Scrap Wood Heart

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What a beautiful day! I’ve been itching to get outside and work with my wood and today was the perfect day.

My wood is fairly organized since our move, it just isn’t in the place I want it to be. I probably should have worked on moving it today, but since it’s a job that will take a day or two I am hoping for some help. I decided today would be a creative day. Hey, at least that would mean a few less boards to move when I get around to it. ;)

1-DSCF2822With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I could see lots of hearts in my wood pile. I cut a large heart pattern from wrapping paper and started pulling out a few boards.

2-DSCF2828After placing the boards side-by-side, I traced the pattern on top of the arrangement. After that, cutting each individual board was a piece of cake.

3-DSCF2826I dry brushed the front of each board either red or pink.

4-DSCF2824Finally a project I could use my pink paint on! Yippee! I like pink anything.

6-DSCF2830I cut two braces for the back of the heart shape and attached them with screws.

7-DSCF2834My heart shape was approximately 17 inches both ways. Perfect for hanging on a door or an entryway wall. I attached rusty baling wire for the hanger.

8-DSCF2841I’m hoping to make more this week since the weather is supposed to be nice for a couple more days.

Enjoy!

Red and White Quilt Valentine Charm Pillows

08-DSCF2541Red and White Quilt Valentine Charm Pillows

My husband and I went to an auction this past weekend and didn’t get anything that we went there for. That’s okay! We didn’t leave empty handed.

01-DSCF2518My hand went up for this fantastic vintage quilt. The colors and the basic patch square design had the wheels turning in my head. Classic country, Americana accents and, of course, Valentine’s Day were just a few of the ideas that came to mind. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to start there.

02-DSCF2575I dug out a couple of heart shapes from my pattern stash. I love the shape of the large heart. The humps are kinda squared and the center has a wider, deeper valley.

03-DSCF2522I make a lot of bowl fillers and pillows, but theses little hearts fell in between the sizes I normally do for either one. I still thought the size was charming, so I am calling these “charm” pillows.

10-DSCF2544They can still be placed in bowls or baskets, but they also look sweet on a shelf or tucked up next to a regular size throw pillow in a chair or on a bed.

04-DSCF2530I used the smaller heart to cut out red velvet hearts. I appliqued them to the pillows, along with a flowers I snipped from doilies.

11-DSCF2547Old pearl beads stitched to the center of the flower and an old button stitched to the appliqued heart completed the charm.

I still have some of the quilt left for the country and Americana ideas I mentioned. Stay tuned. ;)

Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day Etsy Listings

5-1-DSCN4402New/Old Etsy Listings

Finally!

Yes, Finally!

I have finally been able to unpack my Etsy merchandise that I had packed away when I was preparing to sell my house. Yep, do the math. That was eons ago. I had added things to my shop as time went on, but the things that were packed up and stored stayed that way until now. It was kinda like Christmas when I opened my boxes!

I added all my stash of Valentine merchandise yesterday.

1-fb scrappy tagsDo you remember these scrappy tags?

6-2-DSCN4406How about these owls?

4-Etsy HeartsThe chenille and quilt hearts?

3-Etsy Hearts-001Ticking hearts?

2-DSCN4786Painted blue jean hearts?

I don’t have a lot of each one left, but it felt good to get what I had posted. I’m working on some new things made from a great “junk” find I found at an auction last weekend. Can’t wait to show you.

Enjoy!

Jute Web Heart Pocket

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Jute Web Heart Pocket

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Don’t ya just love this stuff? I don’t think I have ever used it for its intended use, but when I find it during my junking journeys I just can’t pass it up.

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For each heart side I cut two 7-inch long strips of the webbing. Why 7 inches? Glad you asked. I’m not sure if all webbing is created equal, so I doubled the width. This measurement will provide hearts as wide as they are tall. One end of each strip was rounded to shape the heart bumps.

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Two strips were stitched together in an “L” shape for each heart side. My sewing machine makes loud squawking noses and beeps obnoxiously when I try to sew through thick or hard things. To eliminate the drama this causes, setting my machine to sew long straight stitches seemed to do the trick.

The two sides of the heart were layered together. A piece of old trim was inserted between the edges to create the handle, then I stitched around the sides. I left the top open.

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I dug through my button collection and found two buttons to stitch to the pocket where the ends of the handles were stitched.

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Fill it with a small bouquet of flowers, yummy chocolates, or something small and shiny for Valentine’s Day, or use it anytime of the year as an accent decoration. I’m considering making some with a heart or words stamped to the front, but for now I like the simple look.

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Enjoy!

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All That Glitters

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I love glitter!

Do you remember glitter art projects when you were a kid? My recollections are that glitter projects were always done at school, and back then there was only red, green, gold or silver glitter to choose from. I, of course, had to use them all.

It wasn’t until I became a mom that I realized the wisdom of a glitter-free home. ;) I felt the same way about play dough after trying to scrape the gooey or dry, crusty stuff out of carpet fibers. :(

But now (yippee!!) my boys are well past that stage and I can play work to my heart’s content. It was definitely worth the wait. There is now a rainbow of colors to choose from, there is a choice of textures, and the projects are much more sophisticated. Yep, that’s my story. It’s momma’s turn!

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I found a clear glass candle holder at the dollar store. Seriously, they have the best stuff to transform. You could also recycle one of those short, squatty olive jars.

I cut out little hearts on my Cricut Expression and stuck them to the candle holder. CHEAP TIP ALERT: Sign companies will sell scraps of sticky-backed vinyl for pennies. They usually have lots of colors to choose from (if you care what color it is) and it’s much cheaper than the sticky-backed vinyl you’re “supposed” to buy for your personal die-cutting machines.

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I covered the candle holder with decoupage medium.

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Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, out came the pink glitter.

Then I peeled off the hearts while the medium was still wet. Psst. You won’t be able to see the hearts on the outside of the holder, so locate them on the inside. Use a straight pin to pry up the edges. If the heart windows are kinda messy use a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol to clean your windows.

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I outlined each heart window with clear, dimensional glitter paint. It looks white when wet, but dries clear and…well,…glittery.

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Finishing touches included a ribbon tied around the neck and a tea light candle placed inside.

Enjoy!

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Monday

creative corner blog hop Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMaking

Tuesday

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer

Wednesday

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

Thursday

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonPhotobucketSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketA Crafty SoireeBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketThis Silly Girl's LifeDesigned Decor

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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