Monday, September 27, 2010

Trick or Treat

With October almost here, I'm trying to decide if I will do any "Halloween" paintings. I usually do a few, just for fun. I did this painting two years ago for a Cloverleaf display. Now, I use it at home in my entry where I do seasonal displays. (Of course, everything is for sale! haha)

"Trick or Treat" 36" x 48"

The following three are from Halloween 2009.

11" x 14" $195.00

11" x 14" SOLD

6" x 8" SOLD

Inspiration, come to me!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Home Again, Home Again

What a wonderful adventure I had at The Creative Connection! I met so many talented women and saw so many beautiful creations. I also was able to attend several of the panel events and learned so much! Below is a mini-pictorial of my trip:

Driving through Iowa.
Sweet family.

Cute entry into the Market.

Finishing touches on my table display.

WOW! Looks messy in this photo!

Closer look.

Didn't know if this was good luck or bad luck!

Hunt & Gather
Cherry and I happened into this shop, only to find
out it has been featured in many major magazines!
Great place!

Cherry and I really liked our shoes!

Me, pretending Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) and I are the best of friends!

The actual photo shot. She has NO IDEA who I am! haha

My Vendor Friends!

And, finally, on the way home on Sunday, we stopped at The Curious Sofa in Kansas City.

Beautiful and clever as always!

And, now, as I sit here Monday at 2:00 pm, still in my pj's, I'm going to go take a nap for the next three days!

Thank you to all the people who came through the The Handmade Market for your kind compliments of my artwork! I will never forget this experience.

Night, night.

Monday, September 13, 2010

And Away We Go!

Packing the car and taking off EARLY tomorrow morning for Minneapolis! Can't really believe it! It's a 12 hour drive, so we will get to our hotel, crash and be up bright and early Wednesday morning to set up my table.

The first event is an early Preview Party for the Handmade Market on Wednesday evening. Then the market will be open daily on Thurs, Fri and Sat. In between, there will be breakfasts, luncheons and dinners with keynote speakers. Hopefully, I will get to slip in for a couple of them! If you haven't checked out the Creative Connection website, DO! It is going to be an amazing event!

Below are samples of my original pieces I'm taking. I apologize...I worked and worked on setting up a slide show and got NOWHERE! So, this is what I came up with. Hopefully, I will be posting all 32 pieces on facebook, so check them out there.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


I can't believe The Creative Connection Event is only a week away! Everyday I will be working on one thing or another getting ready to leave next Tuesday for the 12 hour road trip. Today I put together my linens for the table covering. I will only have one table at The Handmade Market and want to try and make it stand out.

I've managed to collect these beautiful vintage pieces in creams and off-greens during the last couple of months. This is the order I plan on layering them on the table.

Then, today, I found these unbelievable vintage drapes that tie in the deep pink rose colors in my paintings!

The drapes will most likely be going up in my house after the show!

They are really gorgeous!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Crestwood Elementary 5th Grade

Yes, that is me...second to the right on the front row. That is my special "picture outfit" I put together. Dress from "Belles and Beaus Boutique", shoes from Kempners Shoe Store. Hair by ... me (trying to look like a model I saw in Seventeen, parted down the middle and slicked down.) My friend, Nancy (sitting to the right of me), posted this on Facebook. Now, Nancy and I haven't seen each other since our freshman year of college at Arkansas State University. (Actually, we saw each other briefly once at a church event in North Little Rock, hometown.)

But this classroom picture brought up lots of memories, which I will share: This is my 5th grade class. That is Mrs. Ballard, our teacher. Mrs. Ballard saw something in me that other teachers did not. Probably my lack of motivation during math, science, english, etc. was a big RED FLAG! Mrs. Ballard assigned me to design and construct the classroom bulletin boards. I got to go to the teacher's supply room and pick out borders and background paper, prepare all the artwork and put it up. After she gave me the basic concept for the board, I had full reign! Amazing! It was the highlight of my elementary school years! Of course, I had some help...Nancy helped, as well as Betsy (third row, second to the right). We were quite a team! I wonder if the other kids remember this? I'm sure they were quite jealous of my job. haha

Isn't it funny??? Mrs. Ballard knew what I was supposed to do, long before I did. I'm essentially doing the same thing now, 40 years later!