My Fairy Valentine

I recently admitted on my Twittermoms blog that I love Valentine’s Day because I see it as a great excuse to craft. It’s totally true; I love having another opportunity to play with fun crafty things (like I need one!). I derive particular pleasure from designing Miss L’s Valentine each year.

This year was no exception and I think it’s my favorite one yet. (I say this every year; indulge me.) I used a digital fairy kit from Fairy Scraps (LOVE!) plus a digital photo border from Two Peas. It does require a bit of proficiency in a photo editing program (I use Adobe Photoshop) but it’s easy enough to master with some patience and practice.

I designed the cards as a 5×7 photo so I could print them at my local camera store and mail them to grandparents (always a good idea, in my opinion). I turned the canvas sideways and reduce the card to print two side by side, then trimmed them to 3.5×5. I found cute red envelopes at Michaels that were the perfect size to hold them. School Valentines are done!

I like the final product so much that I’m toying with the idea of making a larger print to hang in my studio.

Recording Childhood

We’ve forgotten so much of what the boys said when they were young, those little goofy pronunciations that come along with learning the language. As much as I thought I’d remember those things forever, I can’t. Honey and I have had countless conversations, trying to recall who said what: amblylamps (ambulance), movie theetee-er (theater), watermelvin (watermelon — that one was my eldest).

I’ve been planning to do a scrapbook layout of the little missy to preserve her unique take on some common words. It wasn’t until today, though, that I had the perfect photograph for the page.

There’s so much about this picture that tickles me, from the quirky expression to the hands tucked in her pockets. I think it makes exactly the right statement.

The two papers are from the Take Flight digital scrapbooking kit that was available in May. I used some of the fabric for the page title (Heather Bailey’s Fresh Cut line) and sampled the colors in the fabric for the text colors and backgrounds behind the misspoken words (with their translations).

Be Mine?

I love Valentine’s Day; it’s another excuse to make cute things and give them to people. We — meaning me and the eldest — have been busy this week with putting together all the goodies. Yes, my teenager likes to give out Valentines. This year, he did wrapped Hershey bars. Not sure if he enjoyed the cutting and wrapping part, but I had no complaints. I had my hands full with other things:

The goodie bags were for the little missy’s preschool class. The covered lollipops, we handed out at yesterday’s ballet class. I’d thought of designing my own but the Confection Collection over at The Shabby Shoppe was just too cute to pass up. That’s also where I bought the template for our Valentines (at the top of this entry). Yes, everything is coordinated. I can’t help myself. (The font is MA Sexy; I thought it was a great match for the papers.) In retrospect, I wish I had nudged down the ribbon on the pictures so it didn’t cut across her face. Oh well.

Here’s a little Valentine love for all of you:

Aren’t they just the cutest things ever? I found these vintage Valentines last month when Miss L and I went “treasure hunting” at a local antique mall. The colors and designs just spoke to me. They’re on my Flickr and I think I’ve fixed the settings so they can be downloaded and incorporated in your collages and crafty projects (personal use only, please). The originals are staying with my inspiration files.

Thanks for the comment love yesterday! Here’s the latest creation. I’m totally in love. I stumbled upon the fabrics and immediately knew they would lend themselves to something over the top. Gotta admit that it scared me a little. I’m not usually an over-the-top kind sewist. Now I’m ready for the weather to warm up so she can actually wear it!

Don’t forget to enter yourself in the drawing for some crafty goodies. You have until tomorrow to comment here. I’ll do the drawing Saturday afternoon (after running a 5K but before meeting friends for dinner and a play). There may be one box o’ good stuff or there may be more — all depends on what’s inspiring me. I do know that there’s an Amy Butler pattern in the mix, as well as some fabric and who knows what else. I’m making a list with all your suggestions, too; definitely some fun stuff y’all are throwing at me!


Lisa likes to poke me every now and then and remind me that I need to do a little scrapbooking. I have to admit that it’s been less of a priority for me. It’s a shame, because I really do enjoy the design process.

These two pages are from a book I made for Honey. We don’t really have a song, so I compiled the lyrics of all the songs I think have touched us or been a part in our history, then packaged them with photos of us and some journaling.

It was supposed to be an anniversary present, and then a Christmas present. It will most certainly arrive after Valentine’s Day — but it’s finally done. My big hang up was the photographs. We’ve been together 13 years but have few pictures taken together. Usually one or the other of us is holding the camera. I really didn’t want to use a bunch of photos from our wedding or the couple of portrait sessions we’ve had since then. And then, of course, everything had to be scanned. Wah wah wah. Excuses, excuses.

When Honey left to play golf today, I hopped on the computer with the intention of finishing the project. I’m happy to say that it is done. OK, it’s mostly done; I still plan to burn the songs to a CD, which will be put in the scrapbook as well. I uploaded all the pages to Shutterfly and am having them printed in a hardbound book. I really like how those turn out, plus I had a gift card. Now that I’ve finished this digiscrapping project, I feel like I can move on to some of the others I’ve been putting off.

From Me to You

I truly did not expect that this would be our Christmas card this year. I had plans, you know. Grand plans that involved a tri-fold card and cutesy embellishments and a different picture (or three). Instead, I had to go with the one and only photo I managed to get all year with all three kids looking in the same general direction with at least a semblance of a smile on all their faces. It’s a cute picture but it doesn’t say “Christmas card” to me. Really, I’m probably the only one who’s going to give two figs. Everyone else will (most likely) love it.

Once I realized I was stuck with this pic, I tried to figure out some way to make it cuter and more holiday-y. I spent two hours this morning farting around with it and got nowhere. NOWHERE. At 10:15 a.m., I finally realized my daughter was eating frozen pancakes while I sat on the bed in Honey’s robe and screwed around on the laptop. Damn — there goes my Mother of the Year Award. Again. Sixteen years running, now, that I’ve done something to blow it. Oh, well. I figure I’ve got a couple more chances, at least.

After dinner, I headed over to Two Peas to check out the card selection. I didn’t know what I was looking for but I had a pretty good idea of what I didn’t want. Thankfully, I found something both Honey and I could live with: a Rhonna Farrer card. I did have to tinker with it  a little (it actually was designed with a graphic inside the circle) but now we’re both happy and I just have to count the addresses in my planner so I can order cards. I’ve decided that my previous method of “think of a number and order, then find out I’ve got enough extra to wallpaper a bathroom” is really pretty wasteful. And expensive.

Tomorrow’s mission: Contemplate putting up the rest of the holiday decor while I actually do other things. It’s the best way I know to make sure our holiday junk stays in boxes instead of hanging all over the places I intended.

Perhaps I need to spend a little time getting in the holiday spirit. Hmmmmm. I think there’s some peppermint martini mix left over from last year …

Golden Oldie

Help yourself to a slice of birthday cake! I made it myself with the help of some digiscrapping elements and papers from The Shabby Princess. Aren’t they yummy?

Yes, I am officially another year older. It’s amazing how that keeps happening.

In honor of my natalis, I’m sharing 37 completely random things. Enjoy!

  1. I like spicy candy: Hot Tamales, Cinnamon Bears, Sizzling Cinnamon Jelly Belly beans.
  2. I often have to fall asleep with my feet out of the bedclothes.
  3. I love sushi and could eat it just about every day. Not so much the sashimi, though.
  4. While I may love sushi, I can’t eat anything with suckers or eyeballs. shudder
  5. Probably my all-time favorite dessert is creme brulée. It’s that combination of crunch and custard, hot and cold. Divine.
  6. Love the flavor of strawberries, can’t abide the texture. Or the seeds.
  7. Peaches are foul. And furry.
  8. Pears aren’t much better.
  9. I love where I live except that it lacks a beach.
  10. I took voice lessons for two years, almost right up until Miss L was born.
  11. And yet I still lack the confidence to sing in front of people.
  12. However, it is requested that I sing “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight” to one curly blond preschooler on a nightly basis.
  13. That audience of one makes me feel like the best singer in the whole, wide world.
  14. There is no Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate for me; I love them both. Well, I love the original Star Wars trilogy.
  15. Jean Luc Picard, hands down.
  16. It’s probably criminal that Joss Whedon does not have a show on television.
  17. My favorite episode of Buffy is Hush.
  18. Nathan Fillion is hot but Adam Baldwin brings the funny.
  19. I’m so glad he’s on Chuck.
  20. The Maya/Alejandro storyline on Heroes is really getting on my nerves.
  21. I have two cats and a dog.
  22. All of them have food names: Broccoli, Rhubarb, Avacado.
  23. I’d like to get a tattoo some day.
  24. Honey isn’t so crazy about the idea.
  25. Reading is probably my all-time favorite pastime.
  26. My taste in movies is questionable, I’ve been told.
  27. I tend to watch all those teen movies over and over again: Drive Me Crazy, She’s All That, etc.
  28. My husband spoils me.
  29. I have a thing for notebooks. I probably buy one a month.
  30. These days I buy them to replace the ones my daughter hides.
  31. My driving is nothing to brag about.
  32. Nor is my parking.
  33. I’m an even worse passenger, however.
  34. I like doing nice things for other people.
  35. One day, I’d like to travel to Portugal.
  36. Germany, too.
  37. I hope my children will always know how much I love them.

I’m Dating Myself

I’m loving the monthly desktop calendar pages from Shabby Princess. They are so fun to use and definitely makes my life easier, since I’m always forgetting what day it is — never mind the date! I have to admit that I took these pictures in May, at the preschool’s water play day. But I think bathing suits and bubbles are definitely appropriate for July. You know, if it were actually cool enough to go outside and we weren’t under water restrictions so we could play in the baby pool.

Scrappin’ Fool

Scrapbooking is probably the craft with which I’ve stuck the longest, although my scrapping ebbs and flows. I actually switched from paper to digital after my daughter was born in 2004 because it just became too much of a production to pull out my supplies then put everything away. It’s a shame, really, because I have a really embarrassing amount of supplies just going to waste.

Here’s a page from the scrapbook I did for my Junior League’s provisional class (of which I am a member). It wasn’t until I started putting it together that I realized I only had about half the pictures I thought I did, so I ended up s p r e a d i n g the picture out as much as I could (I opted to use a printed hardbound book from Shutterfly and thus had 20 pages to fill). The supplies are from Shabby Princess, a kit called Flea Market Chic. Not my greatest work but at least I scrapped!