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coping with a death

bringing ornaments into Mother’s Day and funerals

ornament hanging from vase

Last fall while having a coffee date with one of my oldest friends she told me that she has the ornaments she bought from me hanging in her kitchen. Then another customer sent me a photo of her ornament hanging from the top knob on a canister.  hmmm, it got me thinking.  Why can’t these…

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New cards I wish you’d never need but you will

What do you say when the unspeakable happens? When someone you care about gets a terminal diagnosis? Or a birthday of your sister’s deceased husband is coming… you want to say something, do something… These cards helps you say something. The thing we too often do is we avoid people when things like these happen.…

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New is good

Something unexpected has happened in the last year. It’s so easy as a mom and wife to put ourselves and our goals in the background.  Last summer when I put together my wholesale catalog, presented my work at the wholesale show… something in me broke open. More than anything to do with wholesale… I kept…

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life 10 years after a big loss

I am alive - Noelle

10 years since my mom has passed away. I wrote this today, and wanted to share it here in case it can offer perspective or help to anyone. Whether it’s been 10 years or 1 week.   It’s 10 years since my sweet mom passed unexpectedly. It’s amazing how life can change in a moment.…

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grief – the path is messy

If you know someone who lost someone dear to them, don’t be afraid to talk about their love one who has passed. Grief is all consuming. Acknowledge the anniversary of their passing, the big holidays, the memories you share of the person. Odds are they are thinking of that person every single day, for years.…

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please talk about her

Mom. Nancy. Wife. Daughter. Sister. Aunt. Friend. She’s one of my favorite people, I was incredibly lucky to have my mom in my life. Please say her name, please continue to talk about her with me. Highest of highs to lowest of lows It was over nine years ago now that my mom passed away.…

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when a mural is painted over… your gift erased

I came across these photos yesterday of these murals that I painted about 15 years ago in my parents house.  My mom had been wanting something with this Tuscan feel and when Skylar was a baby there was a time that we lived with them so I painted these murals kind of as my rent…

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