Monday, November 28, 2011

On Duty

This cat is alert and on duty. He has examined every leaf and is on the lookout for birds in the sky and other creatures and humans below. Even if he doesn’t take a swat at any of them, he just has to know all that is going on.

This picture is made of: gray poplar, mulberry, maple, hornet nest, cotton and banana peel.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Thing To Be Thankful For

Yes, it may be overused, but it is true that if I listed everything that I have to be thankful for I’d be here all day, and so would you. Instead I would simply like to zero in on one thing I’m thankful for.

I’m thankful that my parents chose to homeschool me. Most people my age have to be at school seven hours every day, five days a week, equaling 35 hours every week. That doesn't count their endless hours of homework. With a 180 day school year you’re talking 900 hours a year. I couldn't spend 900 of my brightest and most awake hours and maintain my business at the same time.

Of course my parents give high value to education, but my business is an important part of my education. If my parents had put me in school, my business would surely be much smaller. Truly, I don’t think it would exist at all. I’m so thankful for the time, money, thought and love my parents have invested in my hand-crafted education. I could still be an artist if I went to a public school, but I wouldn’t have time to really put my heart into what I do or share it with others.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Where I'll Be Sunday...

I will be demonstrating and selling cornhusk creations while my dad and brother provide the "live mountain music on the porch".

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Come Celebrate during the Northeast Georgia Arts Tour!

Tour is November 11-13, 2011


The Saturday Shop


Sarah’s Lavender Cottage

Our part of the show is Saturday only, November 12, 2011
10-5 p.m.

The Saturday Shop ~ John Kollock’s gallery will be filled with an assortment of new paintings. In addition there will be all of his latest prints and books. John is always delighted to discuss his work and the background and history of each piece.

Sarah’s Lavender Cottage ~ A place to see 16-year-old Sarah Samsel’s scenes made from pressed flowers, leaves and other plant material. She will also be showing cornhusk dolls and other items. Sarah will be demonstrating pressed-flower art.

Nathaniel Samsel ~ 2011 Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Champion Nathaniel Samsel will be playing carols and other music on his dulcimer and banjo throughout the event. Nathaniel is 13 years old.
450 Bybrook Trail, Clarkesville, Georgia; for details call: 706-754-9200
For more locations on the arts tour visit: