Saturday, February 16, 2013

Love is in the air…

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Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! It’s the first celebration of the new year…it’s a signal that spring is near…This year I had a new sparkling wreath that I won at a luncheon the week end before the 14th. Just perfect for the front door!  But the best Valentines are inside…

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Valentines hand made by my Pink Saturday friends in Beverly’s Circle of Friends Journal group…we’ve grown pretty close during our journaling for each other and Nancy had the idea that we make Valentines to swap among the group. What fun it has been…the first one to arrive was Nancy’s cute Scottie card.

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the vintage “To My Valentine” arrow just really sets it off! It went right on my swirly tree…Her card was joined by one from Shelia…a cute little girl just as sweet as she is.

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Look at all the details and the cute birds! Right to the top of the tree it went! During the week Dana and The Stone Rabbit set a darling card with a real key on it!

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Aren’t my blog buddies just the most clever people ever?  Two days later two more cards came…Jeanne’s with lots of vintage elements…

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and a perfect sentiment, “Enjoy the simple things of life” Her card is anything but simple! That wasn’t all;  in the same day’s mail, I found Beverly’s beautiful card with original art work! Now I can cut and paste for days on end, but original artwork? No, Beverly’s card is in a class of its own, layers of detailed paper and a cute necklace on her pretty lady!

valentines 2013 045 Did anyone know she could draw? I can’t thank her enough for sharing her talent!

Within another day or two, Kathy’s card with its handmade teabag arrived! As usual, her work is so rich with details that you keep discovering details!

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There is a little verse about tea inside the tag and a handmade cup cutout. Artistic talent and poetry in one package.  This has been so much fun to participate with the group and I love displaying the group’s creations on my swirly tree.

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Before they are packed up at the end of the month, I’ll make a mug of hot chocolate and sit savoring the beauty of each one. I’m still watching for Grace’s to arrive and then the circle will be complete. I cannot thank everyone enough for sharing their talents and hats off to Nancy for creating the group and organizing us.   I’mm off to Beverly’s How Sweet The Sound to see who is posting today.


Miss Kathy said...

Ah! THE SWIRLY TREE!!! My curiosity is slaked, now that I can see what you've been describing!! Lovely display and review! So glad you liked my Valentine!! It was a joy to participate - looking forward to Easter tags!

MyCraftyLIttlePage said...

What a seamless narrative on our Valentines! I loved my Valentine you made and the NYC package with the gorgeous trims. Absolutely love the wreath you won. That stuff gives you huge impact for the time spent. I want some for spring. I'll be getting my swirly tree out getting ready for Easter. TTYS xo Nancy

dana said...

I'm lovin' that swirly tree!! The cards look awesome on it/near it!! We do have a talented lot!!! This exchange was so much fun!! Looking forward to our next project!

HPS!! L, Dana

Grace said...

I am so sad my card has not arrived yet!! I have my supples ready for Easter so I can send out early. This was a fun swap and I love your beautiful masterpiece Grace xoox

Shelia said...

Hi LaVerne! Oh, this was just the mot fun, wasn't it? I love all of the cards and the talent in our little group! I may have to keep my cards out a little longer. Your card is so beautiful and I'm amazed at how you did this! Can't wait to start our Easter cards/tags. Oh, I got Grace's card today so hopefully yours will come soon.
Be a sweetie,
Shselia :)

jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Hi LaVerne, I do love your swirly tree so much. The lovely valentines look so sweet. Your post is perfect and thank you for your kind words about the valentine I made as well as the girls in our circle journal group who joined in the swap. This was so much fun.

I wanted to have more detail on my post but with a cold/flu bug I did good just posting at all. I am feeling much better today.

I am looking forward to more fun projects ahead,
Love, Jeanne

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.


I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.