Eggs are rich in symbolic meaning and are abundant in spring, a time universally recognized as a new beginning. A plain egg is fine for symbolizing renewal and rebirth, but surely a decorated one does the job even better.
Walking into a toy store can be overwhelming, even if you know exactly what you’re looking for. Enlist the staff at toy stores to become your friends.
I love is supporting local artisans but don’t like the hassle of fighting for parking spaces and navigating crowded stores. Luckily there’s a way to avoid the holiday horrors and still shop locally, and it’s called Etsy.
I met with two local women, one a floral designer and the other a floral designer and event planner, who created several demonstration tables using fresh and permanent botanicals and interesting place setting combinations. Their tables were beautiful and most of the florals they used came from one of the ladies’ back yards. I’m pretty […]
For most people, the build-up to Christmas lasts a couple of months, then when the wrapping paper and trimming is recycled on Christmas day, the excitement is more or less over. The tree is taken down and the decorations are soon packed up until the next year. But for the family that owns the Christmas […]
Christmas comes but once a year, but for Trudi Diffendaffer, the joy lasts a lifetime. Come November, Diffendaffer’s large collection of vintage ornaments, including many Scandinavian items and some from the Victorian era, take their places of honor throughout her south Eugene home.
In today’s Christmas celebrations, Santa Claus is a jolly, round, white-bearded figure symbolic of joyful giving. But he wasn’t always this friendly. Shelley Maynard, owner of Pewter Rabbit Antiques in Eugene, has a circa 1910 postcard with Saint Nick holding a switch, to whip you if you weren’t good. “That’s where the ‘naughty or nice’ […]
Some people find their creative path in life by accident, while some always seem to know their purpose. Some people need a bit of encouragement to follow their path once they find it. For Eliel Fionn, who combines the craft of dry needle felting with storytelling, it was more of the latter.