What I’m Lovin’ in February

I’m always sad to see February go. As the shortest month of the year, it should be no surprise that it flies by, but it surprises me every time!

Before it goes, I wanted to share the list of what I’m lovin’ this month with you!

resliced by Jordan

1. handmade envelopes

calendar envelopes

Envelopes made from my 2014 fridge calendar – stay tuned for this post!

At first I was surprised at how easy they were to construct, but then I just ran with it and now I can’t stop making them!

2. a cozy local breakfast with mismatch mugs

cafe mugs

Left is my sister’s mug (lady bugs for the KT bug!) and right is the one I picked out for our breakfast at Cafe Strudel

There’s nothing more cozy than a warm cup of coffee from your favorite well-worn mug. Last month, my sister and I enjoyed a #SliceSisters date at Cafe Strudel followed by some antique tea cup shopping [for the Bridal tea party we’re throwing] at the Old Mill Antique Mall next door. We completely fell in love with both. The food at Cafe Strudel was amazing and the coffee bar {where you chose your own mismatched, well-worn mug} was our favorite part!

3. Homemade Oreos

oreos

Need I say more?! I made this recipe for the Hubs’ birthday (using the icing recipe from these red velvet cookies). DELICIOUS.

4. tea parties

my teacup

matching teacups & saucers make me swoon.

Who doesn’t love a good excuse for sweet treats and drinking coffee from a fancy teacup and saucer with her pinky stuck straight up in the air?! I sure do!

Read all about the Bridal tea party I threw (here) at Blue Flour Bakery. And if you’re inspired to throw your own tea party, send me an invitation! 😉

5. Nothin’ but Nola’s Goin’ Nuts granola

Maybe you remember my lust for the Lady Loves gift box from what I was lovin’ in January?

lady loves

Well, I ordered 2 boxes for 2 very special ladies in my life to remind them that they’re awesome {and according to both [proof here], they loved every bit of that box}.

Lauren from Nothin’ but Nola rebounded all of my questions and even entertained my obsession with the Lady Loves boxes as I shared them all over social media. And what d’ya know?! One of those Lady Loves gift boxes arrived on my doorstep on Valentine’s Day sent by Lauren herself! 🙂

Hello, happy mail!!

Hello, happy mail!!

I promptly ripped it open and nearly died from excitement!

nola

*insert heart eyed emojis*

Lauren is so thoughtful and I so appreciated the gift (especially because my Valentine spent the weekend in Atlanta with his grandfather who had a heart attack. And since I wasn’t able to be there to hug the big guy I’ve adopted as my own grandpa, my house was a little gloomy).

Don’t worry if you missed the Lady Loves gift box, you can still order yourself (or someone you love!) the goodies:

I’ve been munching on the Goin’ Nuts granola non-stop since I got it (seriously though, I need to order a refill). Not only is the granola absolutely delicious, but for every bag of granola you order, Nothin’ but Nola donates one meal to a local food bank (read more about their awesome mission here). Love, love, love seeing [handmade!] businesses giving back to their communities with every purchase. ❤

6. my sister’s newly discovered craftiness!

I have been bugging my sister relentlessly to take up crafting [of any kind]. I could go on for days about the benefits of crafting [or you could read why crafting is great for your brain here], but I won’t…at least not today 😉

But…crafts take a lot of patience. My sister was a classroom teacher for 5 years and has just moved out of the classroom and into the role of “Reading Coach” at her school this year. Working to mold little minds into great thinkers everyday takes a lot of patience. It was tough to convince her to use some of that patience on crafting, but I’m glad she is doing that now!

My sister has taken up arm knitting and gosh-darnit if she’s not excellent at it!! Proof:

kt arm knit scarf

this beautiful mustard yellow scarf knit by my sister

She is on a roll with it! She knit a cream colored scarf during the Super Bowl, a pretty pink one for Valentine’s Day and even a black and garnet one for my Mom (go Cocks!)!

I’m so proud of her!

In other scarf news, did you see the one Virginia made me for the Handmade Scarf Swap?! Loving all my new handmade scarves!

7. new glasses

glasses

My new tortoise shell glasses (I’m really digging the AK lion on the side)

I got my first pair of glasses one year ago when I realized that I was having a hard time reading presentations at work. As the youngest person in the room, I knew something must be wrong. I was right. As the doctor confirmed, my eyesight was on the high end of “not that bad.” Ever since the day I picked up those gorgeous light purple Michael Kors specs, my view of facial accessories has changed: glasses are definitely the best accessory a girl can have {just above scarves}.

8. #reslicedHappyMail

I can’t help but love this little snail mail project of mine! I’ve had SO much fun creating cards for all of the #reslicedHappyMail recipients so far and I’m excited to get started on the rest. It’s been fun expanding my crafting skills and practicing my calligraphy. The most exciting part of the project is being able to hear the stories of my recipients. I love reading the nomination forms and hearing how awesome the people you know are and what cool things they are doing.

In case you’ve missed them, here’s a recap of the Happy Mail that’s been sent so far {click the images to read the original post and hear the stories}

happymail1

#1 was sent to a lady named Pat who currently resides in a nursing home.

happymail2

#2 was sent to a pre-kindergarten teacher named Winter.

bubby

#3 was sent to a boy named Bubby Everson who just celebrated what doctors say may be his last birthday.

If you know someone who could use a little reminder that they are special, nominate them to receive a piece of #reslicedHappyMail by filling out the form here. Be sure to read the original post to review all those pesky little rules.

{Catch up on all What I’m Lovin’ monthly posts here.}

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