Valentine’s Day ‘I Love You’ Wooden Blocks

I know Valentine’s Day is still a month away, but I thought I would repost these wooden blocks in case you were ready to get started on your decorations!

Good morning! Are you ready for February and lots of pink and glitter? My classroom is full of glitter and sparkles right now. Lol! But I want to keep things a little more simple at home.

I have had these blocks for too many years, circa 1990’s. They spelled out our last name. I wasn’t going to use them for the original purpose, but I kept thinking they were such nice wooden blocks, there had to be something I could do with them. I finally came up with something.

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The pictures I took of each step, turned out blurry, but the steps were pretty simple. I painted the sides and back of the block white. Then I used painters tape and to block off the front of the block because I wanted it to stay white. I used scissors to cut straight edges. I went over the sides and a little bit on the front edge with black.

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Here is how they turned out. I like the little black edge on the front. I found some black chipboard letters and made a heart out of scrapbooking paper.

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Since I only had 5 blocks, I decided on i, u, x, o and a heart.

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I layered a soft pink paper over scripted paper to make the heart.

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I think it’s the perfect little Valentine’s Day touch!

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I’m glad I finally found a use for something else I already had and I love how they turned out! So simple and just the perfect little Valentine touch to my mantel!

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What Do You Buy At The After Christmas Sales?

 

Happy New Year! Wow! It’s 2019! That just seems so strange! Do you have big plans in this new year? Travel someplace new, moving, trying something different? I would love to hear about it. We will have Haley’s college graduation this year, which is pretty exciting! I’m so proud of both my girls.

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So, do you do after Christmas shopping? What kind of things do you look for? My items to buy are Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon and tags. I usually find some other little things too, but this is what I hunt for.

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I had some of the brown Kraft paper with gold polka-dots this past Christmas, and I fell in love with it. It looked so nice under the tree. I decided that is what I wanted for next year and I would combine it with white and gold with a few black touches.

 

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In my opinion, Target has some of the best paper! It is nice and thick, comes in big rolls, and has lines on the back for cutting :). I headed out late morning the day after Christmas and there was still plenty to choose from. I found the Kraft paper with gold dots and some pretty white with gold too. Do you see the skull design in the back? Haley had found that before Christmas, so I bought one roll and wrapped all her presents in it. I was fortunate enough to find one more roll after Christmas too!

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I also stock up on wired ribbon. You really can’t make a mistake tying bows or just knots with this ribbon. Most of the time, I just wrap it around the gift, tie a knot and then fluff up the tails. Done! And it looks good. It’s amazing what a little ribbon can do for a package.

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I try to find coordinating tags too. I found these lovely white ones with gold glittery polka-dots and the black and gold too. I happened to find the perfect tissue paper too.

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I know not everyone coordinates everything this way, but I really like how it all looks under the tree at Christmas. It makes my heart happy!

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Thank you so much for following along here. Some of you have stuck around even when I haven’t been here. I really appreciate all of you! I hope you have a blessed 2019!

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Vintage Pink Ornament Christmas Tree

Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving We had a nice, quiet day and now I have been busy Christmas decorating! Its always fun to unpack the boxes and relive the special memories some of the pieces have.

I have been collecting some vintage ornaments for several years now. My dad gave me a box of vintage Shiny Brights that had been his moms and I have loved them ever since. I have even picked up some pink ones for Lauren. Not all are vintage, but when mixed together, they look pretty nice.

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I had seen this idea a while back and finally got around to making it. I picked out some pink and silver ornaments in various sizes. I took some wire and shaped it into a triangle. My wire was pretty thick and sort of hard to work with, but it was all I had on hand. Just be sure whatever you get is strong enough to hold the ornaments, but easy enough to bend.

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I snipped a bunch of little pieces of thinner wire to attach each ornament to the tree shaped wire.

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I curled each piece by wrapping it around a pencil. These will be my ornament hooks.

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Most of my ornaments didn’t have a hanger on the top so I took a small piece of narrow black ribbon and hot glued it inside the opening.

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Once my ornaments wee ready, I measured the sides of my triangle and marked the sides where I wanted to add wire across.

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I cut another piece of wire to place across my triangle. I cut each one a little longer than the width of the tree. This will give a place for my ornaments to hang. I attached each side with thinner wire and a little bit of hot glue. I also curled the ends of each one.

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I started placing my ornaments on my wire tree, moving them around until I got the placement I wanted.

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This will be perfect for Lauren’s pink Christmas!

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I also made this cute little topper with some scrapbook paper and a metal key.

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I can’t wait to see this hanging in Lauren’s home! Do you have any other ideas for vintage ornaments? I would love to hear about it!

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Here are some other posts you may like:

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Make Your Own Coasters Plus a Printable!

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Good morning! Are you ready for a new week? it’s hard to believe that October is almost over! Crazy! Are you starting to think of Christmas yet? I have been. In fact, this project is a gift for Christmas, that is, if my daughter doesn’t see this blog post first! 🙂

I have lots of scrap pieces of wood around and this was the perfect project to use a little bit of it. I had my husband cut 4 pieces of wood into squares and then sand the edges to smooth them.

Skull coaster blocks of wood

I painted 2 coats of black acrylic paint on all sides. I had these skulls in my stash, so they were perfect for Haley’s love of skulls. I used Mod Podge to attach them to the wood.

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I brushed Mod Podge all over the top of the wood block.

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I centered the skull on top and then brushed more Mod Podge over the whole thing.

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Once everything was dry, I sprayed each block with clear gloss. I gave each one 2 coats, since these will be used as coasters and have wet glasses on them.

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I also attached rubber feet on the bottom so they won’t scratch any surfaces.

skull coaster rubber feet

They are ready for a cup of something cool or hot!

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Isn’t this printable great? Lauren made this just for all of you! I want to sing the song every time I look at it. You can get this printable by clicking here. Just scroll to the bottom of the page once you get there. There is another one to choose from too.

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As you can see, we have quite a few skulls to go along with the coasters.

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I tied them up with orange bakers twine so they are all ready to give as a gift. I’m excited to give these to Haley!

skull coasters tied with orange twine

Hope you all have a great week!

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Here are some other posts you might like:

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Beautiful, Blingy, British Flag

Hello everyone!  I hope that you are all getting prepared for Halloween that is just around the corner.  Are all of your costumes ready?  Do you have enough candy?  Is your front porch all decked out?

Well this weeks post has nothing to do with Halloween…Sorry.

So you know how last week I posted about a project that I was working on?  If not, don’t worry, I’m going to go through it again!

Here are your supplies!

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A piece of wood, paint, glue, jewels, paint brushes, and tweezers.  I started by painting the board with grey.  Of course, you can paint it whatever color you want, but I went with grey.

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Next, I printed out the design I wanted on paper and drew it onto the board.  I did so by coloring the back of the paper with pencil, then drawing over the lines again to have the pencil go through.

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Once I had the design, I started placing the jewels on the board.  I would put glue on the small section that I wanted to start bedazzling and would hand place, or tweezer place, the jewels on.

Now, I made the design a little bit different than the original.  If you can’t tell from the picture above, the design that I picked was the British flag.  So for me, instead of red, white, and blue, I used pink, white, and black.

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I added some gems of other colors to add some dimension to the flag.  So, I have purple in the pink section of the flag, and added some purple and blue in the black section.

It took a lot of time and effort, but it was totally worth it.  I would lay out the jewels that I wanted to use on the board and would add glue to place the jewels.

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And after about 18 hours of work (all broken up, not in one sitting) I finally finished.  And I am extremely proud of my work.  So here it is!

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It looks amazing!  I am so happy with how it turned out.  And it looks amazing in the sunlight because the light just shimmers off of the jewels.  I am sooooooo happy and I cannot wait to do more!

Thanks for stopping by!

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