Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas to all!

I had a record holiday selling season - I've sold nearly 20 bears since the first part of December. A great help was selling 12 bears to 1 customer at a show here in Burnet, the rest were sold on Etsy or Thanks to everybody, may your holidays be joyful and relaxing. Go to church, remember the reason for the season and be with friends and family.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

May the holidays be relaxing and enjoyable for everybody. We're going to overeat at Mom's house and so many folks are coming with food that I'm off the hook this year oh boy!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Christmas Bears

Here are my Christmas bears for this year. They are all listed online: and My next show is here in Burnet December 4th:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A great trip!

I had a great trip, we are all good cooks so we ate well, weather was perfect, got to paint a lot. Here's a painting I did of Georgia O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch. I painted it on a post card that I sent to my Mom.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Girls' Road Trip!

It looks like I'm headed west for a week, traveling through New Mexico & parts of Colorado on an expense paid trip by a couple of friends! I'll be gone through my birthday which doesn't sit well with the rest of the residents of my household (2 legged and 4) but I feel like this is something I need to do, mostly for the artistic inspiration I hope I get! It's been a long time since I traveled through that area & I'm really excited to return.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

After Doll Show Report

Oh boy was it a sign of the times at the doll show yesterday. The only thing selling was old, beat up, & dirty dolls that went for $.50 or $1. Those of us with handmade clothes, dolls, bears, or furniture were not selling anything. We had a good time though, met some nice people, had a relaxing evening in a nice hotel and a good trip. I don't think I'll be doing that show again, though, I may not do any show again because I can't afford to go in the hole.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Doll Show in San Antonio Saturday August 7th

I'm spending this week finishing projects and getting ready for next Saturday's doll show in San Antonio. 8101 Pat Booker Drive, Live Oak, Texas at the Civic Center.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bountiful Harvest!

While I was going through radiation treatments, I was blessed with fresh plums and peaches from neighbor & friend's trees, then a couple of weeks later, my peach tree was full of ripe peaches. So, for about 3 weeks I spent the hot afternoons inside making jelly, jam, freezing peaches, and making cobblers. I am really tired of peaches right now, but I know this winter my hard work will pay off! It is a blessing to have such a bountiful harvest when so much of the world is starving. Next time you see a jar of homemade jam or jelly, think about all the work that went into it, that's why it tastes so good!

New Bear

This bear was made from a commercial pattern and I used some faded shaggy felt for the bear's body. I've been wanting to make this bear for awhile, but somehow never found the time. It was a quick, fun project and an attempt to make something in the "primitive" or "country" styles that are popular decorating trends. In order to even out the bear's color, I sprayed an antiquing ink all over the body.

Artfire Certified Handmade Artisan

My studio has been awarded the Certified Handmade Artisan Badge - that means everything in my studio was handmade by ME! I already know that, looking at broken fingernails, sore muscles, unfinished projects (aka UFOs) but now the world can see (haha). Thanks to everybody for their support! Check it out -

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Returning to Normal!

My cancer radiation treatments are over and even though I'm still suffering with burned skin, swelling and fatigue, every day gets better and I hope my energy level gets back real soon. This has been a real test for me, I did not do well through these treatments except for weight loss. But since it didn't kill me I'm figuring it will make me stronger. Thanks to everybody for their thoughts, prayers, cards, and emails, it meant a lot to me. Now I'm looking forward to the next Hill Country Doll show, August 7th, Live Oak Civic Center, 8101 Pat Booker Road, San Antonio, Texas.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I am Featured Artisan this week!

I'm the featured artisan for the next couple of days at - check it out!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Teddy Bear Website

I've been invited to join the Teddy Bears Artists website and there's a contest going on - check it out!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

On the road to recovery

Thanks to everybody for all their cards, best wishes, prayers, food, companionship and assistance. I'm so blessed to have such great friends and family! My surgery was successful, now I'm starting radiation treatments. I am not a jewelry artist BUT I started making these bracelets for friends and family for therapeutic (and fashion) reasons, now I'm hooked. These are for sale at and!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Texas Wildflowers!

I painted the cover of this blank sketchbook using watercolors one day sitting in my church's back yard (it's listed in my online stores: and The wildflowers in our area are the best they have been in a long, long time. I feel so blessed to be living in such a beautiful place. The beautiful flowers have been a real comfort to me during this time as I fight breast cancer. I'll have surgery next week and that should take care of it. God is taking care of me and is keeping me from totally losing my mind and I know I'll get through this, many women have gone through much worse.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Trip to New Orleans

My mother and I drove from Giddings, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana last week for a funeral. We took a detour to Crockett, Texas to visit my aunt overnight & then headed up Highway 287 through the Big Thicket to Beaumont & on to our destination. Mother's cousin, Millie Stehle Harris, passed away at the age of 98 so it was a chance for family to gather & celebrate her wonderful, long life. I hadn't seen some of my cousins for 30 years but it didn't seem like it and now it's going to be easier to keep in touch with email and cell phones! After the funeral Mom and I toured the French Quarter and surprisingly got caught up in the St. Joseph's Day parade. She ended up with a neck full of beads and a bunch of paper roses all hand delivered to her by some nicely dressed men who had been drinking heavily for most of the day. In exchange she had to give each one of them a kiss on the cheek. All I got was the broken beads I could fish out of the gutter and didn't kiss nobody. It was a rejuvenation for both of us, some people head for a spa, some go on a cruise, we head for the nasty, filthy French Quarter for our soul cleansing. Don't ask, it's a Who Dat thang!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

SNOW in South Central TEXAS!

It snowed ALL DAY yesterday, the wind was blowing, I thought I had been transported to Minnesota or something! The neighborhood kids had fun playing in it - about 3 inches stuck to the ground. I had to cancel a doctor's appointment and spent the day inside. So did the animals! Here's a picture of my golden retriever Boozoo down by the creek that runs next to our house. After he figured out this wasn't going away, he had fun getting snow all over himself.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Doll Show was lots of fun!

This past weekend I was an exhibitor at a big doll show and I sold enough to make our expenses UNTIL I bought an American Model doll - for a good price but still... My husband went along, had a good time, and told me on the way home that he learned a lot about what I do and was real impressed (ha). People wanted to buy but we could all tell that the economy was putting a halt to a lot of spending. The same show is being held in San Antonio in August and we might try that one... Here I am!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Cloth Dolls and GEAUX SAINTS!

I'm posting a picture of my latest dolls. These were both made from Judi Ward's Whatever, Whatever pattern, a fun class I took years ago. I had fun making jewelry for both dolls, too! Oh yeh, Geaux Saints in the Super Bowl!