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Nov 20, 2010
From my head to yours...
Season's Greetings - My fine Buttercup Beaders!
I don't know about you - but I absolutely love this time of year. The weather is finally cooler, which means it's time to pull on a comfy sweater, cook up some hearty soups and stews, and snuggle up under a lap blanket to watch an old movie, read, or start a new holiday project.
Mother Nature is really putting on a colorful show again this year. The maple tree along side our house has turned so red it literally glows. Even on a chilly and rainy day as today - the flaming red leaves against the matte gray sky is just mesmerizing to see. This morning, I stood out in the rain in pajamas and bare feet trying to get an accurate picture of it - trying to capture forever a colorful moment against such a dull gray canvas...for tomorrow, the leaves might brown or fall from the weight of the rain or the wind...
I saw the berries on the holly bush have now turned crimson red - and I was fascinated to discover raindrops hanging precariously from the greens of the Arborvitae - briefly capturing a miniature autumn scene inside each little watery bubble - they too, fell away from the leaf before long...
I appreciated the absolute beauty, the unexpected delights, that Mother Nature offered me today - those magical moments that almost went unnoticed...
As a kid, Thanksgiving heralded a magical time of year. While Mom cooked the turkey and all the trimmings, my sisters and I waited for Santa to arrive at the end of the Thanksgiving Day parade. It seemed almost overnight that the world readied for Christmas - still yet five weeks away. We saw store decorations go up in November, not August, and heard our first Christmas Carol of the season play on the radio the day after Thanksgiving - not before. As the days passed, our home was filled with delicious aromas, cinnamon and spice, nutmeg, and apples; candles flickered and burned, cookies were made. We decorated our home and helped Dad untangle and test the outdoor Christmas lights - those giant multi colored glass bulbs that got so hot they burned you when you touched them.
Television specials sponsored by big companies like Coca-Cola, Bell Telephone, and Hallmark started. How great were Charlie Brown's Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Rudolph, Frosty, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (with Leslie Ann Warren as Cinderella), The Grinch, PBS' The Night Before Christmas & The Spirit of Christmas (featured the Mable Beaton Marionettes); Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Andy Williams? Even the holiday commercials were fun - remember Gillette, Sterling, & Norelco Electric Shaver? We waited all year for those programs to come on, even though we knew every line and every scene. None of it ever got old to us - they were tradition, and each one brought us closer to Christmas.
My younger sister Susan and I would spent hours laying on the floor looking over the Sears Christmas Catalog, making up our Christmas wish list. We thought if we were good enough, we just might get the Barbie Dream House with Ken's matching Corvette - even though it cost a lot of money - at Sears (but not the North Pole).
We did try to be extra good during that time...for fear that Mom would call the North Pole to tell Santa that we were being "naughty" and he "could just skip coming to our house this year." Once the tree was trimmed, I remember laying underneath the tree - staring up at the branches and looking at the shining ornaments - all while being bathed in blinking lights, and smelling the fresh scent of pine. Those were sleepy, happy, exciting times - waiting for Santa to arrive.
We attended and starred in school Christmas pageants, and always went to Sunday Mass. Church was decorated with what seemed like a million Poinsettias and smelled of Frankincense and Myrrh. We couldn't wait until we were old enough to go to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve...
We said prayers over the Advent wreath on the table before meals. Lighting purple and a single pink candle for each week nearing Baby Jesus' birth. Christmas cards arrived, and we helped pinned them on a fat velvet ribbon to hang from the door. Packages were wrapped and slid under beds, in closets, and stacked in corners of most every room. It was a shiny time of year - filled with good food and family, and hopes, and dreams...
Of course, we always wished and prayed for a snowy Christmas. And sometimes our prayers got answered. Nothing could beat snowflakes falling on Christmas Eve. (Are you careful to take notice of how quiet the world is when the snow falls at night?) We also wanted snow for the week we were off from school - to try out our new sleds and to build snow forts and snow angels...
I suspect that as a kid - time felt slower because we were too busy discovering; too busy observing. We didn't worry - we anticipated. And we lived life with hightened senses.
I suspect it's time we get back to that. Time to slow down our life's pace and discover the moments that make this season and our lives so special. Time to once again view our surroundings with childlike wonder. Time to manage our stressors, ignore our hardships, appreciate our accomplishments - as well as our failings. Time to enjoy and appreciate our family, our friends, the season, and especially time to discover the unexpected delights and those little moments that make for a lifetime of precious memories.
From our family to yours - Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And thank you for your continued friendship and support of our little bead store.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~Buttercup Beads Turns Three!~
Happy Anniversary to all of us! It's been a whirlwind of fun - and we couldn't have done it without you. To show our thanks and appreciation - please enjoy 20% off all your bead & Gift Certificate purchases - Tuesday Nov. 23!
Thank you again to everyone who made this adventure so fun!
(Some restrictions apply - Chamilia, Artisan jewelry, and Class fees not included)
Quick Reminders about the Holiday Store Hours:
* The store will be closing early - 3pm - on Wednesday, Nov 24. We have pies to make and Carlie has to kill and pluck the turkey (she just doesn't know it yet...heh.heh.heh.)
* And we will of course, be Closed Thanksgiving Day - Nov. 25 - so Carlie can cook for the family and then clean up after everyone...(sssh...it's another surprise...)
* But don't worry - Cinderella Carlie will be back bright and early on Black Friday - 10am to kick off our Three Day Black Friday Sales Event. I'll be showing at Der Belschnickle in Boyertown, so Carlie will be holding down the fort alone - be sure to come in and nag her - won't you?
Black Friday, Saturday & Sunday - 3 Day Sale!!
To kick off the Holiday Season - we're holding a 3 DAY SALE Friday, Saturday, & Sunday only - November 26-28.
* Save 10% of Buttercup Beads Gift Certificates!
* Spend $25 in Beads - get a FREE beaded Snowflake kit!
* Spend $50 in beads - get an extra $10 in FREE beads!
* Chamilia Specials - Buy 3 beads - get one free ($27. value)
* Spend $100 in Chamilia Beads - get a free lobster claw clasp! ($39. value)
(Some restrictions apply - see store for details.
Limit one Chamilia promo per purchase.)
New Sparkly Items
Well the elves (er, elf - Carlie) has been busy getting out all the new beads in the store - while I've been busy creating new classes, and going on a buying spree
* Yippee!! We've expanded our 11/0 Delicas to over 220 of the top selling colors.
* Check out all the new Thunderpolish Bottled Bicone Crystals in 3, 4 & 6mm - perfect for those sparkling holiday projects.
* And of course, we're always updating the other Seed Beads & Czech beads - great new colors in Firepolish, Lentils, and Rhondells
* New Stone Cabochons from tiny to large - perfect for those intricate bead embroidery cuffs and collars
* Sparking selection of 3x2 mm Rhondells too! - The first shipment sold out in two weeks - and more is on the way...
* Holiday earring kits - Swarovski ChristmasTrees, Snowmen & Angels - are up and selling - as well as the cute little holiday beads - But hurry - they're all selling fast!
* New additions to our Buttercup Instructional Series too!
Chamilia Beads: Your life - your style!
Don't forget that we now carry the full line of genuine Chamilia Beads - the perfect modern charm bracelet. Start a bracelet for a loved one or add to an existing one. The perfect gift for the holidays.
Take advantage of our ad in the Clipper Magazine! Buy three beads - get one free ($27. value) or Spend $100 - and get a free sterling bracelet ($39. value)
Chamilia Beads - telling your life story one bead at a time.
Ask about our Chamilia Fund Raisers too!
New November Classes at Buttercup Beads!
Check out the Class Calendar for Dates & Times of these and all other scheduled classes. Remember to register early as seating is limited.
Well, that about wraps it up for now - Remember to call or check out the website (www.buttercupbeads.com) for more great classes and upcoming Holiday Events. (A free snowflake workshop, Holiday Party, and of course beautiful new classes that aren't even pictured yet!)
As always, thank you to everyone for your continued and loyal support over these last three years. Carlie and I have truly enjoyed getting to know each of you and are honored to be part of your lives.
Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Beading everyone!
Andrea & Carlie