Published in Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2014

I’m surprised and delighted to see my Bandit Girl and the Ladybugs paintings( I, II, and III)  featured in the current issue of Somerset Studio!  My heart-felt thanks, once again, to the editors over at Stampington for including my work.

Be sure and check out the current issue at your local bookstore.  Here in central Texas they can be found in Barnes and Noble bookstores and they are also carrying them in Michael’s stores!

And speaking of Somerset Studio, the current challenge for Jane Austen inspired art is due by Feb. 15th. I know there are many of you out there who create beautiful work (I see your blogs!) and have never gotten up the nerve to submit your work for publication.  Let 2014 be the year you put yourself out there!  Create, send it in, and see what happens!

I’ve got some sweet “Thinking of You” cards I just added to Knox’s Etsy shop. Remember all proceeds from his little shop go to CS research and to the aid of families with a child suffering from this syndrome.  Check out Amy and Friends for more information on the charity I support with these funds.


And now for a bit about my Knox.  The hard truth is he’s been declining since his 3rd birthday last July. He was hospitalized twice recently, once in late October for dehydration and then immediately following for his first case of pneumonia.  He has been weakened by illness and is now becoming ill frequently. Over the last 3 months he’s lost weight and now weighs a mere 12 pounds, 10 ounces.  He continues to eat well by mouth but his body does not absorb the calories.  Today, he is recovering from an ear infection he developed last week and is finally feeling better.

We had the chance to attend a special birthday party in December!  Knox’s little friend, Miss A., who also has severe Cockayne Syndrome, turned 2 years old and we had a wonderful time celebrating with her family.  As far as we know, Knox and Miss A. are currently the only children in Texas with CS2.

For those of you that have been following my blog for a while, I appreciate your prayers and kind thoughts on our behalf.  This road is getting harder.  The company I keep each week includes Knox’s nurse, his therapist, and the hospice staff.  I’m thankful for them.  Maybe I’ll write more about Knox later, but right now this is all I feel I can share.

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Up next: Lunchbox Love Notes

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!





  1. I’m so happy they published the Bandit Girl series! I haven’t had a chance yet to see that issue but I’m sure I will soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you and that sweet little guy. Sending hugs your way! Take care.

  2. Congrats on getting your Bandit Girl and the ladybugs published. I love those paintings!!! I’m so sorry to hear about Knox. My heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family. ~Sophia

  3. Ramona Wilson

    Dear Scarlett,
    Congratulations! Love your work. I cherish the beautiful gifts you gave me: the lighted wine bottle and the Cardinal in Snow powdered sugar mason jar. I will be forever grateful for the all too brief opportunity to care for Knox and meet your beautiful family. You are an amazing example of a Proverbs 31 woman. I think of you very often: when I see a new recipe (the Un sloppy Joe was a hit) or a new blog; when I was with my friend Joyce before she died waiting for a lung transplant (I gave you her prayer book); when I reached a stall in my weight loss (reached goal yesterday); when talking to Stan’s daughter about Weight Watchers; when recycling; hearing about home schooling; thinking about returning to school; today when considering another extra case–home care vs. facility.
    Praying with and for you, sweet Knox and all your family.
    Ramona Wilson

  4. Congratulations on being published, so well deserved! They were awesome artworks, I love bandit girl and her ladybugs!

    Love hugs and best wishes to you and Knox!!

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