Sunday, January 24, 2016

MAKING Mondays….Valentine's Day Banner

It's hard to keep an old blog down!  Hi folks!  I've been hit by lightning inspiration lately and I've come to the conclusion that I'm missing this space.  Instagram is great but I miss my friends here in blog land and seeing the creative process through all of your blogs.  We live and learn all the way through life….just happy to be back!


I was looking to save money and repurpose to make some Valentine's Day decor for the house so I got busy cutting up old drapes.




Sketching out the design with pencil, stitching up the edging, painting with gold fabric paint and grabbing a stick from the yard and we now have a little love banner! 





And as for the garden I have been planning, planning, planning!  Here is where I'm getting some of my veggie seeds this year…..High Mowing Organic Seeds


As for what has been shaking over here while we are waiting for the ground to thaw…..


 winter vignettes in the garden

 bird projects with the beans


art making in the studio


 Happy Making, Baking, and Growing!  Thanks for coming by!


54 comments:

  1. The banner is so cute and I love the painting. Glad to see you back.

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  2. It's good to read your latest post, Nicole! You've certainly been busy, I'm really loving your Valentine banner!! Great way to repurpose those curtains. Have a wonderful week!

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  3. Super great to see your post!! I love IG but it is just a brief picture, I love seeing creative processes unfold. What a terrific idea with your old curtains, I love your banner!! I'm so interested in seeing what's going to happen in your garden this year! Have a great week buddy!

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  4. Ohhhhhhhh, I am selfishly glad you've returned, my friend! The banner is adorable - I'm betting The Beans had a hand in the bird feeder pinecones, too! And I love you're making time to paint...thanks for the inspirations.. XOXO

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  5. Lovely to see you back! Great banner and beautiful paintings. I look forward to seeing what you get up to in 2016. Have a happy week. xx

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  6. Yippee yay, always cheering to see a post from you in my inbox :-) Lovely, creative ideas here. It's great to keep in touch via IG but even better to read your blog. Love your winter vignette and artwork. Sam x

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  7. Been waiting for this day when you come back to post something in your blog :) You got this gift of making simply things to something special! I like the way you use a twig and twine for your banner - pretty. Same here...planning, panning, planning for the garden and the list is getting longer each day, but how I wish the snow melts soon to reassure us there is actually soil out there!! Keep warm and stay keep patience:)

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  8. Hey Nicole,
    So lovely to see a post from you! Loving the garden vignette; my garden is a disgrace. Just hit the follow button on your instagram too, so hope to keep in touch there.
    Leanne xx

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  9. So glad you are back again, we missed your inspiration and the cute 'beans' always somewhere around you. That Valentine banner of old curtains and a twig is a great idea, love it and what about the last photo of the painting, it's more than beautiful. Looking forward to your new plans for the garden, I'm also busy with planning and changing parts of the garden for soon it's spring again.
    Wish you a great and happy week!

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  10. Welcome back, my talented friend! Your banners are awesome! Such a wonderful idea. You have the ability to make something out of nothing! ....we finally have snow so the landscape isn't so bleak but, I can hardly wait to dig in the dirt again!

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  11. You are just so lovely and you have been missed. I love all that you have made.

    Say hi to the Bean's.
    Meredith

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  12. Hi Nicole - lovely to see you back here again - naughty old Instagram taking you away from us. Nice to see what you have been up to - I have got round to sorting out what seeds I need this year - a job I really must get on with. A bit too cold to start seed sowing yet but the anticipation of spring is getting nearer. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  13. Oh, it's all looking LOVELY, Nicole!

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  14. Welcome back-blogging has always been my favorite venue-even if no own stops by to visit I always enjoy this social media the best
    love your new banner, and always enjoy reading what you and the beans have been up to-hugs from the ozarks

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  15. So nice to see a post from you, and your banner is adorable! You can't go wrong with gold + arrows, I always say :)

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  16. What a wonderful post! So much creativity happening in your home!!

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  17. Hi Nicole, Glad all is well and looking forward to new posts from you. The Valentine's banner is cute. A little love is truly something we all need!

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  18. I know instagram is the most popular outlet these days, but I miss your blog! ;) The banner is adorable! And I absolutely love the photo in the garden with the dresser. Hope to see you popping in more often now that spring is a light in the distance. :)

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  19. I just lost my comment so not sure now if this will post twice. Your banner is really cute and I love the gold paint. I've been collecting and purchasing seeds and I am so excited to get them planted. Glad you are doing well!

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  20. Nicole: Loved your post and your banner is fantastic! It's fun to hear from you again. I have been absent from my blog for months, but just started posting again a week or so again. It feels good.

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  21. Ciao Nicole! Sono felice del tuo ritorno! Mi sei mancata! Non vedo l'ora di continuare a vedere le immagini de tuo giardino!!

    Un saluto!

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  22. How lovely to see you back Nicole. I love the mix here of art and gardening and hearing about what the Beans are doing. Your winter vignette is beautiful and the banner looks great!

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  23. This is so perfect! Plus I love that it's really an All Year decoration as it doesn't scream Valentine with a ton of red and pink.

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  24. So wonderful to hear from you!!!! I am excited that you are back blogging again, I have missed you. Your banner is fabulous and just right for valentines! xx

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  25. Hi Nicole and so great to see back again! Loved seeing your post and how creative making the Valentine banner - so neat. Good to hear about preparing seeds and getting ready for your garden.
    Happy week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  26. Nice to see you back! Love your garden vignette.
    Hugs for now,
    Beth P

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  27. That is nice ! I love the valentine banner !

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  28. Welcome back, Nicole! I'm glad you've returned to the blog. I'm sorry but I didn't follow you on Instagram, my old brain can only handle a very small number of social media. And thanks for doing a post on Valentine's Day - it was a good reminder.

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  29. I'm so glad you're back!! I missed you. :o) Love your paintings!!

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  30. Your banner is simply perfect, my friend. I love it :) And it's one that you can leave up all year round.

    It's so good to see this post from you. You have been missed :) Hugs!

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  31. Welcome back! I missed you! I love the bird project you did with the beans and I am very impressed that you're already doing Valentine stuff *whispers... I only just put the Christmas decorations away.

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  32. I'm so glad you're back on the space and that you're sharing your creativity with us again as well. This banner is such a sweet idea and I always enjoy seeing all the projects you have cooking up around your home and garden Nicole!

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  33. Fun! I love the banner. :-) I was puttering in the winter garden the other day too. I have birch, evergreen and just regular branches I was playing with. I was busy making fun bouquets in some galvanized buckets.

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  34. Found you whilst blog hopping, love your love banner, it's fab!
    Jillxo

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  35. What a cute banner! Love the gold!

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  36. Glad to see you back Nicole sharing your creativity. Your banner is wonderful and such a good idea!

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  37. It's GREAT to hear your voice again Nicole!! I've missed you for sure, and I hope you can get back into the blogging groove again enough to stick around a while. That is a wonderful LOVE banner you created. All you need is love and a bit of creativity ;)
    Take care,
    Wendy x

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  38. So glad to see you are back to blogging, Nicole! I've missed you! Lovely creativity going on there! I love the banner and your winter garden vignettes are so pretty. And your painting.....just beautiful! Welcome back! xx Karen

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  39. Hi Nicole, glad you are back to blogging! Love the simplicity of your Valentine's Banner!
    Christina

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  40. YAY! Hello my friend great to see you back. Thanks for popping over, looking forward to your plans and their realisation. Jo x

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  41. i love love love the banner! and i'm so glad to see you here on the blog! but it's just as nice to see you on instagram as well :)

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  42. Oh! You're back, how great to see you again :-) I missed your creativity and your positivity. Your paintings are lovely, Nicole, get that bottom one off the easel and on your wall!! xx

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  43. Oh I absolutely love your banner! It looks wonderful.
    I hope you're keeping warm xx

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  44. I know I've said it on IG but I'll say it again: your repurposed banner is just superb! Love all your artwork too x

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  45. I've missed following your lovely family. Glad I can once again get inspired by your creativity. I see an old dresser in the garden for next winter. xxx

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  46. Happy to see you back Nicole, I love all your little vignettes.

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  47. Nice to see you blogging again Nicole. I really love reading your posts. The handmade lettered banner looks wonderful! Have fun gardening and crafting:)

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  48. That banner is adorable!
    And your painting is beautiful as well!

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  49. Love your Born To garden sign!

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  50. Great banner! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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  51. Hi Nicole,

    Thanks for the kind visit and always love to see all your creativity here - wonderful artwork and that is such a lovely idea with the bird seed feeders, your children made.
    Happy weekend dear friend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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