Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I know this blog is just a newborn baby, but I feel the need to tell you a little about my family and blended family to be.   I am divorced and have three children. My oldest son is Casey. He is 27, has a heart of gold and big blue eyes. Love that boy.

Here we are together.
He's wearing the hat I knit him : )

Kelly is my middle girl. She is 26, a sweetheart of a daughter and beautiful. Independent and driven, that about sums it up. Here she is modeling some of my hand knits.

At 15, Sarah is my youngest. She is spoiled, smart and too adorable. She HATES getting her picture taken (unless I pay her) so you won't see many new pictures of Sarah. Here she is modeling some of my handknits.

As I have mentioned before, I am engaged to the greatest guy on Earth.  Here we are together in Vermont posing for my nephew Chris.

Check out Chris's new photography

Anyhow, Fred has two wonderful children of his own. Dominick is the oldest and he is 21. Sensitive and caring and lover of all things vintage.

And then there's Rachele, who is 19, cute as a button, caring and happy, that's Rach!

Acting silly on Thanksgiving

And I can't leave out our beloved pet dog, Midas. He is five years old and a Westhighland Terrier. Midas goes by the nickname, "Mighty Dog" and he is a sweet little white ball of cuteness.

Vintage Lace

Awwwwww,  I LOVE this bundle of vintage lace I found on Ebay. For just 20 bucks, I got four pounds of glorious, frilly, girly lace in shades of cream, ecru, white, and tan. I was super excited when I received this huge lot of lace!! When I found out the substitute mail carrier had delivered it to the wrong house, I was not happy. Thankfully, she was kind enough to return to the wrong house, get my package and deliver it to ME : )

My 15-year old daughter, Sarah and I went through the lace together. She kept telling me to just dump it out but I found it much more gratifying to pull out each piece of lace one at a time.
I ended up dumping it out later so I could take a photo.

I can't wait to show you my new Victorian bonnet line for the shop : )

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Baby Prop Shop: Knitting Classes

Baby Prop Shop: Knitting Classes: In my ongoing venture to support myself through knitting, I have decided to teach knitting at Michael's Crafts. I love teaching knitting and...

Knitting Classes

In my ongoing venture to support myself through knitting, I have decided to teach knitting at Michael's Crafts. I love teaching knitting and spent four years teaching children how to knit while I was a second grade teacher. It was so much fun to see those eager little ones learn how to knit!! Now I will be trying my hand at teaching adults.

Sign up for Knitting Classes 

I will be offering three classes:  The first class will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 from 1:30-3:30. At this class, you will learn how to knit and purl and you will create a very cute and stylish neck warmer.  

My second class will be held on Saturday, Jan, 7, 2012 from 1:30-3:30. At this class you will learn how to make a sweet tassel beanie hat for adults.

The third class will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 from 1:30-3:30 and this time you will learn how to knit a garter stitch beanie hat for adults.

Each class is just $25 plus materials which you supply yourself. Classes are held in the classroom at Michael's Arts + Crafts on 295 Union Street in Waterbury, CT. It is located in the shopping center next to the Brass Mall.
You can contact me to sign up at
or you can sign up online at the Michael's website:,default,pg.html   
or call the store at 203-597-1336.

I really hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cascade Mountain Winery

My fiance Fred and I took a trip up to the Cascade Mountain Winery for a wine tasting. Let me tell you, this winery in NY was way off the beaten track. It was the perfect Saturday to go for a drive and we try to go to a new winery as often as we can.  After taking a wrong turn and driving on a dirt road for many miles, we turned around and found our way again. The wines were wonderful. It was hard to choose a favorite but we ended up buying two bottles to take with us and then headed off to the Millbrook Winery a few miles away. We had been to this winery once before and so far, it's our absolute favorite! The views are amazing and there is an outdoor eatery overlooking a beautiful pond. Fred loves their olive oil so we bought another bottle and after tasting their wines, we bought another couple of bottles to enjoy at home. I always say you can never have too much wine. When we were leaving, the sunset was spectacular. Oh, I forgot to mention, I knit those cute armwarmers in the car on the way to NY. They are super comfy to wear and I have a pair for sale in one of my Etsy shops Cuddle Me Knits, I can make them in a ton of colors.

We decided we would head into the town of Millbrook for a bite to eat. The nice gal at the winery recommended a French Bistro so we parked the car and decided to look around the town a bit. That's when I spotted it!! The most inviting little glowing shop called "The Pumpkin House." I knew we just had to go inside and look around. As soon as I stepped inside, I knew I was going to be there for a while. It was all painted orange and had an amazing, eclectic variety of items from vintage to modern. It was almost difficult to take it all in, total sensory overload for me.  Each room I walked through was even more inviting than the next. The entire store was like eye candy for me. I was deciding between two scarves when I heard Fred call out, "There's yarn in here." Yarn!!!... did I just hear him correctly....yup, I found my way into an entire room filled with gorgeous Peruvian wools, cottons, and hand knits all around me. I was giddy with excitement. I decided I had to have two beautiful skeins of hand painted thick and thin merino and two skeins of the softest cotton yarn I've ever felt in pink and red. I also purchased a really cool scarf that no one else likes but me but I had to have it, it was calling my name. I wanted the brightly colored one with pinks and salmons but Fred and the store owner talked me out of it. I ended up with the blue one but I still haven't stopped thinking about the pink and salmon one.  I also bought a great vintage 45's record player for Fred's son, Dominick for Christmas. Dominick loves all things vintage so this gift is right up his alley.

I can't wait to show you what I make with my new yarn : )