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!


There is one post in particular on my blog that is more popular than any other page or post. And it has absolutely nothing to do with my dolls or artwork. This post, a story about growing up searching for morel mushrooms at the feet of my Dad, is the most visited post on my blog. Even now, years after I originally published the story, comments are active.

In my web statistics, I can see that lots of folks are still interested in searching for morel mushrooms in Kentucky. Traffic to my site begins to pick up in March & continues through April & on into May.

What can I say, lots of people love morels. And lots of people love the search for the morel. By this time, after a couple of searches I sometimes close my eyes and see the texture of the morel mushroom. They’re hard little buggers to spot.




With heavy leaf fall and lots of similar textures on the ground it is sometimes very hard to see these little things. It’s no wonder that some mushroom gatherers carry walking sticks with a morel mushroom carved into the wood. Rather than identifying shape, it’s more the texture that you’re looking for. In fact, when I spot a mushroom, the best way to describe it is that my eyes accidentally “bumped” into it. Amongst all the leaf litter my eye just happens upon something more substantial.

So far this year we’ve only found a few mushrooms. One of the most thrilling experiences I’ve ever had was when my husband and I found over 150 in one spot! I was like Gretel, picking up pieces of candy from the Kentucky hills. I followed a whimsical, twisted path, plucking mushrooms from the ground every few seconds. If they had led me into the deepest darkest valley I would have followed joyfully and never made my way back out.

There isn’t much that can beat a warm, sunny spring day in Kentucky. Redbuds in bloom are often breathtaking and bloom about the same time as many other native trees, including the dogwood. This almost always coincides with the mushroom hunting season. And I swear, it can be breathtaking!


The most common search terms for today & yesterday! I love this!



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.

More Barns from the Kentucky Quilt Trail

Below are more barns from the US 460 Portion of the Kentucky Quilt Trail.

The Twinkling Star:


Maple Leaf – Early Fall:



Swamp Valley Museum Quilt Square in Frenchburg, KY:


Quilt squares in Frenchburg:



Click here to read my original post which includes some of this project’s history & purpose & of course, more quilt squares for viewing.