Valentine’s Pretties February 16, 2011 As previously mentioned I kind of sucked on the Christmas gifts so here are a few Valentine’s make goods. This one is a necklace I made for a super sweet friend of mine. I couldn’t resist the “Queen Bee”. I’ve had this collage on my desk for a long time and finally finished adding pieces parts. The collage made its way into this charm and I love the close up. I want to think I was channeling Frida Kahlo without the color and amazing talent but it’s my moment of delusion so there you go. Baking and Soldering February 14, 2011 I’ve become a huge fan of the show “Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag” on the OWN network so I did a little baking this weekend. Although to be clear, I don’t really need much of a push to do any baking! These were cookies I made over the holidays and froze the dough. This is the absolute best way to insure an easy option for much needed baked goods in an emergency. I thawed them over a few days then rolled them and baked them today. They’re the Mexican Hot Chocolate cookies from one of the cookie editions of Martha Stewart Living. Super tasty and the touch of chipotle powder to the mixture you roll the cookies in is awesome. I think they’re the perfect “take to the office for Valentine’s treat”. Muffins from one of my favorite baking books. I made the blueberry muffins but had to swap out most of the sour cream for yogurt and it’s a pretty tasty substitution. After Rolland nicely ran out to get more sour cream, I made another batch for him with cherries instead of blueberries. He declared these tasty as well. And finally for dinner, homemade pizza. I’ve been making the crust for years which is super easy. The sauce my dad actually taught me forever ago and it’s still a favorite. Rolland, not a fan but that’s the beauty of homemade pizza, everybody can make it to order. During all of the cooking frenzy, I made 5 charms. 3 are for Valentine’s gifts (I was a big failure at Christmas so folks are getting Valentine’s gifts!) and two others just ’cause I had enough stuff on my desk to work on a few more and more sparkles are always great. I hope everyone had a terrific Valentine’s eve and have plans for a sweet and romantic day tomorrow. For the love of pink February 11, 2011 I’m over at the day job’s blog today sharing my love of pink! There are some very pretty pictures over there. 🙂 A Faux Vintage Assembley February 9, 2011 On Sunday I wanted to do a little jewelry making without a major production. I dug through the bead drawer and found these yummy gumball looking stones. I decided to use links from vintage chain that I just can’t seem to get enough of it (here and here). I had a few beads leftover and thought this little guy needed something really pretty to show him off. Oddly, the hubby didn’t hate it and called it “Egyptian Looking”. I think he’s on to something there. Most Recent Snowfall February 6, 2011 Cirque Came to Town February 5, 2011 Last weekend we ventured out to Ikea and saw the cirque folks were all set up. I love Cirque du Soleil and we’ve checked out all of their Vegas offerings except Elvis – next time – and even the hubby loves it. He drove all around the baseball field in Frisco so I could snap some shots. He’s a keeper! Good thing we ventured out, we ended up iced/snowed in all week! Pics in the next post.