November 11, 2016


Here's a snippet of a new display I designed for the market at Krause Berry Farms. It's my rendition of The Nutcracker and my two coworkers helped me build it. I would never have thought of putting lights under her skirt, thank you Anne! And thank you Maureen for all your gentle care and input, mechanical and otherwise! Couldn't have done it without you. 

This delightful ballerina dress was worn by Emily A. who works in the winery, when she danced in a recital as a mere wisp of a girl some years ago. She must have been a sight to behold. 
I got lucky with the sun streaming in through the window, which doesn't hurt either.
I bought myself a gorgeous 50mm f/1.4 lens and it's a little different from the one that came with my camera. This one's a prime lens and the other wasn't. It's taking some getting used to but I love it, and it's making my photography learning process very enticing.   

For this shoot I'm claiming artistic license.
All these photos have been lightened somewhat during editing, but I feel like the tones are the same so combining two displays for this post seemed okay. The candles actually belong in the honey display across the aisle from The Nutcracker. 
Cotton ball garlands for your holiday entertaining.
Squatty candles. Much prettiness happening here with their little bee shapes.
Three little nutcracker soldiers standing at attention. Totally says Christmas!
Silver and gold, 
Silver and gold.
      Ev'ryone wishes for 
Silver and gold. 
Pillar candles. They smell amazing. I find myself doing a lot of dusting in this area, lately. 
Meant to Bee fun!
I just adore the Christmas tree candles, but I don't think I'd have the heart to light them, if they were mine.
Peace on Earth. 

November 3, 2016


My coworker, Maureen and I created this fun display for the market at Krause Berry Farms. And having so many unique products to work with, we had a ball designing it. 
These items tell a charming story about Anja, a sweet little girl with a Christmas wish. 
There's adorable books, decorations and linens,
 with something for everyone's Christmas beginnin's. 
 Mugs filled with treats, I pick cocoa.
 Who wouldn't?
  Made candlelier lighting. Real candles? 
You shouldn't.
There's rugs for your tootsies in gay, cheery patterns.
And functional aprons to ward off the splatterns. 
Many bells, countless stars keep the gaiety bright, 
ready to fasten on a cold winter's night. 
We have mittens and booties to hang near your hat.
Look! Nordic-style teapots to cherish, beat that!
 You can never go wrong with a cute wooden sign.
And jingle bell garlands will all do just fine!
Warm stuffies to love make the children so happy.
Before they go down for their afternoon nappy.
Pretty napkins to dab cocoa drips from your chin,
And bells for your reindeer! She said with a grin.
 Of course bedtime stories and soft friends to cuddle.
Make it all dreamy, 
For your holiday huddle!