Valentine Decor

First things first. I have to right up front apologize for the terrible quality of my photos today.  The camera I usually use for some reason does not want to download my pictures onto my computer. So I am using an older camera that does not seem to have the quality that I like,  but I think that you can at least get an idea of what I have been doing. 

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A Heart Divine

I want to give a special welcome to all of you and thank you for visiting my blog. I have a fun little project that I want to share with you today that is fast, fun, and didn’t cost a penny. I had everything in-house to make this.

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I first saw the idea for the darling heart in Romantic Country magazine, Spring 2015.  They had used it for wedding decor and anything to do with a wedding certainly would be for Valentines Day right? My only problem was that I had run out of the heavier wire so I searched the house for a coveted wire hanger. Nope couldn’t find one. I won’t have a wire hanger in my closest (I’m very fussy) plus I used them all for crafting. So I took the journey up stairs and nope out of five closets I couldn’t find even one. I guess I had used all of theirs to. Imagine that! LOL

Then a few days later one appeared! I could not believe my eyes. I knew for sure that I was to make this lovely heart after all! LOL

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Wire hangers are not the easiest wire to bend but I was able to bend it into a heart shape, then tie it in the middle with some twine. I wished that the wire had not been white so it would show through the lace fabric but with the miraculous appearance of the hanger I was not fussy.

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I used a scrape of the pillow fabric that I had left and cut a heart about half-inch bigger than the wire frame.

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I originally was going to hand stitch the fabric on the wire frame but being that the lace was not very see through the stitching did not show, (I know I tried it then unpicked) so I glued it with hot glue by taking the edge over the wire and gluing it.

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It really turned out cute, I love the look that this fabric gave it so ruffly.

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I hope that you enjoyed this little tutorial. I love all of your sweet comments they mean so much to me.  Please share my blog with others this makes blogging so worth my while. Thank you so much! Have a great weekend! Whatever you do be safe and enjoy yourself and add a little happiness into someone else s life very much like you do to mine!

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((Warm Hugs))

Jo

Shopping Your Home for Valentine Decor

Hello again, junk’n fanatics, home decor connoisseurs and those that just love to make their home as beautiful and inviting as can be! :))

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First of all I just want to remind you of “Grow Your Blog” still going on at 2 Bags Full.com, stop by and get all the links to great new blogs and bloggers around the world. REMEMBER that there is still time to leave a comment on my blog and this enters you in the drawing for the beautiful parrot I am giving away to some one very lucky!  The winner will be announced on February 15, 2015. In celebration of the Grow your Blog party! Make sure that you stop back to see if your the winner! 

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Isn’t he beautiful! He will be flying to your home soon!

On to the business at hand. I want to share some of the very easy peasy Valentine decor ideas that I use in my home. All of the items that I am sharing I already have had on hand. I’ve used many of them for Christmas decor, or just everyday decor. All I did was shop my house for them.

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I have been hording a huge bag of dried roses. Then I thought why not make some wreaths out of them. These were the simplest thing to make. I took old wire coat hangers, and strung the rose heads on them, I twisted the two ends of the wire together and added lace. I could have as easily made a heart but I liked the look of the circle. The one above is has a bit like potpourri.

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Here is a larger one done in pink roses.

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A white one hangs on my reindeer.

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If I had more wire hangers and roses I think that I would have made them all day. Some of the roses were very fragile so be careful if you decide to make one they are pretty fragile.

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As I was shopping my home for Valentine decor I came upon my old paperback book (I was gifted this from Santa when I was a young girl)  “LOVE STORY” I add some twine on it and now its an art piece!

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I’ve had this old wooden heart for years. After my grandmother passed I was given some old scrape books of hers and in one of them I found this card that was given to her by my parents for Valentines Day in 1950, it even had writing on it by my Mom. I took it apart and glued it on the front of the heart with hodgepodge. Now its preserved for ever.

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My rusty bucket hold a piece of burlap with a few wooden hearts that my son Dane made for me when he was in Shop. I have used these hearts forever and this year I painted them and added some pretties.

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Here one hangs from a basket.

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I added some lovely sheet music.

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Tucking in a wooden heart into a display makes any display become a  Valentine vignette.

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Here I just shopped my jewelry box to decorate one of my manikin’s.

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I scattered a few great rusty hearts around.

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I made these piggies when I was 18! They hang next to a tissue paper heart garland.

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Last but not least I put out some scrabble tile words that describe Valentines Day. This one sits on my work bench, reminding me of my passion for decor, and family!

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Have fun with Valentine decor it really doesn’t take much to add this lovely holiday into your home. 

((Warm Hugs))

Jo

 

Valentine Garland and Streamers

Welcome to all my dear friends! I have several new friends following and I’m so glad that you have come!

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I thought that I would show some of the Valentines projects that I have been working on, so here we go.

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I was really excited for this new project because I got to use my stash of German Glass Glitter. It is so fun to work with it really make your projects look divine.

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My choice was the word love. I didn’t have any stencils so I free handed them, on and old gift box. With the help of a paper punch I think that they turned out nicely.

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Using German Glass glitter I soon found that gloves are a must, it can cut you. I applied a small amount of glue a little at a time with a sponge paint brush and then sprinkled the glitter on with a spoon. I let it dry about an hour before I started to thread the string on it for hanging.

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After I hung it I was disappointed that the letters didn’t show up as good as I would have liked. l thought well maybe I should have used gold glitter. But I wanted the silver touch. So here is what I did.

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I cut an oval out of scrape book paper and it really made the letters sing. The pictures just do not give the beautiful patina that the letters have. Sorry I wish it showed better. I can’t wait to see the silver tarnish some, to give it that antique look.

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Here is a fun little garland project that I did with my Grandchildren. We first cut out hearts from old tissue paper, there was lots left after Christmas time.

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I sewed 2 hearts together on my sewing machine at a time, then pulled out some thread and sewed more. Of course the length is up to you and where to hang them. The Grandchildren knew right where.

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On the doors . . .

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and hanging from the ceilings. I think that if I would have let them they would be hanging from the rafters of the house. It was a fun easy project that we enjoyed doing together.

I hope that I gave you a little inspiration to craft and decorate for Valentine’s Day. I will be showing you a few more in later posts.

What Valentines day craft projects have you been working on, I would love to hear back!

((WARM HUGS))

Jo

Where Jo Works

Winter can be a really tough time for me.

 When it is snowing and the fire is lit and I’m sitting in my robe with a great cup of hot coco I am as happy as can be. But when the winter doldrums hit I can really feel miserable. That’s when I say “okay Jo it’s time to do something you enjoy that will change your attitude.” That’s when I start going through my crafting supplies to see what I can create. Then I start to feel much better, and I get a little giddy. LOL

Being that I am single and do not have a bow, Valentine’s Day is not one of the holidays that I really enjoy. But I do have family and they are my biggest love so I do some decorating.

This gives me a chance to use my newly reorganized work bench. Take a look.

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This is where I create. Under the curtain are rows of drawers that hold my crafting supplies. Since moving into this apartment I have had to be very creative with my space. To the far left of my work bench is my sitting room/TV room, on the right is my dinning area, and across from my work bench sits my hutch. Everything is compact and it will be that way until I have my own home again.

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As you can see I have hung my favorite saying, it helps me create. The top of my bench is made from a hollow core door, covered in vinyl. This gives me lots of room to create. The only item that I don’t have a home for is my sewing machine Molly, but someday I will, I love keeping her out, we have been friends for over 40 years.

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Everything on my bench has a double purpose, this basket not only holds my crochet thread but my lamp as well.

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I had this book-case and ask my son if he would like it and he said “YES”. But if you snooze you loose, around me so now I use it on my work bench to hold craft items.

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The top shelf holds many loving tools that were my Dad’s and an old sketch of Rome.

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The second self holds glitter and pencils. I’m a glitter horde so I have much more down under the curtain. These are my favorites.

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The bottom shelf has pens, scissors, thread and an old button tin and covered note books that I use a lot.

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These are more great notions that my Dad had, though the thread is quite brittle now I still like to look at it, it gives me inspiration.

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Now I am ready to get to work on some of those Valentine projects that I have been wanting to do. One of the first ones will be with the new German Glitter that I bought. I can’t wait to share it with you.

In service of our country!

In service of our country!

Just have to give a pat on the back to my oldest son Adam who is a Master of Arms, Petty Officer in the US Navy, he was awarded the most outstanding sailor for the year of 2014 on his Naval base at Misawa-shi Japan.  I am really proud of all of his hard work and for serving his country with honor and dignity, and for his sweet wife and children that back him 100%. I love and miss them tons.

Until later stay warm and happy.

(( Warm Hugs))

Jo