With the Christmas season fast approaching (wait, it’s August, right? Right??), we know many of you crafters are like busy little elves, sewing, stitching, painting, and gluing up a storm for the coming holidays. Here at Create & Decorate, our summer has been filled with evergreens and popcorn strands and ornaments, and our photo shoots are red and green and merry and bright. Sometimes it messes with your head. Just a little. Beverly has even started humming Christmas carols. Which is kinda what led to this post…
Anyway, we don’t know about you, but when there’s work to be done, nothing makes the task more bearable than music. Beverly and I both have our iTunes going at our desks, and the radio is always on when we have photo shoots. Whether you blast Beethoven or Billy Idol, Charlie Parker or Carrie Underwood, music gets your heart beating and keeps your fingers (and brain) moving.
On our trip to Brimfield, MA, we went into a little prim shop that we spotted in one of the neighboring towns called The Handmaiden (538 Main St
Fiskdale, MA 01518, 508-347-7757).
While we were meandering around, beautiful music was playing softly through the speakers. You know the kind of music that puts you at ease without you really even knowing it? Well, it was that kind of music. After finding out from the shop owners what we were listening to, Beverly promptly bought two discs: Victorian Hymns (Village Square Music) is filled with the hammered dulcimer, guitar, violin, bass, flute, and harp, and The Steeple on the Common (North Star Records) is quite a melange of sounds, from the tin whistle to the mandolin, to the hurdy-gurdy and the concertina.
These are all hymns, but even if you’re not religious in the least, some will sound familiar, and will still soothe and intrigue you. (I have them playing right now, and it’s so relaxing and is actually helping me concentrate more.)
Click here to sample some music from Victorian Hymns, and here to sample from The Steeple on the Common. Enjoy the music as you sew muslin Christmas trees, paint holly leaves, and decorate gingerbread men.