Gourds and pumpkins and seeds!

Gourds and pumpkins…I have seen some wonderful displays this season. A fabulous tower on display at the Country Living Fair in Columbus…the little gourd girl my daughter, Emma and I found at the Overland Park Farmer’s Market…even some snake gourds (not my favorite, but Emma wanted to bring home a new pet). I also saw […]



The past several weeks following the launch of my new book, Vintage Notions, have been a whirlwind of activity. I am just now getting back off the road and am going to be catching up on my blog posts, I promise! However, as I was sitting here, collapsed in my chair from the exhaustion (albeit, […]


Pumpkin Bars

I promised awhile back that I would post my pumpkin bar recipe…so here it is! I have made a number of desserts for my family over the years, but this is their absolute favorite. I hope you enjoy it too! Pumpkin Bars: 2 cups Sugar 4 eggs 1 (16 ounce) can of pumpkin 1 cup […]


Junk Bonanza

Just wanted to share a few photos from Junk Bonanza… After I set up our display at the Three French Hens booth, I ventured out into the show…amazing!!!! Here are shots of Jane Hall’s Mustard Moon booth, Lori Miller’s Vintage Design, and Sara Smilth’s Seasons in Craver (LOVED her pillows with recycled zippers on linen!!). […]


One more thought on cherries…

The other day, I posted an excerpt from Vintage Notions called “The Secrets of a Perfect Pie.” In that post, many of us recounted fond memories of cherry picking for our mom’s, aunt’s and grandmother’s pies. Over on my Inspiration page, I’ve just posted some pictures from the cherry farm in Michigan where I recently […]


Michigan Cherries

Summertime is cherry time in Michigan. Everywhere I looked during my visit I saw gorgeous red fruit. I had to take photograph them, they are visually stunning – not to mention delicious! Do you every go fruit picking? For me it is cherries in the summer, apples in the fall!


A Special Thank You

I am so proud of my book, Vintage Notions. Through the research and its writing, I found my voice and my muse in Mary Brooks Picken. Over the past week, however, in this blog, I’ve found something yet again: I’ve found a community of people who are filled with creativity, memories, opinions and faith. Your […]


Day 7 Winners

Congratulations go out to our Day 7 Winners in the Vintage Notions Book-a-Day Give-a-Way: From the blog: Mary J. From Facebook: Jennifer Gouldsmith Remember, if you won because you were drawn from folks who commented on the blog, we have your email and will be in touch. If you “Liked” my Page on Facebook, we’ll […]