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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Trash to Treasure Valentine Treats

A few weeks ago I talked about how I was making valiant attempts to clean my office/ sewing/craft room. Honestly, it’s going to take me some time.

But I recently created some sweet treats from things I almost decided to throw in the trash.

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If you are a crafter you no doubt have bits and bobs of things sitting in boxes, tins and folders. As I was cleaning I came across vintage doily placemats torn beyond traditional use, old greeting cards, paper that had yellowed, tiny pieces of old fringe as well as bits of scrapbooking paper that were too small for much use.

Why was I hanging on to all this useless clutter???

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A large pile started to grow on the office floor. It was destined for the paper recycler. During this purge my daughter came in to visit and we started talking about the blogger luncheon and Valentine exchange I am hosting this Thursday. (Anyone can come, just email me. :)

I had yet to think about what type of Valentines I would bring to the exchange. Then the lightbulb was lit and the paper punches and a glue stick came out.  

The potential trash was transformed.

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It’s a bit of a trash to treasure Valentine transformation handcrafted with heart.

Even the backs were decorated.

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I also wanted to include an actual sweet treat with the cards and began to consider what I had on hand. I thought back to some things I had bought online that had been a big disappointment.

I once ordered what was advertised as soft pink feathers. I had planned to use them for an Easter craft. But what arrived on my doorstep were bright neon pink feathers. The problem was that it would cost more money to return them for a refund so….into the craft abyss they went.

The clear bags were also an online disaster in that the size turned out to be too small for much good. But when paired with brightly colored Valentine kisses the two previously unused items aren’t so bad.

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Small bits of ribbon also finally found a use.

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So other than the cost of the Hershey kisses I was able to create 12 sets of Valentine goodies for next to nothing.

That is a sweet treat!

Laura

Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life, Savvy Southern Style, Made in a Day, Charm Bracelet Diva, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, Classy Clutter, 21 Rosemary Lane, The 36th Avenue, Craftberry Bush, French Country Cottage, Imparting Grace, The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Tatertots and Jello, The SITS Girls, Funky Junk Interiors, The Dedicated House, Simple Details, Sundays At Home and…

TOHOT

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Finishing Touch for my Aidan Gray Inspired Chandy

 

I have long admired the French antique inspired chandeliers from Aidan Gray. The Charlegmagne Chandelier caught my eye but the $1,300.00 price tag caught my breath.

 

You may remember that I found a similar knockoff version on clearance.

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Through the power of paint and gilding it was transformed.

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It was however still missing one thing ~ the hand painted drops. But I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $66.00. So I put on my thinking cap and searched for inspiration.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Kind Word is a Blessing Indeed

It’s been one of those weeks that could’ve made my hair stand straight on end.

You may have seen on the DTA Facebook page that I had not one, but two prayer requests.

The first was for my mother in law, Grammy Jane. While on a cruise with Pop Gunn she developed a serious condition which resulted in her being transfered by ambulance to a hospital ICU in Cartagena, Columbia. 

They had no access to email and their phones did not work out of country. It was a stressful situation to say the least.

Not a day later I received word that my lovely Auntie Beth was also in the hospital and it was very serious. I had been planning an upcoming visit to celebrate her 90th birthday but now everything has been placed on hold.

I cannot even begin to express how wrapped in love I felt when the good thoughts and prayers began rolling in. Your encouraging words were truly a balm to my soul.

I am happy to report that my mother in law is on the mend and should be able to return home to Florida later this week. #prayerworks

We are still praying for my Auntie Beth.

My friends I shall never forget your kind words, they were and are SO appreciated.

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May your day be filled kind words. They mean so much.

Laura

Friday, February 5, 2016

Easy Raspberry OrangeTrifle

If you are searching for a fast, easy and delicious Valentine’s Day dessert look no further.

Delicious raspberry orange trifle can be put together in under 15 minutes.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Flea Market Apron and Thoughts of Home

This past Tuesday I excitedly announced that I, along with three fabulous ladies, will soon provide a happy, inspirational place to let our readers share what they love most about home. Thoughts of Home on Thursday will begin next Thursday, February 11th. 

To celebrate we will be hosting a giveaway every Thursday for a month. Anyone who links their gardening, recipe, inspiration or decor posts will automatically be entered for each weeks giveaway.

I had promised a sneak peek today of what will make up a part of next Thursday’s giveaway.

Introducing The Flea Market Apron.

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