Chicken Mama's dad and I went in to check out her gallery open house and sale today . . . and I forgot my camera. What a dunce! Dang, I was so mad at myself.
We stayed long enough to visit with some people there and partake of some luscious carrot cake.
Then we traveled on to do some other errands in and around town before returning home. I made us a little (accent on little) lunch, GOT MY CAMERA, and went back into town so I could get some pictures. I just had to do it.
The first Saturday in December is traditionally a day that several different groups in the community hold Christmas sales. It was a very nice day for being out and about. We had huge, light snowflakes all morning and a temperature in the high 20s so it was pleasant being out. Well, except for the slipperiness of the side streets. We're still dealing with the fallout from the rain we got that then froze, and the new fluffy snow on top of that didn't do much to provide traction. We saw a couple of vehicles coming down slight inclines a little bit sideways.
Chicken Mama is having a sign professionally done to set out days when she has the gallery open for business. But I thought this temporary "homemade" one looked very festive and inviting.
This shot was taken from the central lobby of the building. There are five small offices with Chicken Mama's straight ahead. Yep, the one with the FINISHED wall hanging on it! (Chicken Mama and I both agree it needs to be hung a little lower on the door. It's on the To Do list.) You enter directly into her gallery space with the second door you see being her office work area.
She had lovely refreshments in the way of good coffee and a wonderful three-layer (or was it four?) carrot cake. There was also wine offered in the afternoon.
I managed to get only this one decent picture of one display area. When people saw me taking pictures, they quickly dropped what they were looking at and scooted out of the way . . . which I really didn't want them to do. So I stopped being disruptive and put my camera away.
Word around town seemed to be that none of the Christmas sales did a fantastic business. People were looking and oohing and aahing, but there wasn't a lot of extra $$ being tossed around. Ouch. More signs of our increasingly difficult economic times. All in all though it was a very pleasant day and Chicken Mama was very touched and pleased with all the people who made time to stop in to see her.