ABOUT-ME and how all this got started



ABOUT-ME, JR and other information.

I believe, that just as all of humanity was created from a seed, that we were all born from creation and therefore creative. No master artist or master craftsman was born a master but were created by mastering their craft. This mastery started with an idea, a kit of instructions, a teacher with skill, a parent’s encouragement or just plain determination to create “THE IDEA”. That is why I believe that anyone can do a craft or art form and no one can say with any certainty “I can’t do that”. You are creation, so you can!

My mother was an unusual person with serious doubts, troubles, uncertainties and quirks but what the world saw was her creativity. I saw the whole person and am grateful that that she has passed some of that creativity to me. I will hope, as many children do, that the “crazy” lady stays hidden in my mother’s grave.

This web site was born as a result of my boyfriend wanting Halloween and Christmas Decorations and my insanity of not wanting lots of commercial looking stuff, because after all I was an artist…that I would never publicly admit to….and I just could not handle little 4 foot Santa blow molds, and tiny snowflakes, or wood painted cut outs in my yard. There is nothing wrong with these kinds of decorations, but it just did not represent me and I wouldn’t have it, Mother’s crazy rising from the grave…OMG…I am my Mother! So it is reall about JR not ABOUT-ME.

So, with a vengeance, as if competing against every commercial manufacturer producing for Halloween and Christmas, I rushed to make Yard Decorations, so JR wouldn’t put that stuff in the yard.

Once I had one or two things made, then I relaxed, JR liked what I was doing and set about helping me find and create lighted stands, peg down the creations so they wouldn’t blow away and make suggestions for the next “costume”. We now have a large collection of home made Christmas and Halloween Outdoor Decorations and I am still coming up with more ideas. Now I am sharing our insanity with you, complete with instructions and some down loadable patterns.

JR Background: The other guy not ABOUT-ME Jr. is a mechanic, construction worker, large machinery operator, welder and all round Jack of all trades. He is creative in his own right and makes many different items to benefit our daily lives from hitches on the lawn mowers to pull just about anything, to a wench on the front of his truck.

JR was born in Illinois, spent most of his childhood in Missouri, married and moved to Texas for 20 years and is now back in Missouri, widowed and living with me. Lucky boy! LOL

JR is an American Indian and won’t hesitate to tell you who really OWNS the land you stand on and if you don’t like it go home. He means it! He eats what he hunts, never for just sport, becomes angry at waste and pollution, fishes, shoots a bow and arrow, guns, sling shots, loves animals ( a real Dr. Dolittle) amazing to watch. I haven’t seen a squirrel, deer, cat, dog or any other animal afraid of him, they don’t run away.

Teres’s Background.. ABOUT-ME Teres has had jobs as a Corporate Administrator, Senior Programmer, Technical Recruiter and currently holds a job as Customer Service Operator and of course the Webmaster of this site.

Teres was born in Kansas, grew up in Naperville Illinois, moved to Texas with her husband, divorced and end up in Missouri following the Provenance Project, which failed. She has been pursuing craft and art related projects since she was able to hold a needle and crochet hook. Her Grandmother was skilled in organic gardening, before it was popular, canning up goods for the winter, sewing all manor or dress ware and household objects, a real pioneer women. Her Mother was a master craftsman, well know for her pottery, holds a BFA in fine art, skilled seamstress and could do any manor of craft put in front of her including oil painting.

I come by my creativity through constant and persistent work. Working with my hands is my passion. I am willing to learn any skill and have tried and mastered many. I cook gourmet meals, can the vegetables in my organic garden, sell the canned goods, sew – women and men’s clothing, draperies, kitchen ware, table ware and of course Halloween and Christmas Decorations. I create functional sculpture from clay, have been accepted into many juried exhibitions. I also crochet, cross stitch, and needlepoint to name a few more. Enough ABOUT-ME.

We have yet to master synchronized music or dial up radio but we have that on the list. We are planning to open up part of the school as a light show walk through called Artistree Lights for Christmas and a Halloween shop with display area.

THE OLD SCHOOL. We bought this monstrosity because I always wanted to live in a warehouse with a little area off to the side to sleep/eat etc. I like being creative and that takes space. Be careful what you wish for…you may just get it! The School District was selling so I wrote a proposal and we got it, 45,000 sq. ft on 3 acres. Now we have to keep it up and it is a big chore….Be careful what you wish for…..

That is, about me, my story and all of this is more about J.R. than about-me. Enjoy the site…and let me know what you think, improvements, more ideas, and comments. Try these creations, they are fun and the compliments you get displaying them don’t hurt much.

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