Thursday, September 27, 2007

Visitors in the Night

Hi everyone!
We had a "little" excitement last night and I wanted to share it with you.
My family and I live out in the country, so we have all sorts of critters around us. Some stay at a distance and make themselves known with howls and calls and such, and others are a little more adventureous and make themselves at home on our back porch, snacking on the leftover cat food.
Last night, our little fiest, Snowflake, started barking and we assumed it was a deer crossing the yard as they usually do at night. Snowflake's barking was persistent though and we decided maybe it was the huge frog that stays on the porch at night. I've often found him sitting in Snowflake's water dish, maybe because of the long drought we've experienced this summer? Even after we told her it was okay and to go back in her doghouse, she continued to bark, but this bark was as if she had a squirrell treed. My husband went out on the front porch with a flashlight and right on the corner of the porch, in my flower pot, was a baby raccoon! Oh, it thought it was a biggie... growling and snarling at Snowflake each time she stepped closer.

Then hubby heard a noise above his head, and there at the top of the drain pipe was another one!

They were so sweet, but yes, they can be vicious if approached. We looked around the yard and up in trees, but no mama was to be found. Hubby says it's possible that the mama was killed and they are wandering on their own. I hope that's not the case and they just got away from her for a while. We left the babies alone after assuring Snowflake that everything was okay and she went to her doghouse to sleep. I think Snowflake just wanted us to know we had visitors. When I got up at 5:20 this morning, I checked and the little rascals were gone. Hopefully they will be more careful, but I wouldn't mind another night time visit from them.
Take Care & God Bless,

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Must Have!!!

If you love early American history and decor, you have got to pop over to my friend Carole's website and check out her DVD! I have been a big fan of her photographs and handpainted, Rufus Porter style murals since I met her. I (and many others) have begged her to sell her photographs and make them into cards. Well, she went one step farther and she and her husband, Bill, have put together a DVD of her photographs along with beautiful music. You may see her work here. Tell her Lana sent you over for a visit!


Sunday, September 23, 2007

It's All I Have To Bring Today...

It's all I have to bring today –
This, and my heart beside –
This, and my heart, and all the fields –
And all the meadows wide –
Be sure you count – should I forget
Some one the sum could tell –
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.

Emily Dickinson


Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Please check out the most recent issue of Early American Life. The Christmas 2007 issue has the Holiday Directory in it ~ please see page 64 for my early style puzzle purse valentines! I'm sure you will love all of the artists' submissions. There are also articles about making paper ornaments, CHOCOLATE recipes & pots, and several early homes decorated for the holidays.


Sunday, September 16, 2007

First night of bidding...

for the Ava Grace silent auction. Please open your hearts to support this family with bids, donations, prayers, or by spreading the word about this cause.
Below you will find my offering for the auction. It is just one among many, many items donated.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Little Reminders ~ Simple Joys

This is a little bookmark my Mama had made quite some time ago from the looks of it. She was an avid reader of the Bible, Guidepost, Grace Livingston Hill books, and many, many other inspirational books. Once in a while she'd need a bookmark and make her own, just a simple piece of paper or ribbon, but always with a Bible verse or a wonderful quote. This is one that I found yesterday while looking through some of her things. I love little reminders like this, reminders of my Mama, and reminders of God's love.
Thanks for visiting today.
Take Care & God Bless,

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Vintage & Antique offerings

Vintage men's button on silk collars

Vintage ladie's gloves

Folk art tray with squirrels, leaves, and flowers

I've added a few more items on eBay... will add a few more tonight and tomorrow... and will continue to do so over the next several weeks. I'll try to mention it on my blog once a week as a reminder to anyone interested in looking.

Thanks for your bids on previous offerings. They were very much appreciated!

Click here to see what's new.


Friday, September 7, 2007

Sneak Peek...

...of my humble offering to the Ava Grace Angels Unaware silent auction.

Please feel free to let all your friends know about this worthy cause.

Click on the link at the left to visit the auction page.

Thank you!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Featured on Bliss Guild, updated w PUMPKINS

Pop over to the Bliss Guild blog to see what I'll be working on over the next few weeks. Be sure to check back to see the other artists and entrepreneurs that will be featured from time to time.
UPDATE: I've had several inquiries about the pumpkins. I will be listing some for sale on my website near the end of the month, but I will also take orders as time permits. These are hand made and hand painted by me, from start to finish. They will be similar, but not identical. Please email me via the link in my profile to place an order or to ask questions.

Thank you for the interest in my pumpkins!