I’m not referring to the current health pandemic that has halted all social gatherings and life as we know it.  I’m referring to Rhyolite, a real ghost town located in Nevada just outside Death Valley National Park.  My daughter and I made it there just days before the park closed its visitor center, campgrounds, public bathrooms and lodging!  Phew!

Sit back and enjoy the scenery from your germ-free little corner of the world.

Rhyolite ghost town residence

Rhyolite school

Rhyolite abandonment closeup

Tom Kelly’s Bottle House, rehabilitated in 2015, was certainly a ghost house that stole my heart.  I just love the miniature mosaic residences lining the side yard.  Inspiration!

Tom Kelly's Bottle House

Rhyolite mosaic miniature houses

Rhyolite mosaic shack

Rhyolite mosaic chapel

It looks like these old residents choose to “stick” around….

Rhyolite skeleton jam session

… as does this one.Rhyolite lizard

Well, I hope you enjoyed these views of the Rhyolite ghost town.  I’ve got more to share from Death Valley National Park as well as two fabulous botanical gardens in Pasadena, California.

Stay tuned…..


What sings of spring better than chirping birds, budding branches, bunnies and nested eggs?  Nothing, in my opinion.  Though the winter was a mild one here in southeastern New York, I’m so glad it’s spring.

The first hint of spring revealed in my back yard was the blooming hellebore, a perfect complement to some bottles I painted with tinted gesso.  The bottles are not sealed with a protective varnish, but serve as temporary vessels for these long blooming delights.  Do you see the the little sparrow peaking from behind the feeder?  So cute.

And, while purging some opened mail, I happened to take notice of the interesting patterns on the inside of some security envelopes.  I couldn’t resist using them to make Easter cards.  Double-sided adhesive film was my little helper with making these beauties.  I simply pressed blocks of the envelope paper and a pretty napkin onto the film, then traced out shapes using templates I made beforehand.  After cutting the shapes out, it was peel-n-stick with a few glued on embellishments all the way.

Voila!… instant spring craftiness!

I hope this post encourages you crafty folks to think “inside the envelope”.




Hello, my fellow bloggers and readers!  It’s been well over a year since I’ve published a post; however, it was not because of lost enthusiasm.  Having a website AND a blog proved quite inconvenient; hence, I wanted everything under one roof.   And, though this process took much longer than I had ever imagined, I’m finally back and thrilled to start anew.

I hope those of you familiar with my old blog will enjoy the updated version.  To those of you new to my site…… welcome!  I look forward to sharing with you all things crafty, “garden-y” and just plain down-to-earth creative.

Now, for a little “can you guess” fun…. a hint of where I traveled recently.  Can you identify this textured surface pictured below?  No, you don’t win a prize if you guess correctly.  I just want you to read my blog, and I’ll reveal the answer in one of my upcoming posts!

I’m thrilled to be back in blogging action, so do stay tuned for more!


A few years ago, while perusing the shelves at my local library, I stumbled upon a fiber art craft book and was immediately smitten with the object on the cover.  It was craft love at first sight!

I had never seen this type of thing before, which is referred to as locker hooking, and is a close cousin to rug hooking.  After just a few page flips, I knew I’d have to get this book!  I also purchased the required locker hooking needle and some rug canvas.  If you have an abundance of fabric, ribbon or thick, chunky yarn, I suggest that you give this craft a try.  It’s a lot of fun, and lends itself to the mismatched charm also achieved with making braided rag rugs.

After practicing with the basic technique, I moved on to actually making something – a mini purse.  I love how the purse turned out and use it to hold my stash of gift cards.

More recently, I found a clever way to store my handmade fabric coasters that’s really for the birds – literally!  This never used suet cage I had on hand was just the right size for storing the coasters.  I think they look adorable in there, don’t you?

Leave a comment about your locker hooking experience, awareness, or lack of.  And, do stay tuned… I’ve got more crafty ideas up my sleeve!

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