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Lighted flower pots with photo faces.  Mom always said that when she died, she wanted the word's "I Tried" to be her motto.  We decorated the box with her ashes with this motto and will inter them with my dad's grave the day before the service.

Lighted flower pots with photo faces. Mom always said that when she died, she wanted the word's "I Tried" to be her motto. We decorated the box with her ashes with this motto and will inter them with my dad's grave the day before the service.

I tried to make Washi candles like I saw on Pinterest.  I tried to make the wicks interesting but may make them all similar next time.  There is a lot going on in this insert!

I tried to make Washi candles like I saw on Pinterest. I tried to make the wicks interesting but may make them all similar next time. There is a lot going on in this insert!

The Love Wall:  When I was growing up, my mom had large red letters spelling LOVE on a long wall with numerous family photo's.  Here is my version of a LOVE mantle with photo gourds.

The Love Wall: When I was growing up, my mom had large red letters spelling LOVE on a long wall with numerous family photo's. Here is my version of a LOVE mantle with photo gourds.

A paper window box garden made with bottle caps, popsicle sticks, magnetic poetry tiles, paper straws and ice tea caps with 6 Word Memoir quotes.

A paper window box garden made with bottle caps, popsicle sticks, magnetic poetry tiles, paper straws and ice tea caps with 6 Word Memoir quotes.

Gourdeous Gourds:  For my mom's upcoming Celebration of Life service, I made photo gourds out of old duplicate pictures of her.  I hope they will not rot before her service!

Gourdeous Gourds: For my mom's upcoming Celebration of Life service, I made photo gourds out of old duplicate pictures of her. I hope they will not rot before her service!

Photo Sticks made with Target dollar bin paper straws and clothespin's for mom's celebration service. Mini pom flowers in small vases and jars.  Each table will have a photo gourd and a photo vase.

Photo Sticks made with Target dollar bin paper straws and clothespin's for mom's celebration service. Mini pom flowers in small vases and jars. Each table will have a photo gourd and a photo vase.

I found this beautiful collage on the community board in Carpenter's Woods recently.  It was so unexpected and featured an amazing quite.  Art is EVERYWHERE!

I found this beautiful collage on the community board in Carpenter's Woods recently. It was so unexpected and featured an amazing quite. Art is EVERYWHERE!

Staircase eclectic staircase

Ok, probably just a bit too much, both in terms of the scale of the foyer (height of ceiling) and the designedness of the picture frames on the wall. But I think the staircase wall being densely-packed with family photos is iconic and essential.

Accordion Book All Stretched Out (Baby Friendy: Who Will You Be?)

Accordion Book All Stretched Out (Baby Friendy: Who Will You Be?

These paper flowers were punched out while riding the train to Connecticut to see Katie.  Paper bouquets are cheery!

These paper flowers were punched out while riding the train to Connecticut to see Katie. Paper bouquets are cheery!

Christine and Mike's Advent Calendar (The Christmas Tree base bought at a craft fair.)

Christine and Mike's Advent Calendar (The Christmas Tree base bought at a craft fair.

My beautifully creative sister-friend Christine Coppa makes the most delightful cards.

So many ways to say "Be My Valentine"!

Quirky bottle cap and word flowers! Fun to make!

Quirky bottle cap and word flowers! Fun to make!

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