Monday, January 26, 2009

Upcoming Book Signing

Here is the scoop
and you can go to
to get more information about the artists!

Homewood's Four Seasons Antiques, Art and Botanicals hosts a book signing and art opening for the new book release: Birmingham Sketchbook.

On Friday, February 20, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., you will have an opportunity to collect a copy of the beautiful collection of artwork by area artists that captures the history of the city of Birmingham.

Author Allison Puccetti Adams and artists Warren Mullins, She She (Vaughn), Justin Banger, and Kevin Jones, Linda Vance, Craig Gallaway, and Beverly Klamer will be at Four Season's Antiques, Art and Botanicals so you can have multiple signatures for your one of a kind copy of Birmingham Sketchbook.

Artwork by each of the artists will also be available for sale.

This book not only has beautifully rendered images of a city's past, but the story also weaves a narrative that encourages the reader to think about their own unique fingerprint that might create the future of this bright city.

Be thinking about this as a great gift for a birthday, wedding, Mother's Day or Father's Day -- or just an inspiring treat for yourself.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday at Four Seasons Antiques, Art and Botanicals on the main street in Homewood (2910 18th Street South)

Call 803-4059 for more information.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Artist Clark Walker featured in book at Capitol Book

I have proclaimed that this is the year of writing for Allison.
Although when I paint, my mind flows and I write...
and when I write...I get inspired to paint....
so only time will tell.

But I wanted to share some information on a colorful artist who lives in Montgomery. His name is Clark Walker and two of his paintings take center stage in our home in Birmingham.
And in doing so, I also introduce a writer from Montgomery who has captured his quirks on paper. He is a true artist in the "artsy" sense of the icon in character....and finally he has gotten his fair shake.

This is taken from
The Capitol Book Newsletter (located in Old Cloverdale in Montgomery where I once lived for eight years)
Friday, January 16, 2009

Today's Contents:

I Just Make People Up
If you live in Montgomery, chances are that you have a Clark Walker painting in your house (we do), and we can't think of a better companion for those paintings than Foster Dickson's brand new book about Clark, I Just Make People Up: Ramblings With Clark Walker.

It's a series of interviews that Foster did with Clark over several years, and it's chock full of beautiful full color reproductions of many of Clark's paintings. It's a smallish coffee table book, hardcover, 128 pages , $45. Beautiful, and a no-brainer must-have for all of Clark's admirers.

You can read more about the author by clicking here
Foster Dickson Bio

May this inspire all who love the written word as well as the "pretty pictures" and you won't have to dig long to find a great story...Clark Walker's life is full of them.


Spartan Jam

Spartan Jam for Special Needs Fund Raiser

My son, Brent, who is 15, is helping my community by raising donations for Mountain Brook Special Education Students.

He and a group of local students who "love to rock" will be performing a benefit concert called SPARTAN JAM FOR SPECIAL NEEDS at Mountain Brook Junior High School on Friday May 8th.

Your donation will be presented during the concert.

The money raised for Spartan Jam will be placed in a special fund used to purchase additional services and equipment needed to improve the level of education for our children receiving special education services in elementary thru the high school. Each school in the system has a wish list created and designed to address each child’s personal needs in furthering his or her educational experience.

Please join me. Please help me make this a reality. Let’s give back to the children who need it the most! MAKE YOUR CHECK OUT TO MOUNTAIN BROOK SCHOOLS. Please indicate on your donation check “Spartan Jam for Special Needs”. If you would like to make a corporate donation please call Jeff Shapiro 936-6481or Karen Lusk-Smith C.F.O. at the board of education at 871-4608.

Click on the three icons at the bottom of Youtube to hear him performing some of his original songs.

There will be a group of kids playing as well. This was set up by Jeff Shapiro and we look forward to an awesome performance!

I am working on setting up a blog for them and will have a link hopefully by tomorrow!



Thursday, January 15, 2009


Here is my first entry for the MYTINYKINGDOM.COM challenge...
Read the last blog for information...

The challenge was to write about the following on FLASHBACK FRIDAY at the website

Here are the upcoming themes: (interpret as broadly as you wish)

January 16: Feeling Red, White & Blue

January 23: This Makes Me Giggle

January 30: Free For All

February 6: Remember It’s Inner Beauty That Counts

February 13: Love, Look at The 2 Of Us

February 20: Free For All

February 27: What I Was Doing X Years Ago, Where “X” = Any Positive Integer

The idea was to re-visit a time in my history...

That theme brought to mind a poem I submitted to the newspaper in Livingston and I thought I was younger, but it was in July of 1988...the year I graduated from college.
It speaks for a continuing cycle of conflict in our world, as we are embarking on similar situations again, some twenty years later.....


Red, White and Blue, Flags, Fireworks.

A Celebration across America.

These are the thoughts that enter my mind
as I pass through the numerous rural towns
on the way to my home.

Threats of war are evident,
but at a time when Americans
could not be bonded any closer.

From sea to sea, American's celebrate
a love for a country who is strong,
and most of all, loyal to its land.

Not the corruption of our politicians,
the money shortages of our farmers,
nor the oil problems of Texas are
on our minds today.

There is only a feeling of unity and pride-
For a place like no other.

Where the individual is free to choose-
to be what he feels is his own destiny.

A man can choose to be anyone he wishes to be,
but to choose to be an enemy of the U.S.
is to choose to be guest speaker at an opposing rally.

Moral is high in America, so let the leaders of Iran,
Make their choices wisely.

AP July 4, 1988

Commentary: 1/12/09
Tongue in Cheek...I laugh at myself...the seriousness...
the confidence I had in the unity of our land...
my father was a farmer for a short while- plowed fields in rows of limestone
that eventually became the nation's largest toxic waste dump, Texas experienced
times similar to what we are facing now, and Iran...they still haven't changed.

I have more realistic ideas about what our country can and can't do...
and not as much optimism, but still I am grateful that I was born into a land that gives me the right to form any of those opinions, to write about them and to do something to make a change.



My Tiny Kingdom

I haven't been painting as much since the holidays, but I have been WRITING...
I ran across the website at
My Tiny Kingdom. COM....
and the following challenge caught my attention.
If you are looking for ways to re-kindle the flame with your creativity,
you might just JUMP RIGHT IN and submit some stories.

The following in italics is straight from MYTINYKINGDOM.COM

Go there to see the "in color" version or read on and get inspired to get out the old may not have to come up with something new...just include something you wrote before and re-visit it.


January 13, 2009
Flashback Friday Starts This Week!
A while ago I was looking back at old posts, and I realized I have lots of hilarious old stories and photos back in the archives. I even have unblogged tales (horrors!) that I haven’t thought about in years. The specific post I was reading was Remembrance of Things Past, which marks the only time I’ve set our life to poetry with accompanying photographs.

Of course, when the twins were covered in blue yogurt I didn’t have the time or the technical know how to blog our adventures, which is how I hatched the idea of hosting Flashback Friday– a chance for you to look back through your pictures or old posts and post one on your blog with a short sentence or two explaining what was going on way back when. Hey, if you want to tell a whole story, go for it. You can flash back a week or a century, to the time before blogs existed - it’s up to you.

Here’s how it works– I’ll set a theme for each week, and on Thursday night I’ll post my Flashback Friday post. There will be a Mr. Linky so you can add your name and the URL of the post containing your photo and/or story, and we’ll end up with a list of Flashback Friday participants right here at My Tiny Kingdom.

Here are some things to remember:

A. Feel free to join in! No need to ask permission. Read up on blogging carnivals here if you want.

B. Put your name and a SHORT description of your photo or story in the “Name” box, and the URL of your Flashback Friday post, not the main page of your blog, in the “URL” box. Example:

Anne Glamore (Wild & Crazy Times)

C. Please mention “Flashback Friday” in your post and link back to My Tiny Kingdom in your post.

D. If there are technical things you do not know how to do, please use Google or the help forums with your blogging platform to figure them out before you email me. (Example: Google “How do I upload an image in a Wordpress blog?” or “How do I link to another site?”) I am a terrible technological teacher, as I figured out these things on my own and am probably not doing half of them correctly. I’m a step ahead of John McCain, computer-wise, but that ain’t saying much. Melanie at Blogging Basics has good information. For example, “What is a permalink” is here.

I suppose if a jillion of you email me with the same question I’ll start some FAQ’s.

E. No pornographic pictures, please. I reserve the right to delete links to obscene photos, and I will use Justice Stewart’s “I know it when I see it” test. Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184 (1964). (I rarely get to cite cases on my blog.)

Here are the upcoming themes: (interpret as broadly as you wish)

January 16: Feeling Red, White & Blue

January 23: This Makes Me Giggle

January 30: Free For All

February 6: Remember It’s Inner Beauty That Counts

February 13: Love, Look at The 2 Of Us

February 20: Free For All

February 27: What I Was Doing X Years Ago, Where “X” = Any Positive Integer

If you have ideas for upcoming themes, email me or leave them in the comments. If you can think of a group of bloggers who’d be way into this (scrapbookers? genealogists?) let them know about the project, too. Tweet, promote on your blog, etc. I hope this is fun for everyone!

Can’t wait to see how you interpret “Feeling Red White & Blue!”


FOUR years ago in My Tiny Kingdom: Fish. Talk about a flashback - this is maybe the 4th post I ever wrote!


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Monday, January 12, 2009


A new year....
a new week...
It is Monday, January 12, 2009....

And we know that in all things God works for your good...
because you LOVE Him, and have been called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28
All week I have had time to ponder my purpose....
I am a goal setter...a planner...
so yielding to God's purpose is sometimes hard for me...

So I had to get away and get a clear head :)

We just returned from a trip to Breckenridge with my 15 year old son for his first shot at skiing....and by day two he was on the BLACKS.
(We were ALL three on the blacks I might add...but certainly NOT on purpose...)
He whipped to the bottom..Chad and I to the side..through the trees to the safety of a blue slope.

My girls would be I have come a long way since I first began this CRAZY sport...all of these people tossing themselves down massive mountains at the speed of brakes...on slick flat sticks that are barely attached to your boot.

It snowed over 6 inches while we were there...and God was surely there on that mountain....we also skied in Vail...which was the ultimate endurance test for a person who does little cardio...something I vow to change this year!

I huffed and puffed hopefully for the last time! :)

And in 2009, I am, like everyone else in the world, vowing to be lean and mean in the new year...lifting weights, eating healthy...

well that part..eating well... will come easy, as we are embarking on yet another new career...
Seafood Market owners!

I had an amazing unfortunate situation where someone THOUGHT they were making an influence AGAINST me and lo and behold...they just closed a door that opened a bigger one...

We will be opening in February. And along side will be HappYmess Ice create your happy MESS...with toppings!

Complete with a full line of shirts and books...HappYmess ice cream and tea parties...

More about that later....

I am distracted as my daughter is changing my ring tone to say "mom, pick up the phone..HELLO!" Technology....mmmmmmmmmm

As you make your goals for the new year...vow to do more than making resolutions..
Make Revelations....

Change is good....and maybe some unfortuntate situation has you baffled...
do NOT dispair...because somewhere in those photos above...
there is a silver lining...
a new direction...

and now you have the drive and the gusto to GO for it...
what have you got to lose?

and luckily I have a husband and children who also adapt to change well.
But we have to stay on course....

This week we are focusing on God's will for our hopes that He will use US each for the purpose he has made us.
We ALL have one...and I believe or two or three :)

Blessings to you...and here's hoping you will find a quiet spot, a tall mountain...
a full moon (available to all of us AS I TYPE...WOW), a stream or lake... where you can find the direction intended for you this year....
and also wishing for you a peace that lets you know exactly when you are on track.

Happy 2009!