Who Needs Hallmark?

Ah, Valentine’s Day.  So many ways to say you care.  All kinds of ways to rack up $42.00 buying cards.

Skip Hallmark this year and make your own keepsake for anyone that you love (or kinda like).

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Minnie Pearl + Reba + Dolly Crockett +  Elvis = LOVE.

Hosting a recent party, I needed decor but couldn’t spend a small fortune sprucing up my mini manse. I decided that favors masked as decor would be the perfect productions for the party and double as Valentine’s Day treats for my girlfriends.

What you’ll need:

Plain wooden frames you can find at any craft store.

Acrylic paint of your choice.

One piece of scrapbook paper per frame.

Modge Podge (a crafty gal’s BFF)

Small sponge brush

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Frames, Michael’s. $1.00 per each.

To begin, lay down a plastic covering (not paper – trust me on this) over your work space.

lay plastic or some sort of covering on the floor before you get started

Trace outline of the frames onto the decorative paper.

trace outline of frame with pen

Lay the frame down flat and tear along the edges (a ruler can be used in place of the frame when tearing).  The middle can be tricky and I typically cut slants with scisscors to get a section started.

tear on sides

Set paper aside and paint the frames (I use gloves so as not to mess up the mani! Jewels, not tools. OK?).  One thick coat of paint typically does the trick for me because I tend to choose bright colors.  I only paint the front and sides of the wood but you could do the back as well (I have no patience, as it takes longer).

paint paint paint

Once the paint is completely dry, put one thin coat of Modge Podge on the front of the frame.

once paint dry, put on thin coat of modge podge

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Carefully lay the paper onto the frame, starting from the center (this will help alleviate air bubbles) and press down firmly in small circles.

Carefully lay the paper on the frame, starting in the middle, to avoid air bubbles

Once the paper is in position, add another coat of Modge Podge (I use the one with a little glitter, of course) over the entire frame, sealing in all of your hard work.

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Have your frame expert carefully inspect your masterpiece.

Approved?

Set aside to dry or let your cat lay on it

Once frames are completely dry, insert a favorite photo.  Then let friends bask in the glory of their one-of-a-kind artwork (or maybe that’s you basking in your glory of frame making. Whatever).

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Party decor!

Who needs a Hallmark card when you can have a $3 frame labored in love?

CBXB

CBXB!

Weekend Winks

Work started Friday at Fontanel Mansion  – home of my idol, Barbara Mandrell.

While most folks would be excited to see two shiny new tour buses….

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Plush life.

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With matching interiors in light…

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or dark hues.

But not this chick. I about pissed my pants when I saw Barbara’s actual tour bus from the ’80s.

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Barbara!

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Pinch me!

While her decor was a bit out-of-date, I was in love…

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Think anyone would notice if I moved in?

Especially when I saw her bathroom – which further solidified her idol status in my mind.

After my own heart

Mirror mirrors on the wall!

Working all day made me once thirsty gal and I found a new love at the after-party bar. Sweet Lucy – bourbon cream (which could also be called Heaven on Earth).

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Hello Lovah.

All of the work and play Friday made for lazy recovery time the rest of the weekend.

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An extra cat nap for Ted (he waits up for me to get home) – he hates when I f with his sleep schedule.

After all of the napping, I prepped little goodies for my special Valentine peeps this week.

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Wrapped and ready.

Of course Teddy had to get involved.

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Ted’s tissue approval.

Exerting all of the energy once again made Ted tired and me thirsty.

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My Valentine.

This auntie got pics of the precious new twins.

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Sweet little piggies!

And as I cleaned all day Sunday, Teddy basked in the glow of my red Valentine light.

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Seeing red. Literally.

Now I just hope I can sleep this week because I have a hot date with Kid next Friday.

look out next weekend

Hello Mr. Rock.

Too bad my date includes 15,000 other fans.

Damn it!

CBXB

CBXB!