Since I last posted life has been full of stuff.
My cousin Kathy from CA briefly visited us and we had a wonderful time. We had not seen each other in a very long time, but it didn't matter. The chatter began at the ring of the doorbell and didn't stop until she drove away. Years ago I had begun to research our family on my mom's side. It was slow going since letters had to be written and then responses waited for. Enter the computer age. Kathy took up where I left off and within a month or two had just about every living relative connected by FaceBook and she had completed the tree for 4 generations. She and I and John spent part of the evening going through a box of my mom's old photos. There were quite a few of her mom that she didn't have. Fun for both of us.
The only downside and actually, John and I got quite a thrill out of it, was that Kathy just doesn't get our art. She tried to be polite and say all the right things, but I am sure many of you have had the same experience with family and friends that just don't get you.
She didn't understand my Bratz-Doll-meets-camel-body-while-serving-up-a-platter-of-dragon-head. She was impressed that I had painted it all to look like wood. Thank you again Michael DeMeng for the great De-Mented Toys class in June here at Small Studio. And Kathy, I loved our visit. I loved your reactions.
We have had several days of high winds which have blown most of the Fall leaves onto the grass. Fall was so short this year that I got almost no photos for you West-Coasters of the Fall color. You will have to be satisfied with these:
Small Studio Emporium is temporarily closed for restocking and inventory. I am not sure when it will open. I am sorry for any inconvenience.
Small Studio Workshop featuring Lynne Perrella is now sold out.
Reports are in on Mike Meador's service on Monday. I think Chris and Andy made Mike smile down on everyone who attended. Old friends told of his childhood and adult pranks and jokes. Mention was made of his annual quirky Christmas card/gifts. We will miss those. Mike's musical oddities were remembered and Chris put out a table-full of little items to take that Mike used to give out at conventions and classes. Laughter and tears. Oh Mike, we will miss you so. In life, you made us laugh so hard we cried. Now we shed tears through the funny memories of you.
We voted today!