December 2018 Musings

We enjoyed a cold and windy November with a fun Thanksgiving break in South Carolina. Cooking, baking, feasting, decorating, Black Friday shopping and other activities made for an enjoyable time with family and 2 granddaughters. We even created a perfect lattice crust on a delicious cherry pie!

Getting the Christmas decorating started with them always inspires me to come home and start my own holiday decorating. I took several days to unwrap and place garlands, lights, angels and Santas in the proper places all over the house. We are now ready for the crowning finish, the perfect NC spruce to hold my 1,000 lights and over 500 ornaments, many of them from the old country and close to 100 years old. That job will take about 2 days and the exercise involved by getting up and down the ladder for perfect placement is the best Christmas exercise! What better reason to take another day and bake macaroons, chocolate biscotti, gingerbread cookies and fudge.

All this will be done before our big Holiday sale December 8th. at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Last year bad weather kept us from this beloved Christmas event; this year the forecast looks more promising but still seasonal to keep customers in the mood for hats, scarves, gloves, boot cuffs and holiday gifts and ornaments. Come by and enjoy this sale that brings over 30 Guild artists together from 10 am to 4 pm on the second Saturday in December.

After a few days rest I am looking forward to my last demo of the year, from December 13th. to the 16th, also at the Folk Art Center in our beautiful lobby by the giant Christmas tree, all decked out with ornaments made by our members. This is a great opportunity for our regular customers to shop local and support local artists.

The last days of December will find us by the fireplace, enjoying all the fruits of my labor and loving every minute of all the festivities with friends, neighbors and family. That is my Christmas joy!

May all your December days be happy, healthy and bright and may your stockings be filled with yarn and hooks! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

“I do what I love and I love what I do”