Friday, 1 February 2013

Love Is Everywhere

There was a time, oooo let's say about a decade ago, when I hated Valentine's Day.  In fact, it triggered a huge pity party with all it's jewellery store, perfume and roses ads.  The whole world was full of happy, smiling, oh so deeply in love couples and I wasn't one of them.

I was only four months into the divorce thing and quite convinced that no one suffered like I did.  I'm a firm believer that you are legally insane for the first twelve months of divorce and NOTHING CAN BE HELD AGAINST YOU from that time.

Fast forward a few years and I look forward to February and the chance to show everyone how much love is in my world!

I'm starting my decorating with some hand made Valentines for my grandkids.  If any of you are in need of unconditional love, I'll loan you these seven sweethearts for a day.  From the eldest, who promised to be my boyfriend forever and sent me a Valentine every year until he was in his teens, to the youngest who mail me drawings to hang on my fridge, they are love personified.

I took some scraps of dropcloth and dollar store tulle left over from Christmas decorating and set in to make a heart banner.  Each heart has a child's name and a cupid with bow and arrow.  I scanned a blank piece of paper and sent it to Picmonkey.  In Picmonkey I added the script and the cupids, inverted the images and printed it out on a laser printer.  A little rub with Citrosolv and I had customized fabric.  Click here to find out how to do the transfer.

The girl's hearts have a tulle tutu. ~

The boy's hearts have a zig zag stitch. ~

I frayed the edges of the fabric and added a tulle loop at the top of each heart.  Some twine from a hay bale was braided and used to hang the hearts. ~

One of the gifts I'm trying to give my grandkids is a clean and healthy world, so I wanted these Valentines to have some use after the holiday.  They are stuffed with lavender and can be hung in their closets or tucked in a drawer to deter moths.

For now, they hang on my chippy door.  A little closer to Valentine's day, I'll package them up and mail them off to the kids.  They love to get mail and the little ones love anything with their names on it.  Oh heck, don't we all! ~

Bring on the month of love!

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