Seasons Greetings:

It’s that festive time of year and all the coloured outdoor lights provide a beautiful and sparkling evening ambience. With all that is going on in the world these days, having little things like those lights that give us joy are most appreciated.

Earlier this week we received a shipment from one of our Asian suppliers with this message: “A gentle smile costs nothing but accomplishes much. Have a beautiful day!” That message was a small gesture with a powerful impact that brought joy as well. The bottom line here is to remember the importance that small gestures can make on your circle of influence, especially at this time of year which can be stressful for many.

As we prepare for the celebrations later this month, we think about all the wonderful people we meet through our business. Serena Williams commented one time “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We are strongest when we cheer each other on!” We think this applies just as well to our male customers. We enjoy the stories and the photos you share with us and we are pleased and inspired by your successes whether it be learning a new technique, finishing a challenging piece, having success at a craft show or being accepted in a gallery.

We are truly grateful for your support and friendship over the past 40 years. And all of us would love to be able to give you a gentle smile in person! Very best wishes for happiness and good health as you head into the festivities!

Meredith, Brent and Carrie