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I may soon need a couple weeks to visit my very most favorite place...a beach. All I need to get back in touch with myself is to walk on the beach where the water just touches the sand. As each wave retreats, treasures are left behind. Seashells come to rest after a journey unknown to us, and we get to see them for the very first time, wondering where they have been. The beach is still glistening as the water slowly soaks into the sand, and our feet are firmly met with its' resistance. Sigh...I could walk for hours at the water's edge.
I love to write, as most of my friends and family know all too well, and am not capable of expressing what I think or feel in a few brief sentences. I wish I could just be normal sometimes...I can hear my sisters laughing...and not wonder about everything, not care about everyone, and not be as passionately persistent about the things I wonder and care about!
But as a result of relentless wondering, I became determined to create the beach scene, which in turn evokes treasured memories. And so I did. Look at the result. This will become another custom fabric designed and manufactured by ddkdesigns.
The amazing Nikon D700 was used for the shoot by Tom Brooks of BrooksPhotograghy.
Ballerina beds, below, are sanded by my son in preparation for hand painting. Not only is he my main computer man, he assists me in the day-to-day tasks of running the business of ddkdesigns,llc. How do I thank you, my son, for teaching me the most important life lessons I've ever learned, and now for standing at my side during the realization of my dream.
Kelly Debora, my niece, is totally in love with her Shi-tsu, Ginger. When she isn't carrying her puppy around, getting straight A's in school, or spending time with her older sister and best friend, Amy Lynn...she is a twirler with The Michigan Debonettes. Her skills are impressive and are reflected in the many trophies she has earned. Currently, twirling is making history in the news as a national television competition has featured the surprisingly successful twirling career of a young boy. Kelly may be headed for stardom, too, as she "just gets it" and is fearless in catching the twirling hunk of metal she throws 20 feet in the air. Not only can this girl twirl, but she can do so as she stik-skates and carries on an intelligent conversation. Yes, there is a lot going on in the Walker pole barn other than the manufacturing of ddkdesigns pet beds! I have heard rumors that a homecoming float is scheduled to be built within this huge stucture over the next few weeks.
So many obstacles...tractors, motocross bikes, ddkdesigns...and Kelly never loses a step. This is harder than it looks, as my sister Carol and I can confirm. We were humorously unsuccessful in our attempts to twirl today, and have bruises to prove it. I think we will be donning helmets, goggles, and boots tomorrow as we try our luck at motocross on the Walkers private track. It's got to be easier than twirling!
Yes, there is a real dog hiding
among all these stuffed animals which belong to Kelly Debora! I can just feel the smiles as dog lovers everywhere look at this endearing and adorable picture. What a lucky dog little Miss Ginger is, to have found such a loving and caring family. My wish is that all animals could feel the safety and happiness that is so evident in this photo.