Preparing for Festival Gifts.

I live in Michigan and in this part of the country, winter is here for a while. I just heard the weather report for an arctic blast to hit next week. So, for all of you living in parts of the country where a warm sweater is all that is needed, I’m a little bit jealous!

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This brings up the topic of how to transition our homes from the Christmas holiday to the rest of the winter season. Our Christmas tree went up Thanksgiving night, and it went down on New Year’s Eve. This isn’t a set in stone rule for me, but it is what worked this year. I have always enjoyed the colour red, and I will keep a number of winter decorations up until the beginning of March. Looking for a festival gift, which will not cost you much, you can make some of your own.

Here are some pics of how I transitioned over to winter. I took the garland down and my Christmas sign, but I left the red candle and arrangement. We move this stand around our living room. This is where our Christmas tree stood this year. We have about three different places in our living room, where we place our tree, and this area was the winner this year. You can download the pictures of your friends and then do drawing from their photos.

Lately, I’m loving lanterns and I have them in a few different places. This one sits on our kitchen table. I might try and find a different piece of fabric for under it, but for right now it works.

How about you? Do you have your Christmas tree put away? Are you keeping any of your decorations up for winter?

I have mentioned before that I am a blog reader! Not a writer! However, with the start of a new year, and a fresh start, I want to get back to blogging. My blog title, “Art of Domestic Living” pretty much sums up my desire, to make a warm home for my family and friends. I will continue to share our lived in home, recipes, tips for managing the home, and some personal family updates. My girls have told me that I need to update some photos of them because they have grown so much in the last couple of years.

Blessings to you as we start off the New Year!…

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Local Fremont Artists Provide Plenty Of Holiday Gift Ideas

If you want to stick it to the corporations out there, I suppose you could Occupy Fremont and set up camp next to Waiting for the Interurban.

Or you could make your holiday gift purchases as local as possible.

There’s lots of really cool gift ideas available from Fremont artists and plenty of them can be found in shops like Portage Bay Goods (621 North 35th), Dusty Strings ( 3406 Fremont Ave N) and Frank & Dunya (3418 Fremont Ave N).

Some of those items include, but are not limited to the following. Do yourself a favor and do a search throughout Fremont’s many shops for more local products and offers.

Visiting art galleries frequently can help you reduce stress duing the holidays.

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Arts, Culture & Entertainment

The Fremont area features a variety of things to do and wonderful places to explore. Whatever your age or interests, there’s something to see in and around Fremont.

The Cultural Arts Complex in the Gary Soren Smith Center for the Performing Arts brings music, theater and dance performances to the Fremont area. The Fremont Symphony Orchestra performs concerts from September to May.

The Fremont Art Association Gallery presents exhibitions of many local artists. The Olive Hyde Art Gallery offers gallery exhibits introducing an array of traditional and contemporary art.

StarStruck Theatre produces two main stage musicals and one Jr. production each year. Stage 1 Repertory Theater showcases local talent in popular productions. The independent Broadway West Theatre, located in the historic Irvington district, produces five full-length plays each year. Fremont also boasts a new, state-of-the-art Century Theatre complete with all-stadium seating, XD and NextGen amenities.


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Frank & Dunya Closing Gallery After 23 Years, Going Online

Whenever I have friends or family in town and I’m giving them the Fremont tour, we always somehow end up in Frank & Dunya even though I had no plans to. It’s just that kind of place, beckoning to you with its vibrant colors, curious artwork and whimsical flair.

Unfortunately, the home for so much local, independent art will be closing its doors and become a strictly online venture as of January 28th.

The gallery will be hosting an event on the 28th to say goodbye and they’d like you to be there.

Please, set the date to attend our “Farewell Fremont-Hello On-line” appreciation party for all our loyal supporters, artists and citizens of Fremont. It’s been 23 fantastic years, we couldn’t do it without you all!

Thank you humbly, Fremont! Thank you all our friends!!!

Apart from that you should take out time to visit the vernissage art gallery.

Until then, the store is featuring a moving sale and there is a “retail space for rent” sign up in the window.

Whoever the next company in that space is, may they embody the Fremont spirit even half as much as Frank & Dunya has.


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