The kids flew our earlier this week and we are on our way as you read this....on our way home to Arkansas to be with our families and friends for the holidays after 17 hrs on the road. As you make the last turn towards my parents home you can see the lights.....the big old fashion red and green lights outline the house and these red bag lights will lead us up and around the drive to their home on the hill....
In every room you will find a gorgeous Christmas tree covered in antique and vintage ornaments that have been collected over the years, as well as several new ones for us to find and discover. Each tree is different...Santa's in the family room, In the Play Room Hand Made Angels the 5 grandkids made when they were all under the age of 5, now they are 19 to 25. Yes they still have a play room at Granna and Papa's....it is filled with legos, dolls, books and games, a tv & DVR and big boy and girl toys! Cookie Cutters in the kitchen, Airplanes in one bedroom, Dolls in another....15 trees in all! As much as I love all the trees and Mom's 300+ Santa collection my favorite part is the Nativity scene my dad made.
And this is home.....atleast for the next 2+ weeks. Christmas and New Years with all the kids, parents, siblings and their families, girlfriends & boyfriends, and friends from our many years of living in Arkansas.
Thank you to those that visit here, leave comments, send emails, cards and little surprises through out the year....My wish for you is to have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
A little snippet from one of the pieces I recently finished. Whether you Believe or not Christmas is just around the corner and you better be ready naughty or nice!
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my parents flying in and our college kids + girlfriends and boyfriends filling our home for 7 days. We spent time together over on the islands shopping, walking the beach, eating at our favorite places, cooking some of our family favorites, watching holiday movies and just having a good time with those that we love. Everyone is now back at home or their college apartments and I am trying to catch up on things.
Orders need to be filled, commissions are in the final stages, updates to MMCA and the Marketplace need to be made, newsletters are ready to go out when the time is right, finishing up the news media blast outs, and a few emails and social networking to catch up on and I can start all over again. Marketing yourself is a never ending job as those of you that beat the bushes day in and day out know!
The rich colors in this 12 x 12 Mixed Media Collage Painting are true Fall colors most everywhere except here in the southeast. We are just beginning to see some changes in our foliage and yesterday and today it has felt like Fall somewhat! I plan to list this piece in my MMCA Marketplace Shop later today or tomorrow....will have to see how my time goes.
I have a little secret that has come about following an email I received yesterday, but I am keeping it to myself until "?" and I have talked and worked out the details. Let's just say I was thrilled and honored and look forward to sharing with you soon.
One of my blog followers emailed me several months ago saying she had seen some really cool artwork posted here on my blog and in my Marketplace shop and wanted to know when I was going to re-open my CafePress shop. Well I planned to have it open by the end of summer, but I found myself being pulled in so many directions I kept putting it off, but I promised her I would get it open again and my plan is within the next few weeks to have notecards, totes, mugs and a few other items available for Christmas shopping.
Before I leave you today I just have to share a few photos I took on this past Saturday's Road Trip. After a great day at Fernandina Beach, "Hi Wyanne", which I will share with you in another post, we decided to end our day in Historic St. Mary's Georgia just a short drive from home. We had eaten an early breakfast and decided to end the day with a late lunch early supper sitting outside at Riverside Cafe over looking the St. Marys River. "Hay Days" which runs through November 1st was going on and Scarecrows were everywhere. The businesses in the Historic District were invited to build a Scarecrow and some of them were great! This is just a few of the ones we took photos of.
Off the raid the Trick or Treat Candy Bowl for that Chocolate!