Boise Merry Makers Market is now open from now until the 23rd! It’s an awesome way to shop all your favorite, local artists and makers in one stop! Come check it out and knock your Christmas shopping out in one fell swoop! I’ll be there tomorrow from 12-4 so come say hi. Also, I’ll have more ornaments for sale there. I started out with 50 this morning at the Bazaar and I’m down to 14 😳. So get them while you can! I’ll be posting in my stories when I restock them at Merry Makers Market keep a look out!
Who’s ready for some shopping this weekend?!? I have been painting up a storm this week, literally staying up until 2 to finish painting as many ornaments as I can in preparation for the exciting things happening on Saturday!! First Merry Maker’s Market opens Saturday, December 1st and runs through December 23rd at 816 Bannock Street, next to 10 Barrel.
And second, I will be at Sockeye Brewing peddling my goods on December 1st from 10-5! I dare say I will have the majority of ornaments for sale there so come see me and the many other amazing vendors who will be there as well!! Each ornament is hand painted with love, inspired by beautiful Idaho mountains and our clear, vivid starry night skies, and most have some fun metallic or glittery detail to make your tree really twinkle. Get them while you can!!
Hand-drawn journals and hand-painted ornaments dropping December 1st at Sockeye Brewery Holiday Bazaar and Merry Makers Market, quickly followed by my website in case you aren’t able to make it down next Saturday.
Sockeye Holiday Bazaar in Meridian off Fairview at Sockeye Brewery 10-4
Merry Makers Market December 1st-23rd at 816 Bannock Street Boise, next to 10 Barrel!
With the impending holidays just around the corner and all of the things necessary to prepare for them it can be easy to let stress and anxiety creep in. I’d say one of the most stressful things for me is shopping. I hate fighting crowds and having to drive around to multiple stores to find the right gifts. And Black Friday shopping? I’d rather met a tiger chew on my leg than go through that.
This year, as I have done in years past, I will spend Thanksgiving morning hiking in the foothills and Black Friday either in the mountains or in the foothills, in true @optoutside fashion. I will also be buying my gifts (if not making them myself) from local, Idaho makers and small Boise businesses to support our community. I have found that by spending more time outside, exercising, than inside stressing, and by shopping small and local I can actually have fun preparing for the Holidays. Buying something unique or handmade is just so much more fun and exciting to give than another scarf from Forever 21!
Thanksgiving and Christmas are time for celebrating and expressing love and gratitude with your loved ones, not about excess and perfection. Don’t get sucked into the lure of creating perfect holiday scenes like you see on social media. Don’t spend a fortune on gifts, don’t stress about making the perfect meal. The people who love you and appreciate you don’t care if you spent $5 or $500 on them or whether that pie has a perfect lattice like on Instagram. Enjoy the moments and create memories instead. It’s also about making time to enjoy listening to Christmas music while sipping hot chocolate, taking that long bubble bath you deserve and watching the snow fall. Don’t forget to take care of your own mental and emotional health during this time.
I will be posting a shop local, shop small, local maker guide soon to give you some good ideas.
Who else is missing mornings in the mountains? I am excited for back country skiing this winter but already missing backpacking season.
I’m getting ready to post a boat load of new ornaments and original art on my website this weekend in preparation for Christmas ordering. I have several paintings similar to this one that I have painted while teaching beginner classes. Should I list them too?
Painting in the foothills yesterday. I climbed my favorite ridge for a spectacular view but severely underestimated the wind chill factor and froze, despite my many down layers. I couldn’t seem to paint fast enough as my paint was freezing in the palette and on the paper. Despite the physical misery I was really stoked to get out and enjoy the sunshine and get some good hill work in. I’m so grateful to have this as my backyard to escape to.
I’ve been busy playing, hanging out with friends and spending serious time in the foothills this fall. But I’ve also been prepping for the upcoming holiday season. Who else is ready to do some Christmas shopping?
This holiday season I’m following a few simple rules:
1. Buy from small businesses and not big box stores
2. Buy local. Support local artists and makers.
3. Keep it simple and make it personal.
I hope you consider doing the same this year. Buying from local artists, makers and stores helps support our local economy, help entrepreneurs follow their passions and helps to build a strong sense of community. Not to mention I have always found people enjoy those gifts the most anyway.
On that note, I’ve been working on some new concepts and designs in order to make custom ornament orders easier and timely for me and therefore possible for you. I’ll be posting some options soon and asking for feedback.
Who else is ready for the weekend!?!? I have a lot going on but I’m going to make time for a long hike and some painting tomorrow. Also I’m going to sage the apartment and bake some pumpkin cookies for a baby shower we’re hosting on Sunday. Bring on the fall feels! Who has some fun fall activities planned this weekend?
Back in September I told you guys I was taking a break from doing shows, with the exception of a couple this holiday season. Since it’s November 1st and all of the stores have their Christmas decorations up (seriously, I stopped at Fred Meyer last night and they were putting up their Christmas merchandise), I think it’s time to let you know where I will be this Holiday season.
You can find me at the Merry Makers Market December 1-23rd with several other local makers, location TBD. And I will be at the Sockeye Brewery Bazaar on Saturday, December 1st. If you didn’t stop by last year you should add it to your list this year, it was so fun last year and there were some amazing vendors. I may be adding one or two additional day shows or pop ups to the schedule so keep your eyes open!
I know it’s so fun to go to craft shows and see items in person but not planning for shows constantly has been so wonderful for me. I’m less stressed, I’m happier, sleeping better, spending more time with friends and doing what I actually love the most — hiking and painting ❤️. Not doing shows is also allowing me to spend more time trying out new ideas and working on my holiday line as well as getting my products into more stores for sale. I’ll be launching ornaments, new stickers, new holiday cards and some new prints in the next few weeks so stay tuned! As always, thanks so much for your support!! AND, you can always find a great offering of products at Mixed Greens in downtown Boise in the meantime!
A quick doodle from last week. ***
It’s getting dark so early now that I head straight from work to the foothills to soak in as much of this beautiful weather as I can before winter comes. I’ve been falling back in love with trail running recently. After a couple of years of foot issues and injuries it finally feels good again. It has also been nice to be able to take my mind off of things at the end of the day and just let my mind wander wherever it would like to. ***
I notice when I spend more time in the foothills on a regular basis my mood and thoughts are so different. Even more so than when I was a habitual gym rat. There is something about being out in the grandeur of the outdoors, the fresh air, the sun setting and birds chirping (and scaring the hell out of me) that is like medicine to my soul. ***
What refreshes you and fills you up?
Back in August some friends and I were shopping in downtown Bend @jubeeleebend when my friend Caitlin picked up a beautiful heart shaped piece of wood and said she was going to buy it for a mutual friend who loves hearts. I of course snatched it from her and said I would paint it. Almost 2 months later...