Inspired by love in the air

Love is in the air around here. My son is sitting at the kitchen table making a beautiful valentine ~ for someone else.

My hopes for a handmade card have flown out the window. He is crushing on another girl. I had to run out tonight and buy her heart chocolates! Lucky girl.
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Both my husband and daughter are away, but fortunately I have a few of my bestest girlfriends visiting so, please don’t worry, there will be lots of love around this household.I think I may still have a valentine or two coming my way.

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I have spent my week playing with paint chip cutouts and hand-drawn hearts in all shapes and sizes.I have tried some different color combinations, but pink seems to keep sneaking in.

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My goal to create a pattern a day for #365patterns has been going really well. I am 11 days in and learning tons.I just finished Laura Coyles Automatic Pattern course and I can’t say enough great things about it.Pattern making has just become a lot easier, more seamless!
Pattern a day has oddly put my creative journey into perspective. It takes time popping out these patterns and I only have so much time in a day. So while I want this journey to be well on it’s way~ I have accepted that it’s going to take time and I have been content with my daily progress. I like having something to show for my efforts at the end of the day.My portfolio is slowly increasing in size, I am developing my style and thankfully loving this process every step of the way.
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I am really liking this color combination. I love pink, but I tire easily of it.I am loving yellow greens these days.
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There are a lot of hearts flying  around this household…
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I hope your week of love is wonderful. It is a bit of a silly holiday, but it never hurts to spread the love around, so why not!?

Sending lots of love your way.
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Inspired by valentine love

Who doesn’t secretly love a valentines card? A little hit of color in the middle of winter.

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I have my hopes set on a big, homemade card covered in pink tissue paper and lots of glitter. I think those days may be over, but you never know.I know they can read – lets see if they actually read my blog.
Remember these?
artistically afflictedI love the  emerald-green feather ~pantones color of the year and a feather motif~right on trend for 2013, but made 10 years ago!
This is last years card from my teenager. Hastily put together with a sharpie on plain white paper and placed under my pillow the night of feb 14th. I laugh now, but this was delivered after a rather curt speech from me about lack of appreciation etc.
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Hmmpff- at least it was something.
Gone are the days when they would excitedly present me their  homemade cards.
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My homemade valentine cards(efutos) are going out to good homes this week. One is being mailed off to the aforementioned, my lovely daughter, Olivia.It’s her first year away at school and I know she will be secretly pleased to receive a pretty valentine in the mail.
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I admit it may also be a bit of payback as her mail tends to circulate the house before it actually gets to her. I am sure lots of eye rolling will accompany this card in its travels!
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The other is…sorry, undisclosed the moment, but only because I want it to be a nice surprise.

Pretty paper packages enclosed.

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I hope everyone has a lovely week. Sending you lots of valentine wishes xo

Inspired by~the fine art of procrastination {papercutting}

Would someone please come over and do all of my christmas baking? I dont know what has prompted me to start a new project in the final days before christmas. I swear I had very good intentions christmas shopping the other day, but then I came across this.

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Still trying to figure out how I ended up in the craft section – no cranberries there!

Well, what was I suppose to do ~ with my new found love for papercutting, I had to throw it in the cart.I justified it by deciding I would make some pretty, homemade card sets to give out for Christmas. It’s December 20th.

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“Tis the season to procrastinate! Would love to hear how you procrastinate during this busy, holiday season?

Enjoy your holidays!