if you're happy and you know it....

well... i'm happy and i KNOW it! it has been a marvelous MAY! full of fun, family, and new experiences! does this feather guy look familiar?? (see next post..."meet my new friends"..) this is Big Mama, and she was the inspiration for a new series of images that i just designed for Oopsy Daisy. the photos below are from a few weeks ago - we treated our son for his 12th birthday gift to a Falconry class. it was a day we'll never forget! just in case you are interested... Talons Birds of Prey in Earlville, NY ... as they say.. "Your Journey leads you through the Ancient Sport of Kings, and leaves you feeling like a Queen or a King, with a unique connection to a wonderful new Raptor Friend"

here's the gang as we wrapped up the day... my dad, my daughter, my husband, my son & me!
(OH! and BIG mama!)

next up was a weekend away with my mom and daughter. we journeyed to Saratoga Springs, NY (about 3 hrs from home) for a weekend of weekend of cafes, crafts, creatives, crepes, cupcakes and cocktails! and it did not disappoint! we visited EarthAngelsToys "Spring Fling" event hosted at the amazing Schyuler Pond.. we meet many fabulous artists, purchased a bit of bling, enjoyed a breakfast chat with Jo Packham of Where Women Create and then wrapped the weekend with a quick visit to Sharon Springs to browse at
Beekman 1802. here's mom, chloe, Jo Packham and me!
me and the cheery Katie of Sundaes Best Hot Fudge
(featured in the latest issue of Where Women Cook)
Jennifer Lanne (of Jennifer Lanne Originals) and me..
i just adore Jennifer's work... i'm happy to say i now have two of her amazing paintings!

chloe and the Betties Cakes mobile cupcake truck!

last stop of the weekend... Sharon Springs NY to Beekman 1802.
have you seen the Beekman Boys show on Planet Green?? if you haven't.. you must!

ok.. and to round out my marvelous MAY... i attended the Brimfield antiques show in Massachusetts with a gang of long time gal pals... amazing inspiration.. i coveted vintage textiles with large colorful graphics, millinery tid bits, vintage ribbons from France, an entire section of to die for "vintage industrial" looks, vintage fly fishing flies for my guys, and an amazing zinc wrapped table that i just might have to attempt to replicate!

ok. i've caught my breath.
unpacked and did the laundry,
cleared off my camera card...
repacked, and now i'm off to PARIS !!


  1. Chloe's hair is like a burst of sunshine in all these shots! STUNNING!!! I'm salivating over these Saratoga Springs photos. Mom can't read your blog or Cindy's blog very often because it makes her miss Skaneateles too much!

  2. omg the birds are beautiful!!! I wish we had something like that in Tx(have to check)looks like a fun day:O) Lucky you got to meet Jennifer lanne!!!:O)Have a safe trip:O) Thanx for sharing