Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sweet Valentines

Happy Valentine's Day! Hope it's been a sweet one for you like it has been for me.

As you can see, I managed to create one more thing to help decorate for the holiday. I just finished putting the garland together this morning, but I've been crocheting the hearts for a day or so. There are 9 in all. They are "Granny Hearts," a version of a granny square. I'm sorry the pictures didn't come out better, but I think you get the idea. Anyway, I've wanted to create a heart garland to take the place of the snowflake one I had up for my winter decorations, but I was having trouble finding a heart pattern I liked. Wait, I take that back, I did find one I liked and made one heart, then got side tracked by wanting to finish Amy's giraffe. When I sat down to make the next heart, I couldn't get it to come out right at all. I don't know why. Obviously, I figured it out once, but I couldn't do it again to save my life! I about gave up on it for this year, but then I came across this tutorial on a fairly new to me blog called The Royal Sisters and I fell in love with the hearts. (about as much as I fell in love with the blog itself-lots of crochet goodness there) Granny squares are pretty easy to create because there are lots of double crochets, one of my favorite stitches! I made 9 hearts and then worked a cord of sorts to connect them. I'm so tickled I got it created. I will leave up the decorations for a while yet, so I'll be able to enjoy them. *Ü*



Here's what the girls created for me. Apparently, unbeknownst to me, Steve took them to Lowe's yesterday for their kids building project, which happened to be a jewelry holder. (don't you love the bed head?) Steve picked up the plant for me while they were there. The necklace hanging on display was not a gift this year, it was one I already owned, Amy grabbed it to show me how the holder worked. They also made me two of the sweetest cards! Oh and Jessica informed me I wasn't getting her jewelry hold, since I got Amy's and I didn't need two of them. Okay then! They had fun and that's all that matters.

I also received a couple of surprises in the mail. My sweet blogging buddies Kim and Barb decided to spoil me!
Isn't this a lovely card? Thanks so much for thinking of me, Kim!!

And Barb just blew me away. Look at the goodies she included in the "candy" rolls! I love the flowers and of course, the chocolate! I wonder if she thinks that is what I do all day? Sit on the couch and eat chocolates?(Nah, she's a mom, too, but one can dream right?) Barb, you are just too sweet! Thanks so much for spoiling me!

I spent a couple of hours in my craft room, too. But unfortunately, I can't share what I created just yet. It's for the upcoming Blog Hop(e) for Haiti, so you'll just have to be patient until Tuesday.

I went to our local take and bake pizza place and picked up a heart shaped pepperoni pizza for dinner tonight. Yum!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments about the treats I made for the girls. I'm so NOT any best mom ever as the number of times Jessica decides not to love me anymore when she's mad at me can attest! I just have fun creating and they get the benefit (?) of those efforts.

Happy Valentine's Day to you!


Barb said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Jeanne! Looks like you and your family had a wonderful day!

Sharli said...


What a day filled with LOVE! Thank you for sharing! You do know, that you are a really good Mom when they hate you, don't you? LOL

Kim and Barb's cards and treats are just wonderful - I need to remember that for next year!

Happy Valentines Day, sweet friend!

Kathi Carlson said...

Sweet! All of it. I'm SO glad you had a good day.

I'm anxious to see what you've drummed up for Hop(e) for Haiti. I emailed Erin a photo of one of my cards today. I had fun with it ... wasn't too stressed out. LOL.

Have a good week, wonderful friend!

Barbara said...

Hey Jeanne, I'm very glad that you had a nice Valentines Day and I love your garland.

hardwood furniture said...

Happy Valentine's Day! I am amazed with the beautiful Valentine decorations you have there! I am going to make my house like this next year!

Michelle said...

Dear Jeanne...
Thank you so much for loving my grandma hearts as much as I do...
I adore your post and loved seeing my hearts all strung up looking so sweet!!!
Regards Michelle...

Laurel said...

What a great day you had! You deserve it all!

stampmonkey said... sweet! You were definitely spoiled yesterday (and you deserved every bit of it!). Very sweet of Steve to take the girls to make you a special gift, but too funny about Jessica not giving you the necklace holder she made -lol! Don't ya just love their innocence and honesty! ;P The plant he got you is very pretty! Mine was going to get me flowers, but I talked him out of it since he'd just given me some for our anniversary in December and my birthday in January --thought it might be nicer if he just surprised me some other time during the year just because. ;)

The cards from Kim and Barb are sooo cute, and the little gifts from Barb are wonderful! You really rate, girl! ;)

And for the record, you ARE a wonderful mom...especially if your girls get upset with you now and then. That means you're more than just a fun 'buddy' to're actually doing the tough part of parenting too (which is even more important)! Don't sell yourself short!

Glad you enjoyed such a nice Valentine's Day. Someone as sweet as you deserves a special day.

stampmonkey said...

Oops! I forgot to mention your cute crocheted heart garland! I saw one very similar to it about a month ago on another blog, tagging it for future referece. Now I know who to turn to when I need help! lol Yours turned out beautifully!

Heather said...

Awww, I love Valentine's Day! :)

And your blog facelift is wonderful, Jeanne!

Carolyn Christie said...

WOW looks like you had one sweetheart of a day!!
Aren't friends wonderful!!! And yes you're a good mom no matter what!
They will understand it all one day...I did ;)

Sarah said...

I LOVE your hearts Jeanne....soo pretty. And your girls what awesome surprises for you! I LOVE their jewelry holder.
WOW what awesome gifts you received...!

Carin said...

Jeanne-I have loved reading your blog. Many years ago when you were selling CTMH I purchased a few things from you and I appreciated all your talent in the papercrafting area. Thanks for continuing to share all your great craft ideas and love the crochet things too!

Kim Burmeister said...

Oh, I love how you decorate for Valentine's Day. So SWEET!

You are welcome for the card. Holy Moly, Barb's goodies are FABULOUS!