Happy Valentine's Day!
I've been busy working on all my Valentine's goodies, have you? Actually, Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's day are my two favorite holidays! I owe my love of celebrating holidays to my sweet Mother who also loved each holiday, but especially V-day and St. Paddy's day. Every Valentine's Day my Mom would make my favorite breakfast. Our kitchen table would be decorated and on my plate she would have a wrapped present. It was usually something small, but always something special that she knew I would love. I'm so thankful she passed along her love of celebrating and enjoying these special days! A Valentine's tradition I started when my children were young was to cook pink heart shaped pancakes. Sometimes I would top them with sprinkles or conversation hearts, and just like my my mother did for me, I would try to have a special gift for them. :) Do you have a Valentine's Day tradition? If so, feel free to share!
Say hello to my little friend...ain't she pretty? I have had this wooden 3 heart door hanger for quite a few years. Honestly, I don't even remember where I bought it, but it's always been a favorite of mine. The wood and paint have weathered from being on my front door, but I think it gives it more a "vintage" feel. In some cases...old is good, right? (remind me to tell myself this on my next birthday! lol) This project cost $3.00 (ish) I bought 4 fabric squares that were packaged individually at Walmart for .97c each. I still have leftovers for other projects, yes!! All you have to do is cut on the edge and tear your fabric...easy peasy piece of pie! Ooooo PIE...I love pie!!! That's an entirely different blog though, so for now...let's stick to Valentine's day. (is my ADD showing ? *winks*)
Time for a look at the Mantle:
All You Need is LOVE!
My sweet red chalkboard frame is from Brown Eyed Girls Boutique! So very blessed to have Lisa as a BFF since 9th grade! You can find all of her pretties HERE ! I just doodled some hearts and the All You Need Is Love on her already pretty frame. I'm completely digging the chalkboard art! So many good ideas out there!
The subway art is a freebie printable from Pinterest.
Truth be told...I'm still working on this, but the good news is...I have more to share!
I love my job...how many people can say that? One of the things that I enjoy doing is helping with our work employee board. In our hospital ICU we have a bulletin board so that employees and family members can write a thank you note or a "job well done" note. I am blessed to work with amazing people...each and everyone one of them! There are a few of us girls who take turns or work together to come up with ideas for the board and we love having a creative outlet at work to share with everyone.
I had the idea of vintage postage Valentine's or mailing/sending love...so, this is what I cam up with.
I took white tissue paper and covered the board making it look like an envelope. I then hit Google up to find love letters or hand written love letters. Once I found them I printed them out and placed them behind the first sheet of tissue paper. The envelope reads: S.W.A.K (sealed with a kiss) and then I proceeded to "kiss" the envelope in various shades of red and pink lipsticks. (am I devoted or what?.... I mean...who does that? Points to myself :)
I found a vintage postcard via Pinterest and made a color copy from my home computer. I originally wanted to see if we could have color copies made, but ink is expensive, right? Instead I made 50 black and white copies. After cutting the copies out, I glued them to red copy paper and then cut them out again. To give them some color I used red, white, and silver glue glitter that I bought at Walmart. Glitter makes everything better...kinda like pie! ;) lol This was a labor of love and I'll have to admit I think they turned out just ADORABLE!
Next came the L-O-V-E bunting...
This part was so much fun to make! Burlap, book pages, glitter, paper flowers, buttons, lace, and doilies...I think I hear ANGELS singing!!
Add all these things together with ribbon and hot glue & there ya go... Bunting! There is no way that I could do a post about this without sharing this story:
As I was putting the bunting together, I was standing and basically doing this upside down because space was an issue. When I finished I proudly handed my friend and co-worker, Angie, one end of the bunting as I took the other end stretching it out so she could admire my sweet little craft project. I was beaming with happiness, so proud of my work when I heard Angie say, "Jill, isn't this supposed to spell L-O-V-E???" With that, I glanced down and read, "EVOL" lol OMG!!!! We were laughing so hard! Okay, so I'm not the sharpest crayon in the box, but I'm definitely the prettiest color and glittery too! :) Back to the drawing board with my scissors and hot glue! Good thing I have a friend who actually knows how to spell, huh? Oyvey !
From the ceiling I hung red and white paper air planes on fishing wire with cute little glitter phrases on them like, "air mail xo xo", "sending Hugs & Kisses", "All you need is love". Along with the those I added cascading red hearts on fishing line. Are you feeling the love?
Add some sweet pom poms and Ta Da - Valentine's Day has arrived at our ICU in full force!
What will make this even better will be all of the the Thank you notes and notes of encouragement and love from our ICU staff and family members.
To all of my family, friends, and fellow bloggers:
Happy Valentine's Day from Sophisticated Burlap and Co!
Much Love and Blessings,
XO XO Jill XO XO