It has been snowing in our world. There has been so little, I'll not complain. I should have taken photos yesterday when I was out, but you get the idea. A marshmallow world!
A few cheery tulips and it's spring inside!
Rick got back from his trade show in Nevada yesterday. Since then he's slept like Rip Van Winkle. I was delighted to cook a lovely meal on the new stove -- and then didn't take a single photo. But this is what I made!
It's a wonderful recipe -- I think I've shared it here before. Easy, delicious, always a winner. Serve with rice or a grain with a salad or veggie and you're good to go!
I also made Marie's Swedish Visiting Cake. Between what we had last night and what I took to friends on Friday, there is only one piece left! (It's prettier with the raspberries surrounding it but just as good without!)
I haven't done tons of decorating for Valentine's Day. Things from the kitchen aren't yet where they are supposed to be, which doesn't make entering my house like a walk into the pages of Country Living. You will note that all the photos are very tight shots!
But I did put up a few things to bring some seasonal cheer! Among the favorites are these two new little ones from Vintage by Crystal. Aren't they sweet? Wrapped cotton with crepe paper for skirts and sweet faces!
They found a place by my cotton balls and a sweet plaque from Target's Dollar Spot.
That's what I'm waiting for. Silver white winters that melt into spring!
A few years ago we did a Christmas wreath at Southern Exposure, using this frame with greens. I didn't use it at Christmas this year but repurposed it with some lace hearts I made a year or two ago.
The mantel, too, has it's share of Valentine cheer. A "love" sign I did awhile back, flanked by with baskets and sweet little houses. (I won't show you the hearth. The kitchen shelf stuff is all over it!)
I made most of the houses but they were inspired by this one, by Kristen Robinson.
They were great fun to do! I have a few more wooden forms. Maybe I should get those made up, too!
And I would be remiss not to share the first valentine I sent, to my grandmother!
My handwriting has improved.
I pulled out lots of vintage valentines and postcards this year, some of which are mounted on the hutch windows...
...and others with my snowfolk atop the china cabinet.
They seem to work well here. At night the fairy lights come on!
Just a little bit of love.
Here's one my dad sent my grandmother.
And for your fun, copying, snipping up for your own projects, a few of the others!
I'm working on some Valentine things for Rick right now and hoping I will be finished on time. We shall see.
Have a wonderful Valentine week!
(And if you are in the part of the country that had unexpected snow, never fear! It will melt soon enough!)
Finally, a shout-out for safety to all my friends in England who are experiencing Storm Ciera. The flooding and winds look grim and I hope you, your families and friends and property are safe.
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