Dorthe, from Den Lille Lade
is one of my dearest & most talented friends.
Last Christmas we did a swap, my first ever.
I call her my Snow Angel.
As I unwrapped the tissue around her I gasped!
The expression on her face,
the brightness of her eyes.... beyond beautiful!
Dorthe is a true artisan, she puts her heart into everything she creates. So many lovely details, such workmanship.
The wings are a dragon fly.
Dorthe always finds a way to include nature into her work.
Nature & a little magic!
Dorthe sells her amazing art on Etsy, I hope you'll visit her there.
She inspired me to begin a new holiday tradition.
I've always enjoyed making gifts for friends & family which I would supplement with purchased items.
Last year every gift I bought (excluding kids toys)
came from Etsy.
Beautiful knitted sweaters, a quilt, an amazing collage for a
special cat lover in my life. This year I found some precious doll clothes for Lily's American Girl. Much cuter & unique than what I've seen in stores. The benefits are endless. No fighting over parking spaces, no stress, no lines, but mostly I feel like the money I'm spending is making a difference in someones life. I didn't mean to be on a soap box or anything, it's just a change I made that I feel good about.
I wanna show you some pictures from my latest workshop & introduce you to some budding artists!
Yesterday I taught Philips class to make holiday wish books from paper bags.
Its a family tradition that started when I was their age.
We talked a lot about Christmas, Hanukkah & wishes.
Their wishes were so sweet & innocent.
Not one child wished for a specific toy.
The #1 wish....that their dearly departed pet could come back to life.
#2 wish.....that big brother or sister would stop picking on them.
We wrote secret messages to hide inside the pockets.
It was an awesome day!
If you ever need a dose of inspiration, go volunteer at a kindergarten class for a day!