Sunday, April 28, 2013

Artiscape, Columbus, Ohio

Last week, daughter Faron, husband Mark and myself traveled to Ohio to teach and show at the  art retreat in Dublin Ohio.  We had to make the trip all in one day due to the fact that I wasn't ready to leave on time.  Imagine that...

      We traveled through the rain, whizzing into Indiana and past Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.      

On to the show.  We were so busy with teaching that we never really got our show space all set up.
Forgot to take pictures too.
Vintage chandelier crystals.
Brass numbers for the old St. Louis Library shelves.

Cecile was my great helper all weekend.  We stopped for a bit of refreshments before getting started.

    Working in the hotel room.  I always wonder what housekeeping thinks we are doing in our rooms.

                My late night snack after never stopping for food during an all-day teaching session.

Class Time!
Jane in Chains.

                                               Copper Book Necklace - Looking In.

This gentleman's name is Jeff.  He is an art teacher I believe in Eastern Ohio.  The only one for the entire area and he works with teens keeping them busy for the summer and out of trouble.  I shared with him ideas and products he can use to keep the interest high for his students.  We will stay in touch.

She is off to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Time to head west.  We have been helping several of the dog rescue groups transport animals as we are traveling.  We knew there was a chance that we would bring back a neglected dog that had been pulled from a farm in Ohio.  He was one of 30.  His name is now Chester.  Chester had been chained all last summer to the outside of the barn unprotected from the sun.  He had been coated in motor oil that had never been cleaned off which left his skin burned and infected.  He was also covered in rat bites and has every kind of worm in his body that a dog can get including heart worm.  When we went to get Chester, we learned there were also 2 siblings that weren't in as bad of shape, but there was nowhere for them to go.  So Mark went out a bought a kennel, food and chew toys and we ended up with all 3.  Not being able to get a hotel with 3 dogs, we ended up sleeping in a truck stop.  The dogs were so frightened that I had all 3 under the covers with me through the night.  
And you all think I have a glamorous life.  

The medical bills (even with a generous veterinarian, Dr. Julie that gives us a great deal) for these three dogs over the next 2 months will be over $1,000.  If anyone would like to help by donating for their care or the care of the other animals in the rescue, you can send a check 
or call to donate by credit card to:
Ark Valley Animal Clinic - 122 N. Park Avenue, Valley Center, Kansas, 67147 - 316-201-6690.
You can make it attention Chester-Benny-Jasmine (Russell).

 Benny being the strongest of the 3 spent some time at the store while his brother and sister were boarded at the vet for a couple of days.  He is introduced to Jeager the rescue cat.  

Hanging out in Mark's office.  Getting used to the idea that not all humans will hurt him.

Just loved this image.  Circleville, Ohio.  Trompe-loeil on the side of a building.  
I had to really look at this one.

Arriving home to a cruel joke.  It's my birthday and the best part of April 24th for me every year is the great weather.  This is what we were met with pulling into Wichita.
 my flower beds.

The next day in the Public/Brickyard Courtyard.

On our way back from Ohio we stopped in St. Louis to help our son Travis and his wife Brooke pack up there belongings as they are moving back to Kansas this week.  I ran across this in the process. 
 I gave this to Travis 16 years ago. 
I was surprised to find it sitting in the living room on the book shelf filled with the
same treasures (and a few more) that were there when he received it.  
They may grow older, but a son at any age is
still your little boy.


  1. Oh, you were at Artiscape! How I wish I could have attended this year -- just not in the cards, and as you know from reading my post and leaving such a wonderful and touching comment, it is probably best I didn't try. As is, I'll be missing at least one of two workshop days with Kari McKnight Holbrook this weekend. Ugh. But I love Artiscape and your class looks great and like your students made lots of wonderful things. I would love to dive into your room service snack right now!

    Thanks again so much for finding me and I send good wishes for Faron as well. ~jeanie

  2. Jeanie, we'll be in touch. joni

  3. Hi there, Just had to comment since I was here. I opened my book cradle to make a template for a spine, and I hadn't made a book in a long time that needed one so I was pleased to see your little card inside and be reminded of what a great shop you have. My first search brought up that the Mrs O webname was for sale!!!! But I persevered and found you first on FB, then I clicked on the link and here you are...right at what i typed in but left off the www. the web is a strange animal. Your blog is great, your art inspiring (and your friends', like Crossley....squeak with excitement, I made one of her projects in a class a while back)....anyway, glad to see you're still Mrs. O'Learying... Marcia in Colorado

  4. Oh we are still here. 22 years and counting. The first company that hosted our web site took it and offered to sell it back to us for $500 so we changed it to mrsolearysart. I'm trying to fit in between all my jobs getting more out on social media FB and the web. Don't give up on me. More will be coming. Enjoy making books. I love it. joni