Monday, August 14, 2017

Summertime Fun!

Not much work getting done here...well, to be more precise, NO work is getting done here!

Last Wednesday, after a 2 hour hair appointment, I left town to pick up my 14 year old granddaughter and her friend to spend 2 weeks with us.  

We arrived home on Thursday afternoon, just in time to see my 4 year old grandson compete in "mutton busting"...the riding of a quick and quirky sheep!

We dashed home to put the cold food that we shopped for earlier in the day as we traveled home away and rushed back to the fair grounds to watch bronc riding!

It has been a myriad of fun and excitement ever since!  

I'll take a little down time today to catch up on business (not much going on there either) and to make some arrangements for my mother to move in with us the end of September.  

YES!  She decided that she will move from Idaho to Oregon to live with us!!  

We are super excited and nervous all at the same time...and we have much to do to get ready.  

I hope that her life here is healthier (I know it will be much less stress) and happier and that these two components will extend her life longer, or at least give her a higher quality of life in the time that she has left on this earth.  


Monday, August 7, 2017

Matthew rode a mule~A picture story

"Auntie Sherri, I wood wike to wide yer mool...Eye is all dwessed and weady!"

Auntie Sherri agrees to let Matthew ride her mule, Gus.

"Hewwo Gus!  It is nice to meet ewe!
Uhm...Eye doesn't fink he wikes me dat much."

"Maybe I tan smoove my way into his hart."
"Atta boy Gus.  See, Eye is otay.  Tan I wide you now?"

"Yeeeeee-Haaaaaa....giddyap Gus!"

 "Weeee....oh no....oh no....Eye is woosing my bawance!!!!"

"Awwww danged it..Eye falls off!"
"Mommy, wiwl you hewlps me up???"

"ACK ACK ACK!!!  I wost my weg!!!!"
"Cawl da doctor!!!"

(Mommy waughed so hard tause Eye is aways woosing my weg.  I wost it once in da airport in da sacurity wine!!!")

"Sigh.  Eye's been "bucked" off bafore but I nebber wost a weg bafore!  Good ting my mommy knows how ta fix me!"

"Awl bettar now!"

"It waz a wittle scary but....


Friday, August 4, 2017

A peek into Cowgirl Camp :)

Words just cannot express how much fun we 4 50-somethings have at camp.
This year was simply the BEST!

I am second to the left on my horse named Ruger in the picture below.
He was the only horse at camp this year.  The rest were mules.

We blazed through almost 32 miles on our horses in three days and 38 miles on the ATV's.  
We explored brand new BEAUTIFUL country with so much variation, but were not in the area where the wild horses live this year.   We don't "trail" ride...we go through the woods, over hills, through draws and creek beds, over rocks and logs and across roads to make our own path.  Thank God I ride with three gals that are not directionally challenged like me!
We saw several deer and saw elk and bear sign...LOTS of bear sign!

Ruger worked so hard and overcoming his fears (remember our accident last fall) and triumphed through some of them.
I am so proud of my boy!

All of these next riding pictures are credit to my dear friend, Deb Bennett

Ahhhhh....until next year, I shall be smiling and giggling at the fun we had!

Egyptian shadow puppets!  LOL

And we spell it:
C and in "cow"
G as in "girl"
C as in "camp"

I love these fun cowgirls SO MUCH!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Techinical diffulties

I guess my computer does not know how to react when I shut it down for nearly a week as I have had nothing but technical difficulties since I brought it back up.

Ugh.  I didn't have to worry about such things when I was in the mountains.  

I'll share pictures as soon as I can.  

BTW, mohair processing is under way.  If you have requests for color and textures of mohair, be sure to comment here or email me at


Monday, July 31, 2017

And I'm back!

I had the time of my life at Cowgirl Camp this year!

What a glorious, relaxing, fun and challenging time I had!

I'll share a few pictures tomorrow as I haven't downloaded yet since I've been unpacking, tending to my horse (he got a minor boo-boo on his hind hoof), catching up at home and with my business.

Happy Monday!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Another week off...

I am just back from spending the weekend (plus an extra day to our doctor visits) and am gearing up for another trip....our annual "Cowgirl Camp"!  

Today filled up with a lot of extra tasks (one being I am showing our house~the one we used to live in...and I hope I sell it!!) and tomorrow will be filled with preparation and packing to leave on Wednesday, but my mind is still on business.

I am aware of the two new additions to the doll industry, that being 
the Doll Artist Union and Baby Bugsy Boo's selling site.

I've had a little bit of time to check the "Union" out and I want to be sure that my followers know that I have no problem with the organizers of this group but that it is not a legal "union" as some would think with the word "union", for instance when I worked for the Safeway Corporation, there was an employee's union, one in which we paid into and had legally binding contracts, rules and benefits.  The word is used to describe the unity of artists.  

I did not belong to the Union at Safeway and I do not expect to belong to the Doll Artist Union.   

I will continue to operate how I have in the past 12 years  :)

And I plan to sit back and see how the new selling site goes.  I won't have a doll to list for a while so that should give me some time to watch.  

Two complaints I have with eBay are the high final value fees (I paid eBay over $750 for the sale of Mack) and the lack of seller protection.  

They SAY they have seller protection, but I have rarely seen it enforced but I HAVE seen a lot of artists without their paycheck and the without doll they sold under the pretense of having a paycheck to a buyer who did a credit card reversal or eBay/PayPal claim against the seller and got to keep their money and the doll.

On the new selling site, the fees are about half of what eBay charges and seller protection is yet to be investigated, along with how much traffic the new site brings to sellers.  

I really do not like change but with Photobucket's new HIGH rates and the potential of eBay to remove the HTML option from auctions, I may have to change.  I have NOT renewed with Photobucket (I think I forgot to talk about this when I got the news of this price increase...from $25 a year to...gulp...$399 a year!) and I have not yet got a clear word on the HTML option with eBay.  
I WON'T be renewing the Photobucket.  I've paid $25 a year on two accounts for about the last 9 years, plus, I am paid up on those accounts until February of 2018 but they have made my accounts unable to access and use until I pay the higher fees that allow 3rd party use, such as what is required in eBay HTML for templates and the share pictures on sites such as Doll Fan.  
There is a way around using your own photos on Doll Fan without Photobucket as Doll Fan has their own gallery where we can store pictures.   You are smart Doll Fan!  Thanks!!

Okay...back to this day,

Have a great week!
I'll think of you while in the mountains of Eastern Oregon atop a dun horse I call Ruger  :)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This week

We just returned home from a family reunion and I am back to work for a few days before we take more time off for medical appointments and a horse clinic.

I have began banding up mohair in preparation of a month-long mohair processing adventure!

I finished the little Tiny Tally full body silicone mini but am waiting for part of her outfit to arrive from the UK before I photograph her and offer her for sale.  Oh, that reminds me, I need to send in my camera for repairs. 

I also have finished the mini Ashton Drake Emily that I started for my granddaughter months ago.  I am waiting for her custom clothes to arrive too, from the US and the UK.

I do not have any other dolls on the table at this time.  With all that is going on, mohair is the best thing to be working on and it's been a while since I have processed so all is good.

At least for now.  Mom is holding steady but we all know that that could change at any time.  

My brothers memorial service (private family service) will be over Labor Day weekend.  

We all have to go through these seasons of our lives.