Man Glitter?!?

I know…..I saw man glitter and thought “what have they come up with now?”

We have lots of man glitter around our house.  Well more accurately in the shop…..and laundry room…. sometimes in the kitchen…….and the front entry way….OK it’s all around the house ….. sometimes.  It’s just a fact of life when one is wedded to a craftsman.

As Father’s Day approaches I find myself thinking more about my own Dad and what he was like.  How the world that shaped him was so different in many ways than the one we live in today.  Of course, it is almost 100 years ago that my Dad was born (1919).

One of the things I remember most about my Dad are his hands.  Very strong hands.  Talented hands.  Brave hands.  Gentle hands.  Hands that worked hard every day.  Hands that fought in WWII.  Hands that could fix most anything.  Hands that could weld. Hands that could gently hold newborn life and make you feel safe and protected.  Hands that would clap for joy when Dad got really tickled by a story he was listening to or telling. Hands that just wanted to be held so he would know that he was loved at the end of his life.

As my husband gets older (I’m not getting older you know….just my husband.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.) I notice that his hands remind me more and more of my Dad’s hands.  These hands share many of the same qualities even though their lives couldn’t be more different – strong, talented, hardworking and gentle.    I never noticed that until the last few years – hummm.    I am so richly blessed!!!

Thank you for indulging me and letting me share my thoughts with you.  May you all have wonderful memories, or create some great memories, of that special man in your life this Father’s Day.

And now… the vacuum. Man glitter awaits!!!!!


Strawberry Cake Recipe — The 36th AVENUE

What a wonderful Mother’s Day treat!!!  Strawberries are one of my favorite berries, although I like most all berries, and this recipe is a delightful change from strawberry shortcake.  36th Avenue’s blog is one of my favorites as well.  Click on over and see what other delights she has in store for you.

Ready……set…..BAKE!!!!  (Read this with an English accent – I’m a fan of the Great British Baking Show.  Could you tell?!?!?!?)  


This Strawberry Cake Recipe by Pink Wings is perfect to celebrate any special occasion. The delicious pink color homemade frosting is lovely for Mother’s Day, birthdays, a little girl’s baby shower, and Valentine’s Day! You are going to love this recipe and Gina’s blog! This is Gina from Pink Wings, excited to share a recipe here on The…

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Meet our Mascot!! Arti #57

20160413_100608_001O.K. it may be a bit out there on the whimsical side ……but  bear with me through my story.  Cliff & I were chatting in the shop a few months ago about how important it is to have positive support in your life and adventures.  You know, sort of like having your own cheering section or cheerleader.  Well, this lead us to the topic of mascots and we decided that we needed a mascot for our shop.  Something that makes you smile, is rather ingenious, very creative and unique, like us!!  Well, that’s our hope 😉  Anyway, we were inspired by one of our family’s favorite movie characters.  The result is Arti #57!!!!

Arti is a completely functional solar fountain by day and luminary by night.  He has a faithful sidekick.  Likes a good musical from time to time.  You can think of him as a cape-less caped crusader!!!  Our hero and mascot.  Most importantly – – – he makes us smile!  We hope he makes you smile too!

Check him out!!!  We have a video in our online shop Meet Arti #57

Blessings to you,