Creative Block {a Mother’s Day Gift Idea using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape}



Mother’s Day is this weekend! Have you decided how to show her your appreciation and love?! I did! My mother is a professional artist. She creates amazing paintings that inspire others and brighten their homes. For Mother’s Day I wanted to brighten her studio with these art utensil holders. I call them “Creative Blocks.” (Or maybe they should be Creative Unblocks. LOL.)

They were easy and fun to make and certainly a project that you can customize to meet your needs. And best of all, the kiddies can help with the painting step! [Read more...]

A Tribute to My Mom


My Mom and Me Last Weekend

I think it is about time that you got to meet the woman that raised me and made me who I am today. She is one special woman that is like no other person I have ever met.

She is my mom:

and she is one phenomenal woman!

She’s strong and fearless.

Mom stepping into a frigid Canadian lake

She birthed five children naturally without any meds or epidurals. She was my role model when I gave birth to my two boys.

She still views the world through a child’s eyes. Which makes her a fabulous grandmother.

Pointing out sea gulls to her grandson.

She always puts others before herself. When we visit her she feeds us like Kings and she always gives up her bed for us. (We used to protest, but finally gave up years ago.)

Mom reading my son Family Handyman and rocking him to sleep so I could get a nap.

She is resourceful and creative. When I was growing up, my Mom didn’t go to the store to buy our Halloween costumes. She made them herself and she never told us, “I can’t make that. Pick another costume.” It became a challenge each year to see if we could stump her creativity. But, we never could.

Can you tell which one is me? I'll give you a hint: Oooga, grunt, grunt.

She has serious snow skills (from growing up in Upstate New York.) We thought our Mom was the coolest because she not only knew how to make snowmen, she also knew how to make snow horses that we could ride on! Giddy-up.

Me and my sister on our snow horse.

She is relaxed and laid back. Our Mom never seemed to sweat the messes we made, in fact it seemed that she encouraged them in the name of good dirty clean fun.

Baking pies in our kitchen.

My Mom has a great sense of humor. She taught us how to laugh at own mistakes and shrug it off. She taught us that laughter really is the best medicine.

Christmas cracker crowns


My Mom is also über talented! These are just a few of my favorite paintings that she has painted:

Sacred Ohana by Shari MacFarlane

Blue Ridge by Shari MacFarlane

Oh Pears by Shari MacFarlane

See what I mean? Isn’t she talented! You can view more of her paintings and shop her online store HERE.

I am so lucky to have the best mother in the entire world. I’m so proud of her and I hope she has a fantastic Mother’s Day!

My beautiful mother.


Happy Mother’s Day to the rest of you moms out there. I leave you with this very funny (and sadly true) music video:

You can thank my Mom for posting that video on her Facebook wall. Yup, she uses Facebook, I told you she was amazing!