12 Month’s of Holiday Décor: February

Valentine Decor (7)

Yay it’s February!  So excited that I am still 2 for 2 for the holiday decorations.  I am really happy with how February’s decorations have turned out.  I hardly had any Valentine’s decorations before, but I spent very little money on this, plus almost everything that I did buy was on sale or on clearance.  That always makes me (and Vu) happy.

Valentine Decor (6)

I made the 4 heart blocks a couple of weeks ago.  I was planning on making my own “Love” sign but then I saw this one at Joann’s that I really liked and it was 80% off… so I just bought it instead.  (Also I forgot to add that the letter blocks that were also in January’s décor I made a few years ago using this tutorial.)

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I have really gotten into embroidery the last year and wanted to make something for Valentine’s day too.  I love tree’s and I have seen so many variations of the initials carved into a tree so decided that is what I wanted to do.  I have to be honest, I don’t love how it turned out.  There are a number of things I would like to change about it, so maybe another year I will redo it.  But I like it well enough for now.  I kept the branches from the January décor and added some sequin “branches” to them.  I took pieces of wire and twisted pink 20 mm round sequins onto them and then twisted them around the tree branches.

Heart Banner (1)

The heart garland is one of my favorite things, I love how it turned out.  I had some scraps of beige muslin left from another project so I cut them into 4.5″ x 5.5″ rectangles, then sewed a zig zag stitch around the edges to prevent fraying and to give it a little bit of a rough edge.  Then I printed out a paper heart to use as a template and pinned it to the different pink fabrics (fat quarters from Joann’s that I got 50% off) and cut out around it then sewed the fabric hearts onto the muslin.  I found some matching ric rac in a huge stash of craft supplies I “inherited” from my Grandma when she died (craft supply hoarding may be a family trait…my mom has a lot too…), and I used that to sew along the top to make the garland.  I love it with the ric rac.  It was a really easy project. Continue reading

Valentine Heart Blocks

 Valentine Heart Blocks (6)

I have finished my first Valentine project and I am very excited about it.  I loved the snowflakes blocks that I repainted for the January décor so much that when I was thinking of ideas for Valentine’s I really wanted to make some more.  This time I made the blocks too.  I wanted to make 4 of them with different colored hearts on them instead of the snowflake and then I added some Valentine words to them as well.  The snowflake ones have a small space between the pieces of wood on the face of the block, but for these I wanted them right next to each other.  I like that I can keep all four of the blocks together, or I can split them up and place them wherever I might need them. Continue reading