Monday, March 15, 2010

I Had No Idea What Was Out There!

Hello from Wayne and Karen!

Just returning home from surgery, I tapped into a wonderful gift from my father and Amy…Netflix! (I am sure you all know about it…I apparently, was one of the last to know.) Anyway, the first movie I ordered was Julie and Julia. Since I had just completed our family cookbook, the movie inspired me to use the concept of “blogging”. It seemed to be a very practical way to expand the book. However this time, I would not only offer recipes, but family history, a diary of our shops/ “Life with Wayne”, and tutorials on how to make things, etc.

So, I began the “blogging” process by following, “How to Make A Blog” on Google.

At first, I tried to be very generic, highlighting specialties aimed at our family. At that time, I had no idea what a “follower” was (and still, by the way, don’t exactly understand “links”) and other things that hurl you into the Blog-osphere. All I knew, was that I enjoyed writing, creating, teaching and sharing. (I had a Grandmother that taught me a great deal…almost EVERYTHING. Boy, would we have a good time if she was still with us and “blogging”!) I wanted to pass that along.

Therefore, I hunt, peck, look and learn. What happened? I became a part of a wonderful community, where you don’t have to be “generic” and find myself making friends!

So, this leads me to a blog I feel is especially inspiring, “LUCY’S LOUNGE” at, She offers everything!…Wonderful taste and creativity, mixed with family, complimented with an absolutely “wicked” (we say that in New England) sense of humor. If you haven’t visited, please do. At the very least, it will give you a laugh for the day. (By the way, “I Love Lucy” lighting her nose on fire, is my absolute favorite!)

She recently shared the birth of the precious, Giana Lorraine! My gift to share, is Baby Giana’s picture layered upon a hand painted background (a close-up of my “Pieces of Dreams“, hand painted furniture.)

Thank you, Chris, at Tuttichic for sharing such a beautiful family moment. And, thank you all for visiting my blog and becoming my new friends…I Had No Idea What Was Out There!

Pieces of Dreams

There are so many gifts from God...Treasure Every One!


  1. Karen, The best gifts from God are not materialistic. Like your precious little baby!!

  2. She is precious! Nothing like a newborn!!~ Welcome to blog land, it is so much fun! And you will meet like minded others. Come on over for a visit sometime, would love to have you. I found you from Kim savvy southern style....

  3. ~Welcome to bloggging Karen!~ Enjoy it!

    Thank you very much for your kind visit to my blog. I really appreciate it. You are always welcome to visit me anytime sweet friend.

    Blessings to you and yours. ~Melissa :)

  4. What a precious baby. One month younger than mine. How sweet. Do you live close? We are four hours away from ours. I wish they lived closer.

  5. Thank you,Kim. This is actually not one of mine (one of mine is featured in an earlier blog), she belongs to one of my new blogging friends, The picture, doing the framing I do was a gift to her. She gave me permission to put it in my blog. She's great and does live close enough to visit my shop...How wonderful to meet a blogging friend in person. Anyway, if you haven't visited her site, you might really like it. In the meanwhile, enjoy your adorable new shoes!

    Love, Karen

  6. To Everyone Above...Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

    You have been so gracious and made me smile!

    Love, Karen

  7. Welcome to my blog. I have been so lazy lately and not getting a new post up, but your sweet note may be just the thing to get me up and going again... thanks

  8. Hi Karen,
    First of all, I want to thank you for stopping by for a visit and leaving a lovely comment. You are a lovely artist; love your roses! When I first started out blogging, I had to take a deep breath and go for it. I am still learning after a year and a half and there are still so many things I wish I knew how to do. All in good time, I guess. You are doing very well so far. It's very nice to 'meet' you and I'm going to become a follower so I can keep track of you. Happy first day of Spring and I hope you will stop by again very soon. Love the company!


  9. Hi Karen!

    I am so glad you stopped by for a visit to my blog and I was able to discover yours! I have been enjoying my tour through your cottage shop! Oh, you have some BEAUTIFUL things! And your are so talented in your painting! I have loved everything I have seen!

    Have a wonderful day!

  10. karen~I am so honored that you chose to frame my beautiful new little grandaughter in one of your exquisite hand painted frames! Thank you so much & thank you so much for your very kind words. Here's a hug to give you a boost to recover from your surgery~hope all went well & that you are resting & enjoying our beautiful weather right now! xo crhis

  11. Hello Karen ~ I, too, love Chris's blog over at Tutti Chic! A friend in common. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. It was a pleasure hearing from you. I'm going to read thru your blog after I post this comment to find out more about you (and your surgery.) All my best to you for a speedy recovery. And oh! Glad you liked the criss cross curtains in that photo you saw on my blog :) xoxo Amy Arnaz in Nevada

  12. Blogging is so special because blogs never go away. Some one in Canada searched Google for information on applesauce sieves and my blog came up. I had an extra sieve and sent it to her this week. It is amazing what happens out there. Cheers