Monday, January 30, 2012

I love hearts!

I have been toying with an idea for a while now...Let me begin first by telling you what inspired the idea before I tell you what it is...

Quite a while back now, I received two little, hand-made, stuffed hearts from two very sweet blogging ladies.

This pretty little gingham heart was part of a "Pay It Forward" gift from Jacque at Campagne Maison.

And this one was part of a giveaway gift I won from Jeanette at Sweet Jeanette.

I just love my heart shaped cushions. They are special because they're from sweet bloggers who with time have become sweet blogging friends. Anyway, these two little hearts got me thinking..."Wouldn't it be awesome if I could add more sweet hearts to my collection?"....Hummm, but how?...Here comes the idea part... How about through some sort of heart exchange?

Well, I have already personally asked my friend Gina over at Random Thoughts to swap hearts with me and she very graciously agreed...

She is so sweet, she said she couldn't make up her mind which to send me so she sent me these two pretty hand sewn fleece heart....LOVE THEM! Thank you Gina. (I meant to take a picture of the one I sent her but forgot :-(...Sorry)

And now it's your turn....Would you like to swap hearts with me?

I would love to add your hand-made heart to my collection...

Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My Santos Dolls

A while back, while surfing the net, I came across these beautiful dolls that I fell head over heels for. They are called Santos Cage Dolls.

They are reproductions of Santos (which means saints in Spanish) that were used as in-home alters a long, long time ago. They have a pretty interesting history...If you'd like to read more just click here.

They are kind of pricey but a few weeks ago I just happen to find them on the Tuesday Morning website for a great price.

I just had to have one. So I did that fluttering eyelash thing to hubby, which he can never resist, and he said yes...Yay! And I guess he must have liked them too because he said I should get the two Tuesday Morning had for sale...Yay again...He is definitely a keeper. Hee, hee, hee.

Aren't they absolutely beautiful? I have also seen several around Blogland all dressed up. I can't wait to dress mine up too. I have already started by putting crowns on them. (The gold colored crown was a gift from my mom and dad from their trip to Mexico.)

Thank you for stopping by for a visit today.
Hope your are having an awesome week.

Hugs and Kisses,

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Toughest Critic

I have always been my own toughest critic. No matter what new thing I decide to dabble in, there is a great big chance that the first try at it will end up in the trash. However....

Once in a very rare while.....

I get it on the first try...Yay!

It's a portrait of surrealist artist Salvador Dali that I painted on canvas. It was a gift for my daughter.

The tough critic in me still thinks I could have done it better...But then again, it's not too shabby for my first try...Plus my daughter loved it and I am thrilled about that. Hope you like it too.

Thank you all for stopping by to visit with me.
Hope you come and visit again soon.
Wishing you a fantabulous day.

**A little note for all you sweet blogging friends who left sweet Birthday wishes for my daughter...A great big THANK YOU from the both of us.**

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Today is my beautiful baby girl's

17th Birthday

I just can't believe how fast time has flown by.

Wishing you a wonderfully blessed, beautiful, happy and fun day. We love you tons.

Happy Birthday Briana!

And also a Happy Birthday to our sweet little Chihuahua, Cookie.
Her birthday is on the 24th of this month.

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, January 13, 2012

Paris Flea Market Mantel

Hi Everyone!

I'm still here. It's been one of those weeks. Uggg! Life sometimes just seems to get in the way...Anyway, I wasn't able to get to any of the projects I wanted to start this week...:-( But at least today I was able to get around to redecorating my mantel. Just wanted to share some pictures with you. Tell me what you think...

I'm calling it my
"Paris Flea Market Mantel".

Here's a closer look.

All the items, with the exception of two, I got at Le Thrift Store...Hee, hee, hee. Not exactly a Paris Flea Market, but the next best thing...I think :-)

The vintage french postcard and pearl garland were a giveaway I won from my friend Linda a while back...I think it goes perfectly here. And the really old books under the bust were given to me by my dad...Well just until he wants them back :-) It took me a while to convince him that they would look much better displayed in my petite cottage than stored away in a box in his house :-)

Oh no, wait, three things...The little birds where a gift from my cousin Irma.

Hope everyone had a wonderful week.
Enjoy your weekend!

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, January 9, 2012

My new coffee table.

Yesterday, the last of the Christmas storage boxes was put away.

Today, I get to have some fun putting our petite living room back...But where to begin?

I know! I've been dying to decorate my brand new (to me) coffee table that my hubby gifted to me for Christmas.

It's a beautifully restored vintage railroad cart turned coffee table. I had only mentioned it to him once or twice and how sweet that he remembered...I LOVE IT!...But I love you more Babe :-)

I went with a simple vignette.

There's my thrifty find shoe forms...A bit ironic, I know, but these shoes look cute on the table...Hee, hee, hee.

Hmmm, now what should I do next, the mantel or the sideboard? Maybe I'll take a little break instead :-)
Thank you for stopping by for a visit today.
Your company always brightens my day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Thursday, January 5, 2012

First project of the year...done.

Yay! I just finished my first project.

I decided to tackle the album first.

It is now our brand new "Family Christmas Picture" album.

Not too bad for $1.50 plus some scrap fabric. What do you think?

Above is a little reminder of what it looked like before :-)

Wishing you a beautiful day!
Thank you for stopping by.

Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

First thrifty finds of the year...

Hello my sweet friends!

Just wanted to share with you my first thrifty finds of the year...

So many goodies.

Aren't these awesome?

Small scrapbook album for only $1.50! It'll be going through a transformation soon.

This little oval, wooden plaque will also be going through a transformation...I don't want to spoil it, but it's to display a Christmas gift...Can't wait to show you when it's done.

And isn't this fabric just beautiful? I have an idea or two of what I want to make with it.

And last but not least...This cute little star. Hmmm, I'm thinking decoupage and music sheet paper.

These projects just got added to a long list of projects I want to get done this year...Boy, I can't wait to get started. Now, which one should I tackle first?

Here's to a very creative and productive new year!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Hope you come back again soon.
Have a wonderful day.

Hugs and Kisses,