Another Favorite Thing...

Another of my favorite things this winter--my new Uggs! I waited a long time to buy Uggs, but after I tried on a pair of my sisters' I love them. I ordered the dark brown ones, and got them in overnight from Zappos , and I've worn them everyday since. I love them!! I usually wear 7.5 or 8, but was advised to order down, so I ordered a 7, and they are indeed perfect. I will be a long time fan of Uggs! My husband says they're Ugg-ly, so that's how I know I have found a great pair of shoes! :) I just hope I don't drip paint on them!


Favorite Things this Winter!

I have a list of things that I'll show you soon, but for now, I MUST share this--it has been a necessity on my hands.  As much as I wash my hands, my hands tend to get dry, but add winter heating in the house, and MAN!  My fingertips suffer.  Then it's Bag Balm to the rescue!  Try it!  I got mine at Limestone Drug a few years ago.  Yes!  It lasts forever....and it's not just for cow teats either. :)


Today's Thoughts....

When I read this devotion this morning from Living Today from the Living Bible, I felt it to be so appropriate for feeling overwhelmed as I'm tempted to feel right now with the holidays rushing toward us like a freight train.  I know I am not the only one feeling this way, so I share....

The punishment you gave me was the best thing that could have happened to me, for it taught me to pay attention to your laws. --Psalm 119:71

Even though Jesus was God's Son, He had to learn from experience what it was like to obey when obeying meant suffering.   If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.  Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later. (My favorite reminder!) Is your life full of difficulties and temptations?  Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, and don't  try to squirm out of your problems.

He knows every detail of what is happening to me; and when he has examined me, he will pronounce me completely innocent---as pure as solid gold!  I have stayed in God's paths, following his steps, I have not turned aside.

Do you remember how the Lord led you through the wilderness for all those forty years, humbling you and testing you to find out how you would respond, whether or not you would really obey him?  So you should realize that, as a man punishes his son, the lord punishes you to help you.  Obey the laws of the Lord your God.  Walk in his ways and fear him.


Become a True Follower!

As some of you realized yesterday, it pays to be a "follower" of my blogs!  Yes, you may follow my blog, but are you enlisted on the sidebar over there?  Add yourself today, and see how the rewards will be wonderful!  They may bring you free things, discounted things or plain ol' good info.  Just sign on and see...


Blog Follower Special!

OK, here is your reward if you signed on as a follower:
Come to tonight's Wine & Paint Night for only $20! 
Theme: Shoes!
4 spots left.  
Yes!  There are rewards for those who pay attention to my blog,
no matter how random and silly it may seem at times. ;)
Hint: Become a follower today and catch the next surprise!



Who doesn't like shoes?  This time of year is my favorite because I love boots so much.  When I get back from St. Paul next week I will have my last Wine & Paint Night of the year!  It's going to be Tuesday night from 7pm-9pm with door opening at 6:30 so that people can come in, open their drinks, munch on some hors d'oeuvres.  We'll paint on a very horizontal canvas!  There are about 5 spots available, so if you would like to join me, please call the studio with your credit card number.  It is very safe to leave on voicemail.  OR, you can leave a check in my mailbox outside my door or bring it in on Saturday.  First money, first serve. :)  


This Week's Gallery Hours

Happy Veteran's Day everyone--I hope that you will take time to honor the veterans who have served our country to preserve our freedom!
The gallery will be closed today AS WELL AS the rest of this week until Saturday as we are making some changes and I will be in St. Paul for the Art Open House--I'm really excited about that!  I hope this doesn't inconvenience anyone.
An exciting change that is taking place in my building is that my husband's business avWORKS is moving in!  Expect an even more hi-tech studio experience when you attend a class or book the building for a meeting, etc.  It will be equipped with a theater where you can experience the greatest in learning through training DVDs! Maybe even movie nights--hmm...Won't that be awesome?  So, just a reminder:

One of my new encaustic (beeswax) paintings I did for my show in St. Paul.  I have another one very similar to it in MY gallery in Athens--hint, hint.  It would make a beautiful addition to someone's bar area just in time for the holidays. ;)

St. Paul Art Show - Join Us!

November 15
6 - 9 pm
Home Gallery of Claire Kayser
paintings, pottery, mosaic art, books & their authors, jewelry, culinary arts, live music!
Get a jump start on holiday shopping with gifts that are completely unique and one of a kind - ART!
Grab a friend and come mingle with the artists and creative people and listen to some live jazz! Buy something unique and original for loved ones on your list!

Support artists!



With all the campaigning overwhelming us everywhere we look, it will finally be decided tomorrow.   I hope everyone gets out to vote!
Regardless who wins the election for President tomorrow, let's be reassured of many truths:

That God is still sovereign in our universe--He will ultimately be in control. Still.
That God comes before America.
That our main purpose will still be to win hearts over to God.
That we should still spread God's message to others.
That God loves you!
That our children will still want to spend time with us.
That the kitchen still needs to be cleaned and the beds made.
That paintings still need to be painted.
That your dog loves you.

Why I'm A Conservative Republican

President 2012!


I'm Sharing...

I'm sharing with you my choice for President of our United States of America!
Please plan to look at both candidates (their pasts, their records, their plans)
 as I have, and get out there and vote on Tuesday!
Hopefully, you will conclude what I have about the best choice for our country's future in the way of the economy, jobs, security, and leadership.  Look at their experience, judgement, character, past voting record, stands on moral issues.  It is time for change--not a switch to Socialism, but reform within our current Capitalist, FREE, powerful America.  

John McCain and Sarah Palin!