Last night in Echo was like a scene from a postcard. It was a gift and a blessing from God. Amidst national sadness there was this postcard. Sweet snippets of couples, families, precious families.
The golden horses pulled the wagon loaded with folks of all ages. Many times. Mr. Meyers directed them to the best Christmas lights in town. Gus and Call did their horse work.
Somewhere in my heart I have held this postcard for my entire life. It came to life last night. The little groups got on and off of the wagon. The shop lights and street lights twinkled. We shared hot apple cider, cookies, mulled wine. We giggled and little kids were silly and safe and happy. The cafe was full of diners. Handel's Messiah filled the community center.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The shop is nicely filled with cool old stuff that I have gathered for you. CeCe Caldwell's Paint has filled the chippy diva cupboard. Local artists and artisans have brought their best to 211 West Main Street. And maybe the best part; Echo is dressed for Christmas!
This Friday and Saturday (December 14 & 15) you can not only visit my store and the rest of Main Street's resident retailers, Echo Bike and Board, His Design Thrift & Gift, Coleen's A Cut Above, and Sno Road Winery + The H&P Cafe; you can hop on a horse drawn wagon and be squired around town. Coooooolieo!
So here's the deal. If there's that one thing that you really, really want that you've seen in my shop, get in here today and buy it. This weekend there will be lots of other people who will want it. ;-)
Here's the other deal. "My" artists and artisans. They are awesome!
Maria, the paper artist who creates truly one of a kind blank greeting cards using vintage ephemera.
Brandi Dayton, the artist whose paintings are bright and vibrant and alive. She's brought us originals, prints and cards.
Jennifer, the soap maker aka Score Soap. Her cold processed soaps are little works of art that seem too beautiful to use, but once you do you won't be able to keep your hands off of them or take a shower without one.
Tina, 2 Cool Creations. Creating jewelry is her passion. Her pieces include carefully chosen specimens, many that she, her husband and daughter have rock hounded and faceted themselves. Looking for a statement piece? 2 Cool!
Terri, locally known as the go to sewing genius has truly brought Merry Christmas to GOT. It's big and silver and hangs on the wall. And bedspring angels, and....
Shelley, a jewery artist punches circles from brightly patterned tin boxes, reimagines vintage beads and baubles connected into perfection for you neck, ears and wrist. Really.
Bonnie and Sally, a mom and daughter in Montana. Their finds are quirky, lovely, arty. Ones of their kinds. My favorite picking partners. Next time I get to go home to Montana I'll bring even more of their finds to Oregon.
Purple Ridge Lavender ~ Some may think of Jim and Sheri as lavender farmers. If you've visited their farm, you know that they are artists and their acreage their canvas. Visit GOT for an introduction to local lavender products. How is it that the scent of lavender can both calm and keep me awake at the same time?
Misty, the paint guru. That girl knows how to turn castaway furniture into drool worthy loveliness. With any luck at all she will have found time to bring us something wonderful this weekend. OR you might just have to keep revisiting until she does.