Friday, January 8, 2021

Waiting for the slowdown.

Waiting on the January slowdown and it’s not happening. 
I know the time, 
less shop traffic, 
home in the evenings, 
slower days to recuperate from the holiday rush.
Where is it?

Every evening, I drop into my chair, throw a few stitches in this
promptly pass out. 
Everywhere I look,
something needs my attention
I don’t know what to tackle first! 

Ever have a time like this in your life?l

Friday, January 1, 2021

New Year’s Visitors and a Shop Change

We had these four for New Year’s Eve.
Make your own pizza, games, a puzzle, lots of laughing and giggling.
The only one that didn’t see the ball drop was JWS.  
Typical though, he usually goes to bed long before midnight.
They are all still sound asleep. 
I might need a nap today.

Changing some things around in the shop.  
I have been painting these cupboards the last few days. 
I am upgrading my paint line to premier and elite status.
Doesn’t that sound fancy ?
Happy New Year to all!

Monday, December 28, 2020

New Year, New Menu

JWS does most of the cooking around here, 
however since his COVID induced semi retirement,
meals have changed around here.  
We seem to be eating more and more leftovers. 
He seems to be busier than when he was working.  
He asked yesterday for meal suggestions. 
I jumped right on that idea! 
I made a list! 
Can’t wait to see what he produces in the coming weeks. 

Just a sampling of ornaments that I am working on.
I am hoping to have them all done in January 
for next Christmas season. 
The goal? 
Can I make it? 
I don’t know, but I am at 262 right now.  
One fourth of the way there! 

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Christmas 2020

We rarely get pics taken together.
That needs to change this year.

The yearly sister pic.

And the 2020 Christmas Eve Scavenger Hunt winners!
I think that these two made up the Dream Team.
Gracelyn has spent more time at our house than any of the rest of the grandkids this year.

Christmas Eve candlelight service.  
The first one we have made it to in many years.  
The girls did all the cooking this year!

Thursday, December 24, 2020

What did get done, what didn’t.

Teaching the kids power tools yesterday!

What a year it has been!

Who would have ever guessed the outcome of this year 365 days ago? 

So much could be said.   How I wish I would have documented the year!   I wish I would have set aside  the time to journal, to blog, to write it all down. 

Now as I sit here on Christmas Eve with a shiny new calendar ready for next year, I think back to what I did and didn’t do.   What I should have done and what I shouldn’t have done, things I have said and things I should not have said.  

Through it all, the biggest lesson, as I look back has been to trust God, leaning not on anything I could do, but solely on him.   It is a concept that I always knew in my heart, but quite often did not practice.   

So as I sit here with my calendar and make my yearly lists of what I want to do, I will try my best above all to keep last year's lesson at the top of the list, God everything.

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?   

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


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

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


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

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,
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
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."
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
and other products I use now to
Honestly, do they know me?
Hello, I am your mother,
the one who had awesome hair,

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. 
I was going to rent a storage unit to work in 
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 
at my camp.
I have cleaned. 

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

This is
"It really is a studio" 

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 
she is making some of my food. 
....maybe it was good planning after all.