About Me

I started my home based business in 1978. It all began as a hobby and creating home decor with silk and dried flowers. I named my business" Country Fancies". As the years went on, my creativity changed and about 18 years ago I started painting on glass. That grew to include other items such as floor cloths, tins, and custom note cards.  As time went on, the glass painting took over and I stopped making floral arrangements.

Eventually, I realized that "Country Fancies" no longer suited me. I tried hard to come up with a new name for my business.

During the time that I was looking for a new name, I went through a horrible life experience. In April 2002, I was the victim of a violent crime. I was raped by a stranger who entered my home, uninvited. He had followed me home from the grocery store.

During the following 1 1/2 years, I dealt with many things. I am lucky that the person who did this to me was caught, only one week later. We had the trial and the sentencing. On  June 2, 2003, the day of the sentencing, I found a wonderful strength I never knew I had and was able to make my victim impact statement.  I worked on that for a whole year, to be sure I didn't leave anything out. My offender received "life" with all but 25 years suspended. After that day, I was a new person. The strength and pride I felt was amazing. I decided to use my name for my new business name and put the "halo'" on my "K"  as a symbol of strength. It is with that, that I offer all victims the strength I found. I hope to spread the word to other victims and want to stress the importance of speaking out. The day I was able to speak and say what I needed  to say  was the best day of my life. It is important to speak out, not only for justice but for your own healing.

 I encourage all people to spread this word, as I find it to be important for all people, no matter what age they are. We need to be good role models for our children so they will never feel any shame in being a victim.

A few years later, I started teaching in a pre-school again. Funny, it was the same school my boys went to. This was a great thing for me. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed  being around children. Life had added another meaning and I really enjoyed it. I was able to continue my home based business and enjoy the life as a pre-school teacher. 
Eventually, after the passing of my brother ( too young) and my mother, I found myself being the major caregiver for my father. Although he was a very independnet person (at the age of 90),  he needed the guidance in his move from Charlotte, NC  back to his home town, Baltimore, MD. I lost my dad in January, 2016. He was one month shy of 99. He was a blessing in my life and I am so thanful for the people at Mercy Ridge, where he lived in the Dementia unit called Dubln Court. I continue to go there to "hang out" and do crafts with the residents and staff there. 

I thank all of you who have shown me your continuous support. It is hard to believe that it has been almost 17 years since this happened to me and my new life began. My friends and family still show me their continuous support everyday. I also thank those of you who have taken the time to read this message and tell me how you feel about it.

I hope you will remember to support the ones you love, when they are in need. A small sign of support will go a long way.

My life and business  changed in the the years after my horrible attack. I have learned many things due to the experience and I feel I have changed in a good way. Life is ever changing and I am thankful that I am able to change with it.

I became a big part of my neighborhood's Citizen on Patrol group. I continue to tell my story in a effort to let people become more aware of their surroundings. If it had not been for an aware neighbor who got part of the guy's tag number, he might not have been caught. She didn't even know something had happened, but was suspicious of the way he was driving through the neighborhood. Her eyes and ears were open and her information was so important. Please follow this link to an article that was written about the importance of Citizens On Patrol.    http://explorebaltimorecounty.com/news/100707/call-vigilance

I am now enjoying a new part of my business. I bought a kiln about 15 years ago and have been painting pottery as well as having Paint Your Own Pottery Parties, at other peoples homes. I have gone from having one kiln to 3 and 2 small ones.

I also volunteer to help St. Vincent DePaul with their Empty Bowls event. It has been a pleasure helping them for the past 8 years. It takes up a major amount of my time in the months prior to the event, but  I have been able to meet so many wonderful people during the bowl painting parties and it is for such a great cause.

A new use for my kiln was also  discovered and I have been teaching myself, with the help of the internet, how to fuse glass and recycle bottles to be used in various ways. I love it!

I am so thankful for having such a wonderful husband. Bryan has always been supportive of me and my ventures. If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be able to do the things I do. I feel blessed every day.

As the saying goes..."Life is good!"


UPDATE: It is January 2019 and I have found out that my offender is scheduled to be released on January 17, 2019. He is getting out 8 years early, for good behavior. I pray to God that he has realized what he did and will never do anything bad again.