THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!
There’s so much life and art stuff to catch up on here, including “thank you’s,” so bear with me! Everything was put on hold after I took JohnnyV to the ER on May 5th with a numb, gray foot. He was bedridden all May, had aortobifem surgery in June, and then recuperated in bed for several weeks after. But he’s here, and he has his foot! Some surgeons say this is just about the worst surgery for the body to handle, a 9.5. He is a trooper, for sure, especially after having three surgeries in 2013!
We had some extremely tough days, but we got through it thanks to my Mom, who flew in the day before surgery to help me while John was in the hospital, and my BIL, Tommy, who arrived for the final hospital days and helping us the first week JohnnyV was home! Additionally, my SIL, Nan, sent tons of food with Tommy, and my friend, Colette, brought meals over, which helped when I was too exhausted to cook. Being a caregiver ain’t for sissies!
Neighbors (Fred, Ryan) took turns cutting our grass, friends (especially Andy) hauled heavy things that my back can’t handle, and did errands for us (Bruce & Pat, Dale & Dorsey). We had angels who gifted us above and beyond, and we are very grateful – you know who you are! You sure find out who really cares when you go through a major crisis. When I put out the call that we would have huge medical bills and other expenses, clients almost emptied my etsy shop.
We recently sold our 200th (!!!) item from the EDA shop, and the purchaser of that 200th item got to pick out whatever she wanted, which was a hand-painted henna elephants tray. Congratulations, Nancy B!
TRINKET TRAYS, JEWELRY TRAYS, COLORFUL PAINTED BOWLS
Recent bowl subjects: sharks, turtles, flamingos, dots, hearts, finger labyrinths, MidCentury Modern abstracts, pumpkins, peacocks, nebulas, French Bulldogs, puffer fish, seahorses, whales, and octopuses! I keep adding stock to my store, but a lot of times the items are sold on Facebook before I can ever get them into my shop. VIP Club members get notified when items will be listed, too, so they get first dibs (look for the VIP link on this page). I am so grateful for my collectors!
Halloween mode begins! For the last few years, I’ve done some sort of DOTD project, including painted skulls and purses. This year: fingurines. Here’s a brief “how-to” if you’d like to make your own (these are in my shop). Step 1: gather thrift store figures. Step 2: scrub and degrease them. Step 3: spray with adhesion promoter. Step 4: spray black. Step 5: draw a few “bone” guidelines with white water-based pencil. Step 6: paint white bones. Step 6: embellish design with other colors. Step 7: wipe away leftover pencil marks. Step 8: spray with clear coat. Step 9: enjoy what you made, or give them as gifts!
Fun work has come across my desk, but the most interesting recent piece was a custom camp sign. The request: “it’s for our bellydance camp, and has to have a hookah and dinosaurs”! Each sign is handpainted (not vinyl lettering), and is designed to your specs, with creativity to bring your idea to life in a colorful way. (Photo: my client and her daughter with the finished sign at a drum and dance camp in Stuart, VA.)
VINTAGE CAMPER NEWS
The person who was supposed to sew our camper awning literally forgot about us, even after I sent material for the valance to her. She told me she forgot. She didn’t sew the awning until I emailed her after it didn’t arrive when she had promised it. THEN she mixed up ours with someone else’s, shipping them to the wrong homes, and I had to deal with the return the day after John had surgery. You think she’d give us a discount or something for the wait and the shipping hassle? Nope. I was disappointed since she’d come highly recommended, but at least the awning looks nice. I refuse to mention her name.
Since my bike will be used while we’re camping, I used some of the leftover awning fabric to make a basket liner for my bike. The liner includes a key clip, a phone pocket, and water bottle holder. This bike was gifted to me by a friend who only rode it twice. I peeled off the stickers, pinstriped it, added shiny new bars, white grips, and NOS vintage streamers. Now she’s shiny!
PUPPY! As of July 9th, Miss Lola has a baby sister! She’s a Chi mix who was in a bad situation and destined for the pound and certain death. Puppies are a handful, especially one who had no attention paid to her training and socialization needs, but Gigi is smart and focused, and learning quickly. She still needs work on not hassling Lola so much, and gaining confidence. She fear barks at strangers, but we are working on all her issues, bit by bit.
THANK YOU so very much for your patience and continued patronage while John was recuperating. It really means the world to us, and helped pay the bills while our world was topsy-turvy. Things are far from “normal”, but looking a LOT better! Thank you!!
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Until next time (and beyond),
be kind and patient to each other,