Sunday, January 31, 2010

In Memory of Pete and Gus

Pete and Gus quickly became a part of our family.  They made their presence known with their pretty birdy songs.  We enjoyed watching them rush to our hands knowing we would treat them with their yummy millet.  I was just mesmerized by them.  There was a peaceful calm they exerted.
We only had them for a brief time but they will forever be in our hearts.  We may never know exactly what happened.  We only found evidence when Dave and I returned from our weekend 20th anniversary celebration in Key West.  It appears as though an outside cat was inadvertently let in while 'someone' was taking care of the animals.  The scene was horrendous.  Cage turned over, feathers everywhere, I'll spare you the rest. (I think we are safe to assume the cat ate the birds.)
They inspired this 3D mixed media which I had started before the trip.  It has new meaning now.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Artist Co-op

Saturday, January 30, 2010


...The formation of Second Saturday Studio!

What: An art and handmade retail space for local artists to come together and sell their work!

Where: 213 W. Arch Street in downtown Searcy, AR 72143

When: The SECOND SATURDAY of each month, 9 AM TO 5 PM

If you are interested in joining us, please send a short bio and five photos of work that best represents what you will be showing and selling. The artists will be juried, as we are limited on space! There will be a monthly fee of $50-$75 per artist (depending on participation) and a six-month commitment is required. All artists will be given a specific amount of space (once again depending on participation) and will receive 90% of their sales proceeds, less any credit card fees. You need not be present on the appointed Saturday, however you are encouraged to! The 10% SSS keeps will help to cover advertising materials and studio supplies. We want this to be a great success and grow into something big! As a participating artist, you will have a vote in any changes that are made at the end of the six month period. We look forward to hearing from you. We are ready to get started, so e-mail us today!

Kelly VanHook and Micah Holden

Please send bio and photos to kelly@searcyhomes.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Your Prayers for Debi

"God loves you and me; and He hears our prayers and I am living proof of those prayers." -Deb Knight

Please meet my good friend Debi.  She is beginning The Fight.  I mean the 'big bad major fight for your life' kind of fight.  She has Myelodysplastic Syndrome, MDS for short, formerly known as preleukemia.  She is already a survivor, kicked the big "C" a few years ago.  
She has such a huge place in my heart.  Debi is my "go to" gal.  I can think of about 3 women in my life that I seek out for that good wise counsel and she is one of them.  She is so very kind and a blessing in each life she comes in contact with.  
Monday she will be leaving for the 5 month (at least) journey of her life at MD Anderson in Houston.  She has started a blog of this journey and my prayer is that through this journal she will be connected with prayers of strength, courage and healing. 
Please Please, go and follow her, give her some of that love, prayer and support that you folks are all so great at.  



Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Why yes Virginia, there is a Toothfairy!

I know this because when the kiddos place their sweet little baby teeth in the pocket, she trades them for a prize!  (as ELF said: "it can't be the parents, that's just silly!") or something to that effect...


Saturday, January 2, 2010

  I brainstormed up this little fancy,
feeling the urge to paint a little something, sew a little something (easy...beginner easy).  I grabbed up the felted wool from the sweaters that leaped into my hands at Goodwill to incorporate into the project.  Oh, when you are having creativity "brain freeze"  try thinking of a friend who has a birthday coming up.  My little 'elf' cousin Vandi is turning 4 this month and she needs a cute little toothfairy pillow.  Wa-laa.  Project complete!  hmmmmm.... What to do next???