What have I been doing, you ask?


There is more to me than meets the eye… not saying that’s always a good thing…but it has it’s advantages. I’ve shared some of my work outside of writing at the end of this post. I love my life.

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I have renewed enthusiasm concerning my novel, Secrets of the Old Ladies’ Club. One lesson I learned early on about self-publishing is that it’s hard to get the book out there, especially if you cannot afford a marketing package. So you can imagine how excited I was to get a phone call from a group of ladies at the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism in Ville Platte bidding me to come for a cup of coffee. If you are not from Louisiana, let me tell you that when you are invited for coffee by anyone, it’s a sign – a good one. I was so excited about the coffee klatch, even having the tire on my brand new car go flat on the way didn’t discourage me, although I do admit to being nervous for arriving late. Nervous? Not much! I was a basket case. But come to find out, the people I met were awesome and equally as excited as I was. It appeared that my 15 minutes of fame was extended to an entire 16 minutes. They thought they had a celebrity in the house. Who, me? The one who stuttered and had sweaty palms? The one who worried for many an hour about choosing a suitable outfit from my vast array of jeans and tee shirts for this coffee/meeting? Yes, me.

Worrying is pointless and I must re-learn over and over that it accomplishes nothing. The coffee klatch was a success. It started out with me saying a few words about the characters in my book, then, to my relief, the room exploded into hilarity as, one by one, the ladies reported ways in which they identified with my characters. One story shared led to another, and another and before long, all of us were laughing, slapping our knees, and gasping for air until someone passed a box of tissues to mop up the dripping Niagra of tears while we caught our breath. We couldn’t help it. Old ladies are fun.

So to cap it off, I was asked to give a little talk during the Chamber of Tourism dinner, which I did last Wednesday. And to the October Chamber of Commerce dinner coming up. And someone asked me to speak to the Rotary Club. Add to that, the person in charge of ordering books for Evangeline parish (not county, c’mon, we live in Louisiana) informed me that she had ordered copies of my book for every library in the parish. I. am. surprised. And can’t believe how blessed I am. The author of this blog does not ‘do’ social activity well. I break out in hives, blank-outs, and nausea when I meet people I don’t know. Usually. The good news is when I talk about my book, I rarely have to finish a sentence before someone else in the group takes over and within moments everyone is talking and laughing at the same time. That’s what makes it easy. I start, someone else finishes. I just sit back with a smile on my face, nod my head, and have a good time.

Truthfully, I don’t know how it happened that I have gone from 15 minutes of fame to at least 19 minutes now. I just started with some crazy old lady busting out of my head to get her story on paper. Or something like that anyway. If you have ever written a story, you know that the characters come to life in a unique and delightful way. Once you write about them, they move in. They don’t leave. It’s wonderful.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch….

In an earlier post I’ve mentioned that I have a habit of going through what my husband and step-son call ‘phases’, meaning I go off on a tangent with one of my many hobbies until I have come completely undone. It’s fun. To my husband’s surprise, or perhaps disdain, I rather like it.

My latest burst of energy produced some pretty positive results. Here are a few pictures:

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A bold statement-of-faith necklace and a St. Theresa Chaplet prayer beads.

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A one-decade rosary with a locket crucifix, a one decade world peace rosary with a “drop of His blood”

These are listed in my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ToLoveAlways

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And some five decade tee-tiny little rosaries made for baby’s baptism, or keep one close beside you in your pocket, or give it as the perfect original shower gift.

And these little darlings are not yet listed, but soon…

Oh, and don’t forget to pray for peace, ya’ll. God answers prayers. We wait for His time, but continue our vigil of prayer.

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New Car Bracelets!


New designs, new sparkles!  Got some real beauties here – go to my new etsy shop:  www.etsy.com/ToLoveAlways  Use this coupon:  BLOGFAN1  and get 15% off!  Sale won’t last much longer!

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HAND WRAPPED FRESH WATER PEARL ROSARY


Beautiful chunky fresh water pearls make this a very substantial rosary.  They feel good in the hand without being too weighty.  Each pearl is different and unusual.  In fact, they are quite irregular; dare I say imperfect?  But that is the point, actually.  This rosary mirrors how each of us are within.  We have all kinds of bumps and flaws in our personality, but there is also beauty characterized by the sheen and glow of a pearl formed from nothing more than a grain of sand, layer by layer.
Hand wrapped links of gold tone 22 gauge wire are utilized for security.  The center bead is wire wrapped, as are the Pater beads.  The 1.5″ open-work crucifix is gold tone as well.  Overall length is 29″.

If you would like to see more of my work, go to www.etsy.com/shop/nanaspocket  Use the coupon code  blogfan1  at check out and you’ll ge a 15%  discount!

And don’t forget to pray for peace.

Welcome to my world!


First of all,  I am so honored that you are visiting my blog!  As you will see, I have a lot of interests and certainly a lot of opinions.  Secondly, I hope to be able to feature, not only my own art, but also other artisans, projects and points of interest that I think the world would like to read about.  ‘Cause it’s a big world out there with a lot to experience!  Let’s get started:

If you have ever been overwhelmed with life and need a quiet place to get away, please consider Felicia Wiggins’ BandB.  It is an adorable place by the name of LeVillage and is located in Eunice, Louisiana.  You can view her website here:  http://levillagehouse.com/  or see her facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/levillageguesthouse?sk=info  LeVillage is a terrific place to unwind and is chock full of personality and charm.  In addition,  Market Monday is hosted there on the second Monday of each month.  It’s a terrific opportunity to load up on a varity of handmade items (including some of my handiwork!) in a wide range of taste.

Now to plug some of my own items:

It’s hunting season here in Louisiana and I wanted to put together a rosary for the faithful that they can identify with.  I reasearched St. Hubert, the patron saint of hunters, and found that he was quite a fellow.  He was born in the mid 600’s, of noble birth, and apparently had a lot of charm and quite the way with words as he evangelized to the pagans far and wide.   A worthy saint, he is also the patron saint of  mathematicians, opticians, and metal workers.  He’s a pretty interesting guy.  You can read more about him here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubertus.  When I made these rosaries, I used either St. Hubert medal or a St. Hubert center connector.  Both styles turned out beautiful, if I may say so myself.  All to the glory of God.

If you want to see more, go to my etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/nanaspocket or my dipperly shop http://dipperly.com/LoveAlways

Ya’ll have a great day now, ya hear?!