Valentine’s Day is coming up, fast and furious. Here’s a compilation of some of the ‘Love Day’ crafts we’ve done in the past.
I have to say that the ‘hoop art treasures‘ are my favorite. Both of my children LOVED them so much and both still have them on the wall in their rooms. I smile whenever I see them and remember the little mites that they were.
I have something special for you coming up too. I have put together my first needle felting video tutorial :: Needle Felted Mini Hearts. I’ll be sharing it with you soon. You’ll be able to watch as I needle felt magical little mini hearts and you’ll be able to work along with me too.
A large part of my weekend was spent making felted pebbles.
You guys are loving them! They are flying out of the shop as fast as I can make them. I adore knowing that so many of you will be decorating your home with my sweet felted pebbles for Valentine’s Day. And I bet you’ll enjoy having them around so much that you’ll decide to keep them out year round. I do.
I am fond of making them. There’s something so magical about working with the natural materials… and choosing the colors of the wool is always exciting.
My favorite part is adding the special little touches at the end. I love how including little white veins make the pebbles so wonderfully realistic and rustic. And, of course, a small needle felted heart here and there adds to the fun.
It’s always amazing to see how they change from fuzzy little wrapped bundles to smooth colorful pebbles. Felting is quite magical.
At this time of year, the red pebbles are the most popular.
What do you do with all the old clothes that were once beloved to your children? The favorite dress that was worn every day for a month… so much that when you look at it, you can actually see your much older child as the toddler they once were? Or the t-shirt that was worn AND slept in because it had a dinosaur on it?
What do you do with these precious things that you don’t have the space for but also don’t have the heart to get rid of?
Today, I used two such treasures to make special gifts for my children.
Kitty wore this pretty little dress until it became threadbare in places. It has a big chocolate milk stain on the skirt and I’m quite certain that no one else will appreciate it’s precious value the way we do. So, I decided to cut it up and embroider a heart onto it for Kitty’s special gift.
Materials needed :
* pink wool felt
* pink embroidery thread
* an embroidery hoop
I fitted the fabric tightly within the embroidery hoop and cut a heart from the pink felt.
Using a simple embroidery stitch (I don’t know any other) I stitched the heart in place. When the heart was done, I trimmed the fabric neatly around the hoop.
Voila… a keepsake and a Valentine’s Day gift all in one. (The little felt rabbit is a gift from MuddyFeet and is quite the most adorable thing I have ever seen.)
I made one from Teddy’s old dinosaur t-shirt too.
Of course, I’ve set them aside for gifting on Valentine’s Day. Both Kitty and Teddy will gasp in recognition when they see their little gifts. And, they’ll be able to keep them forever. When they are old and grey and turn their little hoops over and see my untidy sewing on the back, they’ll know that sewing wasn’t my forte and they’ll smile and remember that I loved them so much I even sewed for them.
I had a lovely quiet few days in the shop after the craziness of the Christmas Holidays. The break helped me relax. I read a book, cooked and baked and, of course, thought up new ideas of treasures I can make for the shop. Nothing sparks creativity like a little break.
With Valentine’s Day only 3 weeks away, the shop has kicked into high gear again. I love Valentine’s Day! There is something special about putting little red hearts on everything.
Look how pretty our windows look. We made these pretty wax paper and crayon stained glass hearts over the weekend. The sun shines through them, casting a pink glow over everything.
My kids love wax crayon crafts. I think it’s the bright colors and melting part that they enjoy the most.
Kitty chose a variety of pink crayons.
We set a double sheet of paper towel on the table.
A sheet of wax paper goes on top of the paper towels.
Teddy used a pencil sharpener to cover the wax paper in a pretty snow of crayon shavings. The more pieces of shaved crayon, the better… you really want to fill your whole sheet of wax paper.
Set another set of wax paper on top of the shaved crayons.
Another two sheets of paper towel goes on top (this saves your iron from getting melted was on it).
Now, iron (on a hot setting) on top of the paper towel. You might have to leave the iron in one spot for quite a while to get the saved crayon under it to melt well. You can check by lifting up the paper towel to see.
When your wax paper and crayons have spread their wonderful color all over the sheet, you can cut hearts out of it. We used a card stock heart cutout to trace the heart shapes onto our wax paper for easy cutting.
Stick your pretty hearts to the window with a little tape and there you have it… a beautiful Valentine heart window!
If you and your kiddies make some for your window, I’d LOVE to see a photo… link to your post in the comments below.
Kitty was determined to bring happy color into the Sunny House today. She made such a beautiful paper heart garland using one of her previously painted watercolor paintings, yarn and a heart punch.
I love watching her come up with her own designs. For years, it was me who directed our crafting… now it is Kitty. It makes a mom proud.
When she had punched hearts of many different colors from her watercolor painting, she punched holes in each heart and threaded them onto her hand-dyed (by her at last year’s summer camp) cotton yarn. At first, the yarn frayed and it was difficult for her to get it through the small holes in the hearts. I watched her struggle and get frustrated … I braced myself as she threw down her partially made garland. She sat still for a moment. Then, quietly, she fetched the scotch tape, cut a small piece and wrapped it around the end of her yarn. She cut the end diagonally into a sharp point. Problem solved! The tape helped her thread her yarn beautifully. Creative thinking at it’s best.
We hung her garland above the fireplace. It looks wonderful.
Being a mom… what a gift it is! There are so many heart-melting moments. I am in the middle of a 6 week Simplicity Parenting class and what a gift this has been too! It has reminded me to slow down, be present in all the little things that happen each day and see them for the treasures they are.
Like making Kitty a Valentine gift with Teddy. His eagerness to show Kitty how much he loves her was one of these heart melting moments. He was so eager to show her, in fact, that he just couldn’t wait until Valentines Day to give her his little handmade treasure and he presented it to her the moment she came home from school. She was truly touched by this unexpected gift. They hugged and their eyes sparkled and it was as if I could visibly see their sibling bond strengthen. What a beautiful moment it was.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we have started making fun and easy Valentines crafts. But, before we share them with you, we thought we’d post a list of our best Valentine inspired crafts from the past. Click on each heading to be taken to the tutorial.