taking a break

I will not be re-opening the doors of my shop in Wheeler next month.  After much thought, I've decided to close up for good.  I'm also taking a break from my Etsy shop.  My heart just isn't in it right now.

Recently, my focus has shifted back to fine art.  Last week in art class (see previous post) I fell in love with encaustic.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy getting messy and experimenting with a new technique.  My goal is to create a series inspired by a found photos and keepsakes.

Thank you to those of you who have visited my brick and mortar shop and/or Etsy shop.  I greatly appreciate it! 

"may no soldier go unloved"

Lately, I've been spending my spare time writing letters to soldiers overseas.  I joined the Soldiers' Angels organization in an effort to support troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Twice a week I receive names and addresses.  I make cards of encouragement and mail them off.  I also "adopted" a soldier named Juana two weeks ago.  I send her a letter each week.  Tomorrow I will be putting together a care package for her.  Soldiers' Angels does amazing things for troops, veterans and their families.  Check out this page of touching testimonials.