Meet Bella

Pookie – Captain Stupidhead – was supposed to be The Last Cat.  If I said it once I said it a bajillion times. But somehow when my son was home for a few months last fall he persuaded us to visit the Maui Humane Society. I’m still wondering how it all happened, but the fact is, Bella is here to stay. … More Meet Bella

Memories, old and new

I’m spending a few days with my parents in Santa Barbara before heading over to Salt Lake City for Inspire.Create.Share, the 2014 Stampin’ Up! convention.  It’s been a great visit, starting with lunch at the Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company with my dad: I had the Danish Red along with a Farro & Arugula salad and … More Memories, old and new

Happy Congratulations

The name of this stamp set cracks me up – it makes me think of one of those “close but not quite” translations.  You know the ones.  In any event, I used a sketch from the Paper Players to get started: Stamps:  Happy Congratulations and Petal Parade (SAB) Color Palette:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Pool … More Happy Congratulations

Merry Christmas

Each of my nativity sets holds a special place in my heart, but I’m especially fond of these figures hand made in Puerto Rico: In the Puerto Rican culture, these are called Santos.  Mr. Maui Stamper and I were in San Juan many years ago, and I looked at a lot of Santos before choosing … More Merry Christmas

An elf…by himself

Years ago, when it became apparent that my grandmother could no longer live in her home, my sister and I made the arrangements to settle her in a new living situation and then turned our attention on the home she had lived in for nearly 50 years.  What we found could fill a book, but … More An elf…by himself

Stamping just for fun

Sometimes the list of projects I “have” to do gets out of control and I rebel.  (I KNOW.  You’re shocked.)  Last night I decided to make some simple tags just because: These aren’t to show off any special technique or demonstrate my skill as a colorist (snort) or win a Pinterest popularity award.  They were … More Stamping just for fun


I’m pretty much a “glass half full” kinda girl.  It’s a choice – and why not choose the happy option?  I have a loving husband and family, and more than enough “stuff”.  And I live here: (photo credit to my brilliant son) Mr. Stamper and I are living The Duo Life this Thanksgiving.  The newlyweds … More Gratitude