Happy Thanksgiving!

As we all gather together with families and take time to reflect on our blessings and everything we are grateful and thankful for, Little Red Bear and I would like to take just a moment to extend our very best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Art by Norman Rockwell

“Thanksgiving” by Norman Rockwell

We are thankful for so much, including each and every one who supports and encourages us thru following, reading, liking, sharing and commenting as we go along. Wishing everyone a wonderful day together with family and loved ones.

"Cousin Reginald Catches the Thanksgiving Turkey" by Norman Rockwell. Cover of 'Country Gentleman' Magazine, 1917

“Cousin Reginald Catches the Thanksgiving Turkey” by Norman Rockwell, cover of ‘Country Gentleman’ Magazine, 1917

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is Thank You, it will be enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart

"Freedom From Want" by Norman Rockwell, 1942

“Freedom From Want” by Norman Rockwell, 1942

Thanks as always for visiting and Happy Thanksgiving!   —  Jim (and Red!)

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Happy Autumn! Back to Work on the Store!

Wishing everyone a beautiful first official day of Autumn as we say goodbye to summer today. Apples, pumpkins, cider and apple butter, hayrides, changing leaves on the hills, fall baking, cookies and so much more await as we lead up to the holiday season that seems to run from Halloween to the Super Bowl now.  The fall season brings a refreshing and invigorating freshness and revitalizing crispness to the air.  Comfortably warm days and welcome, blissfully cool nights.

Autumn Hills Foliage, Missouri Ozarks

Autumn Hills Foliage, Missouri Ozarks

A busy week ahead with much to do here. I took a little break from my online store over the summer, concentrating heavily on writing projects and developing new designs and patterns, but back to it in earnest now.  Writing is fun, the store pays for the groceries.

Five new bears were finished last week, along with a dozen antiqued Mini American Flags for bear and doll displays. The first in a new line of Handmade Wooden Mini Bear and Doll Chairs were finished as well. Rocking Chairs in different styles, and a “surprise” design of my own. Hope you like them!

Several new Sea Glass and Healing Stone Pendants have been wrapped and are ready, also.  I was fortunate enough to find some beautiful, rare red beach glass pieces over the summer, and have the first few finished.  Watch for them all to be listed into the store by the end of the week, with more new bears and other creations to follow.

Charles Wysocki Art, Making Flags

Charles Wysocki Art, Making Flags

Work continues on the Poetry Project with Charles Dickens still taking up residence in my mind, in addition to working with Little Red Bear to finish his first collection of short story adventures for release after the holidays. Busy times.

Separately, Rusty the Fairydiddle, the Blog Assistant here, left for an out of town assignment a few weeks ago and I have not heard from him lately. If anyone has seen him or knows of his whereabouts, please give a holler.  As you probably know, he will be the Red Squirrel carrying a notepad, among other things.  He was headed in the direction of Florida.  I will let you know if and when I hear something myself. Starting to get a little worried.

As always, thanks for reading and following along and have a great day! Happy Autumn! – Jim (and Red!)

Norman Rockwell- "Grandpa and Me: Raking Leaves",  Four Seasons Calendar, 1948

Norman Rockwell- “Grandpa and Me: Raking Leaves”, Four Seasons Calendar, 1948