Thursday, January 27, 2022

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Heart Shaped Trivet /Hot Plate/ Hot Pad #QuiltedTrivet #FabricTrivet #Valentinetrivet #Valentine #ValentinesDay




I had a small piece of this beautiful floral fabric in my stash and I really wanted to use it as an addition to my Valentine's Day dΓ©cor. 

 I decided to make a colorful , showy, heart shaped, trivet.  

I want to start out by saying, clearly, "I am not a quilter".

Now, here's what I did. 

Cut two 10" fabric hearts. Cut two batting hearts 8.5" I did this free hand. It doesn't matter what size heart you use for the fabric, what you want is  the batting to be at least an 1.5" smaller so you have a nice amount to fringe.
You don't have to cut the perfect heart just yet. In the end, I cut fringe around the edge and clean up the look to really define the heart shape.




I sandwich two batting pieces between fabric and pin at the edges of the batting. 




Now I do some informal stitching around the batting edge and then continue around several more times to get a good amount of stitching inside to define the  heart. 


I cut some fringe around the edge.

What a sweet addition to the Valentine's Day table.



It really looks best when you wash and dry the fabric because all those shabby edges get better, in my opinion.



See the fringe really pops after a good wash and dry.





This is a happy piece. It makes me happy to have it around. So I guess that makes me happy. LOL






Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Valentine Porch Sign # Valentine #ValentinesDay #



Last year, I started working on a Valentine's Day porch sign that I never completed.
 So, this year I completed it. You know how it goes.
I want to explain that I almost never have a plan and never know where design and art will take me so it's certainly interesting when you realize what happens along the way. 
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It started with a white background and then a wash of a pinkish purple color. The white was chalk paint and the wash was a blend of some craft acrylics.






At this point I have no further plan ....no words, no saying, nothing, nada.
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I thought a floral background would be pretty for Valentine's Day and so I loaded up a palette of craft paints and decided to try something I saw on Pinterest or Youtube. 
Using paints , you blend colors and create smudges , using a partially blown up balloon. The smudges will eventually become doodle flowers. In this case, I know I can pull off a rose, so here is some of that process.






You see how easy it is to dip the balloon into the paint and get a mix of colors on there that really create a pretty, colorful background for the flowers.

A good idea is to practice on some paper.





I used a very thin paint brush with a juicy(watery) amount of paint. Be sure and offload some of that juicy paint.  You still want the paint to flow easily from the brush very fluidly to create the outlines for the flowers or in this case the roses. I'm not big on explaining in detail how to paint so I will tell you to head on over to Youtube for some tutorials. This flower painting, for me, goes back to crafting in my 20's.
This feels happy.


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And now that's it , for a whole year. Nothing, and then packed away. πŸ’—
This year, I added some lacey stencil work to the corners and I stencilled on the words Lovers Lane .


In the end, I used a very dry stencil brush to add some shadowing around the entire piece. In my mind this helped set the Lovers Lane front and center creating a vignette.






It's a cheerful way to come home and perfect for celebrating my upcoming 1 yr wedding anniversary. 

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