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Friday, October 20, 2017


Are you going?  Tis the season for many, many Holiday Art & Craft Shows.  Are you preparing to be a vendor or are you marking your calendar as to which ones to chose?


I'm going!  or....right this minute, am planning on going and have paid my dues for vendor space!


Saturday, October 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Annual Weston Potato Show
Weston, Oregon
kitty-corner from LongBranch Restaurant 
A fun, small town event with vendors of art, craft, baked goods,etc.  Activities/Booksale
Delicious Lunch usually featuring ????  Yep, you got it, Potatoes


Friday & Saturday,  November 8th & 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Annual Mary Stewart Craft Show/Wildone's
Milton-Freewater, Oregon 
5th Street @ Community Building
A full venue of art/craft vendors with a wide variety of items.
Delicious Lunch by Ronda


Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2017 Holiday Market
Walla Walla, Washington
Walla Walla Fairgrounds in the Community Building   
Another full venue of all handmade art/craft vendors


Whew......hop, hop,, shop, shop!  This time I'm setting up early so I can make the rounds and do a little selecting myself!! 

Of course, there are tons of other shows, (if shows weighed,) as well.  Whichever you chose do have a good time supporting your local artists and crafters making quality items by hand with love, who do not come close to earning even a minimum wage for the hours and materials spent.  Take home a little love for yourself, or to share, during 2017 Holidays.


Sunday, October 8, 2017


Mixed media collage  9" x 12"   

Imagine....nary a word for over a month!  Can I recall what has taken place.  Not really!  Therefore, perhaps most of it isn't worth mentioning.  Do realize a couple things have been neglected and wish to share.  Way back in July, we took a little drive up to Meacham, Oregon for their 4th of July celebration.  Several vendors had set up in the parking lot of the Meacham Store/Cafe.  Took this photo of wood carving exhibited by a man from Pendleton.  I misplaced his name/telephone number!  Maybe that's a reason to post promptly.  I apologize, but maybe you will run into him one day if you are in the area!
                                                                                                                      Now, back up to top of page (as my computer does it's own thing).  The collage shown is just off the easel and is listed on the website, as well.  Likely, there are a few other items since the last time I actually posted any here.  I have spent a little time in my room and will be participating in a couple shows before years end.  The intentions are good that I spend more time in that room and even produce a few more items.  If you should be in the area please do drop in on the following events for Christmas shopping of handcrafted wares.   Weston, Oregon Potato Show.  Saturday, October 28th from 9:00 - 4:00.  It is a fun, small town event with several different activities.  Next, the 2017 Holiday Market at Walla Walla, Washington Fairgrounds on December 9th.  There should be a number of vendors with great gifts from 9:00 - 5:00.  Possibly, I might sign up for a couple other shows, which shall be posted whether participating or not.                                                                                                                                                                 Have you just been sitting on the edge of your seats, waiting for me to mention poor "Daisy."  It has been a long, frustrating journey for all concerned.  She is a sweet, people girl!  She chooses us as her best friends and...protectors!  Thus over time, with us serving as her landing post in an emergency (literally)

and coming to her aid when she has called (squawked hysterically) finally things are improving.  She has gained confidence, comes out for meals (treats) and is slowly mixing with the flock!  Her bravery merits their respect and we hope, hope, hope that this story has a happy ending!                                                                                                                                                     Not only do I consider myself a happy Chicken Mama...but Mama Mama's have moments of happiness, too.  I'm happy for daughter number two, Denel Kessler.  Her highschool friend, Win Whittaker, had a band back then in which she was the vocalist.  Now all these years later, via the internet they are collaborating with their continued love of music.  Under the label, "Wet Heat" their first song was released!  If you like Rock, please take a listen on iTunes.  The title of their first release is "Acoustic Liquid Soul," and soon a couple more will be available!  I have heard the pre-release drafts of the next ones, which I really like!  It is mind boggling and baffling how the internet works.                                                                                                                 Last but not least today we took one of those Sunday drives, basically to go pick up some fresh apples with a little side trip up Weston Mountain after reading about an interesting new farm stand being established.  It was a great side trip!  Fresh pears, a loaf of organic, artisan bread, a bar of completely natural oil and herbal  shampoo, and a fresh cinnamon, huckleberry roll, plus a wonderful, meaningful conversation with one of the proprietors.   A real breath of fresh air in more ways than one.  These people love what they do....raise a garden, make herbals and soaps, jams, cider, bake bread, cookies,etc.  They hope to establish a special place and enjoy those that stop by.  It was a pleasure to meet Mr. Williams and share those few moments.



Saturday, August 26, 2017

Time for a little brightness?

What's brighter than sunflowers with their cheerful, brilliant, yellow color and smiley brown faces?  So here is a sunflower bouquet just for anyone that happens by.

Where to begin?  (There was a bit of a blog dry spell.)  I did want to share a couple more experiences from Christmas In July, so will begin with that, in spite of the fact that now it has been better than a month since going!

Met an interesting young lady, Clarice Swanson, whose goal is "Creating a Better World Through Music, Education and the Arts.Under the name, "Meadowlark Voices," she is a Jazz Piano Player/Singer who donates "tips/proceeds (to) support artists & musicians in refugee camps."   She shared some photos with me of some artwork done by a refugee that was absolutely beautiful.   In an effort to help them with supplies,etc to continue their work she promotes it and some is offered for sale!  
Additionally she herself will perform at gatherings playing jazz or holiday favorites supplying her own keyboard and equipment.  I'm sure it would add a nice touch to any event. Contact her for specifics and possibly invite her to perform.  Not only the added benefit to the  function but helping others not as fortunate in turn.  Clarice can be reached @
or:  or if you prefer, call her.  509-200-4044

When I am 'out and about' it is fun to meet other creative people and share what it is that they do.  Hopefully, it will heighten awareness of just how many individuals have a passion for creating and how important it is to share and be supported in those efforts.  It is always my hope to prove that absolutely anyone can afford some piece of art that speaks to them and that it does not necessarily have to come from a noted gallery.  There is something for everyone truly.  So when you decorate, need entertainment, want a unique gift please consider something individual and personal.  Wherever you are there are local venues to access these artisans whether it be directly, at a craft fair, or now the modern way, via the INTERNET!   Many have developed their own websites and some are listed below or on the sidebar!  Watch the list grow!

Thus, in addition, scrolling on line, sometimes reveals someone out there doing their unique, beautiful art/craft that is appealing.  Why not pass along that information, as well.  Recently, I ran across Poletti Art Studio.  The metal art created by, Kat McDermott,  fascinated me.  If you happen to be interested in a beautiful, metal art piece to decorate your walls,etc please take a look at: 
It might be wise to think ahead if you want/need a gift and keep in mind how "time flies" with the coming Holidays. about wanting to learn about mat cutting?  If that sounds intriguing you might be interested in the following share......that's if you live in the Walla Walla, Washington area!
Mat Cutting Class

The class will be taught in two Tuesday night sessions:
October 3 and October 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the downstairs fire side room of the old Carnegie Library building at the corner of Palouse and Poplar. Maximum of eight people over 14 years old.
Photographers and painters will learn to measure and cut a mat to fit.  (They) will learn to use a Logan mat cutter.  All machines and materials will
be provided.  Bring your own cutter if you would like training on your own
machine. Cost is $30.
Register with the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation website:  WWW.WWPR.US. The class is offered by the WW Parks and Recreation and will be taught by Artist, Roy Anderson.

Chicken Palace Interior, (so far.)  Note, Daisy in the nest.

Ready for a "Chicken Mama" update?  Quite a bit has transpired in the new chicken palace.  Believe we left off with arrival of the house and finishing the interior in the wretched HOT days of summer.  (It already feels like fall.)  
Daisy was allowed to stay in the new chicken yard during that time in her mobile home, then came move in day for the flock, (hopefully.)  The five "amigos"  were merely envious onlookers at that point, waiting impatiently in their chicken tractor.  Husband, Don, was sure with the new digs and added space all would go well. 
We decided to bring them down, one by one, to join Daisy in the yard so we could watch.  Minnie was first, she seems so sweet and gentle.  That was until she caught sight of Daisy!  The fight was on!!  Poor Daisy.  Keeping them apart, hoping adding #2, Molly, might change the atmosphere, down she came!  Ha!  Silly us!!  So then it was two against one.  Poor, poor Daisy. 
Don, determined it would work, went for # 3Here comes Freida, as poor, poor Daisy cowers.  You guessed it.  Three against, poor, poor, poor Daisy.  At this point, I intervene.  Enough is enough.  She does not have to endure such abuse. She hovered beside me on top of her mobile home.  Don fetches Shy (who is no longer the least bit shy) and Biddy to the new palace.  Alas, Daisy, has to return back up to the chicken tractor-alone
The five amigo's cackle happily in their new palace, likely thinking they have seen the last of Daisy.  And....for awhile, they did.  
At least, Daisy can roost comfortably and scratch the real dirt again in the comfort of her tractor.  Until.  Until Don spoke with his niece (also a chicken mama) who told him about moving a rejected chicken into the coop at night.  We must now try this technique.  Actually....first night went relatively well. They allowed her to roost!  Too bad it gets light in the morning.  Imagine waking up and there sits.......Daisy!  Well, that brought everyone wide awake in a flash!  Here we go again.....except the amigos can be banished to the yard and Daisy has the coop for the day.  Night # 2, same routine.  Day # 2 similar.  Night #3, same but....light of day appears to not bring so much alarm.  Privileges for the amigos that day.  They have avail to entering the coop today during daylight hours!  It is a rough day.  Many squabbles and cackles as we run to Daisy's aid.  Each time they are encouraged to leave the premise!  
It does not take Daisy long to realize she has allies.  Her chicken mama and even daddy Don will take care of her.  Thus she begins hiding behind us as we continue to rescue her during hard times.  She will resort to flying into arms as help arrives.  Now, I must tell you, Daisy is here to stay!  This chicken girl has maneuvered her way, not only into our hearts, but into a begrudging, less confrontational flock.  She resorts to taking her treats in the coop while the others enjoy the usual pecking and scratching in the pen.  When cohorts enter the coop, she stays high and dry out of their way except to (sort of) snuggle at bedtime, in the dark of the night.  So, the beat goes on and time will tell in the continuing saga of Miss Daisy and the five amigos.  
If you like to read....stay tuned.  Should try a video of this fiasco!

Opps....just in case someone local might like to attend:  A GIANT SWAP MEET in Kennewick, Washington at the Benton County Fairgrounds
 September 16 - 17th, 2017.  "It's a Swap Meet, Flea Market and Yard Sale with free parking and only $1.00 admission, Saturday only, free Sunday!  If your interested in being a vendor call or text "Ron" for information @ 509-948-4115
Spaces seem reasonably priced and it looks like camping right at your stall is allowed.   Give "Ron" a call to see if any spaces are still available--it might be, too, late!

Another challenge is underway with my two artist  Now that should be a challenge.  Scheduled for unveiling September 15th.  Another procrastination event for me most likely.  You ever heard of  "working best under pressure?"  Oh well, all in good fun among friends and still a great exercise in thinking out of that box!

Stroll over to the website shortly.  Posting a couple new coaster sets and am offering a free refrigerator magnet with purchase, also done with alcohol ink on a small tile.    

Enjoy these last dog days of summer and keep well until next time....hope to see you then.