Saturday, January 5, 2008

Happy New Year and Sweet Valentines

Happy New Year to everyone!
It has been almost 2 weeks since I posted. I have been trying to delay the fact that Christmas is over and wishing that for a few more moments time would stand still, but it does not and again, I have to say goodbye to my boys whose lives take them far away. It was blissful while it lasted, and I will continue to enjoy the memory. I hope everyone had as fullfilling a holiday as I.

To keep my mind off the inevitable, I have decided to give in to the "world" and admit that Valentines day will come next month. What does a craft artist do to "be happy" or maintain a little sanity? We create.

For these items, I have used quite a bit of German scrap. It reminds me of the Valentines boxes my father gave my mother. I have also mixed reds and pinks, and being true to my style have added lots of details.

Again, Happy New Year to everyone! I look forward to seeing all your new creations of 2008!


Alison Gibbs said...

Ele your dinng table looks lovely.
I hate letting go of christmas too! I am lucky that all of my children live within a 45 minute drive.Today I am packing away my decorations. I guess I can't put it off any longer.
I love your valentine's day pieces.

Jennifer Hayslip said...

Ele, Happy New Year!!!! I LOVE your comment about what does a craft artist do to be happy or maintain sanity. WE CREATE! Sooo true!!!Looove your sweet valentine cherubs! German scraps are sooo yummy to use! Your dining room is GORGEOUS! I too STILL have my dining room decorated still in Christmas decor. I DONT want take it all down it's too pretty! :)
Glad you joined my swap! Cant wait to see your fabulous creation!

Georgia Peachez said...

Happy New Year and I am looking forward to your blog in 2008!! xo, suzy said...

I love your creations and I cant let go of Chritmas either. Hugs,Angelina

Anonymous said...

Hello Ele, just popping by to wish you a very Happy New Year. We admire your creative style and always enjoy our visit here. May 2008 be a wondeful year for you :) Jenn and Jacqui

Sharon said...

I love your sweet Valentines, hope you will be making lots more to share with us. said...

Love what you made there. The dining room table setting is simply gorgeous, no wonder you don't want to let go:)

CatieAn said...

hi ele
Thank you for visiting my website and signing up for the give away.
I am visiting everyone to thank them and to view their blogs. I am amazed at how many 'kindred spirits' are out here in blog land

Dona said...

Ele, everything is soooooo pretty. I know how you feel about your boys going back, my daughter goes soon too. But my son, he's up for rent. Good price to. Just feed him



Sarah and Jack said...

The Valentines are gorgeous.

Sandy said...

Happy New Year to you, too. Your valentines look wonderful.

Saucy said...

Truly, one of the things I look forward to after Christmas is over is seeing the Valentine's goodies in the stores. Valentine's is such a nice time for crafts and shabby little projects, don't you think?

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

The dining room is so pretty. Love the chair bows. Your Valentine items are gorgeous...loving it all. xo Lynn

Tara said...

Love the pink diningroom! Your creations are gorgeous!

Elizabeth said...

How pretty. My whole house is painted pink. We must be pink sisters. LOL

Sugar Bear said...

I so know what you mean - I have a very hard time letting go of Christmas as well but I think I'm finally ready to move on and get ready for Valentines - your pieces are beautiful! Gorgeous hearts. Your dining room is amazing.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Hi Ele!
Love the valentines. Very beautiful. Hope you have a FABULOUS 2008!

Unknown said...

Ele, I love you Valentine's!! They look so vintage!!

Your dining table for Christmas looks stunning! I just love that room and the wall colors :)

Happy New Year! Hope it is the best yet :)
Love ya,

Lolly said...

Happy New Year! Your valentine creations are beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Alice Regan said...

Happy New Year! I know it's hard to let go of the just seems to be a blur. It goes by so fast. And, now we must look ahead to Valentine's Day. It just seems to early. I love your holiday dining room, it's just beautiful! Perhaps you can hang onto that for awhile longer.

Lori said...

Happy New Year Ele!!!
your valentines are Gorgeous!!! all of the details are wonderful and sweet!!!

Monica said...

ooh your table looked so pretty!
I know how you feel about the boys heading back . My hubby was home for the Holidays and he leaves this weekend to head back to Korea for another 6 months.. I am dreading it!
I did sign up for 2 Valentines swaps to keep me busy
That should make me HAPPY and keep me busy :)

CIELO said...

There is only one way to happiness, and that is cease worrying about the things which are beyond the power of our will.

Be happy!


HippieDog said...

Hi darling Ele!! So glad you're back!! Glad you had a wonderful holiday with your family----your boys will be back before you know it :) I love your Valentine yummies! Can't wait to start making a few things for my 2nd favorite holiday! Just for the record, I kept the white lights in the kitchen above the cabinets, left a small tree adorned with your ornaments in the dining room....and we kept Jake's tree in his room full of Troll babies and candy cane sticks....LOL Who cares! Love you and hope your hot chocolate was yummy and keep warm with your socks :) Miss you!!

Unknown said...

Love all that you are doing for Valentines Day swaps!

Tracy said...

Happy New Year, Ele! Love your Valentine creations...and your festive dining room! You're not the only one slow to let go of the holidays. I do feel energized about the new year though, and all its possibilities. Wishing you an inspired New Year ((HUGS))

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Those Valentines are precious! Your table is just wonderful and so, so elegant! Happy New Year to you, too and may it be filled with many hours of loving creations!!


FrostingsNSparkles said...

Ele, your valentine creations are so glam and exquisite! I'm sorry that you're missing your boys :( I couldn't agree more about crafting out your sorrows and frustirations :) Your Christmas table lookss too pretty!

Roxie Morrow said...

It's easy for me to let Christmas go because my absolute favorite time of year is Valentines Day. I was born 2 days after, so I'm a bit of a romantic at heart. I love everything about this Holiday.
Your newest creations are terrific, love the reds and pinks together. Also, your Christmas table is beautiful, very picturesque.
Have a great day!

Flea Market Queen said...

Ele...I adore your Valentines!
So, so beautiful...

Cathy said...

Ele, I have been working on Valentine's Day too. Although I'm not quite sure it is a big selling holiday, I'm enjoying my time creating some pretties just the same.

I love your Valentine creations, they are beautiful. I adore using German Scraps too! I used up all my really Vintage Valentines on a couple of wreaths I made. Now they are all gone. I'm going to have to go out scouting for more this weekend.

Take care sweets,


Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Hi Ele!

The V Day giveaway was a great idea. I wish I had thought of it!

What a lovely home you have...I especially like the pinks and aquas. I've been a pink lover since I was a teen. My mother used to chuckle when I'd walk out with my pink outfit including handbag and shoes. What I must have looked like!

Thanks for the peek at my blog. I'm going to check out your store!


Mary said...

Hello, Thank you for stopping by. Mary said she also had some of the
( pink ) tomato soup. I did not see any at my store. Your Valentines are lovely:) Also love your pink dining room. Have a great afternoon. Mary :)

SweetAnnee said...

LOVELY valentines and
wonderful dining table!!!!

smiles ..and Happy New Year.
I just started working on taking
down Christmas things ..
hanging on ..

smiles, deena

Kingswood Food and Craft Market said...

Hiya Ele !

So nice to see you back :)
I love your Valentines creations so much.
Craft away i say !


Sandy said...

Glad you are back. You Valentine creations are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Yes I will swap links what an honor your website pretties are darling!

Unknown said...

I have trouble letting go of Christmas, too. Inevitably, I always get sad right after Christmas because I'm not done with the frolic. Then my love of Valentines just pops up like a jack-in-the-box! It does help that my Birthday is in January. At least it provides distraction.


Joyce said...

Hi Ele,
Thanks for coming to visit my site...I have been checking on yours so I was glad to see that you had just posted a new entry on blog.
Don't worry I think we ALL have held onto our decorations longer this year for some odd reason. I STILL have some of my stuff too! HA! My daughter assures me though...that in Russia they don't even celebrate Christmas until in January. I checked....and that's true so we are all okay then. Well, I guess we are STILL behind though since today is the 10th! Ugh! Guess we best get on with the dismantling process. I did love all your Valentine's things. I'm working on a few fun things myself! I will come visit again soon I have you bookmarked!
Be blessed,
Joyce M.

Mary said...

Hi Ele,
I'm almost afraid to admit it, but I'm glad to be rid of Christmas. The house looks airy and spacious, but I do pine for spring now. I was never big for Valentine's Day, but the blogs are inspiring me this year. I love your creations -- beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love the chandelier that can be year round!Thank you for lovely comments your Studio must be awesome!

Cherub Kisses Boutique said...

Ele ... hi ;o)
Happy New Year to you!!!
I love that in our blogosphere we don't have to let go of the holiday ... the sharing goes on & on... which by the way I love your dining room so festive & inviting ;o)
I know that you & your sons made memories that will last a lifetime!!
Have a great weekend!

blessings said...

Oh my stars!! That is exactly the look that I wanted this year for Christmas but I just couldn't with the kids and all. They love the gaudy stuff. See, if I'd have had a room like that, I wouldn't want Christmas to end either! Blessings.. Polly