For my sweet cousin, Linda, in California . . . this post is for YOU! She very recently suffered an automobile accident when someone ran a red light. May God's blessings be with you, Linda, and provide a complete and speedy recovery!!!!
What we do in the antiques/vintage world is based on a collective passion for the past. But it's truest foundation is love for those in our present. Without family and friends, we are nothing.
I hope these beautiful, Christmas images will give Linda . . . and all of us . . . a reason to pause before we begin this most celebrated of seasons. I am grateful for so much. I am grateful that my cousin had a nurse close by who witnessed the accident and recognized Linda's immediate need for her inhaler. No doubt that stranger was instrumental in Linda's survival.
This famous French "Three Daughters" painting celebrates childhood--and a beautiful one at that. No doubt, some element of our early years surfaces (positive or negative) during Christmas. It's one of the greatest blessings--and challenges--of the season.
Being a child of the 50's, I have the sweetest memories of Santa Claus, his big red boots, bottle brush trees, angels, toys and candy . . . my parents and extended family brought so much delight to us. Those lingering images are so unforgettable that--with each passing year--I try to recreate those very special feelings with my family now.
I have noticed Christmas coming earlier and earlier each year. Some of that trend originates from the pressure retailers are under to predict and present trends; and, to me, some of it is due to an increasingly unpredictable world . . . and the following need for feelings of connection and meaning.
I look forward to seeking the memories and feelings established in the hopes and dreams of those who came before me. I celebrate my family now gone and the family I'm fortunate to have at this very moment . . . whether or not I have remained in touch with all of them.
My last show of the year will be Sand Point in Seattle, and these beautiful items will be on parade as well as other vintage treasures. Remember to dress warmly--no central heat. The brave and hearty vendors will be there to bring you LOTS of Christmas cheer and glad tidings for the beautiful season ahead!!!
My gratitude for the ability to continue doing what I love most and survive these economic times is inexpressable . . . thank you with all my heart to the happy customers who return again and again to share in this delight with me--there is no joy without YOU!!!
Sand Point Antique and Design Market is Sunday, December 6--be there with bells on and ring in this most spectacular of seasons!!
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO!!!!