Saturday, December 03, 2011

All I want for Christmas is more time, Santa...

I am learning, as I grow (older), to take (my) time. Even in December, when the rush to get so much done in so little time looms, I no longer give in to the craziness. To be honest, I can't do it and still feel charitable toward humanity. I love people(some of them), but I hate crowds of holiday shoppers)(and general mall rats), and while I used to be able to shrug it off, I realize I don't shrug so easily anymore, so I try not to subject myself to more than my fragile (peri-menopausal) state can handle.

I should add that I am incredibly lucky (fortunate & grateful), to have a job and a life that allows me some time to take time... but even if you don't think you have any at all, you need to find some -- or make some...we offer our best selves to others when we take time for ourselves first. This is not selfish in my opinion, it's just fact. (and it's also just awesome!)

So that's my opener to what I did today... I visited the most amazing visual delight
within at least a hundred miles of my home (even though it's 10 miles away). and that is Artifacts Store...and open house (literally) the Cunningham house, open, for the holidays, along with their
store, which happens to be next door. I cannot begin to describe how magical this place and all its treasures is all year long, but particularly during the holidays. Here are just a few glimpses of my treasures. The first photo is of a sign that now sits above the "art door" in my dining room.




Beth Cunningham and her "holiday helpers" adorn the bags with bells and ribbon, there are guest artists and artisans in her "open house" with one-of-a-kind wares, and the ride to Melrose on a cold, clear December day is a total indulgence.

5 comments:

fran p. said...

Kerri, I couldn't agree more.....I also took the time to visit this magical little place tucked away in the fields of Melrose...I could have stayed three hours and not seen everything Beth offered....it was like going back in time!

By the way...I'm loving your new header here!!!

Marilyn Rock said...

Dang - I missed it! I think I received the post card invite to Artifacts - oh well - too much going on. Now; I should have made time for myself right? Love the sign above your cool door and your goodies, you picked up, are wonderful! I'm glad you made that time for you! xxoo

Lisa said...

i bought a typewriter bracelet from them at the troy art fair a few years ago. Now i guess i'll have to go on a little trip......

Cynthia Julian said...

Kerri, I love the sound of this place, thank you for mentioning it. I'll check it out some day when I have a need to go adventuring.

Peggy Beck said...

I have been away for a long time but it is good to be back. What a pleasure to see "that" painting on "that" door. A treasured memory for me. And a reminder of all that you are.....wonderful.