February causes me to think of spring and relaxation. I know many do not feel the same. I am aware of complaints about a long winter. Some report having an after Christmas let down. Yes, it is true that February sometimes brings heavy snowfall to my Chicagoland area. Our weather is plummeting toward zero as I write this. In spite of it all, I like February. For most of us, the Christmas trees are down and decorations are put away. The people who find Christmas stressful can put it behind them until next year.
A big holiday arrives tomorrow. Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, will step out to look for his shadow. If he does not see his shadow, we will have an early spring. What a lovely holiday. I have never met anyone who feels pressured by Groundhog day shopping, office parties, or big holiday dinners. We simply enjoy the antics of our friendly groundhog. Of course, I did see an online post today that stated Groundhog day is not based on science. Some yahoo believed he needed to point this out to the rest of us.
Another sign of spring/summer for me is the return of Dairy Queen. Our local Dairy Queen closes up for a few months every winter. They always reopen in February. This is a promise of summer that makes me smile.
Valentine’s Day will be here in two weeks. Again, we have a low pressure holiday that folks can participate in or not. For me, Valentines become my featured items at JeriAielloartstore.etsy.com. I created my new Valentines during December. I began to feature them, the day after Christmas. I have a lot of fun making seasonal art. Customers let me know that they like my Valentine earrings, necklaces and bracelets. A nice feature about heart shaped jewelry is that it looks great all year round. This is different than Halloween and Christmas styles that may be limited to that season only.
I also make heart shaped dream catchers. These make unique Valentines. Last year, A customer wrote me a letter about her terminal illness. She expressed gratitude and said the dream catcher was the perfect gift for her to give to her love on their last Valentine’s Day. I am touched and honored to have been a small part of their experience. This was a profoundly meaningful interaction. Working from a small at home studio leads to different kinds of customer relations. I have formed a nice friendship with a return customer from California. As time passes, we find that we have much in common. When folks buy gifts, they sometimes write to let me know the recipient liked the present.
During this upcoming week, I will focus on Valentine products at JeriAielloartstore.etsy.com. I also offer a small selection at Artyah.com. People with paypal can buy directly from me. A small online business is perfect for me as I cope with Myasthenia Gravis. Sometimes I can work hard on my little shop. Sometimes I cannot because of symptoms of this illness. Making art gives me a sense of purpose. Being online keeps me connected when my illness isolates me. I am moving on through February, the season of love.