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“Without art there would be no heart.” and vice versa in my opinion. I love decorating and making beautiful things- it comes from deep within my  heart.

Okay, enough of the mushy stuff. Let’s get on to my next two projects! I hope you LOVE them!

 I was looking for something to make that takes up space on a shelf, not a wall. I found so many ideas at a fantabulous blog, Then She Made.  She has umpteenillion (try writing that in expanded form:) ideas! So cute!  <See the easy how to directions below>

Here’s another heart art cutie I’ve seen in several variations all over Pinterest. Ya know I’ll be pinning mine up as soon as I show you how to make it:) So please, read on!

LOVELY LITTLE TREE

  First, find a pot. I’m really digging the new mercury glass craze.

  I dug this little vessel out of the attic and grabbed some tinfoil, a dowel rod, and a bead garland my daddy bought me for Christmas. I thought it was too expensive and he went back and got it to surprise me with. GOTTA LOVE THE DAD!!

 Pack the tinfoil in tight at the bottom and wrap around dowel until it’s not wobbly. (I know all those fancy, technical terms-  impressed, right? :)

      Next, cut your precious paper into descending size sections. I think I started at 10 inches and went down an inch for each section, ending with 5 inches. Accordian fold each.

    I then took my ribbon and cut a piece longer than I thought I’d need. You’re going to start at the bottom of the dowel and wrap the ribbon around it once, centering it. I added a little dab of hot glue to hold it in place.

  Then go under each section crossing over the front of the folded paper sections and crossing behind the dowel, ready to go under the next section. Keep repeating and tie off at the top.

   You can top it however you like. You may have noticed I took some of the hearts off and the words fell off (don’t use glue dots on skinny pieces of paper and expect it to stick if it’s vertical).

I put it on my mantel to have a chunky piece in just the right spot- to cover the plug in. You can see more of my mantel in my last post “Window On Love”. I am sooo cheesy! Ya really gotta love cheese if you’re gonna hang out with me!

 

FRAMED HEART ART

 Here is my favorite part of any paper project: picking out all the cute coordinating paper.

        I had been hoarding  lovingly storing 4 fabulous picture frames I got for ten bucks at a yard sale. They had Snow White prints in them. I felt reallly guilty taking them out, sorry Snow.

 I cut a piece of linen a little bigger than the cardboard insert and hot glued it on as tightly as I could without bending it. I wrapped a fluffy, white band of tulle around the bottom before putting it back in the frame-without the glass. I hate those little staply thingys that hold that stuff in. I’m too in a hurry to go get the all-in-one tool (butter knife) to bend them out, that equals disaster for my fingernails.

The hearts are stacked with some plain white paper mixed in to save a little money. I try to always buy my paper on sale. I cut my hearts out with a Cricut, but they sell paper punches in so many shapes and sizes you could use. Only put a thin line of hot glue down the middle of each one so you can flare the sides out. I like the demension- don’tmention it:) All the buttons are different, but white. Can you find the only one that is heart shaped? I threaded some thread through the holes before gluing them down. Better than actually sewing them down, I think, but I am sadly not a seamstress. Maybe next years goal?

 I made two little tulle pompoms by wrapping a strip around two fingers, tying the sides, cutting and fluffing. I fanned out the bottom one and glued it down, and bunched up the second one and glued it on top.

 I did kinda hold the old classroom #16 ruler up to line it up, but I am NO perfectionist. I used two sided foam dots to stick the hearts on so they’d be easier to move and they stayed on so well, I didn’t mess with the hot glue gun.

 There are so many ways you can change this up. It’s wonderful living with all my creations in colors and styles that I chose, and I put together how I wanted.

 Much better than store bought!!!

 Home Stories A2Zcraft linky party

Wayward WeekendI got inspiration from this pin on Pinterest!

It is soooooo adorable with the book page paper!

Thank you Embellishing Life! (cool blog name too)

 

 

 

Bye-Bye Beloved Christmas

Well, I am not happy at all about taking down Christmas. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But, on the bright and light side, it’s time to do SPRING!

*HAPPY DANCE*

I am extra sad about taking Christmas down this year because I really got into making my own decorations.  It seems when you have a theme, there’s a never ending list of projects to go with it.  I still don’t have everything made that I had planned. People will think I’m crazy when I’m creating

CHRISTMAS in the SUMMER!!!!!

Now, let’s all just take a moment of silence to bid farewell to a few of my faves from the season. *sigh*

 

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite SpecialLinking up!

I mustache you to please SMILE!

There’s just something about a lip with a fashionable mustache perched above. It just sets a certain mood:)
When I broke out these fabulous little caterpillars, we all turned into Brits! “I say, Old Chap…” & “Good show” (in your head I’m sure you read those with your best accent).

This was only the beginning of a fun filled, unique New Year’s Eve party for my family.

There were 8 teenage boys, which made for four perfect teams of two to play (cue the trumpet:      da da da, dadadada da ta da!)

 New Years Minute to Win It!

OH MY GOSH WE HAD A MESS!! I’m still finding mini marshmallows behind, …well EVERYTHING! Of course, the games were not designed to lead to a marshmallow war, but then again, we are talking about eight BOYS! Maybe I should have planned with that in mind-first and foremost. Oh well, what a wonderful way to welcome the new year: sore face from smiling and I laughed so hard it was a great workout for my perfectlly flat belly (If you fell for that, I’ve got some beach front property in Arizona to sell you-CHEAP!)

The ONE minute timed team challenges were:

“Filleth the Cupeth on my Pretty Little Headeth”
==Partner A has a cup with a velcro chin strap holding it on his head while Partner B tosses mini mallows into it, both staying behind their respective lines.

“Put Your Blowhard Blessing to Work Why Don’t Ya”
==Both stooges , er,  I mean partners had to blow as many mallows as possible from start line to finish line using only a straw. NO HANDS! This takes great restraint as the mallows do not like to roll in a straight line and they didn’t count unless they went over the line. This resulted in smooshed mallows creamed across my floors from boys sliding around on their bellies chasing after rogue marshmallows.

“Mini Mallow Relay While Avoiding a Beating from Mom”
== Two teams use only a small spoon to transfer mallows from bowl at start line to their pot at finish line, trading places with partner each time. This was set up in my living room with all my pretties nearby. Since it was four boys franctically running back and forth  focused solely on their pot on the floor and tripping each other up, my very breakable breakables were very nervous. I almost had to get the switch:) Boy were they scared after I threatened that-NOT!

“Ball Balance Talent”
==Picture this: paper towel tube standing on end with a yardstick balanced on top (the 18th inch directly in the middle IF you have a well made yardstick:) Partners had to hang Christmas balls on the yardstick on both sides, working together to keep it balanced. Remember, we’re talking about teenagers here! Note to self: use plastic ornaments next year. #UghCutToe Yuck-FEET, Yuck-BLOOD           What’s a new years party without a little blood, right?

The last game was to be a simple points game with cups lined up on the table, closest cups were 5 points, middle row-10, and last-20.
Either those boys have terrible aim, or they were intentionally trying to bruise each other with mini marshmallows. An impossible feat, but they were determined!

All was good until our poor Boston Terrier, Bandit/Boston, had had enough and threw up marshmallow goo. Oh yay, party down. 

Each game description above should end with “…and of course they had more fun breaking the rules and messing each other up than actually playing the game, resulting in a marshmallow blizzard.” We had 2 bags of mallows, but had to sweep them up after each game so we would have enough for the next game. Good thing for them I’m not uptight. I’ve learned after all these years of wild hetherns, darling, sweet, little boys, that
-it will sweep up
-their laughter is good payment for anything that got broken in the process
-mud IS fun!
-there’s always bleach and noseplugs

I figure they’re learning to deal with life’s messes by watching how I react to theirs. Plus, don’t tell them, but I am having just as much fun as they are!

HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIENDS!
May our year be full of messes:)