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!!!

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