I wish you all lived right here in Michigan, not far from Southern Exposure. If you did, I would recommend any December workshop as a must-have getaway from the crazy part of the Busy Season.
No busy mall here. Out in the country you'll find quiet country roads, branches now bare in the early days of December. No collection of stores you will find in just about any mall. Just a lovely gift shop so filled with beauty that you don't mind waiting in line. Chances are you will see something beautiful that just might end up going home with you!
Imagine ambling through a sweet winter wonderland where a striking Christmas tree, beautiful florals, bright berries and rustic stars beckon!
On to the dining area. Our name tags are attached to a holiday tree. Starlight beckons, beauty abounds.
No fast food here, either. Chef Elsie always prepares a lovely dinner and it's always beautifully served with wine at a table for eight with a most elegant place setting and centerpiece. On this evening it was a soy/cranberry marinated chicken breast served on a tasty rice, haricots verts, a pear/feta/walnut salad and a slice of chocolate cake so rich -- and large -- I had to leave half on my plate! Go, Chef Elsie!
Just peeking into the dining room from our registration area on the porch caused the anticipation level to raise even a bit more!
No clean-up in the craft room, either! After dinner we take our wine over to the craft tent, where Ethel and Elizabeth, the pet chickens, wander on the straw covered floor.
There we make our projects in consort with others, learning, admiring, advising, supporting, revising and finally discovering that yes, you are finished. And it is beautiful.
Our project on this December night was the "teardrop swag,"which will find a home either on my front door or perhaps inside. The swags have lovely lights that add a beautiful glow!
It was too dark, even upon arrival, to take photos of the garden, although to be honest, in early December there isn't much to see, plants cut back or pulled out till next spring's planting.
And yet, there is peace. Peace and beauty. And at the Busy Season we all need a little bit more of that.
The days of Christmas are counting down.
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