Surprise! Hello, everybody! I know I never do this; I never post on a Tuesday. But I thought, given the occasion, it was warranted. So I’m bringing you a special Tuesday edition of #MondayMusings. I was going to try to do an early blog, but something occurred to me: “I’m throwing a Heartie Party tonight! I need to share my photos with everyone for my first blog of the season.” So I waited a bit, and…here we are now! And here we go!
First off, if you can’t fix it, feature it! My diaper corner is not exactly something to brag about, so I spruced it up! Nothing that a little red won’t fix. It’s just a visual of a modern-day Baby Jack area. Yeah, that’s what I’ll keep tell myself!
Keeping with the theme of kids, this door is all art done by my girls. It’s very convenient that When Calls the Heart premieres after Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s decorations are still up, and the heart assignments have been sent home for the express purpose of adorning my garage door. 😉
I have never created a Hearties bingo game before, but my friend Kaycee did. So thanks to her, I had an activity for my guests; I bought prizes and everything! And it was a blast! I even got a bingo!
What Heartie Party is complete without food? None! This Heartie Pound Cake is a recipe Erin Krakow did with Debbie Matenopoulos on Home and Family when we were all gearing up for the Season 4 finale. I still have the recording on my TV, and I bake it for every Heartie Party I throw! It’s yummy!
Personal adornment is crucial to accessorize oneself for a When Calls the Heart party. What better nail polish to wear than hearts! My dear friend Sarah introduced me to Color Street Nails, so I treated myself to this set for Valentine’s Day and this occasion. Daily wear and tear and lots of hand-washing has made a casualty of most of my other nails, but this one still survived.
What good is a get together if you can’t get cozy? So we have our thematically appropriate pillows and blanket. Funny story: I competed as part of a team in a virtual summer camp called Camp Hearties in 2018. Ben Rosenbaum was a judge, and Erin Krakow and Andrea Brooks were both guest judges at one point. Our group was called the Coal Valley Cuties, and we won first place! But life circumstances held off us getting our prize until yesterday afternoon. So all the pillows for me and my Texas teammates arrived just in time to transform my couch into the perfect décor! Then the yellow object is my handy dandy notebook, just in case I feel the need to jot something down.
The watching station itself, decked out in all its glory, complete with water tower and schoolhouse ornaments. And as you can see, we have a little bit of the nostalgic past just across from the hopeful future.
My piano is something of which I’m particularly proud! My editing talents are all but naught, but this idea made me giggle so much that I had to bring it about, albeit a little unskillfully. So we have a ring, our two competitors prepared to duke it out for their ideal; the precious princess on her pedestal, overseeing the events. Oh, and the teddy bear’s name is Heartie.
Finally, ANY party is meaningless without the people who attend. We had several last minute dropouts due to sickness and family circumstances, but it was a sweet and happy time! My short arms don’t do well with group selfies, but from left to right, it’s: Lissette, me, my mother, Jami, and Nancy. Nancy, I met at our local library, where I just happened to be wearing on of my Hearties shirt, and she stopped me! 😀
And finally, the pièce de résistance! The first podcast recap of the season! Enjoy the When Calls the Hallmarkies Heart to Heart. Hear what we think, how we feel, and what made us gasp! You’re in for a good laugh! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!
When Calls the Heart images: Edify Films and Crown Media
Photos and Edits: Me!