Christmas Cards for Addie

20141211_175331Most of us don’t think of sending a Christmas card as an act of kindness. But for Addie Fausett, Christmas cards are a BIG deal. We hear all the time that “I don’t send Christmas cards.” It is too time-consuming, I don’t have everyone’s addresses, I can’t get them done in time, and so on. But after reading this story, you’ll be hard-pressed to think of an excuse not to send a card to this little girl.

Addie is 6 years old, living in a small town in Utah, and suffering from an undiagnosed condition which has led to cerebral atrophy. Doctors have told her family that this is her last Christmas. So her family asked the public to send her what she has asked for this year: Christmas cards. Addie has received over 6,000 cards from people all over the world. The joy in her face when she opens one is enough to make you think twice about why we write cards, and the impact they can have.

We’ve written our own card to Addie and we ask that you write a Christmas card this holiday to Addie, or someone else in need of encouragement. There are plenty of organizations who write letters to soldiers overseas, sick children, or others needing a handwritten reminder of Christmas. The impact of your letter may never be known to you, but is felt by the recipient. Cards matter. Write one today.

Celebrate Small Business

Today is our 9th birthday! 

baked by Molly's Mom

We opened the day after Thanksgiving in 2005 and well, we’re still here. We weathered the storms of the great recession thanks to our loyal and new clients.  As we enter this season of thanksgiving, we thank you for your business and hope your season is filled joy and blessings.

SocialPost_PenguinThis is our fifth year participating in Small Business Saturday. This event is held every year on the Saturday following Black Friday. Small Business Saturday sponsored by American Express encourages everyone across the country to support their community by shopping at local businesses who are the backbone of local economies in towns like Barrington.

DSC_8885What does TT Patton have to offer shoppers on SBS? A number of things that a big box store won’t, such as personal service. Sometimes you need someone to talk through your ideas for a present. Need advice? We are here to offer you a number of options for personalized gifts based on the interests and needs of your recipient.

Clients who walk in the store often remark, “You have such beautiful things.” This is exactly what you want your spouse, child, friend, or parent to say when they open your gift this holiday season. In supporting TT Patton, you support artisans around the world who take pride in crafting a special, beautiful product that is sure to impress.

DSC_8874A personal shopping experience with unique gifts for the special friends and family in your life. That’s what shopping small is all about. Come visit us on Saturday, November 29 to see for yourself! #shopsmall

Nota Bene at The Catlow Local Shorts Festival

Four years ago, I met two very enthusiastic writers during the TT Patton Summer Writing Camp; Katie and Katie (now known as Kat). At the end of the camp and during the following school year they would stop in and write together. Yes, really together.  They shared a story.  And once they even let me read the rough draft. That was….well…a lot. Little did I know what was really brewing in the minds of these two… until now.

Tomorrow, I will see their first short film Nota Bene on the big screen at The Catlow Local Shorts Festival.  On November 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm this festival will feature 12 locally produced short films.  Admission is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door 1 hour before showtime.

Here’s a little about the film, Nota Bene, and the co-writers/co-directors, Katie and Kat. I’m very excited for their debut film!  Hope you can join us.

Nota Bene (11 minutes, 30 seconds, 2014) is a story about the power of words and action. Halcyon, a shy high school girl, can only communicate with Drew, a classmate, through her anonymous writing. When Kristin, an alpha mean girl, sees an opportunity to be a bully, the time for a difficult decision is upon Halcyon. What happens when you’ve been pushed around enough and decide to step out of the shadows?


Katie O’Brien reading from her journal. Camp, 2010.

Katie O’Brien co-wrote and co-directed Nota Bene. She is a junior at Barrington High School in Illinois. She is an aspiring writer who loves to tear at her friends’ heartstrings.  When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys playing the flute and studying Latin. She and Kat have known each other for five years, and Nota Bene is their first produced


Kat Baustert listening attentively at the end of the table. Camp, 2010.

Kat Baustert co-wrote and co-directed Nota Bene. She is a junior at Barrington High School in Illinois. She likes super hero movies and writing, and enjoys Latin, dance and softball. She intends to study engineering in college but first has to get through high school.

A collection of friends, classmates and community members helped put together Nota Bene after Katie and Kat wrote a short story mostly played out in the character Halcyon’s head. What resulted was a “short story film” about teenagers, by teenagers.