Patti Rae Wellborn

Winner of Best In Show for the 2022 Juried Autumn Art Show

My first memory of drawing was at the age the about three years old. I drew incessantly most of my life, mostly from my imagination or from life. When I was older I began to paint with oils my mother used to paint one painting and that was it. She gave them to me. I still work mostly from my imagination. The images I draw with ink are from icons if things I drawn over a lifetime. I love painting portraits and abstracts most of the time. The abstracts I paint intuitively. Things that are going on in my life tend to show up in my work from my subconscious.  When I’m home bound because of illness,  I draw and do watercolors.

Study Of Rembrant

2022 Juried Fall Art Exhibit Results

Artists came in from all over the great state of Texas to submit their pieces for the 2022 Juried Fall Art Exhibit. Nerves were on edge and some were actually questioning if their submission was good enough or not in order to place. A total of 16 entries made it into the exhibit and below are pictures of each one for your viewing pleasure. I like to think of it as our first virtual art gallery! 

The opening of the exhibit was Sep 17th and it will be available for viewing until Oct 1st.  Our next exhibit is planned for Oct 15th from 6-8PM and The Blue Moon Restaurant located on the other end of our block is offering $1 off margaritas for all exhibit patrons.

As for the results of our recent juried exhibit….

Best In Show along with a $300 prize was won by Patti Rae Wellborn with her piece titled, “Beast.”

“Beast” By Patti Rae Welborn

2nd Place was won by Janna Kulisz along with a $150 prize for her piece titled, “ Texas, Our Texas.”

“Texas Our Texas” by Janna Kulisz

3rd Place was won by Mary Beth Hensley along with a $75 prize for her piece titled, “Stinkeye,” which made me laugh out loud because it was actually a still life of her husband.

“StinkEye,” By Mary Beth Hensley

Below are also photos of the qualifying entries that are on display. All work is for sale and if you are interested in a piece, please inquire for pricing and dimensions.  We invite you to come and see these creations for yourselves at 166 N Texas in De Leon if you are going to be in the area. 

“Backroad Sunset,” By Bryanna Lamlin
“Conclusion,” By Elizabeth Jacome

Our next juried exhibit is planned for March of 2023 and we look forward to the submissions that will make an appearance.

If you are an artist that would like to have a featured exhibit or just your work placed with us for a bit, please send an email to

Fairy Dust and Soap Making

By: Sarah Childers

I want to let you in on a bit of a secret. De Leon has one of the best beauty products available this side of the Mississippi and it only costs $7.00. 

It comes from a company called Little Bit Goat Soap and it is available at the Chaos Trading Company located at 166 N Texas in De Leon, Texas.

These soaps are my personal version of catnip and I blame it on the magical fairy dust I think they sprinkle into each batch……

The owner, Aliena handcrafts soaps & body products with the intention of being as natural as possible.

When asked about her method, she stated that,

“I believe what makes my soap making unique is my desire to use all natural ingredients. I do not use any artificial colors, scents, or ingredients in my soaps and I keep everything organic and locally sourced when possible.”

This creator produces one of the best products I have ever been able to get my hands on, and I always keep at least two bars in my house at all times. She is also constantly coming up with new scents that are amazing such as my current favorite, Lavender Rosemary, which is colored with an Alkanet powder which not only gives a rich purple color in the soap making process, but also provides a lovely mahogany color for the Rose Grapefruit tinted lip balm she also makes. 

I can personally say that these soap bars are some of the best I have ever tried. Aliena certainly does not skimp on her quality of product. Once the soap is wet, you will even be able to see the water cloud up quite a bit as if you poured the goat’s milk directly into it. The soap bars are luxurious, packed full of good stuff, and really healthy for your skin. Some historians have also suggested that Cleopatra herself bathed regularly in milk baths to stay beautiful. 

Be that as it may, most folks don’t know that there is actually proven science behind as to why this type of soap is so darn good and ironically, it is not magical fairy dust. 

The lactic acid in goat’s milk helps to break down skin cells, thus aiding your skin in its renewal process. Goat’s milk is also rich in vitamins and nutrients important for healthy skin growth. This includes zinc, alpha hydroxy acid, and amino acid, as well as vitamins A, B, C, and E. The pH balance of the fatty acids found in goat’s milk is also very similar to the pH levels found in the human body, also making it easy for your skin to absorb them. So in essence, it directly feeds your skin. I also use the bars as a daily face wash. 

The benefits will be evident after the first time you try it. Trust me. 

So, there you have it.  A really high quality, locally sourced, cheaply priced product that is backed by science, and it is right here in De Leon, Texas. 

These soap bars will make the perfect gift for that special one in your life that takes their bath times seriously and they are located at the Chaos Trading Company in De Leon, Texas along with massage oils, lip balms, and handmade soap savers. 

So, my suggestion is to go stock up on these products and freely give them out. They will make a great gift for everyone. 

Until Next Time, 

Sarah Childers

Magic Beans, Mental Health, and Art…

For those of you like me, you need to have a creative outlet in order to feel like you have accomplished something. If you are like me, you are always imagining the “what if’s” in a situation, conjuring alternative scenarios for contemplation, conceiving innovative ideas on how to improve something, or wondering how to provide a solution to a problem you have discovered. Having anything to do with this process always reminds me that there is something bigger than me. 

If you are like me, you are always creating and cherish the ability to do so.

What if I told you that the trait within you and I that I am speaking of is actually a gift within you that is supposed to not only benefit yourself, but everyone around you as well? Maybe it is something you have been aware of since you were a child or maybe it is something that has just emerged? Perhaps it is still there waiting to come to light? 

What if I told you that in some academic realms, creativity is considered the highest form of critical thinking? 

If you ask me, I think all of what I just mentioned is pretty cool to consider. What I also think is a novelty is the fact that creative expression is a form of therapy to quite a few individuals. 

So is beholding the creation of another. I am always astounded as to how I can tour an art gallery and everything within me goes quiet. My thoughts stop racing, time stops, my heart slows down, and I am there, in the moment, appreciating everything around me. It completely makes my day if not my entire week. 

I guess what I am getting at is someone can create, aka utilize a gift that they were blessed with, along with benefiting themselves because they are utilizing it, then the thing in which was created is used to bless others. It’s like a gift that keeps on giving. 

Creating doesn’t have to begin or end with canvases and paint either.  It’s simple. Creativity=making something. 

Authors do it. Painters do it. Bakers do it (don’t get me started on cinnamon rolls or gooey brownies right out of the oven) Teachers do it. Farmers do it. Business people do it. Welders do it. 

Everyone does it to some extent. 

Add in how our lives have dramatically changed since 2020 and I am willing to bet that the creative gift we all possess has not only amplified, it is needed more than ever. Both for the artist and those appreciating the artistic expression. 

That is why I created The Chaos Trading Company located at 166 N Texas St, in DeLeon, Texas. 

This is usually the part where I need to promote my business to boost sales, etc…at least that is what my professors taught me in college…… However, I am not going to. That honestly is not my intention. 

My intention is to create a place where creative outlets can be utilized and artistic expressions are showcased and celebrated. Where the extraordinary can exist and where craftsmanship can be appreciated. Who knows, maybe you find what makes time stop for you too?

What I do want to mention is we carry items that are locally sourced, artisan inspired, repurposed, hand crafted, and hand made. They have a story behind them. You will not find mass produced replicas here that everyone else has. Nor will you find things that are just thrown together on some assembly line for the sake of meeting a quota to fill. 

Now, being able to make something like this accessible to you is my intention. 

I invite you to come see what is available for yourself. You don’t have to buy anything. Just come say hello and look around. Feel free to marvel at something that is not sold in bulk over the internet. Come see the latest art exhibit we have on display (there is one each month.) See if anything does inspire you. If it does, all the better. I hope your day is better for it. Then once you are done, make sure to go across the street and visit our local museum and view the Vivian Price painting display as well. 

Lillian Cogburn Price wanted her daughter and grandchildren to know about her childhood in 1906 to 1913 in rural Texas. So, she started painting her recollections and wrote short stories about each painting. Now the paintings are displayed at the museum to let others know what life was like a hundred years ago in the area. 

I love it!

For all of you art enthusiasts reading this, there is also a bonus included in the visit for anyone that likes to view murals on sides of the walls in downtown areas. The building we are located in has what is known to De Leon as “The Wall Of Recall,” and was created in the 1980’s by two friends. 

It is a unique representation of the town itself and has been recognized by numerous organizations as a must see for travelers. It also makes a really cool backdrop for a photo op. 

So, if I have finally talked you into a visit, our hours of operation are Thurs, 10-5, and 10-6 Fri and Sat. The Historical Museum across the street is also open 9-4 Wed- Sat.

You can also visit our facebook page at:

Make sure to follow it to keep up with the latest updates because we will have alot going on, from animal adoptathons to art exhibits and I plan on keeping it that way. 

Who knows….we may even have magic beans and alpacas for sell or barter at some point. Anything is possible.

See you when you get here 😉

Sarah Childers

PS- If you are reading this and you hand make items and want in on what we are doing, please feel free to send an email at