Saturday, July 15, 2017


At long last I am actually writing this post. I have dreamed about this for almost as many years as I have been authoring this blog. It is with great satisfaction I can finally say–and mean it–The birthday book is done! 
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I have told my husband and the kids so many times "the birthday book is done" that it started to loose meaning. Draft after draft, after frustrating small-tweaks-here-and-there draft, it is really truly completely, no-more-to-do done. I invite you to to pop some champagne for me... no not really, I can do that myself, but geez luize, it is good to put this one on the shelf and say fini! 
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It was a project my good friend Robin and I started back when the kids were little. We traveled through so many stages of our lives and I have lived in five houses since we started. I guess I like to move! Or it has just taken a long time and finding the place that is home takes a long time too. 

But anyway, enough about that, here are some of my favorite images from the book:

Filled to the brim with step-by-step instructions for making original gifts, favors, cakes, wrapping, decorations and games, BIRTHDAYS: HANDMADE, HOMEMADE is interwoven with stories, photographs, illustrations and anecdotes. We invite readers to pull up a chair, pour a cup of tea and spend the afternoon making and creating. Our goal is to offer inspiration on how to make a birthday handmade, homemade and your very own.

Readers will love the creative ideas that make this book so personal and tangible. Projects range from fast and easy . . . Dinosaurs in real eggshells, to more timely and in depth . . . Dining table forts. Young parents and do-it-yourself enthusiasts will find endless help onhow to prepare and execute a homemade birthday party.

At a time when it seems like families are trying to take back just a bit of their own and blogs hum with self-reliant know-how, this book is a great jumping-off point for those aiming to leave commercialism behind and bring it all back to the ones they love. 

Birthdays: Handmade, Homemade is available online. 

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Hope everyone is enjoying summer!


P.S. I have one copy to give away, so if you live in the United States and would like to enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. I'll pick a name at random and post a winner Sunday July 23rd.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A few Holiday Pictures

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday!

                                                                  Cheers ~

Monday, December 19, 2016

Italy—part one...

Its funny to write this as the day is dark and dripping heavy rain. The wind has that rushing around sound and I feel cozy in my slippers. Italy? Tuscany? Summer? It all feels very far away. But here goes:
I was unbelievably thrilled to reach Italy. It's a place I have dreamed of visiting for as long as I can remember and although we didn't get to find Morolo, the small town where my father's family is from (which is unfortunate since I have no idea when I'll ever get back) we did get to see some wonderful places. I am probably like most visitors and found the Tuscany area to be my favorite.

Lucca was utterly charming. It was fairly early morning so the streets were mostly empty as we strolled up and down taking in such an old town. It's something I'm still getting used to; that people lived in these same buildings hundreds and hundreds and in some cases over a thousand years ago... 

We bought meringues that were so hard and sugary that it hurt to bite into. I wanted to try everything that I laid eyes on, but alas we didn't have that much time...

Snapping pictures through the bus window was mostly frustration, but I did catch a few that were fairly in focus...

The sunflowers were definitely from a story book...

Pisa was interesting too, but so overwhelmingly populated by the many visitors from around the world, that it was hard to experience... 

During the this trip I found I had a special appreciation every time I came across hanging laundry...
Next was Pompeii. I remember my mother telling me about Pompeii when I was very little. It was a mysterious image in my mind that was interesting to finally turn into a reality. The July day was so hot that we lost steam after a bit and I think that's why I don't have as many pictures as I thought I had. If  I ever visit Italy again I will aim for winter or at least late autumn or early spring.

Well that's it for now, hopefully Italy-part two will get tucked in here soon!

                                                          Cheers and HAPPY HOLIDAYS~