Monday, February 21, 2011

I'm a Guest-Blogger...

... over at Farmstead Lifestyle!  Take a peek, but never fear, I'll be back here soon with my latest crafty adventure (hint: ... they've got stars upon thars...)!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

OWOH Winner!

What a WONDERFUL ride this year's One World One Heart blogging event has been!


The winner of my K-I-S-S bunting is:

Antonella who said...

Ciao! I am so happy to meet you today on the wings of OWOH! Thanks for a chance to win your wonderful giveaway - love the bunting!!
Hugs, ♥ ♥ ♥ Antonella ♥ ♥ ♥
wing stop #153, snowy New Jersey

Congratulations Antonella!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Crafty ♡'s

Paper valentine cards for my students, candy pails for the Pre-Schooler's teachers (he'll start kindergarten next year, so this is the last time we can get away with ~Sweet Treating~ them), and valentine crafty clips for colleagues and teacher aides kept me in the crafty nook for most of the day:






... but the cupcakes? They're for the Death by Chocolate Valentine Social that will start off a very busy week at school!


Can you feel the love?

Heart to Heart 2011: Sharing the Love

Sarah over at Makin' Projiks hosted another Heart to Heart Swap this year!  Last year was the first swap in which I ~ever~ participated, so I was thrilled to have the chance to return for a repeat this year!

Look at the sweet, gorgeous, glittery, sparkly, and creative valentines that all of the swappers shared!

Desi made a traditional doily heart ornament and Rachel made a red toile-ish ornie with a special vellum bag attached: inside was a necklace!  Mikey made Cupid wings with real feathers glammed up in gold, and Katie created a pocket ornament out of book pages and romantic photos and ribbon.

Shara created a glittery woodland scene tucked into a matchbox covered in extra glittery bling, and Sara crocheted a beautiful heart coaster (that's what I'm using it for after tomorrow!).  Colleen made me smile with her nod to the valentine cards I used to give out as a school girl with her "I love you a ton" elephant card, and Kim made ~this~ brunette happy with her decorated valentine candy box (oh yes, there was chocolate inside until about, oh, seven minutes ago!)- look at the sweet brown-eyed girl on the front!

Courtney's fabric heart is soooo soft to the touch, and Jane added a three dimensional quilled heart to the front of a sweet vintage photo (she's a relative of Jane's!) presented on a photo stand created from wire and a repurposed mold.  Tiff's "I'm NUTS over you" squirrel has been the pre-schooler's favorite, since he loved collecting acorns on his own last fall!

My dear friend Shannon made a valentine treat that I can carry with me: a covered notepad with stamped notes throughout, and Sarah made a love bird in a nest (it's a vintage nut cup!) which not only reminds me of Valentine's Day, but is a sweet reminder that spring is on its way!

My offering to the swappers was my LOVE bunting:


Thank you Sarah and all of the crafty participants!  I've put all of the valentine goodness on display in the front foyer, and mixed in some of my own valentine paper ornies and bottle brush trees... I ♡ crafty swaps!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Proud Momma

... of her powerlifting daughter!

She joined the powerlifting club to keep in shape off-season for volleyball, and has ended up (out of a whopping two meets), earning five gold medals and one silver!

I'm so pleased and proud that Dear Daughter has found yet another sport/hobby that makes her happy and healthy!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February's Guilty Pleasures: 80's Music

I know, I know... you're dying watching this... but admit it, you're dancing too, aren't you?

I ~adore~ power ballads, love songs, and upbeat tunes all about affection (and action- oh my!) from the 80's.


I've admitted it.

... and YOUR favorite guilty 80's pleasures a-r-e...?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow Days...

Snow days are for...

Finding tracks... hop, hop, hop...



Sending kids out to play and shovel...



Watching DH play, er, PLOW with the ATV...


Soup and snacks...


Meeting bloggers, crafters, and all around awesome people via OWOH...


Messy crusts...


...and slippered feet, yoga pants, jammie shirt, and bed head relaxing by the fire:


Do you have front row seats to "Snowmaggedon 2011?"  What things do you enjoy when the white stuff brings everything to a halt?