My business is still in fetal stage so can’t report on that…and
I’ve spent the last five days getting packages out to loved ones
around the country. Today I get back to polishing the castings I made
a week ago, then setting stones…
As to gifts…
Husband made a wish list on Amazon so it was easy. His items
included a Kloss iPAL radio for his shop. I also got him a pair of
Crocs, a CD Yusef Islam (?) formerly known as Cat Stevens, a National
Geographic book of images by women photographers (he’s a photographer
and art lover so he gets a big coffee table book each year.
Brother-in-law and sis sent Sennheiser wireless headphones (also from
his wish list, and I wrapped) so he can watch movies on the movie
screen silently while I watch TV in the bedroom at night. Cool, I
don’t have to hear the subwoofer thundering in the living room. So
don’t know if that is a gift for him or me.
BTW, his sister also sent us a Turducken from the Cajun Grocer. It
is thawing in the studio fridge waiting to be cooked on Monday. And
some Kringle from O&H Danish Bakery in Racine. That was phenomenal!
I already know the gifts for me since I bought them, wrapped them. A
vintage strand of graduated pearls with a 14K WG clasp set with old
Euro cut diamonds and a one carat sapphire. And an Ipod shuffle, so I
can listen to my stuff while he listens to his opera during the
workday (yup, we both work in our home studio.)
But the really cool gift he gave me was a new bench last week.
Actually, he made the bench, 8 feet of white counter space on three
hardware store stock 12" cabinets. The true gem if I may say is the
drawer he made in the center cabinet for my oxy-acetylene tanks. I
just open the door and pull it out to turn on the tanks. Then I can
slide it back in while working. Elegant! The whole bench has lots of
light (he put in an extra troffer), two stations of space - one for
metal work, one for waxing, etc.
And he assembled the heavy, pre-strung 7’ tree we bought at Walmart
two years ago. One more year and it pays for itself and no needles on
the ground. ( Plus with my allergies, natural trees = migraines.)
Then I decorated it.
I think I came out ahead!
I hope all of you have a really wonderful holiday season. Thank you
for your stories, advice and thoughts. My heart especially goes out
to Eric and Dennis for their incredible family losses. I pray you are
given the grace of more healing every day.
It is so easy to get strung out on the commercial side of our lives,
particularly when this time of year is a large part of the year’s
revenue. So breathe, take care of yourselves and let yourselves be
loved. Yeah, and pass that Irish Cream baby!