Hi. I really hadn't planned on being 'gone' so long. Our holiday was wonderful (I did get my tree up and Santa brought presents!). I hope yours was lovely, too.
I want to thank all of you for your emails and concerns about Betsy because I have been out of touch. Things are still not good. She is in ICU at Stanford and many tests are being done five weeks now after her surgery. She is still pretty much asleep so the doctors are trying to figure out what's going on. Thank you so much for your prayers and good thoughts. We are very hopeful that she can recover.
(photo from yahoo search)
Today will be a fun day, though. I'm taking my daughter, McCall, Laura (Betsy's daughter) and a couple more girls to San Francisco to spend their Christmas money and gift cards. They are sixteen and will be dressed to kill. I, on the other hand will be in tennis shoes and sporting a fanny pack (I'll be 52 on Sunday and this fashionista is going for comfort these days- priorities!!).
(I added this when we got home- Laura on the left. McCall on the right in front of Betsey Johnson) Great time!!
I'll visit you all when I get home to see what's been going on- I've missed so much!
PS- A personal thank you to my son who gave my blog a little facelift with new photos. Hmmm....52 on Sunday? Maybe another kind of facelift is in order : )
THIS is the extent of my Christmas decorations. I'm not kidding! My tree isn't up, no lights on the house and not one gift chosen. At some point I realized somthing's gotta give. I'm running out of time. So.....I think I will close up shop until Christmas- (unless there's another Christmas miracle!) One must take notice when a Christmas Fête is being replaced with me throwing a Christmas Fit! Cheers, and see you soon!
Hi everyone-I apologize for all of the unanswered emails and comments. I've been busy with a company Christmas party, brunch, and business decisions, all good things. But doing so with a heavy heart.
My good friend, Betsy, had brain surgery over two weeks ago for an aneurysm. She was to be home in five days but it is now going on three weeks. Betsy suffered a stroke during the surgery and it has affected her speech, memory and motor skills. She has moments where she seems 'engaged' and we pray those moments get longer and longer. Her husband, Rich, has barely left her side. She may be able to have visitors in a few days so I hope to see her.
One of Betsy's daughters, Laura, is my daughter McCall's best friend. She turned 16 yesterday. That was tough without her mom but Rich is a fantastic, loving dad and she had a fun day. McCall turns 16 Thursday so I know Laura will be with her celebrating. She is an amazing young woman, strong and upbeat- Betsy would be very proud of her.
So, I continue on with celebrating the holiday season, sharing art, silly stories and all. And I will think of Betsy. This part of life....such a reminder of what is important in the big scheme of things. We all get these 'wake-up' calls. We've all had things like this happen in our lives where our perspective is shaken up. Thank you for letting me include you in this matter of my heart and Betsy. I know after reading this your good thoughts will be with her and her family.
You won't EVEN believe what I'm about to show you...this is a theatre I bought from Wendy on Friday at her open house. Watch what happens when you hold it up to the light.
AND there is a lever that moves the faerie back and forth.
It's beyond words isn't it?? Even MORE glorious in person. (There were some still available when I left). And there's lots more creations than these few photos I took.
The Theatre of Dreams is not of this world. Wendy is having her Winter Open House so if you live....anywhere... you must go! Sorry, with all my enthrallment, I misplaced the invitation so I'm not sure of the hours. I think it's on the weekends in December but I'm not quite sure. Here's the phone number: (510)787-2164 so you can check.
What's the title of this post...."Wendy's Addison's Wonderlust"? I'm changing it to just plain "Lust". If there's anyway you can go... go!
First of all, that giveaway was so fun! Thank you ALL who participated- your comments, enthusiasm etc. were just over the top. And so many new people that I will now be visiting. I definitely will be doing it again. What a complete blast! Thank you, thank you!!
This past Friday I made it up to American Harvest after such a long time away. I hadn't been since July - I just can't believe that. Anyway, the store looked beautiful and brimming with holiday cheer. I was happy to be able to add to the already amazing festivities with a few things.
I thought I'd show you a bit of my inspiration. These are the real deal - a vintage crown and two scepters from what I can only imagine are from a Christmas pageant from long ago. I've had these for a while and know they are just not easily found. (I got lucky, for sure). I love the simplicity of them, don't you? So, I tried to create the same sentiment with my artwork.
Glittered Pageant Crowns.....
Scepters for the sugar plum fairies.....
Tiaras to capture this enchanting time of year...
And boxes to cherish and hold your holiday treasures.
I really enjoyed making these and I'm working on a few more things.I have so many old prints and engravings. They have inspired me greatly and I'm happy to be able to share them in my work. And thanks for letting me share here!!
Okay, and I have to say thank you one more time for playing with me here. Your comments, humor, encouragement make my day. I really do enjoy you all so, so much!! You have no idea.
Good Morning Ladies (and Bob). I understand there is a drawing taking place this morning. Donna was scrambling to find a top hat to draw the names from so I offered mine from a little film I made called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She's also having a hard time drawing the names- she wants you all to win so I volunteered to help. I hope you don't mind. Let's get started.
All of the names are in the hat.
Wow, this is hard to choose just three but here goes...
The first name I've picked who will receive the crown, box, and wand is Clarice from Storybook Woods. Congratulations, Clarice!
The second name I've drawn who will receive the vintage Christmas items and doll heads is Priscilla from Sweet Remembrance. Well done, Priscilla!!
And the last name I've picked is ...yes, you in the back,Julie Loeschke . You will receive an initial crown with your choice of letter (I think I should keep the one pictured as it has a 'D' on it for Depp, don't you??) Bravo, Julie!!
Well, ladies, thanks for letting me help out with Donna's giveaway. Congratulations to Clarice, Priscilla, and Julie.
Donna will be back later today.
And I'm sure you'll see me again. Happy Holidays to you all!
Whoever said,"Two's company, three's a crowd" may be right but I LOVE this crowd entered in my giveaway so I've added a third item!! I'm waving the wand again.
Hmmm....nothing's happening. I better go for the big guns.
THE SCEPTERS- They mean business when I wield them around!!
I'm not kidding- they are 3 feet long!( One of my favorites that I make)
Got it! The third name I draw will receive one of my initial crowns. Of course, your name has to begin with the letter "D". Ha-Just kidding. "Two's company, three's a crowd?" I think that's wrong. It should be "three's a crown" !
I'll be posting the winners tomorrow morning....probably late morning California time. I want to make sure I double and triple check that I have everyone's name. (And I'll share some photos of the things I made for American Harvest, too)
If you haven't entered yet, go to my previous post and leave a comment!!