My birthday, as I keep telling you, falls at the beginning of September. A few days later I went into the city – somewhere I avoid normally – and was truly totally amazed to see every store had put out the first of their Christmas decorations and assorted stuff. September!! I thought it all arriving en-masse near the end of October was bad enough – soon we’ll be shopping for festivals and holidays all year round. Are you like me and think this is ever so slightly crazy?
I did wonder if it is just here, where we do not really celebrate Halloween or have Thanksgiving as national pastimes like, for instance, our American friends. Our national holidays are fairly low key and not hugely commercial affairs, so have the corporations decided that, lacking these other two major fiscal opportunities, to make the time of ‘Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Men’ a spectacular four month long spending spree? Or am I being just a tad cynical in my old age? Maybe you like it! So come on down and share with us – when do you think Christmas should appear in the shops?
So having done my anti-establishment rant about the commercialisation of holidays, I will now jump on the band wagon. That’s the irony of life isn’t it! For there is, purely coincidentally, good news for any of you who were pondering on items in my ‘Contented Crafter’s Gift Shop‘ and maybe put off by the exorbitant additional cost of shipping. For just a short time – unknown exactly how long as yet – postage on any item, to any place, anywhere, is free! And, as just complained about by my good self, in time for the major gift giving season too. Whoot-whoot!! Ah well, if you can’t beat ’em you may as well join ’em as someone famous once surely said!
There are also, of course, pages from the art journal to be shared. I’m beginning to work up so many ideas for proper paintings I don’t know where to start:
There’s this one based on an event from many years ago when my life was in crisis
There’s this one, just playing around with texture and colour
Or this one, where my latest addiction to gold paint and decorative tapes is indulged
And here, where I am just starting to play around with ideas for a proper painting
It’s an eclectic mix isn’t it! Any thoughts? I’d like to find time to make some more bracelets, my wrists feel they are in need of some decorative touches………
Thanks for coming by today, I love that you did!