Hello beautiful Souls!
What a summer it has been. I have had a joy-filled summer of painting with happy colors and making happy, joyful art. It just seemed to be that it was all about the flowers, flowers and color every time I put paint to brush and started a new project the flowers just wanted to dance across every surface.
I have displayed my art at several small shows this year, and it has been a good experience for me.
I started to write this post some time ago I never finished it, my computer died. Fast forward a few months and I finally have a computer again.
Autumn is upon us, with the golden colors and bronze light with long shadows that delight.
Frankie Roo, Iris and Frida their sister Violet, is shown below they are chicks I raised in the house this past spring, standing at the kitchen door asking to be let inside.
I opened an Etsy shop the first of October, it’s a bit of work, listing and promoting my art is something I don’t like. I closed the shop for a few weeks while we were away on vacation. In those few weeks without social media and not constantly working on promoting my artwork I found I was happier. I have met wonderful folks on Instagram that have become dear to me, I am glad for that space and those folks. However I have decided to intentionally not work so hard at promoting my art, while this is the time of year to have sales and advertise my small business I have decided my heart will be happier slowing down this season. I have one small local show I will be selling at in December and of course my paintings and other handmade items are available through Etsy.
I am looking forward to decorating for Christmas, baking cookies watching old movies and snuggling with the fur babies.
We celebrated Thanksgiving with much gratitude for another year. It was an especially wonderful time this day – being with my sister. We haven’t been able to celebrate this holiday together since we were kids.
Friday we headed out to a Christmas tree farm to cut our own tree.
We went to Claybrooke Farm in Mineral, VA. Cutting a tree is by reservation only, I made our appointment last week on their web site. It was a beautiful farm and there were many many folks there. Inside the shop where you paid was a line waiting to pay, everyone was masked up for safety. It was a wonderful outing. I met a young woman and her dog that have been cutting their tree there for 10 years. I hope to make this a tradition for us too.
This year we cut a Nordman Fir. It is a bit more open and not so perfectly cone shaped. It has softer needles and is supposed to be a good choice for people that suffer from allergies – like me, it is unscented. We usually have a Fraser fir, I do miss that scent. Last year with all the craziness we were trying to navigate, we didn’t have a tree. This year the tree feels especially magical. I put the lights on today, decorations to follow later.
I hope if you celebrate Thanksgiving that it was a day full of love and gratitude. Were you able to celebrate with family or loved ones?
Thank you for keeping me company,