Monday, March 28, 2022

Working on my own private label....

I had so much fun at Market last week.
(I always have fun at market)
I got all of my business taken care of the first day and a half and spoiled myself the last few hours.
The neat (yes, I know that's an outdated, old fogey, 1970's word!)...the neat thing about Market is that there are so many unique items. 
For instance, these sunglasses.

Are these not the cat's meow???
I had to have them! 
I was talking to the designer and I asked her if she'd be willing to work with me on some designs for my own line and she said 'yes'!
Then we started talking about makeup and other 'girl' things and the next thing you know we're discussing and eye shadow and lipstick line, as well. 
It will be fun to see where this leads.

A couple days later I received a phone call at 3 am from my screenwriter telling me that 'The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe' had made Screencraft finals. 
So, these boots were my 'gift' to me to celebrate.

 I saw these in 'Free People' last time I was in Dallas, but they didn't have my size. 
I looked them up on the website, but still didn't bite the bullet.
But I couldn't stop thinking about them....
I'm 59 years old and am still as in love with fashion as I was when I was 29, but that's another story for another time.
So, when I found out mine and Angel's (screenwriter) hard work had paid off I promptly opened my computer - yes, at 3 am! - and ordered them.
Now, back to my love of fashion...
I just glanced at the clock!
It's late and my day starts early!
Next time!

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Signs of Spring on the HD Farm

Spring has sprung here on 
The Hillbilly Debutante Farm.
Charlotte, the miniature donkey - and a farm favorite -demands the most attention.
Every time I walk outside she brays up a storm until I come over and love on her. 
This particular day I gave in to her big time and brought out a blanket with a good book and a bottle of wine.
 No, I didn't drink the whole bottle 
(I know what you're thinking).
I also brought out a bottle of bubbles - yes, I'm a six year old. 
Charlotte was not impressed - she ran away as soon as the bubbles touched her nose.

We love farm fresh eggs, as you can tell.
Believe it or not, we went through these in less than a week. 
(I do a lot of baking).

Daffodils are poking up 

and these little gems, too. 
Anyone know what they are?

It's still too chilly to plant the garden, but we did plant strawberries. 

 I also put fairy lights on some of the trellises and plotted out my flower gardens and outdoor seating areas. 
I planned my outside summer fetes, picnics and galas - drew out my guest list and seating arrangements in my head.
Planned the menu.

When I went to market last week to shop for the mercantile I bought 2 of everything. 
One for the shop.
One for me.

Yes, spring has definitely sprung
Now, if only the temperatures would cooperate.

Coming May 3rd....

 It has been a major adjustment returning to our hometown after 42 years. 

Not gonna lie...after all those years in big cities, and the last year living on a tropical island on a beach, to a secluded farm in the middle of nowhere near a town of barely 3300 has been tough.

So, I did a thing. 

I decided to open a store based on my novel 

"The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe"

It's even going to be located in the building in the same town where the story takes place.

I'll have clothing, jewelry, accessories, home decor, furniture, candles, Amish canned goods, coffees, bumper stickers, tea towels, mugs, soaps. 

But the best thing is I will also have a pie bar. 

The bar will seat 6 -8 people, and then I'll have 2 tables. A slice of pie (with ice cream) and then a choice of coffee, iced tea (sweet or unsweet) or soft drink.

'The Hillbilly Debutante Cafe' is my second novel and is currently a finalist in the 'Screencraft' competition.

Angel Christo, one of the directors of my first movie, is the screenwriter. We find out results April 20th.

Either way - being a finalist is a pretty big deal and I feel truly honored!

Anyway, projected store opening date is 

Tuesday, May 3rd.

 I'm almost finished with my 3rd novel 

'Murder in the Mercantile' 

which is part two in the Hillbilly Debutante' series.

Opening a business - especially in a small downtown that was once thriving and is now dead - is no easy feat. 

People think I am crazy and sometimes even I wonder if I am. 

But nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

I've always wondered what it would be like to bring the fictional business I created in my mind for my book to actual fruition.

I've had soooo many people tell me this will never work.

That no one will ever want to come to this town or that this town won't support a business like this.

I even had a friend tell me a few weeks ago that I was wasting my time and money - that not one person would step through the door.

Well, he's wrong - I know at least my mom and dad will come. That's two people, so there!


Friday, March 11, 2022

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Can you believe it's March?!?
I have absolutely no excuse for not writing other than 
laziness, plain and simple. 

First of all, I hate winter and it contributes 1,000% to my laziness.

                                                Willow watching it snow on the prairie

That seasonal depression is real and it didn't help that we were ill prepared. We donated all of our winter clothes to charity before we moved to the Puerto Rico, sooooo needless to say we have been cccooold.

The only coat I have and I mean the ONLY one?
A long mink.
Yep, I have been feeding farm animals and mucking stalls in a fur coat.
Our ancestors sure knew what they were doing when they used animal fur to make coats.
Not one drift of wind penetrates that coat. So, the mink with a ski cap and leather gloves and it's not all that bad.
But still....I know I look kinda weird doing farm work in a mink coat. 
I don't care - I'm warm.


Lillian and Willow, on the other hand don't care what the weather is - they are  loving their new life.

The girls enjoying a 76 degree day today

Do NOT let their cuteness fool you. 
They are always up to something and it's usually no good.

They've been sprayed by a skunk, not once, but TWICE this week.

For the record, tomato juice is WORTHLESS - unless you're making a Bloody Mary - because it does NOTHING to get rid of the skunk smell.
Yeah, all those stories about bathing dogs in tomato juice when they've encountered a skunk - all lies. 
(Baking soda mixed with dish soap WORKS).

Before we moved to this farm we stayed at my mother in laws farm.

She had 22 outdoor cats.
When we left she had 9.

Lillian and Willow - guilty.

We inherited 3 cats when we moved to our farm.
2 of them ran away and found a home at the farm just south of us.

But one brave cat stayed. 

She is pitch black with the most beautiful green eyes.
Her name is Blackie.

(showdown at the OK corral)

This here, my friends, is a stare down.
Cue western music.
Blackie is daring Lillian to come after her. 
(she is very close to shelter, so she's not in danger)
Anyway, I was so proud of Lillian. When I thought she'd charge after Blackie, I'd say,
"No, Lillian. We need cats here. Let's not chase her.'
She did sooo well and then SHAZAM! - Willow bounds out from nowhere and of course then Lillian just had to give in to peer pressure.

It's okay - Blackie made it safety. 

We'll start the coaching process again tomorrow.

Pray for Blackie.