What I’m reading and what I recommend to you!


 “When I Married My Mother”
Clever title that makes you want to take a look, for sure.
Slight disclaimer here: the author, Jo Maeder, is a friend of mine….

But nevertheless, this is one fascinating book and should definitely be on your list!

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“An irreverent New York City DJ braces for disaster when she moves to the Bible Belt to care for her estranged mother. What unfolds in this best-selling memoir is a hilarious, heartbreaking love story that sees eldercare and making peace with the past in a whole new way. “

All the above and SO much more. Jo’s Mother was a hoarder. She was alone. She had the beginnings of dementia. She was stubborn. For all of you out there who have cared for a parent or older person, or for those of you who may be seeing that in your future, this is the book for you. And, it’s funny, it’s poignant and because Jo and I had been friends for a year or two before I ever read this, I now see my friend in a new light.


“Dear Carolina”
by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Kristy, with her Mother, writes the very popular interior design blog,
“My Design Chic”.

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This is Kristy’s first novel and already her second one,
“Lies and Other Acts of Love,” is set to release on April 5, 2016.  You can pre-order from the link.

“Dear Carolina” is about two women linked through motherhood, proximity, and circumstances. It is definitely a “Southern” kind of story…from the language and accents to the cultural heritage inherent in these characters. It’s love story, of sorts, and one that made me want to finish the book without a break. I look forward to the new book, Kristy!


“The Big Magic”
by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Well, of course, this is one of THE hot books of the season. I’ll bet almost every women’s book group is reading it. Everyone is talking about it. Hmmm. I’ve only read about 30% now, but I have to say, I am not taken with it. Tell me: is it just that I haven’t gone far enough into it? Do you all like it? I am a fan of “Eat, Pray, Love” but somehow this one just isn’t grabbing me. Seems like a lot of words and hype. Ok, ok…I will certainly finish it and let you know my final opinion. What are your comments about it?





Here’s something a little different for Friday Flowers today.
I finished these designs last week and will be submitting them to several manufacturers. Yes, I  DO still do some surface design! If you read my “About Me” page link above you will learn something about my work and career.

I’ve mostly left it all now…although, once a designer always a designer, right?  I’m always looking at colors, at shapes, at interiors, at graphic design and, of course, there is so much to see (overload?) on social media.

It’s a debate as to how I refer to my work space here in our house: it varies between “my office” and “my studio.” Actually, it’s both. I have two different desks: one is only for artwork and the other for the computer and files and paperwork.

Still life photography has become a major part of my creative life but still….I go back to surface, painted design from time to time. So here you have my latest:

Libby Wilkie Fun Flowers

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I’m also working on some other new projects combining photography with paper (and other) products. I’ll be showing you these in the next few months! So if you don’t see me here on my regular days it’s because I’m busy with these other projects. Just a heads up…




It is still only January and we have had snow and ice and cold weather…
and yet….
daffodils are already making an appearance in my neighborhood.

Spring is on its way.  Seven weeks and counting!

One lonely flower at the back of my house:


Lots of buds out front:


This was from last February: I love the grape hyacinths mixed with the bicolor daffodils. My trusty purple bottles always come in handy.


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Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend!