Well the advent saga continues! We realized today after one of the canvases blew off the building that we need to get a lift or crane to finish the job! Chris and Joe are having a time of it, but they are starting again on Monday – go guys. (Just rented a scissor-lift; that should be fun.)
Okay – so the latest paintings just get better and better. Our real artists (no offense to anyone) have brought over their paintings and wow! Haley is a staffer here who is also an artist and who knew she was so good – the nutcracker scene is to die for.
Then one of our brunch attendees and I started talking and she was excited about our project. Next thing I knew, Nicki had offered to do a canvas even though she works in fabric as a medium. She created a piece and then had it digitally reproduced on canvas for the advent calendar. It is really beautiful – an angel, that even though it isn’t made of cloth, looks like it is – you can even see the stitching up close! And the colors – you just have to wait to see.
We got a peak, but it went back for final touches, of the OPMH older kids work. It is really good too! Silhouettes of the three kings on camels – it gives me shivers. How do these people come up with these great ideas and then make them look so good? And these are teenagers!
St. Raymond’s youth director came by with their canvas – a hand painted scene of the crèche with the holy family set into a background of palm trees and the star too. So great – I am really impressed with how good these paintings are. I know I keep saying that, but really, it is not as easy as you would think to do a realistic picture.
We are so blessed to have so many fabulous partners in our quest to raise money for Make-a-Wish. Thanks to all of you, from the bottom of my heart. Oh, and we think the date for the auction will be Epiphany (the day the kings arrived to see baby jesus)– first Friday in January. It isn’t definitive yet – keep peaking at website for updates.
Well, I am beat and have to be up at 5:00 am for our first black Friday sales extravaganza. Hope not too many people get up early to shop – I’m not sure I can handle a line at 6:00 am! Bring me coffee – please!!!
I have been a part of the Christmas Attic for my whole life, and over the last 25 years I have been involved in most aspects of the family business. I have seen it all, from the work of designers like David Strand and Christopher Radko, to nutcrackers and smokers from Germany, to gifts and homewares from France. But somehow I'm still always excited to see the latest thing.
I operate a little like Santa's elves . . . behind the scenes! As the Christmas Attic webmaster, my job is to make sure the website comes as close to possible to being like a trip to the Christmas Attic itself. That can be a challenge -- there's no place quite like our shop -- but it's one I truly enjoy.