One of the blogs I follow is Shaunna over at Perfectly Imperfect, if you want to be inspired check her blog out.
Back in December she posted a Simple Peppermint Wreath and it just caught my eye. I sent it to my girlfriend and we decided it would be our craft item we would do together. We usually do something that involves painting so this would be a nice change. I’m not sure if I have said this before but I am not a creator, I am a copier. More on that another day.
I headed out to buy my supplies, should be easy enough, I recognize those bags from Walmart (a True Value) I can pick up the wreath at Michaels, red hots, should be easy enough to find a box of those…right? Wrong on all counts. First I went to Michaels, this is 9 days before Christmas when everyone and their sister has been crafting so shelves are empty. However it wouldn’t have mattered if there were lots of wreaths, seems we don’t carry round white wreaths in Canada. There were half wreaths and square ones. The clerk suggested I buy the square one and sand it using a paper bag, the paper bag so that it does’nt make a big hole in the wreath like sand paper might. This is what I chose to do. Off to Walmart to get the peppermints. Up and down every isle….NONE! Box of Redhots….NONE! Next stop, Bulkbarn….NONE! I don’t get it, I’ve seen these peppermints, I just can’t remember where.
This is what I found, I must say I love it but I don’t find it has the same WOW factor as the one Shaunna made but it was fun anyway and hangs in my kitchen window.
My Redhots are actually hearts, again from bulk barn.
Here it hung in my kitchen window for Christmas.
My Granddaughter asked me the other day why I still had my Christmas decorations up, ( I love her) I told that I thought the red would go well with Valentines. To be honest I’m not sure what I am going to do with it, seems a shame to throw it out. So here it still hangs. Also I was disappointed with myself for not getting it into the blog at Christmas time, since it’s red and my “red hots” are “red hearts”……Valentine appropriate it is.
Scouting Pinterest for some Valentine craft ideas I came across this one. Made from toilet paper rolls and these ones were red! Not mine but the ones on Pinterest. Can you believe it? Inside and out!
I had to paint mine and I did that with my Anne Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor’s Silk. I thought it was a bit crazy to use my chalk paint when I have lots of regular craft paint but I really like the red of the Emperor’s Silk. After letting them dry I then pressed them a little but not to crease them. I then measured 1/2″ pieces and cut them up, after that shape them into hearts, it’s super easy. I decided to go through the beads I had rather than go out and buy new ones. I didn’t have any red but found these nice white ones.
Using some fishing line I ran it through the bead twice and then up through the bottom of the heart and through the top.
I did about one roll per string. I was originally going to hang them in the kitchen window but we have a doorway in the kitchen that we blocked off going into the living room with half (homemade wall) and hanging them there allows me to enjoy them from both the living room and the kitchen.
On my mantel I painted a couple of wooden hearts and the scrabble tray with the same Emperor’s Silk, adding the scrabble words “Be Mine” The word love is my own little creation, now I’m sure it’s out there somewhere, all I’m saying is I didn’t see it on Pinterest, I actually just decided to do it on my own with pipe cleaners. OK, no biggie …..
I love the little white Ikea frames, for adding just about anything. Here I added a piece of scrap booking paper and it added a little valentine pop. Then a little vintage kiss and a hug.
….and there it is, my Valentine is early.