Forge Ahead

Today is one of those days your mother warned you about. You know when nothing works, things crumble as you walk by them and you just can’t get it together, let alone feel creative. My cash register dosn’t work today, so I can’t very easily open the store; I’m sitting here waiting on a repair man (whom I’m guessing from past experiences will never show up). My computer died a few weeks ago and I’m still trying to get the hang of the new “used” one that I now have. It’s missing the software to download my camara, so I can’t download any of my current photos And my phone is broken And my website is taking a really long time to finish  And then, someone came into the store yesterday and gave me some “constructive criticism” and it kinda killed my creative buz. I’m looking for a little inspiration and a kind word. It’s not always easy to find what you need here.

Many times when I walk out the door in the morning,  my neighbor yells hello to me from her window. It’s not uncommon for her to ask me, why don’t you do something with your hair or are you getting fat? It sounds a little harsh, but really that’s how people relate to one another around here, rather bluntly and without any sort of filter on their mouths. You’d think I’d be used to it by now (10 years)!  Don’t get me wrong, my neighbor is great! She’s a lovely woman, we just have very different communicating techniques.

Well it’s time to open the store, no repair man yet. Maybe I’ll run away to the flea market to look for some inspiration. A little voice inside my head says you must stay, you need the register to work. Another little voice inside my head says, take this Friday off, go shoot some great photos and sit at a cafe. The voices are now dueling, who will win?


Eenie, meenie, miney, moe

I told you so, I told you so!

 I’m not tired-I don’t wanna go to bed!

There’s nothing to do, I’m bored, she said.

I know you are, but what am I?

Rock, paper, scissors!

It’s not fair.!!!!!!

I don't care.

You’re not the boss of me!

Liar, liar, pants on fire!

Get out of my room!!!

Star light, star bright.

 Are we there yet?

  I love you!



Fairies, Elves and Sprites!

Little Elf hat

I think this is my favorite costume that I’ve designed for my store. The little elf works for all ages, boys and girls. The funny hat can be worn as a costume as well as a winter hat and the elf shoes make great house slippers! The kids love all the magical and make-believe costumes.

Little Elf

Can’t you just see the sun rays streaming through the tall, green trees and far below, on the mossy forest floor, a little elf  is sitting under a big, red mushroom. There are fairies, sprites and elves luking in the nooks and crannies of this beautiful world.

Magical Mushrooms

Oh! Look! Here are the big red mushrooms of the fairy forest.


Our imaginations can take us anywhere we’d like to go, just notice your children and listen to their private, play conversations. No one can see these fairies, elves and sprites inside their little worlds. Elves, fairies and sprites are free to do as they please;  This is why they are sometimes cheeky and mischievous.

Elf and his pet frog

Fairies are easy to find if you know where to look. Outside, in the trees, in the tall grass, inside the flowers and blooming vines, look very closely. Sshhhhh!

Beautiful Fairy
Flower Fairy