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Dec 2, 2010

I Make Pretty Today.

Once upon a time I was a decorator. 

It all started nearly a decade ago.  I was working in a little shop in Philly and I got bored, so I started redressing the windows.  I wish I had a picture of what I’d done because it’s to-date my favorite display I ever did (A floor to ceiling Christmas tree composed entirely of green monkeys, decorated with red monkeys and topped by a yellow monkey star).  Fairly proud of my work, but thinking nothing of it, I went back about my day.  What I didn’t know is that the woman who designed and decorated for the mall I worked in saw my display and snapped me up as her new assistant.  For the next few years I worked under her, decorating malls and storefronts and large parties.  The only reason I quit is because it’s piece-work.  Sporadic according to season or event.  Though the job made me totally happy, I had to leave it or starve to death trying to manage around it.

I made the mistake once of telling this story at work.  Now the owner’s wife fancies me their personal decorator.  I knew it was coming, so I wasn’t surprised at all when I walked in this afternoon and found she’d dragged dozens of wreaths, two Christmas trees and enough garland to wrap around the place twice.  Ornaments, glue-gun, ribbons and mistletoe all awaited my arrival.  Happy to have a reason to be anti-social (I was in a bad mood today) I set to work making the place pretty.  I have to say, with every shiny orb I hung on the tree my mood lightened until I eventually forgot what was bothering me in the first place.  It’s not done, but I’m pretty proud of what I did so far.

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I have to admit, I’d forgotten how much I enjoy doing it and by the end of the night I’d heard “Why don’t you do this for a living?” so many times, I started wondering if maybe I could….

As soon as I get used to the feeling of hot-glue spilling on my fingers again… Owie!

4 comments:

Stacy's Snippets said...

Oooooh! Ahhhh! Purdy!!!

Chicken said...

Pretty! Can you come to my house next? I've got an entire room for you to use as your creative canvas.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Great job! What's a few lost fingerprints in the name of the holiday spirit???

Stacy's Snippets said...

Hey girl. Due to your supreme awesomeness I gave you an award on my blog today…check it out! http://randommusingsfromasinglegal.blogspot.com/2010/12/award-for-moi.html