Best Valentine’s Date You Will Ever Have

I hear you, mom… 

It’s been a long day…week…month…year…decade…

I know. Been there. I’m writing this post for you during what I think I will someday refer to as my restful season…its Springtime in 2015…for you to read around Valentines Day next year… Or the year after… Or in 50 years of my simple little blog remains beyond my years…
I won’t get mushy or go into a long spiel about what you feel or what I feel or you should feel or what he or you or whoever should or shouldn’t.
My best advice in my still learning but been in this game for quite some time wisdom… just be. Enjoy what is in front of you… don’t expect your moments to look like a reality show or a fairy tale or something from a movie. Don’t expect to have the best story of your significant other did for you on such and such special occasion.
Don’t put that kind of pressure on yourself or on anyone else that you care about. The best part of the story is the part you can’t share. You can’t describe. Who cares if you didn’t go out on Valentine’s Day? I’m not big on crowds and showy things anyway… if you are … no offense … embrace it, enjoy it, and have a blast!  I’d rather have a night out on the town on Tuesday when the streets are quiet but things are still going on that no one else can see.
If it’s just you without the kiddos or if you just loathe some particular holiday for whatever reason (I’ve heard a lot of reasons…), grab a book or catch a movie or something… Work a few extra hours … Take a bath… Hang out with a friend… Go shopping… Or go do something most people won’t do on whatever day it might be. Just be. Be you. Be awesome.
imageOn Valentine’s Day this year, we didn’t even attempt to get a babysitter or go out – we grabbed a heart shaped pizza and pulled out the linens and China. And maybe you can see just a glimpse of our awesome. It lasted less than an hour. But the story in my head and heart will be for always and I hope that the littles will always remember it, too. I can’t tell you that story and I can’t tell you about the little piece of my heart that is not at that table, but blessedly just a phone call away… All I can tell you is to stop for. Just a few minutes and enjoy what is right in front of you…   Much love – XOXO – C

Valentine’s Day Upcycled Dress

Because she holds the key to my heart.

I can’t find my before picture – pretty sure it’s on my computer that crashed out last week…bygones…but here are a few in progress shots and, of course, the after cuteness. Just picture a cute but drab dress with military style buttons.  I liked it when I bought it, but knew the sparkly one would not so much.  So, we embellish…

Worked in a few hearts with a quick reverse applique –

Reverse Applique

All I did here was was cut some hearts out of pink fabric (about 1/4-1/2″ bigger than i wanted the finished heart.  Basted them on the inside of the dress in random spots with basting spray and stitched them on with pink thread.

Then, I flipped it inside out and cut out the heart on the dress just inside the stitch line to reveal the pink on the right side. Easy peasy.

I had already removed the old buttons.  My favorite is the heartimage & lock.  I actually searched and searched for that – harder to find than you might think! Thank you Etsy! I got these fabulous buttons from Threadbender64. Sewed those on in place of the original buttons – and done.  The whole project took maybe an hour? We are not counting the 2 months…or so…that it took me to actually get to it and finish it…that’s just what happens around here…but she loves it, and I do to!  Just wanted to show you how easy it is to spruce up an outfit!

Add heart tights and some awesome boots…and voila!  Ready to go!

And, yes, the umbrella is required on bright, sunny days.


imageBe devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.   Romans 12:10