Wel­come back to ot­ter­ville

Tillsonburg News - - OPINION - Linda hoff­man two­centsworth40@hot­mail.com

it’s here! i think i might have to turn on my fur­nace soon. we have had it pretty easy so far this fall but we all know it’s com­ing whether we like it or not.

have heard some pre­dic­tions of a warmer, dry win­ter and oth­ers, ac­cord­ing to those who study na­ture pre­dict­ing a hard, cold win­ter. Take your pick.

it will be what it is re­gard­less of our whin­ing, com­plain­ing or ha­tred of it. so let’s just en­joy it. i know, it’s a lot eas­ier said than done es­pe­cially if you have to go out and scrape the wind­shield and/or dig out the drive­way be­fore you go to work. you could be down south where you have to con­tend with hur­ri­canes and Trump!

one way to over­come the win­ter blues is to look for­ward to the joys of Christ­mas. That may not be a great al­ter­na­tive for those grinchy folks but it can take your mind off your mis­ery. Christ­mas warms the soul and you can ex­pand that warm glow by start­ing early to plan and shop.

i have a great idea. Come out to ot­ter­ville on Novem­ber 18 and 19 to get you in the mood and find some orig­i­nal, one of a kind Christ­mas gifts for those spe­cial folks in your life.

wel­come back To ot­ter­ville stu­dio tour runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. you will get a warm wel­come to each stu­dio and can loi­ter as long as you want en­joy­ing the works of art each artist has on dis­play.

on the tour this year are some of your

TwO CENTS wOrTh favourites - the cel­e­brated wa­ter­colour paint­ings of sue goossens, unique and imag­i­na­tive acrylics of mae leonard, con­tem­po­rary the­o­ret­i­cal paint­ings of shirley hokke and the vi­brant wa­ter­colour and dig­i­tal art of lianne Todd. all have been work­ing hard to present new and in­ter­est­ing works of art to cap­ti­vate you.

ralph moore will again be fea­tur­ing his bird­feed­ers and bird seed just in time for the sea­son. make won­der­ful gifts for the na­ture lover in your life. shawn Pin­noy of stix and skids up­cy­cles what­ever he can find to cre­ate ex­cep­tional home décor, wreaths, bird houses, signs and much more. bryan maertens of Nordale wood­work­ing will show­case his beau­ti­ful, hand­made, solid wood fur­ni­ture and poly lawn fur­ni­ture.

be sure to stop at Tammy gould’s stu­dio, Cre­ative laser en­grav­ing, if you are look­ing for a per­sonal, beau­ti­fully en­graved gift for that some­one spe­cial in your life. Jil­lian and Kaleb, of in blooms de­sign, fash­ion vivid and earthy jew­elry us­ing gem­stones, mixed met­als and ex­otic woods.

Trudy ver­berne, a tour favourite, de­signs hand­made cards for ev­ery oc­ca­sion and will cre­ate to your spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Trudy will be at my house so when you come see her exquisite, de­tailed cards you have to look at my stuff, too. i have been work­ing on wa­ter­colour on can­vas but have some oils as well.

mark the dates on your cal­en­dar. you can also go to the wel­come back to ot­ter­ville web­site to get the con­tact in­for­ma­tion on each stu­dio.

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