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.
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.)
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.
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
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