Sunday, October 30, 2016

Guest Artist: LYNN BAXLEY

Lynn Baxley is making masks again! In keeping with her garden theme each face is adorned with a vine garland harvested from Lynn’s gardens and woods. They will be equally charming on a garden fence or hang indoors on a wall to bring the garden spirit in year round.
She also believes angels belong in the garden all the time! Her newest version is designed to slide over a rebar garden stake or hang on the wall. You find many other fine hand built ceramic pieces by Lynn at Counting Our Blessings. 


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Guest Artist - CAINFUSIONS

CainFusions has been having a wonderful time with a new technique called “Tapestry”. There are additional steps involved in creating the strips of color that are used, but the results are unique & stunning. We’ll be showing a variety of color layouts in various dishware pieces at “Counting Your Blessings”. We also accept special orders for specific colors in specific pieces. Remember that each of these are one-of-a-kind! Shop early for the widest selection
at Counting Our Blessings. Ipen 10-5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November and the first week in December.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


We couldn't have asked for better weather to get things in order for our Opening Night next Thursday. This is an awesome October and we are looking for mighty fine weather next week. Come join us! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


For this holiday season Natalie Thomas, owner of The Potter's Obsession Gallery & Teaching Facility, wanted to create height for the holiday table. This can be achieved nicely with her wheel thrown cake stands and pedastal bowls. Some simple, yet elegant in a white glaze while others are inspired by nature. This year she has created a series of serving dishes with impressions of pine needles, stained and glazed in an opalescence glaze. These pieces will bring a soft but festive touch to your table.
We can't forget about our dear fairies and have supplied them with a selection of their own holiday decor. Natalie has created adorable pieces for a fairy winter wonderland. Complete with Santa's mailbox, bird baths, sleds, signs, skate ponds and more. Change up your fairy garden accessories to fit the season! Come check out Fairyland located in the garden and lit up for the holidays at Counting Our Blessings.

Monday, October 24, 2016


These gnomes are waiting to meet you at Counting Our Blessings. The large one on the right is a stepping stone and the little guy in the middle is a "sitter" who can perch on the edge of a step or shelf. He has space between his hands to hold whatever fits there like a tea light or a little star, for example. Finally it wouldn't be a holiday celebration with out a gnome Santa sporting bright stars on his robe. All are "outdoor-able" and made of concrete.

Saturday, October 22, 2016


This is a series of small hearts and varied house shapes that can be combined in many different ways to make a cool wall collage.  They are made form lightweight concrete with hangers aon the back sides.  Find these amdn many more new things at Counting our Blessings open 10-5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November and the first week in December.


Here is a group of new stepping stones inspired by the ocean. While walking the beach each morning in North Carolina, I collected these really beautiful ocean-washed shell fragments. Sort of like the way the water softens the edges of sea glass, these thick shell fragments had been worn smooth on the edges but retained the striations in the shell surface. We used them in simple mosaic patterns on three sizes, 8" square, 6" x 13" and 13" square.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Frank Mangiaracina has used a variety of beautiful woods to create both decorative and functional items for the home including hors de oeuvres trays, ipad/tablet stands, cutting boards, keepsake boxes, and candle holders. He and his wife Kris have worked together to create wall and tabletop decorative pieces utilizing hand-painted tiles inspired by the vivid colors of nature and enhanced with unique frames fashioned from exotic woods.
Frank loves wood, how it smells when working it, it's beautiful grains and colors...his love for the material shows in his impeccable craftsmanship. You can see for yourself at Counting Our Blessings
Open 10-5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in November and the first week in December.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Guest Artist: Leanne from south 20 Studios

Leanne from South 20 Studios does not really enjoy creating her artwork in multiples because the thrill of creation loses it's magic. We are very lucky she has conceded to make multiples on some of her pieces because word at our sale has it that you "should buy it when you see it or it will be gone". Leanne's work is so appealing and exciting because she never stops surprising us with new directions and techniques. Get a load of this!

Original plasma cut tool art for your garden or home from South20Studios.

Bring your own steel shovel (wood handle) on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday opening weekend of Couting Our Blessings and you can
custom order your very own message or picture that will be plasma cut from the shovel for $95 each.

Our Opening Nigh Party is Thursday, November 3 from 5:00-8:00.
We'll be open 10-5 Friday Saturday and Sunday every weekend in November and the first weekend in December.

Don't miss Leanne on Thursday, Friday or Saturday to have the coolest shovel in your neck of the woods!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Guests Artist: Bemeby Yocum

Beauty, whimsy and faith are a few words that drive artist Bemby Yocum’s work. Bemby seeks inspiration from the world around her, the way a branch crosses the sky, the way the fields roll into the clouds and from each of the creatures they shelter. Over-arching all of these is her fierce fascination with and love of color.
Bemby enjoys all seasons, but winter is by far her favorite season, the more snow the happier she is! She loves creating pieces that can be displayed and enjoyed all through the Christmas and winter season. Bemby often incorporates her faith into her work and desires that it would encourage you to count your blessings and bring you joy. Her sincere hope is that her work will help you embrace the gentle beauty of this season and that you will recognize the blessings that surround you every day.
You won't want to miss Bemby's unique nativities! She made one for Laurie and me many years ago and we bring it out every Christmas. Her seasonal palette-board signs make terrific and very affordable gifts too. These will all be available at Counting Your Blessings.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


LISA FREEMAN- Guest Artist

Lisa Freeman is one of our guest artists at Counting Our Blessings. For Lisa, 2016 has been the year of creating pieces using rediscovered art supplies & materials hidden deep in the artist’s studio. Newly found oil paints from her college days combined with the plethora of bee’s wax from her husband’s bee hives has brought Lisa into the world of encaustics. These pieces are truly unique, rich in color with a beautiful rubbed finihed surface. They are as yummy as the honey that was made with them! She has also refined her work in fibers and created new vibrant wall quilts, pillows, and cross-body purses. Lisa will be working the night of our pening party, Thursday, November 3 from 5:00-8:00. Come join the fun!