January started and left with a bang. It will be a January we will always remember because of our precious Bo's passing. It was a week on Friday, and I've been trying to keep busy to help ease the transition of our loss.
It will be fun to share with you our January at the Charmer!
January began with giving us some beautiful snow.
We knew our feathered friends lose a lot of heat to "melt" snow for drinking. We helped them out by provided a fresh water source all winter long by making a heated bird bath. They just love it, they bath in it, drink from it and socialize all day long.
Vignettes: Three vignettes were pulled together during the month.
Right after the holidays the first vignette I did was our Winter Mantel. I so love winter and wanted to create one that represented the season. My chalkboard above was made out of an old broiler pan, and I just love it.
The second vignette was again in honor of winter too!
I basically kept what was out for our Christmas Buffet and just "winterized" most of what was used for our Winter Buffet look. I enjoyed seeing everything that I love about winter. Red Cardinals popping out against the white snow, snowflakes and snowballs.
I started decorating for Valentine's earlier than I normally do. But that's OK. I was excited to do the red and white theme inspired from our Christmas Mantel.
The old chippy windows were freebies from our next door neighbor who had her basement windows replace. I headed over to grab them up before they ended up in the dumpster. They were the basis for our Valentine Vignette. I went with an nontraditional look, but I love it.
Knitting Projects: I used to knit a lot, mostly sweaters, hats and gloves. My Mom taught me at a young age, we'd spend many a night knitting and chatting together, some of my fondest memories as a child.
I picked smaller projects to kick off my knitting craze. While web browsing when I spotted these cute knitted hearts. Each heart was less than a half hour to knit up - my kind of project. I just love them!
The second project was going to be a Valentine gift for Mr. Charmer!
Mr. Charmer loves when I make him gifts, he appreciates the time and love that goes into them. The Valentine Hug Mug was another quick project, and fun to make - Mr. Charmer drinks lots of coffee and this will help keep it hot.
Valentines: Besides the two knitting projects I also pulled together another needle work project.
My Valentine Fabric Hoops were so much fun to make. Another quick and easy project using some very pretty fabrics and a stitch or two. I love these so much I won't want to take them down! Maybe I can incorporate them in to a bedroom makeover were doing.
Out Junkin: I didn't head out junkin too much, it was obvious Bo was really declining and I wanted to stay close to home. But I did get out one day earlier in the month.
My one Been Junkin trip scored me a few good pieces, and it also provided me 6 old basement windows free!
In The Kitchen: Two recipes were shared this month.
We will always remember January 2013 as the month we lost our Beloved Bo!
What a wonderful family member he was - and will always be in our hearts!
I hope you enjoyed touring our Monthly Memory lane trip with us.
Hope you'll share your creative inspiration with us tomorrow at Sunday's Best #56 Par.tay...