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Skaneateles Tea with Patience Brewster

She is looking forward to the upcoming tea in her hometown and is happy to leave the studio behind for a little company. People are always excited to learn that Patience lives in Skaneateles Foltz said.

"It is interesting to me, when I get out into the world, to listen to a customer's reactions to an image or an ornament, to hear where the Krinkles will travel, and who might be opening them up. I am constantly amazed by the fact that people out there sometimes receive messages and the exact thoughts and intentions that I put into a piece. Others come up with their own distinct reasons for picking out a particular item. The reasons run the gambit from making me laugh to bringing tears to my eyes. One way or the other, it is a joy to hear why someone carefully chooses what they chose."

She also gets a lot of requests when she meets people and she said she loves to hear them.

"Some seem wildly far fetched at the time. I was once asked to make a pharmacist ornament. I never thought I would be moved to make that one, but now there is a Halloween "Dr. Wacko," a demented frog in white Scientist/Pharmaceutical gear wearing big round glasses and displaying his vials. You never know..." she said.

Peace inspires this year's work

This year Patience has completed her twelve days of Christmas line. She said this collection was particularly labor intensive, "I knew starting out it would be hard to get eleven lady (bugs) dancing or twelve (frog) lords-a-leaping on one ornament!"

She said when she chooses a poem or a story, she can think about its meaning and its connection to her as she works.

"I think way, way too hard about every ornament from its expression and what it might be thinking to the socks it might wear."

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