Wednesday, August 2, 2017

National Coloring Book Day!

Today is national Coloring Book Day. I've been doing a few coloring events this month so I'll be coloring at home tonight.
If you are going to be home too, download one of my free coloring book pages and celebrate the day! Go to my website: and click on the "Coloring Books" flower.

I had a Queen Bee coloring evening at TC SCOOPS last month. Some us colored Bee Crowns, others chose Chicken Cards or book marks. All of us enjoyed TC Scoops new Libations or delicious ice cream.
Have you tried the water filled paintbrushes with Aqua pencils yet? Join me on my next visit and we'll play with them.

Below are samples of some of works completed that night. Sammy brought her amazing colored pencil set that we all wanted...Zowie! My mom made a pretty Bee Crown. The young ladies colored cards.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Race of the Century

 The Collings Foundation presents: Race of the Century, Stow MA Transportation technologies from the last 100 years!

 And was it ever fun! The first race was against a 1867 Concord Stage Coach (purchased by Henry Ford and donated to the Wayside Inn), an early 1900 horseless carriage, A Bicycle and a bare foot runner.
 Husband Bill and Model T owner Jim, pose in front of the carriage as well as their wives. Ronnie and I were honored to be asked to be passengers for the RACE! Guess who won? The bike and the man running...almost a tie!

 Our Model T group of Five raced against each other. Here are a few more vehicles that competed...all for fun.
 A Biplane raced against a midget race car, a horse against some cars. It was incredible! Be sure to check this event out next year if you are local!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

FREE Coloring and Games at Celebrate Medway

CELEBRATE MEDWAY DAY is here again for it's 5th Year! Saturday July 15th from 2-9pm.

This year with the generous help of Bill Hoffman Naomi Price and David Brownell,  I've created and 8 page mini coloring/activity book, fun for every Medway Resident young and old!  Bet there will be a few Medway history type questions that might stump you.

Having done a lot of work over the years for many magazines including Highlights magazine for Children, coming up with the ideas for the pint sized games and hidden picture coloring pages was a snap.

Researching the information and arranging the book is where the team skills came in. Below is some of the paper work along with the sketches and ideas that went into this tiny booklet.

You will find your FREE copy in side Thayer House with plenty of pencils for coloring and filling in answers. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Queen Bee Coloring Tonight 7/11

Queen Bee Coloring for "Ladies Night" tonight at TC SCOOPS in Medway.

Join me for some tips on coloring with prismacolor pencils AND aqua pencils. Paint blend, learn some new tips tonight from 7-9pm.

Bring yourself and a friend. It will be fun and FREE!

Here's the start and finish of one of the coloring choices for the evening. I've colored mine, come and color yours.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Old Sturbridge Village

It was a special weekend at Old Sturbridge Village this month when horseless carriages, old cars and bikes were invited to share the town common.

All cars had to be older than 1940, and with a 1924 Model T Ford we fit the bill. Husband Bill was quite excited about this "Willy" running in it's original condition.

We were a group of 4 couples from the Central MA Model T Club. Some of us came in costume. I declined as I have been recovering from foot surgery and did not wish to call any more attention to my big sneaker and hobble.

Here is a view from the upstairs of one of the old homes that surround the town common. 70 old cars participated in the weekend event and were there for the looking!
Other modes of transportation were carts and several very cool bikes. Why did they make the wheels so big on these old cycles? So they could go faster. Each pedal push went a long way!

There was SOOOO much to see at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. I thought I might be bored but I barely saw everything I wanted to in two days!

We watched the tinsmiths make lanterns through out the day, the blacksmiths make iron hooks and the potter throwing pot after pot that will be kiln fired in the fall.

We visited the working farm, watched the cows being milked and saw the meals being cooked for the day.
One thing that really fascinated me were the ladies that wove straw for hats.  They took a piece of straw, split it into FOUR pieces, soaked the pieces and wove long bands of straw that they wrapped around a card that would go to the hat makers. There another long process began to make the men and ladies hats and bonnets. Bill is wearing an antique hat. I have NEW respect for the craftsmanship.

The country store has stood in the same place since it was constructed. The man who owned the building locked the doors and abandoned it with all it's contents 100 years ago. Lots of work to restore. Lots of original stuff inside. We also watched the cobblers create shoes whos soles attached to the leather uppers with tiny pegs of wood instead of nails.

A miniature horse club was also visiting. So there were many little buggies with the cutest little animals pulling them and their owners.

Three mills run on water power. Like the saw mill pictured. During the day you can see each one work.

Quite a few handmade antique quilts along with furniture etc. were in an air conditioned museum.

We had such a great time. Trust me if you like history, you won't be bored!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thornton Burgess and More

 On our way home from our gallery weekend trip, childhood friend Lugene and I stop at The Country Store in Craigville, and Green Briar Nature Center in Sandwich.

Green Briar is a home Thornton Burgess used to hang out at as a child. Thornton was a famous author   of children's books in the 1920's. It is said his popularity back then was comparable to Sesame Street of today.

His stories were syndicated in news papers from coast to coast. Toys, puzzles, games and dolls were some of the products produced under his name.
 In the back of the house is the amazing Green Briar Jam kitchen. Painted in it's original color, the kitchen with 10 hot tops still produces jam to this day.

Best of all you can get a group of friends together and a teacher will help you make your own jam! Now wouldn't that make a great ladies party?
 Here sits Lugene on the front porch of his great homestead. I LOVE the door.

There are also trails to walk and garden's to tour. Located on 6A in Sandwich. Worth the trip!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

FAN Gallery Show

Erica, Christine and Judith top picture. Linnea and Christine, bottom center
The Freelance Artist Network that I started in 1985 is still going strong! Thirteen artist members are exhibiting at the Falmouth Art Center June 2-30th. Enjoy a variety of art from, painting with tissue paper, 3-D cut paper, oil, acrylic and water color paintings, children's book illustrations and more. Check out the center for hours at:

Sandy Valpey Cordts FAN member and exhibitor, booked the gallery. Susan L Harte designed the postcard.

Erica Szuplat, Sandy Valpey, A. Michele, Linnea Leeming, Christine Hannon and myself, labeled  the cards, books and hung the show last Thursday
The opening was very well attended. I liked this display of black and white outfits with cut paper artist Susan Novich from FAN on left, and the most fabulously dressed lady between us!

 In the small pictures are: myself with my tissue paper paintings, High school friends of mine, Lugene and Michael, Sandy Valpey Cordts with Executive Director, Suzy. and Fan member and exhibitor Carol Way Wood. 

For the demo part of the evening, Sandy explained how she creates her architectural renderings to an engaged crowd. And I showed kids and adults how to color with aqua pencils and water filled brushes.  (A. Michelle who spent hours hanging the show, is pictured coloring at the far right of the coloring table).

Some kids colored, but mostly adults! My coloring books, posters, and DIY greeting cards will be on sale at the gallery all month long. Check them out on if you can't get to the gallery.

Fabulous food was brought by FAN members. The most exotic snack were the little boiled and salted crispy crabs brought by member and exhibitor Susan Medyn.
Pictured here are some of the artfully painted and colored book marks that were colored at the opening.

Other FAN artists exhibiting but not pictured above are: Lesley Breen Withrow, Nicole Tamarin, Mary Beth Cryan and Erica Campanella.

 The night Ended with my BFFs at Sea Food Sams. Clockwise from bottom left: Sandy, Lugene, Corey and me.