Valentine’s Planter?

This month’s Lowe’s Creative Blogger team challenge was “Will you be my Valentine?”.

I was browsing the aisles and came across this delightful pot.

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(Is it still a pot when there are 3 vessels?)

It would be darling with herbs or small flowers in it, if it’s warm enough for those to be available in your neck of the woods.  Here, however?

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The only thing that’s growing are the piles of snow on the sides of my driveway.

So, buy one (or 5) of these darling pots (they’re around $10), and grab some dry erase markers.

Start writing love notes…or drawing…or doodling…anything that will make your valentine’s day.  And, if you screw up?  Wipe it off!  (Note:  A couple of my markers didn’t erase as well as others.  They all came off with a Clorox wipe, though.)

Fill it with treats and gift away!




And how about a few ideas of what the recipient (or you) can do once the treats are gone (or if you bought 5 of them because you clearly have a problem just for kicks?

Holding cutlery at a party:


Office supply holder:


What about having the whole class write messages for the teacher on it?  You could try that Sharpie/baking it trick that’s floating around on Pinterest or buy some actual paint pens if you wanted it to be permanent.

The purpose for which it was intended?


I’d love to hear some other usage suggestions, if you’ve got any.  You know…since I couldn’t just buy one. Open-mouthed smile

Also, Lowe’s is truly one of my favorite stores to hit up when we are forced get to make Valentine boxes for the kids.  Remember this one from a couple years back?


Every part of that came from Lowe’s:  moving boxes cut and taped back together in proper sizes, white contact paper, toilet seat, flusher, bolts to hold the boxes together…ALL of it.

That same year Keller took this,


which is a bucket from the paint department that he decorated with some stickers his grandma had given him for Christmas.

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*I was given a Lowe’s gift card for the supplies for my project.  All opinions and statements are my own.



Today, this guy turns 10.

He saved me.

2003 was not a great year (OK, it sucked), but his tiny dimpled face gave me something to look forward to every single day.

We headed out of town for the weekend so best friends could celebrate their birthdays together.



And so other best friends could dress up like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and creep people out?


Happy birthday, Keller.


Better Late Than Never?

So, I didn’t blog our Christmas neighbor gifts this year.  I shared them on Facebook and Instagram, but you can’t pin from those.  So, when a reader (hi Wendy!) kindly asked if I could put up something pinnable so she’d remember this idea next year, I was happy to do so.

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I bought straws from IKEA.  You could use cute paper stripey ones or those crazy twisty straws or whatever, really.

I separated the packs by color (because I liked how it looked better that way) and bagged them in self sealing cellophane bags.  I got mine locally at Paper Plus but I’m sure they’re available all over.

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And then I applied labels I designed in Silhouette Studio.  You can for sure do this in PhotoShop or use PicMonkey or any scrapbooking program, but Silhouette Studio is what I know, so it’s what I went with.  I printed the labels onto sheets of sticker paper and then cut them out and stuck them right on the bags.

Super easy, right?

So, if your neighbors enjoy a good Christmas pun, keep this in mind for next year.  Open-mouthed smile


And, just FYI, printable sticker paper and everything but machines, gift cards, and download cards is 40% off over at Silhouette through the end of today (1/17).  Use code “CRAP” to stock up.  40% off is the best deal you’ll see all year!

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