Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Took a tour of a new local shop in Altoona! Have to say, it was a lot of fun!

Today LaVonne Falbo opened her new studio and shop to the public. Well attended and full of surprises, this is a truly one of a kind shop with unique and quality locally made crafts, art and foods.  
I had a great time meeting a few people there and seeing what local artists were creating. From fun summer flip flops made from balloons, to metal works by Old Chinese

 and Country Primitives by Lisa Barner inspired crafts, everyone will find fun items!

Drop on by and take a look at some eclectic chandeliers, funky jewelry or some fun art dolls. Honestly, it feels like you've been transported to a little shop in England with the bunting and exciting art!    
Richard Edmundson plays some cool guitar at the opening  

  Cake by CakeWalk


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Some new work

Julie's Wild Flowers 2015

I made this for a competition for PSU and based it on my sister in laws love of flowers.
Today is supposed to be stormy and rainy~ April showers bring May flowers. So, I will be doing some quick gardening between the drops. Time to get my seeds into the soil and greenhouse. We went on a family walk last night and saw the first bat of the season! :D 

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

some recent work

Beautiful day

It's Wednesday and the sky is clear, blue and sunny. Yesterday was gloomy and cloudy and later in the week, possible rain and maybe a little snow.

I'm feeling sluggish after a run around with the kids this AM. I should go shopping but don't feel like it and I should do more chores but don't feel like it. I could do some art but feel sluggish. Maybe a walk. Either way, I need to get going and do something.

I feel like I'm waiting constantly and it's frustrating....school stuff, little annoyances, stuff being dropped by other people and me waiting. I'm glad we're taking things easy but sometimes, it feels like you've got to be more of a squeaky wheel...I guess that's normal.

I'm annoyed I lost my pep after this AM. Plus, I misplaced my glasses, again. At least the dining room table is cleared off and I could either sand/paint it or else start some sewing projects. So much to do and I feel blah.

At least the day is gorgeous. Have a good one!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"Julie" angel

I created this for my mom and dad in law in memory of my sister in law who passed away in January of pancreatic cancer. I need to make one for me too. I miss you, Julie~

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Quote of the day

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.” 

- Rita Mae Brown

Monday, February 23, 2015

cold weather...

The temp dropped about 8 degrees...so it's 4 degrees right now with a -7 wind chill. I don't like this. It was sunny today but, not warm in the least. I forgot and went outside to get the kids after having washed dishes. Did you know that even if your hands are "dry" from doing dishes, they will start to freeze in the air because your skin retains some of the water? It's terribly painful. :(

Also, my tooth is hurting, I'm worried about my son (he has hydrocephalus), I'm depressed about my sister in law passing, sad that we're going to be putting our dog down (Scout, who has organ failure), and it has been cold for with no break in between. yes, I know there is a lot to be thankful for and I am. I feel better venting...and I did do some productive things today. I made a lovely kale soup and a turkey tortilla casserole which everyone liked. This is amazing!  So, in that regard I'm really so pleased.

I feel like my relationship with my kids is growing and getting better (HUGE blessing) and even if I'm stuck in the house there are garden supplies to be bought, things to do and plan and most of feeling like I can get things done little by little.

I would love to have a roaring fire going but looks like the firewood people are all used up and they have not been returning calls. :( Oh, well...

On a smaller note, I made the famous crayon lip gloss (with coconut oil) and love it! Really worked well for me. I also made a lip scrub and coconut oil/bess wax lotion. They say the best time to use it is after you've showered. So, I'll do that and especially after doing the dishes.

Otherwise, I've been doing my art and have some new things to sell/share. I just wish I didn't feel so tired mentally. I know it's 80% the cold and feeling down and eventually, things will get better. Stuff really sucks when loved ones have suffered so much and leave you. I hope to make new friends, strengthen older relationships and learn new things in this little life we have. That's really all I can hope for...and hopefully, make this world a little better. I just really wish I didn't have aching joints from the cold. lol Tea and cozy time, I think.


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