Friday, November 29, 2013
As the owner of a small business, Mockingbird Bay Resort, I totally appreciate the folks who choose to spend their hard-earned money here with us. So on this beautiful day after Thanksgiving, let me just say a big heartfelt THANK YOU to our awesome guests and friends of the resort. Without you and your continued support, we obviously would not be here. I guess I'm trying to remind people during this holiday season to look for a small business and spend your money there instead of somewhere else. The power of Local...and Community...and unique independent cottage industries is really cool -- so instead of shopping at a giant big-box retailer or franchise chain store, think small. Oh. And as much as I do appreciate American Express for all they've done to promote Small Business Saturday and bring awareness to this issue...if you'd really like to help out the little guy and small Mom and Pop shops, then don't pay with a credit card at all. Pay with cash. That'd really help. Thanks! ...Happy Holidays everybody! (Here's a little video about Small Business Saturday.)
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Valory and I are very excited to be a part of The Art Odyssey, coming this May! Mountain Home's Open Studio Tour will have Mockingbird Bay on the map! Come and support us. We'll be opening the doors to our home studio for all those who want to see. We'll explain our wares, which are very varied! Haha! From watercolor impressionist quilted wallhangings, to earrings, bracelets and lampwork beads, homemade soap, repurposed paper frames, upcycled cool stuff, and various whatsits! So put it on your calendar, and plan to come out to Mockingbird -- See you in May!
Monday, December 24, 2012
You know how some people have fabulously expensive Christmas ornaments with carefully coordinated bulbs and perfect bows to decorate their tree (micromanaging placement of each individual bobble), and they carefully pack each ornament away every year in its own special box? Well, I'm NOT one of those people. We refer to our Christmas tree decorations as "Christmas Tree Flotsam"...Flotsam: The wreckage of a ship and its cargo found floating on or washed up by the sea.Imagine the stuff that's left behind on the surface of the ocean after a recent ship wreck -- that's rather like our Christmas tree decorations! -- But how I cherish and unapologetically love the random, bizaar, and exceedingly quirky items that we feel oh-so-nostalgic over year after year.Our Christmas tree flotsam includes lots of vintage ornaments that have graced our trees over the years, both artificial and real. They're admittedly a bit beat up, but they retain their charm and sparkle. Then we have our traditional "plastic green cow" which is always placed in a prime place on the tree, prominently, in the front, and somewhere about eye level. The plastic green cow goes back to before I was born and was hung on the tree many years ago -- during the hard years, when my mother was young and newly immigrated from New Zealand to Los Angeles with her ...
Frank and Dad pouring concrete...
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Working hard down at the dock...Hoping Norfork Lake level stays around normal pool this year! Frank has been working hard on this area; it's not quite finished... But you get the idea! :)