Saturday, February 14, 2009

Saturday Schtuff...


Happy Valentine's Day! 

Don't you love that cute plate I wrote my message on? It's a Dress-Me-Up plate from Southern Living at Home. I bought a few of these plates several years ago to give as gifts. Sometime last year I saw one on HisGirl's blog and set out on a quest to find one for myself. That proved to be a challenge since the plates had been discontinued--argh! 

Not long ago I discovered that Melissa was a SLAH consultant and we had a conversation on Facebook about Dress-Me-Up plates. She didn't have one, but her friend, Jill, saw our conversation and offered to send me an extra one she had. How sweet was that?

I got it last week while I was on my blog break and started playing with it right away. I mainly want to keep it in my kitchen and write scripture on it for my family to memorize, but really, there are so many fun things you can do with it. Thank you, Jill, I absolutely LOVE it!!!

Have I ever mentioned how much I love red and white gingham? It's just SO cheery. On the same day I got the plate in the mail from Jill, I also got this cute pendant from my friend, Stephanie? Her friend Vanessa makes (and sells) them. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E. I've gotten so many compliments from my southern friends here! Alright, so a couple of quick things...

Abbey and I bundled up and braved the extreme cold (temps in the teens) and snow to work at our Girl Scout booth in front of Walmart this morning. Initially, I was griping about it, but then I realized that you know, we live in COLORADO for crying out loud. We spend hours outside sledding and skiing, and we have plenty of cold weather gear. Really, working for one hour wouldn't be too bad. It wasn't...and we sold tons of cookies.
I am very thankful to be back home thawing out by the fireplace though. :)

On the way home, we stopped and picked up a heart-shaped pizza from Papa Murphy's for the kids tonight. John and I have a Valentine date and I am counting down the hours! So excited to get to go out with my husband...and two other couples that we love!

I appreciate all the comments and emails about authenticity and blogging. Wow...so many great things I hadn't considered before. I'm still sorting out my thoughts, and am hoping sometime in the next few days to sit down and put my thoughts into a post...so stay tuned.

Hope you have a GREAT weekend and a Happy Valentine's Day!

*What's fun about that plate is that you can weave any type of ribbon through the outer holes. I believe I've mentioned a time or two that I have a fondness for my collection of ribbon! I used a sharpie to write on it, but a dry erase marker works as well. The sharpie comes off with a little extra scrubbing.

27 comments:

Cathy said...

Love it! We lived in an apartment for several months and didn't have room for me to get mine out, but now we've moved and seeing yours all decorated is inspiring me to get mine back out!

Have fun tonight!

carpoolqueen said...

"Sharpie comes off with a little extra scrubbing"

You are one brave woman for having a sharpie in your house. I've had one too many experiences with the "extra scrubbing" part.

And, I, too, love ribbon. I tie all presents with real ribbon - everything looks a little more special with a ribbon wrapped 'round it.

Have fun tonight!!!!!

Gretchen said...

Me? I just gripe about site sales in general. They're little girls for heaven's sake. But still...I suppose it's all part of the confidence thing--getting out there and selling/meeting the public. Can you tell I was a brownie and daisy leader?

I also heard that rubbing alcohol removes sharpie.

Darling plate. I never got one because I couldn't really see the possibilities. Now I want one. Lurve SL.

Off to my lunner (or lupper)date with Big. No crowds, u see.

Amber said...

Love that plate! So precious!

Have fun on your date!! :)

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh, as soon as I saw the picture of that awesome plate, I made up my mind to order one...and then I read that they no longer make them! So sad! Oh well, maybe one will pop up on Ebay...

Enjoy your date tonight...Happy Valentines Day!

leigh said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family. I hope you have a great date night out.

Michelle@Life with Three said...

You are so clever! I actually have a similar SL plate that has holes for you to tie a ribbon in the corner (it's a rectangle shape). I rarely use it. But, after reading this post, guess what I dug out of the cupboard? I took a dry erase marker and wrote out my favorite verse as of late (Is. 48:17-18). What a fantastic idea!

Rae said...

What a fun plate! I haven't seen SLAH before. I'm going to check out their website. We have cookie booths coming up as well. Your daughter looks so cute in her photo! Happy V-day!!!

His Girl said...

Oh! Thanks for reminding me to put up a valentine scripture *smacks forehead* I can't believe I had forgotten!!!

You are one dedicated chica to be out there with the cookies in that weather... so impressed.

xoxo happy V. day to you, friend xoxo

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

I love those plates, too.

OH MY WORD - I was totally supposed to ask you if my parents can buy cookies from your girls. OOPS. Can they still? Email me, my mom really really wants to get some this year!!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

I also love red gingham. I'm considering finding some cheap gingham fabric and making new curtains for my kitchen. Well, that's my dream anyway. The reality is buying some curtains cheap. :)

Brenda said...

A heart-shaped pizza, what fun!
That's is a cool plate. I like your idea about putting scripture on it. Great for helping the kiddos to memorize.
Have a blessed week.

Puva said...

I love the plate idea! And red-and-white gingham is awesome! The blue-white, yellow-white and orange-white ones are nice too (: Happy (belated) Valentine's Day!

Michele said...

Love the plate - so cute with all the fun and creative things you can do with it. So glad you guys sold lots of GS cookies. I need to go and buy some myself. Hope you had a great date night with John. Happy V-day Meredith!

Deidre said...

I LOVE my ribbon plates! I have a larger one that my mom bought me at a Christmas show years ago. I've always kept it in my kitchen to write verses on for my family (or Happy Birthday, etc.) I have the Southern Living plate, but I do change the ribbon and keep it on my counter to hold brownies or cookies.

BUT, recently I found an entire ribbon plate collection at Michaels in the 'ceramics to paint' section. They have all sizes from large to even coaster sizes and usually come 2 to a box. The larger ones are $12.99 for 2, but with a coupon even cheaper, of course. Do you have a Michael's near you? I bought the coaster size and added ribbon to match each of my girls rooms, then make a hanger out of ribbon. Both are hanging in their rooms and I write a new scripture on them each week. My 7 year old LOVES this (O is a little too young to appreciate it), but E looks for the scripture every Monday morning. Sometimes, she'll request which ones she wants on there.

Hope your weekend is great, Meredith!

Jennifer said...

So cute Mer! I am on a search for some ribbon myself. I decided to put some ribbon on the lamp shades in our bedroom. I need a robins egg blue sheer ribbon.......I'm not asking for much, right! ROFL

I love sharpies.....I must have ever single color. When I was teaching I would write with sharpies,grade with sharpies, do bubble art with sharpies. Can't get enough of them. Now I must hide them b/c Shelby likes to do 'art' too.........on her walls! Eekkkk

Leigh Ann said...

I have always loved those plates. I can't believe they are discontinued!!! LOVING your HOGS pendant. That is super cute!

Betsy said...

That is the cutest plate! I wish I could get one of those. :( I love red gingham, too!

Abbey looks cute all bundled up. I am planning on getting some Girl Scout cookies this week!!

Hope you had a fun night out with John and the other couples!

PS--I saw on Jacquie's blog that she has a picture of whatever you're posting about that day along with your post title. I can't get that on my blog for some reason (yours is one of the only ones that won't show up). What's different about your blog and do you know how she did that??

Aspiemom said...

I love the plate! Love the red gingham. Putting a scripture on it is such a great idea, too!

Michelle said...

Isaiah 43:1-2 is one of my most favorite scriptures...thanks for the reminder!

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

Love the plate and really love the pendant! Hope you had a wonderful Valentines day!

Megan L Hutchings said...

I love that plate!!! I have seen them on other blogs and my friend La has one as well. They are so incredibly CUTE!!!!

Kellie said...

I love the plate!

And your little Girl Scout look C-O-L-D but as cute as ever! You are such a "trooper", (pun intended!). I think you should get an award for braving Walmart (even if you didn't get to go in!) and 16 degree weather!

Shanda said...

I have a cute bowl that I can change out the ribbons on - I love the idea of the plate and writing Scriptures on it. Isaiah 43:1 is one of my absolute favorites. Now you have created this desire in all of us for a discontinued plate...maybe we will have to start a petition for SLAH to carry it again!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I wish I could arrange for everyone who commented to have a plate! But I don't even have one myself anymore :-(

Glad you got it!

Fran said...

Personally...i love the Hogs necklace. EXCELLENTLY CUTE! :)

Rmomof3 said...

Meredith, I had to laugh - b/c I went to Walmart and saw a girl looking very much like your daughter selling those cookies and then I shrugged it off as - Nope... it can't be. I look forward to the blessings being able to do more things like that - but of course for the moment, I would just like to be over the CROUP!