DIY Cuff Bracelet Holder

Bracelet Cuff Holder DIY

“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 festival I had been accepted into, but I sold all my paintings within the first […]

Word of the Year – 2013

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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 back, and after she wrote something on all of them, she gave it back to […]

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 Mom is 20 years in the other direction. So I asked her if she’d be […]

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 fine, so I just rode shotgun and snapped pics as we drove up through Missouri […]

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 road are just starting to explode with fall colors. (Rumor has it, they’re going to […]

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 and plants. Mom was on a mission to find us a couple of hanging pots […]

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… So I printed out some letters from to use as a guide… …and (nervously) […]

She is my Sunshine

Guest Room Poinsettias

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 me to find… (I found this one this morning) She’s a flower-baker, a shell-shaker, a […]

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 needs to. Something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams, wants […]

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. Seeing those sunny blooms bursting from the ground this morning definitely made me feel more […]


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, and distressed white. (Edited to add: The honey maple and distressed white are currently unavailable!) […]

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 details… This is the entrance that most people use when visiting their home, and it’s […]