Brian, stocking the store, and the BIG NEWS!

Hi everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter weekend. We had a nice, quiet one—my single brother came over, and of course Brian and Stryker were here from Friday until Tuesday. The only way it would have been better would have been if our older son Craig could have been here. He lives in the Seattle area. Craig always comes home for about 10 days at Christmas. Smile

Tuesday we took Brian to the the first specialist we talked to. He confirmed the good news on the PET scan and said Brian looks to be the perfect candidate for a clinical trial for a new cancer vaccine. It looks like it will start in a couple months . We have been assured that it will not hurt to wait until then. They will continue to monitor Brian and if anything changes , they will precede with chemo. Brian will probably start back to work next week. His numbness in his fingers still lingers, but it is not too bad—he should be ok. The doctor also wants to try to wean him off Dylantin which makes all of us a little nervous—the aura of a seizure is not pleasant-but he will stay on Kepra which is the main anti seizure drug. Please keep him in your thoughts!! He has a long way to go.

After our last show, we prepared to take product up to the store in northwest Pa. that we sell in. I thought I would show you what this very nice store looks like. It is not a strictly primitive store, but is very nice, well run, and very popular. The first photo shows Jane, the owner of “Nell’s Crafts”. Hi Jane!!






Any signs up high n the walls are my work………


Jane sews great sweatshirts and jackets………….


More of my signs up above………………………..










The beautiful Allegheny river winding past Franklin Pa. and Clarion Pa……….


Stryker was a pretty good kitty during his visit—except he LOVES it up on my dining room table !!  GRRR!!!  Looking a bit guilty here…..


When Stryker was a baby, he kept falling off the back of my camelback sofa….now he just straddles it and digs his claws in so he won’t roll off !!


Some of the clothes I bought from Jane….. my Steeler jacket…………….I love it,so warm and comfy…….I also have a snowman one—wears like iron!!



My sweatshirt cardigan…made by Jane’s former partner…………



There is a pumpkin on the back of this sweatshirt—too cute!!


Nell’s Crafts is located in the Cranberry Mall outside of Franklin Pa. at 6945  Route 322 between Franklin Pa. and Clarion Pa. (Northwest Pa.) Jane is just now starting a selling website and has joined Facebook. The website is –if it is not ready yet, try again soon—it is almost ready to go!!

Now, for the BIG NEWS—-I have several times said on past posts that big news was coming. It actually came just a few days before Brian told us about his tumor. Naturally, he was our priority and everything else was put on the back burner. I am SO HAPPY to tell you that we just signed a contract to have my art published  and distributed nationally by Penny Lane Publishing. They represent many of the best country folk artists like Linda Spivey, John Sliney, Donna Atkins etc. Hopefully they will like my pieces in person as much as they liked the email images. However, everything I sell at shows will still be OOAK originals. It is very exciting, but could take as much as a year before we see things in the market. I am hoping to get into calendars, wall paper, and other licensed products after getting a start with prints. Keep your fingers crossed for us !

Thanks so much for your support of this newbie to blogging….have a wonderful evening !!–Jan


20 comments on “Brian, stocking the store, and the BIG NEWS!

  1. marly says:

    FABULOUS!!! Congratulations! How wonderful for you! And news on Brian is good too. That photo of Stryker holding on to the sofa is a riot!

    • Marly, Thank you so much–it is really exciting and mind boggling with what we have to do with our paintings–I have to remember to put specific info on the back of each and also remember not to paint anything important within 1/2 inch of the edge all the way around. Hope I can remember that when I’m working! Stryker is a good kitty, but still has some kitten ways–we really enjoy him! We’re praying everything else goes well for Brian–it could be a lot worse than it is. We’re grateful for any good news on him.–Hugs, Jan

  2. Cindy says:

    Hi Jan,
    What exciting news!! Congrats!!
    Loved seeing all the photos of the shop that you have your work in. Looks like a great place to shop.
    Will continue to say prayers for Brian.

    • Thank you Cindy–we’ve been wanting to publish for years and just decided to take the leap!! The shop is great and is so well run. I used to sell in other shops, but I pulled out of them because they got kind of shabby. Thank you for your continued prayers.–hugs, Jan

  3. Janet says:

    Hi Jan,

    Wow, so much to comment on. 🙂

    Still praying that everything will be ok for Brian. I am glad that you can keep us posted. 🙂

    I love kitties…Stryker cracks me up. LOL

    Oh those pictures…I love those kind of stores. Mom calls them ‘NO NO’ stores..because they are stores that you can spend a lot of time and money in. lol…I got the time but not the money…oh well 🙂

    Congrats on your big news.. that is so cool. I hope it works out very well for you.

    Praying for you all. Take care, Janet W ((HUGS))

  4. Christine says:

    Wonderful news all round, Jan! Congratulations on the new opportunities opening up!
    Love the pics of the store and the lovely countryside of NW PA.

  5. Karen says:

    Oh Jan such good news about and for Brian…praying so hard!!!
    Wow the shop looks awesome. I may have to find this place for one of my trips to PA.
    CONGRATULATIONS KIDDO…No better feeling than to have your products recognized and reproduced…what an honor…I’m praying it will be a go.

    • Karen, thank you so much for your sweet comments. I seem to always hold my breath when I see Brian–poor kid, I’m always hugging him when I am within arm’s length!! The store is really outstanding–and remember, the photos were taken just a week before Easter so much of the product was already sold. At Christmas the store is amazing!! We are really excited about the publishing–we sent images of 20 oieces and they liked them all. Hopefully they will want to PRINT them all!! :)–Jan

  6. betty crowe says:

    It is thrilling to hear all of your good news. Brian continues to be in my prayers. Congrats on your contract. Keep us posted. You need to hear a “little good news” to quote Anne Murray’s old song.

    • Betty–there was a time this spring I thought there could never be good news again. Thank you for your prayers.You are right–we can use all the good news we can get!!–thanks for always being there!!–hugs, Jan

  7. Steph says:

    It sure sounds like things are really starting to brighten up:) Congrats on your new contract. I am so happy for you. The store looks like a place we have here in my town. I visit there as much as I can. -Steph-

    • Hi Steph, I’m holding my breath–trying to remember we have a long way to go with Brian.Thank you for all your support–it means a lot to all of us. I wish I could visit the store here more often, but it is an hour away and that eats up a lot of work time. It is a wonderful store though!!–hugs, Jan

  8. Sheila says:

    Hello Jan~
    just getting around to reading a few blogs and taking a minute to comment here and there. Things have been a bit hectic and I’ve not had much time to blog and miss everyone, so I had to stop by.
    That is wonderful news for Brian, and a step forward towards his healing and moving on with life. He’ll continue to be in my prayers.
    Exciting news on your work! Can’t wait to be able to buy some pieces for my home!! The pictures of the store looks like some great shopping too.
    I best be getting back to creating. . . . some days I wonder why I even bother but need to keep plugging along.
    hugz and blessings,

    • Hi Sheila! We’re taking baby steps with Brian. Thank you for your sweet comment about my work–we’ve been wanting to do this for a long time–lacked the confidence to try!I have a plan–just need to get farther along in my work–will let you know soon about it!!–big hugs–Jan

  9. Mary says:

    Good luck to Brian!

    Congrats on your new venture!

  10. Angie Berry says:

    Glad you had a good Easter, my friend! It’s great to hear some good news on Brian! I hope everything works out fine.

    What an awesome store that is! I wanna come shop in it!

    Oh Jan, that is absolutely exciting and I am very thrilled for you!! I love Penny Lane, they have some of my favorite artists and now soon to be one more! YAY!!! You let me know when your calendar and note cards come out… I’m buying!! =]

  11. Julie says:

    Hi Jan–
    You asked about my wool runner. The pattern is called,”It’s a Crock” by Primitive Pieces by Lynda. I love her patterns. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Have a great day.

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