So, in keeping with the "occupy", pro-99% theme this Christmas, we've done as much small-business shopping as we can afford, which includes patronising our favorite artists:
our cousin, Alan, who designs the world's best jewelry:
(I guess, technically, Alan's a "cousin-in-law", as he's married to Dave's & my actual cousin, Heather.)
And then there's my sweet friend, Melody, who loves animals and makes them the dominant theme in her work:
So, before buying Auntie Gerdie that mass-manufactured knick-nack from a greedy corporation, how about shopping from a local, home-based artist instead?