A view of the "Studio"!

Just thought I would post a photo of my space!
My original art work and one of my favorite new finds... the lathe tool wooden tote!
Color is always a staple!


Refreshed and ready for Fall!

Just viewing some lovely blogs I have discovered. Some are from friends I have met along the way and others are from friends I would like to meet!
I have been inspired to begin changing my space for fall and now I just need to root through bins and bins of seasonal items to find just the right touches!
I have never been one to want to decorate for Halloween too soon! I like to add those elements in mid october. I do love the feel, taste and smell of fall so I will be finding my diffuser, bittersweet, pumpkins and gourds to add to the festive look. This year I am putting a more modern spin on things!

Before decorating for this harvest season, it is my tradition to attend a most cherished event!...

This weekend I will be graduating in to "Middleagedom" .... To usher that in, some of my best friends will be gathering for our traditional "usher in fall" trip to "Art in the Barn" in Barrington. This is a place I began to go to with my mother when I was young. She was an artist and her teacher would sell there every year. It is one thing I loved doing with my mom. As I grew more independent, I played my guitar and wondered the crowds as entertainment, Kind of a strolling minstrel.

After that, I never missed this wonderful event. Now, many old friends and neighbors gather to celebrate the fall, Carmel Apples, Raffles ( and we love those) and ART!

For Me... it has been my ultimate goal to be an artisan there! I will do it someday... but for now, I love to browse amongst the various artists finds!

I hope you will enjoy your day in the country and be sure to usher in fall properly by tipping back a cup of hot cider and perhaps even bringing home some Apple Cider Donuts!


Golden Jubilee!

Hello gang,
This past weekend I celebrated a milestone birthday... not telling which one... I am sure you can guess! In celebration I had many friends and family join me for some fun in my garden!

our " hootinanny"

My great friends Rich and Jacquie from Small potatoes were here to perform. What a delight to have them here in my very own home!
Just a quick view of my place on party day!

Laurie, Martha, Lisa and Sandy

Family joined us, my father in law and sister in law, along with her family, were here to celebrate the day

Friends from all phases of life were here to join me ! My thought was, invite all who would one day come to my funeral... I am well but thought it would be fun to see all the people I love all in one place...together! and so it was!

I was so pleased that Lisa fromablastfromthepast.etsy.com was able to join me and I had asked Sandy fromJollytimeone.etsy.com to come too! We have gotten together individually but never as a group. About a month ago Sandy had met Laurie frombirdie1.etsy.com and I was unable to attend the lunch gathering... there is a funny story behind that one! ( they had not met face to face and both sat in the restaurant waiting for the other to arrive when they realized the 2 women sitting alone were waiting for one another)!

When I found out that Sandy would be coming for the gathering, I just knew I had to ask Laurie. Keep in mind that Laurie and I have chatted bunches on etsy but have never spoken in person. We had friends in common and our paths had nearly crossed time after time.... but I had never formally met her! When I was first thinking of the Vintage Etsy Society Street Team, I bounced ideas off of Laurie through convos. We had planned to get together but it had never happened. I did it, I decided to convo her and ask her to join me at my party!

One of the first couples to arrive ... Laurie and her husband walked in, carrying darlingly prepared skewers of tomato and mozzarella, complete with umbrellas dangling from the skewer ends. It was so delightful. I found out that Laurie had brought me a gift... the hose reel she had in her shop that I had been coveting! She shared a story that she had planned to meet me at an all night flea market in our area last week and had wheeled it there to find me. She never did and was having to wheel the reel all over the market...I bet she could have sold it 10 times over!

thank you to all my Family, Tony, Aubrey, Hannah and Colin... old friends,(Rich and Jacquie, Greg and Liese, Pam and Billx2, my sister and brother in law Ken)! My newer friends (neighbors Barb and Lonnie and the JB Winterberry crew) and my newest friends..(from li'l red schoolhouse... and Etsy), for sharing my special day!!