February 23, 2016

Let's Get Away!

We are excited to present our boutique/small group tour to England. I believe this to be our best, EVER!

Come get away with us!

Our other journey for 2016, in early October, is Normandy France and Paris.....Oh la la!


February 18, 2016

When I get the sad's I retreat, cherish alone time, lose my creativity, go silent.....

There has been much sadness around me lately and I feel others pain, often being too sensitive. A long time family in town lost one of it's members, a vibrant 18 year old, hit by a drunken driver. A beautiful woman came into the shop yesterday seeking retail therapy, her sister just passed due to a brain aneurism. And on and on.........I will dust myself off and begin to appreciate anew all of life's blessings, and I am very blessed. But first I need to deal with my personal sadness, the impending loss of my sweet pooch, Cooper. In comparison to other people's losses, I feel foolish, but nonetheless, feel, deeply
How is this for silly? My sister and I were playing with him and oddly, he went along with the dress up!
He quickly tired of our nonsense and went back to his favorite pastime; watching TV. Yep, "Pitbulls and Parolees" is his fav.

So many of you wrote, asked how he is doing, thank you.

All changed when I picked him up from his last chemo treatment, "Watch him closely, it could be 2-4 or more months".  "Watch for what?" I asked......."Recurrent tumors, you know he does not have long"

Why my shock? His original oncologist, long since gone from the practice, said "This treatment will cure him, he will die of old age not Lymphoma"
She was rogue, she apparently told this to others, I was stunned.

So tell me dear readers..........what do you do to get out of a funk? A time of burrowing? Sadness and silence?
After far too many years, I know that TIME is the answer, always is, just wondering who has any wisdom for these times in life?

I will say that I am at home as much as possible to be with Cooper while working on the computer, but for a spot of time yesterday I did lose myself in some creativity and it was a balm to my soul. Maybe that is the answer, jump back in. this may seem like an odd segue but it did help
 What do you think? My first abstract art
 Here is a try on a piece of burlap, do you love the crackling/old world effect? This could be stretched on a canvas.
 Up close you can see the effect of gold leaf. Forever I have dreamed of being an artist, a canvas artist, suddenly I feel empowered
Here is Margaret's first try.
                                                        Guess What? This is easy!!

If you are local, we are teaching this class on March 17th from 5-8pm. And, you will go home with your own art, ready to hang. This is a combination of Venetian Plaster, Pigments, Mica Powders and wax. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.......really
    To register call; 630.232.1303

                      And to you my friends, thank you for listening. Thank you for caring

                                                          xoxo    Debra
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