Putting the Val in Valentine’s Day

Sunday at home

For all you lovers out there and lovers of love, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! I treated myself to two new, gorgeous orchid plants (English Gardens has them on sale through tomorrow – buy one, get one 50% off) and we visited the VLNTNSDY MRKT 5 in Detroit on Saturday, where I picked up some Sfumato Fragrances, a JKM Soy Candle, and some Warda Pâtisserie treats. We also had the pleasure of visiting friends, where we got to sample Wolf Moon Mixers…just look at this beautiful bowl of punch in the photo below! With Valentine’s Day in mind, here a few fun things for you to check out:


by Valerie | 02.13.17 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Hark now hear

Last night, I enjoyed a most adorable advent play performance in which our friends’ daughter, Averie, played a lamb. The kids were so cute playing the part of angels, lambs, shepherds, Joseph and Mary, etc. I can remember doing the same, when I was a little girl; I even got the lead role of Mary one year, which was a really big deal for me and included a solo performance. Not only was it fun to watch the kids sing and act out the story, but it was also so much fun for me to sing along to such familiar Christmas carols – what a nice way to add some Christmas cheer to my holiday season!

by Valerie | 12.12.13 | Around town, For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Did I mention I like to dance


It’s Friday…finally…& I just had to share this ridiculously awesome video! How can this not make you smile, laugh, &, of course, dance?

by Valerie | 03.04.11 | For Funsies | No Comments »

The VW Show & Cabin Fever Dreaming

VW Show

We had an amazing time putting together & holding The VW Photo Show & Cabin Fever Dreaming CD release party at Pot & Box last night with friends! It was so rewarding to see my own photos printed, framed, & hung together on the wall & both Walter’s & Mark’s work was fantastic. I am so thankful for such supportive friends & the opportunity to have this amazing experience – thanks to all who came out to see our work last night!

VW Show

I had the following photos in the show last night:

Leia on Amy
Take Away Available
Is This Seat Taken
Fourth of July
What’s Left

VW Show

by Valerie | 12.12.10 | Around town, For Funsies, Photography | 2 Comments »

My Christmas Playlist

As I’ve mentioned before, I love Christmas – in fact, it’s my favorite holiday! And I love Christmas songs, so here’s a list of some of my own, personal holiday playlist favorites, in no particular order, for your listening enjoyment:

There are lots of free sites you can go to & create your own playlists – such as Grooveshark, Last.fm, Pandora, etc. – & I’ve done just that to create my own holiday playlist which will keep me fa la la la la-ing all the way through Christmas! Also, there was a recent Apartment Therapy blog post on A Click-and-Play Holiday Playlist which you can reference for holiday music inspiration &/or you can listen to my own Grooveshark Holiday Playlist 2010.

by Valerie | 12.08.10 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

One of these things is not like the other…

It’s Friday & I thought I’d share these fun little comparisons… As we all know, many songs are often made & then remade or sampled into something very different than their original forms, even when they have the same words & the same melody, & I’ve found that this can be both enjoyable & sometimes very amusing (as is the case with the first comparison I’ve listed here) to compare the two. Here are some that I find particularly delightful, for your enjoyment!

Compare Nelly’s “Hot in Herre”

to Jenny Owen Youngs’ “Hot in Herre”

Compare Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”

to Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”

by Valerie | 02.19.10 | For Funsies | No Comments »

I’d rather be a musician

Ryan & I had a great weekend filled with live music, friends, & fun!

We started our weekend off on Friday evening by attending the Ann Arbor Folk Festival at Hill Auditorium & we saw some really amazing acts. Iron & Wine was magical; give that man a mic & a guitar & prepare to be blown away – seriously, it’s the kind of music that’s so beautiful & performed with such passion that it kind of makes you want to cry! And I discovered some new bands that I wasn’t aware of before the concert, but that I went home after the concert & immediately purchased their albums on iTunes – such as Hoots & Hellmouth & also Nervous But Excited. These people are immensely talented & I was mesmerized through the whole show; I couldn’t help but wish I could somehow be a part of it all & I was completely caught up in it.

During the concert Ryan made a comment about wanting to be a musician, which would be just as hard if not harder than making it as an artist & which we decided he should really put on a t-shirt. “I’d rather be a musician” – I’d wear that shirt!

Saturday started off with a delicious brunch at Beezy’s Cafe; the photo here is of her homemade pb&j french toast (the jelly was homemade, blueberry jelly too) – if you haven’t been to Beezy’s, you should really do yourself a favor & check it out. Then we installed Ryan’s work at the 2010 EMU Art Faculty Show, enjoyed more fun art viewing & socializing with friends at Osman’s place (photo below), & then had a Scrabble tournament at Mark & Amy’s to end the night.

And on Sunday we had the pleasure of seeing our friend Danny Kline play at Old Town & it was the perfect way to end our fun, music-filled weekend.

I’ll end this post by saying that I have the utmost respect for artists & musicians & I am constantly amazed with what they create & that they have the confidence & skill to put it out there in the world; thanks for doing what you do & for doing it so well!

by Valerie | 02.01.10 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Live music

We just purchased tickets for the Ann Arbor Folk Festival at Hill Auditorium (pictured above) this Friday, January 29th & I’m really looking forward to seeing all this great live music; it looks like there’ll be some great performers there, including Iron & Wine!

Also, this Friday, our friend & guitar instructor Ryan Vanderhoof will be performing at Crazy Wisdom from 8:30-10:30pm & we hope to make it there as well.

by Valerie | 01.27.10 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Happy Hanukkah!


Happy Hanukkah!!! Here are a couple of fun Hanukkah songs I just couldn’t pass up sharing…

by Valerie | 12.18.09 | For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

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