journal

Building a Catherdal

This past weekend was one of the busiest I’ve ever had. So many great things happening all at once. Milestones, like my oldest daughter’s Junior Prom. Traditions, like my youngest daughter’s Girl Scout Camporee. Opportunities, like a booth for selling my paintings. Volunteering, by helping to chair our largest competition. Any … Read More

What Matters Most

Life is so busy, it’s so easy to get lost in all of it. My life as of late feels like it is going at warp speed and I could feel myself getting lost in all of it. Barn demo, work, prom, competitions, kid stuff, booster stuff, college stuff, travel…so … Read More

May the Road Rise up to Meet You

I was recently asked to do a special memorial piece for a friend. She had some ideas but wasn’t sure how to make them work together. She sent me a piece that she kinda liked and the Irish blessing and I ran with it from there. This piece is approximately … Read More

Shenanigans With A Twist!

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day. It’s always been a BIG deal in our house. The leprechauns come for a visit in the night and are up to all sorts of shenanigans. Everyone wears green (I ask the girls  EVERY YEAR if I can make them matching green plaid pants again…so far … Read More

Finding My Way

I love what I do. I love to paint, I love to play with letters, I love to breathe life into old things and make them something new, something cherished. I love unplugging and doing. I love bringing joy to people’s lives. I love telling stories. I love hearing stories. … Read More

On to St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m not really a huge fan of Valentine’s Day…I remember sitting in home room as they were handing out red, pink and white carnations fretting if I’d end up empty handed for the day. I always bought anonymous carnations (and candy canes, for that matter) for classmates who probably were … Read More

Life Is Grand

Many of the custom pieces I’ve created involve samples of a loved one’s handwriting. Sometimes the words and phrases are perfect in their form, ready to paint. Other times, they come in bits and pieces to be put together like a puzzle. Over Christmas, I had painted some funny one-liners … Read More

The Dump

Every Saturday morning, I would head out with my dad to run some chores. Usually it would consist of a stop into Lechmere Sales and Somerville Lumber, but first, we had to make a trip to the local dump. Most kids would dread having to run errands on a Saturday … Read More

Someday House

Our someday house. It’s what we would refer to when we were renovating our newest duty station house…”in our someday house, I want to have a mud room.” We talked about this house for twenty something  years as we bounced around, fixing up house after house. When it came time … Read More