Happy Handmade Pioneer Day!

Yes, intrepid art lovers, this watercolor shepherdess is after William Bouguereau, my favorite artist. She reminds me of the brave settlers who tamed the wilderness and made the desert blossom as a rose. Among my family members, there were many who crossed oceans and plains to help establish Zion in the Rocky Mountains. This week we celebrate Pioneer Day in […]

Independence Day!

Oh the times we live in. People throughout history could have only dreamed about the advances in health and comfort, industry, agriculture; heck, housing with indoor plumbing and hot and cold running water. Early settlers of the American colonies were battling just to remain alive. Famine, disease and indigenous peoples who didn’t like newcomers were a constant thereat to life […]

Memorial Day 2021

The hows and whys of our national holidays have maybe never have been as important as they are now. We must remember the significant events of the past as our history is challenged and in some cases, erased or rewritten by scheming individuals and organizations. Our collective identity is built on a foundation of courage, sacrifice and honor. Memorial Day […]

Celebrating Mothers

I was going to write about the hours that Moms spend caring for their families, like the 21,900 meals they cook in the 20-ish years of rearing each child. Or the 52,000 pieces of clothing and accoutrements they provide, launder and replace in a never-ending cycle. But instead, I decided to take an excerpt from my A Holiday Handbook and […]

Through it all, they found love

We were still reeling from Pandemic 2020 and the outlook for many aspects of life was rather bleak. We said goodbye to loved ones unexpectedly, watched aghast at political chaos, inner-city violence and destruction then waited in lines for the miracle vaccine. Toilet paper reappeared on store shelves, but anti-viral wipes didn’t. School was in , then out, then in, […]

Why we have Easter

The history of our Lord Jesus Christ was eloquently recorded by Luke, a physician. In his book in the Holy Bible’s New Testament, the 23rd chapter Luke shares (from LDS.org): CHAPTER 23 Jesus is taken before Pilate, then to Herod, and then to Pilate again—Barabbas is released—Jesus is crucified between two thieves—He is buried in the tomb of Joseph of […]

A Leprechaun Cottagecore

St. Patrick’s Day is one of our favorite holidays. We love the green and magic, the legends and lore associated with the stories of one of our favorite Christian missionaries, the iminitable St. Patrick. Our youngest son is getting married next month. As I’ve been introduced to his fiance’s style, I learned a new term COTTAGECORE. Lighter and more feminine […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day from the Heart The winter storms of 2021 not only kept my love and I apart on Valentine’s Day, but the chill/ separation also meant I had no access to my files, props and favorite images. Now, back at home and enjoying my sweetheart and stuff, I felt like looking back at a fun Valentine’s celebration we enjoyed […]

Christmas Charm 2020

2020 has certainly been a year for the books, Orwell’s 1984 that is. We recently sold our house in preparation to build a new home and moved into a rented house in Salt Lake City on Sunnyside Avenue near Newell’s work at the University of Utah. Sunnyside – that’s charming. The house was built in 1943 and other than having […]

I wish we could all snuggle and be warm

If the United States were a pieced quilt, I wish we could all snuggle and be warm. Imagine if all Americans were concerned about the welfare of their neighbors and strangers. Imagine if we looked for ways to help each other succeed instead of always competing. Imagine if bullying and marginalizing were replaced with humanitarian concern and care. Imagine.