Well it seems the holidays have officially started! I heard "All I Want for Christmas is You" for the first time this week in public (I say public because let's be real, that song gets year-round play at my house). Next, I got asked what was on my christmas list. Then all of a sudden I found myself only interested in vintage ornaments at my favourite antique market. It's official. Let the Holiday Season begin!
We've got lots of exciting things in store (pun intended) for the holiday season but the most important is our Holiday Give-Back. The month long event will benefit Hamilton's Interval House, which provides a safe and supportive environment for women and children escaping abuse. Many women arrive with only the clothes on their backs and without most everyday essentials. Items like winter clothing, toiletries, towels, underwear, and diapers are desperately needed.
We'll be accepting donations from this Friday November 22nd through to December 18th. And to thank our thoughtful customers who bring in a donation, we'll be taking the tax off all your holiday shopping! Plus your name will be entered into a draw for a special gift from Girl on the Wing. So help us make someone's holiday season a bit brighter and support the Holiday Give-Back!
Items Being Accepted:
Gently-Used Winter Clothing: jackets, hats, scarves, gloves, snowpants, boots
Toiletries: shampoo, toothpaste, feminine products, soap, face wash, deodorant
Children's Items: diapers, formula, new toys, gently-used books, arts and craft supplies
Cozy Items: sheets, towels, slippers, socks, underwear, pjs, bathrobes (only unused items please)
Girl on the Wing
Any creative type knows that inspiration can come from anywhere; an old movie, a beautiful building, a new city, even a conversation. I've always loved the concept of inspiration and am continually surprised by where my own come from. In Greek Mythology the goddesses of inspiration were known as the Muses and were considered the source of knowledge of literature, arts and science. Later on the term "muse" was used in popular culture to mean a person (usually a woman) that served as the main source of inspiration for any type of creator. Some of my favourite muse-creator pairings that come to my mind: Edie Sedgwick to Andy Warhol, Audrey Hepburn to Hubert de Givenchy, and Yoko Ono to John Lennon.
Women have long been muses and even the one's not recognized by popular culture have had huge effects on their subjects. It's with this idea in mind that stems behind an upcoming fundraiser for the Women's Centre of Hamilton. On November 22nd, Muse Fest will showcase local female artists and musicians in a night of entertainment. The event benefits the Women's Centre, which is a program run by Interval House of Hamilton. All the proceeds from the evening will go directly to the Centre which offers programs and support services to women in need at no cost to them. Organizer Annie Horton has planned an exciting event with great local performers and positive vibes.
We're excited to attend and support the centre and our friends at Interval House. To help raise funds for the event we'll be having a bake sale this Friday at the Art Crawl. Keep an eye out for us and our famous baked goods! Nothing like eating sweet treats for a good cause!
You can get your tickets for Muse Fest online here: Eventbrite or in person at Mixed Media. Hope to see you all there for a night filled with inspirational muses!