Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Samuel’s School

In December, I had the opportunity to travel to West Bengal, India on a mission trip with my church. Six of us made the trip to care for the children of mission workers who would be attending a conference there.  


The last full day that we were there we went to a school in a nearby village and met Samuel who runs the school there.  He is a converted Hindu and teaches Hindu children a Christian based curriculum in English.   His school has been very successful because of the high quality of education he is providing.   This allows him to present the gospel to children and their parents often. 

The problem?  He has more students than classroom space. 


And three swings for over 200 children! 

Such well behaved children! Such even lines! 

Some of the older children are having outside class!



They are starting a classroom on the second floor. 


Here is where my part of the story comes in.  
Samuel’s school was my moment.  That moment when you know you have to take action.   But what.  I prayed. I asked for a penny drive at kids church.  And I decided to commit any watercolor projects that I sold to the school for at least the next year.  Doable and yet I could still pay my bills.  
And the next day...
I get a call. 
Would I be interested in illustrating a children’s book?   
Absolutely! 

And here we go...

Don’t limit God...ever.  


Here is a sneak peek. 


Rough drafts so far! 

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Not quite finished...

Still wanting to make some pillows, but it’s close.  The counter from before, after I (and the scrub water) fell off of it when it broke off the wall disappeared.  First of all, who knew it would hold one foot of this not so petite frame?  The wall then needed painted.   I stood staring at a green, a beige and a red.  Of course, the red won!   

Last night I finally got this lamp that I have hoarded  saved put in the space. Now to get rid of the small lamp.  I also need to thoroughly clean the bookshelves, but that’s for another day. 



These have been my work counter projects for the last three work days.   I think I am stocked up for awhile.   



Saturday, January 18, 2020

Let’s Decorate!

Ok, these are some raw before photos!  
I bought this chaise along with several van loads of furniture.  I loved it as soon as I saw it but wasn’t sure where I would put it.  
JWS put a stop to the idea of having it in the family room.   I then figured it would go to camp, but that was going to take some cleaning.  
Then the idea hit. It never ceases to amaze me the ideas he has!  




This area was initially my paint room.  
Seventeen years ago! 
As girls moved out and got married, I got moved to spare bedrooms to paint and then eventually clear out of the house.  
JWS took over this area with a treadmill and made it somewhat into a closet...

And it has been a catch all junk area.  
It’s time to reclaim, refurnish and CLEAN! 
So, raw before pics are necessary.  
Follow along as I decorate and make this a fun little reading corner!   

All suggestions welcome!!!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Changes.....

I have been thinking of how to word this...
Should I even address it? 
Decisions? 
Changes...

Here is the back story. 
Last September I started having health issues.  No doctors could seem to find the problem.  In January, they escalated and I went on a downward spiral of problems.   Actually until I started to feel better these last few weeks, I did not realize how sick I had been.  When you don’t feel well, ant hills become mountains.   My ant hills became Mount Everest.   I made the decision to sell my business and semi retire.   Immediately, I had a buyer and I would be able to keep a booth there and above all, it would be a situation where my vendors would still have  a place to sell.  Many of them have been with me since the start four and a half years ago and I felt an obligation to consider them in my decision. 

I was actually looking forward to having time and freedom from obligations.  No more filling in and cancelling my plans when someone cancelled working, freedom from a community of businesses that for the most part do not work well together (probably one of my most frustrating things) as well as the financial freedom that the sale would have provided.  Last minute invites for day trips with the kids, time spent wandering again with JWS and getting my home in order were all back on the table for me.   Time to rest, regroup, heal and restore. However, it wasn’t to be.  I know that God has a plan and throughout the process, I continually prayed for His will to be done.  

So, what happens now?  It’s been five days of praying, thinking and deciding.  I am making changes.  First of all, Time Works will be closed Sundays starting In July.   We all need a day of rest and a time to come together to worship.   Sadly, I was missing too many Sunday services. From now on, I will be shifting priorities and blocking out negatives.  The frustration with the community in this destination shopping area?  Some wise advice from a group coach, “ Never rely on other businesses to bring customers to you, make your business the destination.”  That is my goal.

  I so appreciate the vendors who have stepped up to give me some time off in July.  Time to recharge and get life in order is much needed at this time and I appreciate them giving up their time to help me in that process!


Monday, May 27, 2019

Recuperation Projects



Getting everything lined up for sitting!   
I will be getting my gall bladder out on Friday and trying to have projects close by!  
Knowing that I am not the best patient, I am hoping that being prepared will help!  






Sunday, September 30, 2018

Kennywood






A Day at Kennywood. 
My one time a year that I get to ride all the fun coasters!

Considering that my Dad was still riding them at 
80 years young, 
I think I might have 
20 years left to ride. 
I sure hope this boy
will still ride with me for all those years!







Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Straight Hair


 
So,
this thing befuddles me.
The girls said,
"Mom, get a straight iron."
Not wanting to be labeled
behind the times,
I bit.
I spent $25.88
on this thing.
I brought it home,
plugged it in,
prepared to see a miracle.
Years off my hairstyle.
With the times.
You know,
younger.
 
Nothing.
I don't get it.
If I wanted my hair to look
flat and straight
like it does when
I get out of the shower...
or a rainy day...
or a humid day...
or just out of the pool,
I could have saved
$25.88
and just dumped a bucket of water over my head.
 
Straight and flat.
I have never had a problem with that.
And in a brief period
in the 70's
I was completely in style.
Straight and flat.
No need to iron my hair.
Wash and go.
Eighth grade to my Junior year.
I was envied for my hair.
Glory Days.
 
Now for the flat iron...
they said
"Use it like a curling iron."
Why?
I already had a curling iron that I use...
you guessed it,
like a curling iron!
 
The flat iron is under the sink
in that never land of
hairsprays,
mousse,
gel,
glue
and other products I use now to
NOT HAVE STRAIGHT HAIR!!!
 
Honestly, do they know me?
Hello, I am your mother,
the one who had awesome hair,
1971-1975
 
Before
You
Were
Born
 



Thursday, September 6, 2018

Camp Clean Up

Camp is generally a disaster. 
It's my workspace, 
that's all that it was really ever meant to be. 
Seriously, 
I was going to rent a storage unit to work in 
and 
store furniture in 
when this house became available.
But, I am thinking it does me good 
to have an event there every now and then. 
Sort of like inviting company to your house
so you will be forced to clean. 
C'mon, you know you have done it.

So, tonight I am hosting my 
Fall Class Preview 
Party 
at my camp.
And...
I have cleaned. 

Oh, not cleaned like in 
my mother and sister's 
"eat off the floor" 
clean. 

This is
"It really is a studio" 
clean. 

Which in actuality is about how 
clean my house always was prior to 
the wizard woman that now 
cleans my house 
every other week.  


Not sure what my thought process was when I planned this on a day that  
I have to work until five, 
but Jenn to the rescue 
and 
she is making some of my food. 
....maybe it was good planning after all. 


Monday, September 3, 2018

Class Samples

Amazing what a few days off work can produce!
My class samples are ready for fall.
One more day off and back to chaos!
But, this is a big one checked off my list.



Woohoo!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

A Day at the Fair

Canfield Fair
My home fair.
I don't make it there every year,
but sure like to go as often as possible! 
Gracelyn had never been there, 
she has always been in school
by fair time. 


The view from the ferris wheel. 



The kids like the archery shoot.

And the food offerings are always unique and yummy! 

And then this had us scrambling and running 
for the car! 
But, what a fun day! 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rearrange Repeat



At the shop, it seems like that is all I do. 
Rearrange
Rearrange
Rearrange

But it works! 
As soon as I do that, 
I start selling better! 

Check out this spoon carved dresser. 
JWS was amazed it was leaving camp
UNPAINTED! 
Furniture in it's natural state
as he called it. 

And, a new booth at the shop! 
So pretty!  

A Summer Evening


Gotta love a boy and a smile and a toad! 
Kids playing outside until long after dark.

Swimming until they are waterlogged.



Scooters and bikes and outside snacks.



And stories between cousins on a raft in the pool. 
These are the days they will remember. 



And so will I!