Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Who is Martha Stewart and why is she ruining my Christmas?

At what point did women sell their souls to Martha Stewart and her like? She's not known for being nice or for playing fair. She is not someone our mothers would be proud for us to emulate. We are strong, independent women living in a time when those qualities are admired and appreciated and yet, when Christmas rolls around we all want to be Martha. We have been bitten by the evil little Martha
bug. It's a horrible creature that drills itself into your brain boring ever deeper convincing you that you must be like Martha all the while knowing that it is an impossible task. In my quest for Marthadom I now have half of a two car garage filled with Christmas decorations. Trees for every room. Ornaments collected from around the world. Even a giant Santa chair. There is no vaccine for this bug only a series of painful shots after you have been bitten.

My New Year's Resolution is this - Martha Stewart will be gone from my Christmas season brain.  I will endure the painful anti-Martha shots, I won't even peek at a Martha magazine after July, and above all else, I vow that all future Christmases will be non-Martha like.

Join with me as I say farewell and good riddance to excessive Christmas stress caused by my need to be
like Martha. One tree, loads of ornaments, a wreath and a lot of guilt for not being Martha will become my Christmas of the future.

I had considered going so far as to merely post a Word document stating a simple "Merry Christmas" only later determining that even if Martha were to do it I couldn't.

History making White Christmas in Atlanta
First in 128 years

Garland ornaments purchased from Rafe on Etsy

Santa's giant chair, who needs an elf on the shelf
when you have this?

My favorite gift! I love unusual nativity sets.

My creations only tree

Martha made me do it!

A tree that decorates itself! This actually started as less
than a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. I purchased it as an
orange stick potted in a VERY small pot that all fit inside a
twelve inch by three inch box in 2004.  I don't have a
green thumb.  I think it's one of those plants that thrives
on neglect. This has been its most productive season.

All of my Christmas decor should be put back in its non-seasonal home by March 1. I'm sure Martha has a rule about putting away decorations by a certain date but I don't have a staff to boss around with harsh criticism and lack of appreciation and as of January 1, 2011 Martha will be vanquished from my life.

To each of you I wish a very happy, healthy, and peaceful New Year and  easier Christmas decorting in the future! Thanks for being a part of my life!



A Most Amazing Discovery - Papercuts, sketches, and travel

The blog world is an amazing place for discovering spectacular creations of artists. Thanks to Becky at
I learned of yet another fantastic blog and project. Please take time to visit 
to see the Isabella's beautiful art and learn about a fascinating project. Isabella is participating in the Artists Journal project, a collection of almost 30,000 artists from more than 90 countries. When complete the collection will become a traveling exhibit throughout the U.S. with its final home being the Brooklyn Art Library. Isabella's journal would be worthy of an exhibition on its own, but thinking about an exhibition of so many talented artists, their thoughts and sketches in a traveling exhibit throughout the U.S. is mind boggling. I am so looking forward to visiting the exhibit!  Be sure to check out both of the above mentioned blogs for an amazing view into the lives of two wonderful artists.

Just a small example of the amazing entries in Isabella's journal.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Few Keepers

Sometimes it's difficult selling certain ornaments that I know took days to make.  Those ornaments very often stay with me and are added to my "Poppy Tree" decorated with only ornaments made by me. This Santa is less than four inches tall! It's all tiny pieces of Fimo clay, no paint, and probably a lot of my fingerprints.  It is by far my favorite ornament of any I've every made.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

And The Winner Is...

CONGRATULATIONS to Kim Sandberg, the winner of the Poppylovesaparty Giveaway. I'll be offering more giveaways in 2011. 
Thanks to all of you for your support in my new venture.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

From the mouths of babes

I was recently introduced to rubber stamps from Inkadinkado inkadinkado.eksuccessbrands.com that would be perfect stocking stuffers for adults. It seemed the younger the author, the more insightful the quote. 

                                                                 This one is my favorite.
Happily Ever After

And so for all of us who still have orders to fill, gifts to buy, packages to wrap, or just thought that they would live "happily ever after"   Get up, get dressed, and go to work. That is, after you've gotten a chuckle from all the other kid quotes on rubber stamps.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

We All Contribute

“Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.”
― Bertrand Russell

It has taken me years to accept that my career path did not follow that of my brother (a doctor) or my sister (a lawyer).  I'm a mom. Yes, just a mom, as I always described myself.  My daughters are adults now living the lives they chose, hopefully influenced by our family's belief system.  I am very proud of them.  They are both teachers, one in elementary school and one in high school. They are able to contribute to the happiness of students, faculty, parents, and administrators every day because they are good at what they do.  As my mom skills became less necessary I felt a sense of  loss.  I had actually lost my job.  Of course I'm available when called upon but adult children like mine need very little assistance.  There are no unemployment benefits for moms with adult children.

I determined that my happiness was dependent on making other people happy and so began "Poppy Loves A Party".  The excitement of an order, the completion of a new design, and a serendipitous connection to the buyer bring me great joy. I smile at people I don't know, I talk to the cashier as though I've known her for years, and I always say thank you.  That's what I'm good at and if that brings happiness to others then I contribute to the world's happiness in my own odd little way. I hope my creations bring happiness to some of you.

What are you good at?  Give yourself a pat on the back.  You contribute to someone's happiness.