My Winter White Garden

In the underbrush of the towering hardwoods and swaying Georgia pine trees that surround our home,

popping through the pine straw and crunchy leaves,

with Guss romping through the woods in and around the winter blossoms...

these delicate and oh~so~fragrant winter white narcissus bloom year after year.  They sparkle in our back yard and so I wait as long as I can to snip them and bring them inside.

When I do, the entire house smells divine!

This is definitely one of the sweet things that Mother Nature gives us each cold and wet winter.

Happy Day.

Ciao amici,

~  ~  ~


Don't forget ~ if you are interested in winning a premier copy of Where Women Create Business, leave a comment on the post, Made for Women.  I will be selecting a winner on Friday, March 1st.

Joining some friends this week.

Made for Women

This month I was asked to review Stampington & Company’s newest magazine straight from the creator of Where Women Create herself, the vivacious and dynamic Jo Packham.  After I received my copy of Where Women Create BUSINESS to review, I poured through it, recognizing several of the women featured in this premier issue.  {In fact, I am proud to say that I have met and done business with a couple of these smart and successful women many years ago, when we all were in the beginning stages of our creative careers.}

This is not a fluff magazine by an means and the cover proves that ~ its graphics reminiscent of the covers of Forbes or Business Week, but made for a woman {as they say}.  It is all BUSINESS and as the by line on the cover states, dedicated to those of us with “a passion for success.”

The articles and features range from the arts to food, retail to restaurants, and so much more ~ all women owned businesses ~ along with advice from the pros on subjects as accounting, public relations, media, and legal matters to mention a few.  

The timing of this is serendipitous as I launched my business web site earlier this month.  

{I'd love it if you would visit when you have a moment or two ~}

Where Women Create BUSINESS provides a sort of validation for those of us women in the creative arts and successful {to whatever degree that is to each of us} in business.  It’s nice to have it available to us.  Thank you Jo Packham and Stampington & Company.

Oh, and one of you lucky readers may win a hot off the presses copy of this invaluable journal if you leave a comment.  I’ll be drawing the name of the winner on Friday, March 1st.  Good luck!

Ciao amici,


Cupid's wish...

for you is... 

a hug, some love, and a smile.

And to my Valentine...

...fresh vanilla scented blooms from my garden,

some French romance novels, 

that tickle his toes...

while deep in thought about the next...


which always makes my heart...


Love to all of you this Valentine's Day.


Ciao amici,

Bless Your Hearts

Don’t these precious cupcake toppers melt your heart?  

They are as sweet as they look and perfect for your Valentine’s Day celebration. 

Poke in a frosty cupcake for a party, attach one with a ribbon to a gifttuck one or two into a shabby chic cushion

or make a paper heart bouquet in a pretty petite crystal vase.  

Each topper is double sided {so they are pretty from all directions} and each is adorned with a dainty paper rosette and pretty bow tied around a white lollipop stick.

Whether you choose the “Love Letters to My Sweetheart” collection or the “Heart to Heart” collection {or both}, however you use these little sticks will be charming.

Originally hand illustrated in pen and ink and painted with gouache and watercolour on canvas paper, these whimsical illustrations have been printed on high quality acid free card stock which will hold the colour and shape for some time and are good for multiple uses.

Order for Valentine's Day, wedding anniversary, bridal shower, 

or just 

a random 

L O V E  


For all the details please click "one of a kind gifts ~ hand made" on my side bar at  My Front Porch {I posted these on the porch last week} or you can head on over to my Etsy shop.

Ciao amici,

Sunshine on a Plate

An apple a day.


Mother Nature's version of the Colour of the Year.

Sunshine on a plate.

Enjoy yours.

Ciao amici,