“Today’s the day, Mommy!”

“Today’s the day, Mommy! Today’s the day we go to Westville!” Those are the words I was greeted with this morning as my youngest son, who never wakes up in time for school ran out of his room… He’s on fall break, so he gets to sleep in, but today he’s excited, because today’s the day.

What he doesn’t know is that today we won’t be welcome there. Today, they won’t want us anywhere near the gates. Today, even though we’ve felt that that place was like a second home to us all of our lives, they will look at us like insects that need to be squashed.

You see, today we are protesting the move of our little home. Today, we are letting them know that it is not okay. Today, I plan to look Mike Bunn square in the eye and tell him that he cannot do this to our little community that worked so hard to build this.

While we’re talking about Mike Bunn, I want to say that he’s not the evil man I envisioned. I first heard his name when I heard that they were talking about moving Westville. I envisioned this greedy, pathetic old man. When I received what was meant to be a very intimidating letter from him, I pictured the utmost evil. After numerous attempts to contact him, I finally looked him up on Facebook. He looks like a nice guy, a family man. But, this nice guy is attempting to steal what means so much to me and my community… This nice guy is nothing but a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

You see, Mike Bunn was completely in the wrong to send me an intimidating letter. He alleged that I had illegally reproduced Westville’s logo, when I had done nothing of the sort. He threatened me, a seemingly easy target. He threatened a single mom, a small business owner, what looked to be an easy target. Really though, he only insulted my intelligence. He underestimated me. Today, I intend to tell him just that, face to face.

“Today’s the day, Mommy! Today’s the day!”

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What Westville Means To Me

As we work our way closer to Thursday, the next Westville board meeting, I can’t help but sit here and think of what Westville means to me. It is a place that I grew up. I went there all through my childhood, and even into adulthood. It’s a place that feels like home to me. It’s more than a place, it’s a feeling… And unless you’ve felt it, you’ll never understand what Westville means to me.

Unless you’ve climbed a greased pole on the fourth of July, you’ll never know what Westville means to me.

Unless you’ve eaten so much watermelon that you throw up red and pink for four hours straight, you’ll never know what Westville means to me.

Unless you’ve won a seed spitting contest, you’ll never know what Westville means to me.

Unless you’ve dipped a candle, you’ll never know what Westville means to me.

Unless you’ve made a piece of pottery, you’ll never know what Westville means to me.

Unless you’ve enjoyed homemade biscuits, gingerbread, lemonade, hot chocolate, and many other goodies, you’ll never know what Westville means to me.

Unless you’ve learned to make a basket, you’ll never know what Westville means to me.

Unless you’ve danced and sang “A Tisket, A Tasket”, you’ll never know what Westville means to me.

Unless you’ve listened for the first time, to someone playing a fiddle and watched toddlers dancing, you’ll never know what Westville means to me.

Unless you’ve rode in a horse driven wagon, you’ll never know what Westville means to me.

Someone asked me why I am taking this so personally… Well, isn’t it obvious? I grew up there, alongside my friends. I learned valuable skills there. I saw what life was like for those who came before me. I LIVED and LOVED there… Unless you’ve done this, you’ll never know what Westville means to me.

Do you want to show your support? Go to my online store and purchase a tshirt with the covered wagon design!

westville shirt

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Expanding!

Yay! Starting tonight, I am seriously attempting to expand my business. I am buying a heat press. With this, I will be making not only tshirts and hoodies, but also bags and so many other things!

I am so excited! I can’t wait to start expanding my business with new products! I have so many ideas…

  • T-Shirts (with and without pockets, full front/back, left chest and sleeves
  • Hoodies (non-split front, split front and zippered)
  • Sweatshirts & Pants
  • Tank Tops
  • Vests
  • Fleece Garments
  • Performance Wear (compression garments)
  • Swimsuits
  • Swimsuit Cover-Ups
  • Neoprene Jackets
  • Polyester Jackets
  • Nylon Jackets
  • Jean Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Correctional Facility Uniforms
  • Aprons
  • Onesies
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Band Uniforms
  • Shoes
  • Flip-Flops
  • Caps (baseball, visors, sunhat, skull cap, beanie)
  • Fishing Vests
  • Belts (Leather, Fabric)
  • Boots
  • Mittens/Gloves
  • Diaper Covers
  • Neckties
  • Scrubs
  • Military Uniforms
  • Suspenders
  • Corporate ID Wear (Polos, dress shirts, oxfords)
  • Snow Pants
  • Snowmobile Gear
  • Lab Coats
  • Bathrobes
  • Baby Bibs
  • Leotards
  • Safety Wear (shirts, vests, jackets)
  • Yoga Pants
  • Leggings
  •  Padfolio/Portfolio (leather, nylon, fabric, zippered)
  • Memo Books
  •  Backpacks
  •  Umbrellas
  •  Wallets
  • Can Koozies
  • Bottle Koozies
  • Wine Koozies
  • Wine Bags
  • Lunch Bags
  • Insulated Bags
  • Brief Cases
  • Laptop Bags
  • Laptop Sleeves
  • USB Pouches
  • Messenger Bags
  • Drawstring Sport Packs
  • Bank Bags
  • Luggage Tags
  • Business Card Holders
  • Golf Bags
  • Golf Gloves
  • Golf Tee Holder
  • Tea Towels
  •  Flags
  •  Burgees
  •  Sunglasses
  • Fanny Pack
  • Cell Phone Holders
  • Key Fobs
  • Mouse Pads
  •  Magnets
  • Book Marks
  •  Lanyards
  • Polypropylene Bags
  • Stadium Chairs
  • Beach Chairs
  • Directors Chairs
  • Travel Folding Chairs
  • Bean Bag Chairs
  • Bowling Ball Bags
  • Bowling Towels
  • Neck Wallet
  • Neck Badge Holders
  • Mouse Pads
  •  Coasters
  • Cloth Grocery Bags
  • Ribbons (for hair & Christmas trees)
  • Storage Bins & Boxes
  • Boxing Gloves
  • Baby Blankets
  • Cloth Photo Frames
  • Bandanas
  • Head Bands
  • Wristbands
  • Lamp Shades
  • Throw Pillows
  • Leather Bracelets
  • Slip Covers
  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Curtains
  • Toilet Seat Covers
  • Towels
  • Wheelchairs and Accessories (bags, seat covers)
  • Diaper Bags
  • Purses
  • Christmas Tree Skirts
  • Cloth Napkins
  • Cloth Banners
  • Guitar Straps
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Dish Towels
  • Table Cloth
  • Stadium Blankets
  • Pageant Sashes
  • Cloth Awnings
  • Hammocks
  • Musical Instrument Bags
  • Tennis Racket Covers
  • Bat Bags
  • Golf Flags
  • Doll Clothes
  • Doll Bedding
  • Bedding Sheets
  • Pillow Cases
  • Tote Bags
  • Gardening Caddies
  • Garment Bags
  • Round Duffle Bags
  • Stool Covers
  • Floor Mats
  • Costumes
  • Fans
  • Clothing Tags
  • Pet Coats
  • Pet Rain Coats
  • Pet Shirts
  • Pet Dresses
  • Pet Pajamas
  • Pet Beds
  • Pet Shelters
  • Pet Bandanas
  • Pet Foot Covers (shoes)
  • Dog Back Packs
  • Collars
  • Harnesses
  • Leashes
  • Soft -Sided Bowls
  • Bags
  • Doggie Potty Pants
  • Birdcage Covers
  • Horse Blankets
  • Horse Tail Bags
  • Horse Mane Covers

Feel free to comment with any you may have!

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All Work and No Play? Not likely…

As any of you who keep up with me know, I started a small sign shop several months ago. Thankfully, it was the best decision that I have made so far. I have stayed incredibly busy and started turning a profit. The problem with being busy though is that you don’t get a lot of time to have fun… And you don’t really get into this kind of business unless you want to be able to make something really cool.

So… I decided to make something cool.

canvas dawgs canvas little boysI hope that you all my play time… I’ll try to keep you updated on all of my work.

Talk to you soon!

Alicia

 

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Time For A Timeout…

Anyone who knows me knows that I have been stressed out beyond belief lately. I have been trying to avoid my stress, and just keep moving. Well, when your car breaks down, it’s not really possible to just keep moving.

As luck would have it, I heard a “pop” when I dropped my oldest son off at school yesterday morning, followed shortly afterward by an awful screeching noise, and then my car went from fully mobile to darn near impossible to drive. Yay me.

I have always been really lucky when it comes to car troubles… If I have any, I call my brother and he gets me back going as quickly as possible. As luck would again have it, my brother was busier yesterday than he’s been in a long time, so when I called, I was told to wait. So I waited.

The most amazing thing happened yesterday… Instead of getting stressed out and crying about everything, I just waited and relaxed and decided something… Everything that is happening lately is out of my hands anyhow, so why keep stressing? I am choosing to wait and trust. I am going to trust in God for a positive outcome, just like I trusted my brother to come to my rescue yesterday.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.- Psalms 91:11

That verse, that one piece of scripture, is what I am keeping close to my heart. No matter what troubles me these days, I am just remembering that God will always protect me… and give me a timeout when I need to breathe and remember that He will always take care of me.

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