Friday, February 24, 2017

VALENTINE CARD 2017




I realize this is late, but I wanted to post this sweet Valentine.

Its that time to make my annual Valentine card.  Since I didn't send out Christmas cards in December, I am committed to let those special friends and family know that I keep them in my heart.

I found a beautiful image on Graphics Fairy.

I started with cutting around the image.  This is the most tedious job in making the cards, but it is so worth it.

Using an old reader, a vintage paper lace doily, paper heart garland, glitter and a dimensional heart sticker creates this vintage looking card.







Sunday, February 19, 2017

SPRING IN FEBRUARY 2017



Family was visiting the last few days.  As they were packing up, I asked my brother-in-law about a particular gin bottle.  It had beautiful lines and a great design. He offered it to me.  I poured out his gin, placed it into another glass container and kept the green, glass vessel.

Meanwhile, the forsythia bushes are in full bloom outside and it is only February 19th!

I went outside and snipped some of the leggier branches and filled the bottle.

Exquisite!!!!  It just goes to show you that decorating can be on a shoestring.



Monday, February 13, 2017

VALENTINE'S DAY VIEWS 2017



















Happy Valentines Day!!!!

I captured views around the house this time of year. 

Enjoy.....



































































 






Friday, February 10, 2017

TERRI'S VALENTINE PILLOWS FOR THE GIRLS







Last year while cleaning out my sister Terri's finished cross
stitch projects, we came upon these finished Valentine pillows.  Years ago she had mentioned that after she made one for me, she wanted to make one for each of my girls.  They were finished, but they didn't have the pillow inserts.  I brought them home thinking that I would purchase the two inserts and give them to the girls next Valentine's Day.


While researching where to find these pillow inserts, I combed the immediate area with no luck.  When I went online, the cheapest price was around $15.00 and that was without shipping! 

Deciding that I could make them myself, I went upstairs and found some scraps of ivory linen in my fabric box along with an open bag of stuffing.  Most importantly, no cost to me--just a little bit of manual labor.

I cut 4 rectangles, 2 for each pillow.


Any fiberfill will do.
 


I sewed three sides of the inserts up on the sewing machine, turned it inside out and pressed the insert.



Stuffing the two inserts with a final sewn edge finished the inserts.









One pillow completed....










and then two!





















Just under 30 minutes and at not cost to me, the two pillows were now finished.  These pillows will be given to the girls this upcoming Valentines Day as a gift of love from their Aunt Terri.

The circle of love is now completed.














Monday, February 6, 2017

UPCYCLED VALENTINE TRAY 2017

 
I was happy with the way my Noel tray came out at Christmas. One of the reasons I bought glass to be placed over the image was so that I could interchange scenes.
 


To reinvent this tray for Valentine's Day, I went to my go-to storage of decorating supplies.  I was looking for a background that would add some punch.  I came upon a roll of embossed wallpaper that I had used in the dining room of our Little Rock house.  I still loved the design of the paper and also liked the fact that the paper added necessary texture to my new visual collage.

Using my rotary scissors and quilt cutting board, I measured out a piece of wallpaper to place as my background.

Then, I pulled out a box of vintage 
 Valentines that had Victorian paper scraps.  I haphazardly began laying them out over the wallpaper. A few paper lace doilies were also used.  A chain of felt rose colored hearts finished off the collage.
 

A Valentine poem was added.
 
 
 

Once I placed it on the coffee table, I took out my enameled fairy tale coach to sit on top- a bit more romantic touch.
 

So, once the tray was on the table, it looked a bit flat to me.  The embossing of the background wallpaper didn't show up so I was in need of something to make it pop.

I need to interject here and mention my dear sister, Terri, who had voluminous card making supplies.  After she died, I took some of the supplies that I knew I would be able to use in my blogs. I know Terri would be thrilled that I was still using her supplies.

She had two containers of beautiful metallic colored pencils.  I took a scrap of the wallpaper and using the edge of one of the colored pencils, shaded over the embossed paper.  It definitely made the background pop.

Once I completed shading the entire piece of wallpaper, I reinserted it into the frame and added the other embellishments.  
 

This subtle touch brought the whole visual together.  Placing it on the gray coffee table looks wonderful.
 
  Now that the insert are interchangeable, the options are endless.
I wonder how many more times I can reuse this tray?
 
  I guess you will have to wait and find out.
 


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

EASY CHOCOLATE KAHLUA TRUFFLES

This year in preparing my cookie list, I came across an Aldi recipe(I love Aldi's!) for chocolate truffles.  Their brand of Choceur chocolate is second to none.


Once I returned to the store, I couldn't find the dark chocolate that I was looking for so I substituted the Moser Roth brand.


The ingredients were one Choceur coffee and cream bar, one Moser Roth Dark 70% cocoa bar, 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream and 1/8th c. Of KAHLUA and sifted cocoa to cover finished truffles.

Begin by boiling the whipping cream.  Remove from heat and stir in the two bars which have been broken up. Stir until smooth.  Then add in your KAHLUA or other liqueur.  Once all blended, put in the freezer until somewhat hardened.  This took about 25 minutes.


Once hardened, using a cookie scoop, scoop balls onto a cookie sheet with some cocoa sifted on the bottom.  Once they are all formed balls(my recipe yielded 25), sift cocoa over the top of the truffles.

I put my truffles in the freezer when finished because they thaw quickly.

I can only say that these are fabulous!

I am definitely making these for Valentines Day.







 
Besides being easy to make, these truffles are fabulous.
 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

VALENTINE MANTLE 2017







 As much as I loved the winter mantle, it was time to create the annual Valentine's Day Mantle. 
 

When I was getting ready to sell the Maywood house, I was in the basement cleaning the laundry room.  In this room, Grandma had an old gas stove in which she would do her summer canning. Inside the stove, I found this granite ware pan.  I was intrigued that the pan had an indention of a spoon.  Knowing that I couldn't take the stove with me, I pulled the pan out and brought it home with me as a piece of history of the old house.  Having a kitchen pan that she used 60 or 70 years ago brings back such amazing memories of Grandma's cooking.

Maywood circa 1939
The Detroit Jewel gas stove.  It still worked too.  If I had my choice, I would have loved to have sandblasted the rust off and used it.  Only in my dreams.


The pan before cleaning....

Once I cleaned up the pan, I tried to figure out how to use it in my mantle for this special February holiday.





My dear friend, Tara sent me this beautiful roses and bay leaves wreath which dried beautifully.  I tied the wreath to the handle of the pan.



I left the church window and vintage mirror up and leaned the word LOVE up against the bottom of the window.


Years ago, an older military mom gave me two felted Valentine pillows, one for each of my girls.  Using ribbon, I attached these two hearts and two other hearts from the metal inside frame of the window.



A tasseled silver fabric heart was hung from the mantle clock.

A decoupage  postcard was leaned up against the clock.

A white vintage baby dress with an embroidered valentine is hung from the mantle.








So Grandma lives on with us this Valentine's Day.