Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Key To My Heart

The Gift

I mentioned in a previous post that I was making a little something to give to ML for Valentine’s Day.

This is the room key from The Peabody… where we stayed on the first night of our honeymoon.  I’m not sure which one of us kept it but somehow it ended up in our bathroom cabinet underneath the facial cleaner and moisturizer.  Everyday I would see it and think “I should do something with that.”  Sherry over at Young House Love has been doing a segment titled “Dude Get On That Already”.  I decided to take her advice and finally frame that baby.

Thankfully, the room key itself is pretty with a picture of the hotel and the name on it.   For anybody not from the South that hasn’t heard of The Peabody it is a historical hotel in downtown Memphis, TN.  A popular place for newlyweds to stay on their honeymoon.  It is most famous for the ducks who play in the fountains of the lobby all day .  In the late afternoon they roll the red carpet out and let the ducks take the elevator up to the roof where they sleep for the night.

Anyway, back to the craft at hand.  I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to frame it in a large frame with a wide matt around it or a smaller frame.  Since I had several smaller frames in storage I chose this option.

All I needed was:

  • old picture frame
  • one sheet of scrapbood/cardstock paper
  • room key
  • tape
  • acrylic paint (I decided on white for the time being… that could easily change down the road)

My frame was already white but was a little too coastal looking for what I was going for.  So, I decided to put a few coats of White Gloss Acrylic Paint.

It took three coats to cover all the areas.  In between coats I cut the paper to fit into the frame and then centered the room key on it.  I just used a few pieces of Scotch tape to secure it to the paper.

For a grand total of $3.58 I was able to turn our room key into a work of art and have a special Valentine’s gift to give ML.  He loved it!  Now we just have to find somewhere to hang it.

The Dessert

Mll and I stayed home for Valentine’s Day.  We really didn’t have anything special planned but he did offer to cook supper.  I’ll go ahead and brag on him.  It was wonderful: backed tilapia with onions and red peppers on rice.  He even arranged the red peppers in the shape of a heart!

 Since he tackled supper I offered to fix dessert for us.  It took everything in me not to fix some sort of chocolate wonder.  I mean who doesn’t think of chocolate when they think of Valentine’s Day?  Well ML is a fruit person and since this was a day honoring love I decided to show my love for him and fix a healthy fruit dessert.

Source: bystephanielynn.com via Krystle on Pinterest

You can check out my pin above for the recipe.  It was super easy and healthy… and ML loved it!  I might have too.

All the recipe called for was:

  • oranges
  • agave nectar (I just used honey because I wasn’t about to pay what Whole Foods was asking for for a bottle of agave nectar)
  • lemon juice
  • water
With a little blending, boiling, freezing I had home made orange sorbet!

 This recipe will definitely be a keeper around our house.

So did anybody else opt for healthy desserts on Valentine’s Day… or any other day this week?

Are you still holding onto your room key from your honeymoon or other special vacation?

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Cupids and Arrows and Hearts, Oh My

DIY VALENTINES DOG COSTUMEThis past weekend we had a Valentine’s photo shoot at our house.

ML texted me Friday to let me know there was a pet costume photo contest at his work.  He thought it might be fun… especially if we could figure out a way to work Noah into it as well.  Immediately, this challenge got my mind going.  Since Buddy is the older, grumpier brother (the cat), I decided he would appreciate it if we just left him out of the whole fiasco.  So that left me with Emma (the dog) and Noah (the baby).  I wanted Emma’s costume to be a “no sew” one, since I was running short on time and really didn’t need to spend a bunch of time on a Valentine’s costume for a dog.

With a little looking I came across this idea… A Cupid’s Arrow Carrier.

It seemed fairly simple.  Plus, I already had all the supplies on hand!

  • empty roll of toilet paper
  • craft glue
  • chopsticks
  • copy paper
  • markers
  • heart stencil (I planned on “Love” being written in the center of the heart, but I couldn’t tell it was a heart once it wrapped around the roll.)
  • pipe cleaners (not pictured)

Because my costume needed to fit a yorkie, I opted for an empty roll of toilet paper instead of an empty paper towel roll like the website called for.  Thankfully, we had just finished a roll that morning, so I had an empty one on hand.

I started off cutting white copy paper to fit where it could wrap around the toilet paper roll.  Next, I practiced writing “Love” on a scrap piece of paper.  Once I had one I liked I placed it underneath my piece of paper and traced it with a pink marker.  I’m just not neat enough to start off writing it directly onto the paper I plan on using.

I traced the opening of the roll on to copy paper, cut it out, and then taped the circle onto the bottom of what would be the carrier.  Next, I stapled one end of the paper to the roll and wrapped the cardboard with the paper.  I allowed enough extra paper to cover my staples.  Then, dabbed a little Elmer’s glue onto the roll and pressed the end of the paper down to dry.

I guess I caught up in the project and didn’t take any more pictures until I had the costume completed.  But while the glue was drying, I used the same pink marker to color the chopsticks.  Then, I made a stencil on copy paper for the arrowheads and tail of the arrow and traced each stencil six times.  I colored them all pink to match the chopsticks, cut them out, and then glued them on.

The tricky part was trying to figure out how to attach the carrier to Emma.  I needed it to be fairly secure because what yorkie isn’t afraid of a carrier with arrows in it on her back?  So I wrapped a pipe cleaner around each end of the carrier and then tied it onto an old collar.  I then attached it to Emma, basically like you would a sash.

I’m not gonna lie… she was a little freaked out at first.  I let her get used to wearing the carrier and then placed the arrows in it (Baby Steps).

Next, with the help of a Boppy and spare sheet, we set up our photo studio.  Unfortunately, it took me a good part of the day to make the costume since I had to work during feedings.  So we ended up with afternoon sunlight… not the best.  Which is why there are a few shadows in the pictures.  I still think they turned out pretty cute though.

Did anybody else have an impromptu photo session for Valentine’s Day?  (probably not)  Or any other exciting Valentine’s Day activities?

I finished ML’s present but wanted to wait until later this week to show it to you.  I kinda thought he should see it first.  Good thing is, it’s not Valentine’s themed, so it won’t matter that I am waiting until later in the week to show it to you.

 

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Wait… that wasn’t summer vacation?

Can anybody believe it’s less than a week away from Valentine’s Day? Seems like we just finished summer vacation. Wait, that was just the crazy spring like weather we have been having in the middle of the winter. Not that I’m complaining… I love warm weather and sun shine!

Source: pixdaus.com via Krystle on Pinterest

(to eliminate any confusion this is not my back, front, or side yard)

I’ve been working on a little something for ML for Valentine’s day but wanted to wait until next week to share about it. I’ll give you a hint though. It’s not flowers, chocolates or any other type of food. Valentine’s Day is really a horrible holiday to follow New Years where so many people make resolutions to eat healthier!

It’s really not that big of a deal to ML and me though. I mean, I am going to make him a little something but that’s it. I don’t expect any flowers or lavish night out from him. Why? Should I doubt his love for me? Of course not! We just don’t feel we need a holiday to remind us to show our love for each other. For instance, he is going to be really surprised I remembered this, but he brings me flowers on the 10th of every month to celebrate our marriage (3.10.07, five years next month). Normally I lose track of the date and he completely surprises me. Also, we have a special night out planned for next weekend to see Wicked!!! So there’s plenty of special moments coming up.

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We enjoy spending a romantic Valentine’s night at home anyway. This way we get to avoid the waits at restaurants and crowds at the movies and just spend time with each other. I’ll probably make a special dessert though. Who doesn’t love an excuse to have a special treat!

(so as not to spoil the surprise, this is not what I will make)

So don’t consider us Valentine Scrooges but we are saving the cards, flowers and special night out for other days… like our anniversary!

What about you? Date night out or in? Any special Valentine’s Day traditions? Are you making something special for your significant other?

FYI: I updated the Our Home page with more pictures.

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