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Angel update 
Jan. 28, 2014 12:36 pm 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 1:04 pm

Thanks so much to my readers for all of your wonderful Angel suggestions. I decided to start with making my Christmas angel into a Valentine angel.


This wasn't as easy for me as for you very creative types, but I took my All Recipes friend Pam B.'s suggestion to visit the Dollar Store, which she advised the toy department, and that was very helpful.

Of course, upon entering the store mid-January, all of the Valentine stuff met me at the door, so I did not need to proceed to toys yet.

I purchased $6 worth of hearts, ribbons, and, for some reason (probably the fact that I didn't have my glasses on), rose petals.

Returning to my loft, I made a pattern for a "heart dress" by tracing the wooden angel shape and cutting it out of the red heart of swirls and flowers. I, all by myself, created a paper-doll dress for Angel dear.

Now when I was a young girl, I really didn't get into playing with dolls much, but I did like dressing them, and my mom made beautiful clothing for my Mary Hoyer. But, I was more comfortable with paper dolls, I guess because I could mess them up and not be out the price of an expensive doll.

So this exercise brought back that memory, and I think I may be able to keep that going for other seasons and holidays.

I found out, after I got home, that some of my hearts, little pink ones, had two-sided sticky stuff on their backs. You know folks, to most of you this probably seems very elementary, but to me it is an entirely new adventure on which I would never have embarked without the encouragement of Pam.

So I stuck the pink hearts on the wire frame to cover up where Christmas balls had been, and presto, a Valentine angel was born.


I used the same patterned red heart (the package had two) that I had cut the dress from, and stuck it on my door. That took a bit more work, since there was no two-sided sticky tape on that. I created my own double-sided tape, but it didn't stick well. I used some Scotch tape, finally, out of desperation and also made a hole in the top of the heart, inserted Valentine ribbon, and hung it over the door. That worked better, although because the heart is edged in black, the Scotch tape shows. Do they make a clear red tape?



Anyway, this should serve until St. Paddy's Day, for which I will return to Dollar Store to get green stuff.

Thanks Pam. Thought you all might want to see my solution.

Let me know how you like it, and please don't laugh too hard (at me).


Jan. 28, 2014 4:51 pm
Aaaaaahhhhhhh. I think she is absolutely adorable. You should be proud of her. :-)
Jan. 28, 2014 6:39 pm
Hey Marjorie - it's me - luv2cook -- your Valentine Angel is the cuteiest!!!!! (I know that's not a real word - just a real sentiment)- and I still think you ought to think about starting that little project we discussed - - you would be the next "gazillionaire" - LOL! I think we need to name your Valentine about "Valerie Valentine" - or "Clementine Valentine" - or - "Here's my Heart Harriet" - - or.... ut-oh - better switch to decaf again..... Anyhoo...your little miss angel has gone through a very creative transformation!!! Congratulations Marjorie - - and I look forward with great anticipation to the "St. Paddy's Angel" - I'm seeing green - in more ways than one!!
Jan. 29, 2014 5:44 am
Hi Marjorie. It's Susie. Forgot to put my name on the first comment. :-)
Jan. 29, 2014 6:11 am
You've done a great job - she's adorable! I bet you're itching to do more crafts now that you've had your first success - at least that's what "hooked" me. One project led me to many years & gazillions of hand made gifts & doo-dads. I have so many supplies, I could open a store! I'll be looking for your green angel in March...scootersandi
Jan. 29, 2014 6:42 am
(Lela:;) Hi Majorie, very cute! I love crafting and I think that our angel is very creative! Pretty soon you will branch out and make all kinds of creations-such as wreaths!
Jan. 29, 2014 6:42 am
Lela here meant to write your angel not our angel.
Jan. 29, 2014 9:21 am
So cute! I admire your creativity and sense of adventure.
Jan. 29, 2014 10:18 am
Love your Valentine angel, Marjorie! You have proven that even angels need a "do over" every now and again :) Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Shearone
Jan. 29, 2014 3:27 pm
Hi from Indiana Peggy. She is adorable, whatever her name is! Luv2Cook has some very clever ideas. Who knows, maybe she'll have some sisters and you can use more than one of those names. Now you have me thinking of something for my door. I miss my Christmas wreath.
Jan. 29, 2014 3:30 pm
PS from Indiana Peggy: Anyone remember the "kitchen witches" from years ago? They involved a panty hose stuffed and she had a fat bottom. Usually rode a broom? ANYway, your little angel could be dressed to be a cute "Kitchen Angel" to watch over the cook.
Jan. 29, 2014 5:18 pm
Oh- wow!! Good idea Indiana Peggy - - I love the "Kitchen Angel" idea - - now where did I pack that Christmas tree topper angel??? I think I'll have to plow through the boxes and get her out again and give her a "makeover" - LOL! - - Luv2cook
Jan. 29, 2014 5:53 pm
:-) Post a photo!
Jan. 30, 2014 8:35 am
Oh no, Indiana Peggy. You have resurrected wild Christmas Luv. Glad to see you got your energy back Pam. Thanks IPeg for your encouragement. I like Angels watching over my kitchen way more than witches. I will see what other angels I can come up with in my 200 storage boxes. :)
Jan. 31, 2014 6:49 pm
200 storage boxes? Yikes!
Jan. 31, 2014 6:50 pm
Oh so sorry...that silly comment was from IP. I forget we have to identify ourselves.
Feb. 1, 2014 7:16 pm
(MOG here). Too cute. Can't wait to see your St Paddy's Day version.
Feb. 2, 2014 8:41 am
Yes. 200 boxes all marked basement. You can read about some of that back in Shredding My Life Away.
Feb. 2, 2014 8:46 am
I guess I didn't repost that story from October, 2011. You can find it at if you are interested. Thanks.
Feb. 4, 2014 8:34 am
OK, I have now posted my 2011 story about why I have so many boxes--the 400 is actually now down to 200!! Yay! But AR doesn't seem to accept my pictures. :((. Why is the site removing features? Does anyone know?
Feb. 26, 2014 1:04 pm
what a beautiful angel
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