Moments in NYC

My husband and I rarely have a chance to get away without the kids. A couple of weeks ago, the stars were aligned and I had an opportunity to join Martin at the end of his business trip in New York. Lucky for us, we just missed two storms. It was cold but, as you…

Valentine’s Day

Instead of giving cards and gifts to each member of the family, our daughter asked us to pick names out of a hat for a "secret admirer" (think Secret Santa or Kris Kringle but for Valentine's Day). Gifts could only be made with materials found around the house. I drew our son's name. I could…

Limited Edition Jess Brown Sweet Collection

My favorite artisan rag-doll maker, Jess Brown, often launches limited edition dolls for holidays and other special occasions. For Valentine's Day 2014, she created the Sweets collection, all handmade in her small Petaluma studio of five very talented women. If you go to Jess Brown Design, you'll see the dolls have already sold out. If…