Looking forward to a little down time

My husband Tom and I are preparing to leave for Maine this weekend for some soul rejuvenation. I feel that nature does that, I also think that a painting is in the future with some wording like that. It has been a busy few months. I have done art shows in Indianapolis, Northville Michigan, La Grange Kentucky and Fort Wayne, IN. There is much preparation for shows and I always feel very stressed the week of the show and now we are going to have some well needed down time. I have found that no matter how much I sell at a show I always come away with more than that. I meet many people, who get introduced to my work. I get a lot of good feedback which means so much. My helpers are top notch and I enjoy spending time with them. It’s fun and hard work growing my art business. This painting is a print of my “In the Pines” and my sister Linda had it framed. It just looks so lovely.

This was taken on the Fourth of July from my back porch of the downtown Fort Wayne fireworks. I couldn’t see all of them but the tall ones were bright.

The video above, I took from my booth at Three Rivers Art Fair in Fort Wayne. Our booth was tucked behind the statue of Anthony Wayne on his horse, which drew a lot of folks to it but I feel that our placement didn’t draw the crowds like others. I have asked for a different spot next year. The kids loved climbing on it, many had their picture taken with it and the horse was anatomically correct with the 10-12 year old boys laughing and pointing at it. This cat painting was a hit and  my sister Linda purchased it, she loved it so much. What a complement. I have prints though in my http://etsy.com/shop/heresmyhart etsy shop, and which a few purchased at the show. .

My customer that purchased the original In The Pines sent a picture showing where she put it. I was quite thrilled to get it!

Such fun it was to carve new stamps for my note cards! So connect to my facebook page and instagram because I will be posting pictures of our trip along the way. I’m so excited!!

Greenville, Ohio

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On July 4th my husband and I drove to Greenville, Ohio for his aunts 90th birthday get together. But before I show you my pictures I needed to start out my post with a Ronald Reagan quote.

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In the city of Greenville, they had a round a bout and it was lined with flags. A very impressive site.

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The family had the birthday get together at the Saint Clair Manor. I could not find much history about it but this: St. Clair Manor Elegance. Convenience. Service. Built during the Victorian Era, the St. Clair Manor offers the elegance of days gone by with today’s modern conveniences. In this historic mansion, visitors enjoy formal sitting and dining rooms with originial woodwork and ironwork as well as stained-glass windows and gas fireplaces. The Italianate architecture offers the perfect setting for social gatherings, corporate events, weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, anniversary celebrations, open houses and holiday events. Situated in the historic downtown Greenville district, St. Clair Manor is within walking distance of restaurants, shops and entertainment.

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Pictured is one of the dark and ornate rooms.

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A close up of the lions head. I am not convinced it is real.

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The living room, lots of wood and I think the stairway is quite pretty.

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A better look at the stairway. Pretty garland adorning the railing.

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Quite a large fireplace.

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I always enjoy stained glass windows.

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Here it is on the outside of the house, it is the lower one.

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The dining room. I was impressed with the built ins.

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The end of the dining room bows. You can see it in the outside picture with the stained glass window.

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The ornate ceiling and decoration around the room.

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The grounds were nicely groomed and the tent was a nice place to have the guests sit. The weather was perfect, warm but not too much and humidity was low.

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The working, 3 tiered fountain was very, very nice. My husband and I were getting ready to depart. We were having friends over for a cookout in the evening, along with swimming and watching the fireworks all around us. It was a great holiday weekend! I hope you did too and lets have a great week ahead! Thanks for stopping.