Welcome to my blog ~For Heart and Home~. Thank you to my dear friend Linda from New York who took the pictures I sent her and made this beautiful banner for me. I visualized what I wanted it to look like and she made it happen. That is my sister and I as youngsters and yes, that is the home I grew up in during the 40's and 50's. Right about now, you are all probably saying, my goodness she is old. I am vintage, just like fine old lace. Thank you also to my good friend Debbi, from Oregon who answered questions non stop while I was trying to navigate the workings of the blog world. What is so wonderful is that friendships can reach across the miles and even tho we have never seen each other in person - through the wonders of the computer, we have developed that bond. Also, a big thank you to my good friend Mona also from New York, who often helps me after I have totally screwed something up on the computer. I feel very Blessed to have you all as my friends. Thank you and I hope everyone enjoys my blog. I know I will.

Monday, May 18, 2009


I don't know about you, but I absolutely, love, adore, cherish and view with awe anything Victorian. To some it may appear cluttered and over the top, but I just see beauty in absolutely everything Victorian. Even the bright reds and golds are indicative of the Victorian era where most things were over done and opulence was a way of life. I often think that I lived in the Victorian era perhaps in another life because everything seems familiar to me, while at the same time I feel at home among anything Victorian. I absolutely love creating Victorian items and will sit by the hour making ribbon roses and flowers to adorn the items I make. The other night I sat watching television and used up a whole spool of green ribbon making leaves. When creating an item, I go through my laces over and over again, matching laces with linings, ribbons with laces and beads with roses. I totally get zoned into what I am doing and loving every minute. Here are a few of my latest Victorian creations for you to enjoy. These items are all for sale in my Etsy shop. Just click on the picture and it will take you there.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after having a baby.
That somebody doesn't know that once your a mother "normal" is history.

Somebody said that being a mother is boring.
That somebody never drove in a car with a teenager with a driver permit.

Somebody said that if your a good mother your child will turn out good.
That somebody thinks that children come with an instruction manual and a guarantee.

Somebody said good mothers never raise their voices.
That somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through her neighbor's kitchen window.

Somebody said you don't need an education to be a good mother.
That somebody never tried to help a fourth grader with her Math.

Somebody said you can't love the fifth child as much as you love the first.
That somebody never had five children.

Somebody said you can find all the answers to all her child-rearing questions in a book.
That somebody never had a child stuff beans up her nose or ears.

Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery.
That somebody never watched her "baby" get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten.

Or get on a plane headed for military boot camp.

Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand behind her back.
That somebody never organized four giggling brownies to sell cookies.

Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married.
That somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a son-in-law or daughter-in-law to your heartstrings.

Somebody said a mothers job is done after her last child leaves home.
That somebody never had grandchildren.

Somebody said your mother knows you love her so you don't have to tell her.
That somebody isn't a mother.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


This Sunday is Mother's Day and I want to take this opportunity to wish all the mothers of the world a very Happy Mother's Day.

All year you have planned and served meals, washed and ironed clothes, cut grass, planted flowers, watered flowers, washed floors, dusted furniture, vacuumed carpets, paid bills, mended clothes, sewed on buttons, washed windows, bought groceries, baked cookies, washed little faces, dried tears, read stories, colored in coloring books, took out the garbage, raked leaves, pulled weeds, made beds, gave advice, took advice, car pooled the kids to soccer, baseball, hockey and music lessons, helped with homework, volunteered at your child's school, visited a sick relative, provided a shoulder to cry on and a good listening ear, and in your spare time you went to work to help keep your household afloat, and on Sunday worshiped with your family in your church of choice. You are stronger than you think and smarter than you believe yourself to be. Mothers love unconditionally, live for their families, and provide the glue that keeps the family together.

On this your special day - rejoice in all that you are and take credit for all that you do. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers of the World. You are all special people.