m wood pen

illustrator of books, cocktails, travel + more

I’m getting sappy. Yes, I picked some ripe pine cones from our ancient white pine tree that creaks and sways over our country lodge, leaving my fingers sticky with the fragrant essence of winter. But I’m also sappy over the whole season that is sitting right in front of me. Growing up with traditions of …

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I just took out a pen to do a little bit of math. 2017 minus 1999 equals 18. So, 18 years ago when my little home business became one of Oprah’s Favorite Things, I had a tussle with the producers over whether or not I would be able to attend the taping. And by taping, …

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Cocktails always and invariably remind me of my mom. We’ve all been there. Childhood tv dinners (a dizzying indulgence for us), sneaking cashews from the polished silver nut dishes, hearing the high heeled sound of my mom coming down our wooden stairs, the rare, exotic smell of fresh nail polish, and the hush among us …

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