Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Country Living Fair in Scotland

We fell in love with this company's mice, hedgehogs and bunnies.
Mary Moore modeling the cutest hat!

I truly think toys in the UK are cuter than most toys. Mary Moore and I had the chance to go to the Country Living Christmas Fair in Glasgow, Scotland in November. So much fun!! But when you have to double the price of everything considering the pound and the dollar, we decided to be content just looking!!! Well... we did buy some wool scarves and two ice cream cones!! And left with a full head of ideas!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Etsy is Uo Once Again

After a long lapse my Etsy site is up again. I guess it took me to get all the way to Scotland to once again focus!! haha And I forgot my computer so the pics are a bit fuzzy but the main idea is there. Tomorrow is one of the things i have been most excited about seeing in Glasgow. "Country Living" magazine UK is having a Christmas Fair. I will post pics tomorrow on that.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Traveling in Scotland

Mary Moore (my middle daughter) ia studying at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and so I came to visit for 10 days. Though it is rainy and cold, it is wonderful. This weekend we couldn't decide where to go so we randomly took a train to the Firth of Forth. That is actually a body of water in Eastern Scotland. We went to Fife and more exactly a place in Fife called Aberdour(a village). I think I love to say all those Scottish words! I had asked Mary Moore over and over if she had seen any kilts walking around and her answer was always no until I came this weekend. They were everywhere and all on men! I LOVED it!!! I was a little shy to take their pics so at least you can see the tartan curtains in the Inn were we ate lunch.
We decided to have dinner on the way back in Edinburgh and that was so much fun. We found a flyer at the cozy pub where we had dinner that advertised a play. So we went to the play. And it was fabulous "The Story of a Rabbit" by Hugh Hughes.
Edinburgh was magical at night.
Aberdour was magical by day.
Perfect day.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Clothes-Once Upon a Picnic

Last week week we had our first trunk show for a cute little children's clothing line called "Once Upon a Picnic". Years ago my mother and I had a "Pappagallo" store which sold clothes and shoes and gifts for ladies. So I probably should have done ladies clothes but instead am trying the children's thing!! The funny thing that is though the children's line is going well, I have had constant requests from ladies to do the decorative hoodies for adults!! So watch out, you may see them soon!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Website Published!!

The new Christmas website was published today. If you want to take a look, here is the link I guess it is like putting a new cover on a book, but the contents have changed a little bit as well. I am really excited about the 12 days of Christmas banner and of course the new children's clothes. The clothes are being birthed as I write this. Some haven't made it yet to the big screen, but there is another dress coming, more t-shirts and some boys clothes. We will post them as they are born!!
If you live near The Woodlands, Texas, there will b a trunk showing of the clothes next Thursday October 29 from 9-4 pm at 19 Treevine Ct. And the following week in Waco, Texas at the Jr. League Christmas show there. The dates are November 5-8th.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Children's Clothes!!

This may seem crazy but I have a new line of children's clothes that are getting ready to appear on my website this week!!
My friend Jennifer and I talked about doing it and all of a sudden we did it. It is called "Once Upon a Picnic" and is cute and fun and each little collection has a story. So here is a tiny preview. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Mornings

We are having way too much fun at our church these days. At 9am every week we have a children's thing called "Fishing for The Word". My great friend Scott Schwandt dons his fabulous fishing attire that would make even J. Crew and Ralph Lauren jealous and he fishes with a real fishing pole on our children stage. His alias is Sam Sam the fisherman and some of the kids actually think that it is really Mr. Scott, but I assure them it is Sam Sam. He runs "The Bait and Tackle shop"on the stage. There is a trap door in the shop where mice live. And these mice "Sing!" The shop is very cool with a real awning and sign and well I will be sure to get a picture up to show you everything.
But this Sunday Sam was fishing and he caught a fish, but we don't want him to catch fish...because we are fishing for the word. So... the word this week was kindness. And the video we watched is now up on You Tube and here is the link:
So enjoy our little video!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Mary Moore standing with a mystical Scottish actor!! Is he really there or just an illusion?!

One of my daughters is studying art at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland this semester. She has a delightful blog Just in case you were wondering, the note in her hand is not directed to me, but to her younger sister!
If you want to recreate what she is doing, then you have to write backwards!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Organization far this empty nest adventure has sparked no organizational skills, has been raining so instead, I have been redoing my set of 12 days of Christmas cards.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Birdies have flown....

The mantle over my kitchen fireplace

The day I have been dreading for 22 years has come. Our three girls have all left and are in college. Nancy Page is at Vanderbilt, Mary Moore is at Davidson, but left yesterday for Scotland to spend the Fall semester at The Glasgow School of Art and Catherine Clare is at Baylor. So I am committed to blog more, and share the projects I am working on.

My first project (actually I am always in the midst of many projects) is to try to organize. I never know what to do with all my original drawings and paper work etc. I always want everything to look cute and filing papers in my desk drawers is just too mundane so... in my garage I have an old wooden 4 drawer filing cabinet. So my idea is to paint it, make it look like a piece of furniture and maybe just maybe I will use it and actually be able to attempt to start a system of filing so I will know where to look for things. I will keep you posted. I am going to try to put it in my kitchen next to the stone fireplace.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Nursery made it !!! Welcome Happy Morning!

I am sooo excited!! The nursery that was created for little Evie made it to an online venue called Project Nursery! Check it out!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

God Bless America

I guess our country was on my mind yesterday. My husband and i went with some friends to see the US Army Field Orchestra and Soldiers Chorus at our wonderful outdoor theatre venue called The Pavillion. The music was fabulous. No matter how hot the day, The Pavillion always has a breeze. It made us all proud of the men and women who serve and are proud of the USA!
I painted the platter which reads...God bless America.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

HopePointe Church-The Woodlands, Texas-children

This is the fun room with a stage that I get to hang out in with a bunch of kids every Sunday morning. Lately we have been making music videos and posting them on YouTube.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


My youngest daughter Catherine decided this spring that more than anything she wanted as a gift for her graduation from high school was to go on a mission trip with a local church to Kenya. More specifically, they went to a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi. Kibera is said to be one of the poorest and largest slums in all of Africa. She raised the money to go and on June 6th, two days after she graduated she left for ten days of the most glorious work she has ever done.

She has come home changed and she is changing me. Through her eyes and heart, I have seen that the troubling things of my world can seem trivial when you think about the children of Kibera. They do not beg and she said they ALWAYS have a smile on their face. Catherine snuggled up close to these precious ones as you can see from the photos.

They told her that on "school days", they get to eat. Any other day there is no promise of anything.

She has returned with a new found appreciation for education. She wants to make a mark on her generation, to hold out a light in the darkness. And the little ones of Kibera have led her to that yearning. How precious. I will be forever grateful.

Stay tuned for stories from my other daughter Mary Moore who is spending two months this summer in Malawi, Africa working in a crisis nursery.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Artist Inspiration

I was thinking about what it takes to be inspired, well...I can only talk from my vantage point.

One of my biggest inspirations came years ago from another artist named Manuel Lepe. He was from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Our family vacationed there for years and one time I went into a local art gallery and spied his work. I was overtaken with the colors and subject matter. He reminded me of myself and the art I felt too embarrassed to show anyone but my mother!

He painted angels in the sky that looked like children. I couldn't believe that was okay. I did the same but figured people would think that was silly or childish. Any way, when I came to know there was actually a genre called naif or naive art... it set me free.

One of Lepe's paintings was owned by Queen Elizabeth II and hung in Windsor Palace! And he had a list of famous celebrities that owned paintings. 

I had a chance to buy one of his fabulous paintings. The price was $1600. I didn't know how to transport it back to the USA and didn't know if that was too expensive. (I was in my early twenties) I passed it up, thinking next year I would have another chance.

The next year when I went to PV I heard the tragic news that Manuel Lepe had died at age 43. I was crushed and the price of the painting was now $16,000.

Be Kind Be Sweet Be Nice to Everyone You Meet

Be Kind Be Sweet Be Nice to Everyone You Meet
a book on kindness

My Etsy

S is for Shepherd

S is for Shepherd
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