Monday, November 12, 2012

There's Talent in Buttercupland

Not me, but we have some very talented citizens!

I usually put a list for Christmas/Chanukah shopping together some time in the summer. I like choosing things while I'm on vacation or at weekend craft fairs. But this year was different and I didn't even think about gift giving until last Friday. Chanukah is three weeks away and Christmas will be right behind. I wanted to find fun, useful and special things for friends and family, and not necessarily mass produced. I turned to my very talented friends in Buttercupland to begin shopping. Thanks, Etsy and thanks, friends. 

I've written about Becky of "Hospitality Lane" before and am happy to chat about her latest project, Tommy Candles, which benefit orphan adoption. Two of my work friends will have these beautiful candles to look forward to. I ordered the Christmas Cabin scent and it will be difficult to give them away. 

I then turned to Marie's art blog, "The Artful Heart. Marie is a talented artist and her beautiful prints will gladden the hearts of three friends. I will still have to frame them when they arrive, but I love the idea of giving original work done by a friend. 

My next stop was ordering copies of Terra's book on motherhood firsts. I've written about this wonderful collection before, but am happy to give it a shout out again. She is also the co-author of a book on Christmas firsts that is perfect for this season. 

This was fun shopping. I skipped the long lines, chose from beautiful, crafted products and bought from friends for friends and family. I think I may have started a new holiday tradition. 

Central Park, Manhattan

This was the third day of a three day weekend, of which I am so appreciative. The weather was warm and sunny and I sat outside for an hour reading the newspaper.  I started the morning with a quick medical appointment, sat outside and then took a quick trip to Michaels.  I've had a quiet afternoon and am about to go and hear Barbara Kingsolver, one of my all-time favorite authors read from her new novel. Of course I didn't accomplish everything I hoped to do in the last three days, but have gotten a lot done and am feeling better rested. The latter was a big goal of mine. Hope your day was as sunny this photo of Central Park!  



17 comments:

Maggid said...

My day is made brighter - just by visiting your blog!!!!

love & love,
-g-

Becky K. said...

You have totally made my day. I've been so busy and am soooo tired. But this brought a serious smile!
Thanks, so much!! I poured blueberry muffin "Tommy" candles today and will do more Christmas Cabin ones in just a bit. It is a delightful fragrance!
Thank You!

Jacquelineand.... said...

What a wonderful start to a new tradition, it sounds like a wonderful idea to me. Oh, and btw, you do have a talent...for being uplifting!

Glad you were able to get rested up a bit.

Marie said...

Oh Carol, I have been very slow to visit lately. I have had so much on and not enough hours in the day to manage it all. I need to cut back and learn to say no to people! I love your thoughts here and I am humbled by your opinion of me as an artist. Your prints should be with you within a week, depending on the post office! I hope you are happy with them. And I agree with Jacqueline, you do have a talent, many talents. You have lifted me up many times. xxoo

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

There is a lot of talent in blog land. Glad you were able to find some things for your gift giving. Time is short and I've a lot to do here. Thankfully, a lot of mine will be gift cards and that is easy to do. Glad you had a restful long weekend! Hope your Tuesday is a terrific one!

Theresa said...

Beautiful view of the park:) I am happy that you got to enjoy it and listen to the reading!

Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Chatty Crone said...

Buttercup that photo is AWESOME!!! And you are right - there is a lot of great talent in Blogland. sandie

Paula said...

I heard that the weather there has been so strange - snow followed by warm weather...

It snowed here last night, and we had our first snow of the year a week ago! Early, even for S.E. Alaska!

I love hearing about NYC - I have been there once and loved it! And I agree that there are a lot of talented folks making beautiful handcrafted items. Nice post!

Terra said...

Buttercup, you are generous to find goodies by fellow bloggers and share them here. I am thrilled you shared my two books on this list. "Scrapbook of Motherhood Firsts" is the mom book's title. Thanks dear friend, from me, Terra Hangen.

Amrita said...

Lovbely photo BC

Grammy Staffy said...

What a thoughtful new tradition you have started. I love Marie's artwork too. Goo for you. Have a great week. Hugs, Lura

Grammy Staffy said...

What a thoughtful new tradition you have started. I love Marie's artwork too. Goo for you. Have a great week. Hugs, Lura

Grammy Staffy said...

What a thoughtful new tradition you have started. I love Marie's artwork too. Goo for you. Have a great week. Hugs, Lura

Grammy Staffy said...

Upps... Sorry.... I couldn't get my comment to post so I kept hitting "publish" Nothing happened for a while then it popped up 3 times .... Oh well..... I try

Susie said...

Buttercup, I saw where the christmas tree is going to be set up soon in the city.I pray they have everyone's power back on before they light the tree...I am not trying to be a meany, just wishing the best for those hurting the worse. seeing the park picture made me think of that. I want to come back to NYC , I love your town.xo, Susie

Lauren Davenport said...

What a beautiful photo. It looks so peaceful there.

Maple Lane said...

I often buy from blog friends' etsy shops, too.
I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving week, dear Buttercup!