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.

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New Hearts In My Etsy Shop

Added a few new hearts to my Restyled Junk Etsy Shop.

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Chenille Hearts

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Quilt Hearts

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Ticking Hearts

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Painted Jean Hearts

Check out my Etsy Shop for the particulars.

Enjoy!

Stacked Wood Valentine Decor

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In a household of guys it has sometimes been a challenge expressing my girly-girl personality. My favorite color is pink, and for some reason that color always gets shot down when suggested for room decor. Hmm...I am also in love with anything painted shabby chic, but hubby likes the look of real wood. (sigh) Over the years we have compromised (sort of), so we have a mix of both. The “look” isn’t as pleasing as I would like, so whole-room reveals will probably never be posted here. :(

We’ll see.

My last baby graduates this year, so soon I will only have to m̶̶a̶̶n̶̶i̶̶p̶̶u̶̶l̶̶a̶̶t̶̶e̶ convince my b̶̶i̶̶g̶̶g̶̶e̶̶s̶̶t̶ ̶b̶̶a̶̶b̶̶y̶ husband that my way is the best way. :) “Happy wife, happy life” and all that jazz...

Now holidays (more specifically Valentine’s Day), I can get away with pink AND shabby chic, mostly because the guys think it will soon be put away. Thing is, after all of these years Momma sometimes “forgets” and leaves out a few stray items. Funny how that works. ;)

If you have read this far in my ramblings, then you are probably wondering what any of this has to do with that photo at the top of this post.

Are you still with me?

Well, assuming you are, I will shamelessly post it again and get on with it.

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This is my newest shabby chic (with touches of pink) Valentine’s Day decoration. Shh! Don’t tell my guys, but it may stick around for a little while.

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I cut and sanded four pieces of scrap 2×2.

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Painted them a pretty pink.

Painted over that with white.

Sanded for a little bit of shabby chic loving.

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Glued the 2x2s together

…and added “love” words with letter tiles from a vintage game. I’m thinking Scrabble tiles would look pretty cute too.

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For one last touch of girly-girl I wrapped lace trim around the decoration and tied it in a bow at the top.

Enjoy!

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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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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 FencePhotobucket

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

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Wow Us Wednesdays

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