Love Letters from the Past

I have been debating about this Love Letters from the Past post for days. I am not at all sure you are going to be interested in this. I am also not sure if it is my place to write this story, if it’s none of my business or if it’s totally out of my decor niche. Actually, I am sure it’s out of my niche. But, some of my most popular posts are ones that I thought you would never read. They are the most successful yet, they are the ones I was almost embarrassed to share because I was sure they were so awful. Most definitely out of my niche. So, I guess I have to ask. I need I know for sure what you would do. Would you be interested in reading a real life love story? It’s the love story of my grandmother, who at age 75 met the love of her life. No, he wasn’t my grandfather. He was his best friend. They hadn’t seen each other in more than 40 years since they attended college. The two of them were re-united after my grandfather passed away, courted, dated, and eventually married until death did they part. Who would have thought that love would blossom at age 75? I have been going through my mementos, cleaning things out. My mother passed this pile of Grandma’s letters on to me. At first I wasn’t very interested in them. But, then I picked up and read the first letter. I was hooked. I organized them by date.…
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Valentine Loot Bags

  February is here and I am all about hearts right now. Heart charms, cookies, cakes, valentines, chocolates, love letters, sappy romantic Hallmark movies, you name it. I am a sucker for romance, I admit it. Being such a romantic, I couldn’t resist putting together some little Valentine Loot Bags for an upcoming class I am teaching. No particular reason, just because they are do darn cute. Who doesn’t love Valentine Loot? It’s the best kind there is! I bought the little fabric bags in the “blanks” section of the craft store. Blanks are fabric items pre-made and ready for your personal decorating touch. There is no sewing involved. The bags come in packs of four and run about .50 cents each. These bags are small, about 5″ square. Just the right size for collecting Loot. I also picked up some polkadot ribbon, heart and arrow charms (Walmart), Heat Bond (in the sewing notions) and 1/2 yard of red fabric. Directions: Cut a heart shape out of scrap paper. Using the paper as a template, cut a heart out of the Heat Bond material, and the red fabric. Using an iron on the medium setting, iron the Heat Bond fabric to the wrong side of the red fabric. Keep the iron moving slightly so it doesn’t scorch the bag. When the two pieces have adhered together, peel of the paper backing and position the heart on the bag.  Iron again so the heart adheres to the bag. Cut a length of ribbon for a bow to decorate the handle. The final…
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Ink Effects Heart Pillow

    Welcome friends! Today I am playing with paint! I am loving how my crafty project turned out! I painted these watery hearts on water color paper and then transferred them to this white pillow case. It may sound complicated, but it’s not. This pillow is printed with a product I newly discovered over at Decor Art called Ink Effects. I ordered the purple and magenta colors for this project. The other supplies you will need are water color paper, tooth picks, a water color brush, jar of water, medicine dropper, pencil, scissors, an iron and a light colored cotton pillowcase. Instructions: 1) Cut out a heart shape as desired (I used scrap paper for this). Trace on to the water color paper to use as a guide for painting. 2) Dip the brush in the water, wet the paper generously from top to bottom. 3) Using one tooth pick per color, dip the tooth pick in the Ink Effects paint, then drag it around on the wet paper. You can mix and blend the colors, letting the water on the paper carry the ink where it wants to go. This is not a time to worry about colors running together, they are supposed to do that. Your work should look something like this. The water color paper may curl a bit while wet, but don’t worry about it, it will flatten as it dries. 4) Let your work dry completely, at least 30 minutes. 5) Cut out your heart shapes from the painted paper. 6) Arrange painted side down…
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