Friday, December 9, 2016

From 1973 thru 2016

Something you might not know about me. 

I had a hair salon in my home, from 1973 through 2000. 
From 1975-1983, along with the hair salon I poured and sold greenware in my spare time. My husband and I poured, fired, glazed or painted ceramics for weekend shows several times a year. 
We have canisters, large and small nativity set, pioneer woman statues, dishes, large deer with antlers, dolls, frogs, bird figurines and many flower pots plus many more molds. (over 500)

I took up oil painting classes when our children were in school but had to stop because I was allergic to the brush cleaner. Now, they use a product I wouldn't be allergic. I won a big purple ribbon on one of my paintings. Several of them hang in our home. 

My first wood mounted rubber stamps were purchased in 1984. I started making cards in 1993 when I purchased a few PSX mounted wood stamps. 

After closing my hair salon, I opened up a wholesale candle and handmade soap shop. I sold pillar candles and homemade soaps to book stores, pharmacies, gift shops and flower shops. Everyone wanted vanilla scent, I found out I was allergic to it and had to close my business after three years. 

Through the years, I've enjoyed making projects with my sewing machine. 
During 70's thru 90's I made and sold fabric dolls, rabbits, bears, and then turned to large wood yard ornaments. We also made and sold barn wood baskets and planters. 

We bought and sold antiques for many years. We set up at many antiques shows in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

In 1983 we built a small commercial mobile concession trailer in our back yard and found out it was too small, we built our second trailer in 1985 in our back yard and found it was still too small to make funnel cakes. Our third concession trailer was purchased in 2000, it had wheels, walls and a roof, we added awning with windows, an air conditioner, we installed electricity, plumbing, water holding tank and wood cabinets so we could make funnel cakes and Indian tacos, we added an extra large 50 pound commercial vat with a stainless steel commercial exhaust to get rid of the heat. March thru November throughout Oklahoma and Kansas we sold cotton candy, shaved ice, fresh squeezed lemonades, funnel cakes, Indian Tacos, pretzels, ribs, hamburgers, pancakes, eggs and BBQ but not all at the same time. We set up at auctions, county fairs, special events, antique shows, 
October festivals and art shows, miniature goat shows, horse and mule shows, and miniature horse shows. We enjoyed working in our trailer until both of us started having health problems. 

We closed our concession business 2009. 

Since 2012, I've made stencils with my Silhouette digital die cutter to use with my 8x10" Gelli Arts printing plate. The finished pieces has been used in my artwork.

I've always made time to play with my rubber stamping supplies throughout the years. 

May 2012 my dear hubby retired due to back surgery. 
I've had ongoing health issues since 2010. I'm very lucky to be here writing this note about a portion of my life after a health scare April 10, 2016. Doctors tell me not many live through what happened to me. They tell me I might not ever be the same. 
With the grace of God, help from skilled doctors and nurses, God has granted me more time on earth. 
When I woke after being on life support five days, I saw 3 angels up near the ceiling. 

I'm Thankful for family and friends in my life! 
Have a nice day! 

1 comment:

  1. You have had quite an artistic career. But I am not going into any business now as I am retired too, so I will pass on the kiln and things.


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