adding space

Because we’ve had such a dreary snowless winter, I’ve been cheering myself and my kitchen with a few spring flowers from Trader Joe’s. Unfortunately, none of my windows provide very good light. I have an old green cabinet that sits directly under the only kitchen window. Even being so near the window, the plants were not thriving because they sat well below the window ledge. … Continue reading adding space

spring mantel

Despite the fact that it is cold and snowing again, it is time to change things up again. Maybe a little early, but spring will eventually catch up. Until then, I’m celebrating early and anyways, slowly bringing spring to different parts of the house. This was an easy switch from the winter mantel with very few changes. I kept all the books and the mirror … Continue reading spring mantel

an afternoon photo shoot at kate’s place

On a sunny afternoon over Christmas break, I spent a few hours with my daughter, Kate,  using her home as a backdrop for a photo shoot for my maps.  She lives in an area near downtown Columbus, called Victorian Village.  It is a neighborhood with mammoth, ornate Victorian homes on lovely tree-lined streets with brick sidewalks.  Her apartment occupies one half of the downstairs, and … Continue reading an afternoon photo shoot at kate’s place

little Christmas boxes

Last year I decorated a few paper mâché boxes for Christmas.  Not only do they make great decorations to use around the house, but they’re perfect for packaging that special little gift. Here are a few that I made last year. Every year I buy a roll or two of wrapping paper with a brown background.  I keep them in an old crock next to … Continue reading little Christmas boxes

selling texas

Every time I have a sale on Etsy, my phone goes “cha-ching”.  It’s a lovely sound.  Sometimes when it “chings” at work, someone will ask, “What is that”?  I’ve been known to answer, “I just sold Minnesota”.  They laugh, since they know I have a part time business on Etsy selling wall decor made from vintage road maps.  This is when I feel like a … Continue reading selling texas