There are people who like chocolate . . .

And then there are people who LOVE chocolate.

I’ve always been someone who “likes” it.

Well, that is until several years ago when I discovered Lindor Hazelnut Truffles by Lindt.

Oh my, are they ever good!!!!! So good, in fact, that the hazelnut is often sold out!

(xoxoxo to Sir Beads for snagging some for me.)


Happy Valentine’s Day, Kids! 😀

Hope you discover something sweet today . . .



In A Valentine’s Day Mood

There is so much inspiration on the internet that sometimes I am left absolutely speechless.

Currently, my “list of things I’d like to make” is taller than I am!

What’s a girl to do except make her best attempt at creating some of the loveliness that’s out there – as time permits.

When I first saw the item I’m about to show you today, I knew I had to try it.

This is more than a covered jar. It’s meant to hold a little tea light candle!

You can use any empty jar you have around your home, so while you’re making something pretty, it’s a great way to recycle, too.

I added a bow and lampwork glass heart beads to mine! 🙂

See, you can just slip a candle inside . . .

And then, when it’s lit – there’s such a beautiful glow through the lace-like design!

Often, these are shown in a group of several jars, in multiple heights and widths, which makes a very stunning display! I’ve read that tea lights are recommended over other candles because they’re not as hot when they burn. I am not positive about that, but I did use a tea light for mine, and the glass did not seem overly hot while I was taking my photo (above). It’s probably best to light it only if you will be staying nearby. (Perhaps during your Valentine’s Day dinner?)

Lately, I find myself raising an eyebrow at the relish and jelly jars in the fridge – wondering how soon they’ll be empty! 😉




Edited to add:

Originally, for this item, I used a pattern that I found on the internet.

Sadly, it’s no longer online!

If you want to make this – try doing a google search for “crocheted jar cover” and a few similar patterns will pop up.

Some are shown with a large candle instead of the tea-light that I used.
If you use a candle that comes close to the top of your jar – do NOT allow the sides of your crocheted cover to be tall enough that they are close to the burning flame!

Friday Favorites – For You

This week’s Friday Favorites is dedicated to all of you!


Happy Valentine’s Day to the brightest, funniest, sweetest bunch of readers that any blogger could ask for!


In the year and a half I’ve been doing this blog, you all have added so much! You’ve inspired me, made me laugh (even had me close to spitting tea on the monitor now and then!), but most of all you’ve touched my heart with your warm responses.

If I could make one of these little conversation hearts for ya, it would say – U R Gr8

Have a lovely day on Sunday. Do something nice for yourself, ok?

See you Monday for a new giveaway and a new question! 🙂


I Heart – Hearts!

Last week, Sir Beads brought home a bag of these . . .


We both remember them fondly from when we were kids.

Having them around the house (and eating them of course) put me in the mood to make a small heart of some kind. I decided to do a search for “crochet heart” and came across this pattern. I made a few one night while watching TV.

Crochet Hearts

The pattern mentioned making a garland of them, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that. I started thinking of the conversation hearts again and one thing led to another. I began by sewing on a felt backing and then cut some felt scraps to make a flower.


But, what does this have to do with conversation hearts you ask? Well, I had an idea to make a “pocket” on the reverse side to hold a little message.


And here’s the final result . . .


The nice thing is that the felt version has no calories! 😉


Giveaway – Sweetheart Necklace

Welcome, welcome! 😀

It is no exaggeration to say that the answers to last week’s giveaway question were truly the best ever!!! I’ve never seen such a wide range of interesting, thoughtful, clever, and very amusing responses. You sure know how to make me feel lucky to have you as readers. 😀

And I really love that you are beginning to talk to each other here, too! My dream is that it will continue and that we’ll have even more back and forth chat as the weeks go on.

For this week’s giveaway, I wanted to do something with a Valentine’s theme – something dressy enough to wear out to dinner, but still casual enough to throw on with a t-shirt.

Sweetheart Necklace


The focal point is a Swarovski Clear Crystal Heart with gorgeous facets that dance and glitter as the light hits them.


For accents, I’ve used Czech fire polished rounds in deep garnet red, and Swarovski Clear Aurora Borealis crystal beads. Tiny glass seed beads form the rest of the strand and the closure is a silver-plated screw-twist barrel clasp. The necklace measures 19″ in length.

Contest Rules and How To Enter

Any day you leave a comment on this blog – it is counted as a chance to enter that week’s giveaway.

For example, if you answer today’s question (you’ll find it below!) that will give you one chance.

But if you then come back another day this week and comment on a different post – you will have earned another chance in this week’s giveaway! There are usually 5 posts per week – Monday through Friday – so you can have up to 5 chances to enter!

When you comment you do not have to mention that it’s an entry in the giveaway. My blog program shows me all of the “comments” as they come in – so I do not miss any of them, and all will count to be entered into the drawing! 😀

Today’s question is:

Can you tell us about something that you’ve never tried, but would like to – because you think you might enjoy it?


The Boring Stuff . . .
You must be 18 yrs. old. After the completion of the contest, the name of the winner will be listed here. The winner will also be notified by email. If the winner fails to respond to email within 3 days from the time notification email has been sent, the win will be null and void and a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be mailed via USPS First Class Mail

All entries must be received by 9:00 p.m. EST on 01/24/10, and the winner will be selected on or about 01/25/10.