If you’re a Nashville local, unless you really like sitting on an on-ramp, you tend to avoid the Opry Mills area around Christmas time. It is a hot glittery mess wound with LEDs. So I began questioning my sanity very soon after booking my first-time Christmas market appearance on Music Valley Drive after the hotel turned on its lights. But great things happen when people get together for holiday markets! We need to up our Christmas game on this side of the Atlantic.
I knew right away I would spend more money than I made, as I’ve been wood burning ornaments but then promptly giving them away the second they’re admired. I have killer business instincts.
But the true star of my booth was my babysitter Rita and her Christmas spiders in any case. I am absolutely in love with this Eastern European tale that makes these spooky arachnids the origin of tinsel.
But my wood burning is no slouch, and it’s found its way to SmArt Art, my favorite shop in the Music Valley Village complex.
It was just relaxing for me to sit and knit and people-watch. The market itself was full of eclectic crafters, and it was so nice getting to meet fellow creators with hats, crochet, jewelry, and leather goods. I finished up a good deal of Christmas shopping, and I got myself some things for being good (being good included avoiding the cheesecake on a stick).
The traffic was not terrible at all coming in, and locals can get their holiday on in the morning before the 9:00 rush. Rita and I travelled easily and had a great time!
My creativity has definitely taken a back seat to life’s demands lately, but I can’t discount the good just because things aren’t perfect. Like this shadow box my oldest found at Michaels; we each took a layer- my youngest too, somewhat unwillingly- and made a sweet knick knack for the holidays.
And my love of Disney has come in handy, too! When a pot luck looms large with no time in sight, try the Grey Stuff. It’s delicious! And easy. ✅