Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Don't you love when someone gives shows you a new perspective? I have been struggling with a new belt buckle for weeks now. Trying this way and that...taking it apart...starting over...just about ready to pack up all the buckles to return. I show it to my assistant today. She looks at it tucks here...sews there and we have a belt!
Thanks, Jill!

Monday, February 26, 2007


So, my husband is in the final stretch of his MBA and is gone a few nights a week. Well tonight look what he brought home with him...yummy! Tastykakes are a Philadelphia thing...and this is vanilla ice cream with Peanutbutter KandyKakes mixed through!!Sweet...in so many ways!

Worth the extra time on the treadmill tomorrow!

Not Again!

Busy weekend at our household...

Friday the girls had off from school for a teacher in-service...of course, I volunteered to provide the teachers with lunch at both schools. So, I spent the morning delivering the goods. My husband just shakes his head at me. For one, he thinks I volunteer too much of my time and I hardly ever cook for my own family! But, I pull out the recipe box for the teachers! I always go the extra mile for teachers!

Friday night I had my first Custom Handbag Party. Everyone is itching for Spring. These girls went crazy for all the new prints. The party went late and I did not get in until 1:00...UGH!

Saturday we were all up early for C to make her First Reconciliation. The grandparents and Granny came back to the house for lunch. Which my husband made a beautiful lunch...Hooray, Matt!!! And my brother and his girlfriend showed up...for lunch! I swear he can smell food 40 miles away!

And then Sunday...it snowed again!!!! I NEED the winter to go away!!!!

Oh, and that is Roosevelt, C, and E!!! Cute...Right?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Spring Fever!

My word, I am itching for Spring! Our snow has started to melt, which is a great but messy!
The lulu belle studio is bursting with fresh spring fabrics and bag styles...Look at these bags...they call my name every time I leave the house! I am going crazy wanting to pack away all the winter stuff...coats, hats, scarves, sweaters, boots!!!! UGH!
Everywhere I turn Spring clothes, shoes, flip flops, Easter decorations, even sunblock!
Maybe it is the side effects from serious cabin fever!

Luckily it is BUNKO night...nothing like getting together with the girls to lighten my mood! And it should be fun, too! This months hostess has asked us to bring a picture of our first loves (real and fantasy) for a little game. What fun looking through all those old pictures! I am not computer savvy enough to scan the pics in, but what a hoot...so young!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Stripes, stripes and more stripes!

Look who dressed herself today! Lulu was so proud of herself and I was too! She had Uggs on when we ran errands, that really completed the ensemble...watch out Project Runway!

Monday, February 19, 2007


Another freezing cold day here in the Northeast! The C and E are working on a school project...penguins! It is an annual school wide event to celebrate Children's Art Month. Each child in the school is given an oak tag outline of a penguin to bring to life using the medium of their choice. During the month of March the hallways of the school will be decorated with all the completed penguins, close to 1000!

So, today as I worked in my studio so did the girls. A penguin paradise...they are still working on the identity of their penguins. Here are some of the ideas we came up with today...Patrick McPengiun...Patchwork Penguin...Preppy Penguin...Pageant Penguin...can't wait to see the final penguins!

Sunday, February 18, 2007


I "retired" from teaching after my first daughter was born, eight years ago...once a teacher always a teacher! A fellow "retiree" sent this to me...worth the read! Perhaps this will make all of us look at those who choose the teaching profession in a different light... WHAT TEACHERS MAKE... The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a big, important corporate executive, decided to explain the problem with education. He stated firmly, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided that his best option in life was to become a teacher?" Then he reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers: "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest now. What do you make?" Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You really want to know what I make?" (She paused for a second, then began...) Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental..." You want to know what I make?" (She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table...) I make kids wonder. I make them question. I make them criticize. I make them apologize and mean it. I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions. I teach them to write and then I make them write. I make them read, read, read. I make them show all their work in math." "I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know in English while preserving their unique cultural identity. I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe. I make my students stand to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, because we live in the United States of America." Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life." (Bonnie paused one last time and then continued...) Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention to them because of their ignorance..." You want to know what I make? I MAKE A DIFFERENCE! What do you make!?"

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Mt. McCulley...

Lulu looking for a snack!

Neighborhood boys and my husband!

Caroline and a neighborhood boy refueling!

Mt. McCulley, the new name give to our front yard by the neighborhood kids! They have been out there for hours. My husband included! The kids took break for some soft pretzels and juice...just enough to refuel for the next few hours! We will have some sleepy girls in our house tonight!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Back to Normal

Finally, back on our regular schedule! The girls went to school. I cleaned up my studio. I am ready to have a creative weekend! I get so excited when new fabrics arrive and I have been sewing away! I do custom handbag parties and the Spring Parties start next week...hooray!

I can hardly wait to show my new stuff...enjoy a preview!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Why Not?

I love to read them, love to comment, so why not have my very own blog! A little Bridget Jones, a little Doogie Howser, and a little me! A place to share the day to day stories of a mother of three, wife, small handbag studio designer! Hopefully with a bit of humor and wit! Let's jump right in! My girls (ages 8, 6, 4) have been home for the past two days...snow days!!! They have been enjoying the snow...me...not so much! Luckily, we live on a hill, so sledding right in our front yard, doesn't get any better than that!!! C and E have been out most of the day, L has been floating around the house from on thing to the next, still in her pajamas! She is not a fan of the snow, either! I thought today will be a great day to get my studio organized, get all the laundry done, the house put back together, maybe even do some baking! Instead, like L have been floating around the house, still in my pajamas...oh, well there is always tomorrow!