Sunday Funday at Winterthur Estates

This Sunday I took my kiddos to the Winterthur Museum and Garden in Delaware. Winterthur is a 1000+ acre estate which houses a 600 acre garden (including an ‘enchanted woods’ for children), du Pont Family and American antiques museum, research library and more.

It was such a wondrous place I decided to get the family membership so we can enjoy the estate all year long! Returning visitors were sure to let us know that while the estate is gorgeous in the fall we had to return for Christmastime for Yuletide at Winterthur, as well as springtime when the entire garden is in bloom.


The house-turned-museum has a striking 175 rooms covering 9 floors. It was so big I had trouble getting a picture of the entire house.


Just a portion of one of the grand staircases.


My little stud muffin. He enjoyed playing with the fall leaves and chasing squirrels!

When fall is your fave 🍂🍂🍂.

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I have a kinship with trees. Wood is my spirit element, I am sure of it.


My beautiful and goofy girls.


Enjoying the sun peeking through the trees.

The grounds were so gorgeous and photo-shoot worthy, I imagined a woman or child wearing one of my headbands, posing in the Enchanted Woods or any part of the garden during springtime. I only have 2 headbands left in stock, as they sold like crazy with Day of the Dead coming up. I’ve also completely sold out of my skull earrings. Next year I will be sure to have more inventory prepared! Love the learning curve 🙂

What is something you’ve recently learned in your business or blog niche?

Hello & Welcome!


Hello, friends! You may or may not (probably not) remember me from my former blog, Shelly’s Cabaret. If so, hello again! If not, let’s get aquatinted!

So much has changed since I last wrote a blog post six months ago, and obviously I have reverted all my old posts to drafts as to start anew. I struggled to find a niche for Shelly’s Cabaret. Most of the time I wrote was in my heart, sometimes I shared a DIY, sometimes I dumped a bunch of photos on here, and all the time I asked myself what the freak is your niche, girl? I struggled to find a purpose for it other than loving to write; but as you know, a lot of work goes into blogging and why would I be doing all this work if I could simply write for myself on some actual paper?

Well now I have a purpose that I am so excited about and committed to. This January I started my own Etsy shop selling handmade jewelry and accessories. I went into it not having any expectations. Hell, I didn’t even really have a plan! I just knew that I enjoyed making stuff—seriously, I could make stuff all day. Every now and then I would make a pair of earrings, a bracelet or necklace for myself, and loved when people (strangers especially) complimented whatever it was I was wearing. So I thought, Okay, Shelly. You always wish you could do something creative and enjoyable and make a little somethin’-somethin’ from it. You wish you could feel productive outside of doing laundry and potty-training and cooking dinner while you stay at home with your adorable baby boy. WHY WISH? You can! 

So here I am, ten months into the journey and having more fun than I’d ever imagined! And I’ve done a zillion times better than I’d ever anticipated. Seriously, when I say I had zero expectations what I really mean is I had sub-zero expectations. Anything that has come since has been bonus.

Making the jewelry and accessories makes me happy.

Hearing the “Chaching!” notification from my Etsy app is music to my ears.

Conversing with and getting to know customers fills my cup.

The organized, methodical act of packing and mailing packages is right up my alley.

I am enjoying this SO MUCH. And I can’t wait to share the process with you all. I promise it will be good and worthwhile.

With love,