Dick and I have made some big changes for the year to come!! We are downsizing to free us up to do the things we have always wanted to do ..... that is.... free to travel, spend more time together, follow His lead for new adventures, no more retail store after 27 years, more time with kids, but still MORE ART and probably some sewing classes for girls ..... that is a dream right now ..... but the ART won't stop, it will be here on the blog as soon as we finish remodeling our NEW/OLD smaller home about 20 miles away. SO STAY TUNED ... we'll be having a big sale and beautiful house and property SALE in the SUMMER!! MORE FREEDOM ON IT'S WAY!!! WooHoo!!! And THANKS for all your support the last twenty seven years in my shop!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011


That's right!!! ANTIQUES FAIR THRU APRIL 3rd!!! People are already set up and selling! Our county seat in Fayette County had the "best retail sales in their history" the last quarter....that means this year should be a good one!! So come see us....we are so overstocked with trying to get the Spring items to fit in the shop that we decided to have a SALE on FALL and CHRISTMAS the rest of MARCH and thru APRIL. We carry ALL SEASONS ALL YEAR.....and if you are looking for something you missed last Christmas it is probably here. The SPRING FLOWERS Are beautiful.....well enough said, I have to get to work....WE ARE OPEN ALL WEEK FOR TWO WEEKS!!! BLESSINGS!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


A boy and his dog.... there is something so special about it. A special connection ... for a boy to have "his" dog. My son, Scott, had several favorite dogs growing up and today as a married man with a family ... has his beloved "Dodger", a big ole Chocolate Lab.... a sweet dog who hung his head over the playpen looking at their newborn when she was sooo tiny.... a gentle dog. Then there is this boy, Tito, that is our grandson by adoption .... HE ADOPTED US.... and we have been so blessed ever since he was born right next door .... he is not the only addition like that to our family of grand kids!! Anyway, he had wanted a dog for a long time, and it just wasn't time for them to have one .... until his uncle said he had one for him when Christmas rolled around. WELL!!...HE was so excited, reading all he could on how to take care of him, what he needed for toys, and maybe a sweater....oh my, the list was long!!! The first thing I took over to his house was a small carrier we had with a new pillow in it so he could bring home his "Chaweenie" (chihuahua and weenie dog mix) from the long trip to get him at his Aunt and Uncles before last Christmas. Just the site of the carrier had him giggling and chuckling in a constant blissful way! He named his little dog "LUKE"....and I must say there is a special connection between them!! Here are some photos of the first week with Luke.... is that a happy face on a boy or what!!!! Love these photos and wanted to share them!! Here is also a cartoon, really old one from out of an old book from my parents....a laughing dog from a cartoon newspaper or comic book cutout to save. I wanted to send it to Diane at My Art Journal who has a dog named "Bob", see his story through her blog. Then there is an endearing story of the dog adopted by DJ here...a beautiful dog named "Tulla". I don't have a dog, but I DO have the children to watch as they discover their new pets.... and the "JOY" of it!!! Blessings!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011


Today was a sad day in many ways. The funeral of my Mother's little sister, in her eighties, went home to be with the Lord. That is a good thing .... that you go home to the Lord. I was overwhelmed with tears in church last night, as I thought of how she was the last of "that generation" in our family, and how it made me miss my Mother. She died in 2001, but it is still hard because she was so very special to us all. I have a brother named after my Aunt Eddie ... his name is Edward, but it was with her in mind when they called him "Eddie". He is still living, but I miss him because he has separated himself from me ..... for many reasons I can think of, but not sure "exactly" why. We really never got along after we were adults. I didn't go to the funeral, a short trip, today, ... too vulnerable .... it was just too hard this time around ... it is too painful. Selfish, I know, ... but I just chose to hide away. I seem okay as long as I stay away and keep busy with other things. Well, I stayed away today and sat in the studio to try to do art .... I had an overwhelming sadness. I had started this piece last week but it didn't seem to go anywhere, just didn't come together and had no desire to finish it ...... until I looked at a page from scripture still laying on my desk from doing the beatitudes .... and there it was .... it just popped out at me!!! Matthew 5:23,24. Click on it to read it.... It is in the old scripture language on the art, but it hit home for sure and it was sooo convicting considering my brother. I DO love him and I DO forgive him and hope he WILL forgive me for what it is that has him so angry at me. ANYWAY, loss is hard, either in death or in life....both have loss. This art piece was easier for me to do with him in mind and what the Lord might be doing through it .... either for him in time to come or for me today. I added the hearts .... for the desire of a loving relationship as a brother and sister, which I withheld from him for years in anger ..... very hurtful to a younger brother. The little bird is flying with a heart in his beak to hopefully drop it in the right place ... for healing ..... before it is too late. I will miss Aunt Eddie and do I love you, Eddie, my little brother. Blessings.....