BACK TO BASICS CRAFTING

At the beginning of the year, and partly at the end of last year I strived to work hard to craft with what I had on hand. I tend to only buy supplies at dollar stores, thrift stores and with a coupon at Michaels but they add up, physically and financially.

My supplies won’t break the bank so much as they take up valuable space in my small craft closet, which I hope to find a shelf for or install some this year ( hubz if your reading this, this is me officially hinting at this). However I love a good penny pinching and so I set out on this challenge.

I must point out I am not ceasing all purchases of crafty stuff, no need to get carried away lol, it will be fun though to see what I can come up with using mostly basic things in my stashes and odds & ends readily available to most of us.

We use to decorate for Valentine’s Day many moons ago but with the kids getting older and me with less energy it is now one of those holidays that usually passes with minimal or non-existent décor.

I had seen a wreath made by one of my fellow crafters over at a Glue Gun Groupies with a sign that said beware of dog kisses and immediately knew it would be a fun piece of valentines décor here, of course I’d have to make it say dog and cat kisses.(dog ,cat, fish, and guinea pig kisses seemed a little too crazy cat lady)
I thought to myself I must come up with a sign like this to display for Valentines! A frame from my stash and a simple print out was my starting point.

dog kisses

 

I crocheted the hearts from yarn ends and will be making gift tags with them too. You can cut out hearts  ( or o’s) and x’s from felt or paper as well. I used scrapbooking paper for my x’s, and makers to add colour to my sign,then I popped it into a glassless frame.

For the hearts I use 4 ply yarn ends ( you’ll need a good 7 ft. of yarn) and a 4.5mm crochet hook.

In a magic circle chain 3 and do 2 treble crochets into the circle

Now do 3 double crochets into it and chain 1 , treble crochet into it and chain 1

Now do 3 double crochets and then 2 treble crochets into it chain 3 and pull to finish off through the centre of the heart

Tie your end tail with your start tail a few times against the back of your heart.

The prints are 8×10 but mine is slightly smaller as these frames I thrifted are an odd size, but I’m sure the hearts will fit fine on them too.

CLICK HERE FOR A DOG & CAT PRINT OUT

CLICK HERE FOR A DOG PRINT OUT

CLICK HERE FOR A CAT PRINT OUT

As I was making the above sign I thought of adding family type valentines, here we have a holiday called family day that is always near valentine’s day.

This quote came to mind, it is from the Canadian band The Tragically Hip, from the song ahead by a century I believe, and adopted as part of a life mantra during the frontman’s final performances and life before he passed of brain cancer.

hip.jpg

These signs are everywhere here in Canada and for fans like hubz they mean something different to everyone, for me a non fan of the band but touched dearly by Gord Downie’s story  it reminds me to embrace all that is my life,  embrace the good the bad and the ugly!

You don’t get a rehearsal, you wake up, hit the stage, improvise when things go south and keep going.

 

CLICK HERE TO PRINT YOUR OWN ( NO FLAG)

 

This one I’ve seen similar sayings with the I love his…..and I love her….done one mugs and thought how adorable and funny, and I had a nice rustic thrifted $2 wooden frame that fit it perfectly.

his and hers

 

How fun would different frame sized  “valentines” be. You can get dollar store frames or thrifted ones, no glass even better, and create inexpensive valentines decor of your own.

 

Lastly this was done truly with “junk” and odds and ends” minus the plate stand I had in my stash , ( I got a 2 pack at the dollar tree)

I found a old and rustic piece of plywood in my pile and cut it down to an 8×8 inch square that sits nicely on the stand. I added a screw at the top and set out to make a 6 inch wreath.

For the wreath I made this template and cut 2 pieces from a cardboard box ( an amazon one, with another one my son made the kitten a little hut, all 4 cats love it)

I hot glued the 2 cardboard cut outs together and applied paper mache all over it, then paint it red once it was fully dry ( 24 hours)

To it I added:

2 pink crochet hearts with red heart centers that I cut from cereal box cardboard ( no need for painting as I found some nice solid red areas)

A heart cut out of corrugated cardboard painted silver with a white ribbon piece simply tied to form a bow.

The lips I cut from cereal box cardboard and white glued on some scrapbook paper ( before I glued it on I folded a nice crisp crease in the middle to give it a look of closed lips)

The words are from junk mail, I love the ransom note look ( what a name for it! but that’s what they call it) and so I am glad I was able to find words to compliment my Valentines wreath.

I didn’t have thin ribbon in red or white so I used some white yarn and did a simple chain and looped it on.

wreath

I found these 6 inch embroidery hoops on amazon and will grab a few for future wreaths for my little easel stand.

 

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