September 17, 2016

On the cover of Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine!

I am so honored and excited that the snowman I designed for the Better Homes & Gardens magazine made the cover again this year!
For $5.99, you get instructions and patterns for 85 projects, including my snowman and his two canine friends. Such a deal!
Also in this issue is information to leave feedback to enter a drawing for a $500 gift card (that's my snowman that was on the cover a couple of years ago in the ad).

 You can pick up this issue on newsstands at Barnes & Noble, Michaels, JoAnns, Target, WalMart and almost anywhere magazines are sold!
(Photographer: Jacob Fox)

August 16, 2016

Less than a month away!

It's that time of year again, where I'm busy creating items for Ghoultide Gathering!

Check out the website for all of the details on this magical show, featuring artists who are the best of the best in Halloween art!

December 7, 2015

Thanks to Today Magazine...

Today Magazine wrote a very nice article about my work in the December issue! Thanks so much!

November 23, 2015


Thanks to all of my collectors who stopped by my Web Sale! (
Everything did sell right away, but I am planning another one in a couple of weeks.

November 10, 2015

Sneak peek at a few things that I'll have on my next blog sale....

If you'd like to be added to my email notification list, please contact me at:
Blog sale is always held here:

November 5, 2015

Working on.....

Santas, snowmen and all things Christmas in my studio!

November 2, 2015

Beautiful Fall weather....

I can't remember when we've had more gorgeous weather in November! The Fall colors are really hanging on, and I love it....

October 26, 2015

Falling in love with Fall.....

This time of year is perfect for a nice walk, with camera in hand! The Fall colors have held on for so long this are a few shots I took!

October 10, 2015

Ghoultide Gathering 2015

Ghoultide Gatheirng 2015 was a magical and successful show again this year! This is a little video of how we built my booth....(we had way too much fun!)

If you have never attended and love Halloween, you should make plans for next year - it will be held in Chelsea, MI on September 24, 2016.

October 9, 2015

Published in Better Homes & Gardens!

Once again, I'm honored to be published in Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine.

You'll find a step-by-step tutorial for a fun and easy snowman. The magazine is only $5.99 and is packed with all kinds of Holiday projects, so be sure to pick one up at newsstands all over the US!

October 1, 2015

Yes, I am back to blogging!

So, it's been a crazy year! I have neglected my blog (in life, sometimes that are things that just have to give, and this was one of many.)
But, I'm dedicated to blogging again, so I hope you'll be following my new posts!

February 12, 2015

Yes, life has been crazy for the past several months! I apologize for not updating this blog, but we sold our house before finding a new one, moved in with our son and his wife for a month, and then finally moved into a new home on January 1st. Some day, I will get everything unpacked!

September 12, 2014

Now available!

The snowmen I designed for a ESC & Company are now available for purchase . Here is the link:

August 25, 2014

Ghoultide Gathering...........

Busy, busy, busy creating things for Ghoultide Gathering!

August 13, 2014

Honored to have my snowman on the cover of Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts again this year!

A friend sent me this year's issue of Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine, and I was so thrilled to see my snowman on the cover again this year! 
For only $5.99, this is such an awesome magazine for all kinds of projects - over 85 included!!
You can find it on newsstands everywhere, including  Barnes & Noble, Michael's, WalMart, Sam's Club, etc.  I think you'll enjoy making the paperclay snowman!!
(Photos by Jay Wilde)

April 28, 2014

My work featured in Prims magazine...

The latest issue of "Prims" magazine has a great article written by Pam Gracia about one of the groups I belong to...PFATT.
My "Flights of Fancy" birds are featured along with some work by other PFATT artists.

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 .)

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!