Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Love of a Burmese Cat

It never ceases to amaze me, how many people that visit our home that are fascinated by our Burmese kitties. Our kitties follow you around,  fetch, never know a stranger....all traits that are not common of many household cats.  They want to know where I got these cats, their fur is so soft, and many other questions and curiosities about this breed.
The story began when I was given a 2 year old male Burmese from a friend that could no longer keep the cat.  I was going through a very tough time in my life and he felt the cat and I needed each other. I had never owned a house cat, much less a pedigree cat. He followed my every step, he slept on my desk when I worked at home, he sleep at the foot of my bed, he layed next to me when I watched television, seeming like he never left my side. This cat became a precious friend to me and when I married a few years later, my husband understood the love for this cat. He was a very special friend to us. We lost him at the age of 11 to kidney failure and our hearts were broken. We soon began our search for another Burmese. Little did we know that there were no breeders in our state and we had to travel out of state to purchase another. We preferred a sable color, just like our cat was had lost.
Burmese come in several colors.
The are described as "a brick wrapped in silk" the Burmese are a medium size cat, with a well muscled, athletic body. I won't bore you with the history of this breed, but if you are is quite interesting. Go to this link to read more on Burmese.  I scoured the internet and we found our little Chopin from a breeder in Texas . This is the day we brought him home. 
One year later, we found he needed a playmate. Totally different than our old cat, he was a kitten and didn't sit still. He wanted all of our attention...24-7. This didn't work too well with me working at home.  So, once again...we went in search of another kitten. This time was found Monet, from another breeder in Texas. This was the day we brought her home. She still loves to lay on her back. Notice the lighter color she is...their fur gets darker with age. 
And here they are today. Totally different personalities, but they are great friends.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


The new year has got me motivated and my Etsy shop is back open and I will be listing some jewelry and adorable vintage items....

A darling little recipe box with A-Z organizer
stands 4" x 5" 
made by Ohio Art Co. 
Made in the U.S.A 
great vintage condition

Also added this rain cap that I can remember my Mom wearing this type.
This one has an advertisement on the back where the company was 
giving them away. It is in mint condition. Don't think it was ever opened.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog Party!

Welcome to Vicki's of 2 Bags Full Blog Grow Your Blog Party; I'm so glad you're here! Hundreds of bloggers are joining in on the fun of finding new blogs and meeting new blogging friends. It's going to be a grand, welcome to Grow Your Blog Party and Fox Hollow Tales.
My blog is about my life outside of selling real estate, which includes life at home, gardening, cooking, decorating and entertaining.

creating mixed media art,

traveling to art events around the country & taking art & jewelry classes,

I enjoy sharing my travels with you, since I have been fortunate to travel to many interesting destinations. And I love taking photographs. 

From time to time I love to give some tales of my Burmese kitties, Chopin and Monet

I hope that you will come back and visit me often. Please take a few minutes to look around here, and perhaps even choose to follow me. In appreciation to those that sign up as my new followers and leave a comment, I am going to give away a piece of my newly created pieces of jewelry. It is a multi-strand necklace with a vintage lock adorned with a vintaged jewel piece. I hope you are the winner! I think you will enjoy.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

All of my Love

I can’t believe January is half way over and it’s just less than a month until Valentine’s Day! I happened into the Sweet Hearts Swap and thought how fun it would be to join in.  I love to make things...I think you know that about me!

The theme for the Swap is at least one item handmade that is Valentine related. I can't post any pictures of the finished products yet, but you will see them posted on Valentines Day.  I will also include pics of the swap I receive. How much fun this is! Sometimes, it takes getting involved in a swap to get me to sit down and take time in my studio. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Don't be afraid of new ideas. Be afraid of old ideas. They keep you where you are and stop you from growing and moving forward. Concentrate on where you want to go, not on what you fear.
~Anthony Robbins

Monday, January 13, 2014

Choosing a Color You Love

Sometimes choosing a new color scheme for your home can be scary.  My travel to France last September made me fall in love with blue. 

Or is it the winter making me blue? I keep having this attraction to blue. I have never loved this color so much...this is scaring me. 
I got paint samples for the dining room and kitchen 

I would like to incorporate it in my home, but I really need some inspiration for the right blue.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” 

I am not much on making New Year Resolutions....they seem to be the things I alway break. This weekend,  Dave & I have been planning our travels and I have been checking out art events that are happening throughout the year I would like to attend. 

As many of our close friends know...Dave is a very gifted artist. He find something that inspires him, and next he is researching it and building it. Some of his latest projects have been making Native American & Japanese style flutes, banjos, and teaching himself to play the flute, banjo and mandolin. He had never played any of these instruments, simply teaching himself by watching youtube videos. He is an accomplished kite maker with a specialty in making fighter kites. He has been a National Champion in design and competition.  He has been an artist in residence in the schools in Oklahoma.  
This year the American National Kite Association will be holding its National Convention in the Outer Banks of  North Carolina, September 29th-October 4th, 2014. If you have never attended a festival or event of this type, you must go to one.  You can experience some of the most beautiful kites in the world. These are made by many of the people in attendance. There is the art of designing these beautiful kites, but they must be able to fly. Truly amazing to see. 
So here is trip Number One for the year planned. Lots of other great trips before this one. We also booked our Anniversary trip to Napa Valley California in April. I'll be posting photos. 
Next I'll be posting some of the great art events that I have planned in the next few months. You may want to come along to these with me...promise, they are going to be a great time!

Rita Reade is Coming to Foxhollow Studio

Our September Guest Artist,  Rita Reade, better known as Mammabellarte...   which means Mom Beautiful Art. Rita, whom was born and raised   ...