Oh, the gifts in progress around here are plenty now. They're in every room and bag and on every chair and table and bed (yes, bed). The kids, naturally, have their own work in progress piles of super fabulous gifting. There's lots of whispering and lots of missing tape and cardboard. We're having a lot of fun.
Each day something new gets ticked off the list - either from completion, or from a little bit of letting go of what I realistically want to make between now and next week. For the latter, I'm relying on some friends to finish the job. Local friends, at that.
I'm thrilled to tell you that my dearest friend Jessie Fields has opened up her first Etsy shop just this week, with prints and card sets of her work. Some of you know her photographs from Flickr or one of her previous blog incarnations or you may have seen her work in a calendar, magazine or the cover of a book (like this one! hee.). She's amazingly talented, and I'm so, so thrilled that we can now buy her work as prints. I'm ridiculously proud of her and doing my very best to curtail the gushing about her photography (and her). Go check it out yourselves.
Another talented friend is up to some new good in her own Etsy shop. I told you about my cabin door a few months ago, but now she's doing some new things with patchwork and linen and red and grey. Okay that last sentence just had four of my favorite things in it. And clearly hers, too - I swear I do not choose my friends based on their love of linen and patchwork - it's just a welcome coincidence.
Continuing the local shopping love, I cannot wait to attend Space Gallery's Shop-a-do Holiday Sale (with food, music and drink too!) this very evening. Some really wonderful local artists are on that list, and I cannot wait to see friends and find some new-to-me local crafters to shop from as well. I'm crossing my fingers Maria will still have three little candy cups by the time I arrive. Letterpress candy cups! It's perfect. As if that wasn't enough, tomorrow night is the Old Port's Merry Madness, where the shops stay open late with all sorts of treats and sales and such. We actually have a babysitter, and I think I might burst from the excitement of winter shopping in the Old Port with my love. Well, that and the anticipation of the cupcakes I've been promised at Edith & Edna.
I know, I know. Calm down. But really - with all this handmade goodness at the holidays - from my studio, my kids' 'studio', Etsy, crafty friends, and local shops - I get a little excited. I really do believe that in the big picture it has the power to flip this holiday that can lean towards consumerism right on into a holiday full of goodness and heart. At least, that's what I think and feel and tell myself everytime I walk into my studio these days and spy the growing little corner of handmade love - made by all sorts of artists and crafters - that are about to go out into the world. I swear it's radiating. (and yes, I'm a little idealistic like that.)