Saturday, May 30, 2015

HELLO........

Hello, I am alive... I am still here.... 
It's bad when hubby tells you that you have only made 3 blog posts all year...
Life, it's a crazy ride isn't it?
Embrace it, after all we only get one.
I have to admit, we have had some bumps again...
I won't go into most... 
But, where to catch you up...
When I last posted I was so excited we were going to Florida for some much deserved and earned R & R on the beach!
I was soo looking forward to it... 
I am not crazy about flying... 
My issues of not flying did not stop the need for a beach vacation.
So we managed to pick the days Florida has it's coldest weather of the season.. fog... drizzle...
BUT... we left below zero weather... so the 60's felt really good... 
Well... at least for a day that is....
Here I am bravely walking in the gulf...  
Walking on the beach after the fog lifted... We had a great day.
Then, oh so sadly the morning of our second day.... 
a call....
Hubby's best friend of almost 50 years passed away of a heart attack the night we left... They had been looking for us for a day and half, till they found my cell number... 
Life lesson on travel insurance.. and a trip cut short...
Chuck was best man at our wedding, uncle to our boys... if anything should of happened to hubby and I, he was to be guardian to our boys when they were small... 
They played softball together all their adult lives..
He was only 59.....

Here is hubby and chuck goofing off at our wedding just over 28 years ago... 
He is missed... softball is not the same for hubby... 
Live goes on...
Steven moved out... 
He felt finally his house was rehabbed enough that he could move in..
he and his fiancee have started looking at churches.. They are thinking of a fall 2016 wedding...
Yes, life rolls on... so one must jump back on.... 
I went back to work... 
I still have my shop, but I am also working what I thought would be very part time... It's been a wee bit more... but the money is helpful and nice.
BUT, time... YIKES... what is that now?? I am working on managing that better.
Dad is dad... doing well enough.....
THEN... I need something fun.. for me and well, mostly for the back and foot...
Oh how I have wanted a hot tub....
It's took some work and figuring... 
BUT... I am a lucky gal and got this gem at the end of April!
After all day on my feet this has been a life saver!


Then, I thought... maybe, since this has been the year of change for ME... Trying to do a few things for me.. Not being selfish.. Just after so much "stuff" the last couple of years... Remembering me...
So I have NEVER had short hair... 
But, it's only hair... Mine grows like a weed anyway...
It's is so much easier to take care of... 
Everyone seems to really like it.
For me, it's been a bit more of a adjustment...
I do like it though...
Here was before... Cocktails on the beach in Florida... These HUGE chairs were such a hoot!
Oh, I want to go back....
little afraid for another vacation, after this one... 
might be awhile...
I have also left Early Work Mercantile.  Not that I didn't love it... Just that my creating time has been so cut short, that I am getting nothing done.
I need to get back to this and will... But It will be updates either on my selling blog/facebook and my shop...
Knuckles is good!  Staring to show is age a wee bit... sadly... but still cracks us up daily with the goofy things he does do!
So there you have it?  It's been almost 4 months since my last post... This was a quick update..
I will do my best not to stay away that long again... 
And do some visiting of your blogs too!
HUGS!
OLM

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!! Updates On My Selling Blog & Early Work!


Happy Valentine's Day!!!
It's a cold one here...
Great to stay inside and stay warm...
Today is Hubby and my's 28th Anniversary! 
WOW!  28 years!  
There was times I thought if he was smart he would head for the hills...
BUT.. 
We have stuck with it... Thick and thin!
I love this man!!!

This picture was taken several years ago... 

Then, I have been busy... 
I have finally been creating...
I know there are many saying, FINALLY! LOL

So, my selling blog has a few new gals listed for 2015. 
All are OLM OOAK Original designs...
One can click on the doll picture on the upper right corner and that will take you to my selling blog... 
Also, on my selling blog  I listed some prim totes back in the fall.. 
I have 4 left and they are marked down if anyone is interested...

THEN... I will be up dating my early work page shortly...
The link for that is in the upper left hand corner, if you have a moment and would like to peek...
Email me with any questions or to adopt any of my creations. 
Have a wonderful day! 
folkart94@msn.com
OLM

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Balancing Act... 5 Years Blogging....

Balancing Act...
It seem to be the story of my life the last couple of years... Well always...But just more so.
I think back to when I started blogging...
It's so hard to believe it's been 5 years...
There has been so many changes in the last 5 years for me...
Some of them blindsided me... I didn't see them coming... Though I should of...
One really needs to be able to roll with the punches that are dished out and dust themselves off and get on with it...
In 5 years... both my boys have graduated from college... One is still struggling to get a job in his field...
One has been so lucky to find a job, save, buy a home... though he still lives with us...LOL..
Rehabbing is painfully slow and is now engaged!!!!
My mom lost her battle with cancer...
My sister... if you have been following me from the beginning...aka the fruit loop... lost her battle to her demons, sadly leaving behind 3 sons... sigh... 
My dad fell broke his hip... Had a hip replacement... and never bounced back... 
I help him, run his house and mine... it is what it is...
What a difference from the carefree days 5 years ago, really....
BUT... One must roll with it... 
It's life... don't forget to laugh... I did for awhile.. that is never good!!!
Try to live it with a smile..
and not complain... 
I know I do at times... I can't help it...
BUT, I try not too, best I can....
The one thing I did not see coming was opening up a shop again...
My happy place...
It makes me smile...
Even though some might say it's not a " real" shop... 
Since it's  a co-op really... time share, small spaces, 35 unique shops. With the way it's set up, I don't have to be there 24/7 to run it.
PERFECT!
So lucky, so pleased, so shocked that my first year has been a good one! 
I am lucky and  blessed, it fits into my crazy life... 
I had a shop in the same place 15 years ago for several years when the boys where smaller...
But, closed shop... they were getting bigger, I was volunteering on the little league board while they played ball... More life lessons...
In a man's world... yikes... I have stories there too... 
So balance...
I just don't have the time to blog or read like I did in the past...
it saddens me...
Face book is quick..
Though people are mean on FB...
 I called the meanest place..
I stay away from the drama.. 
you would think everyone would learn don't talk politics or religion, NOPE!   
BUT, sadly it is quick and easy...
So after 5 years... I am not going anywhere... Just not here as I was...
Anyway....
Are you tired of seeing pictures of my tiny little shop?  
LOL...
I have been thinking of moving into a little bit bigger space...
I go back and fourth... I can't decide..
I am doing well where I am.. is it worth it to add more expense.. Will it be worth it?
If I only had a crystal ball?  hehe... 
So several week ago, hubby came with me on a Monday and moved all my display pieces around!
What a great guy!
I can't with my back... and with a small space, well in any space, I think, it's good to move things around..
Fresh look, new look!  
It's a good thing.
Now I don't have many options on what I can do...
But, I am please with what we did... 
come on in for a peek...





I am slowly creating... that suffers too, now... Playing in my homestead, suffers... Just not enough time... This one I remember from the shop the first time around.  I really started playing, decorating the house after I closed up and stopped volunteering...
I really never took pictures at Christmas... Didn't even put everything out... Packing up snowmen now for the season... Clean it up put it away... There is inventory to do.. and dusting... always dusting... anyway...soon, it's been to long there will be a few OLM OOAK original dolls for sale.  I just need to be able to stay home for several days in a row... But when you shop for two houses... doesn't always happen that way...  Anyway I will keep you posted when I add them to my selling blog.  For now, I am getting nothing done that I planned... LOL... So stay warm! Thanks for stopping by  Happy Saturday! OLM

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Yes, I have a update on Early Work This Month!!! FINALLY!


Oh, it's been awhile...
I must admit, I lost my creating Mojo this winter season...
BUT, FINALLY OLM is getting her hands grungy!
I have two sweet snowmen that will warm your heart for the rest of this cold winter season.
AND...
First bunnies of the season too..
http://earlywork-primsbyoldeladymorgan.blogspot.com/
here is the link... or click on the banner in the upper left corner!
Stay Warm!
OLM

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!! Peek Of Christmas Too...

Happy 2015!!!  I am FOREVER hopeful that 2015 will be a better year!

I must admit the last couple years have their bumps... Too many bumps, hard bumps....

OLM, is a wee bit tired and so hoping for a less stressful year!
With all that pulls me these days, sadly blogging has gone so far on the back burner it doesn't seem right to even try... I don't think I read one post all December... SIGH...
Was there a December? LOL

I have to say since the fall, life has been a bit of a emotional roller coaster here... Highs... and cruddy lows...and yes, blessings that sometimes get lost in the mix....

BUT... as always OLM picks herself up and dust off the boots and presses forward..
Been fighting colds and sinus infections... just can't seem to shake them... that has not helped the mood one bit either.... 

Sadly, I took next to no pictures around the homestead of decorating...
Finally Christmas Eve I took a couple before the homestead filled up.... 
So come on it... 

I so hope everyone had a most WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!!! And wishing everyone the best of New Years!!!
 All is calm, and clean... for a bit... LOL... If you have been following me for a bit... You know every year there is a wrapping paper fight after gifts are open... AND for months later I find paper balls... LOL
 I did host my 13 annual ornament exchange with some of my favorite gal pals earlier in December... Always a great time... Here is Sharon, Teri, and OLM... We met selling Longaberger Baskets oh so many. many years ago and have stay great friends... See Teri's laugh... OLM might, I say, might be grabbing her butt!  LOL
 Few primitive Christmas....
 My elf collection in my most wonderful old truck... NOW, I have to say I received one of the best surprises this month!  Oh how it brightened my day!!!  Kari from Meadowview Farm blog whom I have become friends with and have met at her wonderful Barn sales...She is such a dear!!!  Sent me pumpkin stems for creating next year... AND and another wonderful old child steel truck!!! Thank you Kari!!!  I don't have the words to say you made my day and touched OLM... BUT did I take a picture.. Nope.. bad OLM..

 This is the cookie decorating you get at our homestead when you leave the boys unattended... Steven is proud of his work... Then...
 He shared with Pappa... He seems to be enjoying it?!
 Joey torturing Steven... She much rather be opening gifts... 
 OLM with William, Joey, and Travis... This is really what Christmas is all about!
 Room full!
 Here a alliance was formed... Don't hit me with wrapping paper, I won't hit you and we will NAIL everyone.. And they did... Look at those laughs!
 Travis caught in the act!
 Roxie and Alex... Roxie is not to happy!  WHY...???  Look closely... do you see the wrapping paper ball that just landed in her gift as OLM was taking the picture... Timing is everything...
Knuckles says... put a fork in it!  I need my rest.  AND NO ONE touch my new gingerbread man toy!  See it under his paw? LOL
SO, there you have it... 
As for everyone it's a busy one... 
Now, it's time for the tree to come down... I don't ever do that before the Epiphany... but this year... down it's coming... fresh start... clean mind... and create!  Something I have done next to nothing of... 
BUT, I have 10 dolls sewn up and they need to come life... 
So back to work I go!
Happy 2015~ 
OLM 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Santa's For Sale...


I have to say... Time,I am running out of it!  
This season is just getting away from me.  I have gotten nothing finished as I had hoped.. I have taken no pictures of decorating... 
I must admit.. I have a bit of bah humbug!
I better snap out of it.. Christmas is next week...
sigh....
Screwing up my knee set me back and I never got my mojo back since...oh well... 
BUT.... 
I have three of these handmade Santa's for sale.
I bought them off a Facebook for my shop. 
They were made in Ohio...
I have a few left over... 
So I am offering them here
Originally they were $47 ea...
asking $35 ea and travel fare...
email me with any questions or to adopt at
folkart94@msn.com
There are two of the standing Santa's and one in a pail..




I will try to be back before Christmas... If not, OLM is wishing everyone the most wonderful Christmas!!! OLM

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WOW! I Have Been Off The Grid!

I have no good explanation... 
It's been a busy crazy fall.. Seems as I work one thing off my plate, another issue finds it's self there..
Some is self-inflicted...but still always busy...
We have had a "bags" trip... Different this year for sure.. good, not great... but still good.
It's just not the same without our Queen.  She was missed as was another bag dealing with issues too.. Though Kathy did make it up for a over night stay....
The shop is my escape.  Keeps me out of trouble... or at least it should be...
I have treated myself to a few goodies too...
So let me share those first...
One would hope for one wall basket... I was lucky enough for a instant collection!  I am a lucky gal!  I love them and they look great next to my other hanging big basket I found last year. The little glass cabinet is new from a estate sale back in July...  
So we humored ourselves without our Queen... So we brought our own! 
Here is Darla who the Queen would drive down with, didn't want to be lonely, so she had her own Queen!
Yes, She did travel with us some!  HEHEHE...
The perfect fall view from our deck where we stayed... it was perfect with the color!
I came across this in a yard... I will be making one of these this year!  Love it out of old wood screens!
OLM'S yard needs one of these for sure!
Both our Queen's for this year... LOL
Margaritas make everything better!  For a little bit at least.  We visited this restaurant 3xs... here Kathy is with us!!!!  
Then, there is the shop...busy, it is the holiday season now... At least in the retail world... I tried to screw up my knee during my winter set up by trying to fall off the step stool.  That gave me a bit of a scare.. wound up in the E.R.. being checked for a blood clot.. No Clot... YEAH!  BUT, now I am on anit-inflammatory, it's helping... so hoping it heal up fast... who has time during the holidays for that...
So just a quick peek at the start of set up...



Oh how I love feather trees!!!!


Lastly... I did finally add a few creations to my early work page on Friday too.  It seems the one thing that has been put on the back burner has been creating... I need to fix that and quick... 
First I need to get all my dad's health care fixed.. Things are changing.. and it all falls on me to make the decisions...But, I am a good, I think I have it narrowed down to 3 choices and I have to Thursday to figure it out... so I have a few more days! LOL.  
I will try and visit. I haven't read any one's blogs in weeks and weeks...sigh.... and I will try and be back real soon! 
OLM