Thursday, December 1, 2011


Hope you all can make it to our All the Trimmings
Holiday Show this Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10-4,
at Chelsea fairgrounds, 20501 Old U.S. 12,
Chelsea, Michigan 48118. It is a wonderful
artisan show featuring antiques, collectibles,
pastels, jewelry, handmade bears, rug hooking,
woodcarvings, counted cross-stitch birds, fiber
arts, bread boards, tiles, photography, folk
paintings, honey, cards, Christmas houses,
punch needlework and fresh greens. Free
refreshments, free parking and free admission.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I have been working hard on carving new Santas for

my upcoming show - All the Trimmings Holiday Show

on Dec. 3 at the Chelsea, Michigan, fairgrounds - and

finally finished enough for my postcard. It was a

choice between this one and another one with a white

background. I chose the white one for my postcard

and decided to put this one on the blog. Too many

items for one small postcard, even though I like that.

Last year I didn't have enough Belsnickels for my

show, so this year I am determined to have a much

better assortment! I am off to a good start, but need

to make many more, as well as all of my other new

Christmas items. As I finish more, I'll put them on

my blog. My Christmas trees are new this year,

too. I designed a simpler version, much like

bottle brush trees, either with a base or without.

Got to go! I just got another idea! I'll post it later.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I had so much fun designing and carving my new

Fraktur birds for the open house! I have wanted

to carve them forever and finally decided to get

them done this year. They were a success, (yea!)

so I plan to carve a few more styles and paint them

in different color combinations for the Christmas

show. Luckily, I am in the mood for holiday

carving now! I already have carved more

Belsnickles than I had for the show last year!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I have been so busy getting ready for my open house
that I have forgotten to post my information!
Several customers have asked me about it, so I
guess I had better get on the stick and post it.

Join me on Saturday, September 17 from 9-5 and
Sunday, September 18 from 10-5 in my home at
5465 Conway Road, Chelsea, MI 48118. I'll have
my regular goodies to eat, lots of birds and new
fall and Halloween items. Everyone who attends
will get a free windowsill series (mini) bird. Hope
you all can come. I so look forward to seeing all
my friends!


I just added a new dealer and is it ever a gorgeous
shop! My sister and I decided to take a road trip
and show Betsy of The American Sampler some
of my carvings and she chose a nice assortment
for her shop. I am so flattered that she wants my
pieces. They are in the company of many wonderful
artists. Her place is all decked out for Halloween and
fall. You must take the time to visit her at 2915
Thornapple River Dr. S. E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
It's definitely worth the drive. I wish I had taken
some pictures.

Monday, May 16, 2011


I am madly getting ready for a wonderful
folk art show at The Tin Rabbit in Labadie,
MO, this Saturday, May 21, 9-4. Since I have
never been there before, I am trying to take
an assortment of carvings so that they can
see a little bit of everything I make. My
sister is going with me so that we can have
some rare sister time and a road trip. Can't
wait! If you are in the area then, stop by
and see me, and Barb's wonderful shop,
at 2733 Highway T, Labadie, MO 63055.
Check out her website at
for the list of all the artists and details.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


After carving all my new bunnies this year,

I think this is my favorite - the Garden

Bunny. Love his color, basket, trowel and

carrots. I also love my redware eggs in

the little antique green basket.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


I am having fun carving Easter bunnies for a change.

They have always given me trouble for some reason,

and I think I have a problem with the pastels associated

with Easter, so this year I have tried harder to achieve

the bunny/rabbit face I love and forget the pastels to

follow my redware colors. Here are a few of the things

I have been enjoying carving.


I just wanted to thank everyone who came to the Dexter Pioneer Arts Fair on March 19th. The show was better than last year thanks to your support. It was great to see you all and I am so grateful for your continued business. Happy Easter!

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Join me at the Dexter Pioneer Arts Fair, Saturday,
March 19, 2011, Creekside Intermediate School,
2615 Baker Road, Dexter, MI 48130, from 10-4.
Admission is $3. I'll have lots of new birds and
spring and Easter items. Hope to see you there!

2011 BIRDS

I finally finished all the new birds I have been
carving and here they all are! Some are standing
versions of older hanging ones, but the rest are
brand new birds. I'm not sure if I will ever see
some of them in Michigan, but they are common
for some of my customers in different parts of
the US. Wish I could spot a painted bunting!

Friday, February 18, 2011


I have been working on some new bird carvings for
spring and have almost finished 12 new birds! I have
painted 3 of them - the house finch, pine grosbeak,
and painted bunting, and hope to finish the other
9 today. The picture shows them in various stages
of "paintedness". Must be the sunny weather and
temps in the mid 50's that are getting my creative
juices flowing. Spring is in the air! I know winter
will be back next week, but almost all the snow is
gone from our yard. It is so exciting! Except that
it has brought mud, a normal part of spring in the
country. Ugh.