Merry Christmas! This photo was taken at Lolly's Quilt store in Shipshewana, Indiana. We were there last week enjoying the holiday spirit & all the Christmas decorations. It's a great place to see during the holidays, but I enjoy it any time of the year.
I wanted to show you what I got for Christmas. I try to get a new santa every year and really love it if I can get one from Peggy Gaines, a local artist whose work I love. I was fortunate to get this santa painted on a chair seat when she was in a craft show near here. She also had a large santa painted on an old door that was awesome but cost a bit more than I felt comfortable spending.
As it turns out she marked it down at the end of the show, probably not really wanting to haul an item that big back home & store it, and my sweet husband surprised me & got it for me for Christmas (yay!). We were planning on putting it on the front porch, but I really don't want to put it outside in the Michigan weather. So for now it will remain in the house.
To be honest I've been having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. We had a few deaths in the family around Christmas last year, including my Dad, & it's been weighing on me. I have a tendency to get depressed at times & am definitely struggling with it this year. We've really been having a lot of gloomy, dark & rainy days so I'm going to get (or make) a light box, hopefully that will help. I haven't been creating too much, but I'm trying to get back into it. I made this small plaque from a piece of barnwood from a barn that my daughter's husband tore down recently on their property. Every time I walk past the pile of wood I pilfer a few little pieces that look interesting.
I wish you all a very merry Christmas & many blessings in the new year!