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Show and Tell



Dear hubby wanted to trade his books in at the Used Book Store [the ones he took off the shelves when we cleaned house really good last week]. And, when that happens, it takes forever to get their offer 'cause there are so many who do book trading. Well, while he waits patiently, I don't! I go walking and most times I end up at Hobby Lobby. Before we relocated, I had made a craft project [wreaths] for each holiday of the year. I gave them all except my Halloween and Christmas wreaths to Goodwill stores. So, now, now that we're settled once again, I figured it was time to do some craft work to 'spiffy up the joint' for the holiday. From this on our workbench [above photo]:


...to this. It's a grapevine oval wreath. Nestled among the branches are two cardinals [RED for Valentine's Day of course], an 'antiqued -white washed' miniature bird house [I chose this one 'cause the 'entry' is cut in a heart shape. Glass strings of hearts and beads, glass heart-shaped ornaments, dusty white flowers [to me, they look like weeds! LOL], and of course the flower of deep passionate love, the red rose. I have always loved the miniature 'sweetheart' roses, so I chose them to decorate the wreath.


I placed the cardinals near the birdhouse, one sitting stealthily in the shrubbery. And I figure the 'male' would be checking on his hatchlings, so I put him perched on the house's fencing. Both birdhouse and fencing are wooden.

...~end Show N Tell
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This, of my phavorite photos, is of Tahoe. This huge basket is where I store all my scrap yarn balls from my finished crochet designs. She loves baskets! When I do laundry, and bring in the clothes basket loaded with clean clothes --she is so thrilled she can hardly wait for me to empty it. I'm mean tho, LOL, I make her wait patiently until I complete the folding job taking one at a time out of the basket. Instead of dumping them all at once on the counter to fold while she lazes happily in her domain. Like I said...I'm mean! She's so darned cute trying to jump in full basket and I say "Wait your turn"...she then sits until she thinks I'm not paying attention...and tries again...and again. But, I catch her. In this photo tho, I dumped all my yarn balls out at once and she was in it like a shot!!!!! "Can you see me now?" Not to mention Winston, the other cat of the family ---he began chasing the yarn balls. And of course that little trick of his didn't go too well with me, 'cause he caused me more yarn winding to straighten up the mess in the first place. :::sigh::: They're both so darned cute tho, their purr-r-r-sonalities, y'gotta love 'em!!!

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45 comments :

  1. Your birdhouse turned out very nice. I would check out the hobby/craft stores too.
    Happy Valentine's Day.

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  2. Dear Anni ~~ Happy Birthday for tomorrow. I hope you have a wonderful day and have many happy returns. I love your oval Valentine
    wreath. It is really beautiful, you are so talented. Take care, Have a beautiful day. Love, Merle.

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  3. o wow, love the valentine's wreath!! so artistic n imaginative! o, n creative too. :)

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  4. Good Morning Anni,
    Ohmygosh, I love your wreath you decorated. I have never seen an oval wreath before. It is just so beautiful and you did a great job on it. I love anything with hearts and roses are my favorite flowers. The little birdhouse is so adorable. I love the color of it. Tahoe looks quite content in that basket. Shame on you for tortuing the poor thing, making Tahoe wait till you fold them clothes up. LOL. "THANK YOU" for the website on Hex colors. I may have to check that out and see what I can come up with. I wish blogger had more templates to choose from, but they don't. I am still doing good. Just enjoying my time with my DH. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

    Love & Hugs,
    Karen H.

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  5. That turned out really nice! By the time I would get an idea together for a craft, Valentine's day would be over! Maybe I should start thinking of Easter!
    Connie

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  6. You are so clever!! I am just so busy anymore with working and trying to keep this house going that i don't seem to have time for the fun things. I am learning how to knit. I had a couple of hours last night and tried it again.
    Thanks for stopping by. I am so behind on visiting everyone.
    Sandy

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  7. I almost forgot!! Tomorrow is your birthday!! I have it written here on my calendar!! I have a party here tomorrow morning so might forget to WISH you a VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope your day is great.
    Sandy

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  8. Wow, you are really crafty.

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  9. Your Valentine decoration is very pretty ! I don't do anything for Valentine. I am just not used to it. When I was a Teenager or even later it didn't exist and came only up maybe in the last 20 years. In Belgium it existed earlier then in Germany. I see your cats also love baskets, lol !
    I am still half dead with my cold, lol !

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  10. Wow Annie, your Valentine Day wreath is just perfect. You have a great eye! I love the birds and birdhouse. I'm also noticing what a great worn workbench your hubby has. Very nice...

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  11. I really like your Valentine wreath! The bright red heart ornaments with the cute rustic birdhouse and grapevine makes a great combination!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow!

    Katherine

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  12. I love your wreath... the shape of the wreath is fabulous! I adore that photo of your kitty...so cute!

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  13. Lovely wreath. I like the oblong shape.
    Susan

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  14. Love the new craft projects.
    Thanks for visiting my blog again. Happy Birthday.

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  15. Oh boy do I love this. It would look so nice in my house.

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  16. Happy Birthday, Anni!!!


    Junie

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  17. That wreath is so cute! I love the heart-shaped entry in the birdhouse.

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  18. Oh, and happy birthday tomorrow!!

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  19. I love your wreath! You did a super job and it's usable all thru the winter season.

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  20. A beautiful wreath! Where do you hang it? Inside or on your door?
    Happy Birthday tomorrow.
    Just wondering why the card I sent 2 weeks ago hasn't arrived!????
    Grrrrrr........
    YOur L

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  21. Anni,

    I just LOVE the Valentine wreath you made. It's beautiful. I love birdhouses and birds, so it's right up my alley.

    So glad you got a laugh out of my show and tell today. Yes, that old man was hilarious. Even though I was in labor, I couldn't help snickering at his antics. He was scared to death.

    It was nice to learn that we have one more thing in common - our first babies were both to be boys and we ended up with girls. We didn't really care, did we?

    Take care, my friend. I wish you a wonderful weekend.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  22. Your wreath is gorgeous! Great idea of the wreaths for each season to make things festive. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  23. Oh Anni, that Show and Tell wreath is just fantastic! Will you hang it on your front door? Or in the house somewhere? :) Thanks for visiting me!

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  24. What a talented lady you are!
    My nephew shares a birthday with you, he's 20 years old .

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  25. hmmm--well, I've been trying to come up with a spring wreath!!

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  26. I love the wreath, so pretty!
    I just recently went to a Hobby Lobby feel in love with all the stuff they have to offer.

    Thanks for sharing and stopping by to visit me.

    Sandra

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  27. Oh thats an interesting one very creative.

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  28. Miss Anni, you are a pretty talented wreath maker! I like to change the wreath out on my door with the Seasons, but Christmas is the only Holiday I decorate for. Thanks for stopping by today - Jennifer

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  29. Happy Birthday to you! Lovely wreath!

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  30. Enjoy a happy b-day tomorrow!

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  31. Hi Anni! Your Valentine wreath is fabulous! I sure wish we had a Hobby Lobby in Washington for craft supplies. Your cat is too precious in the basket!
    -Karoline

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  32. I love your new wreath and the hex colors? totally awesome! Thanks, Anni!

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  33. Hey, Anni. that really turned out beautiful. I love finding a bunch of stuff and then putting it together like that. I've had some disasters, but.... You did a great job with it. I'd enjoy having one like that. Love the cardinals.
    Nancy

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  34. Hi,
    This wreath is just gorgeous! I love your choices and it turned out so sweet.
    Happy Birthday Tomorrow!!!

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  35. Good evening Anni, I am sorry that I late visiting you today,but family comes first with the new baby....I wish we had a Hobby Lobby in our city, but I am bad about buying craft stuff and then not doing the projects..You are such a talented person.I only put a Christmas wreath on the front door..thanks for sharing your Valentine wreath with us.

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  36. I loved all your beautiful crafts!! The kitty's are adroable!I couldn't sleep last night so I got up and went in the computer room to do a little work and shut the door. It has a diffrent kind of knob and dear kitty was able to open it and scare the liver out of me!! That is saying of Nancy's!! We all get a kick out of her saying that! But like you say the kitty's are so cute!! Love and Hugs Carolyn

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  37. Anni!!! You did so good--your wreath is lovely:)

    Julieann

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  38. Anni,

    You are the most fun gal! I love your blog and simply adore the poem in your comment section (for commenters to read) - that's really cool! :o)

    Your wreath is lovely, and that's neat about book trading. I adore books and really covet used ones. Knowing that someone else poured over those same pages is an indescrible joy.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  39. You did an excellent job! I love it! The little dangly hearts are adorable!

    Hugs, Sharon

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  40. Dear Anni ~~ I am so glad my birthday
    wishes put a smile on your face. Thank you so much for your lovely words and you are most welcome. Like
    you I so enjoy having friends in lots of countries and we become very close
    even though we will never meet. I love computers and the friends they bring us. I love that Smile picture
    and glad you did also. I hope yu are having a great day, my friend. Love, Merle.

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  41. That is one unique take on heavy.
    Happy Birthday !
    Aileni.

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  42. Wow! I love that "Love Wreath". I've said it before, you're so talented. Love the touch with the red cardinals. Soooo cute!

    ...and that cat basket photo is adorable. Cat's are so funny that way, many of them love to jump into baskets or bags. e too love personalities among the pets. That's what's making it so fun to be around them.

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  43. Happy 39th birthday to you.

    Love and best wishes,
    Kathy b

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  44. What a clever wreath. You are creative. Thank you for your tip about colors. I have saved the info. When I have more time I want to study how it is done. I can't seem to get it to work for me. Hugs, Kathi

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  45. So pretty, Anni! I love cardinals and yours look wonderful by their birdhouse and hanging hearts! Perfect for Valentine's Day!
    Hugs,
    Kelli

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