Angel Collage

This is the angel collage that was published in RubberStampMadness...Issue No. 166 (November, December, January 2010)with a little detail that was altered. My original piece was made using an angel image that was nude. RSM wrote a thoughtful request to me and I made another angel with a cover-up.

It is so exciting to see your artwork in print! RSM is an awesome publication to work with and I would encourage anyone who is a rubber stamper to support this publication by ordering a subscription AND submitting your artwork! GO FOR IT!


This was my first retreat experience with my sister....the whole glorious weekend! I had such a great experience....and apparently did not wear on the nerves of the others as I have been invited back for next year!....WooHoo for me!

This is a very cool bridge that we cross over from Iowa into Wisconsin. Our retreat house is high on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.

My digital camera is no longer working so I used one of the disposable cameras. Not the best photos!

The retreat house has been completely renovated keeping the character of the house. It was built during the Civil War many very cool things about this house!

This is the front door which opens in front of the stairs. On the right is the living room and the left would have been the dining room now converted to a lovely sewing room for the ladies.

I love the door bell that is mounted in the middle of the door and gives such a cool "ring".

This rug was hand painted on the wood floors at the top of the staircase. What a great slipping for sure!

There were three bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs. There was a half bath downstairs right next to the sewing room. The layout of this retreat house was perfect!

The kitchen was open....not too big either. Our meals were prepared by our hostess so we didn't have to worry about the prep did have a dishwasher after a visitor had written in the house journal....."we would love to have a dish washer....we want him young and handsome"! Apparently the owner of the cottage takes all hints pretty seriously. After much searching for the young and was easier to install the mechanical device!

The sitting room was so relaxing......I called it my zen room. I wrote in my journal sipping on hot tea in this room for a couple of hours in this room. The spare furnishings inspired me to get rid of unnecessary items from my own living room.

This is another view of the sitting room.

Such a lovely front porch with awesome views!

This is the hardware that was on our door. I absolutely love the old!

This was my bed....such a charming room. I am looking forward to next year...DeSoto, I come! A special thank to you Denise, owner of Quilter's Window for organizing this retreat. If you are in New Hampton, Iowa.....gotta stop and shop! Worth the trip!

The Girls

Recently my daughter hosted a jewelry party where we used her dressforms as part of the display. They eventually were all decked out with beautiful Lia Sophia jewelry!

They say not to have favorites....but I can not help it!

This bouquet filled the entire house with a lovely fragrance!