Saturday, May 26, 2012

This Week's Blog Post

Onyx With Gold 
Black onyx eyeglass chains and lanyards have always been a staple in my shop. However I have only made these using silver accents!
So I whipped up a gold eyeglass chain and will be doing the same with a lanyard. Onyx is such an affordable classic for every woman’s wardrobe! Available at Miss Val's Creations.
She’s So Creative
4 of my girlfriends celebrate May birthdays. This year I did my card shopping through She’s SoCreative on Etsy!
This one has salad dressing on the outside and reads “It’s Your Birthday! Just Vegetate.” Inside.
This one reads “Edna’s therapist tries a new approach to curing her fear of sharks.” on the outside and reads “Forget all our worries and have a happy birthday” on the inside.
This one reads “The Origin of Turkey Bacon” on the outside and “And that’s why they don’t have happy hour on farms anymore.” on the inside.
This one reads “The Dog Walk” on the outside and reads “Woof, woof! Happy birthday” on the inside.
Besides birthday cards, this shop has a great selection of other cards for various occasions. She also offers art prints, notepads, napkins, aprons and more! Stop by She’s So Creative for some fun shopping! I love her play on words!!! See her interpretation of pasta bowl or french chicks.  Like her on Facebook.
Brunch Fun
The May birthday girls came over for brunch. One of them and her daughter brought me a beautiful, vibrant bouquet!
A week later, the flowers still look fabulous. I decided to give the big orange one its own vase which Emmett thought was really cool.
I was craving one of my favorite things which I had to make….a corn salsa dip!  Simply combine the following in a bowl:
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, if desired
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing (I actually only use 1/4 cup of light)
It is ridiculously delicious as is or with tortilla chips. Luckily this has no effect on my gluten free diet!!!!
I have a huge rhododendron that has amazing blooms. Here is the evolution of this bloom!
New Hairstyle
Every 6 months or so I feel a need to change my hair style (in the side bar). This is the latest. I actually had a different cut for the last 5 weeks which I did not care for. This is a modification of the last style combined with my former style.
Thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend and week!!!  ~Val


  1. Hi Val, I love your newest creation, as always, I enjoy your work.

    Thanks for the salsa wouldn't believe the wonderful recipes I get from blogs, it's amazing. Well, I guess you would believe it since you posted another yummy one. Chris and I are not great cooks, not in our house so any help we get is always appreciated.

    I wanted to wish you a wonderful and happy Memorial Day weekend.

    Ruth the cards you purchased.

    1. Thank you Ruth! This recipe is great....very little work and no cooking involved!

  2. Awww...Emmett looks so sweet sniffing the bloom :)
    Cute photo, Val! Your hair's darker than before isn't it?
    Fun cards! I'm sure your friends loved them. Must check out the shop! I didn't know you were on a gluten free diet. So is my mom and it is tough for her sometimes. Luckily there are quite a lot of gluten free products available these days!
    have a terrific weekend,

    1. Thank you Duni. I color my own hair and it is fresh color so it looks darker. 3 weeks from now it will be a little faded! Living gluten free is a little challenging but there is a lot of help out there with the internet.

  3. The hair cut was the first thing I noticed - you look like a teen! :)) The firts photo of rhododendron is so cool, I don't know how I missed this interesting stage of bloom, I must been thinking of "dog walk" maybe ;)

    1. A teen?! Love that, with forty only a couple of years away! This is the only rhododendron I have that blooms this way. It is really cool!

  4. pretty lanyard! Onyx has got to be one of my favorite beads to work with - so versatile. Those cards are a crack up - their great! And after reading the cocktail blog hop ... along with your salsa above - I think it is just about time for a snack! 40? you are still just a pup :) The hair is cute and sassy - just perfect for this beautiful weather we're having

  5. that pig and turkey card is a hoot. and your new do looks great.

  6. Your haircut is adorable!!! Love the newest creation ;o) I like black onyx ;o) Emmett is adorable with the flower ;o) The corn salsa looks soooo good ;o) I hope you are having a great long weekend ;o)

  7. Those cards are cute and quirky. I like to give cards with a handwritten note inside. The corn salsa dip looks delicious (very summery and fresh looking). And I like Emmett with the flower.

  8. That's so sweet of you to get those wonderful cards and host a brunch on your friends' birthdays. I'm sure you all had a great time. And I might just have to try that salsa, because it's looking mighty good!

  9. Ooh, that onyx eyeglasses chain is gorgeous, great job! And those cards are fabulous; I just love plays on words. I hope all of your friends had wonderful birthdays! :D (Also, those photos of your rhododendron blooming are fantastic. :)

    And I love your new haircut, it's so cute! I think short hair is fantastic, and that new style looks great on you. :D Hugs!

  10. Always so many goodies to comment on! I love your eyeglass chains, and every time I see them I covet one just a little bit more. Too bad my eyes are so bad that my glasses never actually leave my fact until I go to bed! ;) Great cards and the birthday celebration sounds like fun! I adore your new haircut, it gives you a whole new look! Now I'm craving some of your corn salsa... ;) Have a great week Val!

    1. I wish I had a need to use eyglass chains too. They are so fun and pretty! My eyesight is terrible too. I am either wearing contact lenses or glasses!

  11. you always have beautiful pictures!!! i've always loved your necklaces!!

  12. Hi Val,

    Your jewelry always looks beautiful!
    The new picture of you is so cute.
    The flowers are so pretty.
    Thanks for the recipe.


  13. LOVE your haircut Val!!

    You are always cooking up such yummy things, and this corn salsa sounds wonderful. Perfect for the hot weather we are having here right now.

    Emmett is just adorable, and I absolutely love this photograph of him "inspecting" the flower.

    Sending you wishes for a wonderful week ahead!

  14. I love your new haircut, it looks young and fresh! Great collection of card, thanks for sharing the link. I have a friend who would love those. Your rhododendron is beautiful, it makes me wish I had flowers in my yard. As always your work is lovely. The black onyx eye glass chain is striking with the silver accents.
    Everyday Inspired

  15. the dip looks yummmmmyyy!! im vegetarian so i love hearing of recipes like this!

    i haven't been posting on my blog a lot this school year, but i just did and i will more this summer. i hope youll please check it out! i write about love, life and happiness :3

    - <3

  16. i always love your recipes!

    thanks for visiting my blog and left me a comment! :)

    the STYLE Fringe BLOG

  17. I noticed your new photo before reading about it. You look great! The boquet of flowers look fabulous and the rhododendron too!

  18. Haha, cute cards... :) And gorgeous flowers! ♥ I love, love, love the rhododendron ♥ Gorgeous ♥ How I'd love to take some pictures of that ;)

    And the new haircut? Adorable! ♥ I noticed the new picture as soon as I came to your Blog :)


  19. Onyx is my fave!!

    Love your hair cut ♥

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