Sunday, November 23, 2008
Driftless Studio Tour
For the record, I opened my store and workshop on the Driftless Studio Tour today. I took some pictures in the afternoon when the sun came out, between Tour-goers. Today was also Opening Day of the gun deer season, a day that began with a fast snow fall that made the twisty county roads slippery. Our first taste of winter driving: slow down.
On the good side, for me, was getting the store ready for the approaching Christmas season.
As a storekeeper, I don't know what to expect this year with the trainwreck economy, but I've decided to proceed with some confidence. There will be customers. Today there were many friends and customers who came to see what I was showing, and to sample my Finnish rusks (disguised as biscotti).
I'm still waiting for toys to arrive, and more books, and many things I can't remember now.
There will be a tree from our woods, and fresh balsam branches. Advent calendars, real German tinsel, milk weed pod garlands, and bottle brush trees. I am making some new hand puppets, with felt heads, like the ones I bought in Finland, and have wanted to make for so long. My version is a cat and a mouse from the Grimm's fairy tale, Cat and Mouse Keep House. It is a story of a bad roommate situation, and just to forewarn, it does not work out well for the Mouse. Stay tuned.