My Sunday adventure at Margaret’s Garden

Sunday at Margaret's

This past Sunday, I took the morning off to visit Margaret Roach’s garden , head guru of A Way to Garden.  She had a Garden Conservancy Open Day.

I took my camera along to inspire me in my own garden.  I took over 100 pictures, of flowers, trees, Frogboys, Jack the cat, chipmunks and architectural elements around her home.

She was busy answering questions from the hundreds of people that came to see her creation.

When I got back to my studio and downloaded my pictures, I was so inspired by my visit,that I made a Memory Box of the occasion.

I had a hard time picking which pictures, but these are my favorites.  All have different elements, textures and color. Vintage iron fencing leaning on a tree, a rusty headboard for a gate. Buddha among foliage.  A purple chair with alliums next to it and anyone who knows me, purple is the best. Topping the box off are a group of Pansies smiling at you.  As I was making this, there was a smile on my face the entire time, remembering my walk through her garden.

Enjoy my memories of that morning.


Click on the first thumbnail to start your tour of my Memory Box.

I have been featured


I received this email from an intern at Etsy.


I’m Katie, the intern here at the Etsy blog.

Congratulations! I’m not sure if you’ve seen it yet, but your item has been selected for our Pet item poll on the Storque.

You can check out the poll here:

Make sure to spread the word, blog the link, and let people know about it so that they can vote for your item. The winner will be featured on the Etsy blog!


Out of the millions of items, I was blown away that my Memory Box was chosen to be voted on by the Etsy community.

This Memory Box is of Raggs and Devon, 2 of my dogs that are waiting for me at Rainbows Bridge.

I wanted to show for Mom’s day that even if you are a Mom’s of four legged children, like I am they can give you something to smile about.

If you have not been to Etsy yet, it is a must.  A web site dedicated to all things hand made.  You will be fascinated at the amazing talent that there is to be found.

I have a store there, that is where you can purchase from me if you are not in the area of my studio.



Mother’s Day around the corner, something to make them smile

mem-box-1May 10, 2009 is this years day to celebrate Mom’s.  No matter if her children have 2 or 4 legs (not to say that us humans have more than 2 legs, but my children are 2 Jack Russell’s and they should join in the celebration).  I blogged about my Memory Boxes in December and the response was over whelming.

One of my favorite boxes I have done has been for Margaret Roach of her famous Frogboys.

They are a blast to make and assuring who ever opens the box with their Memory Box inside will have a big smile.

Let these inspire you.  They have me every time I make one. The Memory Box pictured of the 2 big black dogs, Raggs a Newfoundland and Devon a Newf/Lab mix are no longer with me, they are waiting with some others at Rainbows Bridge.




frogboy-tissue-box1I was sitting having my morning coffee a couple of weeks ago, as I drink my coffee I look at my list of daily blogs. One of my favorites is Away to Garden. Margaret has a group of Frog boys that live in her garden and she is frequently sharing them with her readers. I secretly have a passion for frogs and especially tree frogs, I would have them, but they require crickets as food and I just cannot bring myself to touching them.

I was looking at the pictures and decided to make Margaret a Memory Box with them, as they will be hibernating soon, she would have them with her as the weather turns cold.
Visit her blog Away to Garden often, even if you do not have a place to dig in the earth, you will get such joy and most of all laughter from her.