Mickey Brown pimps out for the Holidays. Mickey has always been a fashion plate. Note how he mixes the stripes and pattern of the scarf and hat. It takes a real fashion expert to make this work. The red collar pulls the entire look together. Congrats Mickey!
Early craft project, sock monkeys. One of my many collections.
While we were sleeping, our First Bear Dog would take the monkeys out to play. I would wake up and find monkeys everywhere. Started calling this a Monkey Massacre. He never harmed the monkeys. Just scattered them all over the house.
Recently, I purchased a sock monkey wine sack/sock at Scout Gallery on Market. It turned out to be a sock with two black buttons. Put in a bottle of wine and Wa La, wine sack/sock.
Bear usually is working on 4-5 rawhide chew toys. Well since Aunt Tracy gave Bear and LuLu a small animal's leg bones for Christmas I decided to put away some of Bear's other toys as it was becomming difficult to navigate a clear path. I put the toys in a plastic tray that I hide under this oak file cabinet and then Bear's bed is placed in front. The tray also holds dog brushes etc... Bear didn't see me hide his bones.
So yesterday when I see him shove his bed over, stick a paw on the tray and drag it out from under the oak cabinet to retrieve one of his old rawhide chew toys I was amazed at his skill and keen sense of smell. If only I could train him to put everything away when he is done, Not to bark at the Mail Man and or UPS guy, Not to try to "herd" our friends, Not to eat everyone's food, Not to steal my pillow or covers, Not to.................................He would be the perfect dog.
My favorite black coat has been MIA for a few weeks. It suddenly dissapeared after I told the black coat story at Thanksgiving.
Here's the story. Once upon a time Sam and I hit Unique Thrift on a 50% off holiday sale. I remembered that I was wearing my current fave black coat into the store and said outloud that I hope it doesn't get lost. Years earlier I had another Favorite Black Coat that went AWOL. Possibly stolen. Also my sister has had favorite coats missing or stolen. So it might not only be a pattern in my life but also genitic.
20 minutes later....OMG, I was tring on clothes and my FBC (favorite black coat)was missing. Some savvy 50% off shopper probably scooped it up and was now trying to purchase said coat. So I began to shout and search the other shoppers carts for my coat telling them that it is mine they couldn't purchase because it has no price tag. Frantically, I asked all the employees if they had a coat turned in. I was trying to communicate with the spanish(only)speaking manager to announce the missing coat over the PA system when Sam wittnessed the drama and asked me what happened and I confessed that my FBC was missing so he joined in the search shouting and asking other bargain shoppers to assist.
Several people exclaimed that they had fear that this would happen to them. So they held on tight to their FBC's.
Finally, I was about to give up when I looked down and was going to search the floor(again) when I discovered my FBC hanging off the long strap of purse that was being worn by me. It must have been there the whole time.
Well I made one small announcement that I found my FBC and the search was off. Sam however, wanted to know where I found the FBC and I said I would tell him later as I could barely speak due to convulsive laughter. He must have thought I was crying because he really wanted to know details.
To this day I can barely complete the story without breaking up. Sooooooo the coat was now missing again, possibly stolen. I had searched all possible locales in my home,studio, and store. My conclusion was that one of my Thanksgiving guests was playing a very unfunny practical joke with my FBC.
When all possible gift giving holiday events were over still no FBC. I was sick!!! Then a miracle happened yesterday we took our dogs for a woods filled with snow walk and what was rolled up in the back seat of the truck but my FBC!
Yes this story can now replace the Night Before Christmas. Happy New Year Everyone!
First the mirror is made from old license plates. A guy was a patron at the St. James Art Fair and had this mirror attached to his body for sale. I ran after him hoping that the mirror was what he was trying to sell.
Then there is my purse collection. Anyone who knows me knows I carry a grey, plastic, woven tote, for an everyday purse. Often this will have another smaller purse with a long stap inside that carries money, cc, etc. I try others but the tote works so the tote it is. But I do love a fun purse for my wall collection.
Ok it started with one Jacket that I purchased at the San Diego Zoo a decade ago. I wore it sooooo often that my friends and family were going to do an "intervention" and sign me up for a 12 step program to quit. Well last year @ The St. James Art Fair Nnamdi Ibeaagu who carried Old Style African Batik clothing had my favorite jackets in 3 new colors and this year I purchased 2 more. Now I have one for every day of the week. I am happy!
Rick Beware, Shirley sets a pretty good table too. She owns only 10 sets of china...yet we use extra thick holiday paper plates, cloth napkins, along with sterling flatware and serving dishes. Yes...wine glasses are large enough to hold half a bottle each. That way I only had two glasses of wine.
Yes, each place setting had a party favor with a tissue crown. And YES they made us wear them the entire night.
Which explains why I didn't get very good photos of the guests. Susan and Dave are the only two that I could salvage other that Rick and Kent. The group shots have someone looking bad so these will have to do.
Once again Buddy made friends with everyone and was the LOP. He esp liked Susan.
Queenie passed from this world to the next last week. Queenie lived a grand life with Rick and Kent for the past 16 years. She traveled with them from Louisville to Montana. Then made the treck back with them to settle in Lovely Silver Hills.
Queenie loved to watch animals on TV. She barked and would become part of the show. 101 Dalmations, or really anything with animals, cartoon or not, Queenie loved. Rick and Kent could never watch anything on Animal Planet in peace.
She would let everyone know when it was time to go to bed by dragging her custom Q bed into the room. Recently Buddy (beagle mix) was brought into the family. Buddy would use Queenie's backside as a pillow. Q-girl you will be missed!
Several weeks ago Susan had a dinner party in the middle of the week. It was soooooo much fun. I am sick that I didn't take a photo of all the girls. Sherry arrived shortly after I did then the fun began and I forgot to photograph. Also, Susan's home is soooo cute I wanted to get pics of her collections. A great time was had by all! Susan is loved by everyone....I feel so lucky to be one of her friends.
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.