Amazing snowflakes….

My love of paper crafting began when I created my first snowflake in kindergarten, but they never looked as amazing as these real ones!

Look at the detail!

Look at the detail!



Merry Christmas!!

Although it feels more like Easter here at the New Jersey Shore with the temperatures in the 70’s, the calendar says it’s Christmas. So…. I wish you a Merry Christmas filled with peace, joy and memories!5191e96619d88dc94b0d5a3ddaab1625

The absence of color….


In my hometown there is a white squirrel. I saw it by a park and after many attempts I was finally able to snap a picture of it. This week at a local zoo I saw a white peacock for the first time. With the red, yellow and orange leaves falling from the trees there is so much color all around us, but even in the absence of color there is still so much beauty!


A magical weekend…no ears involved!

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending a Hot Air Balloon Festival.  Not only did I get to attend, but I actually participated by helping to inflate the balloon, chase it to it’s landing spot and then deflate it. After the balloon and basket were taken down, tied up and put away, the pilot treated everyone to a lemonade and champagne toast,  ( a “lemosa” as he called it) to celebrate a successful flight.

I can’t even began to describe the beauty of standing in the middle of a field as these gorgeous, colorful balloons rise up around you.  It is breathtaking to watch as they slowly ascend into the sky, the blue sky as a backdrop to the array of colors.

I have never been to Disney, but to me this was just as magical, and I’ve never been in an airplane, not sure if I would ever want to, but the magic of the balloons really makes me want to take a ride!  Maybe next year…..

A sea of color!


Up, up and away!!!

Happy Face Balloon by HighFive Ballooning, Derry, NH


Cool mornings, Fall weddings…

For the last two mornings here in New Jersey the weather has been cool. Some might even say a little chilly by July standards, but I love it! I don’t say this in public too often but I’m a big fan of cold weather. Bring on the snow and chilly temps and I’m a happy camper.
The cooler weather has me thinking of fall with the rich colors of burgundy, gold, orange and merlot. And with that in mind I created two new Wedding Vow Book and Box sets. Leave a comment and let me know which one you like best.

Merlot & Gold

Merlot & Gold

Beautiful Fall colors and leaves.

Beautiful Fall colors and leaves.

A cure for the summertime blues…

Well…summer is fully underway and the kiddos have been out of school for almost a month now.  They have had their play dates and long awaited hours of swimming in the pool.  They have gone to the beach, the amusement park, the zoo and all the fun places they spent the cold winter months dreaming of….and now comes the “Mom! I’m bored!” blues. The most dreaded phrase, (next to “are we there yet”, and “I don’t know”) that we hear!  Moms, don’t despair, I have the cure!

While I LOVE making my Keepsake boxes, I thought it was time to expand my product line and include something fun for children.  So what makes me an expert on children you might ask? Well having raised eight children of my own and having been crazy enough to homeschool them, I have heard more than my share of the boredom blues.

With a little tweaking the candy bowl filled with slips of things to do that I used with my kids has now become the “I’m Not Bored Anymore!©” jar. Each jar is filled with 30 brightly covered wooden sticks in a kid-friendly plastic jar. The sticks are a fun and easy way to encourage children to engage their imaginations in child led play. Each stick is double-sided to give your child 60 exciting ideas. Reaching in the jar and choosing a stick gives them the element of surprise as well as allowing them to make choices.

Check out my Etsy page and leave a comment below. And Happy Summer!!

The cure for boredom.

The cure for boredom.

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“I’m Not Bored Anymore” Jar