On behalf of Vicki and myself, we would like to extend a word of thanks to all the concerned people who have called and e-mailed, sending their thoughts and prayers for us and our extended family at Sandstone Gardens. By the grace of God, our establishment was spared along with our employees and their families.

From California to Long Island, the phone calls kept coming. The only redeeming quality in this disaster was to be reminded of the many lives you have touched and became entwined with; to see the outpouring of human kindness one to another in Joplin’s unparalleled time of need.

As I write, it has been 18 days since the tornado hit. Photos and news cast can’t begin to document this devastation! In many parts of Joplin, it’s as far as the eye can see. “The enormity of it” is a phrase I’ve often used.

As I drive down 20th street, knowing what once was there, I can only describe it as a desert. The sand has been replaced by rubble; masses of splintered 2×4’s, sheet metal, roof shingles, etc. The cactuses are trees, their arms and limbs truncated, looking to the sky as to wonder why. The boulders are masses of metal and steel, once automobiles; twisted chess pieces of nature’s sport. Here I am falling into the trap of trying to describe something that everyone who has witnessed knows is indescribable.

For those of you in the faith, I would encourage you to keep sending your prayers for the manifold needs that need to be met. I would especially encourage you to remember the families of those countless lives that have been lost. Some of these families, even in their darkest hour, have been able to take that first step of “closure”. Their loved ones recovered and identified; their spirits laid to rest.

The grim reality of this morass is that many will not be able to take that first noble step. The translation of their loved one(s) many never be more than it already is; a nebulous gray area, always circling around them; wondering and pondering, as they are forced to yield to these councils of delay. I ask that you lift these spirits up, as if they were your own.

If you would like to contribute to Joplin’s disaster relief, you may do so by visiting the following website. Just click here http://rebuildjoplin.org/donate. This website has various organizations to choose from.

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We’re editing walls and making space, getting ready for new merchandise that has been arriving; spring will be budding in the store very soon!

Fresh artwork and lighting, and more to come…

What better time to use those gift cards you received for Christmas!  Bring some warmth to old man winter, come in and pick something that will get you through until the sun is shining and the birds start chirping again…

To Market,
To Market,
Off we go…

Here’s a little bit of what’s new this season and in the store now… (more…)

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As impatient wings bring a close to another year, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. Cheers to each of you, and to another great year! Wishing you days filled with peace, joy, and laughter; and prosperity in the New Year, from your friends who will strive to find more ways to inspire, and welcome you, at Sandstone Gardens.

Vicki & I would like to extend a special thank you to our customers, but also to our staff and employees who helped make a great year! Many transitions occurred, and with each one it kept getting better and better.

The response and reviews from our customers in the past six months have been that the store was extraordinary, the best they had seen it since we opened; and also, the great service they received while they were here.

Keeping up with the inventory and displays at Sandstone Gardens is an arduous task. Vicki & I will always give credit where credit is due. To our customers and staff, thank you for a great year.

The bells are ringing, the trees are trimmed and shopping is in the air!  The excitement of holiday shopping can sometimes become a stress when you are trying to find that perfect gift for everyone on your list…

Well maybe we can help!  We gathered a few of our favorites from around the store and some of the top picks on wish lists this year. (more…)


Last week we shared with you some pictures of our exciting and successful show at the Nutcracker Market in Houston, Texas and the finished product, so to speak.  We thought we’d share some of the insight, preparation, and details that lead to the final results.  Markets like this from the east to west coast, over the years have been an incredible “live and learn” process, and stepping stones for Sandstone Gardens, as you know it today.  (more…)

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