Showing a little "Love"

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Wreath made from Vintage Love letters - by Diane Passi
 I'm sorry that I've been "absent" for the last week or so. Between the crush of the holidays, the "after holiday clean-up" and a few other significant life events, I've been "showing love" to those that I love.  Not that I don't love this blog and all of those of you who take the time to read it, but sometimes other things take precedent. I hope that you understand. 

Now that the Christmas decorations are "almost" put away, (and by "almost" I mean that you still can't walk in my dining room or guestroom but at least the rest of the house is somewhat back to normal), I've
had some time to spend doing a little creating, a little shopping and a little decorating.

I don't know about you but, after I finish putting the Christmas decorations away and giving everything a good cleaning, I always feel like my house looks a little empty and "unloved".  While I'm always thankful to have the chore of packing the boxes behind me, I always feel a little sad when the ornaments and garlands are banished to storage for another year and it seems to me that my house does too.  

I got to visit with my friend, Diane Passi last week, we stopped at some shops in Geneva and I bought the wonderful wreath above from her while I was at her amazing home.

Yesterday, I spent some time at Grayslake Flea Market with Laura from B&B's Nest and my friend Maureen.  We were able to shop the booths of some of my very favorite vendors, Jeanine from Chippy Shabby, Jan from Gracie's Cottage, Diane Passi, Rhubarb Reign and I'm sure that I've left a couple of people off of the list but suffice it to say, it was a wonderful day! I'll show you pix of my new treasures this week!

Last night, I made the cute, hot pink felt wreath shown here, on my mantel. (thanks, Diane, for telling me how to do it.) I used a Styrofoam heart  ($3.99 less 40% with a coupon from Hobby Lobby). I wrapped it  in some leftover ribbon that's the same color as the felt to help hide any Styrofoam that might show through between the felt circles.  It took about 1/2 yard of hot pink felt cut into 3 inch circles (about 100 of them). Cut the circles then fold them in fourths and  pin in place. Once the circles were traced and cut, it went really quickly and was so easy that I may make a red one for the family room or kitchen!

Here's a shot of the chair in the living room and one of the chest that's currently in my foyer while the other one undergoes it's "transformation" now that I finally made it to Carter's Cottage in DeKalb to pick up my AS chalk paint!

More this week. Have a glorious day!