Monday, September 21, 2015

Hello Monday!

It's a glorious day this Monday in Tucson!  Happy first day of Autumn, my friends!

Upon waking, I opened the shutters in our bedroom, a daily ritual, and beheld the glorious rain.  Undisputedly, Heaven sent...

Getting the day started with my requisite Via Columbia Roast, yoghurt and leftover French Toast from Sunday's breakfast...

I am so grateful for my shower, which refreshes the outer and inner woman...

Visiting with prayer and sacred Scripture before turning to worldly things of the day...

Answering emails, writing my beloved blog, and finally turning to the work at hand...Preparing for two Holiday Trunk Shows next month...

The Holiday shows are different in that I prepare small decor items to use in decoration or for gift giving, in addition to the latest one-of-a-kind jewelry creations...

The decor process involves lots of glitter, glue, trimmings, vintage findings, and whatever this brain can envision...

And they begin to come together...

The tip of the iceberg...many miles to walk before I sleep...

This week and next, you'll find me out in the studio working on more of these pretties.

Save the date(s) ~ 

  • Scottsdale Trunk Show will be held on Sunday, October 11th from Noon-5pm, at the home of my dear friend, Nancy.
  • Tucson Trunk Show will be held on Sunday, October 18th from 1-5pm, at my home.
If you haven't received your Evite to either Show and would like to join me, please email me at

Until next month, have a glorious week and welcome Autumn!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Week In The Life 2015

I was feeling the need for journaling, recording, transcribing, documenting....something to put pen to paper.

So, I turned to Ali Edwards who offers the online class, Week in the Life.  I've taken a class with Ali in past years and really enjoyed myself.  I was very excited to have the instruction and direction to help me satisfy those above mentioned "needs."

My kit arrived before I left for my class reunion, so I tucked it away for a later date.

When we returned home from our east coast shore vacation, I thought now would be the perfect time to dive into my Week in the Life project.  Since my memories were fresh, I had no problem with the journaling aspect.  Photos....well, I realized I never take enough!!  This was a great eye-opener for the future.

The following pages reflect my completed album of "Stories" ~
Saturday through Friday, August 7-14, 2015.  I hope you enjoy them!






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Hoping your summer was lovely and you got to do all those things your heart desired!  

My focus now will be on my upcoming Holiday Trunk Shows ~ October 11th I'll be in North Scottsdale and October 18th will be at my home.  Mark your calendars, I hope you can join me!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

No, Not 50 Years!

Can it be? Was I sleeping? Has it really been 50 years since my high school graduation?

Thank you to Sharon David, Diane Brodis, Stan Chess, and Eddie Waters, for making our 50th EMHS Reunion a reality!  You are the best!

I can't begin to tell you the joy that filled my heart for being a part of the celebration.  We spent four, fun-filled, every-minute-filled days on Long Island.  

So, here we go!

Arrived at LaGuardia airport on Thursday afternoon, picked up our rental car and headed out to Melville, LI.

Our destination that evening was Brio at the Walt Whitman Mall, where we dined with five dear friends ~ Rhonda, Candy, Gayle, Sharon, and Lois.

Then checked in at the Melville Marriott, official Reunion venue!

Late Friday morning, brother Erik stopped by for lunch and a wonderful visit...

I spent the rest of the afternoon catching up with old friends in the hotel lobby, while sweet hubby caught up on sports and sleep in our room.  He didn't want me to miss a reunion moment!

Terry, Steve, and Diane

Carol and Norma (obviously in disbelief about something!)

Terry, Jo Ann, Linda, Elisa and Stan
Our turnout was so successful, we occupied four salons!

The evening was magical!

Barry and Mickey

Carol (fellow cheerleader) and John

Carol, Morty, and Donny

Eileen and Kenny

Jim, Sue, Diane, Beth (fellow cheerleader), and Sharon

Kenny, Jackie, Eugene and Sharon

Candy and Rhonda 

Two Lindas and a Sharon

Lois and Len

Lorraine and Linda

Me with 4th grade friends and fellow cheerleaders, Lucy and Sha

Norma, Cary, and Richie

Ron, Diane, Jerry and wife

Ron, Lori, Steve, and me

Sharon, Linda, and Arlene

Front and center my sweet friend, Diane

Sharon, Sue, and two Steves

Sue and Bob

Steve and, my fellow cheerleader, wife Lori
The Gang!
Well, this was Friday night and the party ended all too soon. Activities planned for the rest of the weekend....

A brunch at the hotel on Saturday morning...

Beth, Sue, Carol, Morty, me, and Carol

Terry, Barry, Jo Ann, Ken, and Elisa
Rita, Helena, Steve, Gary, Evelyn, Ann (our exchange student who traveled here from Norway!) and Stan
Ron, Diane, Lou, and Danny

A tour of the high school ~ thank you SO much for making it happen, Eddie Waters!

Entered here every day from the bus bay

Girls' locker room hasn't changed!

Little brother, top left ~ EMHS Hall of Fame

Beloved friend and guide

That's Eddie, second from right, with the ladies ~ Little Theater

Training room....formerly our Senior Cafeteria
The Gym

Main Office
Yes, you can go home!  And we did...paid a visit to the two homes in which I grew up...
Chestnut Lane

Richmond Road

And visits to my elementary school...
Barnum Woods
 And junior high, now called a middle school...
Saturday finished with dinner at Borrelli's ~ an East Meadow landmark since 1955, still owned and operated by the Borrelli family.  We all have memories of dinners there as kids, pizza take out, and stopping for a slice and a Coke with your date after the movies or a dance.


Gary, Ann, and Eveyln

Jennifer, Eddie, and Kenny

Joe Dinoto

Arlene, Ron B., and Gayle

Sunday brought another reunion for me, this one a 46th....Noel and my brother Rich were an item in high school and we've all stayed in touch and maintained our friendship.  Ron was happy to finally meet the one person who has as much love for the NY Yankees as does he.  

We sojourned at the Boat House in Merrick for a wonderful brunch waterside, on Sunday.  Growing up, my dad always had boats and he used to dock them down at this marina.  
Sadly, we have no pix of the three of us as we were too busy yakking our off our faces!

We made it home safe and sound without a hitch.  I believe we're all looking forward to our next reunion....will it be 55 or 60?
Thanks again, Sharon, Diane, Stan and Eddie for an amazing job well done!