Over the years online, I’ve come to know some very talented people. This pleases me. I love recognizing talent, the moment of, “Hey, that one’s got something,” and watching success ensue.
So today we have Friendsmas, i.e. a list of my friends who make and sell stuff you might like to put on your Christmas lists. I’ve mentioned them all before, but there’s no time like the present. Present. Get it? Guess the holiday preparations are making me goofy as well as grateful.
Cara of Peonies and Polaroids has holiday cards on sale at Etsy. I own a set of her tiny prints, they hang from my desk shelf, here. I am not sure I know anyone who captures the many meanings of light quite the way Cara does. Order by Sunday for international delivery. If you will have already done your mailings (go you) these would be lovely as cards on presents under your tree.
Laura, at Baby, Picture This on Society6.I’ve pointed out Laura’s talent with family shoots previously, she also sells art prints. I bought the one below, impelled by movement and implied sound. It’s called Murmurations Over Brighton. So beautiful. I ordered it framed (in white) – the print was beautiful but the frame broke in shipping. Happily, Society6 offered to simply send a new one. Hey, Sturdy support for Artsy aesthetics even the Grande Dame would endorse.
Speaking of the Grande Dame, she would find this Central Park scene by Patricia van Essche, of PVE Design, “So attractive.” “So cheery,” she’d say, not realizing that warm feeling in her center was love for her fellow man and nostalgia for childhood.
Sarah Ryhanen’s Saipua, offers handmade soaps that sound amazing (I haven’t tried them, but I cannot imagine Sarah selling anything sub-par.) This is the packaging for Sandalwood with Tangerine Oil. Sarah did the flowers for my wedding, but is known primarily for enormous and wildly creative events. Her mom makes the soap. Never forget family in fame.
And finally, but not least (never least), the inimitable Patsy Kane. Patsy makes me laugh nigh on every time she comments here. I suppose that’s not sufficient reason to buy her latitude and longitude jewelry, or a rigger bracelet, but this photo? The memories of driftwood and the smell of beach grass? The horseshoe crab egg sacs, the seaweed, the sea? I know. I’m not playing fair. But it’s Friendsmas.
If you celebrate Christmas, I hope all your preparations are going well. And if you don’t, well, I hope you haven’t been subjected to Sir Paul McCartney singing “Having A Wonderful Time” more than once. Hey, I hope that for all of us. Whatever holidays you celebrate, here’s to the good friends of winter.
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