We all need to keep an open mind and faith in our art and our accomplishments!
But, this is the first Saturday in December. It also means 24 more days until Christmas. Those who observe are bringing out the Advent Calendars. People are starting to panic because Christmas will be here before you know it, etc., etc.
When I was a child we did not even think about Christmas, decorating, shopping, etc., this early. In fact we never put the tree up any earlier than 2 weeks before Christmas. I don't know if there was anything magical about 2 weeks but that was the way it was. Also, we lived on a small farm and we had a live tree. Our heat was a 'warm morning' stove in the center of the room. So, I am sure that a live tree drying out might have had something to do with the 'magical' 2 weeks. And if we were lucky we got a Sears catalog - oh my all the beautiful things that we could wish for. We each were allowed to choose one to ask for and a second just in case Santa couldn't get it. This chore encompassed many dreaming hours for me, my younger brother and baby sister. We also had the 'company store' where I am sure is where Daddy got our Christmas items on credit.
Somehow when I moved into my adult years and Mommy years, people started shopping earlier and earlier. The toy of the year would be gone if you did not order or lay away (we had lay away where I came from) before Thanksgiving. Then we got into entertaining. Everyone had such full schedules that parties started happening earlier and earlier. Now it is very common to put up decorations on Thanksgiving (if we even wait that long). Sure is a different time and place.
Here at Arthur Acres we have downsized Christmas tremendously. Children are pulled into many directions due to extended families, grandchildren live in other towns and have the same issues, etc. Decorations are now down to about 3 tubs with about 15 more stored in the barn not even opened the last couple of years. Wonder if age has anything to do with this new approach as well?
While thinking of Christmas now might be a good time to put our upcoming Stitching Cruise on your wish list. The Mediterranean Stitching Memories 2019 cruise is so exciting. Goodness at all the ports we will be visiting. And all the excursion possibilities for each individual to choose. Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Sicily, Malta, Barcelona - just to name a few. Hop over to Needles 'N Fins Stitching Adventures and review the full brochure. So many exciting choices!
Don't waste any time if you are seriously considering this journey. You want to make sure you have the stateroom of choice before they are all gone. There is much interest in this trip. So exciting!
A new month also means we will be sharing new lessons in the Online Mystery Class Series. These will be posted and shared around mid-month.
We have not added a new class for December other than the one Quickie - Raymond Crawford's Christmas Stars. It is unbelievable that we have already gone through all 12. At the time it seemed like an eternity didn't it?
January we have a couple new things to share in these series.
We will be invoicing in a few days for the fourth Reindeer in our series of four. This one will be with the Poinsettia Blanket.
Our introduction to Penny MacLeod - Dana - Life of the Party - -
And the new Butterfly Quickie Series from Burnett and Bradford will begin - 8 designs will be featured. Here's the first in the all inclusive class -
Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to sign up for any of these upcoming classes. The full 2019 agenda is posted on September 1, 2018 - scroll back to have a look.
Have a great weekend.