April 5, 2014

Proud to be published in "Creating Vintage Charm"!

I don't think there is a more beautiful magazine than "Creating Vintage Charm"! You'll find the most gorgeous photos and lots of fun tutorials.
I'm really honored to be featured in the latest issue, and can't wait to get a copy.
You can purchase the magazine here:

April 4, 2014

The 1st photo was taken on April 4th, 2012 on our patio and the 2nd one today......

March 31, 2014

A productive weekend....

Rick definitely got a lot more done this weekend than I did! He finished the wooden picket fence, except for the decorative toppers on the posts. (And yes, that is actual grass on the ground, instead mountains of snow!)

March 30, 2014


I swear Zoey is part goat! After eating most of this dollar bill, she was apparently full and saving the rest for later......(and she doesn't even bother to hide the evidence!)

March 19, 2014

March 17, 2014

Proud to be Irish...

"When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, 'tis like the morn in Spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
When Irish hearts are happy,...
All the world seems bright and gay.
And when Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, they steal your heart away."

February 25, 2014

Gardening is my passion....

I'll be honest, I'm really going to miss my garden when we move. It's been a work in progress for over 23 years, and I've worked hard at planting it so that several things are always blooming throughout the entire season. But, it will be fun to start fresh, too! I know what flowers I like, and I also want to try some new things. \

February 20, 2014

Still looking?

For those of you who contacted me looking for some of my Midwest-CBK Easter items, I see that Christmas Traditions has a few (The glittered eggs on the bottom right, the egg diorama right behind the glittered eggs and the postcard ornies on the blue tree .) http://www.christmastraditions.com/Themes/Easter/EastVint.htm

February 17, 2014

A good day for milk & cookies..

Indulging on this cold, snowy Winter day.

January 13, 2014

I'm excited to announce that my designs are now licensed with ESC & Company!  Part of my new collection launched at the gift show in Atlanta last week.  You can see a photo here:

Let me know way you think by leaving a comment under the photo or hitting the "Like" button!

January 9, 2014

A very Happy Birthday....

Tomorrow is my Birthday and I'm celebrating a milestone by turning 60.

I've been thinking a lot about it this week, and yes, I really feel blessed. Forget the wrinkles (I prefer to call them laugh lines!), the grey hair and the fact that... I can eat half as much as I use to and the muffin top still appears. I don't care as much about what others think. I can remember what I wore on my first date with Rick, but I can't remember why I walked into a room. I'm proud of my successes and I've learned from my failures.
I feel blessed to have lived this long. I have friends that I've known for 40-50 years; I have brothers and sisters that I don't see often enough, but think about all the time; I have a husband that I've shared sorrow & joy with for almost 40 years; I have 3 sons who I love more than anything & I think of the beautiful women they've married as my daughters....and I'M A GRANDMA, which is the best thing in the world. Of course I've had many challenges, unhappiness and stress, but who hasn't. I also feel like I have more wisdom, which comes with experience.
I really don't believe that 60 is the new 40...but I'm not sure how I'm suppose to feel. As Mark Twain said, "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” And I don't mind! I may have a few more aches and pains, but I don't think any differently than I did when I was 30 or 40. And, I still love paper dolls.
Each day really is a gift, and I'm thankful for each day I wake up to see the sunrise...and I'm also thankful for those Senior Citizen discounts, (and the clerks who ask to see an ID because they don't think I'm old enough-bless their hearts!)


December 11, 2013

Ornie workshop 2013

It's always fun to host a little ornie making party! Here are a few we created last night-with Zoey underfoot!

November 17, 2013

Please check out the interview I did for "The Creative Spotlight"! 

October 11, 2013

October 11th?!

Normally by this time of the year, I'd be getting my garden ready for Winter. But, this year my flowers are still blooming!

September 27, 2013

A trip to my favorite antique store........

I'm reposting these photos and info that I did a couple of years ago about my favorite antique store....

I've scoured many an antique store, flea market or garage sale, but there is one shop that I just love and never get tired of - and it's right here in Faribault!  Keepers Atiques!

I'll take you on a little tour............

This is the first place I usually head to~all of these drawers are full of trims, buttons, lace and any kind of vintage sewing supplies you can think of.

I've found some cool dishes and jars to use in my studio.  I have my eye on this set of polka-dot dishes and cups-(me and my polka-dots!).

Miniatures, jewelry and glassware are all neatly arranged.

Beautiful German dolls, and doll clothes are in one corner.

With Christmas treasures in another.

You'll find glassware in every color, shape and size!

That's my little tour of Keepers Antiques - in my next post I'll show you what I got there today!

September 22, 2013

Love this program for artists around the world!

While I get lots of requests to review products, do giveaways or write blog posts, I seldom do it. But, I am so impressed with Novica, (which unites you with more than 2,000 extraordinary master artists around the world,)  that I'm thrilled to share the word  about this fantastic program.  You can read about the artist's lives, explore their fascinating cultures, and select from handcrafted works of art.

 Novica.com was founded twelve years ago as an online, fair-trade marketplace based in Los Angeles, with offices in eight developing nations. Novica features more than 30,000 limited edition and one-of-a-kind handmade works of art daily, ranging from artisan-crafted jewelry to handmade apparel to world-style home decor. So far Novica has succeeded in helping change the lives of more than 50,000 people in developing nations, including artisans and their dependents, uniquely helping each artisan earn personal recognition and real-world prices for their work.
How awesome is that?!
Check it out here -   Novica.com  

 A couple of my favorite would be perfect for all of the upcoming Holiday parties, like the gorgeous.
chandelier earrings  and beautiful selection of black dresses ,

...and, lots, lots more to choose from!!

September 13, 2013

Mirror, mirror on the wall.........

....I am the prettiest dog of all!
Whenever we bring Zoey home from getting groomed she really has an attitude!
 Here she is checking out her new haircut......

September 11, 2013

Last hurrah in the garden.....

Most of my garden is dying back, but the Zinnias just keep on blooming! I haven't seen many Monarchs this year, and the Hummingbirds are pretty elusive, too. But, the past couple of days, both of them have been hanging around the same flowers. I'll really miss my garden when we move!