Elliott County’s 2nd annual Minnie Adkins Day


This should be a ton of fun! Visit Little Sandy Lodge on July 18th. Over 60 vendors will be present with a variety of work including folk art, fine art and crafts. Some of the vendors include:

Minnie Adkins

Bonita Skaggs-Parsons

Pam Oldfield Meade

Rebecca Miller Campbell

Ron Gevedon

and many, many others.

In addition, some gallery collectors will be present with past works available for sale. This should be a fantastic event for folk and fine art enthusiasts!

43rd Annual Morgan County Sorghum Festival!

43 Annual Morgan County Sorghum Festival

Can you smell the sorghum already? My little dolls will on display here, at the 43rd annual Morgan County Sorghum Festival this weekend. Just a short walk from my front door, I look forward to this event every year & relish the opportunity to take in & celebrate the traditions of eastern Kentucky. This is a hand-crafted event & there are so many goodies available to be viewed & purchased.

This weekend you’ll find the works of Pam Oldfield Meade, a White Oak, Ky native whose paintings are truly expressive & emotional, the photography of Dean Hill and the whimsical paper sculptures of Bonita Skaggs-Parsons, plus much, much more!

For info, please visit www.morgancountysorghumfestival.com.

Surviving an EF3 tornado…days after the storm.

Many of you may have seen the extensive & national news coverage of the March 2 EF3 tornado that ripped through Morgan County, Kentucky. Many communities in Morgan county & the surrounding counties were just devastated, including many of my next door neighbors here on Riverside Drive in West Liberty, Kentucky. One statistic cited that 95% of West Liberty was affected by the tornado. Few businesses are left standing & where homes, gardens & beautiful landscapes once stood are piles of rubble, splintered wood, debris, bricks & remnants of lives. Personally, I have never witnessed such devastation, so many businesses lost, so many homes destroyed & so many people touched by loss of loved ones, loss of homes, loss of possessions, loss of jobs and loss of stability. Thankfully, even though we’re oftentimes overwhelmed by this sense of loss and the sadness that creeps in after the adrenaline is gone, we also feel the love that has poured in from family, neighbors and strangers both near us and across the nation. Many of you have asked on Facebook, what can I do? How can I help? And I so thank you for such unselfishness & such willingness to share yourself, time, money, belongings, food and talents with others in need.

I know that many of you have donated to Red Cross. We are extremely thankful for those donations & many in our state, not just West Liberty, continue to need to those donations of water, new socks, new underwear, kerosene, baby items, personal hygiene items, as well as cash donations. The citizens of West Liberty also, though, realize that this devastation will not be mended in a week, a month or even a year & that many of our neighbors & citizens of Morgan County will need help rebuilding their lives. To aid with this, our local non-profit organization, Morgan County Christian Social Services, partnered with Bank of the Mountains, a local & family owned bank in Morgan County, has set up a Morgan County Disaster Relief Fund. You can donate by check or through Paypal. The money will be used to help those county wide & will be handled by local members of our community, Vicki Stacey & Kim Standafer. While we appreciate all the outside help that has poured in, this local charity will be able to realize the hour to hour & constantly changing needs of our people & aid where it is most needed, in the way that is most beneficial.  If you would like to donate to the Morgan County Disaster Relief Fund, please visit the following website to do so.


The people of Morgan County are so thankful (really, more than you could ever know) for your donations, no matter what amount. When you have nothing of your previous life to even sort through or try to save, everything is a blessing.

If you are close to Morgan County, or even far away & would like to do some hands-on work, please visit this page: http://relief.morganminute.com

My husband has compiled a lot of the information he’s found from various sources…Facebook, word of mouth, local websites…into one central location for easier access. Search the site for volunteer opportunities & contact information.

And if you have a website, blog, facebook, anyway to reach the public, please share this! Every donation, every meal, every case of water, every article of clothing, every person with a chainsaw & pick-up truck, makes a difference to our people! YOU and your kindness makes a difference to our people. Thank you for it.

Francine, a Peculiar Sort with Rowdy Friends

This little girlie is Francine. Francine is 27″ tall. She has been made of muslin & stuffed with fiberfill. Her lower torso has been rag-stuffed & bean filled, weighting her little bottom, so that she sits nicely. Francine has been hand-painted & sanded, top to bottom many, many times & has a rich, deeply-aged patina. Francine’s arms are lightly wired allowing her to be slightly posed.

Her face has been needle-sculpted by hand and hand-painted. Her bottom lip ‘pouts’ while her top lip is simply painted. She has been painted with various mediums & has been sealed top to bottom with a combination of glossy & matte acrylic sealer so that she may be lightly dusted after display & kept a lifetime.

Francine’s fingers have been needle-sculpted by hand. She sports tan painted gloves. She also sports painted brown boots with robin’s subtle robin’s egg blue socks. Her high boots are highly detailed right down to the buttons!

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Francine’s apron dress is made from two super cute 100% cotton prints. Her underskirt is a cream stripe while her over skirt is a completely sweet floral fabric with peachy/pink branches on an olive/golden background. Francine’s blouse is made of white muslin & features hand-gathered sleeves. Her collar is finished with a taupe pearl bead. Both the dress & blouse feature tons of hand-stitching! All visible hems have been hand-stitched (dress, sleeves, collar), as well as the back of the blouse. All clothing has been dyed in a coffee/lavender bud bath for a slightly aged appearance. It was then hand-washed & pressed with linen water.

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Francine carries with her two little friends. Both crows are my original designs & are made from 4 separate pieces. They’ve been made from muslin, hand-painted & sanded, hand-painted & sanded again, and finally sealed with a matte sealer. The wings & tail have been hand-quilted & attached with buttons. The ‘flying’ crow’s wings have been stitched by hand. The standing crow’s feet have been fashioned from wire & tape & are sewn securely to the crow’s body. This crow cannot stand on it’s own. Both crows are approx. 11″ from head to tail. The standing crow’s wings can be posed.

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Francine’s hair is red 100% mohair. It is not quite as stark as shown in these photographs. I have slightly glued, then carefully needle-felted it to Francine’s head. It is parted & styled in a low side pony. Her hair is fastened with a chocolate ribbon.

Francine’s flying crow is attached to her hand with rusty wire. It can be posed in many positions.

Little Francie will be available Sunday evening June 8th at 9:15 PM EST – June 15th, 9PM EST. Click her to view or bid on this little girl.