Thursday, January 16, 2014

Everyone Loves a Good Deal, Right?

I wanted to share some cute things I found while shopping at Target yesterday.

I always look in  the bins at the front of the store filled with the seasonal stuff, usually for $1.  I can not resist a bargain.  There's always something cute that I can use for scrap - journaling or crafts and  many other fun/useful whatnots.

Here's what I bought:
How cute are those paper straws with the hearts on them, perfect for a St. Valentine's Day Luncheon or just soda & popcorn on family movie night.

I could use the adorable blank notecards as Valentines or thank you notes.  Just for the record, I Love, love, Luv anything with an Eiffel!

Washi tape is one of my obsessions and I had to buy both the hearts and the chevrons, even the card in packaging  is cute.

And last is the ribbon collection that has silver ric rac, red felt hearts, cream colored grosgrain with vintage-y red keys printed on it, and some red lace.

With Valentines Day right around the corner these DooDads will come in handy.
What a great deal, all 5 thing for only $1 each!

        ~    It's been Lovely chatting with you,
                                    now go on down to Target and get some cute things for yourself ♥

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Linen, Lace, & Love: DIY: Love Poem Hearts

DIY: Love Poem Hearts:

OK, yes I may have a decoupage problem…but this time I wanted something more paper mache looking, so I went for Mod Podge Antique Matte, th...

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After Xmas Meeting of Glittery Nutcracker Army

My Glittery Nutcracker Army - 2013

I simply adore Christmas.  Everything about it is so festive and exciting.  Except after Christmas, and the drudgery of packing it all up and putting it away.

I'm a bit obsessed with Nutcrackers.  I cannot resist their charming painted faces with that mischievous and dashing moustache, silly nutty toothy grin,  as they gaze coyly back at you.  Aren't they terrific?  They always make me smile.

Like every collection, this one started out with a modest purchase years ago of 2 chubby Nutcrackers that I bought for each of my daughters.  Every Christmas we'd add another well-dressed friend or two to stand guard over our other Christmas decorations.  Over the years we have amassed an army, which struck me as funny, when I was collecting them all together to pack away and perhaps worthy of a post on my shiny new blog?

Taking down Christmas decorations is always a bittersweet, time consuming, rather tedious project.  Am I right, ladies?  Definitely, not as fun as decorating.  Everything look so bare afterwards ... and dusty!

Even though my Glittery Nutcracker Army will soon be tucked away in a box in my attic to slumber for the next 10 months and rest up for their Christmas 2014 debut.  I'll still have all the cute colorful photos of my Darling Treasures saved to peek at when ever I need a tiny fix of Christmas magic.

As you pack away each wonderful piece, from your children's darling handmade gems, the Hallmark Baby's First Christmas ornament,  to the lovely vintage Shiny Brites that belonged Gramma,  you can't help but ponder where your life will take you when you next see all these marvelous keepsakes again.  What changes will the new year bring?

                    ~    It's been Lovely chatting with you, now go have some fun

Thursday, January 9, 2014

This is my first ever blog post!

Can you believe it?  I'm finally posting on the blog I started making back in 2011, I think.  

Now it's a brand new year and I'm excited for the future, sharing and chronicling my life, my garden, my photos, vintage finds & adventures in the kitchen.  I've been journaling about my garden & activities for years on paper + facebook and I have thought about doing a blog but getting started is a little daunting for the technically challenged.  

Thank you to my daughter, Sarah, for always being and inspiration and helping me out.
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