As I am writing this, the temperature has definitely begun to "dip" and I have a small cube heater on to blast some warm air my way. Normally the first snow to arrive are some flurries in November and possibly even holding off until December. But this year on October 17th around 11:30 pm there was a major snow "kafuffle" that had me worried that we might be "in for it!" Predictions of the "coldest & snowiest winter yet" have me scampering to ready myself for the winter season a little earlier than normal or than I would like to! (Considering some Halloween's have been 75 degrees F in the past!) I will begin by reminding everyone of the assortment of lovely and cozy items we have at the store from mittens from Hides and Hands, to slippers from Garneau, capes and hats from Mod Atout Express, and beautiful scarves, cuffs and hats from Brenda Taylor. With the holiday season and all it's festivities fast approaching, you want to make sure that you are prepared for inclement weather while doing your shopping!
As the official kickoff to the holiday season begins we would like to announce that there will be the return of the Christmas window competition! Windows of participating retailers will be lovingly decorated by November 17th (The Santa Claus Parade!) Voting for your favourite window will be done online and will end on December 17th and the winner of this friendly neighbourhood competition will be announced on Wednesday December 19th. You will only be allowed to vote once and the winner of the competition gets.... bragging rights!!! We hope that everyone will come out to shop and to see all the beautiful storefronts of the participating windows as a lot of hard work and effort goes not these events.
The featured artist for November is.... Still me :0 Sometimes you have someone lined up and then stuff happens. Hope anyone who didn't get the chance to see my work comes down to take a look !
We have a few new artists to Cornerstone in November. April Lacheur (Yapes Paints) paints beautiful images and turns them into a variety items including a whole series of cards (including 2 holiday images!). With such a large selection it will be hard to choose just one! ( We will let you get more if you twist our arms!!!)We have some great cards and fun prints from Alison Warren. She puts a whole new twist on some traditional Canadian images of geese, Moose and deer. She whimsically "dresses" them in Burberry plaids, Buffalo Checks, Hudson Bay blanket colours and more, making them a great addition to a den or cottage/cabin wall. Lastly we have Jennifer Cahill with Forged By Fire. Jennifer makes lovely wood turned items and personalizes them with wood burned images including flowers, bees, Celtic designs and more. I have even had the honour of sipping wine from one of her lovely "Bumble Bee" goblets at a friend's house! Her pieces would make for a memorable gift for a special occasion (or as my friend did... for herself and company!)
From our heart you yours,
Penny & the wonderful staff at Cornerstone
P.S. Many people tell us that they are scouting out holiday gifts now. It's a little different here at Cornerstone so we remind people "if you see it, like it then buy it!" We feel badly when you come back and your chosen item has already found another home. Many of our artists are unable to recreate a similar piece on short notice and before the holidays. Avoid disappointment!