Mary Ellen likes to live by the poolside.

Finance Director

As our director of all-things-financial, from invoicing and quarterly reporting to forecasting and billing, Mary Ellen knows her numbers. She also knows how to crochet a truly excellent sweater for her sweet great niece Mia Rose. And she's a lover of all things Italian, especially cavatellis. When she's not manning the books, she can be found hanging out with her family and pet parottlet.

Before Taylor: Finance manager at Brandman’s in Norwalk. Controller and bookkeeper at Focus Vision and QTV-Autocue, both of Stamford. Educated at Sacred Heart Academy, Stamford, and Norwalk Community College.

Recommended digital field trips: Instagram

Favorite IRL field trips: Italy

Taylor Design Blog

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They’re Not Photographs

Cat lover or not, these stunning drawings will blow your mind! Yes, I said drawings! They are so realistic that they sparked a debate online as to whether they were actually photographs. These mind-blowing drawings are created by an 18-year-old Japanese student by the name of Haruki Kudo. Haruki spends about 40 hours on each… Read More

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What Lifts You

#Whatliftsyou This hashtag has over 194K posts on Instagram. I am sure many of you have seen these famous interactive mural angel wings in numerous photos, or if you are lucky, in numerous places. Today, some of the faraway places they can be seen are Sydney, Hong Kong, Galway, Cape Town, and London. The first… Read More

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Pet Rocks

Akie Nakata is a Japanese artist that turns found stones and rocks into adorable, life-like animals that you can hold in the palm of your hand. Akie is a self-taught artist that has enjoyed collecting stones since she was a small child. In each stone that she chooses, she sees a real characteristic. In 2011,… Read More

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A Japanese Tip

No tipping is usually the customer rule of thumb in food establishments in Japan. Yuki Tatsumi was working as a waiter in a restaurant, when he noticed as he was bussing a table, a customer had intricately folded up the paper chopstick sleeve and left it behind. He began to realize that other customers were… Read More

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.0635 : 100

Watch out LEGO! Make way for electronic parts! Zayd Menk, a 17 year-old student from Zimbabwe, created a 0.0635 : 100 scale model of Manhattan using recycled electronic parts. It took him three months to create this masterpiece. Can you imagine building with 263 hot glue sticks, 27 motherboards, 11 processors, 15 batteries, 2 clocks,… Read More

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It’s Every Day. (Or, Advertising’s Grammar Goofs)

I recently purchased a personalized gift to give to my eldest daughter for her wedding day. When I received a photo of the item I purchased, I was thrilled with the way it had turned out. I emailed the designer back to let her know that I loved it. After my message was sent, I looked… Read More

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Bitmoji, Youmoji

People either love emojis or hate them. I personally do not like the animated ones that dance around when they are attached to an email. I find them very obnoxious. As we also know, attaching emojis to emails is not proper etiquette. However, sending them in text messages is something that we have all become… Read More

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Two Great Art Forms

“Winemaking and filmmaking are two great art forms … In both cases you have to start with top notch raw materials—whether it’s the land or a script.” — Francis Ford Coppola So many people are drawn to wine labels. After recently visiting Sonoma & Napa Valley in California, I joined that club. However, a fancy label doesn’t mean an… Read More

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EdgaR_ArtiS

I am one of Edgar Artis’ 400,000 followers on Instagram. His work is so incredible, I wanted to share him some more! Artis is an Armenian fashion illustrator. He uses everyday household objects and food items to create the most amazing fashion sketches of gorgeous dresses. Each and every creation will wow you. When I say everyday household objects,… Read More