Monday, February 13, 2012

Hearts

I used to decorate for the hilt for each holiday as it came - I'd hang up themed wall quilts, fill the hutch in the dining room with dishes & a bunch of knick knacks, and hang a ton of handmade ornaments that I'd received in prim swaps on my year round tree. Lately, I've been scaling things back - if I actually do anything at all! This year, instead of pulling out the tote full of Valentine decorations that I already own, I made up just a couple of new things to display on the dining room table.

Last week at hooking, Nancy pulled out some old issues of RHM News & Views for us to look at (1980's) and I saw a cute pattern for a Valentine Rug - I shrunk down the design and did it with my punch needle instead of hooking it and it turned out so cute! I had a hard time deciding how to finish it, but  ended up making a small heart shaped pillow.


I followed the tutorial that Kris at Simply Prim posted awhile ago and made a handful of grubby hearts using pipe cleaners from the dollar store. I cut each piece in half and made them much smaller than hers - they worked up quickly and smell really good since they're coated with cinnamon and nutmeg. Mmm......



So here's the finished centerpiece displayed on my table. The wooly feather tree looks cute adorned for Valentine's Day!


.....On a side note, on Saturday I received a brand new catalog in the mail that is just full of wonderful decorating items. From furniture,  to bedding, to accessories, to hand hooked rugs. They have a website here where you can see all of their merchandise, but I would suggest requesting one of their free catalogs - it's so much fun to turn each page and see the details of each lovely item! It's called Primitive Beginnings and I think you'll like it!

12 comments:

Mugwump Woolies said...

Looks sooo sweet! Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Robyn

Janet O. said...

I like your new Valentine decor, Gayle! I find my taste for decorations is so different now from what it was when the kids were home and we were doing it more for them. These new items you made are fun, but not garish, like much of what I acquired with kids helping me choose. : )

Nedra said...

Very cute things Gayle. Happy Valentines Day!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Your pipe cleaner hearts are very creative and neat. I truly love you hooked rug Heart, it is beautiful. Hugs judy

Sharon said...

So cute! I love your little heart, it turned out great. Happy Valentine's day!

Saundra P said...

What an adorable Valentines arrangement you produced. Just love that feather tree and heart ornies.

Saundra

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Such sweet decorations, Gayle! All adorable. I have scaled back a great deal as well. I am so wornh out after Christmas decorating that I don't do much for any other holiday (except Halloween). Your decorations are sweet, simple and perfect!

Karen said...

The hearts do look pretty on the feather tree. I have wanted to make one of those feather trees!

whitey said...

Way cute as usual Gayle! Think I know what you mean about scaling back I did go down to the dungeon today and pull out some of my heart collection.

Raymond Homestead said...

I like your new creations! Happy Valentine's Day!

jody said...

gayle, love your little punch needle pillow and your little hearts what a neat idea! they look perfect on your tree.enjoy your evening!

Faye ~ Wild Rose Vintage/Cabin Creek Designs said...

Cute ideas...I love the pipe cleaner hearts!
Faye