Sunday, February 28, 2010

Valentine Box Swap

At Valentines I participated in a Heart shaped box swap. I got a partner in England. Tracey was so sweet, and the box is just lovely. It turned out that the post office under estimated how long it takes to ship a box . They told me 5-10 days, and it took a month. UGH.....However, the wait was well worth it, as you are about to see.
I received the most beautiful truly took my breath away. She captured "me" perfectly.
The box was painted, and then lightly stamped with the most beautiful swirls...and the butterflies are just amazing.
Even the inside was Beautiful!!
Tomorrow I will post pictures of all of the amazing goodies that Tracey put inside. Be sure to check out her lovely blog, and tell her Hi!!! Her blog is will love it.
Have a lovely Sunday.
xxoo Valarie

Saturday, February 27, 2010


So, here is something that you do not know about me. I like for my house to be clean before I can go to bed. I will clean the kitchen, fluff the pillows on the couch, and do whatever needs to be done, so that I will sleep peacefully. I hate nothing more than to start the day with a sets the tone for the whole day.....with that being said, I thought you should see my craft room!
I drug out my Easter stuff a day or two ago, and set about making a few projects. Yikes...this sucker is not going to be clean before bedtime. I guess I will just close the door, and face it tomorrow. ( I dare you to click on the picture to enlarge it)!!
I am working on an egg shaped garland made of vintage wallpaper. I will post a picture when it is done.
I hope you have a chaos free weekend.
xxoo Valarie

Enchanted Revelry

You have to run, not walk over to Enchanted Revalry to try and win this most amazing theatre that the wonderful and talented Tristan made. Today is the last day to sign up, so head over there now.Have a lovely weekend.
xxoo Valarie

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vintage Soda Fountain

So, my crazy husband is always doing some type of project at our house. Our basement is decorated in kind of a 50's vibe...we have a juke box, black and white checked floors, an old Pepsi bar with vintage stools, and lots of other my hubby found this fabulous vintage soda fountain, and he had to have it. We had it delivered today, and I love it!! We need to have a few things done to it (hooking up the soda water, and getting the freezer up to par)...and then we will be able to host wonderful ice cream socials. hahaAs soon as we have it up and running, I will post some more pictures. I cannot wait to have you all over for a root beer float!!
Have a lovely day.
xxoo Valarie

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Easter Basket Swap

I am so excited.....I just signed up for the sweetest Easter Basket swap. Hop on over to Miss Rhea's and sign up, it should be a blast.I cannot believe how quickly Easter is sneaking up on us. I have so much to do to get ready!! I love this Holiday, with the sweet colors and decorations, it is right up my alley!!
Have a lovely day.
xxoo Valarie

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Raelynn

Happy Pink Saturday....I didn't have a chance to load pictures of the pink project I am working on. I apologize, I am having some issues from the surgery I had 3 weeks ago. I hope to be feeling better soon. In the meantime, please enjoy my most recent post:

Today is my Granddaughter Raelynn's 4th Birthday. I really wanted to make something special for her. I found an old jewelry box at the thrift store, and decided it was the perfect candidate for a makeover. I covered it with vintage wallpaper, trimmed it with vintage trim, and put a velvet flower on top. I added a pink and cream crepe paper ruffle to the bottom of the box.
I love the ballerina that twirls when the box is opened.
The inside was beat up and dirty, so I took it apart, and recovered it in pink satin.
(I even added a few blingy jewelry pieces)
It was such a fun project to make for this sweet little angel......I'm gonna be sad to see it go!!
Have a lovely day.
xxoo Valarie

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tiffany Key

I was so excited to open my Valentine's Day present on was one of these fabulous Tiffany Keys. It is white gold...and lovely. I couldn't find a picture of the one I got without all of these other beauties. Mine is white gold...similar to the yellow gold one on the right. I love it.
Well, I am off to clean my craft room and pack away Valentine's Day stuff. Can you believe how quickly time is going??
Have a lovely day.
xxoo Valarie

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone. I participated in a very fun swap....and want to show you what the hostess herself sent me. My partner is Tracey, and she lives in England, and there was a glitch with her sending my package ( I sent hers out 2.5 weeks ago, and she said she hasn't gotten it. The post office said 5-9 days, so I hope it isn't going to be a pain to track down.). Cathy the hostess was afraid that I wasn't going to get my box, because Tracey's internet was down, and we couldn't get a hold of her. is the wonderful package full of goodies that Cathy sent me to enjoy.

There were a few other things in the box, but I left them on the kitchen counter, and forgot to photograph them. Cathy thank you for hosting such a fun swap.
Check out all the other participants, and have a fabulous Valentine's Day.
xxoo Valarie
Sheila - Faded But Desired Treasures
Melissa - Piney Rose
Janet - Janets Creative Pillows
Debbi - The Wicker Patio
Deborah - Debs Vintage Soul
Trisha - The Brantingham Family
Vera - Olivia Paiges
Gail - The Sassy Beach
Rhea - Sweet n Shabby Roses
Sandy - Hobbnobbers
Sarah - My So Called Junky Life
Eleanor - A Bit of Pink Heaven
Jenny - Fated Follies
Linda - Country Pickins
Joyce - Scrap for Joy
Julie Ann - Kitchen Floor Creations
Stephanie - Rose Petals and Rust
Carol - Songberries
Terri - The Glittered Nest
Lisa - Lisas Craft Boutique
Chastity - One Womens Haven
Cindy - Angel Heart Designs
Tracey - Magical Kardz
Mary - Vintage Patina
Jacalyn - RME Bath Products
Mary Jo - Creative Vintage Cottage
Lisa - Pupylov
Lori - Ruffles Ribbons and Roses
Valarie - Glittery Daze and Nights
Karen - Secondhand Rose
Jayme - Flaming Biscuits On The Farm
Elyse - Tinkered Treasures
Lisa - Pale Pink and Roses
Shannon - Shabby Shans Cottage
Vivian - Vivs Whimsy
Kathy - Lil Bit Old Lil Bit New
Stephanie - Crowns and Pearls
Nancy - Coeur d'Alene Gifts
Karen - My Desert Cottage
Tammy - One Frustrated Momma
Ramona - Samuels Family Frenzy
Cathy - Treasured Heirlooms
Pam - Treasures-N-Textures
Sherry - Sherrys Rose Cottage
Laurie - Mermaid Treasures Art
Sue - Suzeeez
Andrea - Vintage Bella Studio
Hannah - Ashmore Family
Meg - Vintage Garden Home
Nancy - Its Raining Pearls
Josette - My Grammas Soul
Angela - Henny Penny and Chickies
Melissa - Abigails Pocatello
Cassandra - My Artful Adventures
Renee - Vintage Recreations
Lorena - Rose Chic Friends
Amy - Paper Trails Leaver
Stevie - My Art Canvas
Jennifer - Jennifers Petal Palace
Shirl - Shirls Rose Cottage
Lulu - Coastal Sisters News
Jill - Jill Sibbald
Crystal - The Hummingbird Cottage
Hayley - Nesting Notions
Nicole - Gibbys Girl
Bryanna -The Canarys Cupcake

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valaentine's Day weekend

After a very stressful week of Dr. Appointments, we decided that a getaway was in order. We packed up the kids, and headed to the Mountains!! Dinner dishes to clean up!!It is snowing lightly, and we have a fire in the fireplace. Life is peaceful right now!!
Dustin (my oldest son) and his sweet girlfriend Jenny!! They keep me laughing!!
Brad....(he decorated his crutches in his favorite Florida Gators color-orange) and his girlfriend Jill.
I am so happy that all of us are together for a long restful weekend. Life will be stressful again when Brad has his surgery, so we are just enjoying ourselves for now.
Have a lovely day.
xxoo Valarie

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Knee Update....

Today my son and I saw an orthopedic specialist. He is definitely going to need major surgery. He is going to have the bone cut where it attaches to his patella tendon have it reattached to hold the knee cap in place, and possibly a tendon from his leg attached where the ligament is damaged. He has some cartilage missing, and they may have to do a graft to stimulate new growth. They honestly won't know everything until they get into his knee and check it out. He was supposed to start EMT school on Tuesday...he wants to be a fireman.....but the Dr. said his recovery will be a 6-12 month rehab. So, we are cancelling school, and focusing on the surgery and recovery. He is really bummed, but excited to possibly have a new strong knee. Say a prayer for him if you would!!!

Have a lovely day.
xxoo Valarie

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Valentine's Day Swap

I am in a Valentine box, I wanted to show a few pictures of the box I made. I used a Vintage image that I bought from Kris is lovely.....sorry the lighting is so bad. If you click on the picture the image is easier to see.
The box is covered with a beautiful vintage flocked wallpaper that I bought from Holly.
I dyed the silk ribbon with pomegranate green is a beautiful soft shade of pink!
I used lots of dresdens to foof it up!!
I wrapped it in pink crepe paper that I twisted to look like a rose......Inside are lots of goodies, I will show pictures of them later.
Have a lovely day.
xxxooo Valarie