While out sightseeing up in the foothills south east of Sacramento, California, my brother decided to pop into a little store in a small town by the name of Fiddletown. While looking around he saw a cabinet filled with silverware and other odds and ends. He started digging around through one of the drawers and at the very bottom he found what looked like could be a letter opener, butter knife or other utensil. Since he was not sure what he had purchased, he asked an appraiser friend to take a look at his new acquisition. His friend believed it to be a letter opener hand created in the early 1900's, based on the original Roycroft stamp on the tip of the blade. Knowing my love of the Arts & Crafts movement and having recently applied to be a Roycroft Renisance Artisian, my brother sent it to me as a gift.
To say that this past year has been very challenging is an understatement. Sadly, last month I lost my best friend, my amazing and loving father. He was not perfect, and no one is, but I could not have asked for a better father, and he loved his family so much. He was always there for us, providing, encouraging and sacrificing throughout our lives. I am saddened when I hear others talk about how poor their relationships were with their fathers, and wish they could have a similar experience. I was truly blessed to have such a loving and supportive father in my life. He loved seeing my new landscape designs and enjoyed watching how enthusiastically my paintings were selling. Sadly, my father had been in and out of the hospital quite a bit this past year and recent issues led to him passing away. I still find it so hard to believe that he is no longer with us. I miss my dad so much each and every day. With everything that has been going on, I am going to need some time off before I resume working on one of my Dad's favorite upcoming designs.
There are so many of you all around the country that have chosen to display my framed prints in your homes or offices. I would love to receive pictures of my work on display in your favorite location. I plan to exhibit your photos on my website and various social media outlets. I would be so grateful if you would consider emailing any images which I could use. Additionally, if you are so inclined, I would greatly appreciate a testimonial quote which shares your enthusiasm for the work that I could add to my About section. Thank you for your support and appreciation of my work.
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I was very fortunate to be invited this year to attend the 128th Tournament of Roses parade. To top it off, we were blessed to receive some amazing stadium seats, situated a little below the HGTV booth, which were right where the parade route begins. I have always wanted to see the actual parade in person, but somehow I never made it after all the years of living in Southern California. The best that I had previously done was to walk around the completed floats while they were being judged before the parade began. I can now scratch this one off my bucket list. The only downside was having to get up at 4:15 am to get a parking spot near by.
The song 'Auld Lang Syne' is traditionally sung by most of us on the stroke of midnight each New Years Eve. The words 'Auld Lang Syne' literally translates from old Scottish dialect meaning 'Old Long Ago' and is about love and friendship in times past.
As New Year's Day brings a fresh start, a new chapter in life is waiting to be lived. I hope that in this year to come you're doing things you've never done before. May you enjoy challenging yourself to try new things, learning new things, experiencing new things and creating new things as you delight in this transforming year ahead of you!
Wishing peace and love this holiday season. May you feel the joy that the season brings in your home. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
"It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!" ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
At the end of a beautiful day of remembrance to honor those who have served our blessed country. We owe a great deal of appreciation, gratitude, honor and debt to all who have served. Thank you so much for your service!
The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation. – George Washington
Introducing 2 new clothing items available for purchase in the apparel section of my online store. I recently had a couple men's shirts created with my Keith Rust Illustration logo in both a long sleeve dress shirt and a short sleeve polo shirt. The cool & dry polo shirt also has Moisture-Wicking, UV-Protection, Anti-Static and Anti-Bacterial features. These items go perfectly with the embroidered cap already available in my online store.