Added a few new hearts to my Restyled Junk Etsy Shop.
Painted Jean Hearts
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I was putting away my Christmas decorations the other day…
Okay, that’s a lie…Let me rephrase that.
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.
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.
Those little loops on the ends are the “knots“.
I started with the valley at the top of the heart.
The little twist doesn’t look very attractive, but it isn’t noticeable when the heart is finished.
The bottom point was made with one bead. I finished off the heart with a raffia bow over the twist.
I had two different size beads from two different red garlands.
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.
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I WAS FEATURED!!
Places I’m partying this week:
Valentine’s Day Party
I’ve been getting ready for the Sorority Craft Show in Arkansas City, Kansas tomorrow. It’s located in the Ag building (affectionately known as the pig palace), and is open from 10:00am – 3:00pm.
As usual, if a treasure wasn’t nailed down (and sometimes even when it was) I glued, painted or stitched it into a restyled treasure. The following are a few of my new projects I crafted for this show.
I just love these frosty guys. I’m not sure why, but they remind me of little cowboy snowmen. Must be the log shaped bodies.
Reindeer Bed Springs
I try to come up with a new bed spring craft every year. This seems to be the year of the reindeer. In this picture they weren’t attached to the springs yet, but they have since been completed.
Star Santa Pillows
Another one of those projects that had my sewing machine beeping like a bomb.
Polka Dot Rocking Horse
Just a little peek at a restyled wooden rocking horse. I’ll have more on this transformation in a later post.
Chenille Bedspread Candy Canes
Tobacco Can Snowmen
More Mini Rag Wrapped Candy Canes
These were made from the wire tent stakes I had mentioned before.
Most people would probably have tossed these old relics, but I am glad I didn’t. Can’t wait to show you what they became.
If you are in my neck of the woods tomorrow, come visit me at the show.
And away we go! This week I’ve been working on things for my first craft show of the season. It’s at The Last Run Car Show in Arkansas City, Kansas this weekend.
In previous posts I mentioned last weekend I had a yard sale. It was a great sale, but don’t let nobody tell you that having a yard sale is easy money. It’s a lot of work! I have muscles that ache where I didn’t even know I had muscles. Needless to say, I would much rather shop a yard sale than have one. Since we didn’t get through everything, and we have stuff left over, hubby says we definitely need to have another one before the snow flies. We’ll see.
In preparation for this craft show coming up, I have been stitching, painting and gluing just about everything I can get my hands on.
Door Greeter Suitcases for Halloween (Thank you, Opher, for the great name suggestion!)
Snowman Snow Shovels
…and more pumpkins.
Even Gourd Pumpkins…
…and Shovel Pumpkins.
Cup of Cocoa Tree Ornaments
Fall Hubcap Wreaths (Hey, it’s a car show!)
I also made License Plate Ornaments.
Measuring Spoon Ornaments
There is lots and lots more. We packed the trailer at the store last night. If you are in my area this weekend, stop in and check it out.
UPDATE: The show was fantastic!