Friday, February 15, 2013

celebrating {Love}

The peeps have finally come down off their "chocolate-induced-two-day-sugar-high", and are both napping soundly. It's a little bit my fault, I admit. Okay, it's a lot my fault! First off because I've been known to be stingy with my offerings of sugary treats on an ordinary day, and second off, I agreed to a Valentines party! Talk about sending mixed signals! The sugary-est holiday of the year, except maybe Christmas, I agree to a party! That's what makes holidays special though, when they know they get to look forward to a little something out of the ordinary! 


I've also come to the understanding with preschooler/toddlers, is that if you keep them busy they are less likely to squabble, scribble, scatter or sabotage each other or the objects around them! Preparing for parties are great for creating busy work. Or at least I can disguise the "busy work" as party preparations and the enthusiasm is much higher! 

Another observation is that the definition of "party preparations" is vastly different among the Squabblers. One thinks a table full of card stock, markers, glue, tape, streamers and glitter is a whole morning worth of creating lovely tablescape and sweet worded cards! Actually two of us prefer that method of party planning. The third one just starts grabbing, running wild and pretending like the party has already started! (see previous picture). We put him in charge of morale, because glitter clearly looks like face paint, paper becomes confetti and the streamers his make believe rocket fuel spewing behind his rapid departure!

And this enthusiasm is on steady level blood sugar, friends! Now your not judging me for being stingy, huh! Me and the other Crafty One we're happy to let him blast through the house. Our craft time would otherwise be way too peaceful and uninterrupted. Whats a party without laughter and chaos?!

When I said I drag out the disguise of busy-work, I meant two w-h-o-l-e days. Day one was crafty paper and streamer mayhem, day two was baking, cooking and overall kitchen upheaval. This is precisely when the sugar intake began. Who wants to wait until the cupcakes are done to have a taste? There's beater blades to lick, and chocolate crumbs to scarf up! Streamer Boy is a little more apt to stick around for this kind of party prep. And as a quick FYI, go ahead and try the fabulous recipe we made! Simply put: wine + chocolate = yum-deli-icious!

Hubby and I sat at our cheery decorated, chocolate covered dinner table and smiled at the picture of ourselves right then. Our Valentines has vastly changed over the last few years. It's a day to celebrate the ones you love, and oddly it would seem strange to not let the peeps participate. We still love an occasional romantic, quiet dinner out...but a live party for four, with chatty excited participants is what we've been blessed with right now!

They bring a different level of love to our Valentines. They ARE because we ARE. They LOVE only if we LOVE. Sometimes our love isn't enough. God's love IS always enough.
HIS love fills in, where OUR love falls short.
HIS love heals, when OUR love falls apart.
HIS love carries, when OUR love runs out.
Find yourself in HIS LOVE today!

Monday, February 11, 2013

product review + gallery wall

I had a little heart to heart with Ms.Cannon this morning, she still refuses to cooperate with me. After her fateful mishap in Hawaii, I thought we had this worked out last week when she finally came around to me working with her in manual mode. This morning during a little shoot session, I was proven wrong...

Anyway, here is a couple pictures taken pre-wave catastrophe of a fantastic product I want to share with you all! I purchased a beautiful antique picture frame at the Alameda Antique Fair last summer and got it for a great price...but it did need some TLC. 

At the time of purchase, I wasn't exactly sure what kind of TLC treatment it was going to receive, but I knew for the price, I'd figure something out. And then it got stuck in The Lab for a couple of weeks, until I just happened upon this fabulous find at Hobby Lobby. I loved the gold frame, contrasting with the linen matte, so I was able to restore the color and still keep the antique patina! Super fun stuff to work with! 

And then a whole gallery wall was dreamed up using old frames I already had!! That's how my projects usually go. I get so excited about the product, next thing you know I'm using it on everything! Remember the Burlap? or Chalk paint? Okay, who am I kidding, you all know me well enough by now I don't even have to tell you I get a little carried away! 

So here's the start of this mornings little chat session with my camera. We couldn't agree on shutter speed, and when I'd get it set, she'd change on me mid-shot! And then don't get me started on her clarity. I've decided she needs to go see someone professional to work out her issues. Maybe do some soul searching, get a good cleaning, and clear the salt water out of her brain. Needless to say, this is what we come up with to share with you the gallery wall that received the "gold" treatment!

 Some of the frames were already gold, or had a little accent that I just embellished a bit more. Some of them were not gold at all, and received the full treatment! I felt like a fairy with pixie dust, doing my magic with the wand of my new found love..RUB'N'BUFF!!

If only you could see the magic clearly, and not through the haze of salt water! I have to confess I did not put this wall together in the proper manner that is so cleverly demonstrated on Pinterest. You know the one, with the cut pieces of paper that represent each frame going on the wall and where? It's really a brilliant idea if you have all the pieces to your gallery all at one time. I'd get a couple hung, and then find another one laying around that fell victim to the Rub'n Buff, and I'd rearrange again. Hubby would be horrified at the number of nail holes behind all them gold beauties! :)

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