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Martinmas Fun

   Good morning! Hope you are having a beautiful autumn week! We are just a bit past peak color here in Oklahoma, but there is such lovely golden light coming through the trees....a beautiful day to think about Martinmas! :D

   In celebration of the coming feast of St. Martin of Tours and my first Martinmas to celebrate as a published author of a book about--- you guessed it! St. Martin--- lets have a shop sale! :D

   Get 11% off your entire order when you enter the code NOV11 at checkout in my etsy shop, sleightholmfolk.etsy.com

   And if you're on instagram, I'd love if you would join my Martinmas Stroll!

   Share how you celebrate St. Martin and tag your post #martinmasstroll2017, and we can follow along the hashtag to see everyone's Martinmas fun!

  Thanks so much and have a wonderful Martinmas and Veteran's Day! :D

Snow on Martinmas

    Here we are in November! And this is a great time to add another friend to your list of beloved saints--- St. Martin of Tours! Need some help learning about him? Well, I can help with that! My first book to write and illustrate--- Snow on Martinmas--- is a great way (if I say so myself!) to learn about this wonderful saint and the traditions that accompany his feast day, November 11!

   Perhaps that date rings a bell in your mind. Something is on November 11, isnt it? Well, here in the US, its also Veterans' Day! And in Europe, it is known as Armistice Day, the day that WWI came to an official end. All these coincidences are not completely random-- these important days in our military history also give a nod to St. Martin, who began his religious life as a Roman soldier. An encounter with a poor man on the street made a profound impact on young Martin, when he used his sword to cut his warm, military cloak to cover the nearly naked man as it began to snow.

   Feeling like he had just encountered Christ, Martin left the Roman army and settled as a simple monk in what we now know as France, near Tours. His holy life inspired countless others and later in life he was elected bishop--- even though he hid in the barn at first, only to be ratted out by a noisy goose!
   In my little book you can learn about Martin's life, why children do lantern walks to celebrate him, why a goose is the meal of the day (well, I might have just given that away!) and how the end of the harvest season connects with this feast day that leads us into the season of Advent.

  My book is now for sale via amazon, and with 2 day shipping you can get it in PLENTY of time to celebrate Martin's feast day! And there's also a giveaway for a FREE copy of it over at the Shower of Roses blog!  So lots of opportunity to have a little bit of Martinmas in your life! :D

Thanks for your visit--- and come back soon!!

OOOHHH and before I forget-- Ive tentatively started a little writing project about finding sacredness in the ordinary world. It is called, quite fittingly, TAKE JOY. Come on over and see what I've gotten started!

Talk more soon-

Christmas Cards Are In!

 "Country Christmas" set
  Hello there, my friends!
   I am thrilled to announce that all my Christmas cards are HERE and freshly listed in my etsy shop! This year I am offering several sets from you to choose from-- some mixed, others with one image. The sets are packaged in groups of four, and all come with matching envelopes.

   I am also really happy to be able to say that its ALL printed here in the US by a local family run business (as is all my print work in my shop!) and the art, well, is painted by me right here on the prairie. So when you're buying from my shop, you are supporting small businesses. I know that I can't compete with the prices and quantity of things printed in China--- and I never will be able to. But that's ok to me. And (lol) I hope its ok with you too! And would be so appreciative of your support this holiday season! You literally help me buy groceries each week, to give my children a nice Christmas. So THANK YOU! :D

   And now--- here are some more pics of all the sets!~
 "Our Lady" set

 "Swedish Christmas" set

 "Home For Christmas" set

 "Madonna of the Book" set

 "Country Santa" set

 "Candlelit Prayers" Set

"Woodland Madonna" Set

Shop my ETSY SHOP now for your cards!

Open Studio & Autumn Painting Class

   Hello, October! A more magical month I not of! :D Some of my very favorite people were born in this month (I even married one!) and our anniversary is this month--- and THIS October marks 10 years since I've been painting and selling folk art here online!

   So it is a very special month, with some special things coming, so check in often! :D

One very fun endeavor is coming on Oct 13 and 14:: I'll be opening up my studio so you can come by and chat, look at new art, (you can buy it too, if you wanna!) bring your crafting and cuddle up and create!
  On Saturday Oct 14 from 1-4, I'll even be leading a fun painting class on creating your own Halloween/Autumn folk art landscape!
  You can create a 4x4" square for $25 or an 8x10" landscape for $55. Please email me if you'd like to be part of this intimate workshop in my studio, and I'll save you a spot!

   The studio is located at 120 E. McKinley in Sapulpa OK.

Please feel free to stop by and stay a spell Friday Oct 13 from 6-8 pm or Saturday Oct 14 10-noon.

Hope to see you there! Happy Autumn!~

Class: Paint Your Own Autumn Salt Box House Portrait!

    After a bit of a summer hiatus, I am now BACK into the full swing of making art AND offering classes! (for the most up-to-date list of classes I'll be teaching, click HERE)

   The first class I'll be offering this autumn will be taking place ON the first day of autumn! And it will be a fun class creating your own salt box house portrait on a canvas square, at the brand new Brady District location of Made, a modern handmade boutique in Tulsa, OK.

  At this class we will gather for an evening of painting, learning about the roots of folk art in America, while getting to know each other and probably laughing a lot as we dabble in this homespun art!

  American folk art is my very favorite type of art; and it is the perfect way to dip your toe into painting, no need to have any experience aside from grade-school level art knowledge. It will be fun and acrylic paint is a fun and forgiving medium. I'd love to show you how to create your own autumnal heirloom, all in this fabulous new space, surrounded by other gorgeous handmade goodies (including a gallery exhibit by my crafting partner in crime, House Sparrow Fine Nesting!)

  Registration is now open for this class through Made's website.
I hope to see you there!~ Autumn is coming!

Fall Festivities

  Today in my etsy shop I've listed new items for sale in celebration of fall! Now that it's September, and things ARE cooling down, its no holding back fall time here at my studio ;)

  If you'd like to browse the shop--- please stop by at my shop!

I've also got some fun things going on with local classes and an open house at my studio:
 I am excited to be teaching a little 'folk art salt box' painting class at the new Made Indie Emporium Shop on the FIRST DAY OF FALL this month! If you'd like to have a lesson in folk art, I'd love to see you there!

Talk more later!~!
Thanks for your visit today!

Happy Tasha Tudor Day!

    Hello there! And Happy "Tasha Tudor Day"! Today would have been her 102nd birthday, and Tasha still remains one of my very favorite artists and 'unique person in the world.' She was a master of slowing down and enjoying the simple and sweet things in life--- something that seems to be hard to do these days. We are rushed from almost the moment our eyes open until our head hits the pillow. But with some intention, we can take time....breathe....enjoy...and just BE.

   This morning I'm arranging sunflowers in a little stoneware pitcher and looking forward to a crafty evening with friends. Tasha's birthday seemed like a perfectly good reason to get together, have some tea, and work on some craft projects.
   No matter where you are today, I hope you have a wonderful one. Try to "Take Joy" in this world where the joy may seem to be fleeting. Enjoy this present moment. And know I very much appreciate your visit here today at my blog!
"Take Joy"
Fra Giovanni
I salute you. I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep.  There is nothing I can give you which you have not. But there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant.
Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in darkness, could we but see.  And to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look!
Life is so generous a giver. But we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel’s hand that brings it to you.
Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty, believe me, that angel’s hand is there. The gift is there and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Your joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.
Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage then to claim it; that is all! But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together, wending through unknown country home.
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