I just realized yesterday that the main reason I already have almost all my Christmas shopping done is because, since my son graduated from high school, we are not spending the whole month of December running around to basketball tournaments all over the state. The two tournaments my daughter was supposed to play in have both been local and have both been cancelled due to weather. The other reason is that I have committed to purchasing mostly from artists and craftspeople rather than running around at shopping centers and the mall.
I can't show you the great things I've purchased because I think some of my friends and relatives might actually read my blog occasionally. Suffice it to say, I'm getting a lot of happy mail, and others are too. That's because when you buy from Etsy sellers, they will ship your purchases right to the recipients just like the big box stores. Often they will lovingly wrap your package and even include a card for you.
There is a team on Etsy for those who create handmade. The All Handmade by ME team is having joint sale this week. It started today and will end Dec. 13. This is a great way to find some new artisans and unique gifts that literally cannot be found anywhere else.
This blog post from one of the leaders Stephanie Ledezma of The Astral Charm wrote a blog post about the sale that includes a list of all the participating shops. You can find that here. There some really great jewelry, fiber art, wall art...all kinds of stuff.
I made a new banner for my shop so that it's easy to see what my discount is. I'm slowing my progress on Photoshop. I'm sure this banner will make someone who actually knows Photoshop guffaw. But, hey, at least this one is the right size.
If you haven't finished all your shopping, check out the list of shops and get to it!
It's cold here today. We got a snow day. This birdie is very happy about that. If he needed to shop, he'd do it from the comfort of his nest too.
Enjoy your day, friends. Until next time, may the good Lord bless you with warmth when it's cold, good coffee to help you get through the day, and a holiday season that fulfills you and not depletes you.