Stacked Wood Valentine Decor-Blast From the Past

VD Block Sign-5

****This project was originally posted three years ago, but I thought it was time for a revival. I put away the Christmas decorations this week and it really looks bare around here. It’s been a few years since I did a lot of decorating for Valentine’s Day. My boys are grown ups, and let’s be fair, they really weren’t that into it anyway. At least not as teenagers. But now, I think I may want to decorate for me. With the loss of a good friend, the last couple of months have been sad and depressing. It’s time to start living again. I may not get the rest of the house decorated, but the front porch will become transformed in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more on that. Meanwhile, I’m on the hunt for where I packed this little gem away.****

In a household of guys it has sometimes been a challenge expressing my girly-girl personality. My favorite color is pink, and for some reason that color always gets shot down when suggested for room decor. Hmm...I am also in love with anything painted shabby chic, but hubby likes the look of real wood. (sigh) Over the years we have compromised (sort of), so we have a mix of both. The “look” isn’t as pleasing as I would like, so whole-room reveals will probably never be posted here. :(

We’ll see.

My last baby graduates this year, so soon I will only have to m̶̶a̶̶n̶̶i̶̶p̶̶u̶̶l̶̶a̶̶t̶̶e̶ convince my b̶̶i̶̶g̶̶g̶̶e̶̶s̶̶t̶ ̶b̶̶a̶̶b̶̶y̶ husband that my way is the best way. :) “Happy wife, happy life” and all that jazz...

Now holidays (more specifically Valentine’s Day), I can get away with pink AND shabby chic, mostly because the guys think it will soon be put away. Thing is, after all of these years Momma sometimes “forgets” and leaves out a few stray items. Funny how that works. 😉

If you have read this far in my ramblings, then you are probably wondering what any of this has to do with that photo at the top of this post.

Are you still with me?

Well, assuming you are, I will shamelessly post it again and get on with it.

VD Block Sign-5This is my newest shabby chic (with touches of pink) Valentine’s Day decoration. Shh! Don’t tell my guys, but it may stick around for a little while.

VD Block Sign-1I cut and sanded four pieces of scrap 2×2.

VD Block Sign-2Painted them a pretty pink.

Painted over that with white.

Sanded for a little bit of shabby chic loving.

VD Block Sign-3Glued the 2x2s together

…and added “love” words with letter tiles from a vintage game. I’m thinking Scrabble tiles would look pretty cute too.

VD Block Sign-4For one last touch of girly-girl I wrapped lace trim around the decoration and tied it in a bow at the top.


My Romantic Husband

6-DSCF3104Wow! You gotta love a husband who is still a romantic after almost 30 years of marriage.

1-DSCF3097I had unexpected company this afternoon. These beautiful people are the Cowley College Singers.

2-DSCF3098They delivered a Singing Valen-gram that my husband had ordered from them.

3-DSCF3099They sang two songs to me and presented me with a carnation and a handmade card.

4-DSCF3100I feel so loved!

Now I’ve got to come up with something equally as good for my husband. Since today is the 13th I still have a day to work with. Wish me luck.

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

Where Have I Been?

I moved!!!

Those two words have a million more surrounding them, but I will try to summarize.

We received an offer on our house the week before Christmas. Yes, apparently houses DO sell in the winter. The buyers were getting an FHA loan, which required a bunch of picky fixes to the property for the loan to be approved. We spent several weeks working on the fixes with (surprisingly) the help of the buyers. We closed the first part of February and had a week to move out. The week was snowy, freezing and windy. Finding a new place to live so quickly was very stressful.

We wanted to buy a house, but the one we had our eye on didn’t work out. Finding a suitable rental was very difficult. We finally found one, but had to sign a one year lease. We have gone from over 1800 square feet to 1200 and a two car garage down to a one car. We had two barns and a shed, but this property has nothing. Lots and lots of stuff is in two storage units across town. We were out of the house and garage in the first week, but the barns still needed to be emptied. The weather and other things slowed us down, but the new owners have been very gracious and understanding.

We’ve had a few hiccups along the way. My mother-in-law passed away on Feb. 13 and we had to take a trip to Denver for the funeral. The weather that week was wonderful (figures), but it was only playing with us as we have endured more sleet, ice, snow and cold since then.

My writing, designing, blogging and crafting were put on hold. I wasn’t happy about it, but I had no choice. I’m still suffering from “can’t find it-that’s in storage-no room-have to purge-no time” syndrome. sigh

The good news is…I can see a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that seems to brighten every day. We have a tiny bit still to move, then it will be time to sort and purge for a yard sale.

I have been working on some things during my “free time” and am anxious to post more about them. I’m also testing my organizational and storage skills in small spaces. I would love to hear ideas if you have them.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Soothing Landscaped Waterfall

4-DSCF7155Oops! It’s been two weeks since I last posted. Sigh. What can I say?…life happens…nuff said…:)

Have you ever wanted to build a waterfall in your yard?

I may be a bit biased, but I think this is absolutely beautiful! Why biased? Because this waterfall was built by my son. He works for Quality Outdoor Design, a local landscape business. He built the waterfall as a display outside the store. QOD also happens to be where I locally sell my crafts and creations.

7-DSCF7158Unfortunately I can’t tell you how he did it, but there are a few things he told that I thought were very interesting. Check out the bigger rocks. The ones that are gray in color. They are not real! I believe they create the form of the waterfall. How cool is that!

9-DSCF7161He laid a design of mulch around the waterfall (and under it? before he started building).

5-DSCF7156I love the contrast of the different types and colors of the ground cover.

6-DSCF7157I have no idea how he hooked up the fountain thingy, but I love the way the water trickles down the center of the rocks.

3-DSCF7154The rest of the rocks are real. They were used to build, beautify and hide the edges of the “not real” rocks, and the mechanics and structure around the edges.


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Rock-N-Country, America’s Bandstand

07-DSCN6245Sometimes you just have to let your hair down. Tonight I did just that.

My husband and I don’t often go out just for us. Many of you know that when you have kids your outings usually revolve around their lives and activities, but our town has the best musical festivals. Winfield, Kansas is known for the Walnut Valley Festival, a large bluegrass festival held every September that doubles the population of our town. This week is Prairiefest. Rock-n-Country is a new event associated with it. Tonight was the America’s Bandstand concert. Hubby and I have been talking about it for a few days. Rain, wind, lightening, thunder storms and weather warnings had us convinced we wouldn’t be going. Today, as late as lunchtime, it was still icky outside. By the time my husband got off work it was sunny with blue skies. We decided to go. We are so glad we did.

Each performer acted and sang in character. Most were so “spot-on” it sent chills down our spines. Visually and musically we were transported to another time. Oh, to be young again.

“Date Nights” are so far and few between that I had to document it. Please excuse my grainy pics. We were a bit of a distance away and the interior of the building was dim.

01-DSCN6226Donna Summer (Mariah Warren) We’ve enjoyed Mariah’s voice before as she is a former graduate of our local high school. She has a powerful voice.

02-DSCN6233Elton John (Tim Durham)

03-DSCN6236Stevie Nicks (Kelly Dillner) Oh my! I closed my eyes and enjoyed Landslide. It could have been an original recording.


07-DSCN6245Eagles (Jan Hatfield and the stage band) They were fantastic!

09-DSCN6258Linda Ronstadt (Char Myrick) Char’s bio stated she has opened for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and performed in shows with Keith Whitley, Jimmy Buffet, Travis Tritt and Hank Thompson.

10-DSCN6267Janis Joplin (Piper Leigh) OMG!!! Hubby and I are in total agreement that Piper is a reincarnated Janis. We had a conversation with her following the concert and even her normal voice was totally Janis. I really wish this photo had turned out better.

13-DSCN6275Aretha Franklin (Tansy Mignon)

12-DSCN6270This is a pic at the end of the concert with all of the singers.

11-DSCN6268Our neighbor Rod Knepper played in the stage band. I didn’t realize until I read the bio in the program, but when he was younger he formed a band that is now in the Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame. The band also recorded and was a front band for Dionne Warwick, Lou Christy, Pixices Three and the Beach Boys. How cool is that?!!

05-DSCN6242Now this pic is for our friend Brad. Turn your head if you must. (hehe) :) Brad was here this past weekend and asked me if I had a pair of fishnet stockings. Hmm…apparently he needed them as texture for a painting project. 😉 Well, as a crafter who uses just about anything to form a creation, who am I to judge…Here you go Brad.