Friday, December 31, 2010

Adoptable Dog here with us

My crazy attorney friend went away for New Year's Eve and left me to watch this dog for the weekend. I think she is secretly hoping I will adopt him. Anyway, he is part jack russell and australian shepherd...about 9 months old and very cute....yes, I said...very cute! I am posting two not so wonderful photos in case anyone wants him. He is crate trained, good on a leash and really good with my two neurotic dogs!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fun Making Christmas Presents

Despite how busy Rick and I have been with our exhibit at Johnstown, working our regular jobs and finishing is always delightful to make a commission piece. In this case, it has been made for one of the nicest and most generous people I know. So I hope Laura loves this piece as much as we love her!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Nativity Scenes At Art Works from Around the World

Art Works in Johnstown is currently featuring our exhibit called Wonderful Whimsy and in addition is now housing 6 gorgeous nativity scenes from area churches that have closed in Johnstown. The six nativities are virtually from 6 different ethnic backgrounds and show the diversity of art, spirituality and the beauty that must have been found in these churches. Without losing our cultural heritage, these nativities show everything from the art of Croatia to Irish works....the trees on display also show typical decorations from each nationality.

Entry for this exhibit is free and a must see for anyone who is interested in helping to preserve the history of Johnstown. The stunning colors, shapes and designs of these works is just beautiful. These will be on display until January 6th and hopefully will be a yearly tradition at Art Works.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Crazy Alice's Restaurant in Somerset

If you have not eaten at Crazy Alice's Restaurant in Somerset, you are truly missing out on a wonderful meal. We had dinner there last night and yes, they do serve dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings.....and it was exceptional! I had crab imperial and a filet and Rick had chicken marsela. The salad was lovely with a variety of lettuces and veggies, good bread and triple chocolate lava cake for dessert. Bring your own wine and you will have a delightful culinary extravaganza!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Seven Springs Mural for Light Up Night

I was hired by Seven Springs to convert their outside pool area building to resemble an old time train station. I mimicked the stone structure that already existed and with the help of the carpenters, used plywood pieces to frame over top of the existing garage type doors. With lots of beautiful snow, this building looks really cool at night and during the day. I also made 3 standing buildings but the lighting was not great tonight and we were too far away. I will try and take pictures during the day so the detail of the buildings shows up better. This project took me about 45 hours to complete. I am more muscular from moving 4 by 8 plywood sheets on my own!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Art Works In Johnstown

For anyone who wants to see a beautiful collection of area Churches Nativitie Scenes: Art Works in Johnstown will have them on display with an opening reception on Sunday, December 12th from 1-5 pm. Many area churches have closed and with no place to show these beautiful works of art....seems a shame not to show them. Feel free to come and enjoy an afternoon of Holiday Spirit!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mastiff Miracle or Martha's Mistake?

On our yearly shopping at the mall, we opted to buy a King Sized Mattress. I hate shopping in the mall and my defenses must have been way down. After much snow today, we managed to pick up the mattress, take the old one to Goodwill and with new sheets etc. our bed is a wonder to behold. Rick is already feeling like a King!
When it is too quiet in the house, I know that our favorite mastiff Moses is up to no good! my suspicions were not unfounded when I found him happily in the middle of the bed....looking much like a King himself. Please understand I am not a cruel owner by any means, as both dogs have very plush beds to call their own in our bedroom. I am not sure if Moses might not think this whole shopping adventure might not have been completely for him.