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Happy Valentine’s Day!  This was quite possibly one of the most epic Valentine’s Day weekends ever… full of happy meal, food, shopping, and time spent with Marvin and friend!  :)  On Friday, I received some happy mail from some sweet blog friends.  I feel soooo blessed to have won a beautiful giveaway recently and to have such great blog friends!  The blog/handmade community is just truly amazing, love you guys!

First, I received this beautiful felt rose bouquet made by Handmade Colectibles.  It was a giveaway winning that I won over at Picking Wildflowers! I told my husband to not get me flowers for Valentine’s Day since I wouldn’t be in town anyways so these were the perfect replacement! ;)

The sweet Ms. Megan from Moonbeamwishes sent me this adorable handmade card! xo

And Lori from ChicGeek Designs sent me a few of her beautiful cards as well! :)

The weekend continued with Marvin and I exchanging gifts.  I spent 3 hours making a DELICIOUS mac n cheese that included chicken, bacon, mushrooms, truffle oil and of course three cheeses.  It reminded me of this amazing one we had in Puerto Rico last December so I had to recreate it… and I’ll blog about it and share the recipe for you later!  I also gave Marvin a pair of Keep shoes and the Seaside expansion set for our favorite game Dominion, which we played with friends on Saturday night!  And this is what I got from Marvin… I literally jumped for joy!!

He got me a set of Kenko Extension Tubes for my DSLR! It’s a more affordable way to get Macro shots than spending thousands on a Macro lens. It comes with three tubes, 12 mm, 20 mm, and 36 mm and you can use them one at a time or all together. They’re basically an attachment to any one of your current lenses, so awesome! So of course I immediately attached them to my 50mm F1.4 and took some photos of random items around my home. Here’s a little collage I made with the photos.

Do you spy Oh Sweet Joy, Much Love, Illy, Pretties By Meg, Allora Handmade and Sandy a la Mode in there? ;)

ANDDDDD… another awesome thing about this weekend?  I surpassed 100 sales in my Etsy shop!  So I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all that have supported me throughout the past few months, I heart you guys.  And with that said… I’m having a special Valentine’s Day only discount of 25% off of your order from my shop with coupon code of “IHEARTYOU”!  (Items ordered this week will ship out on Saturday since I’m gone all week.)  That’s my biggest discount ever so I hope you treat yourself to something nice!

How did you or are you going to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

I hope it’s fabulous!  :)

53 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cole
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    Your mac & cheese sounds divine!

  2. tara
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    Very cool!
    What a great husband you have!!!!!
    Happy Valentine’s day!

  3. kim davis
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    yay!!! so fun :)

  4. steph anne
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    Wow, what a nice weekend & gift!!! :) Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. Michelle
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    That’s such an awesome present! You’re going to have so much fun playing with your camera now!

    And congrats on the 100 sales!!

  6. Kate
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    Sounds like a lovely weekend! And I love your new macro photos! Happy Heart Day to you, too!

    I’m doing a giveaway on my blog for the first time, I would love for you to enter. :)

  7. Lori
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 12:04 am

    Aw thanks for the shout-out! I love your present!! ;-) I’m going to have to check that out and see if they have one for Nikon. ;-) hehe. I have been wanting a macro lens but can’t pay that money yet! ;-) and I want that Mac and cheese! Yum! ;-)

  8. jennifer young
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 1:30 am

    very epic vday weekend for sure sandy! congrats on your 100+ sales! happy valentine’s day!!!!

  9. honeymyheart
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    looks like a great valentine’s day :) hooray for surpassing 100 sales! hope you have a great week.

  10. Dancing Branflake
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 1:47 am

    Those photos are seriously amazing!!!! Wow… I am super impressed and I love that you love Vday so much. Congrats on great sales!

  11. Gracie
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 1:53 am

    Ahh cute cute cute! What a wonderful gift. I’m sure you will use it well. I could figure out each shop item too :)

    The Mac and Cheese sounds divine too. I really really need to learn to cook better. x

  12. Ngan
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 3:40 am

    Firstly, you guys are so adorable! what a sweet and lovely weekend you spent together!

    and secondly… OMG! I had no idea about those extension tubes! THAT is something I need to get rather than dropping hundreds for a macro lens that costs more than my camera. thank you for shedding some light, girl! :D those macro shots are awesome!

  13. ChantaleP
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 4:48 am

    Sounds like you had a sweet sweet Valentine weekend. And hooray to your 100 etsy sales! Happy Valentine’s Sandy… hope you have a lovely day!

  14. Collette Osuna
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 4:53 am

    Congrats hunnie…all the way around!!!!

    Stop by and say Hello:)
    Enter my Silver Lining Décor Jewelry Giveaway!!♥

  15. Chrissy
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    I love the extension tubes – who knew? not me. I have the 10x magnifier thingy to attach to my lens, but I just added these to my Amazon with list too. I’m saving for a camera so I have to forgo the little things in between until I get my camera.

    I love the photos you took – so fun!!!

  16. Maddy
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    Very cool!! Nothing says I love you like a new gadget! Keeping my fingers crossed for a few gadgets of my own :)

  17. Rachel
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    Yay Congrats on your 100th sale! You are truly talented and gifted!

  18. jillian
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 7:22 am

    the felt flowers are SO pretty! love them :) my bf and i celebrated valentines day last night with a low-key dinner. have a wonderful day! xoxo jcd

  19. beth
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    Congrats on reaching 100 sales, Sandy! Those are great photos too :)

  20. stephanie
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 7:39 am

    what a fab valentines weekend! sounds lovely! congrats on 100 sales! hopefully we’ll be there soon too! ; ) happy v-day!

  21. Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia}
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    Oh, I love those felt flowers! So cute. :)

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Sandy!

  22. Watkins35
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    wow, some fab ‘gifts’ there, esp love the flowers, and great gift from hubby; congratulations on passing the 100 mark, such fab items in your shop. Happy Valentine’s Day.
    ps given you an award today x

  23. viv @ the eclectic life
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    That is seriously epic and I’ll definitely have to do some research on that neat lens you got. Can’t wait to see your photos from it.

    Happy Valentine’s Sandy! We should exchange addresses so we can receive each other’s X-mas cards (and whatever other fun stuff we want to mail to each other!)

  24. Brandi
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    Congrats on hitting 100 sales, Sandy!! I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day. I don’t have any special plans for the day — unfortunately, school work takes over as always, but at least I’ll get to see some friends.

  25. alely
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day friend! What a lucky girl you are that you got camera lenses from Marvin! Those are pretty sweet and the pictures turned put amazing! Will have to do research on those to see if they will work for a NIKON. Anyhoo, looking forward to the mac n cheese recipe and I may have to browse your shop with that discount your offering!

    Take care friend!

  26. Krysten
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 8:31 am

    Your excitement is seriously jumping off the screen!! And how sweet are those felt flowers!?

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  27. Hannah @ Peggy Ann Design
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    Happy Valentine’s Day sweet friend!

  28. Kel
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    I made red velvet cupcakes yesterday! Pretty low-key around our house :)

  29. Cole
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 9:16 am

    Glad you loved the roses. Have a sweet Valentines day! :)

  30. Ms. Megan
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    I love those pictures!!
    Wow!! That post card went through a fight with the mail system!!! :) What a journey!! :)
    I am so glad that you loved it!! Happy heart day beautiful!! xoxo

  31. yvonne
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    I love the felt roses!! so pretty!!!

    Hubby and I dont normally go all out for vday..either simple dinner at home or if were too lazy to cook then maybe dinner somewhere that is not hectic.

    Hope u have a great vday with ur hubby!

  32. Miss Kinsey.
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    Happy valentines day, Sandy!! I hope you have a fabulous day. ♥


  33. postcards and pretties
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    congrats on your 100+ sales!! happy vday Sandy!!

  34. mallory @ total noms
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    The flowers and note cards are precious. I always joke that I’m in “heaven” when I hang out with my boyfriend and our friends… I sent them a screen shot of the first note card to show them how much they mean to me!

    Happy Valentines Sandy!

  35. Anna
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    Congrats on getting 100 sales. I love your new macro lens.
    Happy Valentine’s Day !!

  36. kileen
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    how funny, i was actually just talking to my bf yesterday about getting a macro lens. i had no idea extension tubes existed as an alternative! i’m definitely going to look into that now!

    and those flowers from Handmade Colectibles are gorgeous. what a wonderful gift!

  37. Krystina at lollipops
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    LUCKY! nice shots too ;)

  38. Michelle
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Those flowers turned out great!! Happy Valentines Day!!! Love you <3

  39. yana
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    Oh, dear! The felt bouquet is absolutely lovely! :) I will be spending my day loving others while going about normal life… class, band practice, etc.:)

  40. kimbirdy
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    wow, that sounds like quite the weekend! i’m so happy for all the wonderful things you got. we don’t celebrate v-day around our house, but last week the mister made an amazing bath for me with smelling salts and hundreds of flower petals. i think that’s about as romantic as it gets! :)

  41. Comewhinewithme
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    Lucky girl! You got some really amazing things. Great post:-)

    Enter my follower giveaway:-)

  42. vicki
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    those felt flowers are gorgeous!!! happy valentines day! :) x

  43. Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

    Yay on 100! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  44. Ivy
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    Happy Valentine’s Day! :)

    The felt flowers are cute and Mac & Cheese sounds delicious! I haven’t had Mac & Cheese in such a LONG time! :)

    Btw, thanks for the custom order!

  45. Dawn {The Alternative Wife}
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

    Yay!!! I’m so happy you had such a wonderful weekend, sweetie! Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

  46. Sarah
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    That sounds like Mac and Cheese on steroids, haha! Those extension tube thingys for your camera look like they work quite well (in your capable hands at least!)

    My hubby is bringing home Ben & Jerry’s tonight and I couldn’t be happier- he sure knows they way to my heart ;)

  47. Sarah
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

    PS: That was me :)

  48. Angga Heinrich
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    aaawww that is such cute flowers!! and I’m really interested on that macro extension thing, I need to check them out!! Not really using macro for my my blog, but might be someday

  49. sooki
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    yippee!! congrats on your 100th etsy sales!!! wow that extension tube is neat! i’m going to have to look into that myself now. your random shots are pretty nice!

  50. skippee
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 2:01 am

    you took those pics~ wowee!!! so creative and now your talent can shine more with your new lens gadget. congrats on the 100th sale~ what an accomplishment in such a short time! love those felt flowers. could you pretty please bring them next time so i can see the loveliness in real life?? =)

  51. Krystal/Village
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Happy V-day hon!!! Your weekend sounds amazing. I’m mighty jealous of those camera rings!!!

  52. Roxy
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    Hey Sandy! Congrats on your sales!! I hope to make my very first this year :) If I do, I get to pop a bottle of champers my A gave me as initiative hahaha Also it must be said, just reading about your mac ‘n’ cheese..I just died and went to heaven..holy yum!

  53. Jules
    Feb 16, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    I’m so glad you had a nice Valentine’s weekend and I adore those felt flowers. The handmade cards you received are also very beautiful. So much creativity out there!

    That’s awesome that you got a new “toy” for your camera and it looks like it took some great shots. I only have a point and shoot, but I do find myself using the macro function a lot. I obviously don’t get anything close to the quality you’re getting ;)

    Congrats on 100+ sales in your Etsy shop! You deserve it!!

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