The past several weeks have definitely thrown me for a loop. As you may well know, my dear mother passed peacefully on January 16th after a brief illness. I would like to thank everyone for your sweet words of comfort – they were truly appreciated.

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And on that note…

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We are trying to find a wonderful home for Annie. If you know anyone in the North Carolina area who could take in a loving sidekick and pass our rigorous pet/owner affection testing, just give me a shout.

As for Studio Waterstone…

I’m back home and back in the studio ready to move forward into 2011. This week we’re getting back on track with Tuesday’s Tutorial as well as our second installment of Featuring Studio Spaces. On Thursday we’ll be talking to fantastically talented metal smith and jewelry designer, Jayne Norvelle about her studio and work. If you missed our first interview with Lorelei Eurto, click here to check it out. At the end of the week we’ll review with It’s a Wrap Studio Saturday. I would love it if you’d like to link up with a review of your week as well.

In the meantime, I’ll be pulling out my trusty sketchbook and recycled leather to create new eco-friendly goodies for the shop. Christmas left Studio Waterstone quite depleted and feeling neglected. I’m gradually climbing back into the saddle and moving forward – slowly, but surely.

Here’s hoping you have a creative, happy week and remember…

don’t sweat the small stuff.


  • I would take her in a heart beat but I am in Texas. I will ask around with my blogger and facebook friends.

  • Lori, Somehow i missed the passing of your mother. I'm so sorry … she was a beautiful woman … now I know where you get your good looks! Sounds like you're staying on track with those wonderful bags of yours … like your mom would want you too.

  • You do look so much like your Mom! I agree don't sweat the small stuff – you can't take it with you. XOXOXO

  • Oh, Lori, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Once again, I am way behind on reading blogs and had no idea. Last I heard you were visiting your mom after her hospital stay.

    I love your beautiful photo collage in memory of your mom. I see the family resemblance in all 3 generations!

    So very sorry for your loss, Lori. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Lori,I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mother. I know what you are going through having lost my Mom several years ago. Thinking of you and your family.

  • Lori, Thoughts and candles to you and your family during this difficult time… Get back in the saddle at your own speed, we're here when you need us 😉

  • I'm sorry about your mom. You sound good and am glad for that, and very happy that you are able to take in Annie for awhile! she is such a cutie! Enjoy your time with her! (If I wasn't in FLA I'd take her in a second!)

  • My thoughts and prayers remain with you and your family…even in the middle of the night last night you were held up in prayer.

    I'm sure you will find someone just right to love the sweet Annie.

  • Lori- I am so sorry to read about your loss. I'm in Durham, NC; so I'll email around about the cat. I'm allergic, but hopefully I can help you find someone who's not.

  • I am so sorry for your family's loss…She looked like a bright, kind soul…
    I hope you find somewhere lovely for Annie…She must be feeling the loss acutely as well.
    Wishing you healing.

  • Condolences and hugs from the land down under, Lori. It is very sad news, but I love that you have chosen to celebrate your mom's life in a collage of memories as opposed to focusing on her passing – a lifetime of memories is a treasure worth cherishing. ~Laura

  • Sorry to hear about your Mom's passing.

    Wishing you well and I am sure you will find a loving home for the kitty soon.

    Take care, T. 🙂

  • I wanted to check in here with you. I'm so sorry…

    Keeping busy always helps me, and it sounds like your plate is full. Can't wait to see your tutorial this week 🙂

  • Does Annie really have to stay in NC? I want a cat named Annie!

    Looking forward to the next interview here 🙂

    And of course, more hugs to you!

  • Annie is so sweet and with such a great name she will find a new home soon. I am so sorry for your loss, thinking of you and your family, your Mom looks like such a beautiful and happy woman.
    When it rains it pours, we got a call yesterday that Mark's Mom could go anytime, he is in NYC now saying his goodbyes.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I am amazed that I still think of my father every day since he died and truly miss him. I am sure that it is good to return to your family and work. When my next door neighbor died two weeks ago, I felt guilty returning to my "normal" life. Somehow life keeps moving forward even though it doesn't feel normal anymore. Take care.

  • Lori, I am sorry to hear about your mom. You have been in our thoughts for the last few weeks. The photo collage of your mom is beautiful! Thinking of you and your family!

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