Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Dear Friends,  this is a greatly needed cause.  I often think that my son Brian could've been one of these homeless kids.  Not because of "tough love", but because of his illness.  He was being treated for depression and was on Paxil (which is another story) and died by suicide when he was just 18.  (18 years ago)  I now believe he was bi polar.  And the funny thing is, weeks before I saw Lori Miller from Round Barn Potting Company's post about her fundraiser for Hope 4 Youth, I had a couple of dreams about where Brian was still alive and then all of a sudden it was like wait a minute, where is Brian? I haven't seen him for awhile.    His friends finally told me where he was and I went to this shelter where I saw him surrounded by other kids his age, getting a hot meal, and he was happy.   I now think God was telling me about this cause and to somehow get involved.  I donated a bunch of comforters, clothing,  and this painting which I created especially for them.
It is a 20" x 20" stretched canvas and they are going to put it in "a place of honor" where everyone who walks through their door can read it.
Their address in 2665 4th Avenue No, Anoka, 55303 behind the old milk factory.  Phone # is 763.323.2066.  Their website is:
xoxo lauriejeanne

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Boutique Season

It's in full swing,  I'm in Candleberry in Edina which closes Sunday, Oct. 27, and The Chickadee in Shoreview which is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays ONLY and the FIRST Sunday in Nov. and Dec.  It runs thru Dec. 8.  The address is: 207 Ste. Marie, Shoreview, 55126.  Just 2 blocks north of 694/Rice.
This is Jacci's 36th year and she promotes Hand Crafted Local Artisans. 
I re-stocked today with these.  I have new magnets also.
10x20 stretched canvas original

12x12 stretched canvas original

12x12 stretched canvas original

12x12 stretched canvas original

 stretched canvas original

coming up is Majestic Boutique in Ham Lake Nov. 6.  More on this one later.

Go to for information on HOPE 4 Youth.  Tomorrow and Saturday, Lori at the Round Barn in Andover is taking donations of warm clothing, blankets, food, etc.   - as well as money to open up the H4y shelter 24/7 -  for homeless youth in Anoka County.  I'll be there on Saturday helping out.  It is a much needed charitable cause.   XOXO lauriejeanne

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Been awhile since I posted.  Where does the time go?  I am in the Candleberry Boutique in the Hughes Pavillion, Centennial Lakes, Edina.  7499 France Ave. 55435.  Mary Swanson, the owner, has 2 other boutiques as well which I'll talk about when they come up.  Here's a link:  Her boutiques are STUNNING and one of a kind!  Here are few of my originals going there.

I have pumpkins on my mind!  These are 10" x 10" hand painted originals!
XOXO lauriejeanne