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Category Archives: Catching loveliness

Lovely in Glassy Blue

(Via a creative mint)

The cheer captured in the photograph makes me grin ear to ear.

DIY- Origami Heart Invitations

What can be better than these?

(Via Eat Drink Chic)

The lovely Amy Moss used these as little invitations to her surprise wedding party (cutest story ever!) but I think they would be equally as adorable for a simple love note or picnic gathering. There are freebies to download as well as a full tutorial for the heart and packaging.

You can find her instructions here. Oh happy day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

There is nothing I love more than a day to tell my darling how much I adore him. It’s actually pathetic how much I love it!

This year we chose to not purchase gifts for Valentine’s Day. Hubs made me a delicious dinner and I made him dessert.

Do you want to see what I made?

Inspired by Bakerella’s cake box, I decided to try several new things: cake carving and working with fondant.

I made the marshmallow fondant the day before using Cake Journal’s recipe. It worked out extremely well! I used pink marshmallows and vegetable oil instead of Crisco. I let it rest  overnight and found it to be very easy to work with and tasted good on the cake too!

The cake itself made me cry just a little bit. I had one recipe flop on me and I had to fall back on a chocolate cake recipe that I don’t particularly like the taste of, but the texture always comes out just right. Shaping it into the heart was not too difficult although getting the heart symmetrical was a bit of a learning curve.  I made up for the lack of scrumptiousness and symmetry by adding a thick layer of buttercream to help even everything out. The extra cake was used to make the cake bites on top. These ones were made ‘man sized’ for Hubs.

Overall, I consider it a successful first try.Next time I would like to avoid using a chocolate buttercream which stained my light pink fondant and I really need to think about using a ruler to get things the right size. There was a lot of piecing on the side of the box which looked awful!  The side strip of fondant really must stretch the entire perimeter of the cake-not half way only. Just consider that should you decide to make it! ha!

Next week is my wedding anniversary and so I really consider this time of the year lovely!

Happy Valentine’s day to you!

What did you do for your darling for V-day? Do you find a lot of pressure to conform to the chocolates and flowers game or do you prefer to bless one another with tasty treats?

Valentine’s Day Sweetness

Have you seen the adorable Je t’aime Valentines drawn by Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic?

(Via Eat Drink Chic)

Such perfection! I can’t stand the cuteness of the polka dot lined envelope. Seriously? It’s adorable.

I am smitten.

PS She is so kind as to have a free printable and even a wrapper for take out coffee cups (if you live around a coffee take out joint) available. Just click on over and print away 🙂

Valentine DIY- Fruity and Sweet

Have you seen Twig & Thistle’s naturally sweet valentine set? SO  CUTE!

(Via Twig & Thistle)

Fabulous and precious.  Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a hallmark infested sore – it is these types of precious thoughts that really show how much you care about your family and loved ones. I like to leave little details like sticky notes on the mirrors or altered desktop backgrounds on laptops to remind Hubs how much I adore him.

It helps keep me in the right frame of mind too! Looking at the good in those around us isn’t always very easy but by focusing on the positive traits, those irritating little things stay little and don’t grow into ugly big issues.

But enough about me.  In what ways do you show your lovies your adoration?

PS Visit Twig and Thistle for the free printable for these adorable stickers!

Something Lovely: Whimsical Garlands

(Via Mrs Priss)

Be still by beating heart!It’s no secret that garlands are hip and happening and yet each and every time I see one my heart just cries with joy!

Look at this one from Design*Sponge-

(Via Design*Sponge)

Absolutely lovely! There is nothing like a little whimsy to perk up a room!Not only is it just in time for Valentine’s Day but I think it would be lovely in a nursery too!

In my home office I have a paper garland strung from one side of the ceiling to the other.

It brings me unsurpassed joy to study in such a setting! What I like so much about this trend, is that it is so easily adapted to echo your own personal style.

Here is Lobster and Swann’s take on the handmade garland. It is a completely different style than the above examples but the glamour is extraordinary. I won’t lie. I would be happy to eat at this dining table…

(Via Lobster and Swan)

I am feeling the itch to create some new garlands for around the house. Since the Christmas decorations were taken down, I look around feeling rather uninspired. Perhaps a new garland will light the fire to retouch the corners of my home with love?

Do you have a garland strung around your home? What do you do when stuck in a decorating rut?

 

Finding Light in the Piranha Tank

This post was started as a calm encouraging light in the dark world that creatives face. Artists are too often enchanted by the sexiness of darkness- the ease of negativity that seems to fuel the anger that ‘creates’. But this, my friends, is a sad dark path to travel.

The powers of creativity are much stronger in the lightness of loveliness than in the depths of darkness. Darkness loses power when faced with light. Positivity is more difficult to embrace and yet stronger than the ties of Darkness.

Sometimes, the sex appeal of darkness is very seductive. Sometimes I can barely pry myself away. Sometimes the comfort of gloom is much too enchanting. And I justify it as benefit to my art…

 

But is it really benefiting anything? In the same way piranha’s feast on prey, that darkness consumes the best ideas-the purest forms of delight and leaves nothing but the carcasses for viewing. Is this the art we want to create?

 

I do not want to leave a legacy of death and decay in my wake.

Displaying precious momentos

This is the poem I wrote Hubs for our first wedding anniversary.  It’s a dorky little love poem – I’m no Browning or Parker. But it’s cute and was inspired by my darling so I swallowed my pride and displayed it on my TV cabinet. I spraypainted a frame I has laying around the house and filled it with the printed poem. Nice and easy.

And everyday Hubs gets to read about how much I adore him- which I consider a bonus.

Doesn’t it look so cheerful with a Gerber Daisy and sweet crystal shoe?

What small mementos do you frame around your house? It’s these little touchings that really add  a homey feeling to a beautiful space.

Charming Wooden Keyrings

(Via How About Orange)

How adorable and cheerful are these key rings? Jessica Jones has a great eye for kitschy little designs, don’t ya think?

She mentions her process here but really it’s just little doodads she found laying in a craft bin and a couple of permenant markers.These would look so wonderful as a zipper-pull on a sweater or adorable little handbag!

I think it’s these little details that makes life so charming and sweet.

How lovely.

2011 in three words

Plan’s the man. I love a good plan around these parts- and boy, do I need a good one right about now.

This year is packed with many many commitments, some for work, some for university, some for personal and spiritual growth and others for the wellbeing of my little family and homestead. I’m excited for the growth this year will bring- but just a little terrified at the steps we are taking.

If I could boil my plan down to three simple words (thanks to Chris Brogan) they would have to be:

Love. Enjoy. Streamline.

Love:

First and foremost, this new year will be able being with those I love and care about. With so few hours in the day, I believe it is important to invest in those around you right now. Not on Saturday, not after the laundry, but right now. Sometimes that looks like a sister date. Sometimes it sounds like a phone call. But always, it focuses on love and blessings.

Enjoy:

Saying ‘Yes’ to things instead of hunkering on the sofa to ‘relax’. Enjoy purposeful relaxation. Enjoy crafting and making beautiful things. Enjoy making mistakes. Enjoy trying something new and scary. Enjoy daily exercise.

Say yes to life and enjoy more beauty in everyday than in dreamland.

The consequences are fairly high. 🙂 That’s right. I went there.

Streamline:

When it comes down to it- there are a lot of things that happen to run a healthy household- even without children. And there are many things that we do that A. don’t benefit us or B. don’t bless those around us. Those things have got to go! Out with the clutter, in with the homemade bread. Out with the takeout and fast food, in with a clean kitchen ready for gourmet cooking (mac and cheese anyone?). I’ve got a plan to use less chemicals and more hot water. It is all about habits. Time to create some good ones.

I know, I know. These are not goals. They are not going to help me lose 10 pounds or give me a boost in my career. They will, however, give me the direction forward.

And going forward is so much better than staying put (and letting flies lie on my eye).

What words do you envision for life in 2011?