Saturday, December 17, 2011

This Week's Blog Post!

Fun Earrings!
I worked on my 9 year old niece’s Christmas present. She requested a bunch of earrings. A couple of months ago she texted me that blues and greens are her favorite colors so that deemed to be useful information!

I love these abstract star charms. I am hoping to have enough time to make something else for her with them before the holiday!!!

Jim's Birthday
So it was Jim’s birthday on the 14th and I got him this wine which we both love but since we are paying attention to our spending, we have not had in a long time! Earthquake cab is $23/bottle but worth every penny! I also got him the Michael Buble Christmas CD! We both adore him.

He loves cheese with his wine so I got these…roasted garlic chedder, brie, gruyere and plain chedder. I am so jealous of him since I am lactose intolerant. Of course my taste buds love cheese. Total curse.

The moment I knew my fabulous Jim was different from other men was when after date number 2 he called me to say he got us tickets for the Buble concert in Boston. The date of the concert was almost 2 months out and I remember thinking…wow this guy really believes in us! I have learned from this relationship that believing in it is key. I always thought trust was the key…and it is, but beyond that we need to believe in our relationships. It removes any doubts we may have!

Christmas Party
We attended a Christmas party last weekend and I was excited to wear these vintage costume pearls.

They had belonged to my great aunt and I have had them for quite a while but this was the first opportunity I have had to wear them! I will have to find some new tops that work with the necklace. I feel like it is too dressy to wear down….maybe if there was 1 less strand I could pull off a casual look with them.

New Mailers
I get excited about the strangest things.

I have used 2 different sized padded mailers for the longest time and I just incorporated these adorable little mailers into the business! I never thought I would ever use the word adorable and mailers in the same sentence! They will be perfect for when I just ship small findings orders. Their length is about the length of a pen!

New Boiler!!!!!
My new boiler was installed Thursday! Hallelujah to future savings in oil consumption and electricity!!!! It is not a pretty contraption and it cost a significant amount of money but I am excited about this too! It is so tiny compared to my old rusty unit from 1960. This thing looks confusing to me and the installer asked me if I had any questions. It made no sense for me ask any since the answers would have gone through 1 ear and out the other! I have the manual and their phone number which should suffice!

The installation went too smoothly so I had a bad feeling about that. I awoke the next day in a sweltering hot house!!!! The thermostat was turned down to 62 overnight and the house was over 70 degrees! Luckily the contractor came back Friday and now it is normal.

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season! Before we know it, the new year will be here! ~Val


  1. You sound just like me where workmen and contraptions are concerned, in one ear and out of the other. I'd sooner refer to a manual.
    Happy Birthday to Jim. It sounds like you have a lovely man there :)

  2. The pearls are lovely! Hope you find more opportunities to wear them.
    You both look so sweet together in the photo ♥ Happy birthday to him!

  3. Hi Val, Your niece will love those earrings, they are wonderful and colorful. Happiest of birthdays to Jim as well, the two of you make a beautiful couple.

    Wanted to stop by and wish you lovely holidays....see you in the new year.


  4. You and your new mailers! lol I remember being excited for new school supplies. Ahhh, to write on that first sheet of notebook paper with a new pen. Oh, joy!

    I'm so excited to hear about your new boiler. Good times ahead!

    And finally, very Happy Birthday wishes to your hubby. :-)

  5. Your niece's age is the perfect one to be styling earrings and she is lucky to have you as her aunt!

    Take care of your man. I didn't date much but you surely know when you've found that special one.

  6. pretty pretty starfish earrings! (I get excited about envelopes too)

  7. Val, Those are the cutest little earrings your niece is going to love them. Happy Birthday to Jim you two make a very lovely couple and I like the idea of believing in a relationship it does go hand in hand with trust and honensty. Love those pearls. Hey I think that they would dress up any t-shirt and jeans combo I say go for it! I'm glad your broiler is working well now.
    Merry Christmas,

  8. hola guapa!! me encanta los pendientes!!! y michael buble ... que lindo es... besitos!!!

  9. What a fun collection of earrings, I am sure your niece will love them. I hope Jim had a wonderful birthday, and you guys enjoyed the wine. Enjoy your new heat, I remember how nice it was when we got our new furnace. I wish you and your family have a wonderful holiday!
    Everyday Inspired

  10. Your niece is going to love her gifts!
    Mmmm...I love a good glass of wine :)
    Love your pearls...I have a necklace that belonged to my great-grandmother that I love to wear!
    And don't worry,you're not the only one who gets excited about supplies...I'm right there with you :)

  11. I loooooooooooooooove cheese! I cannot stress that enough. My mouth started watering the second I ran across your photo :D

  12. Hi Val, well aren't you the cutest Aunt to be creative for your niece, those are nice earrings, I make jewelry also, have far to many supplies for the time I have to spend in making.
    The wine looks fun, I have never seen the brand will look for it.
    Happy Birthday Jim!!
    I too have a fetish for school supplies of any kind, paper clips in different shapes and fun note books.I want to thank you for stopping by my blog,I appreciate that.
    Keep sharing your fun stories.

    Merry Christmas!!

  13. I'm sure your niece will love those fantastic earrigs!

  14. The earrings are so lovely. I'm sure she will just adore them.

    Cheese and wine sound like a fantastic combination to me. Plus the Michael Buble Christmas cd.

  15. What a beautiful photograph you both Val!!
    LOVE the name of the wine, and I will definitely have to check that out.

    Sending you wishes for a beautiful Holiday.


    P.S. The earrings arrived, and they are just GORGEOUS!! Thank you!

  16. That picture of the two of you looks adorable. You're a wonderful couple :)


    ps merry christmas!

  17. Val, the earrings are adorable! I'm sure they will be much loved, worn and appreciated. Hehe - I too get excited about funny things - I totally understand you "loving" the mailers! When I found clear plastic envelopes for my greeting cards I suddenly felt SO professional! Happy Holidays!

    An Unrefined Vegan
    Dough, Dirt & Dye
    Empty On the Inside

  18. Nice to meet you! And greetings to your other half ;) Your place in Blogland is beautiful, so much life and creativity goes on! I like what you are making, your earrings are so simple and elegant at same time, it's amazing!
    Finally, I wish you merry Cristmas and a happy New Year! Peace and love.

  19. Hi Val, nice to meet you and thanks for stopping at my blog. Your soup recipe a few posts down, sounds easy and something I'd like to try.

    Cute earrings and the pearls look great.

    Happy New Year to you and Jim!


  20. I love those pearls you have on - so perfect!!


Thank you for stopping by! I love reading visitor comments! ~Val