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Tuesday, February 22


As our outside Christmas lights were coming down over the weekend (oh, don't give me that look ~ they've been encased in two feet of snow and ice for the past few weeks) I kept thinking about holidays.  More accurately, the amount of blog posts I'd recently seen shunning Valentine's Day.

What you have to understand about me is that I love holidays ~ love to decorate our home for as many as I can.  There are bins and bins of decorations neatly labeled in our basement that I make my way through during the course of the year.  My dear hubby has commented more than once that I'm rather like a museum's curator ~ not having the room to bring out everything from a bin at once, therefore choosing which items to display in any particular year for that season.  Yes, hubby is very indulgent and understands the joy it gives me.

Now I'm not suggesting that everyone embrace holidays with the same fervor I do ~ there are surely reasons to not personally celebrate them all ~ but what struck me about these Valentine blog posts was the number of people who felt it necessary to take the time to write about how this one in particular was a "made up" holiday ~ a devilish plan on the part of evil business conglomerates to brainwash us into purchasing cards and flowers and chocolates.  One gal was talking about how her hubby went on annual rants about the day ~ but that she was off to check the cupboards for chocolates, just in case.  I sincerely hope she finds her coveted pralines one year ~ and that he can see the happiness on her face when she does.  But more than that, I think it was the brainwashing concept that bothered me so much ~ thinking of myself, as I do, as an independent thinker.

The truth of the matter is that our day and age can be described as living in an exponential world, so while we're all busy trying to keep up with the non-stop information flowing toward us, what's the harm of someone, even the evil business conglomerates, reminding us to have a holiday ~ to take the time to tell those we love that we love them ~ or on other occasions to have a little fun, to add a touch of whimsy to our days?  Who can't use a little more of that in their life?

Of course, this is only my humble opinion ~ and, yes, I am struck by the irony that today is National Be Humble Day.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to tuck away my cupids

and release the leprechauns from their bin . . .

Edit:  Yes, yes, I'm on my way for the leprechauns shortly, bu first I had to share the lovely peacefulness of the view outside my window today.

Sunday, February 20

The Tiniest Cheesehead

I just couldn't help myself with all the football excitement in my neck of the woods, so I am happy to present

A potbelly mouse wearing her cheesehead hat,
carrying a Go Pack Go pennant
and her very own bratwurst!
She is on eBay now through Sunday Feb 27th

Thursday, February 17

OWOH Winner!

It is a happy day! 
Not only do I have the pleasure of announcing the winner of my OWOH giveaway, but I have discovered that this is not the end of this marvelous experience!

For those of you who may not be familiar with OWOH,
it is a blogging event hosted by Lisa  ~ the Whimsical Bohemian.

"One World One Heart is a worldwide event for bloggers only. It gives all those who blog a chance to meet and mingle and form connections with those they may not have otherwise met from all over the world. In the past 4 years this event has grown to over 1,000 participants with lasting friendships (and even one love connection) formed along the way.  Think of it as a GIGANTIC open house allowing you to travel without ever leaving your home........going from blog to blog(in various countries) seeing the wonder each one has created and meeting all the fabulous people behind those blogs."

And although there are some changes underway, the good news is that this is not the end ~ the good news is that we will again have the opportunity to meet other artist bloggers and make these great connections. 
You can find the details here.  

I am pleased to say that this year again I have added to my own list of blogs that I follow.  Some bring me incredible images and words of inspiration, others will add a softness to my days, and a few are sure to bring a smile to my face or perhaps even a good belly laugh along the way.

I am also pleased that so many stopped by my blog on their journey this year ~ I loved reading each and every comment left for me ~ your kind words about my work are treasured and I thank you for them.

Unfortunately, there can be only one winner of my door prize and the powers that be at the random number generator have chosen
Cameron of Paint Myself Pretty

Saturday, February 12


Rosebud is now available on my website:


~ SOLD ~

Sunday, February 6

Chester Adams

Chester has purchased new skis for himself and Beverly ~ read his story to see how it all turned out.

Chester is now available on my website.

Friday, February 4

~ Chester Adams of Cobblestone Circle ~

Chester has bought himself a new pair of cross country skis. 
But where will he go skiing? 
Watch for his story to appear shortly. 

He will be available for sale on my website beginning
Sunday Evening ~ February 6th.
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