Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins." 
                                    — Jim Stovall

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Today is so foggy and damp. I was wondering why I felt so stiff in my joints...now, I know why. It's supposed to warm up...hope so because it feels too cool right now. I'm almost missing the humidity...almost!

We're going to skip this Saturday's Farmer's Market...the end of the month is so tight for people they don't even head out to shop. Everyone who is buying at the market is buying for food. Just the state of the way things are over here. Art is on a lower level when you need to cover your basics. Totally understandable.

I'll probably check out some other venues to sell my work at. Most likely not this year...too late in the season and I'd have to really push my self to make things quickly. There is this Insect fair in State College but they want a huge amount for their tables...$200. Basically, they are renting a larger space and have outgrown their usual accommodations. I'm curious to go but at the same time, would I sell enough to cover the table and make a profit? Honestly, they should charge a $5 fee for people to come in and that would offset the costs of renting/table renting. Maybe they are doing this...who knows. I'll see what happens and consider for next year. Plus, it would give me time to make insect related art (which I love to do).

Speaking of art, I'm doing a Classic Automobile Series....Volkswagen, trailers and Indian motorcycles. And a few robots as well. I feel very mechanical in my carvings lately. lol It's going to be fun. Yesterday, I carved and primed wood. Today, I'll start painting.

We may have an impromptu Art Yard Sale/ yard sale. We shall see. Depends on our energy and weather.

I really need to start putting things on eBay and Etsy...I know I've been slow with this...mostly because of time. Once the kids are in school, I'll be able to get things flowing, well sort of. I need to think about preschool for someone. My feeling is going 1-3 times a week is good exposure and routine for my little guy. I wish I had done this with my gals but they did a lot with me and it was easier having two. They do entertain themselves much better when there are two kids around the same age. I think this will be good for Harrison as everyone is a lot older then he is. Although, he sure can verbalize really well. He'll still slip into tantrum crying but that is to be expected for his age. I sometimes think people want kids to grow up too fast...I don't feel this way at all. I just want to understand why they are behaving a certain way and respond in a way which will be positive and helpful. Norrie used to have terrible tantrums and fall on the ground/kicking and screaming. I'd step away (about 3 feet) and let her go at it and wait till she calms down. It worked most of the time, as I recall. It's better not to engage with kids when they act like this and wait till they calm down.

I think this works for most ages, now that I think about it. I have to laugh at my self as when I'm feeling tired/ grumpy/hungry I don't make any sense and am purely emotional. Once my basic need is met, voila, I'm happy and amiable. An "a-ha" moment. ;)

One of the things I'm learning from life is how much I enjoy volunteering at my church. At first I was like, what have I gotten my self into? But now, I feel like (esp. after a good nights sleep), I'm so grateful and glad to do good works. I really am. It's sort of like adopting a dog. At first your like, what did I just do?? A dog is a huge commitment. It's a life and depends on me. It's attitude and perspective depend on me. It's health/cleaning and sense of belonging, depends on me.After you get some muscle and used to that dog, you start to love that dog because it makes you a better person. That's how I feel about my church. It's a very good church with exactly what I was looking for in a church....progressive, loving, community organized and positive. Some people might point at my dog's flaws and say oh, she's got an under bite, I don't like puggles, she stinks, she's a hassle, etc, etc. But I know she's got these small imperfections...but I still love her. She might not do everything perfectly (Mr. Nelson was the best at "vacuuming" up crumbs) but she does fit the bill for me. That's how I feel about my church.

One of the things I do to volunteer is update the website, face book and general on-line communications. I also do the church newsletter.  I'm pleased to say I've been doing this for 2 years now. :)

When I used to work at a local children's museum, I also learned how not to respond to people who rather like belittling others. There was as lot of abuse in that place...I later learned I wasn't the only one who got burned. My only regret is I didn't punch certain people. Yes, my Madea is speaking.

Anyway, I'll have to write more later. Certain little ones have just woken up.

Monday, August 20, 2012

needing to sharpen my wood carving tools...

I'm carving a few new things.....and to my annoyance/dismay I apparently have lost the touch of sharpening my tools. Well, I actually lost the book. I must have thrown it in a pile of books to donate to the library (ARGH!!!!). I searched and searched and searched the house and nada. :( So, I tried to recall in my brain how I sharpened them...used, oil, the gentlest grinding settling on my stone and apparently, I forgot something because my hand is aching and fingers hurt from splintering pieces of wood. bleh.

I'm going to hit the library tomorrow, I hope. Look for a book there. On-line has poor yield. But if anyone is aware about such things as sharpening tools, let me know. Cause, I need help! visual aids are best for me.

Also, today not only is my back aching (playing w/ the kiddos...trying out the hula hoop and then bouncing kids on the exercise ball), now my tummy feels yucky. All day. :( I hope it's not a flu thingy. I can not believe how low my energy is...I even thought I was anemic or something (not likely).
 Fulton Street Artisans' Market
I was looking at some artists set up for their artisan fairs...so elegant and edgy with handmade items (like their tent) or displaying things in trunks...so lovely. I've got to do this too. I want to make my stand pop next time and I want to sell a bunch more. I think signage will improve this too.

We are thinking of an Art Yard Sale on Saturday for a few hours. This will give me time to experiment with style/set up. I wish my mom was here...we could totally craft things to sell in a heart beat.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Painting, Cleaning and general puttering

Jon is at the Farmer's market as I type...I'm at home with the kiddos and a playdate, besides. Everyone is in a great mood having just had lunch and feeling upbeat with sweet lemonade in everyone's tummy. lol

I took a long nap the other day...storms had me feeling really sleepy. Feeling great today and the sky is clear with white puffy clouds as if someone had painted them. Which reminds me, I'll need to get back to doing some work too.

Usually, I'm clear headed when it comes to doing art but there are mornings when I feel all thumbs. I need about 1-2 hrs before I can really get my self into the groove. And if I have any immediate needs (read childcare), forget about it. I'm the sort of person who needs to engross one's self in her work.

Argh, I just realized I need to finish up some newsletter stuff. Just checked and nobody has sent in the info I need...yet. Actually, I think there was one email I've got to add...I feel sort of like this is going to be a packed newsletter for church. I have no idea how I'm going to get it all in. We shall see.

I've got to finish some new projects. I'm excited about 3 of them as I'm going to submit them to some places. I already submitted something and I have my fingers crossed. We shall see.

Anyway, things to do and all that. Have a good Saturday!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

thinking of road trips...

potentially, that is

Bonequinhos de papel =]

isn't that cute?

Gathering flowers
Just sticking a few cute things on my blog just cause it's summer and all that:


(# 999)

moving house

New Totes & Cards!! I think I need this. and this, I need, too. Nimu little bear

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thinking of school

Yes, I'm being one of those annoying parents that are breaking the spell of summer. Wah! Summer is leaving and Fall is fast approaching. This is the first time that school is actually starting in September. I'm really surprised and a little pleased too. I was belly aching about how the kids are going back to school but I'm also crying about this too. It seems like this summer went by too fast and we has far too many things to deal with then was fair. I still can't believe that Mr. Nelson is gone...makes me so sad to think of this. He was a great little dog. We also got hit by some bugs and colds. Now, just to keep being healthy and hopefully, not get anything worse. I've learned it's far better to have sneezing then stomach flu's. Bleh.

We also found a nice place to sell during the summer at the Farmer's Market. I'm still tempted to have a trailer on the side of our property and sell work from there. That would be fun and have it opened on Saturdays only. Just a thought.

We also are happy about our little rabbit and guinea pig. They make us smile and keep doing amusing things. Plus, they inspire our art...always a good thing.

Speaking of rabbits...did you hear about the man who jumped off a bridge to save his rabbit? A cruel person threw it over a bridge and this homeless man jumped in to save it. This as in Ireland. If you watch the video, it might make you cry. At least it makes me cry.

I'm working on some new work. I have started a made-to-order artwork line. If you're interested it's only $20 for a 7 by 10 inch painting on wood. :) Great idea for the holidays for a special someone. I work from photos of your pet or fave person.

I'm pleased to announce I was selected for the upcoming art show at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto. My mixed media art piece, Joy, Hope, Love was selected. :) Very happy about this.

Have a good Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

fiddle faddle

Cake Jon got me for my b-day. It was very good and pretty

I think that's the name of a candy, actually. I just thought it was a funny title. The youngest Gottshall has a cold. :( He's sniffing and sneezing on me. Bleh. And people wonder why I'm always sick...snot covered children, that's why!

We figured out how to make a bigger cage for our little guinea pig, Sukie. I used a large plastic bin (probably used to store blankets/sweaters) and added some left over wire from a bookshelf we dismantled. It came out great and the Sukie can scurry around and move w/ the greatest of ease. We might be getting another critter tonight, a rabbit. If she needs a bigger cage, we know what to do! :)


I've been a bit down since we lost Mr. Nelson. I'm so grateful we have Penny or I think I'd be much sadder about Nelson's going so soon. I still can't believe he's gone. He was such a sweetheart, if not a stinker sweetheart. :) I still loved him.

This cold has my energy level all off...sometimes I feel upbeat and others, like I just want to nap. I guess that's typical.

On a positive note of sorts, my dad is doing better. But he is also very aware he isn't home and wants/demands to go home but at this point we can't. Mom would have to find a new place ASAP and we can't do that just now. We'd like him to get more therapy and keep calm and give mom a break. But he doesn't understand and with his limited ability he is saying/acting badly to people and my mom. I feel so bad about the whole situation. I just hope he gets therapy for everything so it will be easier to take him home.

The main problem he can't come home is because he was so loud at his apartment (when he was in so much pain). Mom says he's still loud but if they had a more private apartment or mobile home, it would be better/easier. We're looking into that too.

I'm feeling excited (screaming in anticipation) for the kids to go back to school.  I'm seriously thinking of getting some daycare for H. 3 times a week. I know he'd love this and feel like he was a big boy, etc. Also, 3 times a week is much calmer then every day and gives more flexibility. Some of these daycare/preschools are so militant....it's really revolting. They seem to want to replace parents w/ schooling and I don't like that. I think I'm old school in that department and feel you need to be there for your kids...even if that means cutting back on stuff/materialism.

The Farmer's Market stuff is doing good. We're getting used to selling/set up. Of course, I let Jon do a lot of this on his own....I really need to help out more. It goes back to feeling a bit overwhelmed w/ caring for the kids and even though I have two older ones, they are still young. :) It works out, either way. It does make me think of opening my own shop...I wonder if my neighborhood is zoned for that sort of thing. Have to research it.

Recent made to order painting:

This was made for an 80 yr old lady. She was smiling ear to ear and showing it off at the Market

So much is happening. I have plans for the Fall...nothing major but things I'd like to accomplish for my own personal growth. And just making more things to sell. I really want to promote my Etsy shop more and get that going. It just seems to be take time. Otherwise, keeping busy with life. We had planned to go out to California this summer but there is also my brother's wedding in November...so, I don't know. Maybe I'll just fly out (gotta save up for that). We shall see.

Lots of stuff to do. Thank goodness for sunny, cool days.

Things I do when I need a creative outlet:

Sinbad Terrence
This is Terrence on his ship playing Sinbad from the Arabian Nights

under the gingko tree about 38 yrs ago. :)
Me at about 2 yrs old. Do what makes you happy...sit in a pile of golden gingko leaves and wave at the neighbors
play with toys and photograph them. I LOVED to do this when I was a kid. So, I'm doing something I love and it makes me HAPPY. :) 

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Cantata Nº 208, 'Sheep May Safely Graze', BWV 208

Sheep may safely graze
where a good shepherd watches.
Where rulers govern well
we may feel peace and rest
and what makes countries happy


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