“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things”
I love the holiday season – the sights, sounds, smells. People laughing, smiling, singing carols. In my part of the world the weather is crisp, there might be some snow on the ground. The smell of chiles, tamales, posole stew is in the air, mingling with a hint of cinnamon sprinkled on biscochitos - all of it underlined with the comforting smell of pinon wood smoke from the fireplaces. Ahhhh . . . !
But the holidays can also be stressful, hectic, overwhelming. Full of schedules, lists, expectations that are maybe too high, or not even realistic. Too many items on too many lists, too many people in too many lines, too much to do and too little time . . .
As a jewelry designer and retailer, the holidays are by far my busiest, most hectic time of year. Not that I’m complaining. But I thought I’d devote the next several posts to some of my fellow artisans - and maybe help you out with a few gift ideas as well - by sharing with you some of my favorite things. Handcrafted things, of course.
Pictured above is a small clay dish with a selection of inspirational words (appropriate words for this hectic season, don’t you think?) that I purchased earlier this year from Jennifer Hanson’s Etsy shop: Spinning Star Studio. I love this piece! Simple, thoughtful, beautifully made. Jennifer has a nice selection of words to choose from, and a whole lot of other great items, too. Perfect for gifts, and perfect as a special treat for yourself.
Jennifer’s shop is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/spinningstarstudio
Links to a couple of her items are here:
Lyrics from My Favorite Things written by Oscar Hammerstein II; Richard Rodgers