One tap at a time, Thea Alvin creates works of art as small as this Buddha and as big as the arches in her front yard in Morrisville.
She lives a simple life with her animals and other artists. Many years ago, a writer from the New York Times spotted something regulars along Route 100 see every day. He decided, one day, he would come back to find out who was behind this.
"And it was on the front page of New York Times.com. So it went worldwide, it was crazy and I got hundreds and hundreds of emails from people all over the world," Alvin says.
And one of them was this girl who was the senior editor of "O" Magazine.
That's right, "O" magazine ... As in "Oprah".
"I was like, Oh my God! Like Oh! Oh wow! All the "oh's" I could think of went quickly through my head," she says.
The editor had read the New York Times article and wanted to include Thea in Oprah Magazine. They talked by phone and email and the magazine used the photos from the Times article.
"So I'm page 33! My Mom told me. She found it!" Alvin says.
But this is not really what she had been dreaming of, at least when it came to Oprah.
"I always thought I'd be on her TV show. I'd be sitting there. She'd be interviewing me. She would be reading my book and thinking, this is a brilliant book, it's going to go right to the top of my book list, but it didn't work that way," she says.
Instead, her story of overcoming life's challenges and becoming the person you want to be ended up on these pages.
"Oprah has this thing, "What I know for sure," she says. "I know that I love stone. I know that I want to work with stone forever. I'm happy. It makes me happy. It's not something that makes me angry or sad. If I am angry or sad I come to the rocks and it calms me and soothes me."
She is an artist with a worldwide following and a down-to-earth Vermonter who is passionate about this life she has built one stone at a time. She says Oprah hasn't come to her yet -- but she's waiting.
"She has my number! I'm really so busy right now, that she'd have to wait, actually, if she called me up!" Alvin says.
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