Friday, February 22, 2013

Loving Life

Yep, that's what I'm doing!!  This has been a busy month with a few work related trips and some general fun.  

:: A trip for work that afforded me the chance to visit my stepsister in Pittsburgh.   It's always to good to spend time with family.  

:: Taxes filed.  I know this wouldn't qualify as "loving life" for some but I do so enjoy getting this responsibility done early and filed. 

:: A trip to one of my favorite conferences with a great colleague and some awesome students.  

:: Valentine's Day with my love.

:: Brunch with my good friend Pam.  She's good for keeping my head on straight.  Plus, brunch was Crab Cakes Benedict.  Yum!  

:: A lovely gift from my students.... a bracelet that shines and makes me smile when I wear it.  It was sweet of them. 

::  Cadbury mini eggs.  In stores now. Again with the yum!

I'm seriously blessed.  Thanks (a wee bit early) February for all of your goodness.  I hope March can match it!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Roses and Fabric: The Stuff Happiness is Made Of

My Valentine's Day was great!  Overall, I'm not a big advocate for celebrating the day.  I like unscripted romance.  Plus as someone who didn't have a Valentine for many years, I spent many a day without roses and chocolate.  But, the manfriend is a big fan, which is super sweet.  So there were roses and chocolates.  Much appreciated by me!  And, he liked the scavenger hunt for his gifts.  I also got some valentines from some good colleagues....

The other blessing currently is a long weekend.  I had a couple of vacation days I needed to take so I've been hanging out at home and taking care of a few tasks.  One of them has been playing around with some of the editing apps for my iPhone.  The below photo was one I edited the other day.  I tried to take pictures of Rosy but it turns out I'm a more still model than her!  Thank goodness for being able to turn the camera around on the phone.  Anywho, it's fun to have a little better idea of what my apps can do. 
 I've also been doing some sewing.  I've had this fabric for a while.  And I've been pretty dissatisfied with the quilt hanging over my ugly electrical panel in the living room.  (Really, the molding frame around it doesn't make it prettier, management company!)  So I figured I'd get to work on sewing up something new.
 I cut a bunch of 6x6" squares and put together the top below.  I like it but am not 100% sure it's the right thing for my wall.  Once it's quilted, I might decide it should just be a little topper for my kitchen table.  Right now, I don't have enough batting to work on it so it's sitting in my "to be quilted" pile. 
iPhone photo - sorry for the slight fuzziness!
 I think I'll like it once finished!!  I purchased some batting online because this week is simply too crazy to get to the store to get some.

I also purchased some fabric yesterday.  I think I'm making a mini quilt for a friend and bought some fabric that I think will be perfect.  I'm looking forward to that package arriving.  It's been too long since I got a package of fabric happiness! 
Lastly, a photo of my freshly groomed girl.  (She does kind of pose for me sometimes!)  It's been nice to have the last couple of days off to spend time with her.  She's such a delightful little companion! 

Hope you are having a happy week too!  Off now to think about my Pinterest inspired dinner! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Love is in the Air

I've been spoiling the manfriend with a "month of love." When he was out of town the first weekend of the month, I went and covered his door with paper hearts and a calendar with love quotes. Last week, I sent him a Cheryl and Co cookie in the mail. Tomorrow I have a few gifts for him and a scavenger hunt for him to get to find them all. I think I might come up with another little something for the end of the month too.

The good news is he spoils me too. Tomorrow we're going out to dinner at my favorite restaurant in Philly. Today, I got 18 long stem lovelies at work. I feel so blessed.

Happy Valentine's Day to you!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentine Crafting

I've been doing a little Valentines crafting.  Oh, it feels so good to have the sewing machine out again!!  First, I made this little heart to hang on the inside of my apartment door.  It's always nice to have a little something on the back of the door. 
 Then, I decided some Valentine's bunting was in order.  I went through my pink scraps and put together this little lovely.  It's hanging in the hallway between my living room and bedroom.  So fun!!  It still kind of surprises me to see it there! 
Then today, I made this little cosmetics bag (or something.... not sure what I'm going to use it for!).  I love the pocket.  I used laminated fabric for the inside of the bag and pocket. 
 And last, a gratuitous shot of my girl.  Rosy got a Valentine today from my friend's pit bulls Kayla and Reggie.  It's rawhide.  She chewed it, rolled on it, licked it and left it for more love later on. 
Happy (almost) Valentine's Day!