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Crafty: The Heart-Shaped Box

17 Jan

I am so excited to finally share this project with you. I really didn’t do much in the way of handmade gifts for Isobel this year. Focusing on thrifting, hosting Christmas, and just being with my family took up most of my time so I thought I really wouldn’t bother with handmade gifts for Isobel. She is just swimming in toys and things she carries around to play with that aren’t toys, and I knew she’d be getting piles of stuff for Christmas, so it was easy to justify not making her a bunch of gifts. And I’ve already explained my theory of thrifted gifts and why I’m an asshole anyway. But, when the Pixie and I stopped by the craft store a week before Christmas to pick up supplies for the gift I was making my friends, I couldn’t pass up this sweet little paper heart box for 99 cents.

Using craft paint I already had, I used time when Isobel was with Grandma to paint layer after layer of pink paint on the brown paper surface. I decided to paint the inside of the box red to make it stand out more, which I don’t regret but made the whole thing more complicated because each mistake meant waiting for paint to dry to apply another layer to fix the errant blotches.

The craft store also had these fantastic jewels for three bucks, and I can’t think of a more perfect treasure to fit inside. Isobel adores her heart box, and I’m so glad I took the time to make it. Total cost of the project was less than five bucks. Although I made this as part of Handmade Christmas, wouldn’t this be the perfect Valentine gift, or even project, if your little one was school-aged? It could be filled with chocolate and covered with doilies or modge-podge.


Little Big Links

12 Feb

If I can ever get my act together and give out baked goods for the holidays, I’m going to write the recipe of the treat on one of these cards and send it along with the plate: Winter-Themed Recipe Cards

I want to make a truckload of these: Crochet Hearts

I find gorgeous scarves while thrifting all the time and I’m never sure how to wear them:  How to Tie a Vintage Scarf

I am a huge fan of baked eggs. I usually bake them in a bun or in a small casserole dish. This is one of those simple, yet revolutionary, ideas. Can’t wait to try it:  Baked Eggs in a Muffin Tin

This is so beautiful and such a good idea. It seems to be the year of creating hanging holiday displays from clear wire. Unfortunately I could never attempt this with our cats around. I’m hoping one of you will do this and take pictures: Valentine Window Garland

I’ve joined Pinterest, and if you have an account I’d love to friend you! Here’s some Valentine inspiration in the meantime.