Today's digital download releases have me sniffing the air for spicy cider, pumpkin pie and fragrant cigar smoke.
Really, you say? Cigar smoke????
Yes, really. More on that later.
First, let's have a peek at the new digital offerings for My Digital Studio.
You'll be the hostess-with-the-mostest showing off your framable Very Very Thankful décor page and giving out your homemade treats dressed up with the flags, tags and belly bands in the Homestyle Goodies Template, guaranteed to have your Thanksgiving guests oohing and aahing. Save time with the Christmas Trimmings Foldable Template — it's a card and envelope all in one! And the Fine Print Coupons Swatchbook will bring you appreciation from your special love for the special gift you made just for them. It's sassy, it's easy and it's as special as they are.
VERY VERY THANKFUL FRAMABLE TEMPLATE
INCLUDES: 1-page decor designer template (8-1/2" x 11")
A great way to let everyone know what you are thankful for this year by putting it on display in your home, or printing one for everyone at your dinner party.
COLORS: Early Espresso, Peach Parfait, River Rock
HOMESTYLE GOODIES DESIGNER TEMPLATE
INCLUDES: 10-page décor designer template (8-1/2" x 11") , 12-piece SVG stamp brush set , 6 Designer Series Papers, 13 embellishments
All you need to prep your homemade treats for gift giving; use these tags, flags, and belly bands to spice them up .
COLORS: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla
CHRISTMAS TRIMMINGS FOLDABLE TEMPLATE
INCLUDES: 3-piece SVG stamp brush set, 2 Designer Series Papers, 2 embellishments , 2-page designer template (8-1/2" x 11")
A card and envelope in one; fold your card into its own fun-sized note, seal it, and gift it .
COLORS: Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Yo Yo Yellow
FINE PRINT COUPONS SWATCHBOOK
INCLUDES: 26-page swatchbook designer template, 28-piece SVG stamp brush set , 35 embellishments
A sassy swatchbook coupon book to give your significant other .
COLORS: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Mellow Moss, Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Order any — or all! — of these great downloads today at my online store.
Now, about that cigar smoke.
Our family had huge gatherings for Thanksgiving dinner when I was a child. All the relatives came — aunts, uncles, cousins twice removed. My mother was also keen to invite just about anyone she thought would not be at a Thanksgiving table with loved ones…whether they were new neighbors or someone she met in the grocery store line. Got the picture? Lots of people.
After our traditional Thanksgiving dinner and before dessert, the men would retire to the outside deck for a drink and a smoke while the women cleared the table. The pre-feminist me loved being included in the washing up chores with the adult women of my family…it was a rite of passage. They spoke of their lives as they washed and dried dishes, they consoled each other over losses, gave advice on everything from cooking to sex, and they laughed. They laughed a lot. The more they talked about their men the more they laughed. It was a secret club of very funny women showing sides of themselves I did not see at any other time.
It was my job as the eldest daughter to invite the men back in when dessert was ready. The women-only time of sharing the cleanup and sharing the moments of their lives came to a close when I was sent out to the cigar-filled deck. It's a bitter-sweet moment that I treasure and the smell of a cigar takes me to that moment every time.
What holiday smells evoke memories in you? Do you have a special memory of a Thanksgiving moment you treasure? Leave a comment if you'd like to share your moment.