Many years ago, before stretch marks, I had a painting business in Los Angeles. I found old discarded furniture and spruced it up with a little decorative painting and then sold it in hoopty ploopty Melrose Street type stores for a tidy sum.
And by tidy, I mean I would holler at perspective customers I CANNOT BELIEVE THE PROFIT I’M MAKING ON THIS $2 TABLE.
In my head.
In reality, a lot of love and care went into my work. I thanked God every single day for a job that I absolutely adored.
At Christmas time, I would add small gift items to my offerings for sale. Among my favorites were handpainted Christmas ornaments. I found clear glass ornaments at craft stores (usually found on sale AFTER Christmas and I would save them). Then, using different colored water based paint, I would pour a little into the ornament and swirl the paint around to create random designs. When the interior of the ball was coated, I placed them upside-down in an egg carton to drain and dry. When I was certain they were dry (usually a few days) I placed them in a pretty gift box lined with tissue paper.
These made beautiful little gifts. And no two were ever alike.
I decorate “my” tree with these ornaments. As opposed to the “kid’s” tree which is adorned with all manner of Disney Princesses and Hot Wheels Cars.
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