it is hard to believe that november is right around the corner. earlier this month patrick and i went on a week long trip to michigan’s upper peninsula. it was one of the most beautiful places i have been. we came home and had two days to readjust before jumping back into normal, busy life. immediately following reentering said life we had a weekend of honey extraction. we extracted all of our honey in two days with the help of al least 60 or so volunteers, at various times throughout the day. it was great fun, but quite exhausting. a few days before honey extraction i received an email from the detroit artists market (a gallery in detroit) inviting me to take part in their art for the holidays show. the gallery turns into a gift shop for the holidays that sells work made by local artists. all the work is smaller, under 24″ in size so prices are reasonable for one of a kind hand made objects. i accepted and set out to make some creations. i only had three days to get everything done to be able to drop it off by 6pm on Oct. 22nd. of course i, a woman of lofty goals, decided to make all new things for this show. so in the course of 3 days i made 2 stuffed owls, 2 stuffed pigs and 4 paper cuts. i had to make a new owl pattern as well since i lost the other one i made, either that or i never made a pattern and just made the previous owl. i still had my faithful pig pattern, that was made last year with my very first stuffed animal, the amazing piggy!! one of the great things about this is that it opens on november 6th, but runs through december 23rd, which means i can keep making things and dropping them off to sell. hopefully some will sell. it is also open on noel night in detroit. for you non detroiters noel night is the first saturday in december , where the detroit institute of arts, and over 30 other museums and galleries and stores have a huge open house. they are free of charge to the public and usually have choirs or musicians playing inside as well as hot chocolate and goodies. they close down a large section of woodward avenue (a main thoroughfare in detroit) and have carriage rides and people singing as well as people playing bells. it is always really fun. the last 2 years it snowed and was quite beautiful. we always ride our bikes there as parking is hard to find. but there is a ton of foot traffic on noel night. so here are photos of the creatures, i will post the paper cuts soon as well.