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·Valentine's colored wool sweater that is at least 75% wool. I prefer the felted sweater because it's thicker than standard felt. You could also use an old wool blanket. ·Empty cereal box. ·Craft glue: I prefer Kid's Choice Glue by Beacon Adhesives. It has a nice tackiness, dries quickly and is safe to use with kids. I frequently include children in making my projects so they can learn how to create beautiful projects out of materials found at home. You could also use any other type of tacky glue. ·Stuffing: before buying stuffing, consider an old pillow or worn out stuffed animal. The stuffing can be re-purposed for this project. ·Optional: needle, DMC floss, yarn or other colorful thread, sewing pins ·Fabric + paper scissors (don't use your sharp fabric scissors on paper). ·Sharpie Marker ·16" piece of yarn or ribbon
·Cardstock ·Glue stick ·Glitter ·Glue pen ·Scissors or x-acto knife
Wash sweater in hot water and detergent to felt. Run through the dryer to felt further. You can always wash and dry a second time to get a tighter weave and thicker fabric. By washing and drying the sweater, you're causing the wool fibers to lock together, creating a felted fabric that won't fray. Be sure to felt the sweater with similar colors otherwise you'll end up with other colors and lint felted into the fabric. You can also felt it by hand in a sink of very hot water and detergent. It just takes longer.
While the sweater is washing & drying, print the heart pattern and using a glue stick, glue to the cereal box. Do the same with the pocket pattern. These are the templates. Cut templates out with scissors.
Once the sweater is dry, cut apart the sweater at the side and shoulder seams. Lay fabric flat. Decide which side will be the back. Take the heart and pocket templates and trace an outline with the Sharpie Marker. Cut the shape out with scissors. If there is black marker still on the felt, you can gently trim away with the scissors.
Turn one of the hearts right side up. Using glue or a needle and thread, affix the pocket to the front of the heart. If you are sewing, you can use a whip stitch or a blanket stitch in a contrasting thread color.
Take the back of the heart, wrong side facing up. Take the ribbon and fold in half to create a loop. Set the ends of the ribbon about 1/2" inside the top of the heart. Glue or tack into place. This loop will allow you to hang the heart on a doorknob, branch, or nightstand.
Glue or stitch all the way around the heart, leaving approximately 2" open at one side. You need the opening so you can stuff the heart. If you are gluing, allow the glue to set for at least 30-45 minutes before stuffing.
Gently stuff the heart, filling the mounds at the top of the heart and working from the far end to the center and finally to the opening. Do not overstuff the heart or it will be hard to glue shut. If you have accidentally overstuffed, you can glue and use sewing pins to hold the edges in place until the glue has dried.
Print out the cards. They are approximately 1 1/8" x 2" (incase you want to cut out your own).
Affix the cards with a glue stick to card stock. To smooth out any bumps, gently pull a credit card across the surface. This burnishes the surface and eliminates air pockets and glue bumps.
Using a glue pen, outline and fill in the heart. There are many medium sized glue pens such as Aleene's. Dust with glitter.
Using a fine glue pen, such as a Sakura fine line glue pen, outline the letters and dust in a different color of glitter.
Let the glitter dry. Then, taking an x-acto knife or scissors, cut out the card just inside the outline so that it doesn't show. If it does show, outline with the glue pen and glitter.
Once the card it dry, tuck into the heart pocket and present to your favorite Valentine!
Rebecca Shapiro is a professional artist and crafter. Her art, strongly influenced by nature, explores relationships and how those bonds or their dissonance form beauty in the world. She has worked with crafts, beads and fibers for more than 20 years and loves texture, form and color... especially when she can experiment with materials, techniques and unusual applications.
Informed by a childhood in the Pacific Northwest, Rebecca strives for sustainable practices in her studio and earth friendly materials in her mediums. She is committed to green and earth friendly arts + crafts exploring how to reduce impact on our environment and lifestyles. She says "My art stands as an example of what it means to be a sustainable artist seeking kinship between art, nature and the human experience. It offers hope so we may remember the interconnectedness of life."
Display of Christmas Cards Cards in designated Christmas Photo Album
What's a girl to do with all those Christmas cards after Christmas? Here's a little inside peek at how I handle this one...
This is one of my favorite things....
I simply take the photo cards and place them in a designated Christmas album. You'll see a full green album above which each + every photo pic had to be taped in. I wised up with the second album using a 'real' photo album binder (got mine from Target) and chose 2 types of pages.
1. normal peel back + place in. 2. slide your pic in- which works great for the long envelope size cards (see pic) and Christmas letters.
I keep the first 2 pages of each year for our family card + those of family members. I truly love going through the photos each year and seeing how everyone has grown...
Merry Christmas and may you find your own special ways to cherish your holiday memories.
here's a lil' something to watch about this topicclick here
MERRY CHRISTMAS... Are you feeling more overwhelmed than EVAH girlfriend?! It's midday here at the Colvin household. Everything from Legos to earphones to cookie crumbs are on the floor.
We've been snowed in since December something-or-another... I've lost track but I do know the kids had 4 snow days in a row then break happened. So YES I AM up-to-my-ears in Christmas, low on coffee creamer and want so badly for my house to have a clear path to the bathroom + kitchen + front door!
I wrote this post last December 26th... I hope you find it useful + inspiring ;)
Cheers to you and THANK YOU for being a big part of my happiness.
Christas Clutter in all it's glory
OK.. I can do this, I can do this, I can do this. I've poured myself a cup of coffee, farmed out one kid to a neighbor, garnered two more to play with one in her room and I have just settled in to write out my to do list.
You see, I've been spinning my wheels all morning feeling anxious about the toys everywhere-and I mean everywhere, the holiday decorations are buggingme, and the dishes and treats are all over the kitchen island. Then I paused, sipped a cup of joe, and got back to my roots. I'm a list maker. I am in control when I've got a list to follow. A plan, a simple little plan. Here goes...
farm out kids
put on some music
pick up trash + recycling throughout house
start in the kitchen: wash + put away all dishes + holiday dishes + holiday place mats
tackle holiday wrap- gather ribbons to save for next year, flatten boxes, store away
put away my gifts + my husbands (kids have to do their own tonight)
grab a shopping bag or box and place "replaced" items in box to donate- (like my old blow dryer and sheets)
Bring the holiday totes inside, place one in each room. Gather up keepers. Place cast-offs in the donation bag. Return to garage + await husband's return to put backup on shelving.
Tempt the little girls with a treat if they help take down the ornaments and place in the boxes.
When girls get bored, join them for a treat then return to the tree project.
Get bored working on the tree project and call husband to find out when he'll be home.
Call husband and ask him how to make that great little holiday cocktail he poured me while wrapping all the presents.
Make cocktail, call girlfriend to tempt with holiday cocktail if she'll help finish the tree project or watch me finish the tree project
I've been stymied by the weather. As much as I'd like to be hunkered down during this big ol' Pacific Northwest Artic Blast and writing away- my time is spent cookin' up batches of hot cocoa and helping the kidlets get snow-suited up and snow-suited down.
However.. this video created by some friends in a nearby hood have shown me that it's the boys that have tapped into their inner creative, their boyish charm.. ok, charm may not be the word I'm looking for! enjoy....