• Family,  Hodgepodge Cottage,  Home

    Old and New and Loved

    I am so touched by some of your emails, inquiring as to my whereabouts lately. I haven't been here at the computer – mostly because I've been tending to the On Prudence model (to be released next week, hopefully!) and to little bits of spring cleaning here and there. But the best thing that's happened this month is that my…

  • Family,  Holidays


    This past Thanksgiving brought with it the usual craziness that our small family can muster, but as usual, it was a lot of fun. Josh and Bre and Kaia came into town too, and it was so nice getting to visit them! What a surprise to see Kaia all grown up! Here's what she looked like the last time she…

  • Family,  Holidays

    Winter Sampler Exchange 2013

    Finally! I just got around to uploading the photos I took all the way back in late November from the annual sampler exchange Mom and I do. Things were a little more hurried this year than in years past.. we pretty much blew past and tossed each other our samplers in jubilant exchange before I was back in the car,…

  • Family

    He’s Baaack.

    Those of you who know me or have been reading my blog for a while know that I abhor board/bored games. Mike was out of town for the past 5 days at a big board game convention, and since he's been home, he's been regaling me with stories of game play-by-plays, superior strategic moves on his part, hot-off-the-press game release…

  • Critters,  Family

    Bean and Co.

    Sabrina came home a few weeks ago and we attempted to take her picture with the pets of the house, which is no easy task. Those of you who have tried taking pictures with your pets – particularly those of the feline variety – probably know what I'm talking about. We couldn't find Tilly-Roux anywhere in the house, which gave…

  • Crazy Kids,  Critters,  Family,  Holidays

    Chucky 2.0

    When I asked Sophie this year if she was going trick-or-treating, she said she wasn't, because she was 13 and none of her friends were going. Truth be told, I was relieved, because I wasn't really up for the task of making a costume. Two days before Halloween, Sophie changed her mind. Some friends of hers were, indeed, going trick-or-treating,…

  • Crazy Kids,  Family,  Sports,  Travel


    Bean, Bean, the Party Machine. That was the nickname given to Sabrina at summer camp one year when she was in middle school, and she's definitely still living up to it at twenty. But in a good way, mind you;  she loves to have fun wherever she goes, despite the new nickname given to her in college: Soberina. 🙂 This…

  • Family,  Holidays,  Stitching

    Hodgepodge Halloween!

    My daughter, Bre, has decided to open up her own Etsy shop to debut her darling new Halloween Owls chart! I'm so proud of her, and love how everything she sets her creative mind to turns out so happy. If you're interested in purchasing this pattern, please visit here: Hodgepodge Cottage's Etsy Shop Happy HOWLoween! 😉

  • Family,  Travel

    The Arch

    Hi there! I thought I'd hop back on here and show you all just a little bit of what we did as we were leaving the needlework market a couple of weeks ago… Mike grew up in St.Louis, so he was excited to visit the city just a bit and hopefully take us down memory lane.. needless to say, Sophie…