Happy Valentines Day 2013!


Valentines Day is not one of the holidays I usually go all out decorating for, but after seeing all the cute and wonderful things in blogland, I decided to notch it up a bit.  I wanted to do a lot more creating and decorating, but as usual, time kind  passed too fast.  I did manage to make a pretty garland, and join in the heart swap. I even managed to get a shot of curious Koko:


Here are some of my original Annalee Valentine characters:


And near the hearth, I gathered all my Licitar hearts and Croatian decorations:


Now, I just need to bring in the tree branch, and hang the swap hearts!

Stupid Cupid & Sweet Treat Earrings

The first time I ever tried cross stitching, DH was dumbfounded.  He was amazed that anyone could just sit for so long and stitch X’s repeatedly.  That was 25 years ago, and he has learned not to make such off hand remarks regarding my artsy craftsy endeavors.  I still have my Thanksgiving sampler to complete, but when I saw these cute, quick, and free projects over at Brook’s Book Publishing, I just had to make them.  I made Stupid Cupid into an ornament, and the other, into earrings.  The Sweet Treat earrings call out using perforated cross stitch paper, but I didn’t have any, so I just used beige aida cloth.


To complete the earrings, I glued a backing of aida cloth, trimmed, and embellished with swarovski crystals and glitter – everything is better with glitter! 🙂


Brooke’s Book Publishing has some really neat cross stitch patterns to purchase as well as for free – worth checking out.

Valentine Heart Swap Reveal!

Oh, my!  I got a package yesterday which contained the five hearts from the Heart Swap! All five hearts are just amazing! And what makes them so special are that they have each been handmade by very talented and creative ladies. Without further ado, here are the hearts:



A big Thank you! goes out to Debby @ Cozy Blanket for organizing the event.  And, if you’d like to visit the creators of these hearts, here is a list of their blogs:

–  Sandie @ Retro Sandie

– Elizabeth @ Creative Breathing,

– Genie @ Climbing The Digital Mountain

– Pat @ All Is Bright

– Penny @ At Home In English Valley

Felt Licitar Heart Tutorial

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was participating in a Heart swap.  DH is originally from Croatia, and they have the most delightful custom of giving loved ones Licitar hearts.  They are traditionally made of honey dough, but I decided to do a variation on it for the swap, and make them from felt. If you are interested, I have written a tutorial so you can make your own Licitar hearts! Here are the five I made for the swap, and also a photo of a couple of the Licitars I have received:





A more detailed method of using butcher paper for patterns/applique can be found HERE.  And here are  a few more photos of the finished hearts: