Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Beast

How can that sweet little puppy at 6 months turn into a unruly terror at 8 months? Raisin is definitely raising cane. With the Christmas season here and we are so busy in the studio she has been making her displeasure well known this week. Today has been nothing than a battle of wills. Two nights ago I came in from the studio to find Raisin had very neatly removed the entire rug binding the whole way down my 10 foot rug. Then there was the antique dry sink shelf chewing. Now my dry sink looks like a horse chewed all along the bottom shelf. Right now the term "She Devil" comes to mind! Lets see there's the barking and thumping at the Amish Buggies as they pass by the front window. Then there's the  " I'm not going to get in the car" when I pick her up from doggy daycare. There's me in the parking lot trying to lift this 80 lbs dog.....God this girl is killing me! Every Monday at sunrise she goes to doggy daycare. It's the best $29.00 I could ever spend! Raisins there until 5:30 in the evening and she does have a blast. It's good for her to socialize  and run with other dogs. OK enough about my unruly beast. With Christmas upon us, shop small business Saturday and our late shoppers night we are terribly busy. I have been painting Belsnickles, making Polish Star ornaments and basically going on little sleep. Here' a peek....

Thursday, October 15, 2015


The days are getting cooler here in central Pa. and work in the studio is picking up fast. This past weekend Guy taught another feather tree class at one of our local museums. The three hour class was a great success! Everyone enjoyed themselves, worked hard and went home with a 12 inch tree. Last night Guy and I were at St. Georges church here in Mifflinburg where we did a feather tree demonstration. We had a good time and the ladies who attended seemed very interested and asked quite a few questions.A big thank you to both groups! Other news from the studio is Raisin continues to grow. Last vet weigh in she was 65 lbs and just turned 7 months old. Raisin is still not allowed in the studio because she just cannot keep her mouth off of things. Overall she is a good puppy. I am continuing to make belsnickles while Guy is continuing to mold our Christmas line. I have orders to get in the mail this coming week and more to do for the store. The season is coming faster than I would like. Today's work lineup is 96 paper candy cones we designed for a Christmas club...lets see 96 x 10 folds on each one, my hands already hurt!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It Feels Like Fall

Fall is my most favorite time of the year. It could stay Fall year round and I would be just fine with it. Here in central Pa. the leaves are just beginning to change. This seems to be a little late this year. Our weather is cooling , the evenings are starting to have that crispness to them. I am now finished with my Halloween work and I'm trying to get myself into the Christmas mood. This is always a hard task for me because I love Fall and want to hang onto it as long as possible. Every year I envision long drives through the country side and frequent stops at the roadside markets. That never happens...sigh. Saturday October 2nd Guy will be teaching a feather tree class at the Gutelius House Museum here in Mifflinburg! On one last happy note, Raisin is growing fast and doing well!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Raisin Cain....

Baby Raisin is getting big. Overall she is fairly well behaved. The one area of trouble we still are having is the is fight to the death over something she has found. This morning was a candle stick she grabbed of the kitchen table. Once her little jaws are locked down on something she deems "hers", the fight is on. This mornings knock down drag out sounded like someone was going to end up bloody! Training, training, training is the only way to correct this behavior. It may take 100 times, it may take more but eventually she will come to understand that not everything has to be a fight. Today is Raisins last day of obedience class and registration for the next upcoming sessions.While Guy is working with her on her behavior I am in the studio working on Halloween. My stores official opening for the season is Tuesday September 1st. I'm ready to go but I have to say I will miss my days of summer break where I got to do absolutely nothing. Back in creativity mode and shortly onto Belsnickles..yes, the C word is coming!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Life with Raisin

It's been four weeks since baby Raisin came to live with us. In that time I've had three shirts chewed beyond repair, one belsnickle eaten in the studio, one smashed witch lantern, a string of glass mercury beads taken out of a Christmas storage box, countless attempts to jump up on my work benches, backyard plants randomly pruned and my two forearms scratched with little needle teeth beyond recognition. I'd say its been a pretty good four weeks. Only a few piddles in the house! The first couple of days I thought we would need a whip and chair to tame the mini beast but as time passed she has blended in quite well. This past Saturday was Raisins first puppy training class. Guy like a proud father said that she was the best in the class and she did everything perfect! My work schedule in the studio seems to now be scheduled around puppy naps. This rings familiar, didn't I work like this when my kids were little? Somehow I am going to have to get going on Halloween and Christmas soon without the extra help of a rambunctious puppy. Right now I have a few cool pieces in the works but I can only work for short periods of time..hence, puppy playtime. Speaking of puppy play time Raisin will be going to doggie daycare in a week or two. This also rings familiar....been there done that with the kids..OMG this is just like having another child!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Halloween and the puppy!

It's been a very long time since we have had a puppy around. This week I'm trying to start working on Halloween. My master plan was to be way ahead of the season this year. I had visions of fully stocked shelves by mid August. I would spend my days in Sept just enjoying the Fall season colors and taking a few walks, enjoying life. Nope, change of plans. A puppy has arrived! Can I get any work done? Not much. I'm trying but my days of being at my workbench for six hours straight are non existent, I'm lucky if I get two hours while Raisin is in her crate. This past Saturday we puppy proofed my studio. At this point I have no idea where all my supplies are. Things I would lean over and grab are gone to another room. What was I thinking getting another dog! For some weird reason I pictured another addition to our family just laying on her pillow in my studio like my beloved Apple did. Instead I have mini
beast! I'm sure this too shall pass with time and age if I live that long!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The New Arrival

One month has passed since we lost our beloved friend Apple. The past month had been harder than I ever imagined. Yesterday I was able to locate a 12 week Rottweiler puppy after much searching. I had looked at rescue sites but it was a long and stressful process with mounds of paperwork. Just by one last chance I checked Craigslist..there she was..a little Rottweiler girl. Located in West Va. I immediately contacted the owner and off in the car we went! Fast forward 24 hours "Raisin" has settled in well. This first day and evening have gone well. She seems to understand we are her new parents. It is funny how a little fuzz ball can melt your heart again. That being said, Apple was  my girl and always will be. She was one special goofy Rottweiler and I will always love her. I greet her every morning on the cupboard in the living room and say goodnight to her every night. Raisin will earn her place in our lives over time. For now its remembering what puppy life is like. Its been 10 years and how quickly we forget! The baby gates are back up, the antiques are up even higher and they puppy classes are being scheduled