I have been making lots of things for Christmas markets lately. I have made so many of these babies but people keep dropping in and seeing my stash and asking if they can have one and I keep giving them away!
I don’t mind a bit because I love people enjoying the small things I create and I like having an excuse to create more. But I will never make a business woman.
The other reason I’m glad to give them away is that lots of nice things seem to be flowing my way too. A week or so ago I was looking in a bookshop for something to help me along with my own writing and I stumbled on The Doll Shop Downstairs, a children’s book by Yona Zeldis McDonough. What a beautiful, beautiful story.
I read it in one sitting and floated for the rest of the afternoon on a cloud of that unique joy and satisfaction that comes with fixing and creating things you love. McDonough captures the feeling between the words somehow. (Also the main character is called Anna – hooray!) When I got home I googled her to see if I could send her a line or two about her beautiful book and within just a couple of hours I received a very kind response. Then on Friday this interesting-looking envelope arrived in the mail.
…bookmarks and also a gorgeous signed bookplate! This will be the book lots of my younger friends will receive from me for Christmas this year (some now with bookmarks!) but I would also recommend it to grown up makers-of-things – people like me, who spend happy hours watching things form in their hands and are delighted to read the work of someone who understands the joy of it.
As for the blueberries, I’m afraid it’s generally true that things grow in my garden despite me and not because of me, but nonetheless, look! I grew some blueberries! There are about seven altogether, which is a bumper crop after the three I got last year. I’m quite chuffed.
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