Sunday, December 19, 2010


"All our dreams can come true, 
if we have the courage to pursue them." 
                                         -Walt Disney

Monday, December 13, 2010


What a pleasure to feature Kim Johnson from Florida.
Kim is a  talented freelance designer, photographer, and illustrator.
 Her hand-made items are made from 100% recycled plastic bottle felt,
 recycled materials and organic linens. 
Finding inspiration from everyday life,
Kim creates graphic home decor that is eco friendly.

What great gifts these would make...

Love the colors in this Honeycomb bee pillow.

This bird in the tree table runner is spectacular.

Oh yes, the Globe Thistle pillow would look great on 
a chair in my bedroom!

Please view her entire collection at:

Kim's blog is interesting and eco-friendly.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Art of Food

My son, (a chef)  met
the Barefoot Contessa at a book signing in NYC
for "Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That.?"
Ina Garten is a fabulous cook.
People who love food are my kind of people!

Sharing a favorite recipe:
I've  made this for the holidays for
over 30 years, in seven different states
and Costa Rica. It was always a hit!

photo by als

Steamed Cranberry Pudding


  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 cups whole cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water. Stir in the molasses, then mix in the cranberries and flour. Pour into a greased 6 cup steamer mold.
  2. Cover the mold, and place into a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover the steaming pot. Cook over medium heat for one hour before checking, but it will take about 1 1/2 hours total. A toothpick inserted into the pudding should come out clean. Loosen the edges, and cool on a wire rack in the mold.
  3. Make the hard sauce just before serving: Heat the unsalted butter, cream, 1 cup sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook stirring constantly until heated through and smooth.
  4. Cut small piece and pour the sauce over, serve warm...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Flores del Sur

Buenos Dias

Marisa is a graphic web designer,
she resides in Patagonia, Argentina.
Since she was a child she has been
creating and loves to experiment.
Here are some of her latest creations!!

 Rustic wooden buttons.

Colorful, fun
 Rolled ribbon hair pins.
wooden scarf pin.

Flores del Sur, your virtual little bazaar in the Patagonia!

A variety of  lovely, interesting accessories .

Please look at her entire collection

Saturday, November 6, 2010

David Kapp

What a refreshing find.... I love Davids use of color 
and the movement he invokes in his paintings.
Please injoy the rest of his works at:

David Kapp

Saturday, June 26, 2010

From the Wall Street Journal

An artisan at heart, Rob Kalin, now 29 years old, attended five different colleges before he finally earned a bachelor's degree in the classics. But he ended up bypassing the traditional job route to instead focus on his woodworking talents. He created a unique item—a computer encased in wood —but couldn't find a marketplace for it. So he built one. Along with two co-founders who served as engineers, Mr. Kalin officially launched Etsy, an online marketplace for crafts, where "hobbypreneurs" meet in an online community and connect with shoppers looking for homemade items. Since its founding in 2005, the Brooklyn, N.Y., company has managed to raise some $31.6 million from investors. Today, Etsy is a profitable private business that is valued at about $100 million; earns between $15 and $20 million in annual revenues; and plans to go public, though not until at least next year, Mr. Kalin says. On any given day, Etsy's five million members sell creations that range from a simple button for $1 to eclectic clothing and fine art that runs in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Edited interview excerpts follow.
Rob Kalin
Q: How did you launch Etsy so quickly?
A. It actually wasn't going quite fast enough, so [co-founders Chris Maguire and Haim Schoppik] ended up basically moving into my apartment and we spent a solid six weeks working on it day and night. The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%. The closer you get to it, the finish line keeps moving further and further. It takes a lot of effort to cross the line. I keep learning that over and over again. And it's happening now as we look to ship new features on our site, like improving the way checkout works.
Q. How did you initially raise money from investors?
A. Etsy's first investors were two local real estate developers that I had done some carpentry work for, and a restaurateur who I had set up an Internet cafĂ© for. I had the first $50,000 check before I even launched anything and another $100,000 within six months after the launch. I gained their trust by building things for them. Building up your personal relationships, especially in the beginning, is hugely important. In my experience, in the seed and angel round, people are going to invest in people and products, not the business plan. [Entrepreneurs] focus on the plan first, and they have it backwards in my opinion.
Q. What has been your toughest challenge?
A. Technical glitches. I wasn't really aware of the issues with scalability early on. Of course, I'm keenly aware of them now. Figuring that stuff out is pretty painful sometimes. We're going through that now with [creating a phone system for] customer support. It takes about 3 days to get a response [via email] and I want to get it down to 2 minutes, where you can just pick up a phone and call Etsy.
Q. That sounds like a tall order. How will you do that?
A. Better software and more people — more people being the key. We have 15 now [in customer support]; by the end of this year, we'll probably have close to 30 people. In the third quarter, we'll be offering our first official number that you can call — and we'll try to pick up on the first ring.
Q. With millions of members to support, you must also face criticism. How do you handle it?
A. Be honest. I've said in public that I feel like we're not doing a good enough job [with customer support] right now. People, in general, are understanding when you acknowledge what your mistakes are.
Q. What's your vision for Etsy?
A. Instead of having an economy dictate the behavior of communities, to empower communities to influence the behavior of economies. I've spoken at many universities, and there's this huge entrepreneurial spirit in students in school now. In my mind, Etsy's ecosystem is about empowering and supporting these very small businesses. That goes well beyond just a marketplace.
Q. Why do you think Etsy has been able to grow so fast?
A. It's always been important to me that Etsy the company is part of Etsy the community. If you can keep that direct connection to your community, that's vital to success. I actually dislike the word 'users.' I don't see people in the community as those who 'use' us, and we're not trying to 'use' them either.
Q. How do you keep the company engaged in the community?
A. I'm in the forums, people are sending me [conversation threads] and I'm replying to them. Every Monday night we have craft night, where anywhere between 50 to 80 people come to our offices in Brooklyn and make stuff together. We also have employee craft night and hold town hall meetings [online] where I speak to the community that way.
Q. 'Keep it human' is one of your rallying cries, what does that mean?
A. It means growing big, while staying small. Etsy itself is hundreds of thousands of very small businesses and I want to be able to keep that intimacy within our own company, even as we grow and the number of people we need to support grows. It means always keeping a human face on what we're doing. I don't want to hide behind a corporate firewall and start speaking with some third-person voice. I want to always speak with a human voice.
Q. What advice do you have for entrepreneurs?
A. Make sure that you stay directly involved, even as things get bigger. If you're disconnected from the real work that's being done, it's easy to be impatient. So really get down in the trenches. Be ready to do a hundred different things really well, and in a short period of time.
Q. How do you do that and stay sane?
Part of staying sane is enjoying it. It's kind of like the conductor of an orchestra, listening to lots of different instruments, taking in the feedback and making adjustments. It's not passive though, because part of being a successful entrepreneur is being an inspiring leader. You have to get up in front of people, set the vision and inspire them to give it their best.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Benches- Coeur d' Alene Lake

"The afterthought is good, but forethought is better."
(Norwegian saying)

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Color Orange - Naranja in Spanish

I fell in love with the color Orange!

It's said if you feel a strong attraction to a
specific color it's because you need it in your life.
Orange is associated with warmth, security,
creativity, fun, laughter and independence.
In the Asian culture it represents love and happiness.

If you wear orange you are perceived as competent,
organized and self motivated.
Wearing orange can help alleviate depression and
boost the immune system.

Orange is the national color of the Netherlands.
How great are orange foods mangoes, oranges,
apricots, egg yolks, carrots, pumpkins, yams, and saffron.
I'm making myself hungry...
It's used in therapy rooms, bedrooms and offices for
a feeling of support and friendliness.
I think I'm going to put on my Orange shirt today!
I painted my bathroom pumpkin orange and
everyone loved going in there because
it made you look great!!
This lovely orange bracelet is from clever crafter on Etsy.
Please check her out on her blog:

Friday, March 12, 2010

Brussels in Bloom

A sea of begonias, close to 1,00,000...
Now that's a flower garden!
Spring is on the way, the flowers in the yard
are poking up from the soil.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Uff Da

The Scream
by Edvard Munch
Is the most famous painting from Norway.
He might be thinking "Uff Da!"
My Mother's family
came to the states from Norway.
She (Margie) was raised in Minnesota.
Where many people from the lovely Scandinavian
countries settled.
Uff Da is a Norwegian expression,
that's means - I'm overwhelmed.
It's become one of my most used words.
(pronounced oof da)
It can be used instead of oops, darn
drat, shoot or just sighing...
Uff Da

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Women In Art

Elena Kalis, is originally form Moscow, Russia.
She now resides in the Bahamas with her husband and 2 children.
Elena is an artist and as of late has created these beautiful photos.
You can view her other intriguing work at:
Please Click on women in art below for a video...
It will become a favorite of yours too!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Baristas - Good Morning

Cafe Creme
Waking up to the smell of coffee
and brunt toast ...
I love coffee and especially my cappuccinos.
Coffee is beloved by millions worldwide,
#3 in popularity only to tea and water.
This lovely photo is from:
Some coffee web-sites of interest.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Art of Cardboard!

How interesting is this? I just Love IT...
Corrugated Art
Mark Langan uses recycled corrugated cardboard
to create his unique and intriguing works of art.
Mark resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
You just have to see the rest of his sculptures on his web-site.

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Open Door

May your troubles be less.
may your blessings be more,
and may nothing but happiness
come in your door!

This door is to the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland.

Jessica my daughter took this photo while on holiday.

Friday, February 19, 2010


One day at a time - this is enough.

Do not look back and grieve over the past,

for it is gone: and do not be troubled about the future,

for it has not yet come. Live in the present,

and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering
-Ida Scott Taylor

Saturday, January 30, 2010

A tree grows in Long Island City

Every picture has a story!

This photo was taken the morning of January 1, 2010.
Breathing in the cool morning air,
I leaned out the 4th story bedroom window.
A few snow flakes had started falling, my lens caught
one and you can see the small smear in the center
of the branches. These little imperfections
make each photo and story unique.
Visiting our son Nathan, Charlie and Rosa
we had flown into NYC on New Years Eve.
After enjoying some lovely
fondue prepared by the chef (Nathan)
and drinking some bubbly
we rang in the NEW Year!
It was a fantastic Trip...
The title a Tree grows in Long Island City
of course, comes from the memory of the
tree in "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn"
When I was a girl my sister read the famed book aloud
and I reread it twice as an adult.
It's in my top ten list of favorite books.