Before And After

January 17, 2018


Before and After A 1920's Cottage Renovation
When it comes to home decor, remodels and DIY, before and afters are always a huge hit. Everybody wants see that ugly duckling blossom into a beautiful swan.

Unfortunately, when we renovated our 1920's cottage by the sea, I wasn't blogging. I was teaching preschool with two toddlers in tow, taking care of a new kitten and a one eyed cat, dealing with the contractors who framed the new kitchen, inspectors and delivery people on a daily basis and washing the dinner dishes in the bathroom sink.

A Little Bit Of Love

January 10, 2018


How to adorn cupcakes with stenciled powdered sugar hearts

Hello friends. Today, I'd like to share a little bit of love with you, some really sweet Valentine cupcakes. Yesterday I was certain that I would not be posting this week at all, but this morning when I woke up and the crowds were gone and the house was quiet ~ too quiet ~ I felt the need to be busy. I needed to do things to keep me from thinking too much and I needed something to fill up the time I would normally be visiting my mom.

So once again, it was crafting to the rescue. 

Mother Nature And My Mother

January 5, 2018


Winter In The Northeast

I hate winter. To be honest, I've always hated it. This is not a recent phenomenon. Not something I can blame on my advancing age or even the recent winters, which by the way, have been downright wicked.

Nope. There's just always been something about me and winter that doesn't mesh.

Me

January 2, 2018


Sometimes you need to put yourself first, even if it's uncomfortable and even if you're the mom. Here's why.

This past fall, someone asked me if choosing a word for the year was still a thing. I wasn't really sure, fads change so quickly in the online world, but it got me thinking about what my own word would be if I decided to play along. I have to say that without much contemplation, the word "Me" popped into my head.

The fact that it came to me in less than ten seconds was a clear indication that it was right, fitting...but it also sounded extremely selfish and I wasn't sure I could say it out loud to the whole world...let alone do it.

Ten Crafty DIYs For All Four Seasons

December 29, 2017


The Top Crafty DIYs For All Four Seasons

My husband just came in the living room, where I am writing by the fire, and asked me what I wanted to do today. I was perplexed. It's mid afternoon and he works until well after five. He then reminded me that today was a half day since New Year's Day is Monday.

What??

The Very Best Tools For Writers And Bloggers

December 26, 2017


The best gifts for writer and bloggers.

Not too long ago, I shared a little story about how every time my kids ask me what I want for Christmas...or any occasion, really, I say nothing. They hate that. They want to get me something  they know I will like and when I say that I don't want or need anything, that's not very helpful.

Well, this year, my nothing, translated into a whole lot of very good something, especially for the writer in me. Apparently, my family really paid attention to me all year long, because I received some of the best and most thoughtful gifts that this writer could've asked for. 

Fabulous. 

It's A Wrap

December 21, 2017


Every year when I shop for wrapping paper, I do it very carefully. I sit and think, mulling over the choices in Marshalls, HomeGoods and Hobby Lobby. I plan the color scheme. Ok, I plan the reds. I contemplate how the different patterns will coordinate with one another. I visualize how the rustic fonts and beige tones will look under my tree, as the piece de resistance in my cozy, cottage Christmas living room.

And then my family gets involved and it all goes to...well...you know.

Have A Very Thrifty Christmas

December 15, 2017


You can grab some great Christmas decor items at the thrift store, just keep your eyes and your mind open!

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying the season. We have been getting a lot of snow around here lately, which is contributing to that holly, jolly spirit. Since I did less decorating this year, I have had more time to really enjoy what I did put out, taking it all in while I sit by the fire...keeping warm.

The one thing I realized, while I was staring at my treasures, was that many, if not most of them are either sentimental heirlooms, family pieces or thrifted items. They seem to be what holds my heart at this time of the year.

Creative Cottage Style Christmas Lights

December 12, 2017


Red Paper Star Lanterns

This weekend, the first snow of the season fell. As a dedicated summer girl I am not usually thrilled at the sight of those flakes, winter is long around here. However, Santa was right, Christmas snow is magical and somehow it managed to lull even me into a state of holiday bliss. It was wonderful to watch it outside, while we were cuddled up tight by the light of the fire inside.