Posts Tagged ‘hearts’

Some things I forgot to share

Mar
01

Since Valentine’s Day, it has seemed like the month has just whooshed by. There are so many things I didn’t get a chance to share with you, so many things. Like my yearly Valentine’s Day baking. Chocolate whoopie pies.

And some of the valentines we gifted to friends and family.

Oh so many other things I didn’t finish on time. And in the blink of an eye the month is gone.

Now it seems that March is coming in like a lion, which is fantastic news because that means it will go out like a lamb. And that means a beautiful April. Looking forward to beautiful days ahead.

Crafty Goodness | Sparkly Heart Drink Stirrers

Feb
13

We had friends over on the weekend, so last week I prepared some sparkly goodness to decorate our drinks and table.

Sparkly heart drink stirrers and a little bit of sparkly heart confetti, not crocheted ūüôā

Can you believe I made these little hearts using adhesive backed glittered foam sheets?! Oh yes I did! I stole one of my daughters glittered starbursts and cut it up into little hearts and stuck them onto bamboo skewers. I used a tiny little heart punch to make the confetti, I did not cut that confetti by hand!

I totally want to do this with stars. I think I need to get a star punch.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow friends! Are you ready to share your love?

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Heart Cake Toppers

Feb
10

Oh yes, I have one last idea for how you can use¬†my pattern for crochet heart confetti. And then I’m done. I promise.¬†But if you, like me, like to mix up your crafty goodness, say crochet with baking, here’s another little bit of crafty goodness you can create using these little hearts.

Valentine’s Day cake toppers! Just whip up your favorite cake and frost it using your favorite frosting (my favorite is this Swiss Meringue Buttercream¬†from Sweetapolita). Chorchet a few confetti hearts, slip them onto the pointy end of bamboo skewers ad stick them into your cake. Simple and easy decor for Valentine’s Day!

I must admit, I am falling head over heels for simple cake decor on tall bamboo skewers. How about you?

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Heart Confetti

Feb
08

I have been diving back into crochet lately and I have been enamored with these little crochet hearts.

So enamored in fact, I have made so many of them that they have become confetti, of sorts.¬†Hand crocheted heart confetti. I really like that. So¬†I decided I would package up a few in these little glassine bags that I have had since our wedding¬†to give away to those I love for Valentine’s Day. (Oooh these would make cute wedding favors packaged this way!)

Add just a touch of decor tape to close the envelope.

And these little packages are ready to give away. I just love the idea of giving away a pocket full of love. A sprinkling of love confetti. I really just want to throw a sprinkle of these soft hearts high in the air above my girls so they can feel my love raining down on them. Heartfelt and homemade love in tangible form. And these, once you get the hang of crochet, are quite meditative to make.

If you are just starting your hooking career or picking it up again after a long hiatus, the first one¬†may take you a while. I scribbled this little pattern out almost three years ago during my¬†second phase of crochet experimentation. I ended up making a lot of bowls instead and¬†a bunch of deformed hearts until I got the combo of stitches just right. I really wanted to make tiny little¬†hearts, but crochet thread and¬†I don’t get along very well. We still don’t, hence these hearts are¬†made with worsted weight yarn and are about 2″ tall.¬†

I¬†haven’t really touched a hook since I jotted down this little pattern and made all those bowls (anyone want a crochet bowl?). I had all but lost my crochet abilities, well, almost anyways. To help refresh my memory, I downloaded the Learn to Crochet booklet from Lion Brand to use as a reference when I totally forgot how to make a half double crochet and double crochet stitch. It was like teaching myself to crochet all over again! Needless to say, it took me 45 minutes to make that first heart¬†with all the reading and referring back to the book. But once¬†I regained my crochet¬†muscle memory, each heart took about 10 minutes. Granted, I am slow at crochet, you may very well whip one of these up in half the time. They are really that quick and easy.

So this year, I will be handing out little pockets of heart confetti for Valentine’s Day. I may even make a few extra to hand out to random strangers on the 14th to inject a little surprise¬†love into their day.¬†Yesterday¬†I also had an epiphany thanks to¬†this little blog post. It reminded me of the secret¬†love hunts I used to create using folded heart notes, and I love the idea of using plush hearts instead! Even more, I love the idea of whipping up a batch of the little crochet hearts and tucking them in pockets and laptop cases and glove boxes for my honey to find throughout the month. Or year. We certainly do have an extra mason jar on hand in the cold cellar.

I’ll have a few more ideas about how to use these sweet little hearts in the coming days, but for now, want to try your hand at making them?

Crochet Heart Confetti

Materials

  • Any worsted weight yarn in your favorite colour.
  • Size G6 hook.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Scissors.

Finished Measurements

Approx 2 inches tall with worsted weight yarn. If you want a smaller heart and those tiny hooks and crochet thread like you, you can make much smaller hearts.

Techniques and Abbreviations

ch (chain)
st (stitch)
sl st (slip stitch)
sc (single crochet)
hdc (half double crochet)
dc (double crochet)

Note

You can tell I was only making bowls when I scribbled this pattern down as this heart is worked in one continuous spiral. There is no joining and no turning, just continue to work around in a spiral.

Crochet Heart Directions

  1. Ch 2.
  2. Do 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Do not join. Do not turn.
  3. Moving around the circle, do 2 sc in each of the next 5 sc, ch 1.
  4. Do 2 dc in the next sc.
  5. Do 2 sc in the next sc.
  6. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  7. Do 1 hdc and 4 dc in the next sc.
  8. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  9. Do sl st in the next sc.
  10. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  11. Do 4 dc and 1 hdc in the next sc.
  12. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  13. Do sl st in the next sc.
  14. Cut yarn and bind off.
  15. Using a tapestry needle, weave in yarn ends.

Have fun crocheting your own little confetti hearts! If you decide to whip up some hearts, drop me a line and a pic, I would love to see your creations!

Crafty Goodness | Origami Hearts

Jan
25

I need to work on my origami skills, but these hearts I found over at How About Orange just may tempt me to practice.

{NEW TO SHOP} sweet heart

Feb
13

There is a whole lot of sweetness and love in the air, so I just couldn’t resist one last little bit of sweet¬†love¬†just in time for Valentine’s Day. One last sweet¬†and new DIY Printable Parties collection, the Sweet Heart Valentine Collection!

I always seem to go bright, but I wanted a bit of pastel loveliness for Valentine’s Day and this little set is ready with a soft sweetness, perfect for your sweet heart.¬†This collection of two, a sweet set of notecards and party circles are perfect for adorning little treats with a little bit of love sweet love.¬†¬†The Sweet Heart Valentine Collection is ON SALE for 50 PERCENT OFF for a limited time, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Find links to the NEW collection in¬†the Etsy shop below and a special surprise for one last minute Valentine’s Day shopper!

Get your Sweet Heart Party Circles HERE on Etsy!

Get your Sweet Heart Valentines HERE on Etsy!

Always wanting to share the love, the first last minute Valentine’s Day shopper to post a comment below will get both the Sweet Heart Party Circles and Sweet Heart Valentines, PLUS a sheet of matching¬†Small¬†Pink Hearts Decorative Paper! FREE!

{free printables} be my valentine

Feb
10

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, and the household in the swing of Valentine prep,¬†we love crafty Tracey wanted to show our thanks and love to all our new friends, follwers, likers and customers! Just a little something for you to use to show your love to your loves this Valentine’s Day.

Valentines,

and coordinating papers for all your crafty Valentine goodness!

All are available on Scribd. Please download and enjoy! Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

Download your FREE Be My Valentine Valentines here!

Download your FREE Scalloped Hearts Lined Paper here!

Download your FREE Scalloped Hearts Paper here!

i’m beginning to like my postman

Jan
20

Two days in a row the postman has brought me exciting mail! Yesterday my new bottlebrush trees arrived, and today a beautiful package from Bobbi Lewin on Etsy.

She packaged everything so beautifully. It was a treat to open this up! There was a surprise in every layer.

A sweet little red flower.

The enevelope was full of punched heart confetti.

And then the lovely crocheted heart banner!

Oh my sweet loverly goodness, it really is as lovely in person as I imagined it to be.

¬†I can knit hearts, but I cannot crochet hearts and definitely not¬†in such lovely detail. I will knit most things myself, but I will purchase my crochet goods everytime. There are just some things that look much better in crochet and delicate hearts are one of them.¬†This garland¬†really was the prettiest on all of Etsy! I saw it and thought, oh that would look lovely as the background decor for that Valentine’s Day project I have coming up, and in my front window. It really will, it is perfect.¬†But for now, it is¬†hanging on¬†my studio mantel,¬†just above my yo-yo mats and bottlebrush trees.¬†

Oh sweet girlie goodness!