Saturday, December 29, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I'm feeling a good deal nostalgic about my three weeks in Thailand but I am so glad that Katie is home this year to celebrate with us. We are hosting the family Christmas at our house this year.
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
You have made your way to this blog and I hope have enjoyed catching up on our lives this past year. Better than a newsletter, I hope.
Please visit Katie's blog to see how her life in med school has been going. Fun photos and videos too! You can get there from this blog...see the side bar on the left of my blog for the link that says "The Daughter" or type in.....
If you feel so inspired, leave her a note too.
The hunt for the "perfect" Christmas tree always used to send me into a tailspin of dread and anxiety. But many years ago I found two brothers who sold trees from their home that were fresh cut from their farm up north. They went up over Thanksgiving and brought the trees back with them. They were gorgeous! It still required going to their place in the freezing cold of Michigan, holding up trees to see what they looked like and then writing a hefty check, and hauling it home. But about 7 years ago they decided to retire to that farm up north, sold their property to a developer and left town!
It was panic time for me and a few years of trudging through the tree lots inreally freezing cold and semi darkness. Then.......ta da!.... a sign appeared at the red barn on the corner of my subdivision announcing blue spruce trees for sale. Not much parking and only about a dozen trees leaning against the barn BUT...they were all perfect! Every one of those blue spruces were gorgeous, in fact I don't even pick the tree out. I leave that to Larry, the True Blue Trees guys and they are only $25! Yes, 8 feet of blue spruce for $25. The best part? Larry also delivers....free. So for the past4 years I have had the most fabulous trees. One year he wasn't quite up to it and this year there was no sign out! Help...what to do? Before I took that long trudge out to some other tree places I called Larry and left a message. When he got back to me on Saturday afternoon, he said he wasn't doing any trees this year but he could get one for me. He was going out to his property Sunday and would cut a tree and deliver it. Did you get that??? He went out, picked out the tree, CUT it and DELIVERED IT the following day! The picture above is this years' tree. A plate of Christmas cookies is on it's way to Larry's house this week.
Women artisan's sale Set up (avove and right) at The Iron Pig
Yikes!!! It's been almost a month since I last posted on this blog. Where did the time go?? What on earth have I been doing? New pins made with Vintage postcards Pink and black tree at Women Artisans
I'll try to catch you up and post pictures above. I haven't quite figured out how to imbed pictures in my text so they all end up at the top of my blog entry. Maybe over break I'll have Katie help me.
It's Art and Craft season and I've been doing a lot of shows. The first weekend of November I invited 4 crafty friends to do a show at our house. It was wonderfully successful and a so much fun. The weekend after that I was in the 3 day Mason Christmas Craft Show and again did exceptionally well. For the past 3 years I have been floating from "house to house" on this sale (there are 20 houses featuring about 40+ artisans) and I found myself at the delightful Iron Pig Antiques. Helen and Leroy Townsend and their daughter Jeanine were such gracious and generous hosts that by the end of the weekend it seemed like we were family. In fact, over the three days I met many of their family members and learned a good deal more about the Townsend family. I had a blast. Thank you Townsends!!
Thanksgiving arrived along with my daughter Katie! It was so good to have her home for a few days. I am blessed that she is in school so close to home; Detroit is only and hour and a half drive from here. I see her often but there's nothing quite like having her home. I'm looking forward to her three week break for Christmas.
The following weekend I did an amazing show, a new one for me, at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center called Lansing Women Artisan's Holiday Sale. Very classy and beautiful handcrafted items. I decided to decorate my area in black and pink! So much fun and very different. My good friend Dan has also been sharing my jewelry with his clients, he's a hair stylist, and with the cast of Spamelot, he does hair for the traveling shows. I've been finishing up special orders and having fun restyling some jewelry for a client of mine.
It's probably time to do some Christmas shopping now.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Thank goodness! Lansing is well prepared for a Zombie attack. We have been assured by the chief of [olice that a plan is in action just in case of a zombie attack Phew!
Last week, a news item out of Lansing appeared in the British tabloid, The Sun.It read: "Potty police lieutenant Bruce Ferguson has stockpiled chain saws so his men can lop off the heads of zombies if they invade Lansing, Michigan, US.""Potty," to the Brits, means something along the lines of "nutty."
According to Ferguson, "We can feel confident if zombies start invading. We know how to close the streets. If a swarm comes in on I-496 westbound, we'll block off the exits so they'll miss the city. If the undead did attack you'd have three options: come up with an escape plan, cower in your basement, or head out to the nearest store and buy a machete and a .357 magnum and start cracking craniums."
A similar piece ran in the New York Post.The story was aired as actual news on radio stations in New Jersey and North Carolina and in other states as well.In fact, a quick Google search or two will turn up versions of that story written in German, French, Danish, Greek, Romanian, Hungarian, Czech, Latvian and Icelandic.
"Whether you're in Britain, the Czech Republic or in New Jersey, the threat of the undead is always lying just below the surface - especially in Jersey. I'm glad we were able to alert local residents and others to Lansing's pro-active stance."
Check out the whole article at lansingnoise.com
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Many of you know that both my Dad and I have been on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post as well as a third cover that featured our odd little car. My Dad was into buying strange little cars. I learned to drive on a German Borgward.
I've been on a mission to find all the covers that the artist painted.
Could I find the artist online? Would I be able to find the covers he painted? Would I find myself on the internet? So I googled Earl Mayan.
Earl was a neighbor of ours, one of my Dad's best friends, my Dad's tennis partner, the host of a fourth of July party that I can conjure images of even to this day and probably the inspiration for my own 4th of July party and, of course, an excellent artist.I am lucky to have inherited some of his paintings.
And there I found them... "Rainy Saturday" Earl is the disappointed golfer on the left and my Dad is the happy gardener on the right.
This is the "Big Hill" not the real title of this cover but what we all called it. Woodhollow Lane was the major road into our subdivision. It was huge (to our eyes), steep and long. Earl is leaning on the shovel. An aged version of my Dad is shoveling, I am on my stomach on my sled behind my Dad. My best friend Christine is in the middle sitting and Earl's daughter is at the bottom.
Monday, October 01, 2007
A spooky shelf of Jack o' lanterns
It is the only month that starts with a big fat O
Crispy, crunchy mounds of leaves
The first real month of Autumn
My birthday month
Jack o' Lanterns
BonfiresAnd don't forget all those other special celebrations in the month of October!
Celebrate Sun Dried Tomatoes month
Moldy Cheese Day
Eat Country Ham Day
World Smile Day :)
National pajamas month
National Sarcastic month
National self Promotion month
Did I say, October is my birthday month? I was the envy of all my friends because I was only kid in elementary school that actually got to have a Halloween party every year! Because my birthday is only 5 days away from Halloween every birthday party had an orange and black theme; orange paper hats, clickety metal noisemakers, blow outs, metal horns, tablecloth,cups, plates, and napkins decorated with goblins and witches, bobbing for apples, treasure hunts, and spooky charades. But no costumes,they were saved only for Halloween night, long before costume parades became fashionable at school.
Trick or treating was was an all night affair. Well, from the time you got home from school until midnight! So much time, so many treats, and so much time to plan an execute the tricks.
And don't forget to "Trick or Treat for Unicef".
Back in the fifties little girls dressed up in their best party finery in their party dresses complete with full skirts, velvet bows, frilly petticoats, and lots of lace with little white socks and black patent leather shoes.
So enjoy this glorious month.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Jeanie's beautiful cards, felt bags, and scarves
Unique and elegant jewelry
We are gearing up for 2 Fall events:
Designing Women Open House
5 very talented and artsy women will gather at my home for a sale; Me with Firefly Jewelry and accessories, Jeanie Croope with note cards, scarves, and mixed media, Jane Rosemont with amazing photography, Brenda Ginther with wreathes, soaps, potpourri and dried flower arrangements, and Nancy Williams with gourmet dog treats and her organizing business
This is a great way to get a jump on the holidays or just to treat yourself.
Friday, November 2 from 5-9 ***Wine, hors d'oeurves, and dessert reception Friday
Saturday, November 3 from 9-5
We had such fun last year. Come join the fun this year.
For more information email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join the fun!
33rd Mason Christmas Craft Sale
Thursday-Saturday November 8, 9, 10
Thursday and Friday 9-9 and Saturday 9-5
This is the sale everyone waits for. It's huge and so much fun. 18 homes and more than 50 exhibitors. All the houses are decorated for the holidays and many houses feature a sampling of treats as well as holiday decorations and gift items. Look for the numbered house signs; each house will have a flyer and map of the participating artists.
This year I will be at HOUSE #12 The Iron Pig Antiques at 611 E. Columbia Rd., Mason.
Mission Point Lighhouse