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[Still] Got Them Old Pandemic Blues – A New Poem by Nancy Dillingham

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We were all excited. The vaccines were coming … the vaccines were coming… Yay!

Americans would start being kind to each other again.

We would become a band of brothers and sisters – fighting the good fight against that awful COVID Killer.

Then the news came from the CDC (US Center for Disease Control) that the first dosages were to be given to:

  • our heroic healthcare workers,
  • the enduring essential workers,
  • and seniors who have been virtually held hostage in their long term care facilities.

So this means that many of us will not getting a COVID-19 vaccine shot until mid or late summer.

Sigh.

The wonderful poem below – written for us by one of our most popular local authors Nancy Dillingham – expresses the seesaw of emotions we feel just about everyone is experiencing right about now.

“Got Them Old Pandemic Blues”

by Nancy Dillingham

Hair gone bad
can’t find my shoes
don’t know anyone
got nothing to lose

Masses of masked strangers
roaming round the house
all getting high
on hand sanitizer

For many months now
I’ve been undercover
even the mailman
is looking like a lover

Sometimes I feel
like I’ve been in Hell
even the election
failed to jell

An orange man in Washington
some call Trump
has hijacked the White House
and taken our country

But I’m starting to get keen
on some recent news I’ve seen
a little elf named Fauci
talking vaccines

Now I feel like it’s time
for all of us to come clean
bust out of quarantine
against COVID-19

 

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas (Finally Some Good News from 2020)

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We should have expected it this year since it’s 2020 but holiday shopping is now worst then ever…

Parts of the Internet keep crashing just when you need to get online. Postal package delivery has slowed to a crawl due to large volume increases in mail and a shortage of USPS workers thanks to COVID-19. And even big retail stores have to have limits on the number of customers allowed inside.

So if you are worried that getting Christmas gifts to your local loved ones on time will be difficult then you’re not alone.

But for many, getting out and doing any last minute gift shopping is really not a great option right now.

Not to worry … We are looking out for you with our Personal Shopping service!

Mountain Made Gallery … ready to open for the rush!

How Our Personal Shopping Works – A Simple 3-Step Process

1) First, check out some last minute gift ideas below…

2) Next, call us at 828-350-0307 to check for availability and to place your order … we’ll do the shopping for you.

3) Finally, just pickup your order (curbside or in-store).

>>> Click for Store Hours & Directions to Mountain Made Gallery <<<

Jason Probstein

Hand Blown Glass

Artist Bio

Tony Bledsoe

Ceramics

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Gayle Ray

Gemstone Jewelry

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Marsha Maxey

 

 

Silver Jewelry

 

Lin Barber

Sgraffito Pottery

Artist Bio

Dan deBettercourt

Alcohol Ink Paintings

Artist Bio

 

Liberty Street Baggage 

Bags &  Purses

Artist Bio

Nalan Weaver

Quilted Runners

Artist Bio

Celia Miles

Mystery Novels

Artist Bio

 

Bill Wanezek

 Turned Wood Working 

Artist Bio

Tamara Matthews

Pottery Key Hider

Artist Bio

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Ceramic Hide-a-Key by Tamara Matthews

Annette Libby

Ceramics

Artist Bio

Tebbe Davis

Paintings

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 Jonna Rae Bartges   

Candles

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Sharyn Fogel

Watercolors

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Bonnie Lucas

Quilted Wall Hangings 

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Robin Southecorvo Pottery

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Ceramic Pocket Planters – Unique Pottery Wall Vases

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Ceramic Pocket Planters

Pottery pocket planters by master ceramic artist Tamara Matthews

Tamara creates handcrafts each of her ceramic pieces. Her artwork is primarily used for home decor and architectural accents.

She says, ” Nature has always been, and continues to be a source of inspiration for my work. Each of my [pieces] are hand sculpted and invites you to run your fingers over the textures. I hope you enjoy them.”

Her pocket planters can give any home or office a unique look of rustic elegance. Each wall vase measures approximately 7 1/2” x 9 1/2” with a 5 1/2 deep pocket. Price: $105.00 (doesn’t include shipping).

Perfect for smaller sized plants such as succulents or air plants. Also a great gift idea for those who love dried flower arrangements.

Only 3 in Stock! We invite you to come by soon (Directions to Mountain Made) or call us at 828-350-3507 .

Mountain Made Gallery: One-of-a-kind handmade items you can’t find anywhere else.

Live Glassblowing Continues at Mountain Made (Only 2 Holiday Shopping Weekends Left)

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Watch Live Glassblowing

Fun Things to Do in Downtown Asheville

Yes, there are only 3 weekends left and we invite you come by Mountain Made and watch live glassblowing and gift shopping in the safety and comfort of our store.

Jason Probstein, a master scientific glassblower will be here on Fridays, Saturdays & Mondays until Dec 21th OR until his gas tanks run dry!

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“Biden Time” a Poem By Nancy Dillingham

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Although our YEAR 2020 project is over and the resulting book published and offered for sale, Mountain Made’s artist of the year, Nancy Dillingham has written one more poem that we want to share with you, the public:

Biden Time

And hope and history rhyme. ~Seamus Heaney

 

Voice quiet yet commanding

he repeats his mantra

a fight for the soul

of America

 

The message shakes the room

vibrates throughout the land

 

Hungry citizens devour his words

yearning for better days

 

Somewhere in the future

after the coronavirus fades

 

And the nation

can breathe again

 

Nancy Dillingham