• DIY Cuff Bracelet Holder

    “Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.” – Margaret Peters Several years ago, my Mom and I rented a pedal boat from a vendor on Catalina Island. She, Kevin and I were there for an art … Continue reading

    Bracelet Cuff Holder DIY

    Word of the Year – 2013

    I keep a little book in the drawer next to my bed. It’s called ‘Mom- Share Your Life With Me‘ and it contains 365 pages of questions and places to share thoughts. I gave it to my mom a while … Continue reading

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    Things I’d Tell My 37-Year-Old Self

    Soon after I blogged about the Things I’d Tell My 17-Year-Old Self, I wondered what I might tell myself in right now, if I was 57, and looking back 20 years in the other direction. Then I thought: Hey- my … Continue reading


    Things I’d Tell My 17-Year-Old Self

    1. I know you’re more worried about what’s going on at school right now than spending time with your family, but one day, you’ll enjoy being with your Mom so much you’ll take road trips to some really pretty places … Continue reading


    Me and Mom (Part 2)

    Mom and I pulled out of Mount Vernon, Illinois pretty early on Sunday morning. She’s a real road warrior, this one… I kept telling her I didn’t mind driving if she needed a break, but she assured me she was … Continue reading


    Me and Mom

    My Mom and I are roadtrippin’ to Minnesota (and Wandawega!) this week! We’ve driven 640 miles, and passed through four sunny states so far. The drive has been gorgeous! Such beautiful weather, and the trees on the sides of the … Continue reading


    Purple Bedroom

    Kev and I surprised my Mom with a quick “happy birthday” guest bedroom makeover this past weekend, so I thought I’d share some pics of what we put together for her here on the blog today! It’s always fun to … Continue reading


    Flowers and the Flea Market

    A crazy Southern sky full’a storm clouds didn’t stop me and my Mom from hitting up a local garden center’s Spring open house event this past weekend. We were like kids in a candy store amongst all the pretty flowers … Continue reading


    Graffiti Love

    The following emails were exchanged between me and my Mom, a couple weeks back, regarding a birthday gift for her husband, Randy… Three days later, I received one of Randy’s train cars… …along with a little note from my Mom… … Continue reading


    She is my Sunshine

    She grows things on her off-days… and grows them on her on-days too… She creates drawings for us to dream about, and then helps us plant them too… She collects seashells by the seashore… …and hides the perfect cards for … Continue reading

    Guest Room Poinsettias

    Landscaping with Mom and the Right Side of the Reading Room

    As Kevin’s band played to a sea of screaming Navy men and women at a naval base in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday night, I was scurrying around the house, dusting and scrubbing as fast as I could before my Mom … Continue reading

    Every Woman Should…

    My Mom sent me this poem the other day. Thought you might like to read it too! ————————————————————————————- Enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or … Continue reading

    Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

    Someone sent me flowers this morning… Wasn’t that sweet of Him? Gertrude S. Wister once said, “The flowers of late Winter and early Spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size”. I couldn’t agree more. … Continue reading


    I’m pumped to announce the latest Lettered Cottage shop creation- the Shellbox! These “works of heart” are created by my Mom , Jude, and this is how she describes them- Shellboxes are available in three finishes. Honey maple, distressed black, … Continue reading

    Mom’s Place – Department 56 Snow Village

    Every year my Mom and Randy set up a giant Department 56 Snow Village and train set display in their Sunroom. Each year it changes a little, and we love to just sit and talk about all the new little … Continue reading