Monday, August 31, 2015

The Boy on Shady Grove Road

Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer have finally met their match. In this boyhood story of imagination and adventure Clyde and Kenny are the mid-century version of these adventurous boys, and I do know, as Clyde is my dad, and Kenny was my cousin.

I am so proud to announce the arrival of The Boy on Shady Grove Road a new book my dad, Clyde McCulley, has written about his childhood in the 1940s and 50s. It is filled with heartfelt and humorous stories of his “short on cash” upbringing that was never short on love. 

I knew many of these stories growing up, and even experienced the joy and simplicity of that little house on Shady Grove where he grew up, and many of the stories take place. It is only now that I can have the memories kept forever in this delightful, and sometimes tearful recollection of a childhood only a poor boy in the South could know . . . a rich life of wonder, joy and love!

Even though I was able to have these stories told first-hand growing up, I have now been able to read and already reread his book, The Boy on Shady Grove Road. I promise if you read this book, whether somewhat seasoned, like Dad, a mid-century born girl like myself, or a young one like Dad’s grandkids, you will all find joy in a simpler life, an appreciation for the life you’ve been given, and a way of learning about history that text books don’t give. And if you do not learn any of this, you’d best reread the book. :) 

The book is now available on Amazon, and the e-book will be coming soon. I really do suggest you take a little time out from your busy schedule and take a quick look at a slow-paced life on Shady Grove Road. It will be worth a few minutes of your life, I promise.

Thank you Dad, for sharing your life with us, to help each of us appreciate what we have and what we are capable of having and doing in this one life we are given. Many congratulations and much love!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Forever flowers from this day forward

My daughter’s bestie got married on the weekend and I was lucky enough to make the wedding flowers for the event.

Rachel, the bride, asked me to create flowers for her wedding when she was only about eighteen . . . should Mr. Right come into her life one day.

I agreed thinking she might change her mind when the time and the groom came along.

Now, six years later her wish has come true . . . she married the love of her life . . . and her forever flowers will be a reminder of their lovely and charming wedding day.

Congratulations Rachel & Derek!

May God bless you both as you begin this new life together.

Monday, July 6, 2015

It’s time for the Little Cuties to meet the world

It’s time to meet the Little Cuties! A series of books we have been working and now have the first two completed in the series. They are available on Amazon in paper back and e-book. Find the Little Cuties animals book and the Little Cuties garden book by clicking on the links.

Here is the “Little Cuties Let’s Pretend! animals”
and the “Little Cuties Let’s Pretend! in the garden”
These books are designed for ages birth through preschool and provide fun verses and art for your own little cutie to pretend with and enjoy. There is even a lucky four-leaf clover hidden within each book for your little tike to find, and each book shares the complete group of Little Cuties at a last page to see them all and decide which Cutie they like best.
Here is the Little Cuties animal front cover and back cover.
Here are a few sample pages from the animal book.

Here is the Little Cuties garden front cover and back cover.
Here are a few sample pages from the garden book.
Watch for our new Little Cuties books to arrive soon, “Little Cuties Bugs” and “Little Cuties Nature.” They are great companion pieces for the first two books. 

Go to our Story Night Press website to keep up with the latest and to find our books and e-books on Amazon.

Friday, February 13, 2015

A valentine to beat all others!

It’s Valentine’s Day and there are few things sweeter to give than candy. I love candy! It’s the very first word I learned to spell. C-A-N-D-Y! Needless to say, it had to be the theme for my valentine design this year.

When working on the design I thought I would mix it up with cookbooks about sweets, friendship quotes, little kewpie birds . . . and the retro mixer my husband grew up with, and is still used in our home today.

The front of the card has beaters that, when lifted, read “for a divine friend” and the back of the card has Betty Crocker’s sweet Divinity recipe. It will put you on cloud nine when you taste this treat.

I hope this card puts your head in the clouds with sweet and happy thoughts on Valentine’s Day!

Finishing touch for mailing my valentine cards . . . forever stamps swirled into a heart!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Make yours sweet!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

You name it, we’ve cut it!

When you gather with family and friends this thanksgiving season, no doubt you will know each of their names. The question is, will your guests know their place? 

Make seasonal name cards for each guest’s place setting so they not only know who they belong to, but where they belong. This can be easily done with the Wee Gather Together Leaf Labels graphic set on Lettering Delights. Simply print out the labels, (I used sticky-back label stock), use your best penmanship, attach each to a colored card stock folded in a tent stand, and put each person’s card at the table.

If you want to add a bit of faux nature to the great indoors, add a few autumn leaves, seeds, and pods to each place setting. Also, give each guest their own thanksgiving message on a handcrafted trivet. The files can be found here: Wee Gather Together Trivets. They will thank you, and be thankful for you.

If you are looking for a way to invite your guests, while keeping in the thanksgiving spirit, just print out any of the Wee Gather Together Cards. You can even make envelope liners with the paper designs, also available at LD. See the photos below for the complete set of cards.

Enjoy the holiday with your family and friends and don’t forget to count your blessings!