Friday, February 15, 2013

Hello, Part 2


I’m Dianne, aka Mom, or “Gigi” to my grandchildren.  I’m a court reporter.  Or I was before taking early retirement a couple of years ago.  Now I get to nurture and explore the right side of my brain -- you know, the creative, exciting side.  I love this freedom to pursue whatever piques my interest.  And tons of things do.  But my home is, and always has been, my sanctuary, the place I am my best self.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Roses or Olives?

It's Valentines Day.  The day of love.  Florists and greeting card manufactures favorite day of the year.  Around here we keep it simple.  Small tokens of affection are exchanged between my husband and myself and with our two boys. This year I cross-stitched this simple gift for my beloved.  It is just as nerdy/dorky as we are.

However you celebrate St.Valentine's Day - whether it be with over the top romantic gestures of roses and chocolates, with simple handmade gifts made with love, or somewhere in between -  I hope it's a wonderful day spent with those you love.

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?  Done any handiwork lately?  Tell us about it.

P.S. Like the cross stitch pattern?  This and many other wonderful designs can be found at and  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hello, Part 1

Hi.  I’m Courtney.  Daughter of this duo.  I’m an engineer.  I LOVE symmetry.  I like math, numbers, financial figures, penny pinching.  Not exactly home decor blog material, right?  I will readily admit my mom, Dianne, is the real beauty of this operation. I am her handy sidekick and budget cruncher with the added ability to sew.
(Recent Pillow Covers I have made)