Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Finding Inspiration



The author of The Weaver Of Grass blog has invited her readers to describe a source of their inspiration, and it's a pleasure to participate. Thanks for hosting, Weaver!

Summer around here means lots of beach going and gardening, but it is also my busiest work time of the entire year. All the Christmas stock needs to be finished by the end of summer, because the orders start building in September and continue through the end of the year. Odd as it sounds, that means summer on the inside is nonstop glitter, mica, angels, stars, Santas and snowflakes.

My greatest inspiration for this line of work has been a life long love of Christmas and a collection of vintage ornaments and decorations that has been building for over 30 years. My fondest memories of Christmases past revolve not so much around gifts received as family traditions maintained and expanded. It's a blessing to make a living doing something so enjoyable and it delights me to hopefully add a little magic to the celebrations of others.



Update: Anyone wishing to see some of my wares can click here or on Vintage Ornaments in the sidebar on the right.

17 comments:

Tracy said...

Such fun to have a glimpse of where your inspiration lies... your vintage Christmas collection is wonderful...It's hard sometimes working seasons ahead in such a way, but with great inspiration, everything is possible. Thanks so much for sharing! :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

Sweet Repose said...

Are you an antique dealer or do you do retail...interesting that we too now are thinking of the holidays and our plan of attack, starting with Halloween.

I think the child in us wants to retain the memories of easy days past, but commercialism has ruined it for us with the loss of passion for ol' timey values...cool stuff!

willow said...

I have a weakness for all things Christmas, the symbolism and happy times. Lovely post.

Arija said...

I'll drink to that! To spend your life creating fairyland for others is truly inspirational. You must feel like a mixture of Mrs.Claus and half the elves.

Arija said...

PS thank you for sharing this. How little we know of each other, this was truly an inspirational meme on Weaver's part.

Dianne said...

I love how you mention traditions maintained and expanded
that is the magic of Christmas to me too

love your work

Titus said...

How unusual and unexpected! These insights into other's inspirations are inspiring in themselves (I've said that elsewhere today). You are making me think already.

Derrick said...

I have always loved Christmas too. Have also just been at a trade fair where Christmas decorations were to the fore! Glad you feel inspired by it.

The Weaver of Grass said...

I love that picture - I wish it was a jig saw puzzle - in the winter the farmer and I do a lot of puzzles and that would make a super one.
I also love the Christmas shops in America and always visit them when I come across one ( a lovely one I remember in Niagara on the Lake) - I am glad that the whole festive season gives you such inspiration.
Thank you so much for taking part and making this meme such an interesting read.

jinksy said...

Your little row of angels are beautiful... I thought they were fairies, until I read your post...sorry if that offended them.:)

Crafty Green Poet said...

Christmas all year, now there's a thing....

Robin Mac said...

I too love Christmas traditions, so I was very interested in your source of inspiration. We have saved our decorations always and have some from when my husband was a small baby - now our grandchildren love them. Thankyou for visiting my blog - such fun reading what we have all been inspired by. Cheers, Robin

Coastcard said...

I love the Christmas season, too. We always have special celebrations (& Christmassy family birthdays, too).

I try to write a Christmas poem each year... but find it very hard to start early enough to have it ready for inclusion in the Dec. edition of our parish mag! I also find it hard to get excited about making Christmas cards in August ... but come mid November, well, that's another story!

Eryl Shields said...

I love the idea of a secret Christmas house in the middle of summer! Great post, so glad I found you, thanks to Weaver.

steven said...

hello, i am following the weaver's meme about inspiration around the bloggy and geographic world. what ana amzing adventure!! i absolutely love christmas - particularly the objects that i associate with my own childhood christmases which were very english! you have a fascinating and eclectic blog. i really like it!! have a lovely day. steven

Pondside said...

For those of us who love Christmas, it's easy to see how this wonderful season is such an inspiration. You are so fortunate to be making your living with something that brings you, and others, so much joy.
I've had a look around your wonderfully eclectic site and I look forward to coming back.

Jane Moxey said...

Now I realize why that Advent calendar looked so familiar. I lived in Germany when I was a very little girl and had calendars just like that! What lovely products on your website!