I’m not much into Black Friday – never have been. Back in the day when I owned my store I was too busy working, and since retiring, just have never wanted to fight the crowds to save a few bucks.
So, for me, the day after Thanksgiving has been the first day of decorating for Christmas.
But, this year there was a craft show up in Grass Valley I wanted to check out, partly to see if there were any mixed media painters showing, partly to see if a carver I bought from at a different show last year was there, and partly to do a little Christmas shopping with independent artists/craftsmen.
Well, there were no, count them, ZERO, mixed media artists in attendance. I was quite surprised, as mixed media seems to be a cross-over art form to me, one that works in an arts/crafts show, as well as in a straight art show. I also did no Christmas shopping. BUT, I did find my carver and bought a little sumpin’, sumpin’ for myself!
Meet Mr. Claus…
I love him, and I think he’s going to like living in his new home.
As long as I am showing you the Santa, I thought you might like to meet his creator, too. Cerri Noto carves and paints her own pieces under the business name “Crow’s Feat.”
When I told her I wanted to mention her in my blog, she asked that I show a picture of one of her bathing beauties – one of her best sellers. I thought it was pretty rude that she was using me as her model without giving credit…
Her Christmas collection is one of my favorites!
I’m already wishing I had gotten a “Mrs.” to go along with my “Mr.”
Cerri doesn’t have a website, but can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
Once I got home, all the Christmas goodies came down from the shelves in the garage, the lights went up on the house (I HATE the LED lights, but they are my concession to the environment) and got the tree up, ready for decorating.
We switched over to an artificial tree years ago, and I love it. I still miss the smell of fresh pine, but I can use whatever ornaments I want, no matter how heavy, and it is ALWAYS beautiful.
Here she is nekked, and I’ll show you the finished tree tomorrow (barring life getting in the way!)
Have fun preparing for the holidays at your house!