Merry Christmas, Happy New Year... and BAM! right on to Valentine's Day. Guess it's time to swap out the candy canes for conversation hearts. Raise your hand if you still have holiday decorations to put away. We waited to get the tree until our oldest came home from college so it didn't go up until Dec 23. I haven't gotten tired of looking at it yet, but I guess it's time for it to go. More often than not we miss the deadline our town has for picking up trees and we wind up having to drag ours out to the back of our property... we have our very own Christmas tree compost pile going that probably has at least a dozen trees by now from years we have been late.
I came across a few Valentine's projects from last year that were never blogged. I started to feel pretty lousy last February and the projects I was working on are a bit of a blur, but going through photos on my computer I have found a lot that I will be sharing over the next weeks and months. This is a Valentine's Day Garland created for me & my BIG ideas.
The base are inexpensive wooden hearts from the craft store. I painted these red around the edges and covered both sides with assorted patterned papers using the wooden heart as a template. Sandwich fishing line between the heart and paper. Once the hearts are decorated you really don't notice the slight ridge where the fishing line is.
In hindsight I should have photographed the close-ups before it was put up... a little tricky to get clear focus when the hearts are spinning. Here is what the reverse side looks like:
Even though my kids are older now and Valentine's Day isn't the crafting opportunity it once was, I still like to have a few decorations here and there. No one complains about the heart shaped box of candy at their dinner place setting either.
I sure do miss making handmade Valentines with my boys. It was the one time each year when I knew we could do some crafting together without complaint. Up until age 6 or so, arts and crafts were something we all enjoyed frequently. As they got older those times became less frequent as their interests turned to other things like Lego building, sports of all kinds, and chasing each other around the house.
Guess I better go start taking down the tree...
Till next time - Happy Crafting!