Looking Back

It was about one year ago that I sat in my office and entertained the idea of painting hand-lettered signs and gifts. I had so many questions swirling in my brain…Is there really a market for it? Would people see the difference between what I do and what is mass produced? What would set me … Read more

Happy Holidays

This holiday season, I have had the privilege of painting some amazing handcrafted gifts. From a favorite recipe on cutting boards to blessings and prayers, to gifts for the home…each one a gift tied with heartstrings.  I started painting the day after Thanksgiving and put the finishing touches on my last piece at 4 am … Read more

A Recipe to Remember

One time I asked a friend for her delicious soup recipe and she said, “I’m sorry, that’s a secret recipe. I don’t give that one out.” I was speechless and think I may have uttered a squeak instead of any words forming. I come from the mindset that if you find something really good, you … Read more

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This little elf has been busy creating new pieces for the holidays. Aside from the custom orders I am working on, I have some new pieces in my etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/139handcrafted) that are perfect for a quick gift for a loved one (or for you!) Of course, because everything is hand made to order, I can … Read more

Giving Thanks

Whoa, what a busy few weeks it had been! Between working with my senior friends, freelancing (my day job) painting (my favorite job!), doing the kid shuffle and running a semi-sane household (debatable),  I’ve been burning the midnight oil a lot lately. This past weekend, my daughters competed in their Oireachtas (regional Irish dance championships), … Read more

Don’t Give Up the Ship

“Don’t give up the ship.  Fight her till she sinks” These are the last words of captain James Lawrence, made famous by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry during the Battle of Lake Erie. Those words greet the midshipmen at the Naval Academy as they pass through Memorial Hall every day. They are a reminder to fight … Read more

Ordinary Every Day

Well, I think I have a problem. I went to take a picture of these little beauties on the chair rail of my studio and noticed a little crack in my wall. My husband pulled off some of the nearly 300 year old horse hair plaster to reveal planks of gorgeous, aged cedar. And my … Read more

Fifteen

There’s this girl. She is funny and bright. Gregarious yet introspective. She’s quick with a comeback and even quicker with a hand if you need one. She wears funky socks on Thursdays just because. She prefers goat cheese cheese cake over traditional cake for her birthday. She is meticulous to a fault, filling up her … Read more