Holiday shopping and trimming the tree!

This weekend has a couple of my favorite things.  Tree decorating and the Shirt Factory open house.  The Shirt Factory used to be just that – a place that made shirts.


Now it is made up of artist studios and small retail shops, hair salon, yoga studio, etc.  This is an old sewing machine they used to use.


This is what it used to look like in full swing:


I think this was a great use for the building to be turned into an artist community.  During Thanksgiving weekend, they bring in other artists and crafters to fill the building for an open house. Here are some of the shops and items you see:









This pottery is my favorite. I love looking at her stuff and have bought a few of her items in the past.  I got a bowl for myself, of course.  I texted John to tell him I bought a bowl and he said “That’s not what you are supposed to be doing.”  😀

Said bowl.  Merry Christmas to me!!


Such a neat place to do shopping and finding unique items. I did get some Christmas gifts there as well – not just stuff for me 😀

This is the weekend is also when we bring up the tree from the basement and set it up. 


Hmmm… not a great picture, but you get the idea. We have the outside lights up as well.  Now it feels like the holidays.


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9 thoughts on “Holiday shopping and trimming the tree!

  1. Linda

    That open house looks so unique and amazing. We went to Argyle yesterday to get a tree for my daughter and granddaughter. So much fun . Yours looks nice n bright! Thanksgiving food choices….good. Shopping weekend with eating out food choices …good. Lazy evening at home food choices…not so good.

    Always look forward to reading your updates. Such an encouragement to me.

  2. Shelley B

    Oooh, I could do some serious damage in the Shirt Factory! Love your little bowl; I read about an idea where someone suggested just buying what you wanted for Christmas and having Show and Tell on Christmas morning…not exactly in the spirit, but I laughed!
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  3. Fran

    If I’m correct you went to this last year too right? Again it looks like a lot of fun.

    Love your tree but I don’t even want to think about having it in my house just yet 🙂 We are buying a real one this year but have an artifical in the addict too. But even that one never got in my living room until 2 weeks before Christmas and it’s gone before New Year’s Eve because by then I’m bored with it :blush:
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  4. Helen

    Fun! I love when old buildings are repurposed like that – and this one seems to be a big success.

    This year’s transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas was quick but now you can enjoy that you have it all done.

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