As you get older you are reminded each year of the various traditions you started doing as a child and how many of them still bring a smile to your face, regardless of how silly they are. One of the traditions that I started as a child, growing up in Smalltown, Ontario, was one I called "looking up".
Each Christmas my parents would set up the Christmas tree, adorned with layers of lights, balls, snowflakes and just the right coating of tinfoil icicles. And when the house was quiet, usually the evenings running up to the big event, I would find myself sitting on the floor staring up at the tree in awe. I think I was about ten or so when I decided one night to lay down on my back on the floor and look up through the branches of the tree at all of the lights. I probably only sat there for a minute or two, but it had enough effect on me that a 'tradition' was born that night. Since then, every tree, in every house and apartment I have lived in, I would carry on this idea. Once the tree was full of decor and before the floor beneath had an unnavigable pile of painstakingly wrapped presents I find myself, even into my forties, crawling down onto my back to look up into the tree.
So, you could not imagine how overjoyed I was to find the perfect little tree at Pasha's Christmas Village, see the photos above. It literally brought a tear to my eye to know that, this year, in my new home in the GCG, I would be able to carry on my RealLife tradition into the virtual world. I'm still looking for one of those pose balls so I can lay Winter down on his back under the tree (preferably with a pillow because he's getting older) but I'm almost there, at least I can cam it for now.
May this holiday season be filled with fond memories and special holiday traditions,
Shop Manitou Market (West Manitoulin Island) this holiday season and you could win MC$1,000
Manitou Tourism today announced the contest that will run until December 28, 2015 11:59pm GCG Time.
Shop Manitou Market, cut & paste your transactions into a notecard and submit the notecard to Winter Silversmith before the deadline on December 28th. Spend MC$1 up to MC$1,000 and you could win all of your purchases back. If you spend MC$5 you will only receive MC$5 back if your name is chosen so the more you spend the more you can win back. The prize is UP TO MC$1,000
There was a small typo that excluded the words “up to” on the notices. Manitou Tourism apologizes for any confusion caused by the typo.
For more details, log onto their website
A look around Pasha's Christmas Village, before it opened on November 29th.
Yesterday morning I was researching some of the winter wonderlands around the GCG and a notice for Canadian fashions caught my eye. I thought that it would be nice to add some warm sweaters to my inventory so I teleported over to Pasha’s regions to check out her winter collection.
I arrived at a store so beautifully laid out that I just had to write to you about it. Pasha’s Eclectic Designs is a store featuring the creativity of Pasha Theas, a RealLife Glass Artist, whose work will amaze you.
I started my exploration, of her regions, and buying, at her Design store and then walked over to Pasha’s Flowers where my wallet got another work-out. I explored every one of her wonderfully planned out, yet as random as nature itself, regions, The Oasis, the Glass Forest, the Crystal Wind Lighthouse and the Snow Lodge. I bought several items including Winter Lighted Branches, a couple bushes for which I don’t have the name at the moment, and my absolute favourite, the Patio Tree Multi Lights.
The locations are stunningly realistic as are the products she has made available ranging from sweaters to glass art, and, potted plants to classically textured livingroom sets. I wandered around for at least half an hour taking photos and raving to friends about what I was seeing.
I don’t believe in comparing apples to oranges, so I will say that Pasha’s regions are ranked number one in creativity, side by side with a store I raved about a while back,Falconrose. Both Falconrose and Pasha’s deserve your interest for their creativity, uniqueness and overall beauty.
And, that’s not all.
This weekend she will be premiering her latest creation ~ Christmas Village.
Tonight I had the privilege of getting a sneak peek at her seasonal delight and, while I won’t be revealing any photos with this article, let me tell you that when you get the opportunity to visit all of it – you will not be disappointed.
When you arrive at any of Pasha’s regions, including the new Christmas Village, step back and give your viewer some time to adjust so that you don’t miss any of the beauty… then grab your camera and start exploring (and shopping).
On Saturday, after the Christmas Village officials opens, I’ll be posting my photos from my pre-opening tour of the grounds tonight, Wednesday the 26th. If the photos don’t convince you that you have to explore this amazing region, well then, you must be related to Scrooge.
To visit Pasha’s regions click on CURL: https://gcg/region/Pashas%20Domain%201/95/107/28/
So this is quite a change from the website we had before. It's a HUGE change. I know, it is lacking all of the sophisticated bells and whistles that the old website had. Honestly, though, I don't really miss them. I liked the wordpress design but seriously this is a FREE service. I don't have advertising or sponsors, and while money is always nice I don't want to be one of those websites drowning in spam. So, the Journal will be, more than ever, a Journal. It's going to be written like a blog. I'll still add pictures and articles but no more fancy layouts and flashy menus. It's going to be photos and stories, plain and simple. I hope you stick with me and read along when new posts come out.
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