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Green, red, gold and glitter cover a lot of the colors of the Christmas Holiday. Still the shades of many other colors are everywhere in Nature, art, and people. Here is a photo that my Mom took from her back porch. If you look very carefully you will find all sorts of creatures, from Angels to Deer. There are an assortment of faeries, elves and reindeer. Whatever is possible, you will possibly see in this one photograph, through the loving camera lens of my Mom.

Wishing all a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year and most of all, Happy Life!

Grace L. DeWolf

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The Gift of Duct Tape

A good writer will tell you that blaming a Muse is a weak reason for your inability to write. This may be true. But I like to blame Muses and their flirty ways for my running into blank page after blank page. For instance, this blog is supposed to have been written days ago. That infamous novel still swims in the ether. Blame it on the Muses.

Still, I needed to do something! Muses are ethereal creatures drawn to things that make them feel pretty, unique, and desired. My idea was to bring them back to me with an assortment of gifts (bribes). I’d start with Google, buy inexpensive tools, beads and wires and start. I hear the Muses giggle, but they stick around out of curiosity.

Awkward is a great word. Even the word with its spelling, letters like k,w’s, are clumsy in their placement but seem to describe my original beading attempts perfectly. However, some came out rather well,  I thought. Others thought so too, much to my surprise. The first gift was to my best friend. Seems that we have known each other forever, although her adventure began in Sydney, Australia and mine in Illinois. We connected on a 40 ft. boat sailing to Guatemala.

She was going in for surgery and it was so important that the gift of my necklace was received before that date. Why? I dunno. What was she going to do with it? Wear it over her pretty hospital gown? I had not learned the art of the clasp yet. Always up for a challenge I came up with a genius idea. You betcha! Duct tape works on everything! She has lovely, longish blond hair. Who would notice a sticky silver tape holding the thing together? Who cares that it might itch, be unsightly and uncomfortable? Details, details. So it is just to remind her of her funny, imperfect friend who like her, is always out for adventure. Below is the offending piece.  Can’t see the back now, can you! 

My friend is doing great!

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Cathy’s Blog

Another Thanksgiving! America’s favorite feast day!

The plodding turkey is king on this day (although it might disagree with our form of worship) but the true nobility of America soars on high. The Bald Eagle is the symbol of our freedom.

You’ll fall in love with this gorgeous Statue of the Eagle, a beautiful compliment to your
festive home and a handy container for your valuables.
See it under STATUES on our Site.

So, Happy Thanksgiving, happy shopping and welcome!