We've barely gotten into the spirit of things around here, any decorating was done at M's frequent and urgent request. As C and I talked about what our tree would be this year (the white fake tree is looking tired and jaundiced) we decided to top off a cypress in the backyard. The trees were planted when we thought a nice, dense barrier would be appropriate, but then decided they'd steal all the sunlight from the raised bed gardens.
So now we have a scraggily, funny, and altogether perfectly imperfect Christmas tree that may just get us the Griswold Family title we deserve.
As you deck your halls and ponder why anyone would want to cohabit with a bough of holly (ouch), check out my shop for some goodies that might perfectly suit the hard-to-shop-for geek/gardener/naturalist/mother-in-law in your life! Also, spend $50 or more and get free shipping with the code "freeshipping"!
If you make and sell things (not even for a living, just because you love making and all the making makes for packed closets) and then have a low sales season (not to mention year) it can be a real downer. Last year I made some changes and I think I sold about 5 prints total. No joke, so to say it was a downer is actually a huge understatement.
Personal crisis might be a better way to describe it.
Anyway, I'm back up from the gutters, have dusted myself off and reopened shop. It's not really ready for a big unveiling or anything, but it's shop-able, and I'll get it all gussied up soon. In the meantime, check it out! I have a few new prints (some of which are not listed yet) and lots of oldies and goodies, plus we're going to list Charlie's skateboards soon, which is the most exciting part of reopening shop for me!
I'm doing a talk tomorrow at Master Composter training about recycling through the holidays. Actually it will be more like stumbling through a quick presentation. Anyway, my counterpart is doing more gift-y type stuff and I'm doing some table centerpiece ideas.
When I get some non-phone pictures of them I'll walk you through the how-tos, but they really couldn't be easier and 2 of the 3 are 100% kid friendly!