Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valentine Decor

Can you believe it?  It's almost February and with that comes Valentine's Day!  So I've done a little re-decorating here on the ol' blog.  If you're viewing this in a reader you might click over to my actual blog site so you can see the results and let me know what you think of my new header.  I signed up for the premium version of picnik and was able to do some fancy artsy things with photos I took of my grocery store tulips.  It brings a little bit of spring even though spring seems like a long ways off most days. 

In keeping with the Valentine theme, here's a peek at one of several projects I've been working on these past few weeks.  Sharon over at Daisy Cottage Quilting posted a tutorial for a Valentine table runner.  I didn't take the time to do the entire project (yet!) but did use a portion to make a little "mug rug".  But if you want a cute project for coming holiday, be sure to go check out her website for the instructions.  The mug rug is the perfect size for a cup of coffee and a cookie.  Notice, no cookie here.  New Year's resolutions are still in effect here at our house!!

So other than some secret sewing projects and a couple of quick out of town trips, nothing much going on here.  We finally made it to St. Louis for Christmas with the family there.  We enjoyed an afternoon with the grandsons while Mom and Dad had to work but came home the next day.  Another quick drive up to Indy last weekend for D to attend the Woodworking Show at the fairgrounds.  While he browsed through aisles of router bits and designer tools, I ventured out to find a new (to me) quilt shop, Quilts Plus.  (Loved it!)

Warning.  The remainder of this post is purely just a little Grammie bragging.  But it's my blog and so I guess I can!

Mr. J is getting so grown up!  He doesn't hesitate to carry on a conversation - and loves to watch the Packers.  Here he's showing us how he can "smile from ear to ear" !  "Little" Mr. B is such a happy guy and will be walking soon, and just might have the weight advantage over his big brother. 

Local boy Mr. D loves to come to Grammie and Papa's house where his favorite thing to do is sneak down the stairs to Papa's home office and check up on him.  I'm not sure that Papa minds too much though.

Okay, thank you for allowing me to exercise that prerogative!

Thanks for stopping by - and Happy Valentine's Day - just in case I'm just as slow with my next post as I was with this one!


Red Geranium Cottage said...

Janet what a cute idea!!!! I love it. Perfect for your mug. I need to make one of those tooo.
Your grandsons are adorable!! You lucky thing.
And don't ya love Quilts Plus. I wish Boo was still in Indiana. Great quilt shops there.

Sharon said...

Adorable little guys...such blessings to have! I like your mug rug...need to checkout the tutorial.

Cheryl said...

Cute mug rug!! Your little guys are so cute and have gotten so big. Where does the time go? Being a grammie is the best!

Thimbleanna said...

Gosh, I can't believe those little guys are getting so big -- they're adorable. Love the new blog look too -- especially the tulips!

Lori said...

Your new header is wonderful and just screams warm spring days to me! Counting down until we get there again!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Your little "valentines" are precious. I like the mug mat too. :-)