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Life is certainly a roller coaster. One minute you are sailing along enjoying the ride and the next you are plummeting into the unknown. With so many things happening to friends and family in the dawn of 2010, I find myself wondering about the Universe and our grand plan.

Right now, I’m dealing with infirm parents. It is time to look at assisted living for them and it is extremely difficult, as many of you are aware.  I am in the small town of Waldport (on the Oregon coast) allowing the sea to lull me into a hypnotic state.  When I am here, I can gaze, question and ponder.  Sometimes, I would like to live here, but then I would be too far away from the grandchildren and all the activity that I do dearly love with them.

Abigail was “crowned” 2010 Oregon Pinto Horse Association Sweetheart Princess.  And all her hard work with her horse last year paid off as she received High Point in her division.  My buttons were bursting with pride at the banquet.  Look at how she was honored…Nanny had lots of tears.

Abigail, 2010 Oregon Pinto Horse Association Sweetheart Princess

The Princess’crown

I was thrilled to learn that my friend Carol Parks has just purchased a house in Yachats, approx 10 minutes from my Waldport house.  She will be coming up from CA soon and I can hardly wait for her arrival. Oh, the plotting and creating that will commence!

Now, on to the events for 2010!!  We have been making posts updating and highlighting special classes and sales, but there is so much more going on!  Vegas is just around the corner and promises to be a fabulous event. There are still openings in some classes, and if you email me about a class that is closed, you  never know, you just might get a spot!! 

In Virginia, we have added some amazing instructors and classes. Check out Tory Brokenshire  and Julie Haymaker Thompson!!  Oh my gosh, these two are going to knock your socks off! 

Troy Brokenshire’s, Can I Do That, Michelangelo?

Troy Brokenshire’s, The Inventor

Felt for Troy Berkenshire’s Never Felt Better Bags

Troy Brokenshire’s Never Felt Better bags

Julie Haymaker Thompson’s Walking Rusty

Julie Haymaker Thompson’s Steampunk Lily

Julie Haymaker Thompson’s More Steampunk Lily

Julie Haymaker Thompson’s More Steampunk Lily

Leighanna has a new class that she is introducing: The Construction of an Art Book: Metal, Canvas & Mesh No Sew Binding  on Monday.  

Leighanna Light’s The Construction of an Art Book: Metal, Canvas & Mesh No Sew Binding

More art books

More art books


Remember—if you are thinking of signing up but are waiting until time draws near, that could be a problem.  Instructors have to make their arrangements early to get the best rates and if they do not have a good showing in their classes, they have to cancel.  So don’t wait.  With our payment plan, you can make a small deposit and then pay the balance when you are able.  Be sure to email me directly if you have questions. I am happy to work with you in order to help facilitate your attendance.

I don’t have a large family, but when we all gather together we are an impressive group. For Thanksgiving, we decided to rent a huge house in Sunriver, Oregon and enjoy snow and the activities associated with the white stuff. With nine children ranging in age from 3 to 18 years and 9 adults living in one house for 6 days, it was quite the experience. 

Our rental house had 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms (a definite necessity). There were three living areas, an amazing gourmet kitchen, 9 TVs(!!), and tons of room. It was the perfect setting for my family. My brother from San Jose joined us withVonnie, Derek and their 6 kids, my niece her husband and 3 little ones and my nephew and his darling wife.

Days were spent on Mt. Bachelor snowboarding or sledding. No, not me. I worked on Portland classes for 2010 on my laptop in the lounge!  Hot Buttered Rums are as close to getting on a ski lift as I want to be.

The Sunriver resort offers wonderful holiday events and we went to as many as possible. After producing the first Festival of Lights at the Grotto (in 1988) I am always drawn to light displays.  Wondering what is new and what the business is offering the public. Sunriver got the hype going for the lighting ceremony on Friday evening with caroling and updates on Santa’s arrival. Abigail and her two cousins were chosen to “flip the switch” much to their delight. 

We then went to view the gingerbread house display. All the houses were made by the local residents and children. No fancy structures from professionals so it was really fun.  Our favorite was from the movie “A Christmas Story”….complete with the fish stocking lamp and little boy with his tongue stuck to the flag pole. Very creative.

We returned home late Sunday all saying that it was the best Thanksgiving EVER and are planning to return next year.

Luke and cousin Libby

The cleanup crew

Abby & Libby on the way to the hot tub

Lighted train

Gingerbread house

Little boy with tongue stuck to flagpole

Playing in the snow outside the gingerbread house

Looking through the window

I have received some additonal photos from the Spooktacular and had to share them!
Road Crew
Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Batman & Friend

Our final show of the season was held over Halloween weekend and appropriately called “The Spooktacular”. The highlight of the show every year is the costume contest, and it’s amazing to see the creativity that abounds. Our entry was a collaborative effort involving most of our barn friends; a lot of work and a lot of fun.   

We decided  to build a chariot and have it pulled by two of our mini horses. The minis pull carts in competition, but not as a team, so aside from constructing an authentic and safe chariot, the task was to take two itty bitty horses and convince them to work together. Easier said than done. The efforts were rewarding and the girls took the grand prize in the contest.

The practice run. Yay, it’s holding together. 

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Abby & Cassandra with their trusty team Maestro and Gator.

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Look at those ponies go!


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