Thursday, March 21, 2013

Before I get to Easter...backtracking a bit

Before I get into Easter decorating, I need to backtrack just a bit to catch up on this year.
Because of illness and injury, Valentine's Day was postponed this year until David came home from the hospital. I decorated the mantel but took no pictures. The only crafting I did were the 2 cards I made for him. (yes, he is "handmade card worthy" because he really does appreciate the effort and besides, they will always be here)
There are many people who sell vintage photos on Etsy and I've used several but I found a new person this year whose work I just love!! Miss Ali's Emporium Digital Images found here. Her images, some of them softly colored, are among the sweetest I've seen. I purchased 4 of her images and when I printed them out, I fell in love again. David loves cards made with images of little children and I knew this would be the perfect image to use on an art board for him...

The little red metal mailbox held some sugar-free chocolate treats and a gift card.
(For my friend Sims-I used some of the handmade lace you gave was a lovely addition)
I also made a card for David using some images from friends...
Julie at Old Design Shop has a wonderful Etsy store selling great vintage images here,
I used her seed packet images for an banner last year.

Julie is also a very generous woman, often sharing free images. As soon as I saw the floor plan images, I knew I had to use them for something. You can find the images on this post.
Now I know the cute couple either came from Elizabeth of Creative Breathing or Renee of My Vintage Mending but I don't remember which one. They seemed to fit with the time-frame of the floor plans.

inside the card...

These cards will be added to the collection of Valentines I have made for my sweetie over the years..

One more thing to show you that just happened yesterday. I showed photos of the beautiful table runner I won in a giveaway from Donna of Brynwood Needleworks. I knew I wanted to hang it and I knew where I wanted to hang it, it was a matter of figuring out how to hang it. I went to Joann's and bought a $ .99 length of 1/2" dowel and a package of ball end caps. (The kind used for clothespin doll heads) I also bought 1/2' drapery rings which were on sale for 50% off. I came home and David cut the dowel and painted it and the ball caps in the same blue as our dining room. We (WE meaning David) just hung it up using nails to support the dowel rod. It hangs on a narrow strip of wall as you enter the kitchen. The project came out just I had imagined it.  Thanks sweetie!

OK, that's all for right now. See what happens when you don't blog often? You end up with a post that takes 2 cups of coffee to read. Yikes!



Brynwood Needleworks said...

Oh, goodness, Joyce! You chose a perfect place for the runner. I hope you smile and think of me whenever you look at it, and that you enjoy it for a long time to come.

Jo said...

Haha, I love long blog posts, but I will take your posts as long or short as you make them. :-) The cards are beautiful and I love the sentiment "it's not about the ride, but who you're riding with". So perfect. Where you put the table runner looks great too. It looks like it was made to hang there. Good to see you posting again and glad that you both are on the mend!

Chenille Cottage said...

Hello, my sweet friend!
What a wonderful post. You are so very creative. It's clear to see that you and your husband are sweethearts all year long.
I love your beautiful cards and have such an appreciation for anyone who can create them. (I am brain dead when it comes to card making!)
I love your seed packet swag. What fun.
Your bright red tulips look stunning alongside your handiwork and the cute little red mailbox.

Oh, what a perfect place for Donna's beautiful quilted runner. It was meant to be.

Do have a wonderful weekend, my friend.
Blessings on this Spring day,
Carolynn xo

Mimi Sue said...

Love your idea of hanging that gorgeous table runner! And of course those Valentines are awesome! Thanks for the heads up on the new image sight. I'm heading on over to have a look. Mimi

Mimi Sue said...

I did make those carrots! Just cut out 2 triangles the size I wanted, stitched the side seams, turned it, stuffed it, gathered the top, glued on some greenery and some ribbon I found at the craft store, and hung them on the door. That's it. I love mine. Lots of people tell me how cute they are when they walk by. Mimi

lynn said...

your runner looks lovely, joyce:) i esp. LOVE the card with the house prints--so cute! thanks for sharing the digi sites:)


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