Welcome to the Neighborhood


With all the falderal over gluten-free, sugar-free, calorie-free, allergies, and whether someone celebrates nothing, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, a bottle of good wine…. what does one give as a WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD gift these days?  Continue reading

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The Power Bell


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Because most of the women in our golf club only play on dry days, Oregon golf season can reasonably be considered to last from July 5-September 25. And so it came to pass that for one entire season during the ’80’s Carla, as the 9-Hole Captain and I, as Eclectic Chair, giggled our way through recording golf scores for members and grew to become rock solid
friends.

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Handmade Gift For Friends: Holiday Roses


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My friends have decided we are not exchanging gifts this year, in large part because they have budget concerns for Moi! So, I am giving a Christmas card filled with messages of friendship gratitude, love, and, a holiday rose for each. Continue reading

Muscle Memory Knitting


My mother had six sisters, all of whom had various special talents. My Aunts had a tendency to believe they had an obligation to teach me some of their many crafting skills. I was taught to knit by Aunt Helen, the eldest sister of my mother. 

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Aunt Helen was a stickler about the”perfection of work.” If I made a mistake on a project, I had to rip the work back to the stitch before the mistake and make the correction, adding, “This is how you learn to ‘read your work’ so that you can fix it.” Can you imagine how long a piece took to finish? Nevertheless, the lesson is one I embrace with deep appreciation and smile every time I pull a piece apart.  Continue reading

5 Heartwarming Gifts


I walk most days of the week during the winter or play golf a couple of days a week in the summer with five close friends. We do not always exchange gifts at the holidays, preferring to grab a cup of coffee or lunch as a way to spend a little extra time together. However…

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Facebook and Link Love–does it work?


One of the first pieces of advice my friend Rod Brown gave me when I told him that I was going to start HIDE A HEART was “be sure to do the viral networking thing.” At the time I only had a private Facebook page and didn’t think much of the medium. But Rod is a very savvy and successful businessman and I have great respect for his advice. Continue reading

Do you HARO?


I am lucky enough to have a wonderful friend, Carol White. She’s not only a dear friend whom I admire, she is one of the people who has been a great supporter of HIDE A HEART and she has given me some FANTASTIC tips for getting the news about HIDE A HEART out into the world. Carol is a MARKETING MAVEN! If you have written a book, you should think about contacting  Carol White http://www.carolwhitemarketing.com/ YOU won’t be sorry! Continue reading