All’s Well That Ends Well

As I write to you on this glorious sunny afternoon, I’m filling orders from the Home and Garden Show and getting ready to paint again.

I’m also reflecting on the wonderful week I’ve had since we last talked. My latest painting, “Hills Is Where the Toys Are,” was featured on Pittsburgh Today Live with Pittsburgh Dad, and the great publicity brought it lot of attention. The prints are selling like hotcakes, and people are collecting the gift items as well. The small run of Hills ornaments I ordered sold out in just two days! (Don’t worry, I will order more!)

On Friday night, Pittsburgh Dad and his producer Chris stopped by my booth, and we posed for a photo together with the original pastel painting. The pictures turned out great – as if I needed a reminder of how short I really am!

Under the category of “Six Degrees of Separation,” it turns out that Pittsburgh Dad’s neighbors (no, not the infamous “Tom!”) who appear in the painting on the far right are actually related to the president of my BNI business networking group. It really is a small world after all!

After a slow week because of the unseasonably cold weather, I was grateful for the big crowds who showed up for the weekend. But I was also more than a little grateful when Sunday evening came, and it was time to go home!

I know I talk a lot about how my husband is my biggest fan and world’s best assistant. But another person who is important to my success is my daughter Brittany. Brittany is a natural-born comedian (must be Tom’s genes?). Each year, she finds something “interesting” to wear while we tear down the booth. For example, this year we were working together on sealing woodwork to take back home, and she chose this new green hat. Brittany isn’t always front and center in these newsletters, but she’s always behind the scenes supporting me and keeping me organized. I love her immensely.

In fact, I want to take this opportunity to thank my entire team of friends who volunteer each year to help me with the Home and Garden Show and other events. You are an important part of helping make each show a success, and I couldn’t do it without your support. I consider myself very blessed.

P.S. – Speaking of blessings, I would love to hear about the blessings in your life. Drop me an email at

P.P.S. – One of the things I really enjoy as I finish each original painting is getting it framed. I always take my time picking out the perfect frame, and The Courtney-Laughlin Gallery and Frame Studio has great instincts for choosing the right design for my original pastels. We all put our heads together to come up with the perfect frame. I’m especially proud of the gorgeous frame we created for the “Santa’s Joyride” original. It feels just right for the “personality” of this painting. What do you think? When I saw it framed for the first time right before the show started, I felt like I was opening a present on Christmas morning!

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