We want to recognize everyone in the world of art here in our community. Thank you for sharing your passion with us and allowing us the privelege to experience your artwork. Next month is National Women Artists Month and we will be highlighting female artists throughout the month of November. Our hats off to all of you!

Doug and Eileen Leunig thank you for your support of the art community. “Big Picture Film Festival” was amazing and brought the community together. You two are selfless in your work to promote artists and art. We all appreciate you greatly and are proud to know you. Your love for each other and those around you shines. Thank you.

Alecia Collins your play about your life “Don’t Judge Me I’m Only Human” was amazing. My sister, a friend and I attended your play and we were involved and felt many emotions during your performance. You have come a long way and are brave to share your story. Thank you for allowing us to see your journey on stage. You are blessed to know your purpose through your relationship with God. We look forward to what you will do next.

Peoria Public Library contains a bright and lovely gallery on Lower Level 1. The artwork this month is composed of several unique artists of different genres. We found the work both intriguing and brilliant. It is a gift to be able to visit and experience the work in a quiet space. I found myself lost in several pieces wondering about the artists inspiration and technique. Thank you Alexander Martin for the invitation to such a unique exhibit.

Tuesday night “Jazz Night” at Broken Tree is always a hit. We thoroughly enjoyed the live music and the beverages. The group is like family. We enjoy seeing everyone, visiting and listening to the music. Thank you to everyone for a night full of life, laughter and sounds that give you goosebumps.

Next month we will share Women Artists from the Peoria Area in celebration of National Women Artist Month.

Until next time keep creating and dreaming.


The Mileurs

First Friday

Another wonderful 1st Friday in Peoria. We had a great time last night for 1st Friday, the weather was wonderful to be out in. We started at The Contemporary Art Center, to visit with old friends, got to meet up with Ricky Traughber, Cyndi Merrill and William Butler, what a fun place, so many talented artist, then down to hear beautiful music on the second floor.

Then we were off to the Peoria Art Guild, what an amazing place, there were several artist doing live work. We visited with Kagan Masters, and watched her create a beautiful piece using coffee, looks good and smells good to this old coffee drinker, glad she only uses instant and decaf coffee for her work . Also visited with Quinton Thomas and watched him work, a very talented young man. The Peoria Art Guild always makes for a great stop, The people are so friendly and the art work is astounding.

Our next stop on our 1st Friday tour was to Casa De Arte, all i can say about this place is Wow, the place was packed when we arrived and stayed that way all evening, The staff were busy serving food and drinks, and we had the pleasure of meeting a very talented artist, Andre Petty, first time we have seen his work and we were impressed. He will be on display for the month, so please make the trip down and view his work, and try out the food at Casa De Arte. They are pretty new on the scene but they are doing it right.

Our last stop for the evening was at my old stomping grounds, The Studios on Sheridan at the Sunbeam building, Art Pop was the feature this month and oh what a collection of truly beautiful work. So many Talented artist, Tanya Flesburg Bayer, Natalie Jackson O’Neal, Connie Andrews, Merrel Hickey were just a few on display, Thank you Mae Gilliland Wright for bringing this together. We got to visit with Steve Rouland and Michelle Steffen-Rouland owners of Escape 60, they are expanding their operations to have 5 escape rooms open, if you haven’t tried them, you should they are a lot of fun. Got to visit with Jon and Angie Walker of Urban Artifacts, and my friend Gina Ford-McCoy, and then popped over to Restorations and visited with Lori Mabee and the staff. 9 pm came to soon and things were winding down, so we are off. I am glad that we live in an area with so many talents artist that share their work with us. Please support out talented local artist, Thank you for all of the venues who support and promote art. Till next month, take a chance and go visit some of the art that’s on display
and we will get ready to see what wondrous art will be on display in November.

Until next time enjoy the journey and keep creating.


The Mileurs

Crafters Only Fair in Alburnett, Iowa

Alburnett Historical Society has done it again! Another successful Crafters Only Fair in the books! Thank you to all involved for an amazing time.

Our travels this weekend took us to Alburnett, Iowa’s Historical Society for a Crafters Only Fair. Excitement filled the air as we hustled in from the cool air to set up our displays and share our work with each other and the community. We were thrilled to be in the midst of so many crafters/artisans with a passion for their work.

Yesterday marked our second year as a participant in the event. We were honored to be invited back and look forward to years to come. Julie Towe organizes the fair each year and brings in talent from surrounding communities. During set up we were able to meet fellow crafters and view the marvelous handmade work.

Table created by Garvin Woodworking. Don uses local lumber in his creations.

The fair brings in artists from miles around with a unique creative touch. Quilts, blankets, cards, jewelry, felting, tatting, woodworking, barnwood signs, photography and more. Kevin and I shared our space with Debb Thein, a needle tatter from Cedar Rapids. Her work is delicate and intricate.

“Me and T”, Julie and Teresa, were present with signs, cards, wreaths and holiday fun. The two are neighbors and have become great friends. Together they create fantastic art. Julie was a guest artist in “The Spotlight” for Happy Mileurs in June.

The Alburnett Historical Society was recently renovated and the area for our Fair is well lit and spacious. Vendors in the main area were given ample space to display and the comradery was positive and upbeat. See more views of crafters work.

Thank you again to everyone for coming out to share and to support the Crafters Only Fair! We appreciate you all and look forward to years to come.

Until next time, enjoy the journey and keep creating.


The Mileurs

The Art of Wandering in Decorah

My Aunt Julie and I practiced the art of wandering this past weekend. We chose a quaint town in Northern Iowa. The two of us checked into our hotel and set out to wander the shops downtown. If you haven’t been to Decorah, Iowa you are missing a quaint town with shops, eateries, hotels and art. Most business in this town are “Mom and Pop” shops, same with the restaurants. No chains located here.

Our first stop was Ruby’s a cafe and catering business. The aromas of fresh baked bread, homemade foods and an atmosphere that feels like home drew us in doors. We found ourselves in a small cafe with residents of the town bringing in family to meet the waitress and the cook. Our waitress greeted us like family and spoke to us throughout our meal about her thoughts, her life and listened when we spoke. We dined on homemade chicken pot pie and brought home a loaf of fresh back chocolate chip zucchini bread.

We then decided to wander through the shops and walk off that scrumptious chicken pot pie. Agora Arts was filled with jewelry, paintings, decorative towels, cards, watercolors and more. My Aunt and I enjoyed the watercolor paintings with poetry and sayings. The jewelry sparkled and was well made. Purses in the window with wire handles wrapped in plastic tubing. The leather-work was masterful.

Sparrows Candles & Gifts was amazing! The scent of fall candles greeted us as we entered the quaint shop. The owner behind the counter with a smile welcoming us in and to feel free to look at and touch the items in the store. Being a tactile person I appreciate being able to touch items before purchase. There were up-cycled purses, candles, scarves and so many items we were surprised each time we looked a new spot in the store.

We wandered and viewed the art on the business walls. The art in the park area. We ended our wander at Blue Herron Knittery. So much yarn! We were in yarn Heaven! The two of us love to crochet and try different yarns with our creations. I believe we could have stayed here happily for days. The owner was friendly and told us about Thursday evening crochet with the ladies from town. Currently, they are working on an afghan.

The downtown area is filled with a plethora of shops and eateries. Driving around town we saw the most beautiful Victorian homes and Bed and breakfast establishments. We were amazed and the 40 some odd places to visit while in Decorah from arts to hiking, kayaking, bookstores, pottery….the list continues.

We enjoyed our afternoon of practicing the wander. There is nothing like time to wander and see what there is to see and experience along the journey.

Until next time, enjoy the journey, create and laugh more than you breathe.


The Mileurs

The Art of Two Arrows Studio

Saturday morning, at the Riverfront Farmer’s Market, we had the privilege of visiting with Janet Hill Owner and Designer of Two Arrows Studio located in Studios on Sheridan. Her work is both beautiful and dynamic. She and her daughter create masterful jewelry together at Two Arrows Studio. We also had the privilege of meeting Robin Salisbury Owner and Designer of Grazy Dazy Designs by Robin – with Peace, Love and Flowers.

Two Arrows Studio is a mother – daughter team creating lasting jewelry in a dynamic fashion. The studio is shared by several artists. Upon entering you see a studio brimming with creativity and beautiful works of art. Brownwyn, Janet’s daughter, created my husband’s and my Unity Pendants and wedding rings – beautiful!

Janet creates magnificent jewelry in a variety of colors and stitches. If you haven’t experienced Two Arrows Studio it is worth the stop and the views.

Robin Salisbury has a unique twist and creates jewelry full of life. her work is located in Two Arrows Studio and adds light and whimsy to the room.

These women are a pleasure to spend time with and learn new techniques. Janet teaches classes on jewelry making at Studios on Sheridan. The Riverfront Farmer’s Market is winding down with one month left. You can sill visit Janet, Bronwyn and Robin at their studio located in Studios on Sheridan. You can also visit Two Arrows Studio online via Facebook and Etsy.

We thank you ladies from the bottom of our hearts for sharing your morning and your masterpieces with us.

Until next time, enjoy the journey.


The Mileurs

The Art of Creating Together

Saturday afternoon we adventured to Art at the Bodega in Washington, Illinois. Upon entering we find beautifully painted ceramics on display and a smiling employee. He greeted us with a smile and walked us through the steps to create our masterpiece. My son and daughter-in-law invited me to tag along and enjoy the experience with their family.

It was both relaxing and fun to watch each choose a piece to make his or her own. My grandsons enjoyed all the color choices and paintbrush selection the most. We each chose our piece and shared a table to paint and visit. Ben chose a dinosaur, Malachi chose a dragon, Emily a polar bear and Martin an owl with a hat.

We spent several hours together laughing, talking and painting. Each of us taking care of the boys and helping them to paint their pieces. The energy here is amazing. Nearly every table was filled with a family sharing time and creating. A special place. My son discovered he can take his incomplete piece home and come in during normal business hours as often as needed to finish. He loved the at no extra charge and anytime. Our pieces will be glazed and fired this week for pick up Saturday.

I took several pictures of our afternoon to share our moment. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to our next adventure at Art at the Bodega. To all at Art at the Bodega that made this afternoon possible, thank you! We appreciate all of you!

Until next time, keep creating and enjoy the journey.


The Mileurs

This Week

The Happy Mileurs are out of the shop this week. We are working on packing for our child to go to college, getting ready for our grandson to start kindergarten and doing some updates.

We hope that you all have a wonderful week and look forward to catching up with all of you next week!

Until then enjoy the journey!


The Mileurs

9th Annual Summer Festival in Henry, Illinois

Happy Mileurs is excited to share… we will be a vendor at the 9th Annual Summer Festival in Henry, Illinois! Join us for music, food and shopping. We will have a special one day sale on select items! Hope to see you there!

Explore Second Saturday in the Heights

Second Saturday in Peoria Heights is approaching. Explore Art in the Heights this coming weekend. Meet local artists and take home a piece or more of their original work. Don’t miss out on this fabulous event!

Tom will be a local artist at this event with his dynamite earrings sure to add dazzle to any ensemble.

A special thank you to Tom Pries for sharing!