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.
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 nellscrafts.com –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