On this first weekend in December, and with 22 shopping days till Christmas, why not think seriously about shopping 'SMALL' . . . small meaning local, neighborhood, independent. And, how much more local and independent can you get than an artist, craftsperson, sculptor or other creative soul? Supporting those of us who make by hand keeps the creative soul prospering, adding much needed beauty to the world through their own personal ideas and thoughts. Even a small purchase from a creative 'maker' this Holiday season will go a long way in that support and continue to help nurture the creative souls among us. Socks are great, but an original work of art sitting on a shelf, hanging on the wall or enjoying the sunshine in a garden adds so much more beauty and emotion to your surroundings.