My Immigrant Story
Coming to America Before my first birthday, my mother traveled via airplane with us 4 children and all she owned to come to the states. Her 24 hour itinerary consisted of 3 airplane rides and 2 layovers -- all while carrying
21 Years Ago — My Why and the Blessings that Came From It
21 years A lot can change, even the why’s. This week marks the anniversary of my eldest son’s birth. He is the first of 3 boys that are my original why's. 21 years ago I left my 9-5 art director position at
What's with all these open houses I've been doing? We are approaching an anniversary that was life changing. Next month marks 3 years since the big “C” word came into our world and nearly everything on the planet (!) was shut
2023 the Year of Unity
To be honest, I don't normally follow the Chinese zodiac calendar or even the American zodiac signs for that matter but when I looked up what the animal was for 2023 and read what the rabbit symbolized, I thought it
What is a Tea Towel?
The basic definition of a tea towel is a cloth used for drying dishes and utensils. However, it's used for much more than that! They used to be made of linen (and yes, they still are or even a blend)
Does a Paper Recipe Really Need to be Digitally Restored?
The simple answer is YES! One person in particular sent me several recipes from her grandmother's recipe box -- some of which were her great-great-grandmother's recipes! They were yellow or simply brown with age, the edges of the paper are
What is a Custom Heirloom Recipe Tea Towel?
Years ago, I began the process of teaching myself how to capture, restore, and print old handwritten recipes, notes, and letters onto a variety of items. I’m a very sentimental person and preserving family history means a lot to me
Getting Unstuck and the Inspiration Behind it
I have been silent these past few weeks. I think to digest, maybe to come up with the words that can help me make sense of what happened on May 14th in my city, Buffalo, NY. It's almost unbelievable to
Cherry Blossoms and Cardinals
Cherry Blossoms and Cardinals Through the glass of my shop door is the perfect view of a beautiful tree that is covered in cherry blossoms each spring and displays bright crimson red leaves in the fall. I’ve had the pleasure of
Handwritten Gifts: Write it Down — it means so much more.
Why are handwritten gifts treasured and what is it about handwriting that moves a person? Indeed, words are meaningful but when someone takes pen to paper it means so much more. Unlike the perfectly formed letters from a key board,