My Creative Family


I am the crafter extraordinaire (on this blog anyway). I live with my husband, my son, David, and 3 or 4 nights a week our granddaughter while my daughter works - in a cozy cape cod style house in Connecticut.  We have four kids, two girls adopted from Korea and two ordinary sons. Ha ha  I like to decorate my house with all of the things I sew, paint, and craft.  When I'm not coming up with all of these great crafty, decorating ideas, I like taking care of my grandkids.   I like my grandkids... a LOT.

Here I am with my two daughters, Kristy and Laura.

Mr. Succulent and me

Carol, my Sister

On vacation...

Carol and me (Carol and I?) (Me and Carol?) Well, you get the idea!

Carol's claim to fame? Five beautiful daughters, grandkids, and has been sewing since she was a teenager. She's a master seamstress. Oh, she has a gorgeous house that I call "Camelot" because it's perfect all the time. When something goes wrong, it gets fixed right away. 
Here's Carol in her living room. She had custom shelves made for  one whole wall in the living room.

We painted a bird and tree mural in my sister's sunroom. 

Michele, niece, is my #1 craft conspirator. We do all kinds of things for the blog, cooking, crafting and DIY. She is also a horticulturist, graduated from the University of Connecticut, and in this picture she's giving a lecture on indoor winter plants.

Michele working on making a garden ornament from a bowling ball... instructions..

Telling the wonders of cyclamen in the Fall.

David, youngest son and duck herder person,

AND his favorite duck... Sonny, the human duck.

Because David hatched ducklings from eggs in an incubator and because Sonny saw David before anything else, Sonny thinks he's human!! Yup, he doesn't like other ducks either. He's scared of them. ha ha

He has just opened a blog himself on computer information, called TT Tech at He is currently teaching a class on computers and it is all online also for free for anyone who wants to peruse it.

 LAURA, my oldest daughter is a night RN, and her daughter, Faith is a cheerleader!

 She has an attached greenhouse filled with orchids, palms, banana trees and, of course,SUCCULENTS to name a few.  She is also engaged to a nice young fellow named Justin, who loves to garden as much as she does.  We'll keep you posted on their budget friendly projects at What's New at the Greenhouse...

Michael, my nephew. 

 Michael building a shed for a friend (he's a nice guy). A little table Michael made with white birch wood.

Michael is my nephew who is a jack of all trades and a master at everything. He owns a house in CT and a cabin in the Adirondacks. He has filled his cabin with his own handmade wooden furniture which I have shown on this blog and will continue to showcase. Very talented guy. Here is a post about some cabin furniture he made.

Madeline, our Mom, and Matriarch of our Family

Our Mom is 103 and a half and she will proudly tell you that she is still living in her own house.  She still cooks, cleans, and even sews for her own little pillow making business.  She is the matriarch of all of this creativity in the family.
 Here are some pillows I posted a few years ago.

When she was 95 we made a list (and framed it) of the 95 things we love about her. We should do a new list. 103 things.... :)

Now that you have met the co-conspirators of Crafts a la Mode, I hope that you stick around and see all the stuff we make and do.

 Lately I've been into making fun food also - desserts that are made from, yep, CANDY BARS and TWiNKiES... There is so much to make (I want to make everything). I love looking at something and saying, "I can make that". Do you say that, too?

Let's make things together!


  1. That is so sweet. We adore our mom too!! Her pillows look gorgeous!

    Myrna & Joye

  2. That is so awesome that your mother is alive and doing so well at 103!! My grandma lived until 101. Her last sibling just passed this week at 99. Lovely family!!

  3. Hello ... thank you for inviting me over =) Cute blog & very inspiring about your mom! I hope to be healthy & active in my older age!

  4. What a wonderful family, I truly enjoyed reading all about them :) I'm a fellow Nutmegger who also lives in a cape cod house!

  5. Beautiful blog and enjoyed it very much reading about your lovely family! Just discovered your beautiful blog!

  6. What a blessing! She is so beautiful just like you. Many more blessings!

  7. Hadn't seen this, Linda. LOVE IT ALL, especially knowing about your mom. Wow! Inspiring indeed.

  8. What a lovely and talented family you have! And what a blessing that your mom is 103(she's beautiful)...God is GOOD! Thanks for stopping by and following...following you back via Bloglovin', Google+ and GFC! Have a great week!

  9. Just read this Linda, love the story and especially how creative all your family are... your mum is gorgeous, thanks for the insight into your beautiful family, so nice to meet you sarah

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  11. What a wonderful, and creative, family you have! I can't believe your Mom is still crafting at 103. My Mother-In-Law is 99; these are some strong women! I grew up in Connecticut (born in Middletown, then lived in Newington, Guilford and Westport) and love the state - and crafting. I'm a new follower of your blog - love all the ideas, recipes, and projects you share. I may be here all morning! Best, Cheryl

  12. Dear Linda,
    In the hope you enjoyed your Christmas, I'm sending my very best wishes for a fabulous year to come.
    Daniela at ~ My little old world ~

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I am the crafter extraordinaire (on this blog anyway.) I live with my husband, my son, David, in a cozy cape cod style house in Connecticut.

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