Friday, December 26, 2008


My husband and I also own "Babydoll Southdown Sheep" - a rare breed in the world. These adorable sheep grow no bigger than 22 inches in height, have personalities that make you want to watch them all day.
Yesterday, Christmas Day, "Francine" gave birth to a little boy lamb who was immediately was named "Nicholas". Francine, like all great mommies, bonded with him right away and he quickly let the world know he was hungry and full of energy.
As the picture shows, both are doing fine!

Monday, December 22, 2008

26 years of warmth and love

To wake up and find out that it is 14 degrees outside can quickly make one realize this is a day to stay inside.-- fireplace ablazin', hot coffee, lots of good holiday movies, gifts all wrapped and under the tree and it is my 26th wedding anniversary.. we will celebrate later on this week with our son when he arrives here for Christmas. The fact that he will be here soon makes me smile and warms my heart, he has blessed our lives in so many ways.. sigh!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

9 days away from home have put me into high gear today getting everything ready for this week of merriment!
My travels always lead to "Once in A Lifetime Opportunities"-
I was 2 blocks away ,with a clear view, of the Conseco Fieldhouse - old home of the Indianapolis Colts- as it was demolished by implosion Saturday morning. After 24 years , the Colts have a new home- you can see it right behind the rumble. In 25 seconds - several explosions the fieldhouse became memories. I got some pretty amazing pictures- WTHR's "you tube" will show you the entire demolition from arieal view.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I have just returned home from participating in a wonderful art show in Woodbridge , Virginia. My Santas quickly disappeared into the hands of new owners , in fact ,we almost sold out. I appreciated all the wonderful ,inspirational remarks about my Santas and once the holidays are over, I am ready to begin on next year's entire line of sculptured characters.
The trip was so enjoyable to be able to spend time with my son and friends, visit places that I so love to see and shop.
Today, I head to Indianapolis for several days . Upon returning, I have gifts to be wrapped and a preparing for Christmas Day. I must quickly unpack and then pack my suitcase again for departure is a few hours away.
The Muppet's Santa's Letters was a cute addition to the holiday season.. they always remind us to
love from one's heart.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Where does my Santa hair come from?
Well, sheep - these are the sheep we raise- Baby Doll Southdown, a rare breed which gets no bigger than 22 inches in height. These ewes are so loveable - know their names, will follow you anywhere and we expect new lambs to be born in January ( 3 ewes due then) and then again in February- (3 more ewes). Shearing of the sheep normally is before they give birth but I think we are holding off since January might be a bit too cold.
My Santas have 100% wool roving for their hair and beards.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Isn't this the cutest idea for cupcakes that will last forever!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My christmas gift this year is wonderful. The Jim Henson Fantastic World Exhibit is at the Atlanta History Museum until Jan 18th. The show was in Washington DC this summer but it arrived after we had moved to Kentucky. I have been fortunate to see the "real muppets" many years ago in Chicago . My gift is a trip to Atlanta to see ...

Jim Henson's Fantastic World is a large traveling exhibit that opened in September 2007. The exhibit will give a firsthand look into the creations, imagination and works of Jim Henson.

The exhibit is being organized by the Jim Henson Legacy and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, with cooperation from the Henson family, The Jim Henson Company, The Muppets Holding Company and Sesame Workshop.

The 3,000 square-foot exhibit will visit ten locations across the United States for twelve-week showing periods, running from September 2007 until June 2010.

Exhibit Features

  • Several of Henson's Muppets and Creatures (including characters from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and other productions)
  • Over 100 framed works of art (include paintings, sketches, cartoons, and storyboards)
  • A large collection of rare photographs
  • Unique production documents
  • Additional artifacts and film props
  • Over 30-minutes of special video presentations
  • An illustrated timeline of Henson's life and career

Muppet Studios is currently in production on an all new television special filled with songs, mayhem and heaps of holiday high spirits. Entitled "Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas", this one-hour television project is set to air this holiday season! Production is well underway and "Letters to Santa" is scheduled to air on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 8:00PM on NBC (check local listings for details).

When the Muppets inadvertently prevent three children's letters from making their way to Santa Claus, Kermit and the gang set off to make things right before Christmas comes. The Muppet are forced to give up their plans of escaping a snow-filled New York City, but needless to say, nothing (not even Miss Piggy's planned trip to the tropics) will stand between the Muppets and a happy Christmas for all.

Directed by Muppet veteran Kirk Thatcher, the special was written by Hugh Fink, Scott Ganz, Andrew Samson and Paul Williams. This musical special will also feature four all-new songs by Paul Williams (songwriter on "Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas", "The Muppet Movie", and "The Muppet Christmas Carol"), and will also include appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Griffiths, Tony Sirico, Steve Schirripa, Mike Bloomberg, and Madison Pettis.

"Letters to Santa" is sure to bring a heartfelt message about the true meaning of the holiday season and will undoubtedly become an instant holiday classic. So mark your calendars and prepare for an all-new holiday extravaganza staring the one and only Muppets!

We are into day 2 of holiday decorating..
I have the Muppets Christmas movie ready to watch as it has been several years since I sat down and really watched and studied "Miss Piggy". I really do "Believe" she is real - the first time I saw a real Jim Henson Miss Piggy muppet was at an exhibit in Chicago. over 20 years ago. She was totally not what I expected- meaning these puppets are large and her clothing was so detailed. Since my first viewing I have been able to see more of the real muppets in the Smithsonian exhibits, they are amazing.
Would a day with Miss Piggy be fascinating? She is my kind of woman!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy Holidays!
I am finishing up the final Santas for the Dale City Arts show to be held in Woodbridge , Virginia this coming Saturday.