january 3, 2016

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“Let today be the day you finally release yourself from the imprisonment of past grudges and anger. Simplify your life. Let go of the poisonous past and live the abundantly beautiful present.”
~ Dr. Steve Maraboli

 

upside down and blurry
upside down and blurry

 

The Michler’s Christmas Fair – way back the first of December – doubled as an excuse for the Happiness Gals to convene for our Christmas celebration. Not all of us could be there (we missed them), and none of my shots are very good. So, since I’m rarely in the group photos, I thought I’d lead off with a blurry self-portrait courtesy of the fair’s tuba player. That we’re missing excellent pix of the day is irrelevant really. What mattered was that we were together sharing conversation, laughter, and good cheer. I love my gals. They’re such a blessing.

 

back here
back here

january 2, 2016

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“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.” ~ Tigger

 

Welsh blessing
Welsh blessing

 

During the first weekend of December Michler’s Florist and Greenhouse hosted a great little Christmas Fair that included various arts and craftspersons. Many were not the usual artists I see at area arts festivals. One such artist is quite new, in fact: my friend LaTosha Hall a.k.a. The Midnight Felter. She makes these incredibly sweet woodland creatures, rabbits mostly. They are one-of-a-kind wool sculptures she calls Wool Babies. I’m not entirely sure how her process works, I only know the results are as adorable as can be. Carwen, above, is also a music box that plays Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies. She’s one of the larger creatures standing about 14″ tall.

 

will work for carrots
will work for carrots

 

Most of the Wool Babies, especially the ones without music boxes, are petite, adding to their squeee-ability. LaTosha had sold out all her small babies by the time I got to the fair. That was very exciting as this was her first foray into festival-land. She sells most of her work in her etsy shop. I’m really proud of LaTosha for putting her work out there for the world to enjoy. Her Wool Babies are just sweet as can be with such whimsical personality, like her. I’m lucky to have such gifted friends.

 

remains of the day
remains of the day