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What a wonderful way to start off the month of December! The snow lately has made everything feel so "Christmassy" and beautiful, I just had to share a few pictures here with you.








Posted By Alicia

Summer sure seems to be speeding by quickly! I haven't kept up with blogging as often as I had planned, but I hope there are still a few of you enjoying the blog anyways!

My mom has been laid up for over 2 months with a very painful hernaited disc, and will be having surgery in a few days. Because of this and other important things that popped up which have needed my attention, the remaining custom work has been a bit slow in being completed, however I'm just about done, whew! Once all orders are completed however, I will not be accepting additional custom orders for a while, so that I can "re-charge" a bit.

I realize there are many of you whom have been patiently waiting for a chance to place a custom order, and I'm sorry to have to ask you to wait a bit longer. My family and health have to come first and need my focus at the time, so I expect to put a hold on returning to custom orders for a few months. Non-custom art will continue to be made available through my eBay Store and Etsy shop.

If you aren't signed up yet to receive my email newsletters, please do join my email list if you would like to stay informed on my schedule for limited openings and other news!

I'm enjoying the Summer Olympics - wasn't the opening ceremony amazing? Wow! I'm going to be following the USA women's gymnastics in particular, especially Iowa girl Shawn Johnson!





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It's amazing how life for so many people can turn upside down in such a short time. My city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, suffered severe devastation from record breaking floods over the last week. (If you missed coverage on the news, you can view a great deal of footage on by typing in "Cedar Rapids Flood".) It is a difficult time and sad to see so much loss all around, yet we are so thankful that there are have been minimal injuries or deaths.

Thanks so much to all of you that emailed and called to check on me after hearing about the disaster on the national news - I am a bit shaken, but safe and sound! I personally have SO very much to be thankful for, besides the most important fact that my family, pets, and friends are safe, that my home was safe from the flood water. We are thankful to have electricity and phones working and had wonderful news yesterday that the city water is improving capacity so this is going to be a huge help in getting everything a bit more normalized.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, I really appreciate it!

Posted By Alicia

Believe it or not, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake centered in Illinois early this morning was felt here in Eastern Iowa, about 400 miles from the epicenter. I have always been fascinated with the reported behavior of pets and other animals before earthquakes and natural disasters. However, I slept through it, and none of my pets showed any odd behavior enough to wake me.  We are thankful that it wasn't a big deal! :) After being in a tornado watch last week and having to get the birds set up in travel carriers just in case, there has been a lot of excitement around here. It's a good reminder to have your emergency gear and extra food supplies for your pets all ready for situations when you may need to hurry to safety! I'm glad that my birds love to go into their travel/emergency carriers and seemed to enjoy the few hours spent waiting it out.

Hearing about the earthquake does bring back memories of going through the Mt. Pinatubo volcano eruption in the Philippines in 1991, which was certainly QUITE an event to live through! The house shook, and while we had no structural damage, we had ash damage. Our car,  yard, and the majority of the surface of most objects indoors as well were covered and took days to clean and make livable! But in light of the tremendous losses that were sustained by others, we were incredibly grateful. What an experience!




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