There is most certainly crafting fun to be had if you have elementary-school-aged kids. Valentine's Day is a big one for crafting, when the kids give each other cards, little treats, or with some creativity, a little something extra-special. Like.....Lovekins! What are Lovekins? They are soft, "furry" ball creatures with happy dispositions who love to… Continue reading Valentine Lovekins!
In pursuit of new cuisines to try out in the kitchen, a visit to the library turned out quite productive leading me to this interesting find - a cookbook of Cuban recipes, "Cuba! Recipes And Stories From The Cuban Kitchen". Its hardbound cover was not only eye-catching but the photography inside was artistic - not… Continue reading Cuban Cooking
When the weather is snowy and cold outside, it turns on the urge to bake......! It's a snow day today with up to 11 inches coming. Kids are delighted and we are all taking this welcome day to relax. The snow has changed to sleet and it sounds like rain out there. What better time… Continue reading Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, anyone?
Current frigid temperatures make my mind wander to warmer times. Looking back to two summers ago, I was thinking about the time I "invaded" my friend's garden. And by "invade" I mean I revelled in her bounty of gorgeous dahlias and perennials. It resulted in a generous-sized floral arrangement for her to enjoy. During a… Continue reading Dahlia Love
Let me share with you a simple way to add some fun decor to your home - for not much money at all and more importantly for much-enjoyed DIY and crafting time. Using some up cycled small picture frames and the right sized calendar pages to make an art display that's on-trend and super-cool! On… Continue reading Kitchen Wall Art
One of my most popular workshops is my succulent wreath workshop where we take succulent cuttings and plant them in moss on a wreath frame. While succulents are easy to grow, living here in the Northeast makes it quite a challenge to keep them in their best form due to less sunlight and varying seasons,… Continue reading Succulent Wreath Revival
Over the past few years, play dates for my girls have diminished. They used to be a weekly thing, occurring two or three times during the week and on the weekends too. School, activities, maturing interests and evolving friendships are some reasons for this change. Play dates still do occur and it's amazing sometimes how… Continue reading Brownies
After days and days of clouds and gray, the sun made its glorious appearance this morning. Even after a decade of living in Central Pennsylvania, I am no closer to getting accustomed to less sun caused by a more mountainous terrain. Not sure I ever will. So, when graced by the sun's presence, it's an… Continue reading Sunrise
For the past several weeks, planning this year's offerings in floral design & botanical arts have been heavily on my mind....as is customary at the close of a year and into the new one, I suppose. While my goal is always to come up with fresh and on-trend ideas, it's a joy to offer prior… Continue reading A Look Back at 2017’s Workshops
During our long holiday break, we weren't going to pass up the time for some crafting, so we made fairies! I had actually made these very same fairies as a giveaway item for one of my daughter's birthday parties years ago. Visiting the local craft store is extra fun when you have a specific project… Continue reading Fairy Friends