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!

Valentine’s Day Etsy Listings

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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!

Canning Jar Canister

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The idea for this canister was inspired by the candy jars in old fashioned general stores. I actually call this canister a “cracker” canister. My family (teenagers) seem to have a problem with closing opened boxes of crackers when they are done with them. They get stale so quickly.

2-DSCN5488Old weathered fence board provided the rustic heart lid.

3-DSCN5505I used household cement to attach the ring.

Tip: If you’re obsessed with the tip of the heart lining up with the front of the canister, screw the ring on the jar and place a mark on the front of it. Then when you glue the heart to the lid, line up the point with the mark. I’m usually not too worried about such things, but in this case it just looked better.

5-DSCN5532I think the knob provides the cuteness factor with this project. It’s just an old cupboard door pull. I painted it and sanded it a bit to marry it with the rustic charm of the canister.

4-DSCN5529That’s it! Fill it up with crackers and dare those teenagers not to put the lid back on.

Enjoy!

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The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeLadies Holiday

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Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased MomThe Girl Creative

Sunday

UndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

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Homespun Happenings Lovely Crafty Home

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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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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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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Places I’m partying this week:

Monday

creative corner blog hop

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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