I love Valentine’s Day! Truly, I do. When I was a girl, my mom made a big deal of Valentines with special treats, gifts, decorations and my grandmother’s sour cream cookies. I never considered it a romantic holiday until I was much older and met my would-be spouse at a Valentine’s Day dance. Lucky, lucky me!
So there’s a little backstory for you.
Especially here in the dreary Midwest, I find Valentine’s Day decorations the perfect remedy for the post-holiday, wintertime blahs. You can’t go wrong with cheerful colors, candies and kind wishes for our friends! For the next couple of weeks, I’ll post some Valentine’s day favorites and a few tutorials, too. If you want to be sure you get every post, please subscribe (“Sew With Me”–to the right)!
Reverse-Appliqued Heart Pillow
Using one of my favorite applique techniques, I made this pillow last year. Some of you may remember it from class. Tutorial next week!
Valentine’s Day Appliques
I love making appliqued shirts for the me and my boys. Of course, you can applique a simple heart, but it’s fun to make an applique that uses hearts to replace another object. Here are the boys’ Valentine’s Day shirts from last year. You’ll see I replaced the dump truck rubble and leaves with hearts. This year we may do Pac Man, replacing the pellets/pac-dots with hearts or some sort of robot.
Tree of Love
In our foyer, we keep a little “tree” of twigs the boys have gathered on our adventures. The addition of these hearts make a cheery greeting for all. I saw something similar on Pinterest. It was from a round-up and I couldn’t find the original source. Perhaps it’s Martha? Regardless, I loved that i could do this project quickly and had all the supplies at hand. (The original photo I pinned shows twine and a blanket stitch instead of the embroidery floss and whipstitch I used. While I like the twine better, that would have required a trip to the store…and the blanket stitch would have taken a bit longer. Lazy me!) Find the tutorial soon, although I doubt you need one! These little hearts have a secret, though…
Valentine’s Day Mini Birdhouse Garland
Find the tutorial here at my other blog. I love this garland so much, I believe it will stay up through spring. Sure, there isn’t any sewing (unless you replace the roof with felt), but it was so sweet I wanted to share.
I’d love to hear from you and know what Valentine’s decorating plans you have for 2013!