Now that we’ve officially said, “Goodbye” to February, it’s time fully embrace March. Amazing things really start to happen here in the Pacific Northwest. The long forgotten sun greets us in the morning when we wake up – and decides to stick around longer than it used to. Its way of getting reacquainted after being gone all winter, I’m sure Along with the sun, if you’re lucky, you may be serenaded by sweet little bird songs. And let’s not forget the return of color as the bulbs we’ve planted in the fall are starting to sprout and shower us all with pretty.
All of these happy things signal the return of Spring. Nothing is more glorious than spring in the Northwest! And to celebrate we’ll be getting fresh around here! I hope you’ll join me throughout the month as I share new beginnings, fresh eats and ideas.
Maybe it’s only me, but February is way too short! It feels as if I blinked and now it’s March! What I wouldn’t give for a few extra days to soak in all the love-y dove-y that is Valentine’s Day and all the chocolate and paper goodness that comes with it.
Last month I participated in a handmade Valentine swap. And it was super fun! (You can see what the mailman delivered to my new pals here.) Throughout the month I eagerly made my way to the mailbox to see what pretties were waiting for me.
Some had pretty, glittery details.
This one was so creative and so cool!
And these had sweet and pretty handwritten messages inside.
No matter what was in the envelope, I will cherish each card for they definitely brightened my day and my February!
Happy Valentines Day, friends! I hope that you are all feeling the love today
For many, many years, Valentines Day has involved making special notes for my children’s classmates and teachers. This year is no exception. But I couldn’t let them have all the fun! Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Lyndsey Wells of The Stationery Place and Kismet PR. She is a gal who loves beautiful paper just as much as I do – awesome! She also happens to host a Handmade Valentine Exchange. Hearts, crafting, paper and making new pals, I knew I had to join in!
Here’s a look at what I sent to my new friends.
After seeing the February issue of Martha Stewart Living, I knew that the embellished muslin bags would be perfect for the Valentines exchange. It was simple and quick – my kind of craft.
I followed their instructions and were able to make these beauties!
They were perfect for holding the tissue paper heart confetti and tissue paper fringed valentines I created for my new friends.
Photo courtesy of my new buddy, Lindsay!
It has been so much fun receiving my surprise valentines in the mail this past week. But it was even more fun making the valentines to send to new friends!
Sources: Muslin bags (here) | Freezer Paper available from any grocery store | Brush/Sponge available from your favorite craft store | Martha Stewart Crafts paint available at Michaels. Any craft paint will work.
You can take a look at all the wonderful handmade valentines on Instagram by searching for the hashtag #handmadeval.
Hoping that you all have an amazing day!
It’s hard to believe that we have said goodbye to January, and hello to February! And, in honor of that, we will be celebrating all matters of the heart. Things that may pull on your heart strings. Things that will hopefully bring a smile to your face. Things that will just make you plain happy! I’m so looking forward to sharing all of these things and more with you throughout the month. I hope hope you’ll join me!
Here’s a little something that is all about hearts! Download HERE
Print by Marco van Zomeren
Posts from the heart are always the hardest to write – and even harder to share. There have been many times when I wanted to scrap the idea all together and just move on. As hard as it is, these difficult, personal posts have to be shared. When we write from the heart, we write from a truly authentic place.
So here goes…
The new year has come and gone and I’m still contemplating what my personal and professional goals will be. It seems like I am always resolving to make a change, vowing to stop doing, promising myself to start doing. Sometimes I do awesome. Other times it’s a complete and utter failure. I’m sure, in the coming days, I will come up with a list of my goals and dreams for the year to come.
But while I work on compiling a complete list, there is one goal that sits at the top. I want this year to be a year of GROWTH. For me that means growing my business and this blog – be successful. Putting that out there isn’t going to magically make that happen.
There are so many factors that go into making that happen. But if I am really being truly honest about it, if I am really being truly honest with myself, the biggest obstacle that is stopping me from reaching the kind of growth I dream of is myself. I am totally my own worst enemy at times – most of the time. I know that I am not alone when it comes to this.
So this year, in order to grow, I need to believe. I need to believe in the potential and talent that others see. The opportunities that have come my way wouldn’t have if it weren’t for that special something – I need to believe in myself, my talent and skill. In order to grow, I need to be brave. I need to not be afraid of putting myself out there at the slight risk of failing. Because there is an equal chance for success.
I will believe. I will be brave. I am totally going to make it happen!
…the idea of adding a little bling to your next meal. Whether it be for a Supper Club, Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner, or a simple weeknight dinner. Whatever the occasion, I can’t help but think that it will be elevated when using gold flatware.
The only problem? Deciding between these two beauties! Gold or Rose Gold.
Which would you choose?
Just released at the Designer Digitals Store, the Wintergreen Collection – patterned papers, solids and journal cards. The possibilites are endless!