I have made some changes to the shop, I have switched around some of the "sections" and I have created some new ones, if you saw something a couple of days ago, I am sure it is still there just under a different section, take a look around, I think the names make a little more sense now. 

I have also been working on a new blog and will probably, at some point, close this one down and focus on the other one, it is focused more on textiles with arts and crafts as a focus and I will also have a shop to match.

Fall has appeared again and more so, at least for Ohio, with the October rains, I have to admit I do enjoy it far better then the hot summer months, I am just not a heat person and don't pretend to be.  The temperatures are dropping and I am out side more often, I just get more "busier" just out of habit I suppose.

We did some new and improved landscaping this year, mostly due to having plated 4 juniper 9 years ago, 3 died for some reason, unfortunately the 4th one needed to come out as it would have made no sense with regards to the landscaping design as there was a reason why 4 were planted and not 3.  Needless to say, all was removed and new plants were planted, everything mulched.  The last phase of the landscaping with bulb plantings will commence shortly, tulips, alliums, snowdrops and grape hyacinths.  I feel it is still too hot to plant them, they are stored in the basement for now. 

With the holiday seasons fast approaching here's to wishing you and yours a happy season.


Spring 2017

Spring time at last.  It almost felt, at least for me that it would not get here.  A lot has happen for my new year and the warm weather is just adding more to it and it is a welcomed distraction.  With the passing of my father earlier this year, we have taken on the maintenance of the second property, simple enough, fortunately they live two street down from us.

List of things that need to be done and a list of things that I want to do in my down time.
  • I am already composing my summer reading list.  I couldn't save the John Grisham Sycamore Row I had to read that earlier.  It was sooooo dang good, it has to be my third favorite.
  • Spring cleaning, I have done the kitchen, dining room, living room, solarium and now on to the second floor.
  • Landscaping is almost done.  I had planted 4 juniper trees 9 years ago and three of them died at the same time.  Needless to say the good one had to be cut down as it would have looked very odd with three new little ones. 
  • There is work on the 4 dormers that needs to be done.  Working on getting estimates to get them done, need two more. 
  • Putting up two more goose neck light fixtures out by the garage, they match the original one from 1925, this makes me very happy.
  • Collecting some grill menus and recipes to experiment with this summer as well.
  • I am working on a pattern line for a new shop, hopefully I will be able to get it up and running by the fall, we will see.  I try not to say too much as after I do, something happens and I can never seem to get to my goal of a deadline, it is so discouraging for me when that happens.
So far I am off to a good start to getting some things accomplished.  Hope your spring has started off well.


My Dad

This has not been an easy start of the year for me and my family.  My father passed away the end of January, unexpectedly.  We are all still trying to come to terms with his death and the sudden turn around when he was supposed to make a full recovery from his surgery.  A lot of questions not being able to be answered, frustration, grief stricken beyond recognition.  It just doesn't make any sense still.  All I can do is take one day at a time.  I have good days and I have bad days. 

We had a large family birthday/remembrance dinner in March and had cards made for the tables.  It was really great evening as the focus was on celebrating his life and achievements as well as spending time as family together.  Below are excerpts from the inside.
He collected writing pens, good watches and bassets.  He could never have enough gloves, pen refills, hats and t-shirts with irreverent sayings, tin foil, coffee, cans of beans to make his chili, chocolate crème rolls, milk, oatmeal cookies to give as “treats” to the bassets, Chicken Rice A Roni with canned chicken to make his famous “Joe Keenan rice” which has become a Keenan staple, flour to make his Saturday biscuits and Manischewitz blackberry wine to have a swig of before he went to bed.

His famous one liners:
“You have got to be out of your rabbit ass mind.”
“Never trust a fart.”
“The movie Orlando is the worst thing I have E-V-E-R seen in my life.”
“Bassets evolved from seals-it’s true.”
“I am going to Sam’s Club while you’re gone”
“I just gave you money, get out of my wallet”
“Between me and my brother we know everything”
“Freddie Fender is the best singer”
He was color blind, he was a semi-pro tennis player, spoke Spanish poorly but understood German, was an avid writer, loved to listen to music of all genres, preferred pie for dessert, but mostly, he was one of the best human beings you would have ever run across.  He wasn’t the President of the United States, he didn’t cure cancer-he was just Joe.  This world is a better place because of him and EVERYONE is a better person for having known him.  He will forever be missed and remembered. 


Collage Wall Decor

I have added a new section in the shop "Collage Wall Décor". It is to feature several items that I have put together to create an instant wall display, like a "starter kit" for decorating walls for just about any room in the home.  They will consist of wall worthy items, paintings, drawings, eclectic prints, mixed media, etc.  Stop when you get a chance.

Thank goodness for fall

I have been gone for the past year due to my father being rather ill, he had emergency surgery exactly a year ago.  He has had his ups and down with the recovery, but he is now holding his own and getting back to his old self.  I will have a whole lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, but I am not waiting, I am thankful now and for this past year.   

I am now back in the swing of things and getting back into the studio and posting more in the shop and working on a new venture, more about that later.  I am just glad to be back to doing what I enjoy doing.  Hope you all have had a good year since I have been gone and here's to more.


Holiday Sale

It's that most wonderful time of the year again.  Thought I would get a jump start this year myself.  I want to have all my shopping and decorating done by the second week of December so I can relax and enjoy the festivities this year, wish me luck.  Hope all goes swimmingly for you as well.


Hot summer indeed

Ugg...what a summer so far, I am just no a heat person.  After spending a week at Gig Harbor, WA, back in June, I seriously did not want to return to hot, sticky Dayton.  Blah.  I am all about the sound effects to describe the summer months-can you tell.  Hope your summer is going well and able to get to spend some free time just lazing around.