Seven Months

Yes, it’s been roughly seven months since I’ve showed my face around these parts.  I can’t believe it’s been that long.

A lot has changed in these past 7 months, from our location to employment to school and much more.  There’s so much to fill you in on. I’ll definitely get to it, little by little.

In the mean time, I wanted to share with you a fun craft I whipped up last week.  Can you guess what it is?  If you’ve been reading for sometime, chances are you know how obsessed I am with wreaths.  I love making one for the month’s theme. And since we’re celebrating LOVE this month, I knew I wanted to spread some throughout my home & front door.

While organizing my craft closet, I came across some burlap, which I forgot I had. I grabbed one of the many wreaths, I’ve picked up from the Dollar Tree, and began wrapping the burlap around the wreath.  Following that I went rummaging through the rest of my stash and found red ric rac, along with some cute Valentine themed fabric.

Burlap Valentine's Day Wreath

With the fabric and ric rac I created a cluster of flowers, which included yo-yos and kanzashi.  From there I created a pennant banner from the burlap and fabric.

Burlap Valentine's Day Wreath

Here’s a close-up of the cluster. I just love how the kanzashi flower came out.  I have a strong feeling I’ll be making more of them. I envision some cute headbands for my daughter.  And there you have this month’s front door happiness.

Come back for a visit this week, I expect to be back.

Abrazos, Sapphire

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Valentine Wreath {Try that Tuesday}

If you’ve been wondering, where have I gone. I haven’t gone far. Just needed sometime away from Blogland. Some time to spend with my thoughts and family. Some time to balance the craziness of my day-to-day. I’m yet to be totally balanced. I mean I’m a mom that MUST juggle a dozen hats and tasks, just cause. I do it to myself. But, I’m feeling close to my normal self & looking forward to spreading some Valentine cheer.

My obsession with wreaths continue.  I. Just. Can’t. Help. Myself. Today’s inspiration came from this lovely XO Wreath available at TwoInspireYou’s Etsy shop. I’m so digging the originality and daintiness of the wreath.

{Via}

And this is what my “knock-off”, made with crepe paper looks like.

 

Supplies:

  • Pipe insulation for base
  • White & Pink Crepe paper (streamers)
  • Clear fishing wire
  • Polka Dot Ribbon
  • Glue gun and plenty of glue
  • Scissors

 

I had previously seen on The Crafty Scientist how Mel used pipe insulation as the base of her wreath. The price tag of the insulation appealed to me enough to make a trip to Home Depot.  Just as she bends, shapes and cuts the insulation, I followed suit. You can see how Mel did hers here. Btw- check out her wreath it is way adorable.

 

To craft the X of the wreath. I cut the insulation in half, laid one half on top of the other, as though making an X. I pin pointed the middle and cut a portion out of one half, in order to fit the other half into it. I used the hot glue gun to secure the X into place.

 

Here I have the base ready to get decorated. In fact I painted the X and O, pink and white, respectively, just in case there was some peak-age. And later secured them together by using the fishing wire.

 

 

I then began working on the crepe paper. I cut the pieces just about at arms length, crumbled them and then began rolling them into flowers. I found a good tutorial for making crepe paper roses here.  Once my roses were completed I began hot gluing them onto the pipe insulation in a suitable pattern.  Pretty simple, right? Except for the fact that I had to use my fingers and so, my fingers seem to attract hot glue. OUCHIE OUCH!!

 

Here’s a view of the door a bit further back. All in all I’m very pleased with how my XO wreath came out. And I especially love the price tag of just around $8.

 

Have you been working on any Valentine Day crafts?

Valentine Exchange

With Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away, I’ve been looking for some inspiration for the Lil Giant’s Valentine Exchange at school and where better to look but  on Pinterest. I came across a ton of cutesie ideas.

Here are 10 fun and creative kiddie Valentine’s.

1. I love the play on words on these adorable friendship bracelets that Dandee and her daughter, Abby made. You can get a copy of the printable here.

2. Here’s a fun and quick Valentine shared by Megan and her kiddos.

3. Now how clever are these Valentine Butterflies inspired by a stick of gum?

4. These little candy pails are just too sweet and original. A definite favorite of mine. I just have a feeling that the Lil’ Giant is going to think this is too girlie. So I’ll have to wait until Gordita is in school to make. Pfft!

5. Here’s another photo inspired Valentine to use with Hershey Kisses.

6. You can’t go wrong with this useful and cute pencil.

7. Dandee from Dandee Design is up to it again with this clever magnifying glass. She’s even offering a free printable here.

8. I’m thinking this bouncy ball is right up the Lil Giant’s alley.

9. Alligators aren’t normally known to be friendly, but this little guy is super sociable.

10. Another great play on words for these glow-sticks, which I’m sure will be a a big hit. Here’s the printable to go with it.

Now to round them down and see which one the Lil Giant would like to recreate. Have a Sweet Sunday my friends!