Be My Valentine?

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There’s still time to knit a sweet little valentine heart [stitch two together and fill w/lavender]…embellish with a hand-stitched message for your special someone!! FREE pattern via Elizabeth Murphy on Ravelry. Follow this link.

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mish-mash of stuff

The past week has been, well, a mish-mash of this and that… to say the least! I think I know, I like to thoroughly ‘drown’ myself in mindless tasks to escape the ups & downs of life!

…of helping to care for an aged ‘mom’ and the uncertainty of the future and  difficulties that lie ahead. Of endless thoughts (and prayers) for a seriously troubled sibling. This totally drains me!

So, as I mentioned in my last post, I began with the task of cleaning the dungeon, um, basement. Oh my, how we accumulate STUFF! Stuff that piles up over the years. Stuff saved for ‘a rainy day’ to be re-used…some day? Thinning and organizing is always a picker-upper for me. Then I did a little more paperwork, ‘ya know, for filing those stink’n taxes! UGH!! I can only handle business finances in small doses!

Here’s a recap of odds and ends and a little bit of on-going creativity…

destashing

I found a dozen of these little wooden/heart ‘hangers’ when I was de-stashing. I decided to cover them with scrappy bits of tea-stained paper from an old romance novel and red tissue paper for the center heart. I could add more embellishments…beads, glitter, ribbon and more glitz. Perhaps they can be used to display little love notes, a vintage photo, mini works of art, etc??

sheep_twine hrt

I printed a few more of my curly sheep design onto card stock and crocheted a few mini hearts with red Baker’s twine. It’s a cute valentine for the sheep/fiber lover?

ewe_hrt card

Here’s another sheepy card version I made [I love ewe] some time ago. Print/rubber stamp a sheep [or any other favorite graphic, for that matter] onto card stock and trace a heart in the center. Remove the heart with a pair of sharp scissors or X-acto knife. Attach a ‘removable’ 3-D needle felted heart ornie [or any hand crafted/stitched heart] to the inside of the card so it peeks through the cut-out heart! Sweet and simply done!

Why not a few more ‘love’ banners…

picket fence

This banner is made with cotton fabric, rubber stamped hearts [with craft paint] and satin ribbon .

felt hrts

This banner was made with wool scraps from a wet felting project [Wool scraps always go into the recycle bin.]. I cut out various size/shape hearts and simply embellished them with a few stitches using embroidery floss. Using mini clothes pins [available at craft stores… or in this case, my stash], I clipped them to a length of yarn to hang. IDEA: The felted hearts could also be stitched with a sentimental word or two [or a wedding date] and tucked in a card or given to a loved one! sigh

bowl

Of course, I knitted/felted a bowl or two…

shp bowl

…and, I’ve been working on my handspun wooly mittens for ME.

handspun shetland

But, my most fav on-going project is my wet felted Shetland wall hanging.

wet felt project

I absolutely DROOL over Kelly’s, a fiber friend, wooly wall hanging that’s been for sale in the shop at Mt. Bruce for several years. It’s about time that I made a scaled-down version for myself! I recently transferred my sheepy logo onto the fabric/backing that I will locker hook with my white/natural Shetland roving and then hand stitch/applique it to my wet felted piece.

Oh hurry hurry hurry… such a happy place for me!

Share the love.

A quickie little project to decorate your home with love this Valentine’s Day.

I made this wee little heart pennant bunting to grace my light over the kitchen table. I’m nutz about this ‘holiday’.

How-To:

I cut little pennants from an old book page… a romance novel to be exact (hee hee). You could use ANY decorative paper, gift wrap, tissue paper – even colorful fabric scraps! Then, I used a heart punch to cut-out little hearts into each paper pennant (this may be difficult w/fabric). Next, I used a decorative tape (have you seen the large assortment in the crafts store  scrapbook section?) to secure each paper pennant to a bit of baker’s twine – or yarn, or string… whatever you have on hand. You could also use a dab of glue. The idea is no fuss! Keep in mind, the scale of your project when you choose your twine.

Last, I added a quick brush-stroke of water color ( I ♥ water color paint) to ‘pretty’ the pennants. Ta Da! Perhaps you can get the kids involved to help!

This would be sweet to send to a friend in a love-note (via old-fashioned snail mail) to brighten their day… don’t you think?

Happy Sunday!