Monday, January 17, 2011

Valentine's Day Craft #1 - Heart Garland

You may or may not know about my undying affection for Valentine's Day.

I have no good explanation.

But I can tell you this: I have already spent more time crafting for V-day than I did for Christmas.

It's serious.

It's sur-rious.


It's still a mystery why we opted to photograph this beauty under the cloak of night.

We got a little excited.

And who can blame us?

I've come to believe that a large heart-punch is a terrible thing to waste.

So, I did what any respectable girl would do.

I started punching anything that breathed.

Let me rephrase that.

I started punching anything that arrived in my mailbox, even though I canceled it months ago.

It was ever-so-fun and relaxing to search the pages for fun colors and prints.

I've always been a sucker for prints.

(And seersucker, but that's another story.)

Just when I was done folding, I folded some more, with the help of my trusty side-kick, Ugly Blue Blanket.

Using double-sided tape (or those little scrapbooking squares), I taped the back-sides of three hearts together, to make a 3-dimensional heart.

I resisted the urge to plan which hearts should go together, cause that would be, like, totally OCD.

I have a "friend" who probably would have done something like that. She wears. me. out.


Once I had about eight-thousand 3-D hearts, I threaded regular, white thread down through the middles and taped it in place on one of the hearts (on the inside), making sure to space the hearts somewhat evenly .

(There is probably a better way of doing this, but I often work backwards or sideways, and this was no exception.)


See that aqua heart with the brown stripes?
Hello, Sundance catalog napkins. Thank you for playing along.

This garland was love at first sight, for me.

I wanted to hang it up, even though we had two showings schedule for this week, but then I thought better of it.

And then I thought better of thinking better of it and I HUNG THAT GARLAND.

Oh yes, I did.

If the charms of this house can be obscured by a lovely, cheery heart garland, then we have bigger problems than we even knew.

The Garls may well prove to be our good luck charm.

Cupid is real, you know.
You do NOT want to mess with cupid.