Here’s what’s new in my booth at Curiosities . .

P1110090I now have Valentine goods stocked in my booth at Curiosities also.

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Little shelf filled with assorted Valentine-y stuff.

P1110033Pink glitter owls with hearts and keys.

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Itty bitty gumball machine filled with candy conversation hearts.

P1110036Pretty Valentine gift boxes.

P1110037With metal charms attached to the bows.  (and paper shred inside of course!)

P1110070Little red birdcage with stamped pillow inside.  Tag on the side says ‘prisoner of love’.

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P1110074Paper love crown.

P1110075More of a ‘spring thing’ than Valentine; bird and nest on urn.

P1110079Paris chic burlap pillows.

P1110083Child size rocking chair.

P1110061Shabby chic picnic basket.

P1110062HUGE vintage cheese box.

P1110091BIG black footed tray.  I didn’t measure it, but it’s at least 4′ long.  Perfect for a big farmhouse table.  I filled it with assorted gold stuff.  Gold finials, little crown baskets, cloches and framed picture.

P1110094Pair of rusty wire cloches with bird toppers; a red glitter love crown placed atop the larger cloche.

P1110088I completely ‘flip flopped’ the left side wall of my booth this last time.  Actually this side has NO wall.  The booth only has 2 walls and 2 open sides.  But to make the best use of the space, I ‘build a wall’ of product along one of the empty sides.  this is the side that faces OUT to the aisle.  (All of this stuff was previously INSIDE the booth. )

P1100982These three aqua shelf units were previously on that outward facing wall.  Now they face inside; backed up to what’s in the previous picture.  (kind of difficult to explain!)

P1100986A sign display as an ‘end cap’ (sort of!) of the two previous back to back displays.

P1100996Rustic wood hearts with keys.

P1100995Barnwood heart with old hinge and shutter.

P1100992Spring-ish whites.

P1100964Hand crafted ‘cranberry’ (wood bead!) hearts.

P1100980Altered heart shaped candy boxes filled with chocolate CANDLES. (yes candLes, not candies!)

P1100990Shabby white bird cage filled with dried hydrangea.

P1110097Moved the antique enamel table further into the booth against the wall; with the two shabby end tables tucked underneath.

P1110110Lots of fun new stuff for Valentine and spring decorating.  Come by and check it out.

Curiosities is open Tuesdays – Sundays; 10am – 6pm  (closed Mondays)

Valentine gifts and decor now in stock at Stars

P1100884Lots of fun Valentine gifts and home decor items just stocked in my booth at Stars.

P1100885The tea stained lace quilt hearts that I’ve shown in a previous post.  These are ONLY available at Stars.

P1100887I also have some of the small red ‘conversation hearts’ at Stars.

P1100886Loaded them into a HUGE 2 gallon mercantile jar.

P1100888Lots of little bits and bobs to decorate with or give as gifts; including several pretty gift boxes.

P1100889Love potion #9 bottles adorned with vintage keys.

P1100891Serendipity bottle.

P1100900Tiny bottle of bliss.  (Because a little goes a long way!)

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P1100905A big gold tray full of assorted fun stuff to dig through.

P1100909Rustic wood hanging heart with key.

P1100910One of a kind pink Valentine fairy.

P1100912Altered vintage candy boxes filled with chocolate CANDLES!

P1100913Perfect for those of use who have resolved to get into shape in the new year!

P1100925Several to choose from.  Vintage bears with hearts and keys.

P1100916Crowns.

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P1100922Vintage pink  wicker shelf; packets of blank note cards on top.

P1100924Glittered LOVE sign.

P1100930Pair of pink glittered birds sitting on a sweet child size bow back chair.

P1100935Little cherish sign.

P1100936Little LOVE sign.

P1100898More love sign and little cherub.

P1100933Big beautiful (heavy too!) shabby chic frame with love collage.  The love collage is removable so you can use the frame for a picture after Valentines Day.

P1100944Little ‘Be mine’ heart shaped pillow.

P1100945Love heart banner and 2 doves Valentine wreath.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS & SAVE THE DATES:

Saturday, January 18th – Monday, January 20th (MLK holiday!) 

Stars infamous HAGGLE SALE!  

Many of the Stars dealers will be on hand ‘wheeling and dealing’ throughout the sale.  Since I can’t be there to offer individual deals, I’ll be offering 25% off ALL REGULAR PRICED MERCHANDISE in my booth.  

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.

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

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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.

Love Potion

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 035I hunted for and collected these heart shaped bottles all year, saving them up just for this Valentine project.  All of these were bought at different places and times, but this is a very common find.  I think they might even sell these bottles at craft stores.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 034These are a little more unique.  The lip of the brown one is badly chipped, but I cover the tops so it’s not a problem.

12.26.12 Valentine crafts 036A similar, bit bigger than the ones I had a lot of; and an ITTY BITTY green one!

Just a quick reminder of what I did last year.  These bottles were from some imported sparkling cider; so you really don’t HAVE to have heart shaped bottles.  It was just something I decided was worth searching for throughout the year.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 036So I got out my stash of tea stained paper scraps, little alphabet stamps and glue and stamped up a bunch of labels; and cut up some scraps of vintage sheet music to use too.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 037Then I got out my handy dandy new twine dispenser, box of tea stained cheesecloth and some strips of tea stained muslin.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 038I used up some of my scraps of vintage sheet music, little keys, scraps of lace, ribbon just whatever I had on hand!

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The top of this one is covered with a doily (I frequently find little ‘starters’ like this stuffed into the spools of crochet thread that I buy) Then I wrapped it with a rubber band to hold it securely in place, the I made a ‘neck band’ out of a strip of the tea stained paper.  The key is the finishing touch.  Crowns and keys can be added to almost anything!

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 041Another lace doily held in place with a scrap of pink ribbon; this one with a bit of vintage sheet music added.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 042I did a few ‘Bliss’ labels too.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 043Another batch.  The little jar on the left is an old coffee jar.  I covered the plastic lid with paper.

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The brown bottle with the badly chipped lip needed to be covered with something more than cheesecloth or a lace doily.  I made a topper out of tea stained paper.  Glued it on, added a paper neck band then some string.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 044Topped with tea stained cheesecloth, held in place with some twine.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 049These are the ones that I had a lot of the same style bottles.  Topped with tea stained cheesecloth and a key.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 050Two more; these topped with tea stained paper and some scrap pink ribbon.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 051Last two of the ‘matching bottles’ and one tall skinny frosted bottle that I just thought was cute!  topped with paper, twine and a key.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 055For the paper covered tops:  tear (or cut!) a circle of paper big enough to cover the top of your bottle AND extend down the sides as far as you’ll need it to go.   for these bottles, I just had the paper go to the edge of the lip.  Scrunch and form you paper into place around the lid.  Remove paper and apply glue to the entire rim of the jar and around the lip and anywhere the paper will go.  Place your formed paper cap onto the glue and hand mold into place.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 056These last two are spice jars that just happened to be in with my box of heart shaped jars and I felt compelled to use them up!  Not particularly fond of how they turned out.  I think I was getting a bit burned out on this project by the time I got to this point!  Oh well!  I priced them really cheap, and if they don’t sell I can always donate them!

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 082All of these have gone to my booth at Stars.

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Cherub dessert pedestal with love potion bottle on top!

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 101I made the gift box on the left, the framed picture and the white beaded heart too.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 103Glare!  UG.  The little sing in the middle says love.

1.9.13 stars projects ribbon 102Take a dose of each daily and have a great life!