My determination to give handmade presents this year led me to two craft fairs on Sunday afternoon. The first one was at the Somerville Armory, this random castle-looking building in Somerville, MA that looks completely out of place. There I stocked up on some beautiful letterpress wedding & baby shower cards (ok, so much for holiday presents at that one).
It was then off to the North Cambridge Arts Association which was a combo present-buying/stealth scoping mission, as I am also considering joining NOCA (their secret artists’ code name, but don’t tell them I told you). But alas, this is not a story about joining forces with my neighborhood artists, so I will leave that tale for another day.
Tucked away in one of the back rooms was a woman selling painted cards and canvasses. I found an adorable miniature painting of a cat on an itty bitty easel that I thought would be a perfect present for my mother-in-law, who has a love of both cats and cute little things.
|Pianting by Sengchan Tufts|
After conferring with Sam that this would indeed make a nice present for his mom, I decided to go ahead and purchase the petite piece of art. I handed her my money, for which she unfortunately did not have adequate change. As she ventured off in pursuit of another $5 for me, I decided to peruse the cards, my (nearly) purchased cat painting in hand.
A moment later, a family of three, including a young girl, arrived at the artists’ booth while I perused the cards.
Please don’t let her notice that I’m holding the cat painting I thought as I repositioned myself so that that card rack was now blocking me from the little girl’s view (at least that’s what I told myself) and I pretended to continue looking at the cards while I waited for my change.
I got my change, thanked the nice lady, and booked it out of that section of the craft fair before the little girl would catch on that it was me.
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