Things are looking up

I'm doing better now!  I just received a surprise in the mail which I will photograph and show you as soon as possible; and, my son is back at school after being home ill for a couple of days!  I have spent the morning doing what I love: going to an estate sale, and then an antique store.  I took lots of photos of the antique store's Valentine's Day displays for an upcoming article, too, which is always fun! 

This morning I hung up my Valentine banner that I made last year from cards I bought from Julia at The Spotted Sparrow.  It's red and purple, because my dining room is painted aubergine.  Here are some photos from when I blogged about it before.  Have you been decorating for hearts and flowers day?

Angela made the cutest snowman quilt recently, and gave away her leftover material, including a quilt block, on her blog.  Guess who won it?  I just saw on her blog that she's doing it again, too, with different scraps, so go visit and enter!
I got a chance to "meet" (only online, though) a jewelry artist named Stephanie who creates jewelry using repurposed items; she calls her shop Another Use.  I wrote an article about her unique approach for  You can read it here!

I'm off to work on sorting my ephemera -- a task that is more play than work!  I hope you're having a wonderful day, too!


Tammy said…
Love the banner! Thanks for the link to the Country Scrap Quilts blog. She's got me inspired! Can't wait to see the suprise you got in the mail.
Kateyed said…
Glad you got out to some estate sales. You are so busy and do such great work, too. I am amazed. We are not at home so I am doing a journal class on's been a lot of fun but I am anxious to get home to Minneapolis...even if it is snowy!
Anonymous said…
I really like your banner!!
Micki said…
Glad that you are feeling better. What wonderful finds and what fun you must have had!
Anonymous said…
It is so nice to hear you are doing better now. I love your banner and am happy that you are finding joy settling into your routine again.
Kim Hanauer said…
Hi Laurie!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I will put your name in the hat for my giveaway. What a sweet Valentine suprise! It`s always so nice to receive a gift from a friend!
Wasn`t Silver Bella great? It makes you wonder how could it get any better! Wish I could have met you! There`s always next year!
I loved your blog and I`ll be back to visit often!
I`m a new follower.
Have a Blessed day~
Kim :0)
I have not been decorating for Valentine's Day but I have made quite a few Valentine-style ATCs, which was fun! :o)
I have spent a great time browsing through your blog - thank you x Hilda

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