Prim Wool Heart Pins

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Need a last-minute Valentine’s Day project? If that’s the case, dig out your old wool sweaters and do some laundry…

Yep, these prim heart pins were made using recycled wool sweaters that were felted in my washer and dryer using the hottest settings. Easy peasy felting!

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I love making things from wool, but new wool can be a little expensive. If you don’t have the colors you want in your closet, hit the yard sales or thrift stores. I pick up most of my wool at yard sales when the weather is fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk hot. Yay, Me! Because of the heat, most yard sales that have sweaters up for grabs will sell them for practically nothing. I can usually score a rainbow of colors in one weekend that will last me the entire year.

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I made my pattern with three rectangles of card stock. The biggest rectangle was 2 inches wide by 3 inches long. The other two were each cut a half inch smaller than the one before it.

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I folded the rectangles in half and cut long hearts. Each heart shape is a layer to the valentine pin, but each heart is not an exact mini replica of the one before it. I think that’s why I love the primitive look to the finished pin. Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 😉

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I cut two identical felt hearts using the large pattern and one each from the remaining two heart patterns. Hint: To get exact shapes without pen marks on the felt, use freezer paper. Trace the heart shapes onto the freezer paper and iron the paper to the wool. Cut out the shapes and peel off the paper. You can even reuse the freezer paper several more times.

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This project is super quick! The smallest heart is blanket stitched to the medium heart. Then the medium heart is blanket stitched to one of the large hearts. Place the last large heart on the bottom and blanket stitch the sides together.

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For an added embellishment I stitched a button to the front of the heart.

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Turn the heart over and stitch on a pin back.

I used traditional valentine colors for these heart pins, but using other colors will allow you to wear these prim pins any time of the year.

No wool? No problem. You can use craft felt, but you may need to add a tiny bit of stuffing between the two large hearts so the pin will hold it’s shape. Craft felt tends to be thinner than felted wool.

Enjoy!

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Shabby Chic Birdcage Knockoff-Tutorial

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I love looking through home decorating magazines, home interior stores and high-end department stores, but I’m realistic enough to know the closet I will get to owning any of that beautiful eye-candy is if I make it myself.

This shabby chic birdcage is my knockoff of one I found while window shopping one day. I can’t remember the name of the store, but I can remember the cage was $45. Now some of you may not think $45 is too much for a decorator birdcage, but my frugal, do-it-yourself brain said “No way!”

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I tucked that inspiration away in my mind and while looking for something else in the barn, I came across a similar shaped birdcage. It was perfect. It had come from the Dollar Store, but it was green and decorated with wire vine and metal ivy leaves that I didn’t like.

I wanted my cage to resemble the one I had seen, so the vine and leaves had to go. That process was surprisingly easy to accomplish. I just tugged tham off. The parts that were stuck came off with the help of wire cutters. Easy Peasy! I immediately loved the difference that made.

I then sprayed the entire cage (inside and out) with a light layer of white spray paint. This was mainly to get into all the corners and the peak of the inside of the cage. I wasn’t trying for full coverage. I just wanted a jumping off point for the layers that would follow.

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The cage at the store had cool decorative embellishments on it, so I got out my bag of brass doohickeys.

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I simply wired them to the cage using craft wire.

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Using an old paintbrush I pounced and dabbed flat off white acrylic paint over the whole cage (inside and out).

After that dried, I repeated it with a coat of flat white acrylic paint.

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I was loving it, but it just didn’t look shabby enough yet, so I got out the sandpaper. I sanded everything.

Ta-da!

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Check it out! If you look closely (inside the cage) you can see one of the nests from yesterday’s tutorial.

Enjoy!

 

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creative corner blog hop Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMaking

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

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Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonPhotobucketSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketA Crafty SoireeBeyond The Picket Fence

Friday

The Shabby NestBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In Thyme

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased Mom

Sunday

The Girl CreativeUndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

Weekend

Homespun Happenings Lovely Crafty Home

 

 

Wow Us Wednesdays

Valentine’s Day Party

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Bird Nest-Tutorial

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These nests were made using miniature vine wreaths that I picked up for cheap after the holidays. Since they didn’t really scream “Christmas”, I thought the natural vine would be a perfect base for a bird nest.

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I placed the wreaths on burlap scraps, traced around them and cut them out. The circles were hot glued to the bottom of the wreaths.

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This created the bowl for the nest.

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A handful of Spanish moss was glued inside the bowl of the nest. I burrowed out the center of the moss to keep the bowl shape.

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A few strands of raffia roughly rubbed together in my hands was then glued inside the bowl of the moss. At this point the nest was done, but

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what’s a nest without eggs? I rolled 1-inch balls of polymer clay, then shaped them into little egg-shapes.

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After baking, I painted each egg a robin’s egg blue, then splattered them with black. A note about the paint: While making this project, I realized robin’s egg blue is a color that is wide open to interpretation. I had several bottles by different manufacturers and none of the colors matched. Basically, your paint color probably won’t match mine, but if you are happy with the blue color you choose, nothing else matters.

Hot glue your three painted eggs in the center of the raffia.

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I finished the nests with little tags that I stamped with the word “NEST”.

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Does this make you dream of spring? Warmer weather? Birds chirping?

Enjoy!

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creative corner blog hop Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMaking

 

Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonPhotobucketSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketA Crafty SoireeBeyond The Picket Fence

Friday

The Shabby NestBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In Thyme

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased Mom

Sunday

The Girl CreativeUndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

Weekend

Homespun Happenings Lovely Crafty Home

 

 

Wow Us Wednesdays

Valentine’s Day Party

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Whimsical Ranch Sign and Valentine Tutorials

Just had to share my newest tutorials on FaveCrafts.

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Whimsical Western Wall Hanging

 

What do you do with an old cupboard door? Make a fun “Ranch Rules” sign to keep your little (and big) cowpokes in line.

I also made word stencils using my Cricut Expression for this project.

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Valentine’s Day Bowl Fillers

 

This little prim craft will add a lighthearted touch to your Valentine’s Day decor.

Enjoy!

 

Bead Garland Hearts

I was putting away my Christmas decorations the other day…

Okay, that’s a lie…Let me rephrase that.

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I was thinking about putting away my Christmas decorations the other day…(Better?)…when the wood bead garland distracted me.

The red beads kick-started my imagination since I have been brainstorming Valentine’s Day ideas for quite a while.

The red beads looked so enticing. I decided to transform them into little country valentine hearts.

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No, I didn’t use the ones that were on display. They are still up. 😉 No, I used a stash of bead garland I already had in my craft supplies. They seem to be available at every auction and yard sale I visit, and I can’t pass up a bargain.

I cut the garland apart and had a pile of pretty red beads.

After a bit of experimenting, I figured out how much wire and how many beads I would need for each heart. Here’s my little tip: I used 18-inch wire floral stems when figuring out how much wire was needed. After stringing the beads and forming the heart shape, I cut off the excess wire. I then subtracted the leftover inches from the beginning length to determine how much wire was needed for each heart. After that I was able to craft several hearts in an assembly line.2-DSCN4414

Those little loops on the ends are the “knots“.

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I started with the valley at the top of the heart.

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The little twist doesn’t look very attractive, but it isn’t noticeable when the heart is finished.

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The bottom point was made with one bead. I finished off the heart with a raffia bow over the twist.

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I had two different size beads from two different red garlands.

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The smaller hearts were done the same way, I just adjusted the wire and bead amounts.

I think these are decorations that may remain on display long after the Valentine’s Day holiday. Uh hum…that is if I get Christmas put away by then. 😉

Enjoy!

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Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

The Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amAdorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft GuildPhotobucket{Primp}

Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonPhotobucketSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketA Crafty SoireeBeyond The Picket Fence

Friday

The Shabby NestBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In Thyme

Saturday

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased Mom

Sunday

DIY Show Off The Girl CreativeUndertheTableandDreaming

Weekend

Homespun Happenings Lovely Crafty Home

 

 

Wow Us Wednesdays

DIY Wreaths

 

Valentine’s Day Party

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