m all out of ideas already.
But it’s a nice idea anyway!
While prepping for the Market in October I created some holiday
cards. One card set has my Winter Reflections illustration and there is also a set with my
illustration of an old sled (I painted the sled for the Paper Hat show). I also created a set of cards with my santa claus cookie cutter illustration. The Winter Reflections and cookie cutter cards
are currently available in the shop in sets of four, and you can find them here and here. The sled cards should be available in the shop within the next week or so.
I'm also realizing that it's almost time to start thinking of ideas for my personal
Christmas cards. Each year I try to paint a new illustration for my holiday cards (last year it was the Winter Reflections illustration), but I’m just not ready to go there yet. Let’s get through
And despite all this talk of not being ready to let go of 2012, I am excited to see what 2013 brings. To kick the year off right I signed up for an
online photography course through Squam's Online Workshops. It begins in early January and I am
looking forward to that! That's probably not the best time to take a photography class when you live in Minnesota. I imagine I will end up with lots of photos of snow.... but I look forward to learning and improving my photography skills. So I tentatively say: bring on 2013!
Wishing you all peace and happiness through the rest of the
year! Are there any cool Nativity Calendar ideas out there that I should know