Tuesday, November 22

Holidays - Oh how I love them

I've just put the last show of the year behind me and now it's time to really get going for the holidays. I have a quilt on the machine ready to be quilted. Fabric stacked on the other machine ready to be cut. Canvases ready for backgrounds - well in other words - fun stuff a-plenty. 

The weather has turned cool - cold and it will soon be Thanksgiving. Since this is my first Thanksgiving in my new home we will have our dinner here. The turkey is waiting in the frig and the menu settled and the shopping done - I think I'm ready. 

For some reason the days before the holidays I always feel the need to do something new to the house. Why... don't you have enough on your plate? I guess not. Yesterday I painted an accent wall in the kitchen and hung a shelf and photos. The kitchen is yellow, it's a nice color of yellow, but I'm just not crazy about yellow. I went grey on this wall and I really like it.


This is only part of the wall, there are more photos etc, but this shows the flavor. At the bottom - my new Phil Ponder print of downtown Murfreesboro. Other tiny treasures are on the shelf. It was hard to decide if I wanted to add the white wash on the larger frame. It's an old frame that's been hanging in my home for many years - it's never had a thing in it. I think the light wash is a good update for it.

I've shown my fairy house collection here before and this past Saturday I made a new addition. Craftsman Jim Cohran can really bring the hidden treasures from a piece of wood. This one has an opening in the back for a light source. I will have to get that lit very soon. 


Another thing I need to get busy with is loading photos and info to my Etsy Shop. I'm very behind on that. Not one of my favorite things to do but hey it has to be done. Well, I must be off, much to do. 

The holidays are a wonderful time, remember to enjoy each moment. 
If things start feeling too hectic then back off and remember you are just
a human and can only do so much. #nostresshoilidays

Monday, November 7

The Big Rush

I had a show this past weekend at St Stephens Church and it was Saturday and Sunday. I did very well and possible made a new record of selling 27 necklaces, and assorted earrings. So my inventory which was low already is in sad shape now. My next show is Nov. 19th and a bigger show on December 3. So it's full production mode for me now. I'll be adding several new designs that are specific for this area for the December show. 


One of the other artists at the show was Phil Ponder who is a wonderful artist. He well know for his  wonderful detailed drawings of Tennessee land marks such as the Nashville skyline which I've seen in quite a few homes. I've always admired his work and yesterday I came home with 2 of his prints. 

This first one was a gift from Jack. He saw how my eyes glazed over looking and it and bought it for me. Mr Ponder called him Clyde Jr. This moth was caught in a spider web out side of one of his windows and he went out and knocked him loose and he landed on the window sill laying just like this. Poor Clyde's life had been taken by the spider but now he will live forever in these great prints. I really love this drawing. 


Since he has a lot of the local areas in his drawings I asked if he had one of Murfreesboro and he said yes to the square. He couldn't find one in his inventory so he said he would look at home for me. Sure enough he found one and framed it and brought it the next day. 
I love it, and it is special for my new home. 



Well back to the workbench and get more jewelry done. 2 weeks to the next show!

Friday, November 4

And The Dust Settles

Well now it's been 2 months since the move and things are settling down in my life - so glad. Sewing and jewelry making are back as part of my life. Must nicer than unpacking boxes and getting the garage where my car will fit in there. I've never had a garage before so I was a bit intense to get the car in there. Just this morning my sister in law came by and picked up a tv console that I no longer needed. I just need some shelves out there and very soon everything will be off the floor. 

The new house is a good bit smaller that my old 91 year old house, so lots of thinning had to be done. It's not easy deciding on what you keep and things you can let go of. I knew I'd never get all my craft supplies in here. I had 2 rooms dedicated to my supplies at the old house. I was very spoiled. I did bring my old jewelry bench, but it's in the garage now. A suggestion by my friend/realtor was to put my new jewelry bench in the closet of the 2nd largest bedroom. It worked.
My brother in law had put a new top on the bench that runs the full
width of the closet and when I'm not working there I can close the double doors. 
Mess hidden!

One of the big selling points of my new home was the location. I was in an area that was once quaint, then it went into a downward spin and crime entered the area. 
Most recently it was being revived. 
Old houses being torn down and often replaced with 3 story very modern homes. Referred to by the locals as tall skinny boxes. 
With 37206 becoming a hip zip code and people flocking to east Nashville in huge numbers per day - well, it was time to move. Now instead of seeing the alley and neighbors from the deck I have this.  


I no longer hear loud music, traffic, loud parties. 
People blocking my driveway and the street. 
Here you see the sky and sounds are distant and non invasive. 

One of the first creative thing I did after I moved was a painting for
my guest bath. It ended up having a few octopi in there and I figured
hey why not go all the way. So I painted this.


I was out shopping for fabric one day at JoAnn's and saw the fabric below on the right. 
The other 2 swatches are my couch and rug. I thought it would match but had no samples
with me, but was very happy when I got home and saw how well it looked. It was half off too
 Here is the result

This weekend I have my first show since I've moved. I got a good bit behind in making jewelry so I had a rush the past 2 weeks. Car is loaded and I'm ready for the
St Stephan Fine Art Festival Saturday and Sunday
14544 Lebanon Rd, Old Hickory TN 37138
Saturday 11:00 - 8:00 with reception (wine and horsd'lures from 6-8)
Sunday 9:30 - 7:00

For today I will chill a bit. Picking up my favorite 7 year old from school.
Turning into a kid myself playing with him while mom and day shoot a wedding. 
It's wonderful to be just 15 min away from my sister and her family now. 

Monday, July 18

Another Big Change...

               that I'm thrilled about. 

Next week unless something unforeseen happens I'll be closing on the sale of my 1925 house in East Nashville and moving away from the part of town I was born, grew up and lived in for the bulk of 61 years. 

This little town is no longer little, or quite, or like I remember. It's growing by leaps and bounds. I like change don't get me wrong but this is too much too fast. I think it's great that for the first time in my memory there is a restaurant close enough to walk to. 
There are great little art galleries, shops and wonderful restaurants popping up all over the place. The meat and three I've eaten at for 15+ years is now very popular. All of this is good - great even. 

But now I want slow and quite.  I've heard that 90+ people a day are moving to Nashville! So I figure this is the time to sell my house and move out of town to a nice quite place. So I call a friend who just happens to be a great realtor and bam! She finds me a house. I'm the next to last house on a dead end street and at the end of the dead end is a...hay field. There are no houses behind the new house either - ahhh quite. I'm outside the city limits and that's great in multiple ways, taxes being a good one for sure. This move will move me to my final place where I'll start a new chapter of my life. Create new art, meet new friends and begin new adventures. 

My current coffee doodle


This will be the first time I've ever gotten to pick out where I live. That sounds odd but my Bobby already had his house and I love this house still. It took me a while to be able to leave it. The time has come now thou, I know in my heart it's a good thing. I'm getting more and more excited about this as each day goes by. Moving into a "new" house and making it mine any way I want. This has brought about many lost hours on Pinterest, but the ideas are flowing and the excitement builds. So for now it's pack and pack. Last week I thought I was the hulk and pushed a loveseat with one arm and now have much less use from that arm/hand cause I was an idiot. So I slow down now (as I was told to do) I know I don't listen. With the help of my friends thou it will all get packed. 

More to come in
Part 4 - New Adventures In The life Of a Silly Girl


Wednesday, May 18

The snowball effect

Two years ago today my beloved Bobby left my life and went into the arms of angels. This left a gap in my life that would overwhelm me to a degree I didn't expect. It ripped a part of my life away and left it empty and dark. As much as I tried to be strong and brave it just wouldn't happen. The loneliness was overwhelming. The simple act of doing anything that we would have shared was crushing to my heart. In 2 years much has changed and somethings have not. I miss him terribly. His laugh, his dry humor, his advice, his love. In their place now where these memories live is sad sometimes and at other times I will smile and laugh over our memories. As I sit here now as tears roll down my cheeks and I'm filled with grief. I try to keep these intense feelings in the back of my mind and go threw life just letting them skim the edge of my reality. 

I have to move on and that part seems harder some days than others. Getting "stuck in grief" isn't a position I'd want. My family and friends tell me I'm doing so well and I know in my heart I am. I can move forward and start this next part of your life. I can change things and have a different outlook on my future. The one thing that won't change is my love for Bobby. He will always have a special place in my heart. 

The "plan" I had for my future has changed too. At the age of 61 I'm starting over in many ways. The fear of that crushed me the first year. It is better now, for I can "see" a new path. I didn't know how quickly life can change, in the blink of an eye everything is different. It makes me almost feel foolish to think of long term plans any more. This puts a different spin on daily activities and making long term plans - well I just don't do that anymore. I look for and very often find happiness in each day, each moment. 

My happiness now comes from family and friends and my creative self. I can get lost in my creativity and so enjoy the results. I have thrown myself back into my jewelry making, and art at the level I was 3 years ago. I need that part of me back now. 


In creativity there is life and happiness
for those who create and those
who appreciate the creations. 

This new series of small paintings are called
"My Home Town"
The Tennessee state flag, state bird and soon the state flower. 
These are available in my etsy shop. 
More will be added shortly




Back to my bench to hammer and create