****This project was originally posted three years ago, but I thought it was time for a revival. I put away the Christmas decorations this week and it really looks bare around here. It’s been a few years since I did a lot of decorating for Valentine’s Day. My boys are grown ups, and let’s be fair, they really weren’t that into it anyway. At least not as teenagers. But now, I think I may want to decorate for me. With the loss of a good friend, the last couple of months have been sad and depressing. It’s time to start living again. I may not get the rest of the house decorated, but the front porch will become transformed in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more on that. Meanwhile, I’m on the hunt for where I packed this little gem away.****
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.
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.
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.
I cut and sanded four pieces of scrap 2×2.
Painted them a pretty pink.
Painted over that with white.
Sanded for a little bit of shabby chic loving.
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.
For one last touch of girly-girl I wrapped lace trim around the decoration and tied it in a bow at the top.
Crochet Reindeer Gift Card Holder
I just finished this tutorial for Love To Know last week. It works up very quickly, making it ideal for packaging those last-minute Christmas gift cards.
You can find the free tutorial here.
Old Stencil Ornaments
There’s always something that needs a transformation and when I went through my stencil suitcase I realized I just didn’t use these old brown stencil templates anymore. I still like the vintage look of them, but I have newer stencils that work for actual stenciling. Not one to get rid of anything, I decided to try a little restyle.
It took me a few tries to get the look I was going for, but I think I nailed it.
The fronts were dry brushed with white paint. While the paint was still wet, they got a dusting of crystal glitter.
I “painted” the backs with glue and pressed them onto burlap scraps. When the glue dried I cut the burlap around the edges of the stencils.
A line of craft glue was added around the edges, then the glue was sprinkled with silver glitter. I left them alone for a bit to dry. Well, that’s what I told myself, but really it was because I didn’t know where to go from there.
And then it hit me by accident. A happy accident. I was working on another project and bits and pieces happened to fall on the stencils. I liked the way they looked, so I kinda went with it.
A punched hole with a ribbon hanger…
…and a bow completed the look.
Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments
It seems like this time of year gets more hectic every year, but I think I can finally see the end of the tunnel. I have almost completed my shopping, participated in my last craft show of the season, have gotten caught up on writing commitments and am ready to bake up a storm.
Speaking of writing commitments, I want to share my pine cone tree ornament tutorials.
Angel Pine Cone
Snowman Pine Cone
Snow Glittered Pine Cone
I had pine cones littering my lawn a couple of months ago. I gathered them as they fell and threw them in a pot on the deck. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but it sure beat having them fly like small missiles every time my husband mowed the lawn.
You can find the article with full tutorials here.
Restyled Ice Skates
I have quite a collection of ice skates that I have been saving for just the right project. This is one basket. I’m pretty sure I have another in my storage unit.
The skates in this basket were all black, but they were not going to stay that way. First things first, they all got a thorough cleaning and were laced up tight. Some had broken laces and some didn’t have any laces at all. I removed broken ones and then pulled out my stash of laces to replace any that were missing. It didn’t matter what color the laces were, they were not going to stay that way. Instead of a bow, I knotted the tops and cut off the excess. Finally I masked off the soles and used a cream wall paint to sponge paint the boot part of the skates. I sponged right over the laces.
After the paint was dry I covered everything with Mod Podge. By everything, I also mean the bottom of the boots and the blades. While the MP was still wet, I sprinkled them with crystal glitter.
When I was young, the roller skating rink was a favorite place to hang out. If you were really cool you had your own skates and didn’t need to rent them. Of course if you had your own skates you also had the big pom poms hanging from the laces. Those big pom poms inspired the huge bell on the front of my ice skates. I gave the bell a coat of MP and sprinkled with glitter before I wired it to the top of the skate laces.
I used strips of ripped fabric for the hanger and the tie around the ankle. To attach the hanger I drilled a hole through the top-back of the boot.The floral arrangement was achieved by first stuffing the shoe part of the skate with newspaper and then inserting green floral foam into the ankle section. A few floral picks and greenery were all it took to create a small winter arrangement.
Lastly, a little tag with “Let It Snow” printed on it was pinned to the tie around the ankle.
I haven’t done it in quite a bit, but what better time to party than during the holidays! This is where I am partying this week. Come check out all the great ideas!