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Happy Valentine's Week
I had two of you respond that you'd like to swap valentines with me, so I sent two and got two back. I made a few more that I sent out to friends and relatives, too!
Here are the gifts I got in return for the swaps:
Wendy sent me all this! She knows how I feel about vintage, so the valentine she created was in that style:
I love the pink fabric in the background; it looks like a mini chenille print, but is actually embroidered. Thank you so much, Wendy!
Lynette sent this valentine's card with a greeting and this sweet heart:
Front - look at that detail
Reverse - she's so creative with ephemera
And some chocolate! Thank you so much, Lynette!
I picked up this bag of hearts at a thrift shop after all my valentines were made...so they will have to wait until next year! I'm still working on my heart creations for the swap I'm doing with my FB group; here's a sneak peek of the "base" before embellishment:
The back is the same fabric as the small heart on front, which is one of the Downton Abbey prints, Lady Rose, Rose Arbor! I have until March 7 to finish them, and I think it will take about as long!
Did you decorate for valentine's day? Here are a few vignettes from around my home.
The banner below is probably the first valentine craft I ever made, using handmade cards by Julia, who used to live in Germany and sell on Etsy. Now she lives in Scotland. I noticed this year that the banner is wearing out, with rips in the crepe paper and doilies that are falling off. I will have to refurbish it -- but put it up anyway because I don't need it to be perfect. Just perfectly vintage!
I hope you have a chance to celebrate your loves this Valentine's week!
Here's a tutorial to make sweet baby Jesus ornaments: Materials: 3/4" round wooden balls blue felt like-sized small wooden stars flesh-colored acrylic paint yellow acrylic paint black permanent marker small button as star decor raffia natural excelsior "moss" silver thread or coordinating yarn candy cane You'll also need glue or a hot glue gun, paint brush and scissors Begin by painting the wooden balls with flesh-colored paint and the stars with yellow paint. When dry, draw two sleeping eyes on the ball. Meanwhile, cut small pieces of felt and make little rolls to represent the baby's body; tie with a tiny piece of raffia. Next, glue the wooden ball onto the top of the body roll of felt; if you wish, you can also cut a small wedge of felt to glue over like a little swaddled hood on the baby's head, but I think it looks cute without it as well. G
Earlier in the season Rebecca and I went to a craft fair at a local high school, and there was one booth with the CUTEST little jeweled, framed Christmas trees! The gal was nice enough to let me photograph them. Sorry it's kind of blurry, but it was dark in that high school gym! I know it's an older kind of craft (from the '60s and '70s) but she made them sweet -- not gaudy at all. We were both SO inspired. So, last week we made it happen. I brought a bunch of my old, broken vintage jewelry, some velvet, glue, old frames, and we sat in her dining room and made a forest of little trees! It was so simple: first, we took a vintage frame and covered the backing with velvet. We just glued it on. Then, we took our time arranging bits and pieces of jewels into a Christmas tree shape. When we were happy with the arrangement, we committed and glued the jewels down! I love this avocado green velvet! And then we did it again. We had so much fun playing
For several weeks now, one of my friends has been bugging me (poke, poke) about...needlebooks. She has a hankering to make some, and wants me to have a swap. I've been more of a pincushion person myself...but I'm willing to change. The pretty pincushion above is special because it is how I met my wonderful blog buddy, Angela . She and I were in an international pincushion swap, and she was partnered with me! You know I'm a sucker for any kind of vintage sewing notion, like the pretty little flat (above) into which you stash pins, and the little bejeweled walnut... that opens up to hold a thimble and some pins on velvet. I love this little holder for safety pins...I guess it could be used for needles, too, though. It's seen a lot of use, which makes it that much more fun. Speaking of safety pins, this little ring of pins is a treasure, to me. This tattered needle book is from 1914... and looks it! When all is said and done, I discovered that I only really ow