Valentine Heart Boxes: How to Make

Valentine's Day was always my favorite holiday classroom party back in grade school. Choosing Valentines from the shelves of boxes at the local five and dime store was always fun. Once home, signing my name to each one and tucking it into a small white envelope marked with each classmate's name was a task I enjoyed. It didn't matter if you didn't like someone in your class, you still gave each schoolmate a Valentine card. The teacher asked us to … [Read more...]

Tips for Arranging Fresh Flowers

Valentine's Day is a time when everyone is thinking about flowers but having fresh flowers in your home doesn't have to be expensive. You can purchase cut flowers and arrange them yourself. It's easier than you think! The trick is to keep your arrangement simple and fuss-free. First, gather your supplies choosing ordinary objects such as white ironstone pitchers for vases.Cut your tallest flowers first for the center of your floral … [Read more...]

White Ironstone, Valentines, and a Magazine Shoot

Yesterday my daughter and I went shopping in Dekalb, home to Northern Illinois University and the birthplace of barbed wire. Since it's a university town, it has its share of little boutiques and an eclectic coffee house complete with stage for local performing artists. Bridget was looking for Boho style curtains and I was on the hunt for ironstone and mirrors. After returning home, I realized the ironstone makes a perfect backdrop for vintage … [Read more...]

My Passion for Book Page Crafts

Lately I'm becoming more and more drawn to anything made with book pages! Within minutes the words on a book's page take you to another place and time. The musty smell of an old book with an elegant cover is a sensory pleasure I'll always treasure. And when you're done with a book, you can transform it into a work of art. I've been collecting books for projects around the house and thanks to Pinterest, I'm finding an unending supply of crafts to … [Read more...]

My Little Valentine Tree

What do you do with a pile of old branches out in the yard and a pile of vintage Valentines in the craft cabinet? Why, make a Valentine Tree, of course!What's a Valentine's vignette without a cute cuddly kitten?Little Puddy loves fresh flowers. Especially Baby's Breath.It's always nice to have someone admire your work.Little Puddy is the stray kitty we rescued.Happy Valentine's Day to All!Partying At … [Read more...]

Random Vintage Valentines

Lately I've spent more time more time than usual shopping at my favorite haunt ... on Third Street in Geneva, Illinois. It's the quaint, smaller version of Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Anyhoo, I moseyed on into The Mossy Twig and found these adorable vintage looking Valentines. I'm going to make something with them this weekend. Probably a banner for my daughter and we'll see what other creative flurry I can muster. If you have any ideas ... leave … [Read more...]

Bridal Luncheon with the Girls

Last weekend I invited my daughters over for a lite lunch and a bridal planning pow-wow. My daughter Stephanie gets married this June (her sister Bridget got married last October). Bridget had a country style wedding while Stephanie's big day is all glitz and glam. It's been fun having 2 very different wedding styles to plan. And so, I made one of their favorite casseroles for lunch and set a festive table.My mother's China pairs up with … [Read more...]

Veggie Valentines for You!

Join us for Veggie Valentines! During the month of February, my daughter over at Flour N Friends and I will be cookin' up veggie dishes every Monday ... just for YOU! Kale, Butternut Squash, Broccoli, Carrots,Swiss Chard, and who knows what else? We're celebrating these wonderful super foods by cookin' up a batch every week and sharing the recipes and photos with you every Monday during the month of February. Heart healthy Veggie Valentines … [Read more...]

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