Christmas is all put away, and I start out the new year slow and comfortable. We spent a quiet warm New Year's weekend at home together. Most the cooking is done for the week and it's a peaceful day. My big plans are to make a salad, finish a crocheted hat, and maybe make it out to take some winter photos in the woods a bit. My last Christmas ornament, my blog picture, needs to be changed, but I have one more holiday story to tell.
This has been a blessed Christmas having our son home. I haven't felt like participating in the whole season's traditions and spirit with a whole heart for three years. It still took awhile for me to pull it out this year, but I got there. I had a lot of help from some colorful boots I purchased recently. Not out of the ordinary for me, I like art, bright colors, and I like hand made, but pretty wild for some. My jackets, hats, and scarves are always bright and cheery, especially around the holidays. I put on these warm colorful boots and went around doing my business. I noticed very quickly that my day changes when I wear these boots. These wild boots make people smile. I mean smile out loud. I've had people walk across the room and ask where to get these boots and want to talk about the Mola prints.
I've found that Quilters know these fabrics. Many women stop me and ask if my shoes are Molas. Pretty fun, "Yes, they are." I'm calling them my magic boots. I cannot go out with these boots on and NOT smile throughout the day. I have left the house in a normal mood and come home just about laughing while thinking about all the fun I just had going to the post office or grocery store.
The best day was two days before Christmas. In the process of making sure there were gifts mailed on time, cookies made, and all the things I wanted done for the holidays, I had forgotten to plan our own Christmas dinner. This meant I had to go to the grocery store two days before Christmas, Yikes! I had a long list of errands this day and set out to get it all done. I wasn't thrilled about so much to do on an afternoon 'off work.' I had already heard stressful horror stories about angry people in the local market.
When I got there the parking lot was completely full. So many people were circling, it was like rush hour in a big city. It was hard to stop and scope out an area. I found a place pretty close after circling only about ten minutes and went inside to find it bumper to bumper shopping carts. I am lucky that the whole food ingredients I use for cooking are considered the 'health food' section and that's right near the produce, I'm not going to be long.
You could feel the stress in the air. I could tell if I stopped the cart in the isle for any length of time someone might offer some cross words. As I was shopping a very old gentlemen came up to me and hugged me and told me how much he loved my boots. Soon after I had another inquiry about my colorful shoes from a lady who said she walked across the room to check them out. Her seven year old daughter was very giggly over them. They introduced themselves and we exchanged Christmas hugs. How awesome was that?!? This followed suit throughout my day. Each place I stopped someone asked about the boots and admired the colors, the animals, and many asked to feel them. I was laughing out loud by the time I got home. I loved this feeling, I was laughing for a change and feeling that Christmas fun and love in my heart.
I'm not a fashion queen, I consider myself a modest dresser and thrifty shopper. I'll cruise the discount and thrift stores for deals. I live in jeans most the time, but I love adding lots and lots of color and fun shoes. I love art and I do love wearing art. I will spend a little more to wear someone's original art. I do like to be comfortable and colorful, very colorful.
In an effort to live a more vegan life, I've decided not to purchase leather items. My purses are made from recycled material and so are some of my shoes now. Last year I came across a website for some really colorful shoes while reading a Veg News. Kuna Prints has a fun variety of handmade, colorful shoes. I couldn't resist, I purchased a pair of their moccasins right away. I love art and I love hand made, these are made from hand made Mola fabrics. I saw the fabrics on The Amazing Race when they went to Panama this last season. I watched for the fabrics on the locals. I saw them, mostly as those tiny, tight wrap around shorts or sarong things worn by the local native men. Made me wonder wear my Molas had been before I had them. Oh my! They are made with recycled materials. **giggling**
I've had some fun wearing these shoes, but not half as much as when I wear their boots. People have stopped, asked where to get them and even taken photos, but I make a new friend EVERY time I where the boots. They are magic, they cause Smiling. Some are laughing at the wild clothes I wear, I do border circus clown sometimes, I know it, but either way, they are smiling.
Santa saw fit to put another pair under the tree this year. These showed their magic the first day. My husband broke his arm a month ago and I'm sitting and crocheting while waiting in the doctor's office during his check up, a woman tapped me on the shoulder and asked where I got my boots. I handed her one of the business cards I found in the package and she said, with a big smile: "I'm getting some today!"
I noticed lots of magic this season. We bought our son a nice used bicycle for Christmas. Not too expensive, but nicer than the one of mine he's been using for his only transportation. It was stolen while he was working three days later. Two days after that someone brought a men's ten speed to work for him that they hadn't been using. We grabbed the same bow and re-created Christmas. Life is good.
Happy New Year!
This is just a story about my experience, no one paid me to write about these shoes.