A Door that Opened: Inspiration of Annie Puppy

A Door that Opened: Inspiration of Annie Puppy

 Dear Readers, As the fall season begins to set in, I find myself taking a pause as it is my favorite season.  The air is becoming slightly more crisp and in certain areas a sweater is needed in the evening.  This past week my friend, Annie, treated me to moon cakes...

My First Visit to the Big Apple

My First Visit to the Big Apple

Dear Readers, September is one of those transition months that floods my mind with memories of new beginnings.  Since early August, I have enjoyed viewing the first day of school pictures.  A friend’s daughter had her first day of kindergarten while my cousin’s oldest...

Tomato Sauce Memories that August Brings

Tomato Sauce Memories that August Brings

Dear Readers, The end of summer is rapidly approaching and it seems like everyone is in the midst of a transition.  Some are packing in as many beach days as possible while others are shifting into back to school routines.  Personally, this time of year brings up one...

Crochet, Knitting, & Sewing:  Passions of Present and Past Generations

Crochet, Knitting, & Sewing: Passions of Present and Past Generations

Dear Readers, I am back from a sweet summer visit with family. While building new memories, I also found myself reminiscing on the many memories of my Mom and Grandmother.  Although I have no physical memories of her, the stories of my Great Grandmother also arose...

Sweet Summer Visits

Sweet Summer Visits

Dear Readers, Since I was a little girl, visiting has been a stable in my life and I absolutely love it!  Whether it is catching up, celebrating a holiday, or meeting a new member of the family, I welcome every opportunity to arrive at someone’s doorstep with goodies...

Rendering in Watercolor for My Books

Rendering in Watercolor for My Books

Dear Readers, When I started writing, images quickly popped into my mind and the scenes formulated organically through the story board process. From the beginning I felt very confident about rendering the final illustrations in watercolor.  During my many years of...

Warm Wishes for a Safe 4th of July

Warm Wishes for a Safe 4th of July

Dear Readers, Happy 4th of July!!!  I have always enjoyed this week as it seems like the world slows down for a moment.  People leave the office a little earlier.  Some take their vacations.  It is a precious moment in time.  After sharing my big announcement last...

Bella, Bella- Read all about it! I am writing my first book series!

Bella, Bella- Read all about it! I am writing my first book series!

Dear Readers, I am writing my first children’s book series!  For the past several months I have been longing to share this news with you.  This year has been a whirl of initial drafts, rewrites, story boards, and more but sharing this news with you makes it all the...

For the Love of Chocolate

For the Love of Chocolate

Last week, I had a moment of deja vu!  I was baking a chocolate cake for a celebration and as I was making the finishing touches it hit me.  This cake is my version of my Grandma’s chocolate sheet cake.  I mention her baking and love for chocolate often but I had not...

Favorite Things and Simple Pleasures

Favorite Things and Simple Pleasures

Favorites things…  The simple pleasures that make us smile and bring comfort that is craved in the moment. I always enjoy hearing and learning what brings joy to others.  Personally, my own list is long…  However, roses are one joy that I find in my path on a daily...