Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Why am I leaving the South for New England.

I saw this on a Vermont Realtor web site and realized how much I miss the life in New England. I have been working long and hard to get the house here ready for the market. I have actually found a great home on the outskirts of a wonderful Vermont town called Brandon. It has the essence and character I am searching for and I enjoy the town. I think it would be a nice fit for my studio and business but first I need to find a buyer for this adorable Cape Cod.
As friendly as the people seem in the South, a New Englander doesn't just wave they ask you your name and are interested in your story. Neighbors talk to each other and help each other without hesitation, not that North Carolinian' don't it is that I have never experienced it or seen it. Maybe it is because the winters are hard and nature is always present ready to Wow you or take your leg off, whatever it is that makes up the New Englander they are welcoming to all who live there.
This is what I discovered which by the way is written by a good ol' Southern boy but what truth - and a good laugh.

Forget Rednecks is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about New Englanders...

  • If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you live in New England .
  • If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don't work there, you live in New England
  • If you've worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in New England .
  • If you've had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you live in New England
  • If "Vacation" means going anywhere south of New York City for the weekend, you live in New England
  • If you measure distance in hours, you live in New England .
  • If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in New England .
  • If you have switched from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again, you live in New England
  • If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in New England .
  • If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked, you live in New England
  • If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you live in New England
  • If you design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in New England
  • If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph -- you're going 80 and everybody is passing you, you live in New England .
  • If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you live in New England .
  • If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you live in New England .
  • If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you live in New England .
  • If you find 10 degrees "a little chilly", you live in New England .
  • If you actually understand these jokes, you live in ......... NEW ENGLAND!
In no means am I saying that the Southern people are not friendly just friendly in a different way than the North or more to the point the New Englander.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Contact Info.

If you need to contact me for info you can easily send me an email through the numerous sites I utilize contact page. This does not mean you are dealing with a fictional person just someone protecting their personal info on the internet. For some reason lately I have had a few cliches come up and just feel it is better for my own sanity to guard most of the contact info you would normally see. Most artist work from their studios which are linked to their homes and the line can be blurred between business and personal with too much information being released. This is why I have simplified and blocked or deleted most of my info. At this point of time most of us either text or email what we need to do so really why show all the rest. I answer all my inquiries promptly. I also make my studio available by appointments. So when browsing through an artists website and you think they are being elusive, they are just trying to keep themselves safe from prying eyes and unscrupulous people.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Something new in the shop.

I have been working on some new things for my Etsy Shop. The most recent are these fun wooden recycled bits of cedar shakes I cut into little rectangles and strung them with waxed leather cording. To finish them off I gave the ends wooden decorative beads. I just think they are so fresh and fun and very unique. Each necklace has a different hand painted nature inspired illustration making them a true original very mini piece of art you can hang around your neck. The cord is cut to a nice workable length of 36 inches. Great gift idea for the upcoming holidays or what a different hostess gift for those get together.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Joined Handmade Spark

I decided to try Handmade Spark which works with Etsy and helps to promote your Etsy shop. It is very easy to join and add your mini website which is your shop. You get quite a bit for a small fee of $6/month and if interested in more about Handmade Sparks just click on the avatar at the left. I have had gradual success with my shop and feel this only helps market it to more people and what better time to do so then with the holidays coming. Give it a try....


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