Saturday, April 27, 2013

This Week's Blog Post

Rosary Beads

This was my first time making rosary beads for a boy! 
Girls are easy.  I am happy with the results though. The glass beads are cats eye accented with pewter like beads. The sterling cross on this one is perfect! This will be carried by my nephew at his First Communion.

Birthday Flowers

My 39th birthday was a couple of weeks ago and Jim gave me a beautiful bouquet of red roses and Fuchsia pink carnations! 
These flowers lasted really long. Carnations are the Energizer Bunny of bouquets. This was taken 1 week later:
 The roses have passed on so yesterday I removed them and the carnations are still going strong!
Wine Tasting Party

I had always wanted to host a wine tasting party and finally did so! We got 4 whites and 4 reds. Yup, Jim and I already got into the 7 Deadly Zins before company arrived! Hence the wine stopper on 1 bottle!
Jim made these perfect pamphlets.
The graphic on the back was for tasting instructions! The was a non pretentious event!
I put wine glass charms on the glasses. Jim had the idea of gifting the glass along with its charm as the party favor! We scored the wine glasses from the dollar store. 

These were surprisingly good quality and actually made in the USA. The dollar store is full of surprises!

I got this prop for photo ops. It is a super huge brandy glass. Jim figured out the right food coloring combination to create the look of red wine from water. 
I actually came across a massive wine glass at a store and passed on it thinking I would never be able to use it again after the party. I wish I got it though! This style of glass has more decorating potential later.

My friends who are totally talented bakers brought this masterpiece of chocolate covered fruit including apples, bananas, strawberries and pineapple. What a hit this was! 

They used sticks and that foam stuff from a florist shop to show off the fruit!

Here is Jim and I. I was totally feeling the wine if you can’t tell from the photo.  Hence the over smiling.
Thank you for stopping by!!! Have a wonderful spring week ahead! I really need to start addressing my yard! ~Val


  1. Belated best wishes! The flowers are beautiful. I love the picture of you and Jim. Lovely!

  2. What a beautiful couple you are, Val!!!
    A belated but truly heartfelt Happy Birthday to you!!

    The rosary beads are just beautiful. How fortunate your nephew is to have someone so thoughtful. I am sure he will treasure them always.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Happy Birthday, a little late :-) What a great idea to have a wine tasting party~based on the wine and food and smiles, a good time was had by you all! What a beautiful photo of you and Jim, and the one of you and the brandy snifter should be your new profile picture :-D

  4. Happy birthday and many more! Love the wine tasting instructions and that huge brandy snifter! It's great to see people being casual and funny about wine tasting. People often take it way too seriously.

  5. Happy belated birthday! I love a bit of wine-induced over-smiling!
    The rosary you made is really gorgeous, the colours are great :D

  6. Happy wine smiles, hee hee
    And Happy 39th to you! I turn 40 soon. Goodbye 30s...

    That rosary is so,so gorgeous!

  7. Ow my Val, those rosary beads are so very pretty and I would say elegant as well. Love your newest works, just wonderful.

    Happy birthday to you....I'm glad you got to celebrate with Jim . You are a handsome couple.

    I love that wine glass, it is a riot.

    Have a great and creative week.


    Ps.. the earring arrived this week and are simply wonderful, cannot wait to wear the set together. I think I will have to get more sets from you once I move, I've be wearing more short sleeves which means more bracelets.

  8. Your smile is perfect, you make a handsome couple! I've never been to a wine tasting party, yours looks like you guys had fun~

    You cracked me up with that huge glass!

  9. you guys are such great couple! and esp. with the wine tasting ;) happy belated birthday :)

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  10. Happy belated Birthday, Val! You look adorable :)
    And what a gorgeous bouquet! Those pamphlets are a great idea! I bet you had a fantastic time :)

  11. oh what a fun post Val! and a great idea to host a wine tasting party ... I don't know why I never thought of that before?! Looks like you guys had a great time.

    and the rosary beads are really cool ... nice idea! never thought of created that before either!

    You are full of great ideas this week!

  12. What a great party! Happy Birthday ;o) So much fun! If I lived closer, I would have crashed the party! LOL! Love the picture of you and Jim ;o) The flowers are stunning! I love carnations! The rosary came out beautiful! Take Care and now get out into your yard ;o) Hugs ;o)

  13. Happy Birthday! Great photos of everything. ♥ Chocolate and wine, good combination :)

  14. The rosary is perfect. Lovely photos and the chocolate fruit looks scrumptious! A very fun wine tasting. ;)

  15. That looks like fun!!!! What a lovely time!

  16. Great post, fantastic photos:) Greetings

  17. Hi Val, Happy Birthday to you and what a fun post. Love your rosary beads for a boy. Really wonderful design with those beads. Your wine tasting party looks like such fun and love your pic with the great smile.
    Happy Wednesday.
    Hugs, CM

  18. Happy, happy birthday!! Wow, 39? You look amazing -- soon I'll be welcoming you to the 40s Club hee hee! That is such an elegant rosary, one that he will surely pass down to his own kids. You and Jim look perfect together :)

  19. Happy Birthday Val, your flowers are so beautiful!! A wine tasting party is such a great idea. It looks like you had a great time and it was a huge success. The rosary you created is great, the colors and the cross are perfect for a boy. I am sure your nephew will treasure it.
    Everyday Inspired

  20. Happy Birthday, Val!! beautiful flowers!!!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend full of sunshine, fun and love!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  21. Happy Belated Birthday, Val! You and your guy sure know how to do it up. Looks like you had a great party. For me, I'd skip the wine and dive into the chocolate covered everything. lol


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