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Collections: Political Buttons

I’ve been collecting political buttons on and off my entire life. My sister gave me a Jay Rockefeller button as a child and I believe that started my hobby.

It was fun to go to garage sales and flea market and find buttons on the cheap.
As I got older, I joined APIC and even attended some local shows. I was not an any advanced level of collector; I would never own the rare Cox-Roosevelt jugate.


I drifted away from it in the last twenty years, although I would always buy a button here and there in antique stores that piqued my attention.

Buttons don’t seem to be generated much these past twenty years. Local rallies hosted by unions seem to garner more button creation.


This is when both candidates, president and vice president pictures are on the button.


I like to find buttons that are local to an area, either specify a location or may be linked to a local candidate.

Clinton Era

I ended up with some quite colorful buttons from the Clinton Gore campaigns. One of my favorites was the Sesame Street Button:

The Anti Buttons

Some of the anti candidate buttons were quite funny.

In perusing my recently purchased items, now I have to come up with several more display cases!

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day


It’s the third Thursday of November, that means it’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day! An excuse to drink a very young wine today!

What is Beaujolais?

It is the wine made from the Gamay grape in France. Beaujolais is more of a sweeter fruity wine. It’s fun, not fussy, and meant to be drank-this year!

Clever Marketing

Someone came up with the idea of just bottling up the Beaujolais and selling it without casking it-and it worked! They sell about 54 million bottles in 100 countries.

Price Point?

About 8 dollars to 18. I wouldn’t pay more than 15.99, and only that if you HAVE to celebrate today.

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week

The third week of November is proclaimed to be geography awareness week. How are you on geography? Is that state Vermont or New Hampshire?

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

Check out these puzzles for fun!

Can you correctly identify where each state is? (I misplaced Kansas…)

Do you know where the European Countries are? I failed miserably at this! Oh sure, everyone knows where France, Spain, Ireland are located but how about Macedonia, Malta, Albania?

How well do you know South America? Try this “click on the right country” for your results!

Africa! It’s a big continent! Where is Kenya?  Complete this one!

Oh Canada! Identify all the provinces!

if you REALLY want to think, check out this one from Buzzfeed!



Happy Veterans Day!!

Happy Veterans Day to my two favorite veterans!

Veterans Day

My father served in the Navy in the 1950’s. He was a mechanic and worked on aircraft carriers. He was stationed in  Guantanamo Bay Naval Base,  Cuba.

Dad AirplaneDadNavy


My husband is a former paratrooper, 82nd Airborne Division. He participated in the Grenada Intervention.



Take a moment out of your day to say “Thank you veterans”!

Art Journal Challenge Week 45 Dogs

Art Journal Challenge Dogs

artjournal challeng eweek 45 dogs


Whee! An easy art journal prompt for me DOGS! I first thought to post pics of all my dogs, but then I realized that was a bit of a cop out, this is supposed to be a mixed media challenge for me.

Art Journal Challenge Dogs

I had bought “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” book at the library book sell and cut some Snoopies out of it. I didn’t want the page to become all “Snoopy” instead of “dogs”. I started drawing a few cartoony dog pics.

Right hand side art journal challenge dogs

I didn’t like all the white space around the dogs, that’s when I started printing “dogs” in the various open spots.

My “dog” from Art Journal Challenge Week “Copy something famous” also made an appearance.

Art Journal Challenge Week 45 Dogs

This was fun for me!

Art Journal Week 43 and 44 Grenada Related

We were on the lovely isle of spice, Grenada, from October 21 through the 29th, so these two weeks were Grenada inspired.

back to the beach

Week 43

Kind of a bullet journal and travel journal mash up, I love making my lists!

Week 44 Watercolors on the Beach

I bought watercolor pencils for the express purpose of sitting on BBC Beach and paint the curve of the hillside. Yes, I know they are horrible but you know what? It was probably the best watercolor on that beach on those days!

Describe a Perfect Day


We would live in the San Juan Mountains just outside of Silverton, Colorado.

Outside of Silverton


My eight dogs crowd around me. It’s funny how they made that vaccine that makes dogs live 50 years. It’s astonishing how well they all get along.

three dogs


I check on the kitchen gardens, notice how well my organic tomatoes, peppers, squash, herbs are doing. It looks like my husband can make us pizza in our hand built wood fired pizza oven this afternoon with fresh herbs and tomatoes. The pizza oven would look something like this:

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I make a mental note to check on the mozzarella cheese I made yesterday-glad we got the goats who are peacefully chomping grass in their movable pen-we don’t have to mow with the goats around!

Pic from


I contemplate whether to trail run or bike this morning. Since they came up with the osteoarthritis cure, and my knee was replaced, I’m back to running as much as I want! I still enjoy biking. I know I have a 10 am conference call with my agent. I’m hoping my next book auction will bring as much as the first four books did-no 9-5 for me any longer!

The rest of the day is spent in our well ventilated mountain home. We hike with the dogs later. Around dinner time, we break open a bottle of wine from the vineyard we invested in years earlier. Who knew it would take off and be THE award winning wine, year after year? For our start up money invested, they pay us back  in wine. Win Win!


My husband and I both sleep the night through, despite the dogs jumping on and off the bed. We wake up and repeat this wonderful day again.

What’s your perfect day look like?