Catch-up today

It’s been a busy weekend, more than usual. Matt was home for the weekend, Superbowl Party at my sister’s house, Mom’s 86th bday…besides cooking, cleaning, baking, Matt’s laundry, and all the regular barnyard chores…there’s little room (or energy) for anything else.

Since Matt was home, he mentioned he had a ‘little’ hole in the pocket of his wool coat. Little? It was a total blow-out…I suppose the result of stuffing a pencil in his pocket.

Oh well. Nothing that a little wool heart patch, a few hand-stitches and Fabri-Tac can’t handle! Besides, it’s not visible from the outside…hee hee!

I think I’ve just about exhausted my heart projects for February. Here’s a few hearts I made by simply bending some wire ~ into any size you desire ~ and covering/wrapping the wire with crape paper/paper streamers and finally applying a thin layer of Mod Podge.

A whole bunch hanging in the window would be sweet…sweet and simple! Well, I thought I was done with hearts…???

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Idea notebook

I think I’ve mentioned once or twice ~ in the recent past ~ that I L-O-V-E St. Valentine’s Day! Perhaps it’s the helpless romantic in me…

The past week(s), we (Katie and I), have been displaying more that the usual ‘hearts’ around the house ~ including the window cling-on thingy’s that I’ve had since ‘my babies’ were babies!

For example…

a small heart-shaped dried artemisia wreath,

 another artemisia wreath with tin heart hanger,

a heart pocket stitched from vintage velvet amongst some bobbins,

Cinnamon scented dough hearts hanging from my kids’ hand-dipped beeswax candles,

vintage tin heart cookie cutters…

I have so many more heart-felt projects in the works! Ahhhh…topiaries…

here’s the makings of heart-themed topiaries! Any ‘vessel’ or repurposed base will do. RE-think electric fence insulator, a fav stoneware pitcher, cinnamon stick, styrofoam heart form, hand-stitched heart…you know…dive into your stash…  

I LOVE this idea from my herb hero, Emelie Tolley, Gifts from the Herb Garden. I’ve made lots of these over the years…OR…

a live topiary made with fresh flowers from your local florist. I just love the ‘topiary’ form! Re-purpose a bowl/pitcher, carve a piece of oasis to fit, add a few long-stemmed flowers (use a dowel if necessary to stabilize) and wrap the stems with pretty ribbon. Add moss at the base! Don’t forget to water! Simply sweet!

Embellish a live topiary with cut-out hearts or hand-made stitched/woolies!

Still more ideas…I love this page I saved from an old issue of Country Living.

The cake toppers are too sweet! Paper/felt hearts, wooden skewers, beads…more lavender sachets, re-decorated heart-shaped candy boxes!

Here’s something I just finished working on…

I made several mini-polymer clay hearts for embellishing hand-mades (I’ll probably list on etsy)! Want a closer look?

Oh, YOU like the sheepie!??? I actually made these in my kiln a few years ago for a project…

I should make more of these itty bitty sheep…

I hope this inspires you to make some hearts for – or with – your special loved ones!

Now, I better get back to work!!!

I’ve got that lovin’ feelin’

Photo by FindStuff2

Don’t ya think this world could use a little (O.K. a lot) more of that lovin’ feelin’ ??!!

So, today’s heart project is…

Ta da…. a small heart pinkeep stitched from recycled wool and embellished with needle felted sheep and heart dangler…AND

…a small 3-D needle felted wool heart. I added seed beads to thin floral wire and attached it to the heart as a hanger. Then I stamped ‘LOVE’ on a bit of paper and attached a vintage button. 

I like the idea that you can hang it over a knob or something. A sweet little token of one’s l o v e!

But wait, that’s not all…

I finished this red ditty bag – RED is my fav color – and I’m soooo trying NOT to needle felt a sheep on it!!!!!!

Then, I modified my hang tag on my sachet from yesterday…it was tooooo big! Did ya know I’m a stamp collector~~~ postage stamps that is??? I’ve been saving cancelled postage stamps since FOR-EVER! They’re beautiful little works of art, not to mention all the stamps I’ve collected from foreign countries that I would dream of visiting some day.

I found the perfect L-O-V-E stamp!!! Well, what else were you expecting???

I’ve been think’n about offering a class to make the 3-D needle felted heart! A simple Make ‘N Take. Think what fun it would be to embellish…to your hearts desire!!! hee hee