Getting ready for the cold

The cold weather in nearly here,  most of the beautiful fall leaves have dropped. The news  is full of all the things one needs to do to prevent the common cold or flu.  Keeping a box of tissues at hand is high on the list. I could not agree with them more, but those boxes… Read more »

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year

The potters of the Mid 19th century experimented in the most amazing shapes and glazes. Lucky for us so many examples survived the changing times. I wonder what the artist’s of that time would think of how I transform them. I could not resist this pair,  perfect for this time of year. There shape, chunky… Read more »

House Beautiful, 250 Gifts under $25.00

The editors at House Beautiful selected Shandell’s Matches as one the best gifts for under $25.00 this holiday season.  Visit Shandell’s studio or online store for an amazing variety of matches to fulfill your holiday needs. No holiday season will be more challenging than this one. How to afford a gift that’s really special, but… Read more »

Fall, my favorite season for change.

Recently, I was reading one of my favorite blogs The Sister Project. Each month I start off reading Sheilaa Hite’s horoscope and find that she has an amazing ability to sum up my life(I am a true Capricorn).  This months she talks about  “The whirlwind swirling around you is real.”  Well this is so true…. Read more »

Nothing Better than a Good Scrap Yard, Part 2

This summer I was on a hunting trip in upstate New York, stumbled on a great organized junk/scrap yard.  There was a section for everything.  I could not contain myself, all I thought was how I was going to get all of my treasures home.  There was a 19th century iron garden gate, I love… Read more »