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Updated: 2017-10-23T06:46:25.944-04:00


Winner of the Farmhouse giveaway!


First...I must tell you all how humbled I am!
 This giveaway has exceeded my dreams and I am so
 touched by all your comments
 ~ the enormous response has been such a thrill ~
 sort of a 'pinch me' feeling!
A big thank you to each of you, from the bottom of my little heart:)

Now for the number....
~20 ~

which corresponds to Gina!!

(image)  Gina said...
Throw my name into the hat please!! Love these signs!!

Congrats girl!! business news ~ a really big thank you to Sharon
 aka Pansy Cottage Girl 
 and creator of
 for featuring me this week! 
 Take a look at Sharons site where she inspires women to follow their dreams.... are the best!!

Happiness is...


knowing you have the
grandson on the planet!

just ask Braydens grammie ~ who kindly shared his letter "B"
photos with me!

Photo shoot cut out letters are now available on my website

ps... there's still time to enter my Farmhouse sign giveaway!

click here or scroll down to the previous post....

Farmhouse Sign giveaway!


A new year...a new giveaway!What's not to love about Farmhouse decorating?  Chippy paint,   worn finishes, aged zinc &a little rusty accessory here and there..all exude the feeling of lived in & loved.  Exactly what HOME should be about!I've been designing signs around this theme for years but lately the style has taken off... I'm painting more and more Farm style signs than ever...Love it!Time for a little 'giving away the farm' celebration!One lucky winner will get to choose either myFarmers Market Sign or my Family Farmstead sign....{personalized with Your Family name & year}In keeping with the simple farm life... this giveaway will besimple... just leave a comment on this post to be eligible!This put's your name in the hat for the drawing ~one week from today ~ January 19th ~I'll use to pick the lucky winner!Want more chances? Of course you do!  Simply do any or all of about this giveaway...add a sidebar button to your about it on facebook or twitter...or become a follower of my blog...then come back here and enter another comment so your name is in the hat for each entry!This giveaway is welcome to all inside the US...wether you have a blog or not!Just be sure to leave me a way to contact you in your comment.Thanks for stopping by& Good Luck to all!Linking up with LaurieAnna's Farmhouse Friday!{go visit LaurieAnna's blog to see the wonderful Farmhouse Bedroom she's posted...gorgeous!}[...]

my DIY make up table ..


TADA!!  here it is...I finally got around to doing a little photo shoot of was quite a labor of love...and really hard to keep it hidden in the workshop while I worked on it!It started as an old vanity from the thrift store...I just used the legs and drawer with the skirt and added a new top... the top has a mirror base to it then a glass shelf where the trays slide under, making all her make-up clearly visible and easy to access! and I had alot of fun filling it up with all new make up and accessories... she was so shocked when she removed the paper I had draped all around it with a bow on top...I thought she was going to pass out! lol.... she made my Christmas when she said..."this is every girls dream!" We had fun making these two jewelry boards with black burlap wrapped over simple foam was the perfect touch to the table in her room...What do you think?? Every girls dream or was mom just trying to relive her teenage years? lol.... okay...maybe I was just a little!I'm thinking sign giveaway coming up next post...just a few days from now...thinking Farmers Market sign to celebrate it's over 150 etsy hearts it's gotten!woohoo!!See you then![...]

(´¨*·.(´¨*·.¸(´¨*·.¸Merry Christmas!!¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*´¨)¸.·*´¨)


What a wild ride it has been....this past month or so.  Since early December we've painted and shipped over 60 signs! I loved every minute of it...even though it meant pizza for dinner more times than I like to recall!I couldn't get to blogging, but oh how I've missed it and really missed visiting all of you.Say hello to Jr. Miss Sussex County... Caela Grim!I received the cutest thankyou card and these photos from Caela for letting her borrow my car to parade with this Christmas season....isn't she just adorable? You're so welcome little car looks quite famous!!I didn't get to do alot of decorating but I did get the tree up and somehow found timeto decorate at least the front door....Next week I'll show you the gift I made for my daughter was inspired by this diy makeup table I found on pinterest....It really came out quite awesome and I can't wait to see the look on her face when she opens it tomorrow morning! (gee I hope she doesnt read this!!)Be safe everyone and have yourselves a....(´¨*·.¸(´¨*·.(´¨*·.¸(´¨*·.¸(´¨*·.¸Merry Christmas!!¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*´¨)¸.·*´¨)    ¸.·*´¨)¸.·*´¨)¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*´¨)xo paula[...]

Hello my Pretties!


That was a  little belated halloween humor....!  I really don't like it when I disappear, but it was totally unavoidable. Pinky swear, it was.If October was any hint of what November will bring in the sign business...well...let's just say I'm sorta shakin in my boots!Honestly's all good!!If you have a sign ordered with me, custom or just a web assured that I'm working on it, pinky swear again!!But, if you don't have one ordered....go to my etsy shop and check out my two newest signs....hurry...go now...they are ready to ship!!One in black background ~ white lettering....Moulins de Provenceit's a mill, in France!!!the other with a white background and black lettering....all deliciouslychipped,                                     faded,                         cracked and                         down right                      trashy looking!okay, trashy may be pushing buttrust me...You'll love em!!xo  till next time....oooooo yah, more thing......giveaway coming soon... pinky swear {that's three pinky swears in one post, oh my!!}xoxo[...]

Front Page!


'Timeless Love' by EarthAndInk Women"s Heart ........W... mablum $17.00 Personalized Wedding Gift, A... inspiredartpri... $35.00 Custom Wedding Sign bride an... castleandcotta... $42.00 Sparkle Fantasy Marie Antoin... RomanticThread... $1250.00 The Original Rose cut crysta... jorgensenstudi... $54.00 Lily of the valley - a cream... gardensofwhims... $30.00 Vintage Vanity Brush Comb an... VintageGeek197... $40.00 TWINKLE TOES Ballet Flats ..... everlastinglif... $295.00 bridal clutch vintage glove ... lauraclauson $55.00 Vintage Clock Necklace smafactory $23.00 vintage rare 1930s tan camel... simplicityisbl... $320.00 Chandelier 5x7 photography a... IrishVikingDes... $7.00 Crystal studs, bridesmaid ea... AuroraCollecti... $25.00 Cameo Necklace Vintage Style... Jewelrybynala $26.00 Ivory Flower Girl Tutu Dress... Nmoledo $94.98 Treasury tool by Red Row Studio. I made the front page of etsy!!!!WOOOOOHOOOO!!![...]

I have the Most Creative Customers....


I really do....they give me their ideas and together we create magic...see for yourself... Donna's enamel bowl by her kitchen sink...holds her soaps and sponges...Linda's sign inspired by Ballards Pruvost sign...personalized!  A gift from the bride to the wedding planner...with the bride's boquet duplicated by hand painted flowers, how sweet is that?Did you see Tracie's Chicken Coop she built?  Now it's has a sign!Heading  to Dana's?  Bring a quarter or drip dry! Tony has dubbed his (gorgeous) home the Shady Bungalow...he'll be hanging his sign on the front porch. Liz is a bride "on the ball" the wedding is next June and she'll be ready! Such a sweet customer! And Julie Ann is so creative and such a joy of a customer to paint for....her Christmas will be Red with lot's of Silver german glass it Julie Ann!!They are a creative bunch aren't they? Then there's the customers that send me photos of my signs in their homes....I LOVE THAT! Kara's French Bathroom.....ooh la la Kara!!How cozy and warm is Diane's Guest Cottage? Love it!That's some of this past month's custom signs...I realize it's been three weeks or so since I posted last~ that's a long time but September has been a doozy of a month here! Let's just say I am so thankfulfor the worlds best customers who have kept me painting!!!xo[...]

'tis the season of the Black Cat...


Welcome to
The Black Cat Cafe

Eat Drink and be Scary!!

 awesome vintage black acorn hooks...
hang your broom and hat!!

Looks like a fun place huh?

where is it you ask??

Say Mmm!!


This may come as a big surprise to you, but it's true. I LOVE to cook. I do...I love to try new recipes, to try them out on unsuspecting guests and obligated-to-love-it family members (they're my favorite guniea pigs).  Last night I made Tyler Florences' Spahgetti alla Carbonara for the first was yummy!  Another five stars for Tyler!!(okay, this is his photo, but mine looked just like it..I swear!) What I loathe about cooking the planning, shopping and yes, the cleaning up. I suppose I sound just like every other woman in the universe huh?Then I discovered this site...SayMmm.comand wow, was I amazed!Talk about simplifying life! The whole site works by clicking and or copy/paste...what could be easier?Here's what the site can do...all for free!!Meal planning - Easily plan meals by day, week, or month with an online calendar designed to work with your recipes and shopping lists.Grocery lists - Simplify grocery lists with smart features that help you remember and organize the things you need to get.Recipes - Save all your recipes (up to 100 free, more than 100 requires upgrading to Saymmm Plus at just 3.00/mo.) and meal ideas in one place, organize them as you like, and just click to use them in meal plans and shopping should check it out. I've started using it and it has made the past week so much more stress free when it comes to meal planning and cooking.  The only thing it doesn't take care of is the kitchen clean-up part....oh well, I can't have it all!!xoxo[...]

signs of a hurricane...


We really lucked out...compared to other people, mostly in other states...we really did just fine.We had alot of flooding in our basement and alot of tree limbs to clean up... that's about it.We never lost power although we were thoroughly prepared to. My son who works for a tree trimming company has been working 14 hour days since the storm started Saturday. Now it sounds like his crew might be traveling out of state to help out, maybe New York he tells me.  I really do worry about him and this massive clean up they tackle all day, plus working around electrical wires. I'd appreciate it if you could keep him in your prayers for me.I took some photos of our yard but lost them to a broken camera picture card. I put the card in the computer to view them and bam...card broken, just like that.   I guess that was my only big loss from Irene. Here are some of my favorite shots from around Delaware and surrounding areas (all taken from our local newspapers)...and Maryland...what a great idea! the one below I found on the web...not sure where this restaurant is located but I'd eat there...they have a great sense of humor...speaking of signs...since my computer was off during Irene, and I couldn't get to the workshop out in the garage...I sat and painted some new signs that were just waiting for me to have the time....I had all the time in the world waiting for Irene to leave...Each of the signs above are available in  my etsy shop. a few of the custom signs recently shipped out.. Happily ever the farm! Wall planter in aqua!Lucky is David's cat...he has his own garden!love how this sign turned of my favorite fonts, Algerian.I hope all of you that were in Irene's path are making out okay! My family in Mass & RI still don't have power...that would be tough but at least they are all okay.xoAdded note... is anyone else having trouble leaving comments on blogs? Seems after visiting the first few and commenting blogger doesn't know who I am anymore...try to use the url identity but now that's not even it just me?[...]

The Winner & What a blast Virginia beach was!


And the winner is...comment number's what she wrote...Hi Paula,Glad to see you back, we've missed you! Oh, your signs are the loveliest I've ever seen. I hope to order one for my shop soon.Love the Christmas sign, it's wonderful.I am excited to be included in your giveaway!{do you know this gal???}That's right's you! Congrats girl!Thanks to all who entered! I've read and read again all your wonderful comments and they have me smiling ear to ear! I'm so lucky to have you all as blog buddies!What a week I had in Virginia of the best vacations I've had in years!Between all of us, we have almost 1000 photos... yes, one thousand, that's not a typo!Here are a few of my favorites from the week...Our family photo on the stairs of the house...My dad and his five kids...( I say 'kids' cuz we were like kids all week!)then we added in the spouses and our kids...then down to the beach for more family shots....Mike jr, me, Hannah, and Mikea surprise kiss!me and HannahMike and Hannah (seems we always have to drag him out of the water for a photo!)my sisters and me...Donna, Tina and Lauragot a few shots of Hannah that we might use for her senior pictures this year...does she get this beauty from me? ! lol!one of the funnest things we did was an Iron Chef cookoff...between my neice Rachel and brother in law Greg...what a feast they put on!Greg was the winner, but since Rachel's young and only been cooking for a short while she gave him quite a run for his money! She made the grilled watermelon was awesome!My brother serenaded us each night with his guitar!I got in 4 tennis matches! The courts were on the was heaven!I even got my sister Donna to play on the last day, she had never been on a court before, turns out she's pretty good~ I hope she keeps playing when she gets home.And on the last day, Mike finally got me in the kyak and out on the ocean....I was nervous but once I got out there I didn't want to come back! Can you see how far out we went? The most peaceful place on earth I tell ya...I want one of these!!...Santa are you listening??[...]

My Endless Summer Giveaway!


It's time!  Can't believe how long it's been since I last posted...I got totally swept away with sign orders and have had barely any time for play ~ it's a good thing I really love what I do, so much so that it feels like play!I can't thank all of you enough for hanging in there with me!Here's  a few of my recent custom signs...I also worked on a few new is my absolute favorite...Ta da! I's Christmas...but did you know...there's only 136 days till Christmas? Yeah, I thought you knew.Another new one...the vintage French Bakery.I've a third one in the works...a Farmers Market sign...soon!'s the scoop on the give away....because I'm sooo excited and sooo in love with how the Merry Christmas sign turned out~I've decided to give one away!! It measures a huge 40 inches wide by 20 inches tall...very distressed and chippy~ I did two versions of this sign, one with just a light gray shading on the letters...and another with silver german glass glitter the winner will get their choice!Or....the winner can choose a $75.00 gift certificate to either of my shops... castleandcottagesignsor my etsy shopcastle and cottage on etsywhich can be used to purchase any sign there OR on a custom sign!Since I like to keep giveaways simple...just two things...I'd love if you were a follower of my blogand two, leave a comment on this post.And as always, feel free to post about it on your blog and come back and leave another comment for another chance!This giveaway is open to the US and Canada...I'll be using to draw the lucky sure that I have a way to contact you if your number comes up!!This will run for 2 weeks...ending on Weds. August 24th. Now more happy news...I go on vacation Saturday!! To Virginia Beach with my family...all 21 of us!Here's where we're staying...right on the ocean!Sweet huh? I so need this vacation, it's the perfect way to end the summer don't you think?...{and dream of an endless summer!}Good luck everyone...and again,THANK YOUfor hanging in there with me!!xo[...]

Where Bloggers Create 2011


Welcome to my studio!" Altelier No. 2 "This is my first year joining Karen Valentine of "My Desert Cottage" for her Where Bloggers Create Party!Although some of you have seen my studio I thought I'd share it again for new followers who haven't ...~Moi~{not the best photo of me because...well that photo has yet to be taken! lol}My studio was once our dining room ~ a place we hardly used ~ so it seemed perfect to move in here ~ now it is the busiest place in the house...I've alot of photos to share ~ when it's your favorite place you tend to get a little 'snap happy'"you cannot depend on your eyes when your imaginations is out of focus"Mark TwainI've filled it with all my favorite things...almost all things vintage...and gave each one a new purpose.This vintage suede and fur trim coat covers my tripod.My design board with vintage suitcases propped on an old sewing machine trestle ~ they hold numerous magaznies and books.We added this new door to close off the living room ~ then added the old hardware and hooks tohang my 'gathering bags'... they help to keep the clutter down.I love vintage frames and alphabets.I made custom shelves to get the best use out of this three sided corner...underneath the painters cloth skirt are my filing cabinets.Vintage art books and gardening books...two more of my favorite things.German glass glitter in repurposed jars with vintage labels.My mom ~ always keeping her close to me ~ and Nana's old tubes of oil paint. Two of my most inspiring people.My chalkboard and world clocks.Vintage paper file for computer paper.The necessary stuff.My vintage clothing store painting table.Old card files have been painted white and filled with paint tubes and bottles. They are now new old paint files.Originally painted black ~ this spring I painted this chest a beautiful robins egg blue to lighten up the room.I kept one thing from the dining room in here ~ my vintage silver. Each now holds and art supply of one kind or another.Vintage printer blocks.Hangtags for my signs ready to go."The world is but a canvas to our imagination"Henry David ThoreauVintage office supplies ~ love bringing back those days when things weren't so digital ~ simpler times.Scattered throughout the studio are vintage religious items ~ they add alot of warmth ~ visually and spiritually.My old tin mailbox holds shipping labels perfectly.Hope you enjoyed my little tour of my favorite place to be!Be sure to check out the party and visit what looks like over three hundred wonderful spaces Where Bloggers Create & be inspired!I'm getting much better cold wise...and business has been wonderful..which allhas me thinking it's time to celebrate with a sign giveaway...probably next week will be the perfect time!xo[...]

Back from Vacation {?}


Sort of a vacation...more like one of those vacations you need a vacation after! We traveled all around the state of Iowa...never really sleeping in the same bed twice! I left home with the sniffles and a stuffy nose...this got worse as the week went on. When we got back I went straight to the doctor to find out I had pneumonia! I'm MUCH better now...but yeah, I could really use another vacation! I forgot my camera...can you believe that? These are photos from our cell phones....flying into Omaha~the flooding was unreal to see, felt more like flying over the ocean. A scary sight...the water covering everything but rooftops and treetops. We watched fireworks twice...once at Spirit Lake then again at Lake Okoboji... The boats and the crowds began gathering on the lake, it was just beautiful! The ferris wheel at Arnolds Park, Lake Okiboji, Iowa. My husband got this shot...he was very proud of it:) In the airport on the way little environmental scientist thought this sign on the door was soooo cool. We don't have 'tornado shelters' on the east coast. I had to drag her away ~ she really wanted to open it!! And my new partner in crime signs!!!This is my good friend Marie(with her two adorable grandbabies, can you believe she's a grandmother?!! ~ she looks more like the big sister!!!)who has joined me in the cutting, sanding and painting of a gazillion signs! Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer...if you're in this current heat wave stay safe & cool!xo[...]

Hello world....


are you still there? I hope so...cause I'm back!

I'm sorry I haven't posted in so's been quite a month. But I finally feel like there's light at the end of the tunnel...things are looking brighter!

I'm happy to tell you that I've gone and got my self a partner~ a wonderful friend who's ready to take a plunge into this sign painting world with me! We've been busy, showing her the process and teaching her the techniques I use...lot's of fun and she's doing great! I'm quite optimistic about this venture of acquiring a partner~protege. When I get back from our little jaunt to Iowa I'll do a formal introduction:)

We leave tomorrow for a family wedding. I hope to have our laptop up and running so I can still keep in touch.

I've opened my etsy shop and my website, with limited signs right now and a 3 week turnaround time. When I get back from Iowa and we get rolling it'll be a much shorter turnaround time.

Wishing you all a safe & happy 4th of July weekend!!


MacKenzie's sign ~ with ♥


As promised...and with lot's of love painted sign (now on here! ) to help my niece MacKenzie raise the funds she needs to go on a humanitarian mission to Haiti~Mac Kenzie just finished her freshman year at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA...(where she is also a member of their women's basketball team, which, by the way, just won the NAIA national championship!!!...but I digress...back to her mission...)Along with other members of the Trinity Reformed Church of Orange City and with two other organizations... United Christians International and Promise for Haiti they will travel to Pignon Haiti, July 27th~ Aug 5th."An estimated 250,000 people were killed and 300,000 homes destroyed in the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the Port-au-Prince region January 2010, leaving 1.5 million homeless. Eighteen months later, roughly 700,000 are still living in miserable tent camps, with nowhere to go."source~ montrealgazette.comMacKenzie and her team members will be making cement floors and roofs for housing, helping at the hospital and a newly developed school. Knowing MacKenzie, she'll be putting her whole heart into this mission and I couldn't be happier to help her get there!visit Castle & Cottage on ebayOn another note....I've been on quite a ride since the June issue of Romantic Homes (this is a big part of why my blogging has been sporatic, to say the least!)'s been a whirlwind of sorts and has me thinking and rethinking alot of things~all to do with Castle & Cottage and the kind of business I have and the kind of businessI want it to be. Many opportunities have been presented, to the point of leaving me completely overwhelmed...what path I take, if any, remains to be seen but I just wanted to mention it here, as I am spending alot of time contemplating many things, many changes and crossing my fingersI make all the right choices!xo[...]

my little royal wedding


Welcome to Stephanie's Wedding Blog party! I'm so happy to share and relive my wedding with you...24.5 years ago...I felt like a queen for a day!~the church~St. Mary's in North Attleboro, Mass... the same church where my parents were married and I was of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen...the architecture is stunning!I wore my mom's wedding dress, and carried an exact replica of her gorgeous me it was perfection, how could you improve on perfection?!from the newspaper...our photographer captured the look on our faces after the ceremony... when they opened the church doors and we saw how much snow was falling.... priceless! ~us with Nate...Mike's nephew~even 25 years ago I was in love with vintage.... my going away 'outfit' ... an antique Dior sequin sweater in creamy white, purchased at a thrift store near my college for $2.50, and yes I wore it at my wedding!... oh how I loved that sweater and still do!I'm off to paint wedding signs today.... Ryan and Jena's sign is next up...their big day is fast approaching!!Thanks to Stephanie of Angelic Accents for hosting this fabulous wedding party!!! xo[...]

What's new...and what's old


I've been dying to post all week! much busy fun stuff going on!Here's what's new.....The response to my little debut in Romantic Homes has been overwhelming! You may have noticed my shops are sorta...closed! This is just for a little bit while I catch up. ....a few of the customs I've done recently..... and what's not new?....blogger issues.....what's up???? I've tried to do some blog hopping today but it only remembers me and let's me commentsome of the time....then it's starts going nuts, it has no clue who I am...what????Even my blogroll has mysterious posts listed under some of your blogs....okay...who's 'tuttie'???anyone else notice this lately?on Memorial Day...~later in the day when all the tourists had headed home~we ventured to the beach...I took a ton of photos but here's my favorite...Mike on his skimboard...he did this all day!one more new thing in the works....coming up soon I've a gorgeous new sign that I'm working on for a fundraiser for my niece MacKenzie and her upcoming trip to Haiti....So proud of her and so excited to be helping her out for this once in a lifetime experience!stay tuned... xoxo[...]

three little words....


(image) I haven't floated away...

as you can probably guess, I'm just swimming in paint....

life. is. good.

I'll be caught up soon...then I'll be back, with a bang!


My Bella Inspirations Table Runner...


Did you see I was the winner of Sherrys' ~ Miss No Minimalist Here ~ giveaway last week?

I won a French burlap table runner from Laurie of Bella Inspirations...

and it came today.....!!!

(image) It is GORGEOUS!!
(image) I think it was made just for my granite island....

in my french kitchen...

(image) I love how it warms up the granite...and adds more all-natural beauty...
(image) Check out Laurie's etsy shop here...


and her beautiful blog....
"Bella Inspirations"





Sometimes a song comes on the radio and it's as if they're playing it just for youlast night...driving home from Hannah's lacrosse game,just me and Carly Simon..."We can never know about the days to comeBut we think about them anyway, yayAnd I wonder if I'm really with you nowOr just chasin' after some finer day"and my mind is excited for friday when Mike get's home...(he's out of town again!)can't wait for summer when it's hazy, hot and humid....(oh I love summer!)and Carly's still singing...."Anticipation, anticipationIs makin' me lateIs keepin' me waitin'"and I'm still dreaming looking foward to vaction...visiting family in Iowa and Virginia Beach!!(woohoo!!)soon I'll be 'three days ahead' instead of 'two days behind' on my work....(yippeee!!)And tomorrow we might not be togetherI'm no prophet and I don't know nature's waysSo I'll try and see into your eyes right nowAnd stay right here 'cause these are the good old daysAnd stay right here 'cause these are the good old daysthese are the good old daysthese are the good old daysAnd *snap*! Yes, these are the good old days, right here, right now....enjoying what I've got, what I've acheived already, stopping and smelling the roses!I've been painting from sun up till sun down lately! here's just a few of the signs...Life is good...thanks Carly...these really are the good old days!![...]

Spreading the word...Help find Maddy


Helping Spencer from Bellamere Cottage to spread the word...

(image) Being the mom of a teenage daughter, I can't imagine how fearful her parents are. Since us bloggers range all over the country...perhaps spreading the word and her photo will help!

God Bless....

The Prom & that's why I love Paypal!


Last weekend was Hannah's prom. We started the dress hunt in early March and after looking at just about every prom dress for sale in the state of Delaware she finally found this one online.... It would take 3 weeks to make, 10 days to ship. We ordered it~ she was so happy!(I won't mention the name of the website...but there it is in the photo!)Two weeks before prom the dress still hadn't arrived...I started emailing them." Don't worry, we're working on it, it will make it for May 7th." This is what they kept telling me. These emails come from "Boris" and he's writing in broken english...I'm starting to worry.Eight days til prom...still no dress. The last email says they're shipping it on May 2nd. From China!! No way ain't making it. I went to paypal and filed a dispute (thank goodness I paid with paypal!!). 24 hours later I was refunded.I. Love. Paypal.So...she borrowed a dress from a friend ....Hannah's in pink... she's beautiful.... and happy....and.... a bit grown up... (oh no!) and had a great time....phew!.... and the moral of the story...if you MUST buy a prom dress online ... pay with paypal!![...]

Lessons from Mom...


Mother's Day...always spent with my children and my husband...a cherished day together with them doting on me, just precious.

But my heart is truly with my mom.


She left us in August of 1999,

but she remains in my thoughts daily...

my memories of her and the lifelong
lessons she gave me become more dear to me with each passing day.

she was the one who taught me...

to be a free spirit...that what you could make with your own two hands~ what you could grow yourself in your own garden~ would be more valuable to you and your soul than anything you could purchase at a store~

that if you gave your all to just 'getting by', then that's what you'd get~

and when you don't know what you want,
then it's probably time to start enjoying what you have~

Thanks Mom, for always believing in me~ for always seeing the part of me that I could never see ~ and for just being my mom, then and now.

Wishing all of you a beautiful Mothers Day weekend full of
sweet new memories and precious old ones!