I can remember I have always been into arts & crafts and drawn
to anything creative. I always seem to want to "make
I grew up
in NY and went to college at SUNY Albany where I studied math and
computers. Eeeek! What was I thinking?!?
It wasn't until halfway through that I finally took some art
classes which I absolutely LOVED!
school, I didn't listen to my passion and instead got a job as a
computer programmer which then lead into systems analyst and
software trainer. I couldn't take it anymore! I had to
do something creative so I started a gift basket business called
Basket Mania. One benefit of being in the computer field was
that I also had friends that were techies. When the internet was
still in its infancy, they wanted to use Basket Mania as a guinea
pig so I registered basket.com.
Woo Hoo!! I still own it today.
basket biz was fun because it allowed me to be creative. I
really enjoy making things look great. Presentation is so
important! I joined a lot of networking groups because I
wanted to focus on getting corporate accounts. After my
first daughter Olivia was born, I had to slow it down a bit to
spend more time with her. Then when Ruby was born 2 1/2
years later, I really had to phase it out because it was just too time
consuming. With the baskets, I was trying to be everything
to everyone. I never said no to any crazy request. It
just got to be too much.
stop making things though!
All About The Hair
curly hair and 2 daughters with the same curly locks, hair is
definitely a big issue for me. Trying to control all that
fuzz isn't easy. When my sister and I were growing up, all
we ever wanted was straight hair and we drove our mother crazy making
her try all different techniques to get rid of the curls.
Now I just accept it... but I still want it to look good! When I
was looking for hairclips for my daughters, I never really liked
what I found. I was never into the big bow look and the
clips I did find just wouldn't stay in their hair. They were
made for thin straight hair. That's when I decided...I can
make my own!! I love the hairclips that I make! They
have that "oh how cute" factor to them. I wanted the
presentation to be just as cute so I package them in clear purse
pouches tied with satin ribbon. My girls love them and I
hope yours will as well.
always been interested in photography, took some classes, learned
how to develop and always took lots of pictures. But ever since my
2 daughters were born, (and having a digital camera) it's gotten a
bit out of control! I have tons of pictures and really
wanted to get into the scrapbooking thing. I would spend
hours at craft stores buying all the necessities - paper,
stickers, enhancements and albums. Then what
happened...NOTHING!!! I just couldn't get started. The
thought of a huge 12 X 12 album was just too overwhelming, and
besides, who has the time? Then I came up with the idea of making
my own smaller albums and making them a little more special by
making them accordion style. I LOVE these albums because I
can use all the great paper that I find (I have a bit of a paper
obsession) to make cool and interesting covers. The albums
are quick to do because basically it fits one picture per
page. These make great gifts as well.
I hope you
I want it to be a place where Total City Girls such as
myself can have a place to find fun and unique items as well as
network with other City Girls following their passion.