Sunday, January 06, 2008

Winter pink...

It sounds like everyone is having fun getting started on their swap goodies for the Valentine's supplies swap. You all should have received your partners. I'm having a blast putting away the holiday decor and spreading happy, bright winter cheer all around my home. Here are a few bits of my world today...Some goodies displayed together from the 12 Days Swap. Donna made the Joy sign and bootie is from Tia. The ATC cards are from Marilyn.
This frame was also from the 12 Days Swap from Holly. I put a recent family picture in it.
I started gathering things together for my boxes for the swap I'm hosting. I had no idea how much pink/red/heart things I had!! There have been a few questions regarding box size. If you want to do a smaller box that is twice as tall and do two layers of cups, that is fine. Or bigger cups and put twice as much in the cups. You don't have to have exactly 20 cups. That is just a suggestion for approximately the amount of items that should be included. How you do that is up to you. Be creative!


Of course I had an estate sale run. I found this neat vintage postcard album that I'm going to use for the 365 Days project. So cool!
Also found this gorgeous apron with the most amazing colors. It reminds me of a May Basket. Just an FYI I will be mosting a May Basket swap again this year! I'm even thinking of maybe doing an Easter Basket swap as well. So for those that didn't get in the Valentine's Swap there's many more to come!Found this Wendy Addison wire basket on clearance at Home Goods. The perfect spot to display the amazing vintage millinery bouquet I got from Ulla.

My pink parasol came out of hiding.

I have this wonderfully whimsical cookbook on display in my kitchen with all my pink goodies. The photography in this book is incredibly inspiring, the recipes look delicious and the writing about the authors memories of childhood are delightful. Here's a wonderful interview with the author, Tessa Kiros.
Ali encourages each of us to pick a word for the coming year. She compiled all the words from her blog readers here. Pretty spectacular! My word for 2008 year is AUTHENTIC. In verything I do or create I take a moment to make sure I'm doing it with an *authentic* heart. It's been fun so far and I've already been challenged:) You'll be hearing lots more about this and what it means to me soon. If you had to pick a word, what would it be? I'd love to hear!

24 comments:

Jerusalem said...

Beautiful! I am working on my Valentines Collection right now and all those colors and pictures are so inspiring! I am seriously coveting the parasol!

Alison Gibbs said...

What lovely photos you have posted today. Such beautiful artworks from so many girls.
Alison

Little Pink Studio said...

Oh the parasol is wonderful Kari. I had thought of collecting them and hanging them open at varrying heights from the ceiling in my studio...I still may do that some day. I thought it would be so whisical and fun.
Your peeks for the Valentine swap are wonderful! I can't wait to see what it looks like in whole!
Much love,
Cerri xoxo

Cheryl said...

Just LOVELY....I adore the shoe piece!

Lori said...

Any way to be on a wait list in the event that you have people who don't follow through on the Valentine swap? I would love to do that!!!

thanks,
Lori

Renee said...

I love the beautiful pictures, they are so nice specialy with the nice weather here in MN, if feels like it should be time for spring! I hope it lasts a little longer. I can't wait for the next swap this one went by so fast and alas, I didn't get in, next time though, a May basket swap sounds just simply divine! Thanks for always hosting the swaps Kerri.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Kari,
How pretty.Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Elizabeth

Vickie said...

I'm so sorry to have missed the sign up for the swap. I hope next time to get in on it. Love the colors.

Bari said...

Super inspiration! I keep saying I'm going to get started. Thanks, Kari. Beautiful pics.

Roxie said...

I've chosen my word for the year, and it's going to be INVOLVED. I want to be more involved with my children and my DH, I will make it work, this is going to be a great year. Thanks for sharing your word with us and being a great inspiration.
I look forward to catching the May Basket Swap, I've always been a fan of sharing May Baskets.

Lesley said...

Hey Kari...
Authentic was my word for last year.... this year is it PURSUE!
Health, education, rest, family, career, art and so much more.

Love the pics of the yummy goodies that fill your home.

Lu said...

everything you make is so wonderfully colorful.

cindy said...

Great pics, great colors. In that 3rd pic down from the top....LOVE that 2 tiered wire basket with the bird on the top...love the color. How cute is that? And authentic..that is a great word and one that I was thinking of trying to embrace this year as well.
c

Deb said...

Hi Kari
Thanks so much for the link to the Tessa Kiros interview. My daughter gave me Apples for Jam for Christmas and I love it! Sounds as though you do too :-} Enjoy!

paula clare said...

My two words for the new year are Simplicity and Abundance...my "epiphanies" always seem to come via paradox!

Blessings!

Merci-Notes said...

I am so glad that you are having more swaps!!!!
Thank You!!!
Hugs,
Mary

Donna Layton said...

Everything looks so pretty Kari! I love your swap idea. Of course I missed out. I missed Heather R's swap too. Makes me mad. My idea is that you form an email list (with only me on it) to send out every time you announce a swap ;)

Holly said...

Wonderful photos! The word for the year is: beginnings. We got married in October, have a new home, and want to start a family. All things seem possible this year. :)

Sandra Evertson said...

Oh, everything came out so Beautifully!
Sandra Evertson

Rick said...

A wide range of various kinds of work there.

http://organizeddoodles.blogspot.com/

Tammy said...

So diggin' the winter pinks, Kari! Yummy yum yum! xoxo

KJ said...

I always enjoy you serendipitous spirit here! Very inspiring!

KJ

andrea said...

I'm so glad to hear you plan to hostess some more spring swaps! I missed out on the valentines one and am so dissapointed but will be all over your next swap!

Sarah said...

that pink parasol is beautiful!!!!