Today was declared Samday since it is the Birth of our Sam. We (me and doggies) celebrated Samday by loading up the car for a drive, breakfasting on bisuits and gravy, stopping at the exit 16 Flea Market, hiking an old cemetary in the woods, shopping at the Bass Pro Shop (I went next door to Old Time Pottery), dining at Havana Rumba, watching the movie "UP". Does it get any better than this????
Today I happened to run into Paula Burke in my store. She owns everything I make so I couldn't believe she was back.....She needed a few gifts and brought me a wonderful ornament back from her recent visit to Amsterdam. Girl..You are the BEST!!!
Cathy Brown not only does an excellent job running my store but in her spare time she paints. I am lucky enough to feature her work in my store. She has had much success. Can't wait to see what she produces next. Only 5 more days of shopping.
Excited to have Dave Fry's work in my store. Dave and Margie have been doing art shows as long as I have. It is always a pleasure to encounter them. Dave's FDL wall plaques make a perfect gift for any Louisvillian. Only 6 more shopping days till christmas. See store hours.
Every so often I will meet Jenny Elkins half way between my home in Louisville and her home in Indianapolis. Spent the day in the The Exit 76 Antique Mall, Edinburgh IN. I found a couple things I couldn't live without. Jenny did too. A good day was had by all.
At the Cinn. ODC Show there was an interesting booth. All Black. Jackets that are cut a certain way to form shapes. They looked remarkable on everyone! I am not even sure there was sewing. Just the inate talent of Shu Juan Lu and her mad skills with fabric.
At the Columbus Winterfair show I request to be next to Ruby. We usually are both traveling alone and can watch out for each other.
When Kent and Rick started doing shows they immediately nabbed Ruby as their friend too. She has even spent a weekend at their lovely Silver Hills home.
Ruby and Kent clicked right away with their love for sewing and fiber.
Ruby makes wonderful jackets out of African fabric. She imports the fabric to America. However; she got to go on the trip of a lifetime to Africa this past summer. Naturally she wanted to shop for fabric in the markets and was told it was too dangerous to be"on the loose" without a body guard. Well this did not stop Ruby who went to the Marketplace with her personal armed guard. Now we call her Ruby on the Loose.
The past two weeks I have been traveling with Kent Epler to the ODC Winterfair Art Shows. He is the best traveling companion a girl can have.
Loves to shop, laugh, and cook. We had a kitchen in our last hotel and Kent womped us up yummy omelettes each day to provide energy so we would be up for the masses who attend the show. And then would stir fry something for a lite late meal when we returned to our hotel and had nite caps.
We talked into the night. We missed our partners Rick and Sam. But managed to have fun without them.
Sales were great! There will be a Christmas no matter what the economy is doing.
Cathi, Russell, and Gerry left the Big Apple to visit Louisville. Russell, photographed here in mocha fur, had a suite at the Sealbach. He was excluded from the races at Churchill Downs on friday. Gross oversight. He then made up for lost time.....Lunched at the Brown. Denied entrance to the Louisville Slugger Museum. Enjoyed the art work at 21C the Museum Hotel (Go Micki Go). Marked the Great Lawn. Dined at the Bristol Bar and Grille on artichoke fritters. Sniffed Bear and LuLu while eating cheese cake. Chilled listening to cool jazz at Air Devils Inn. Russell catches a flight back to Manhattan today so he can rest up for his next adventure. Oh yeah, it was great seeing Cathi and Gerry too.
Another wonderful mixed media skull by Tami Floyd.
Sadly we only had 6 trick or treaters in my hood. It didn't help that a registered sex offender lived on our street for a year. Then, there was the urban myth of tainted candy and razor blades in an apple. Even on a good year we had 20 trick or treaters. I know there are kids on our street but they probably go to parties or Halloween events.
Gone is the Halloween I remember of lines of kids parading costumes along the street. Still my favorite holiday. But Day of the Dead is fast aproaching as my new FAVE. Remember Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft will have their Day of the Dead party Friday November 6th. See earlier Blog for time.
Come out tonight for the FAT Friday Trolley Hop. The Trolleys run up and down Frankfort and Mellwood Avenues every 15 minutes. Park @ Mellwood and jump on the Trolley. Or spend the entire evening at Mellwood.
I will be in my store from 6-9 pm. Spiced Cider anyone?
I have been interested in ART all of my life. I studied art in college and opened a porcelain restoration business in Louisville which combined my interest in art with my appreciation and love of detail. I have always been a collector of many things, amassing hundreds of thousands of buttons, trinkets, charms, bijoux, beads, found objects, and all sorts of fun things. I currently produce a line of whimsical art jewelry which I wholesale and retail across the country. I've been married to Sam for 20 plus years and we have 3 rescued Black Chow Chow's. Bear, KeLe, and Zoee my children with FUR! I will be sharing my various collections, art shows, artists, friends etc. And any thing else I think is cool will be in this Blog.