Saturday, 14 February 2015

Free Valentine's Day pattern

 Happy Valentine's Day!  I'm sharing the love with you my sweet friends!  Here's a freebie candle mat pattern for you!  XOX! 
 Perfect for a flickering candle setting the romantic atmosphere you want!!

This is the template you can right click and save to your computer and enlarge before printing out. My mat is 9.5" by 7"

Of course you can change up the colours but please to do not sell the pattern and give credit where its due! Thank you!

Just wanted to share a special love gift I received - a key to my heart necklace in silver! 

 Wishing you all a lovely day!
Love and hugs from me to you!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Make a Valentine Ribbon Pillow and Friday Finish Punchneedle

 Happy Friday the thirteenth!  It's time for a quick last minute Valentine make ! This only takes a length of ribbon and some stitches to make!

 Shape the letters on the background. I used wool - keeping it plain and simple! Pin the letters in place and then stitch on with matching floss.  Sew it together and stuff for a pillow. Make in any size!

Yep!  As easy as that!

And here's my final Valentine Friday finish.  It's my own design for punch needle.  I call it the blushing heart.

Thank you all from my heart to yours!

You make my day with your sweet comments!

Happy weekend!


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Valentine Makeover

 I love this trug! It is so versatile and can be decorated time and again for each season or any occasion!

Today it was getting the love heart treatment for Valentine's Day of course!
A very straightforward addition that required just a few squares of fabric remnant and three rusty tin hearts that were lying around the house.  Initially I thought to use burlap and still could but I liked the fabric with red in it to help the hearts stand out.

I just lined them up and glued them on
 Love letters fabric comes to mind when I see this!

 Then the nice part to decorate it simply with love~

Here are a few of my other Valentine's Day decorations about the house...

Stitched with love...
 Special gift from a special friend to send me some love..

My little tree and hearts all a twinkling this evening...
 See the angel at the base of the tree? Another special gift from another dear blogger, spreading love!

I love all my sweet blogging friends and all the lovely comments you leave!

Thanks so much for sharing!

You are a blessing to me.


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Valentine Moss Hearts

 Today's Valentine Hearts are a super cute and fun craft.

Here's what you need ~

several styrofoam hearts
dried natural moss
sticks/small branches
gardener's fiber plant pots approx 3" wide
play dough or similar
glue gun

Make sure the moss is completely dry and feathery. Trim off any brown strands. (I was able to gather moss from a moss covered bank near my home. Then I let it dry out in the garage on cardboard to absorb moisture.)

Spread hot glue fairly evenly over one side of the heart and quickly press on the moss in clumps firming it on as you go.  Cover the heart  completely in moss and press into shape.
Insert the twig into the base of the heart.
Place your play dough or florists' foam into the fiber plant pot and push the heart and twig into it.
Cover the top of the pot with more dried moss.
Next you can feel free to decorate or not with ribbon, string or burlap.
Place your pretty moss hearts on a shelf and admire!

 Simply tie some jute cord around the pot - just plain pretty!

 This one I used burlap and ricrac around the pot

 Here's where I am displaying mine for now!

Hope you enjoy making these and I was thinking they look spring like also so they can be kept ot for weeks yet!

Thanks for your visit and don't forget to check out Stephanie's link up party


Monday, 9 February 2015

A Week of Hearts and Love

 Welcome to a week of posts dedicated to all things heart shaped and heart felt and heart warming!

Each day this week I am going to try and share something with you in the run up to Valentine's Day this Saturday!

I'm starting the week with this recipe for a Valentine's day dessert you can make for that special someone! 

I am naming it the Jewelled Heart Cake and you can maybe see why from the photos as the raspberries look like red jewel hearts in it.

It's light and moist and sweet, and perfect with whipped cream or icecream melting over it when you eat it warm from the oven!

Here's the recipe:   Jewelled Heart Valentine Cake

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C or 370 F

4oz butter
4oz fine sugar
2 medium eggs
5oz plain flour
8oz white chocolate chips
4oz fresh raspberries


Grease and line a baking tin 8"x10"

Place the butter and half the white chocolate chips in a small saucepan and heat gently until melted.
Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl.
Add the sifted flour and the melted butter/chocolate mixture and fold together gently.
Carefully stir in the remainder of the chocolate chips and the raspberries.
Pour the mixture into the tin and place in the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden.

Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream and enjoy each mouthful!

Love and hugs to all
Thanks so much for your visit!


Friday, 6 February 2015

Friday Finishes

 So I snatched a few moments of craft time at the end of a week fraught with emotional and physical challenges.  I needed the release just to do something with my hands and let my thoughts drift...

What with it only being a week until Valentines I had this heart in its raw unadorned state lying forlornly in my craft room for over a week...I just couldn't decide what to do with it to finish it... not another pillow or pouch or in a frame.... What to do?

 Then I remembered a plain round box buried at the back of a cupboard and set about covering it in a prim cotton fabric and attached the heart with the x stitch on top!

A pretty result and I am loving the ric rac edging to the heart.

 Another heart finish, this time a freebie pattern fron Santas and Samplers.  It's a good size heart and could be made into a hanging pillow~

 I always enjoy stitching alphabets and wordings.

Thanks for coming by and sharing my heart -to - heart with you!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Hearts A-Glow

 Hello friends and welcome!  It's time for a quick craft for you this Valentine's. Naturally it involves hearts! 

All you need will be:

cardboard from cereal packets or similar
jute, thread or strips of old red fabric
glue gun
glass jars
battery operated tealights/candles

I cut out different sized hearts - doubled up and stuck together pieces of cardboard.

Next I took some red twine and stuck it down on the reverse side with some glue and simply began to wrap it around and around.

When it was all covered, I decided to hang this one in the center of a pip berry wreath inside my front door~

With one of the smaller hearts, I covered in strips of a crimson fabric, I glued it to a strip of burlap which I had measured to wrap around a mason jar~

 Simple and sweet with the candle glowing inside...

 On another recycled cranberry sauce jar I wrapped a heart in ribbon and tied it around the jar with a little battery operated tea light inside, positioned just right to shine through the heart!

I liked the natural look of this plain jute covered heart and tied it around this long basket.

So that's a start made in my home to decorate for Valentine's Day.
Do you decorate for this day of hearts and love?
Hope you are inspired to create a few hearts any way!
Thanks for your company I heart all my dear blogging friends!

And once again, I'm linking up with Stephanie's 
Hop on over and see more fantastic blogs and inspiration!

Best wishes