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Friday, 19 September 2014

Jar of Hearts- Friday 19th September 2014

Good morning Friends!

Today is important for three's our wedding anniversary..the first day of our two week holiday...and the kitchen is being delivered today, ready to start with the installation on Monday...goodness all this excitement!

Did any of you get lightening where you live last night? It started here at about 7.30pm and was still going way into the night...and did it ever rain!!!

I thought I'd share my anniversary gift to Tom this year...we don't give gifts as such, but this was long overdue! I didn't make a card either, I made this little 'Jar of Hearts' instead. It's made from a cute little jar die by Eileen Hull for Sissix and it comes with the sweet spoon.

I made the jar using kraft card and covered the back with heart paper from stash..then I covered the front with acetate (nice stiff spellbinder packaging) and also made a 'cover' from acetate so that all the hearts I spent ages punching,  wouldn't spill out!

The spoon is part of the die and I embossed the handles with an embossability folder to give them some definition.

The little 'gift' I made was to buy a plain wooden frame and  alter it with gilding flakes. I wanted to frame this photo...this time last year we were in California. We had left my aunt and cousins in San Francisco and were travelling down the coast to my next cousin in Ventura, before  finishing our family visits in San Diego.

This time we took our time in Central California, we have done the Napa Valley a few times and wanted to linger in the central California wine country inside..just like the cult movie 'Sideways' if you've ever seen it. Whilst we had travelled through here many times, we'd never really stopped and taken it in and I have to say that I'm sorry we left it so long, because we fell in love with it, especially a little town called Los Alamos..but I digress...

One hotel in a town called San Luis Obispo, where we had stayed before is called The Madonna Inn. It is a flamboyant hotel, lots of 'pink' and every room is themed. Although we have stopped over night there a few times (one night is all we can usually afford!),  about twenty years ago we stayed there the first time and it was our wedding anniversary. At the time we had a waitress take the photo shown at the bottom of this post and this time we wanted to replicate this moment in time, so at our anniversary meal we got the waiter to take another. 

I notice the first time they put a candle in the cake (lol) and we should have thought to take the first photo with us and asked for the same table (yes I took photos and even the picture is still there).

If you are ever in the area between Big sur and Santa Barbara and want a bit of luxury, combined with fun, I do urge you to check it out...even if you just stop to look around as we always do if we are in the area when we are you can swim, ride horses, go on hikes, play golf, have a spa and relax in the gardens...if you have the money for some of it...we relaxed by the pool and went for walks and that was plenty.

So, for the past year I have been meaning to frame this photo, but the frame needed to be something gilded to match the first one...

Now off to await the arrival of the kitchen!

Have a good day everyone,

Love and Hugs
Carole X


  1. Loving the love jar and the wording on the hearts. Precious photos in beautiful frames too. Wishing you a wonderful weekend with a bit of craftiness on the side.
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  2. Happy anniversary my friend, LOVE your jar of hearts, gorgeous photos and a beautiful couple you both make..♥♥♥
    next I hope to see photos of the kitchen

  3. Happy Anniversary Carole, and Tom, and may your spend many, many,
    more of those delightful ones either in this country, Italy, or America.
    You photos are fab, and the frame you have gilded is superb.
    Love your superb pressie for Tom.
    You are a very creative lady, and I think this creation is superb.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. SNAP! It's our Anniversary as well.
    A very HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to both of you and many more to come.
    Great gift and photos, love them.
    Good luck with the new kitchen

    Patricia xx

  5. Happy Anniversary to you both. I love the jar with the hearts it is such a lovely idea. I do like how you have decorated the frame on your photo to match the other one. How brilliant to have two such photos you have hardly changed. I hope the kitchen installation goes well and that you get to enjoy your two weeks holiday. No wonder you aren't coming to Ally Pally you are way too busy. Hugs Jackie

  6. Happy anniversary to you both. Gosh I has it been a year since you were on your travels? Then again it's coming up for a year since we went to Canada. Love your gift jar with the hearts. Hazel xx

  7. Aaah, Happy Anniversary to you and Tom, you make such a lovely couple - then and now! I love your gift for Tom too, the spoons look fabulous in the jar and I love the beautiful frame for your picture too. Hope all goes well with the new kitchen.

    Thanks for your comment about my little cabinet, I am not at all surprised that you had a similar idea, we do that so often - I still think we must either be related or have ESP!! Hope you have as much fun making yours as I did making mine - can't wait to see yours now! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Hi Carole, happy anniversary to you both. You look very happy and that's the important thing.
    Good luck with the kitchen installation, hope it goes well.
    Pleased you enjoyed the Steampunk photos, it was a great weekend.
    Enjoy your holiday too, big hugs, Angela x

  9. Carole, such a lovely post. Happy Anniversary to you and Tom. You seem so happy and that is priceless. Good luck with the kitchen and have a fab holiday. Cx

  10. Happy Anniversary to you both and what a lovely photo...I love your jar of hearts... Have a great weekend


  11. Morning Carole.
    Happy Anniversary to you both. Good luck with the the new kitchen.

  12. Sweet pictures and frames. Glad you had a chance to go back. ~Diane

  13. What a beautiful jar of hearts! Such a cute project - your hand must have been aching after all that punching but it was definitely worth it!