Well here it is, two months later. Since September…
A client who has become a dear friend flew me to Portland early October to help her make her new house a home. Kim and I have worked on several projects and each experience has been a blast.
Alfie thought he might be able sneak in the luggage and go as well.
Fortunately my good friends Shawn and Pam took care of him for me and I don't think I was missed at all do you?
This was an early Halloween vignette we did on her mantle. I was drooling over that huge trophy cup. Then it was home to dress the store in it's handcrafted Halloween finest.
This vintage Oscar dela Renta in black helped add to the dramatic effect.
Then, time for my favorite time of year. The whole store got a huge revamp, client commissioned paint projects knocked out left and right and holiday products were in round the clock production. We had our Annual Holiday Open House a bit earlier this year which was a huge success. I am always so grateful for the help of loyal friends and loyal customers. We can always count on a great turnout. Now I am working on replacement inventory for the rest of the season. It's a glitterfest with most of the projects so I'll be wearing it as an accessory most of November and December. Retail can be challenging this time of year especially as most our holiday decor is made by hand. But all the smiles, energy and excitement in the air makes it worth it.
Thanksgiving week started out with painting the hallway, editing bookcases and cleaning the carpets. And rearranging furniture and all the artwork while most people were scanning family recipes.
The actual day was wonderful spent with mom and good friends. The cold snap made the rest of the weekend so cozy inside with lots of candles, music, movies, games, good food.
Alfie and I took thursday and friday off for the first time ever but did reopen for Small Business Saturday. Our clients once again amazed us with their support by making a point of patronizing their favorite small businesses that day. There was such a wonderful sense of community all day long.
Then back to more rearranging at home in prep for holiday decorating. Unfortunately, in the last couple years, home during the holidays has been more like the shoemaker whose kids go shoeless. It's been sorely neglected because of all the time and energy consumed by the store. This year will be different.
These preserved cedar branches warm up the mantle beautifully.
I am making crowns for these little cuties who have found their perch for the holiday season.
This year, I am determined to enjoy the holiday sparkle, and participate more fully in the festivities and spirit of this season. I have good friends going through some very serious, very difficult times right now. And it's all way beyond their control. My heart aches for their pain and makes me grateful for my blessings. Once again serving as reminders that life is too short to wait till next week, next time, next year. It's a start.