Everyone loves to talk about themselves, right? Eh, not really, but I'll give it my best shot...and the names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent...


  • have been married to Gus for 25 years
  • have two kids, Buddy (24) & Lulu (23)
  • have a 8 yr. old miniature Australian shepherd named Riley (AKA Nubby, Nubbybutt, & something I can't write here)
  • have a 9 yr. old cat named Angus (AKA Goosey, Goosey Mon (in a Jamaican accent), and Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat)
  • was raised in a teeny-tiny rural Appalachian town in Ohio
  • moved to Kentucky 8 years ago
  • worked as a nurse for 19 years, but retired in 2001
  • homeschooled Buddy & Lulu for 8 years 

I love...

  • margaritas
  • shoes
  • the beach
  • the color pink
  • tattoos
  • manicures & pedicures
  • sushi
  • Polyvore & Pinterest
  • reading "vampire porn", as Gus calls it 
  • Starbucks black tea lemonade (Trenta, with 3 Splendas please)

I hate...

  • spiders & snakes
  • waiting in line
  • fake people
  • camping (when you grow up in rural Appalachia, your childhood is like a 15 year camping trip)
  • cold weather
  • people who don't scoop their dog's poop
  • spam (both email & the canned kind)
  • ironing
  • coffee
  • finding an empty water pitcher in the fridge

Easy-to-Make Wood Frames

Not long ago, I saw some weathered wood frames at Hobby Lobby and immediately fell in love with them. They were perfect for my kitchen projects - well, almost perfect. They were $20 each, and that was more than I wanted to spend - especially since I needed two. But I really liked the way the frames were made. As Gus and I looked at them, I realized that they looked pretty easy to duplicate. He said as long as I didn't need mitered corners, he could do it. Who needs mitered corners? Not me!...more

D-I-Y Braided Wrap Bracelet

Who doesn't love jewelry? Especially fun, colorful jewelry for spring and summer! This a simple braided wrap bracelet made with blue hemp cord (so cute for spring/summer!) - and I decided to incorporate one of the "Love" circles that I used in my Circle of Love Bracelet.  If you can tie a knot, make a simple braid, and squeeze pliers - you can make this bracelet!...more

D-I-Y Circle of Love Bracelet

I'm addicted to making bracelets - I just can't get enough! I have so many bracelets now that I had to rearrange my jewelry armoire to make room for them all. This one is so easy to make - even if you have no experience. I'm estimating the cost to be less than $3 (if you buy your supplies when they're 50% off), and construction time to be less than 10 minutes. I really love mine - it's another favorite, and I've already worn it several times....more