For those of you a shade north of here, let me let you in on this afternoon. I went out back with the DH & Spotty for a little debrief on the day, and we heard the ice cream truck go by. It plays "It's a Small World After All." That's what February is like here.. Heaven!
I know I've been a tad quiet, but I've been very busy. Lots of people to meet, things to do, and yes, Valentine gifts to make!! My husband took these to work today. they are a combination of inspirations. I call that COMBINSPIRATION. First, I fell in love with Kristina Werner's valentine color combo of Blush Blossom, Groovy Guava and Chocolate Chip. Then, I saw my beloved Martha Stewart and her instructions for heart "flowers". Finally, I thought to myself, "Self - what candy would match this combinspiration?" And I realized it was Jelly Bellies, which are sold separated by color in bulk at my neighborhood grocery store. I purchased Sour Peach, A&W Cream Soda, Caramel Corn and Toasted Marshmallow flavors and layered them for a combination parfait/"potting soil" for my flowers. I made 18 of these for my husband's office.
So so cute. The vases were 50 cents & a buck at Michael's. If I hadn't waited so long, I could have probably gotten 18 of the same kind, but that place looked like a war zone yesterday.
So what you do is get 22 gauge wire, assemble your heart flower - Martha used 5 - 8 hearts, I used 4 - and punch a hole in the center. Poke the wire through, and on the top side, add a pearl or bead, and make a little loop of wire on top of it so it doesn't come off. Then underneath the flower, add a pearl or bead, and zig zag the wire to keep the bead tight under the wire. Then just pop it into a vase full of beans!! Oh - to make the hearts, I used the Forever in my Heart set. I stamped the polka dotty heart in Groovy Guava and the outline "Love" in Chocolate Chip on Blush Blossom. Then I just stamped the Love stamp on DSP to give me a template to cut. Fun.
Then, I also got a wonderful valentiney card from sweet Rhonda Bean, who also has well wishes for Spottie!!
My picture doesn't do her coloring or her Iridescent Ice embossing on the heart justice, but this is an adorable card. I have this set, so I might ahve to pull it out this weekend.
Big hugs to all of you great ladies who email me and send me cards and post comments - you really add something very special to my life and I'm so grateful.
No, it's not the Obama/Clinton fistfight, or the Huckabee/McCain soapy twister match for the nomination - nope - it's the fact that I got TWO stampin' magazines today - my beloved Stampin' Success and Crafts 'n Things - AND I HAVEN'T EVEN OPENED EITHER ONE OF THEM YET AND LOST IS ON TONIGHT AND I SPENT A BUNCH OF TIME MAKING BACON FOR BLTS AND NOW WHAT THE HECK AM I GONNA DO?
Last but not least, I need you to check out Jenn's site today. Not only for her take on V-day, which is sweet, OR FOR THE INCREDIBLE TREATS SHE DESCRIBES WITH ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS, (seriously - dark chocolate malt balls??? I wonder if I could fit one of those PLUS one of my peanut butter malt balls in my mouth at the same time? I'm willing to try!!) ((Totally calling that number she gave)) but for her paper quilting post just prior to the V-day post. It's wonderful.
An extremely sweet lady with whom I recently crossed paths inspired me today to do my normal Saturday morning house straightening/laundry folding so that my whole weekend is free for stamping!!!!! Which is a good thing because I've got all these Grace Girls and Occasions mini sets calling my name.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Valentine's Day.
See ya tomorrow!!