Spring Break AGAIN!!!

One of KC's Senior photos and why I am on Spring Break again! We made it through graduation last Friday and are now pulling all the final details together for the big 18th Birthday and Graduation Party planned for this coming Friday night. I believe the head count was somewhere around 38 - 40 last night and we all know RSVP does not always get you a Yes, I'll be there....they just show up. We did limit the list to 60....this was suppose to be her best friends....Steve is glad we didn't say just invite all of your friends! The cake is ordered, extra chairs and tables are reserved, the grocery list for grilled burgers with all the works is made, and a list of all the other things we will need is ready. Today we must, yes must go shopping! All party girls must have something new to can't pick something from the closet even though it has never been worn and most likely still has tags on it!

Can you picture 40-50 teenagers, tons of food, birthday cake, lots of laughs, everyone talking at the same time and lots of dancing to a live band. Yes, we are having a band and we just got new neighbors. This will be their first weekend here....what a welcome to the neighborhood!!!

I have three shops here in Southeast Georgia looking for artwork this week and the first of next, so I have been creating every spare moment I have. Collagescape PhotoFrames will be delievered to Viola's Market on St. Simons Island, Cottonfield & Co in Historic Downtown Brunswick and Sunny Brooks Farm Coffee Shop right here in Waynesville.

As I mentioned on my website sometime back, the very first Collagescape PhotoFrame was created and given to my mom for Mother's Day in 1984 from her first grandchild, our son Colby.

LAUGH ~ is one of my favorites and will be going to a special friend. It was created using original letters and an envelope from the late 1800's.

A few of you that have been with me for many years may remember seeing a few of these Collagescape PhotoFrames in the Gallery on my website a few years ago. I removed them back in 2005 after I decided to once again create and sell them. They were only there for a few months, but long enough that others saw them and have since done their versions. We all know posting anything on the web is an open book and everyday we see originals, reproductions, remakes, and wannabes. That is the risk we have all taken.

Each Collagescape PhotoFrame is created on a chunky 2" wood block approximately 8x10" with many layers of original ephemera. Vintage dimentional elements are added to some, while some let the handwritting of the papers tell the story. All sides get the same treatment as the front and even the backs are covered with an antique book page! Each original one of a kind Collagescape is distressed and aged to give character and a feeling of long ago before it is sealed with several layers of protection. Just replace the cute little vintage photo with your favorite 4x6" photo for your own Collagescape story.

All Collagescape PhotoFrames will be listed on my website as soon as those going to new homes are all delivered.

Share a shop with us you feel would be a perfect home for our Collagescape PhotoFrames and if they meet all of our wholesale requirements AND place an order with us you will be eligible to have your name entered into a monthly drawing where one lucky name will be drawn to receive a Collagescape PhotoFrame. All you have to do is send me an email to include the Business Name, Storefront Address, Contact Name and Phone Number. Don't forget to give me your name and address so I can properly thank you.

Until next time.....we're planning a PARTY!!!!



Graduation Week

Quick update. . . .This is Graduation week and it is full of Senior activities for KC as well as the parents. Between running here and there and making sure everything is ironed I continue to work in spurts on some artwork. I had hoped to have some uploaded to my website or atleast something posted here by now, but have met myself coming and going. I will send out an update to my mailing list once everything is posted.

Until next to bake cookies for the Tennis Team Party this afternoon.



This and That

Thanks to everyone that visited during the party, left a comment, sent an email, called me and mailed surprises. I had a blast sharing my day with all of you. Already thinking about what we can do for the big 50 next year!

All the Party Favors have been mailed, that is all but 3 and I do not have a mailing address. Sorry girls but there are lots of Sue's, Lori's and Lizzie's out there and I have tried to narrow it down. If you joined the party and you are one of the names mentioned I would love to send you a Party Favor....please email me your mailing address.

My family honored me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers filled with my favorites, French White Roses and Yellow Daisies. Kaycee gave me the vintage sand pail I had found at Antiques Etc in Brunswick and the boys had Steve get the stacking suitcases from Jekyll Books at The Old Infirmary on Jekyll Island. Steve and I had dinner at Ruby Tuesday....absolutely wonderful as usual. On Saturday while Steve worked on some programming for work, Kaycee and I hit several antique shops, the mall and spent several hours at the beach. We ended the weekend with Kaycee's Baccalaureate on Sunday.

I have been working on several pieces since early morning and finally found a stopping place, so I scrubbed my hands of glues and sealers, came here to do a little catching up. If everything continues to go smooth I hope to share a few new pieces with you in the coming days.

Until next time.....Again thanks for all of the Birthday wishes.



Tag Your It

I have been tagged by one of my new found friends Sara of Sadie Olive. I am to list 7 random facts or habits about myself and then tag 7 of you to do the same.

1. The design on a dinner plate must always face me. No eating off an upside down bird or pear for me!

2. Every morning first things, I turn on all the lamps and open all the blinds in our home.

3. I try to keep fresh cut daisies in my Cobolt Fiesta vase unless Steve has surprise me with flowers.

4. I love Nascar. Do not call or drop by during a race!

5. I took tap lessons at the age of 23, tapped my way into our first child. Three kids later I was doing the Two Step with a lot of foot tapping that lead to stomping!!!!!

6. I bake homemade cookies every couple weeks and mail to my boys in Arkansas and Louisiana!

7. I sweep or dustmop our hardwood floors 2 or 3 times a day. I can't stand sandy floors!

Now it's my turn to tag.

Kristy at Kristy's Musings

Kelly at Soul Humming

Lara at Spirited Soul

Sue at Earthtone Studios

Kari at InkyTinker's Splats

Edina at Edina Tien

Kris at Blissful Elements

I am so far behind in reading blogs, I hope some of you have not already been tagged by our mutual friends.



Envelope Please

Inside was this beautiful handcrafted card from Tine. There are so many textures and layers and the warm rich colors and daisies. I love daisies!! It is gorgeous! Thank you Tine!

And thanks to all of you that dropped in for the Birthday Party. Those that left a comment have been emailed requesting your mailing address as your Party Favors are ready to address and be dropped off at the Post Office.

I will share my day with you in another post, as Kaycee and I are headed to a few antique shops and Jeykll Island for the afternoon while Steve works on some programming for work in the peace and quite of our home.

Until next time.....Off to do more birthday celebrating.




I took this photo a little earlier today standing just outside my garage. There is one lot between the Park and our home. This smoke is coming from the wildfires that are about 20-25 miles NW of us. It has been like this on and off going on two weeks with the past few days actually the worse. I went out early morning to water my flowers and came back in smelling like smoke after maybe 5 minutes. Not sure if all the flowers got a drink as I was hurrying, but will try again this afternoon. I keep thinking something is burning and it is smoke I smell in the house. I can't imagine what those that live right in the middle of all this are going through. For the past week, I have had a sore throat, itchy watery eyes and so stopped up that I have been on Benadryl for days. They are calling for a slight chance of scattered showers Friday afternoon and through the weekend. We don't need showers, we need RAIN, RAIN and more RAIN. If you pray please send one up for us here in Southeast Georgia. If you prefer to dance, get those feet moving! And by all means do both if it makes you happy!!

Until next time.....trying to get the nerve up to run a few must do errands!



It's a PARTY!!!

Yesterday I ran to the Post Office to ship out several recent orders and found an envelope in our box addressed to me from my friend Tine in Germany! I couldn't wait to open it..........

BUT when I turned it over to slip my letter opener in look what I found in BIG BOLD LETTERS! So I am now sitting here looking at this envelope, picking it up, turning it over, sitting it back on my desk, picking it up again, holding it in my hands and looking at that BIG BOLD "DO NOT OPEN BEFORE MAY-O4".

Friday I will celebrate my 49th Birthday and I am having a little party starting today. Everyone that attends will receive a party favor. You can even pick out your favor (a small envelope of snippets from my antique/vintage books, papers, etc. or a package of 2 Debbie Overton Designs notecards/envelopes).

To attend and receive your party favor, leave a comment on this post and let me know if you want snippets or notecards. Those attending will receive an email requesting your mailing address so I can send you your party favor.

Remember if you post anonymous I may not have a way of contacting you. Please leave me a clue as to which Debbie, Sara, Jane or John you are or you could leave your email address. (someone at

Until next time......I am working on a special project and gathering the party favors! Hope you can attend!



Senior Fun

We are enjoying all of the activities that come along with being a Senior so I have had very little time to create. My time will come again, but for now I am enjoying KC's last days of high school.

It was "Hoop and Hollar" at the high school this morning. Cap and Gowns were delivered and at 8:00 the soon to be grads marched through the hallowed halls of BCHS letting the entire school know that the big bad class of 2007 is about to GRADUATE! Do you know how loud 150+ kids can be hooping and hollaring? LOUD!!!! I was there along with a dozen or so other moms clicking their camera as they went from one hall to the other.

KC (middle) with a few of her friends.

This past Friday was "Disney Grad Nite 2007" an all-night party at Walt Disney World for seniors only. From 8 pm to 4 am they had Unlimited access to the Magic Kingdom® attractions including Space Mountain®, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain®, The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and more! Live music!
The Fray, Cassie, Cartel, and Cheskob. Dance Parties everywhere.

KC and friends after dancing at the All-Suds Foam Dance Zone.

KC - Always ready for the camera and having fun!!!

KC & Zach - Senior Prom.

I did spend some time at the local hardware store this past weekend purchasing several things for a project I am working on as time permits and have been playing with some wonderful old letters, photos and buttons that were recently given to me. One of KC's friends mom came by a few weeks ago and we had a wonderful visit. A few days later KC came home with a package that Janna's mom had sent me.....wonderful old buttons to add to my collection. And then on Prom night we had several of the girls and their dates meet here before heading off to Prom and in comes Janna with not one but two bags of things her mom had sent me.

Some of the buttons came from Karen's mother and her grandmother plus some she had picked up at an antique shop. The photos are all really old from tiny to 11 x 14. There was a huge stack of papers, but the stack of letters you can see in the center of photo was the best. This stack of letters was the correspondence between a Dr. Campbell in South Carolina and Miss Eula of Georgia. They were married October 20, 1915 and opened a drug store/soda fountain in Nahunta just up the highway from me. These letters were found in the house they lived in which Karen's relatives live in now. They gave the collection of letters and photos to Karen's mother. I can't wait for Karen to see what I am working on using some of the treasures she has shared with me.

Until next to another senior activity, then it's back to work on my project. Please remember us here in Southeast Georgia. The wildfires continue to cause more damage. The smoke has been rather heavy here again today and this morning we actually had ashes on the vehicle.