Time for Valentine Decor . . .

Yes, it’s still a little early to decorate for Valentine’s Day, but I hate that ’empty decor feeling’ between Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  So I stock my Valentine goods in my booth right after I take down all the Christmas.

Here’s a peek of what I’ve added to my booths at Stars so far.

I haven’t done PINK for some years, and admittedly I went a little overboard on the pink.  Pink felt hearts.  Little pink chairs.  Pink LOVE banners.  Pink mini mannequin.  Pink Love potion bottles . . .

These aqua hearts were hand made using a vintage chenille bedspread.

  Tea stained muslin cudid dolls with vintage sheet music wings.

Rustic wood hinged hearts and shutters.  Grubby ‘nekkid’ dolls.

Hand stitched red felt hearts with muslin ‘words of love’.

Lots of ‘smalls’; heart ornaments and Valentine cards made using vintage images.


Stars is open 7 days a week.

11am – 6pm.

Time for another great SALE at Stars Antique Mall!

They call this one their ‘Haggle Sale’.  Many dealers are on site during the sale dates, and welcome haggling for better prices on the items in their booth.  I am not personally able to be there during the sale, so I just offer 50% off EVERYTHING IN MY BOOTH during the sale.  It’s a great time to grab that piece you’ve had your eye on for a while now!

THE SALE RUNS FRIDAY, 1/12 – MONDAY, 1/15, 2017.  HOURS 11AM – 6PM

I just stocked lots of new inventory, including Valentine gifts and decor.  

LOTS of different colors and styles of hand stitched felt hearts, in various sizes.  Prices start at $3.00 and go up to $29.00, with a median price of $5.00.  Most of them with little ‘words of love’ added to them; but also some ‘not Valentine specific’ hearts that could be used year round with vintage buttons or just simple embroidered designs.

Other vintage and upcycled Valentine items too.  ALL 50% off during the sale.

LOTS of furniture too; mostly white and aqua / turquoise.  ALL 50% 0FF during the sale.

And, as always; lots of vintage Ironstone dishes, vintage Milk glass dishes and vases and frames.




Just added to my etsy shop: hand stitched felt heart bowl fillers

In addition to all the hearts I’ve recently take to my booths at Stars and Curiosities, I just added lots of them to my  etsy shop.   they are sold in bundles, as shown.  Prices vary from $19 – $29.95 + shipping.



















CLICK HERE to go to my etsy shop.

Hand stitched Valentine hearts: 2014 edition

I typically start working on Valentine stuff right after I get all my Christmas stuff put out in my mall booths.   This last year was no different.  I started stitching the day after Thanksgiving when we went to the coast for the weekend with my son and his girlfriend.  Doing hand stitching is just very relaxing for me.  I’m never entirely sure WHAT I am going to stitch until I actually start stitching.  I usually start with some simple, basic heart shapes . . . then I get inspired to try something new.

P1100560The first year I did these, I stayed with traditional RED.


 Then last year I did a lot of tea stained hearts with buttons.


 Started off the ones for this year with some creams and tans; then decided to add pink and then turquoise.


All the hearts are individually hand cut, no pattern; and each design is original and unique.

P1100566I use ‘pinch needle yarn’ to stitch them together.  I just like the look I get with it as opposed to using regular thread.  sometimes I MATCH the yarn to the heart; sometimes I use a contrasting color.


I did a lot of ‘seed stitches’ on many of them this time too.  It takes a LONG time to add all those decorative stitches, so I only added them ‘here and there’.   I just like the ‘polka dot’ look!


After I got all of those done, I dug out some lace and ribbon and made this one with a key added to it.

P1100672That batch of hearts is available to purchase in my booth at Curiosities.

After I did that batch I found a bunch of lace that I had tea stained a summer or two ago.  (easier to stain in the summer when you can let it dry out in the sun!)

P1100582And I made this bunch!

P1100572I started out with stitching the lace to the felt backing; but soon realized that it would take an entire DAY just to apply the lace to a single heart!


Grabbed my trusty bottle of Aleen’s tack glue and started gluing the lace to the felt backing.


I had to let the glue dry overnight before embellishing and stitching on the backing and stuffing.

P1100577Added some snippets of burlap here and there, scrapbook embellishments (little metal tags) and buttons.

P1100578By the time I got it down to a routine, it took me about 30 minutes to apply the patchwork of lace to each heart.

P1100603This entire batch has gone to my booth at Stars.

MORE hearts???

Yep.  More hearts.  But I was getting bored with the same ole color combinations, so I bought some fat quarters of flannel to add to my heart making repertoire:

And I bought on little piece of pink felt.  Might have to buy some MORE colors of felt today, as I just looked at the JoAnn’s weekly sales flyer and noticed that felt by the yard is half price!  The ‘by the yard’ stuff is SO much better than the little squares you buy in the kids craft supply department.  MUCH thicker.




SO many irons in the fire . . . .

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in the works right now:

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Handmade hearts

These grubby felt heart bowl fillers are individually cut free hand, so no two are exactly alike.   Grubby tags are handcrafted too.

The hearts were cut, stitched with a ‘blanket stitch’ (leaving enough room to stuff), stuffed then stitched closed.  Stained with my grubby stain.  Also stained some strips of muslin colored denim for the stamped words.  Stamped the words onto the fabric, cut the word sections and pinned them to the hearts!

And don’t forget the ‘love potion no. 9’!!

Sweet handmade raggedy doll with her own little dolly.