Friday, January 29, 2010

Snow, snow, snow, snow -- SNOW!

Oh yes, dear readers, it's time for me to pull out one of my favorite videos again...

I could listen to that song over and over and over.

And since the view out my window today is pretty as a postcard, I'd say it's quite fitting.

Even the Ruff Life Resort is looking quite picturesque, although the crazy Italian greyhounds inside its walls don't think the snow is all that fantastic. At least they are snug as a bug in there with their climate control and Animal Planet. Sheesh.

I'm happily parked in my pajamas for the rest of the day.

The boy is happily parked in front of the TV watching one of his favorite flicks...

...which yes, happens to be a Christmas flick, but I'm not complaining. At least he has stopped asking me when Santa is coming. Apparently our white Christmas from December led him to believe that snow = Santa!

And the felines, of course, are parked on their favorite warm bed.

I've been busy crafting for Valentine's Day since I don't really own any Valentine's decorations, but I don't want to spend a lot of cash either. In the past, I have never been a fan of Valentine's Day at all. Probably stems from my unfortunate days as Napoleon Dynamite's female counterpart, and the years of never having been anyone's Valentine are to blame for my V-Day bitterness. My husband, who came with his own adolescent memories of being stuffed in lockers, picked on, and not being the ladykiller that we all know and love today until well into his college years, is on the same page as I am when it comes to celebrating V-Day. But, Valentine's Day was saved a couple of years ago -- coincidentally, it was the day before Valentine's that I flew down to Guatemala and first laid eyes on my baby boy. So now we celebrate V-Day with our own little "Meetcha Day" since that's when I first met my little man (my husband flew down later in the week). Now Valentine's Day holds a special spot in my heart since it's a great part of our history of a little family o' three.

First, I made this felt heart garland I saw over on Rae's blog.

(Please excuse the poor photo and the ugly wooden baby gate in front of the insert. A certain someone, whose name rhymes with "Gally", thinks it is great fun to climb all over the gas heater in there, and it makes her mama nervous.)

Also easy peasy. Just time-consuming cutting out all of the hearts. I cut 3" squares, folded them in half, cut out half of a heart shape, and voila. Repeat about a bazillion times, and you've got hearts. Lots of 'em. (For your info, I think I used two sheets of light pink felt, two sheets of hot pink felt, and one sheet of red felt total. At 29 cents a sheet, it was a cheapo project.) Chain stitch them together superfast on your sewing machine by sewing down the middle of them, and you're good to go. The only bad thing about this garland is the fact that it doubles as a cat toy. Oh yeah, Harry and Sally are quite fond of it, dangling like an off-limit carrot in front of their eyes. I have to pick it up off the floor and rehang it at least once a day.

Then, I tackled this tutorial.

I pretty much followed her tutorial verbatim -- easy peasy as well.

Again, it's just time consuming to cut out circle after circle after circle. I honestly couldn't tell you how many circles I cut out -- it seemed like a bazillion at the time, but I can tell you I used about 3/4 yard total of red felt (bought off the bolt at JoAnn's). I haven't yet pinned on a ribbon at the back for hanging, but I probably will, once I determine for sure where I want it. For now, it's just going to resume it's spot on the mantel. I have plans to make some more Valentine's decorations to help fill up the space. Oh, but I really do love how it turned out. I love it so much that I would love to make some as gifts, but that's just a pipe dream, since in reality there is no way I have the time to crank more of those babies out!

Do you have any plans for Valentine crafting?


~Michelle~ said...

I was wondering when the kitties were going to get a picture feature again! Sally's markings are just gorgeous :) And I highly doubt you could have ever competed with Napoleon... mostly because I don't think you have nunchuck skillz, or his crazy dance moves!

Country Dreaming said...

Trying to get that organized in my head.
Have a happy and warm weekend.


katie said...

Oh MY GOSH VALERIE! Those are too cute! I love your cute little V Day decorations! Makes me want to try to tackle those. I LOVE LOVE the wreath! It's so pretty! Very good job, crafty queen!

And I LOVE the White Christmas clip you posted. It's one of my fave movies of all times.

Have fun in your pjs! :)

Erin Conrad said...

Ahhh, White all time favorite! And I love singing each line to the "Snow" song. So great! Your decor is inspiring. I was thinking something along the lines of melted crayons on wax paper to make a heart chain but I love the felt idea.

Condo Conversion Team from UCB Project Procurement Mgmt said...

Love, love, love your heart wreath! I saw something similiar in a white circle and have been trying to muster the ambition to take on the project. The only thing that has really made me hesitate so far is that the materials start with a new styrofoam form. I love crafting when I'm reusing something. So far I haven't figured out how to repurpose something instead of buying a new styrofoam form. If I could figure that out I would definite be willing to spend the hours and hours cutting out the circles. You're awesome. That heart wreath looks so good.