Monday, April 18, 2016

Busy, Beautiful April

Rushing, rushing, rushing....Is it me, or do you feel this year is beginning to slip away...all too quickly? They say that your days meld into each other when you're very busy.  I guess that's where I am, as we head into the last two weeks of this month.

The taxes are filed, second quarter of the year is steaming ahead, and I keep reminding myself to B-R-E-A-T-H-E!  Where would I be without my daily devotional?

Week 1:
  • we thoroughly enjoyed Broadway in Tucson's

  • next stop was La Encantada, for The Event, benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson.

  • a delightful visit from childhood friends, Rhonda and Candy, on Wednesday and Friday ~ day tripping to the Botanical Gardens and the Mini Time Museum
  • a trip to the vet for sweet, aging Alice, who's showing everyone she's a lot stronger than we think!
  • A remarkable reunion with my Remarkable Mom sisters

  • the love of my life left for a 12 day business trip to China....not easy on this lady

Week 2:
  • my sweet girls checked in, spent time, dined with me every day blessed am I???
  • a dinner and visit at home with Sandra, lunch with Donna....friends visited, checked in on me....what more could a girl ask for?
  • AND THEN.....Baptizing our goddaughter, Serena Marie!  So beautiful and touching, but we were really missing her godfather who was on the other side of the world...Ron was so sad to miss this but said, "Tell her I'm with her in spirit today."  Big brother, Jerry, was so kind to stand in for Ron. What a great young man!

Tonight my man comes home!  He's landed at LAX and will arrive in Tucson late tonight.  I'm SO beyond HAPPY!!

Thank you so much to family and friends who "kept an eye on me" these past 12 bless me more than you know!

Enjoy the rest of your busy, beautiful April ~

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Wow!!  I feel like "underconstruction" has been our middle name for 2016!  The studio is complete and waiting for me, and I haven't been this excited over a space since we moved into our home in 2000.  

So, except for photo captions, I will let the pictures tell the story.  I thought it would be fun to show the befores, during, and completed photos of the journey.  
Sit back and enjoy the show!


Looking into the studio from the entryway

STAGE 1: ~ We're prepped and ready for the facelift!

STAGE 2 ~ Waiting for granite counters

STAGE 3 ~ Counters are in!

STAGE 4 ~ Time to organize!
           Filling some of the rollout drawers ~

Then on to the closets ~

STAGE 5 ~ Finished! It's time to get to work at the bench!!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to my beloved who made this possible.  Nothing is ever too much for him when it comes to his family.  

He's my hero and I strive to find as much generosity in my own heart.

I am truly blessed and pray that what comes from my hands will be worthy of his faith in me.

Spring Trunk Show is now set for Sunday, May 15th. from 1:00 ~ 5:00 at Casa Hess. Evites to follow next month!

Have a glorious and happy Spring!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Out With the Old...In With the New

It's been a very, very busy last two months....It was time to say "buh bye" to the dishwasher on wheels, the Arizona room that was barely used, and "hello" to a new dining room, kitchen, and office/reception area.

We ascribe to the saying "you can't take it with you" and with that in mind we took on this remodel project for our girls' home.

Here we go!

Still with me?  Here's the AFTER!

I apologize as I just realized I never took a picture of the new office/reception area.

Well, we're gluttons for punishment and couldn't stop there, so it was "buh bye" to the pink cabinets in our guest house (a holdover from Kiki and Shotzie's pre-homeowner days!)

And voila!  A grown up kitchenette, complete with granite, dual sink, and mirrored glass tile backsplash!

But, we're not finished....2016 is the year of Home Improvement... and on February 9th my studio will undergo a complete transformation.  I'm thrilled to say that ALL tools and materials will then be contained in one space and we'll be able to recapture an office in our home.

I've just begun jewelry classes ~ 7 this year!! So, I'll be back at the end of the month to share some new treasures with you ~ jewelry and studio!

Have a beautiful February and be sure to shower someone with your love.