I am part of a valentine swap with my friend Carol Parks. So here they are my valentines. I used half of a heart shaped candy box to create a hanging valentine. They were fun to make and I hope my valentines find them schweet!
On Friday I met Judi in chinatown for a little shopping and a beyond fabulous lunch at Yang Chow. I got some great stuff. Stocked up on my supply of Joss Paper. Also stopped by Michaels and picked up a few treasures by Martha - god she's good! A little shopping is good for the soul ;)
These two crack me up! They are so jealous always vying for who can be the closest. News on the surgery front ... started rehab yesterday which went very well - I have 70% range of motion now which is good - and hopefully 100% by surgery date as you lose 20% from surgery. Speaking of which February 13th is the big day - good news is it is outpatient and only an hour.
Well, I have some good news and boy did I need it after the week I have had - spilled boiling pasta water on my other leg and got 2nd degree burns down my thigh and my darling Ebony was very sick this morning - looks like she is on the mend (thank you God) So I was for sure down in the dumps - but ... I went for my mri today and doc appointment. Looks like my knee is healing nicely and I will have surgery in 3 weeks ( and the surgery is a lot less invasive than I thought - outpatient and less than an hour ;) So prehab for me for the next 3 weeks - but the greatest news is that my brace is now bendable and I CAN DRIVE! Let me tell you it feels as though I have been freed from prison! Yes, I still have a long journey ahead but this brightens my day!
Well, I have been busy making gifts for Valentines since I have so much time on my hands. So I thought I would share a little how to on making easy Valentine Candles -
1. Start with a scented candle and take off the label if it has one.
Collect some supplies - go to a scrapbook store and select some cool papers in pink, red, etc, some lovely ribbons, embellishments, a punch , some ink and I love these very cool labels from Cavellini from Barnes and Noble.
Cut a strip of paper with pinking shears and adhere it to the jar.
Add second smaller width of paper to add dimension.
Use a large punch and punch out a circle of paper and glue to the top of the jar ( if your candle has one)
Add ribbon to the lid using glue dots.
Adhere a label to the front of the jar.
Use some distress ink and rub along the edges to give a vintage feel.
Add some buttons with glue dots or hot glue
create a tag using a punch, stickers, brads, embellishments
Functionality is the key I have realized and a bit of Acceptance ;) Rebecca Sower had written about the fact that one of her ungoals for the year was to not work so hard on having a neat studio but to make her art instead - it is a struggle for us all do we organize or create. I told her that a while back someone had said to me "your an artist and artists are messy - your studio looks like a studio" and you know what yes that is me I am a NESTER in home, studio, and life - I like to nest - lots of bits and pieces around me. HOWEVER, there is a balance .... having my lovely knee injury has forced me to organize my studio so that it is functional for me - as I can't get up and down a lot. So this weekend I rearranged my desk area so that I could get to things -
So here it is - not everything is clean and neat or vintage and wooden or matches in anyway - I have plastic and wood and cardboard and you name it - but it is my little nest and I am comfortable I am still working on the rest of the studio to make it more functional - but another realization for me is that I DON'T HAVE TO DO IT ALL AT ONCE! Yes, another lesson learned is to take it in stages - hard one for me but doable I am feeling like I want to go in there and create and that is the key and BTW this didn't happen overnight - first my loving housekeeper felt so bad about me accident that she and her daughter went in and spent the day just clearing a path into the room ;) Stage 2 was my darling Judi spent the day taking stuff out having me sort and throw stuff away - thank god for these dear souls - then I was actually able to sit and sort and move stuff about. Little steps - little steps - No pun intended ;) and lastly speaking of function I found this great little stand at Bed,Bath and Beyond that is made for pantry shelves - but holds my laptop up and out of the way while I work but can check email, listen to itunes, watch a movie - etc. So I say to you embrace your inner nester, find some balance in your studio - NESTER UNITE!