Are you ‘looking for love in all the wrong places?’ Check out thrifty pickin’ to find pretty dishes for the perfect place settings for your table…and guests! You’re gonna love it and it may just even surprise you what you will find!


Taking photos of pretty dishes was not on my mind when I woke this morning. The Plan was to finish a wood canvas and begin the Classic Chalk Art Ornaments scheduled for the Pixelated Palette On-Line Magazine in September…….. But somehow ~ for some reason, I began to gather pretty dishes found thrifting, to stack together ……time was getting away from me, but was I enjoying it ~ adding this and that making place settings with pretty dishes to view thru the lens of my camera……sidetracked, for sure.

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Let’s Create A Charming Welcome

A new Series of paintings has been created for you….to welcome your friends, family and neighbors into your home for everday gatherings, seasons, holidays and celebrations…..they will feel Welcome upon entering the front door.

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Being a ‘Shopkeeper’  is probably the best thing for me, or for anyone that loves to shop.  You get to shop ‘be the buyer‘ for what you love, play ‘house’ (aka admire it) with it for a little while, play ‘dress up’ (aka fuss with it) in the shop and then send it to a loving forever home.  It is a win-win-win.  

You see…. buying what I love for the shop fits my purpose (and I get to play in yet another space) ~ selling the ‘look’ or ‘vignette’ vs selling just items.  Playing and coordinating with Vintage, and adding Art……the shop really works when you run out of room at home for found treasures ~ and putting a smile on someone’s face feels pretty awesome too.

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 There is no stopping you ~ you know who you are ~ the passionate creative one with an idea….yep you’re the one.

A sure first sign that a creative idea has popped into my head is ~ you will find me scrambling for something to write it down or sketch it out, and I am pretty sure if you’re around I am not listening to a word your saying, but will be politely nodding as if I am listening….and then I am pretty sure my Studio will become a whirlwind of tools, paint and supplies being scattered.  ~  For my idea is like a ball in a pinball machine, being batted back and forth.

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I have wanted to be a shop keeper for as long as I can remember ~ Wearing the apron, stocking the shelves, makin’ pretties, hosting events, shopping for product, creating ads……well, you get the picture.

So when the opportunity came up and the timing was right (and the journey was taken) ~ I joined 50 other Vendors at Studio 895.  It was my time to be the shop keeper…..this was really happening!

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We have several wonderful places to shop many Vendors in our area such as Vintage 61, The Mint Leaf and now Studio 895 They are all my favorite places to shop with different vendors for every taste and style…..from pickin’ places to antiques, to handmade, to home style, to hand crafted foods….and I could go on. Continue reading