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Sunday, October 30, 2011


Let me set the scene...
work surface full of paint, etc...
and happy messy fun.
The stockpile of signs.
Some funny, some inspirational,
some just nonsense.

Hanging on the studio wall, and a wall in the hall that I have extended for
"gallery" space.  Suffice to say I am always filling nail holes in the wall..

I have spent two days working on these while listening to Solomon's Song by Bryce Courtenay.
It's the 3rd book in a series and  I have thoroughly enjoyed them.  The 1st and 2nd books were
actually read  but I couldn't find a copy of the 3rd book except on tape.  Which was fine... I have
really loved this book..  highly recommended reading/listening.  I love reading but am limited to how much I can find time to read.  So books on tape is a great way to "read" while I work in my studio.   My idea of a
wonderful vacation is a good book and a quiet spot on the beach.  Or a quiet spot by a lake.
that too.

but now must clean house.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Working on a series of fun signs with wit, wisdom and humor.
These will go in my booth at upcoming shows.
I discovered a ladder makes an excellent drying rack!

This one is done..

This one on the side is the first one I did several weeks ago.
It inspired me to make more.

I ADORE this one
and will make more with this saying because I
am predicting it to be a good sell.

I got the various wood pieces FREE from a local cabinet shop.
I had been visiting their dumpster and occasionally getting pieces of wood.
But needing a stack, I decided to go in the back door of the shop and
ask if they had any funky scrap wood they could give me for free.
The guy that helped me was really nice.
I asked him his name, and he said "Chris"
Oh.. that's my son's name and I extended my hand to shake his and
told him my name.
He smiled and replied,
"My mom's name is Linda too" 

We both smiled at the connection..
I always feel such joy when a
serendipitous moment occurs in our life.

What inspired me to go inside and ask for the wood scraps?


1. If you do not GO after what
you want, you'll never have it.

2. If you do not ASK, the answer
will always be NO.

3.  If you do not step forward, you'll
always be in the same place.

That was in my head that morning.
And of course,
I have made a sign of this..

which is now drying..
so I will post it later.

till then.

have an inspiring day.


Monday, October 24, 2011


This time of year, I escape from my studio and take part in as many fall - holiday festivals as I can manage.
I love the interaction with people, I love the one to one selling and the challenge of presentation.  This photo was taken in the auditorium in Montrose at their Fair Grounds.  Setting up without my Easy-Up is a little tougher, but I managed.  Next event is the first weekend in Rifle at the Rifle Middle School.  Then the following weekend it's Unique Boutique here in Glenwood Springs.  I needed to stimulate my own economy and this is a great way for me to get out.  Plus I often will make contacts for prospective wholesale accounts.  A lot of work, yes.  But the rewards are worth it.
In my studio... little happy holiday wreaths are popping up as fast as I can make them. Last year I made some of these small fabric wreaths, for friends and family.  I love the happy bright colors and decided to make some to sell at the upcoming shows.  I also have my fabric ties on a garland with white lights.  It brings fun color ino my booth and makes me smile. 
Speaking of smiling.....
With the cold weather coming on, I moved my Banana tree into the dining room.  Despite the hardy banana's ability to weather cold temps...  I couldn't risk losing this! It's my little hold onto tropical island longings. This weekend we worked hard and long in the yard cutting back all the flowers, shrubs and tall grasses to bed down for winter which is fast approaching.  A huge load of clippings were loaded into the truck and taken to the local landfill.  And we worked on the refinishing the front door.  And we bought a new chandlier to hang in our entry way.  There simply wasn't enough time in the day to finish our long list of to dos! 

Now I wake to a week full of work and smiles.  And the best of all news?    An angel has landed in my heart and I am keeping my heart tight and sacred for the news that came to me on Friday.  Despite the concerns and worries that are bubbling up, I am focusing on the promise of a dream that has been with me for a long time now.  A smile and laugh that tinkles in my head.  A love that makes me feel like I am walking on the Moon.  A little girl that makes my heart melt.  Emalie. My sweetest little angel.  Her mama and papa are moving back to Colorado.. bringing me a gift that I can hardley believe will really happen.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  My heart strings tied tight. 
may you have a day filled with light and hope too.