Thank you to ALL those who called in! I was overwhelmed at the response! Come by the studio and gallery for a visit--I would love to meet you. And keep watching Georgi on Saturday mornings. I am usually on the 4th Saturday, and you never know what I'll be offering. ;)
- Savor the present moment!
- Don't keep up with Joneses
- Don't regard money so highly
- Strive for meaningful goals
- Be highly motivated
- Smile though your heart is...
- Treasure family and friends
- Feel gratitude and share it
- Let exercise be your drug
- Give give give
I love making cookies with my daughters every Christmas. We took time last night to do that and watch Elf--it was fun! Gus even got into the spirit too. You'll have to check out his video, giving a bit of dialogue about the whole event. It is indeed time to slow down and enjoy family and friends and relish in what God gave us as we celebrate Christmas--a Savior!!
And the most wonderful thing to me at Christmas time is MUSIC! I have attended and been a part of (with my band Sister Grace) about 9 concerts. The grand finale was First Baptist Church's "Athens Christmas" and it was truly awe-inspiring. I love going with my Dad to that each year, and it was simply beautiful, ringing in the lovely meaning of Christmas. Thanks to Ryan Leffel for directing the Celebration Choir--he and they are so talented! Below is the spectacular scenery in the sanctuary from the balcony.
As far as recorded music, I have discovered some great new albums and enjoyed older ones as well, but I think my favorite this year is Sarah McLauchlin's Wintersong.
See my website and read more about Color Cafe beginning February 5th! Open to all painters! Join me in an inspirational time of painting each Thursday. Bring your own supplies, set up, enjoy Starbucks coffee, fellowship and laughter! Receive minimal instruction--not your normal workshop experience, but hey, I can't sit idly by when someone needs some help! Give it a try and see what you think. Open to any fun-loving painter with a positive attitude! $45 per class or $150 for 4. Makes a fantastic gift this holiday season!
I wanted to share with you Amazon's MP3 Downloader. You can purchase mp3s from Amazon now--just like iTunes, but better, since they are mp3s. You simply download the mp3 downloader, and it goes straight into your iTunes, album art and all! I love it! I purchased the entire album of the Carpenters (2 discs worth of songs) that my sister recommended for $18.99. Most mp3s cost $.99 or even less. Check it out! In the photo you can see the downloader window showing where I purchased Faith Hill's Silent Night. Music is everything at Christmas time--I just love it....
Ahh, Christmas shopping! The holidays are so exciting but can make a turn for the worse trying to find that perfect gift. Don't let Christmas turn into something that it shouldn't. Make it extra beautiful by giving the gift of ART--either a painting from Carole Foret Fine Art Gallery, a commissioned painting by Carole or even better--a workshop! See the schedule of great workshops on Carole's site ! People love receiving this little gift card for something artsy! Don't forget the artsy gifts in the gallery--art mugs, hand-made jewelry and crosses, hand-painted ornaments. Just come on by or order one of these over email, and it will be the best present your loved one will open this Christmas!