Last year I didn’t put up a Christmas tree until I think Christmas Eve. And then I didn’t put decorations on it until AFTER Christmas. Decorating the tree is one of my favorite thing to do ever. I used to go as a child to my grandparents and spend the entire night decorating their tree. We always played John Denver and the Muppets Christmas album, which is the greatest Christmas album of all time. I put my business before my life last year. Thank goodness I married the most sane man ever who has helped balance me out. I do not have the balanced together life down pat, but I working hard to get there.
We took time last night to clean out the front rooms that were full of stuff that didn’t have a place yet. Moving in to a new place takes time, you know? We decorated the mantle and my aunt Helen’s piano and our first Christmas tree! It’s a fake tree this year because we aren’t sure how the cats are going to handle a tree! But it’s decorated and our house is starting to feel like a home.
Life is more important than other stuff. When you run your own business, work never stops. There is always something more you could be doing. But I turned off work last night to decorate our house and it was worth it. I want to be more about quality work, not quantity. I want to be more thoughtful of the work I put out into the world. And I want to look back 50 years from now and know that I didn’t neglect our little family, but was present!
That doesn’t mean the next two weeks aren’t insane. I’ve got a house show in STARKVILLE this Wednesday. Porter Flea in Nashville is this weekend. And Indie Emporium in Tulsa is next weekend! But once that’s over, it’s Muppet Christmas Carol and eggnog time!
I hope you and your family have the happiest of Christmases!!!
I am going to be on the road quite a bit before Christmas! And I might just be coming to your city!!! I’ll be posting the events on facebook and twitter so can keep up that way to make sure you don’t miss it! And I am planning on having TWO house shows in Yazoo City (my hometown) but I’m not sure of the dates yet, but I will post them as soon as I know!
Recently I was asked to submit some Christmas work for consideration for a company that manufacturers Christmas giftwrap for major retailers. Unfortunately, that did not pan out. I am trying to find a manufacturer or printer to start printing my work on my own wrapping paper that I can sell at a very reasonable price. This is probably going to take a while, so it probably isn’t going to happen for this coming Christmas season. BUT I have faith that this can happen sometime soon.
But I wanted to share a bit of my vision for Christmas. Hope you enjoy!
Mom and I have kind of figured out our shipping policy for this Christmas. Because this is all unchartered territory, we hope we are doing the right.
In order to get it before Christmas in the 48 United States, order before December 14th. After that, we will either A. charge extra for a rush order OR B. email you a print out that says “Your present from Little Things Studio is on its way.” You will just have to let my mom know which you want.
As far as international orders go, well it is up in the air! It takes about 2-3 weeks so if you order before the 7th, we would hope it would arrive. If not, email my mom and she’ll send you something to printout of “Your present from Little Things Studio is on its way.”
I plan on doing one or two days of free shipping, just to give an incentive to all those last minute shoppers out there to get their tails in action. (But you would only know that if you are a fan on facebook or following me on twitter.)
Merry Christmas friends!
- Kate, Cynthia (my mom) and Weezie
I’m having a BIG sale this friday y’all! I’m not calling it black Friday, because you do NOT have to get up at 4 in the morning to stand in line to wait. You wake up at your normal time, drink a cup of coffee, and leisurely get on your computer, visit my etsy shop and buy happy handmade goods for your friends and family.
BUT you have to be a fan on facebook or follow me on twitter to get the details and codes on Friday morning! That is very important. I don’t want you to miss out.