Saturday, February 6, 2016

Hopping Into Easter!

Well Easters coming sooner than I had expected. Guy and I are in the studio working on some new Easter molds. It has been a slow start with each of us not wanting to quite give up our "winter break" yet. After looking at the calendar and realizing that Easter is very early this year I thought we better get going! Changing seasons in the store is a big big project. With each year that passes I swear it will be the last but for some unknown reason I keep working year after year. I suspect that when my end comes some unsuspecting customer will find my bare skeleton sitting at my workbench with a paint brush clutched in my bony hand!
seriously changing the whole store to a new season is a lot of work for one person. Guy repainted all the interiors of the cabinets for me last week. I rearranged the store layout and did the displays. Customers can now see my mini museum of vintage toys all displayed on top of the cabinets. I'm now back to painting and sculpting Easter items. The store will reopen on Tuesday March 1st at 10am. Lets all hope for an early spring! Until we see you...Guy, Raisin and I will be busy!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Welcome 2016!

Well it's already a new year, how time fly's! After surviving what turned out to be another busy Christmas season, Guy and I are taking a much needed break. This is the time of year we close the store for awhile, focusing instead on making new molds, redecorating the store and basically getting ready for the Easter/Spring season. We have been able to purchase several new exciting antique holiday items to reproduce. I was thrilled to snag a new 9 inch German belsnickle this year. This is not always possible due to the high prices on the antique pieces. Other items include a antique George Washington bust candy container, several early rabbits and nodder's, a small German horse plus several assorted other items I'm excited about! At this point we have our hands full with quite a bit to get finished. We have decided to not go to the Market Square February show in Oaks Pa.this year. We need to stay home and work on our new line, sadly I will miss not being part of the show. Next year, we will be back. I'm planning to reopen the store around the end of February due to Easter being very early this year. Raisin continues to keep us on our toes. I'm estimating her weight now to be close to 100 pounds at 9 months old. Shes a very chunky girl. All of her training classes have payed off, she listens well and she still LOVES Mondays when she goes to Stay and Play. We love it too because she plays off a lot of energy. With the mild weather the Northeast has been experiencing this winter, hopefully we will have an early Spring. I myself am looking towards this year being a time of change and new directions....Here's to a very Happy New Year!

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!