I cannot believe the year is almost over and so is this challenge! This week I’m showcasing Days #336 to #342.
Day #342 is Eric, a good friend and incredible photographer.
Today’s the last day to be drawn! All remaining spots for my 365 portrait challenge are now filled. If you didn’t grab your spot but still want to be drawn, never fear! For the first time I’m drawing holiday portraits. These make great gifts for loved ones. Just be sure you put in your order today, December 1st.
Day #329 is Chuleenan, who runs a cool sewing blog over at C Sews.
The sale runs December 1st through December 7th and absolutely everything in the shop (even originals) are 30% off. There isn’t a better way to cross holiday gifts off your list AND get yourself a little present. Mailing list members will get the coupon code in their inbox super early on December 1st.
Why am I having such a big sale? I’m moving the first part of January and I’ve told my partner I can fit all of my stuff into a certain number of boxes and I hate to be proven wrong. I’m betting you can relate.
I know this week is the start of the busy season for you. The time of year where you cook like nobody’s business, where your home gets so clean you think you’re in the wrong one, and where the to-do lists stretches out as long as Santa’s nice list. That’s why I wanted to give you a silly story to give you something to laugh about and relax a bit of stress.
While most of the country sits down to a table filled with poultry, pink molds of cranberry sauce, and every type of potato, the few turkeys who survive hold a feast of their own. Like ours, it’s a feast of thanks. A thanks to being too young, too old, or too scrawny. Most people don’t know about Turkey Thanksgiving, due to researchers being busy recording the habits of their own family members. However, last year a team of turkey scientists forewent their family research into the social norms for consuming copious amounts of apple pie in order to document this most unusual ritual. The following are passages from one researcher’s notebooks.
4:30 pm – Turkeys seen clearing a rectangular section on the ground. A handful of them walk round the farm collecting white feathers in their beaks. Once full, they return to the cleared section, dropping the feathers into a growing pile. Another group of turkeys take the feathers one by one and lays them out in the cleared area. It appears, though it’s far too early to tell, that they’re making some kind of elaborate gathering space.
4:45 pm – The entire rectangular section of cleared ground is now a white swath of feathers. The group of turkeys who originally gathered them is now directing all the turkeys to the spot. It seems as if they have a mental ‘seating plan’ for the rectangle.
5:00 pm – All turkeys are standing in their ‘assigned seating’ spaces round the outside.
5:30 pm – There’s been lots of commotion from all of them, especially the youngest ones. They seem to be waiting for something.
5:35 pm – The back barn door opened and an old female turkey walked in with a bag in her beak. She struts on over to the others, several of whom make quiet clucks like they’re saying something naughty. The old female drops the bag and slides her claw down its length, spilling seeds in the middle of the rectangle.
5:40 pm – After a brief moment of silence, the turkeys dig in. They’re voracious, going so far as to eat the white feathers from time to time. The quiet clucks return, getting louder and louder until the old female stamps her feet and nips at the nearest turkey’s wing. The others instantly fall silent.
6:00 pm – The turkeys have finished their seeds. Most take a step or two backwards. A few wobble on their feet as though their center of balance has suddenly changed.
7:00 pm – After an hour of congregating in small groups, they appear to be getting ready to leave. One has spotted the camera Brad is using to record this and is making his way, along with several others, towards Brad. This does not bode well.
The video footage that accompanied these reports was lost after the turkeys discovered they were being filmed. They rushed the scientists and in a flurry of feathers, the video camera was stolen.
So remember that while you give thanks for your health, family, and food this year, the saved turkeys are doing the same. They also have to deal with crazy relations like Aunt Sally, who insists that she’s a vegetarian but always eats double portions of turkey, and Uncle Lou, who falls asleep at the table while waiting for dessert. They even have to deal with Grandma, who never cooks a bird moister than the Mojave Desert and whose cranberry sauce expired in 1998. So say a prayer for the turkeys this Thanksgiving. They need just as much help getting through the big day as you do.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Don’t forget, my moving sale starts December 1st. Mark your calendar! Studio MME Sweethearts get 30% off EVERYTHING in my shop for the first week of December. You only get the coupon code in an email December 1st if you’re on the list though so be sure you’re on it! This is the perfect way to get your holiday shopping done and save money for a present for yourself. (Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.)
Whew! Another week done! I cannot believe that American Thanksgiving is just one week away. Where did the year go? All remaining spots for my 365 portrait challenge are now filled. If you didn’t grab your spot but still want to be drawn, never fear! For the first time I’m drawing holiday portraits. These make great gifts for loved ones. Just be sure you put in your order before December 1st.
Day #322 is Erin and Craig.
Day #323 and #324 are Aleksandra and Nik. Their grandmother sent in their photo.
When I was younger, every year around this time the holiday cards would begin to arrive in our mailbox. These were generally sent by the overachieving members of the family or those who would be away in the Cayman Islands for the holidays and were thus sending their cards before getting on a plane. Every day my mother would sit down and read the cards, showing the family all of the photos and well wishes. We would then tape the cards to our pantry door and slowly make a Christmas tree shape. Some years it looked like the tree from Lampoon’s Christmas whilst other years it was more like Charlie Brown’s. But no matter the size, those cards symbolized all the people we were thankful for in our lives.
I know that you’re like me and love to send cards in the mail. That’s why I made my new holiday prints into adorable cards! This way you can send not only your well wishes but also some holiday laughter.
The card pack includes a reindeer not employed by Santa who celebrates the season with his own holiday lights and an arctic fox who stayed up too late partying.
Get in the holiday spirit and make your loved ones smile with these silly party animal cards. If you ever do see a fox with a paper party hat or a reindeer with lights, please let me know. I have a secret suspicion the animals who aren’t employed by Santa and the North Pole elves have lots of parties while the big man in red is gone.
I’m really loving the portraits for this week! Even after so many weeks of this challenge, I’m still amazed by what I produce. All remaining spots for my 365 portrait challenge are now filled. If you didn’t grab your spot but still want to be drawn, never fear! For the first time I’m drawing holiday portraits. These make great gifts for loved ones. Just be sure you put in your order before December 1st.
Day #315 is S. Luna Raven, the lady behind A Strange and Curious Girl. (This may be one of my new favorites.)
It’s finally here! You’ve been asking for it for months now and I finally have a way for you to sew your own Little Red Riding Hood. This makes a great addition to a young girl’s room.
This fairy tale is one of the most endearing in our culture. Perhaps its our continuous fear of the forest and its nighttime denizens. Or perhaps we’re worried that we may ourselves one day fall prey to a talking wolf who tells us to stop and pick the flowers. In my mind, the wolf doesn’t talk but rather pads silently along behind her the whole way to grandma’s house.
Know someone who needs a little more magic in their life? Perhaps it’s even yourself. Well, there’s now an embroidery pattern for that in my shop. It uses two simple stitches so no matter what your sewing skills are, this is an easy stitch. Sometimes easier is better because it means you can curl up on the couch and just relax. There’s time to sew a great gift before the holiday season if you start soon!
I felt like I needed a little black in my life again so this week everyone’s inked. All remaining spots for my 365 portrait challenge are now filled. If you didn’t grab your spot but still want to be drawn, never fear! For the first time I’m drawing holiday portraits. These make great gifts for loved ones. Just be sure you put in your order before December 1st.
Day #314 is Angela, a holistic life coach over at Ki Life Coaching.
I cannot believe it’s already this time of year! I swear it was July just yesterday. To make this crazy season easier for you and for me, I’ve put together a holiday shopping and shipping guide for you. That way your presents will arrive in time and there won’t be any sad faces or IOU cards.
United States Customers
I ship everything First Class USPS. In order to get your presents before Christmas Day, the very last day to place an order is December 17th. If you order after that, you may still get your goodies in time but there’s no guarantee. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t risk it. I speak from personal experience that sad faces during the holidays make you feel really really bad.
Since shipping overseas takes 2-3 weeks, the very last day to place an order is December 10th. Again, if you order after that, you may still get your goodies in time but there’s no guarantee. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t risk it.
P.S. My holiday cards (and prints) are now in the shop. The note cards are being printed on a very limited basis so if you want to send Studio MME spirit this holiday season, make sure you grab them fast!