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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree...ohhhhhhh

To begin, let me send a Merry Christmas & Hope for a 2018 New Year of better times.

This little tree (filled with my handcrafted ornaments) will be heading out to the Holiday Market at the Fairgrounds in Walla Walla, Washington on Saturday, December 9th (which is actually 2 days from now).  The hours are from 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. to scratch some needed gifts or items for yourself off your Christmas shopping list.  We, as vendors, hope you will withstand whatever weather comes our way, be careful and venture out to help support us in our creative endeavors.  For many of us, it is an opportunity to not only sell our wares, but to get feedback on the work we do.  Speaking for myself, and I suppose my ego, even a compliment is much appreciated.  It alone can serve to inspire me to continue doing what I love to do....and that is create!   

Above are the latest sets of ceramic, alcohol ink painted tiles designed to be coasters.  My husband, finishes these off with multiple coats of sealer to protect the surface and a felt backing is used to protect your furniture.  Therefore, "no," washing in the dishwasher is not recommended (it never was) but a good wipe with a damp cloth will suffice!  
Some other items, that are new, have been added into our online shop.  Easy access above, so anyone interested in just perusing or otherwise, please do, take a look.  Even comments are welcome.  Which reminds me, the sidebar has  a button by which one can follow this blog.  Having mentioned that "ego" thing above, I certainly will not be the least bit offended if anyone should chose to do so!  In fact, it would be much appreciated!!

Now that leads to another thought.  Recently, via Facebook, I was reconnected with a site I had followed on Google+.  Oh, I know, there are sooo many sites, formats,etc to avail ourselves of it becomes obsessive, doesn't it?  Anyway, that site is "Jonquil Junction," also, listed on the sidebar among others I have myself enjoyed.  Jonquil Junction's current owners are carrying forth the concept developed by her Mother who I was sorry to discover, had passed away, as I drifted from Google+ for the most part, over to Facebook.  How fickle we are via the Internet.  Now, being the sharing, caring site they are, Jonquil Junction has introduced me to a whole host of other sites to follow and enjoy!  These all appear to be small businesses many being artists or hand crafting artisans.  Following Jonquil Junction's example, it is my intent to network with as many as that sidebar will allow!   Be on the lookout....they are promoting some very nice GIVEAWAYS!

In closing, "Daisy" and (sort of) friends, are beginning to feel left out.  Especially, since they have adjusted to one another----somewhat.  Let's rephrase--they (mostly) tolerate.  That means there are less feathers removed from Daisy's attire than previously.  However, that may not be the case for long as three of her friends?, are molting!  When I read articles about "molting" it did not actually prepare me for the reality!
Naked chickens are not a pretty site and no, sweaters have not been knit!  Poor Minnie, poor Molly, and Itty Bitty!  And the wasted feathers--all over the coop!  If anyone needs to make a pillow let me know!  Lots would fit in a large envelope.  Being light-weight I could afford shipping!!!  Anyone have eggs?  They aren't sharing many right now.  So, on that note, this posting shall end.  We are eggless in Oregon!

Merry Christmas
High Hope for Everyone's
New Year!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Well wishes for "Tis the Season" & more Bazaars

Above are a few new items coming off my own work table in preparation for the Holiday Market, Saturday, December 9th at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.  Hours are from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.  As this show is strictly
"handcrafted" created by each vendor, you will find some wonderful, unique items to make gift giving special.....or maybe something you, yourself have on your wish list.  Holding a Bazaar to feature only wares made by artisans offers the experience of knowing loving hands have created the item you chose and that means it is quality.  It, also, offers we, as vendors, an opportunity to not have to compete with commercial items that are mass produced, usually of lessor quality and expense to produce.  We hope to see you there.

There are many Bazaars at this time of year for one to chose from....or.....dash from one to another trying to take in the variety of goods offered.  Another one to list, that some friends will participate in as vendors is the Christmas Bazaar held at the elementary school in Athena, Oregon.  December 2nd from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.  For information you may call:
April @ 541 310-9557 or Katie @ 541 969-4810

Announcement for Blue Mountain Photo Club
A new meeting venue for the Club from now on:
Trinity Lutheran Church
109 South Roosevelt
Walla Walla, WA
First & third Thursdays @ 7:00p.m.
A competition meeting is scheduled for December 6th, 7:00p.m.  Jerry will be accepting your EID, 48 hours in advance.  Prints may be submitted, however if to be judged please use proper format.  You are ENCOURAGED TO SHOW YOUR WORK.
On December 20th there will be a Business and Social meeting and election of new officers will be held.  Also, a new EID Chair for 2018 , willing to become familiar with the set up when Jerry is not present is needed.
(Apologies as my computer would not allow me to cut and paste the actual PDF from Blue Mountain Photo Club.)
As my own addition, knowing that Lori Montgomery is an integral part of this Club, again, Lori, I am so sorry for your families loss of Duane.  Hopefully, soon you will be able to continue with the creative spirit that you put into your photography.

Much appreciation if you would be willing to share the site with your family and friends.  I am inspired to create now that we have an online store presence and hope to keep that going in a positive direction.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Mixed media framed collage

This little lady (vintage photo) will be heading to the Mary Stewart Christmas Bazaar with me tomorrow.
BUT.....for me, THE BIG NEWS
is now officially an ONLINE STORE!!  Once again my wonderful, gracious, generous, son-in-law, John Bratholm, has come to the rescue and set up an online storefront for easy access.  The "shelves" are currently being stocked and of course, it is my hope that someone out there will like what I do and decide to purchase such either for themselves or as a gift for someone.  It should provide the incentive needed to urge me to produce so we can keep it fresh and inviting.  If anyone reading this is willing to share or link with us
it will be greatly appreciated!

Non-branded, oil painted
cast iron skillet,  approx.
Regressing back to my old ways on occasion, and decided using some of these rustic items that I still cling to is a good plan.  Thus, one finished, ready to go tomorrow, as well. online, if you wish.

Watch for a Blue Mountain Photo Club meeting announcement in next post.  Intended to "copy & paste" but this time, my basic computer skills will not allow me to do so!  So, until next time, please stop by the Mary Stewart Christmas Bazaar in Milton-Freewater,

Oregon tomorrow or Saturday and visit with the variety of vendors, enjoy lunch and support local artisans.  That is, if you are somewhat close by, of course!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Replenish----To Market, to market..

New set of 4 alcohol ink coasters

One new set, ready to go to the Mary Stewart/Wildones Craft Show, THIS Friday, November 10th.  The hours are from 9:00am - 5:00pm, and Saturday, November 11th, are from 9:00am - 4:00p.m.  Milton-Freewater, Oregon at the Community Building on 5th Street.

New set #2

Red for Christmas.....or just because one likes red?

New set #3....with more in works!

So, aside from tiles and my usual artsy, 'stuff' there will be a wide variety of vendors available with their own handcrafted items all ready to be added to your Holiday purchases, letting you get a relatively early start.  Of course, hard to beat the big, box stores as their aisles are already full of items beckoning to be in a shopping cart!   NOTHING CAN BEAT the uniqueness of quality, handmade items however.  Need I stress the labor and love that go into a handmade item, not mentioning the expense of materials.  Perhaps not, if you are one of those that do enjoy attending these events!!  Hope we see you there!  You can even have lunch!!