Badda bling, badda boom! The first (pink) glittery, Valentine’s Day crafty project is in the books. Love! Literally…in the form of a some gold and pink glittery “XO” letters which are currently hanging out on our bedroom dressers.
This past Saturday I had the house to myself thanks to Colby having to “do business” at a Bruins game in Boston. The perks of being a salesman. It’s a tough life. So that left me to my own devices. Never a good thing. So I let down my hair, poured a glass (or bottle) of wine, and whipped out the glitter jar. Yes…you heard me correctly…I said glitter jar.
There was way too much dust on the glitter jar. Both literally and figuratively. Time to rectify. Since Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, I thought a little lovey dovey art would be appropriate. Valentine’s Day is pretty much my favorite holiday since it’s the one time a year that I can get away with massive amounts of pink glitter. The remaining 51 weeks of the year we spend vacuuming up said pink glitter. So I picked up a couple of cardboard letters at Hobby Lobby, on sale for about $1.50 each, and went to town.
I envisioned two toned letters: gold metallic letters with a pink glittery front. I already had the gold metallic paint on hand, leftover from a Christmas craft project of yore, and I picked out the most complementary pink glitter I had in my collection. Both the paint and the glitter are from Jo-Ann’s Fabrics from the Martha Stewart craft line. And FYI…Jo-Ann’s currently has the 24 pack of Martha glitter on clearance for only $9! Super score!
Then it was a matter of slapping on a couple coats of the gold, metallic paint using a basic craft brush.
Then slathering on some glue and covering the fronts of the letters with the glitter. It totally helps to lay down a nice large piece of parchment paper or wax paper underneath your glittering project. The glitter doesn’t stick to the parchment at all…like at all at all. And it’s easy to roll up and make a funnel of sorts to pour the excess glitter back into the jar.
In total, this little project only took about 20 minutes of both active time and dry time. I shook off any excess glitter to prevent Colby and I sporting “strip club face” and then propped the letters on top of our bedroom dressers for a little festive love art in our master bedroom.
One more shot for the cheap seats in the back.
Love, love, LOVE! Even Colby likes it. So the moral of this whole story is when the husband is away, the wife breaks out the pink glitter!
And for the record, this was one of 4.6 million projects that I tackled this weekend. Not really…more like 4.6 million minus 4,599,994 projects. My point…it was a majorly awesome project tackling weekend and I can’t wait to show you some of the other little and BIG things that got done around these parts. There was stenciling, furniture painting, more furniture painting, and even some art making. I may have been bored without Colby here to entertain. So c’mon back now ya hear! No idea where that came from.
Pssst…Any Valentine’s Day craftiness going on in your neck of the woods? Or glittering projects? Do share!!!
Is it appropriate to write about Valentine’s Day ten days after the date? I know, I’m a little late but better late than never, right?! Besides…I couldn’t resist posting about Valentine’s Day this year because it was oh so cute and oh so perfect. I also should preface that neither of us is really cuckoo for Valentine’s Day (last year we celebrated it along with 8 of Colby’s male millwork co-workers who were in town for a training and it was a blast). So let’s kick off the big V-Day post with the cards…let’s just say…I think Colby and I have been together too long:
Our cards are eerily similar. Wait…it gets better…and more creepily alike…here’s the inside:
Both cards had pop ups inside. Ha! I should also explain my card a little bit since there’s an inside joke going on with it. Last summer while we were working on our master bedroom, specifically when I was painting it, I fell of the ladder. Not once…twice. Thus, when I found the V-Day card with Ms. Puppy falling off the ladder, I fell for the card (haha…you see what I did there?!). Anyway…our Valentine’s Day celebration was low key. We exchanged cards and gifts (more on that in a moment) and cooked a nice little dinner at home.
I don’t know what’s going on with my shirt there. The menu consisted of a risotto (which was sub par):
Did you notice that we whipped out our wedding china for the occasion? It was the first time we’ve used it. I wish we hadn’t waited so long to use the dishes because they’re fabulous and I’m mad in love…so much that you should probably get a little jealous Colby. Now that I’ve gotten over my fear of breaking the plates, I’m sure we’ll use it more often. Maybe next time I’ll make something that requires knives and forks, not just spoons….maybe. I still have a fear of scratching them.
For dessert, I served up some peanut butter, brownie and jelly cookie sandwiches which were redonkulous (translation from Angie speak to English…epicly rediculously awesome!). To make them, you whip up some peanut butter cookies, sandwich a gooey version of brownies between the cookies, slather on your favorite jelly…and BAM…deliciousness! They didn’t last very long.
To up the romance from our usual dinner on the couch routine, we not only ate at the table using our wedding china, but also ate it by candlelight.
I had saved the blue spray painted wine bottles from our wedding reception centerpieces and reused them for candle holders. I just had to shave down the tapers to make them fit in the bottles to convert the “vase” to a “candle holder”. A cheap and easy transformation. AND we didn’t burn the house down…phew.
And now to the good stuff…what we gifted each other:
Ironically, we both gifted each other something for upcoming honeymoon to Puerto Rico. Colby gave me a Kindle Fire (hence the post title) and I gifted Colby a new suitcase. Now…I’ve been fighting off the Kindle for awhile. It feels like I’m cheating on my books and I love my books. But since Colby gave me the new Kindle, I’m hooked. I love that I can download a book whenever I want (no going to the store, no waiting for it arrive after ordering it online) AND I downloaded digital copies of all my magazine subscriptions onto it. It’s love! Now I won’t end up boarding a plane with four books and eight magazines…just the one little Kindle. As for Colby’s gift, he’s loving his new suitcase, which came from Target. He travels alot for work and had been complaining for YEARS about his two suitcases…one too big and broken…one too small and…wait for it…also broken. Now he’s got a medium sized one that’s just right…and not broken.
And to conclude this blog post, I couldn’t help jumping on the “hey girl” meme train that’s been going around the blogosphere. Here’s take 1:
Yup…I’ve done that. Except that I ended up going with a taupe-ie gray instead of green. And take two:
I would NEVER make Colby go with me to the craft store in lieu of fishing. But if he offered…well…that’s a different story. Haha! So that’s our little Valentine’s Day. Not crazy but just right for us.
Pssst…What did you guys do for Valentine’s Day? Cook anything for your hubby? A chocolatey dessert? Or exchange cards? I love holiday cards!
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It’s officially February so I’m officially allowing myself to “think pink” as in Valentine’s Day pink. Can we just take a minute to recognize the fact that I have NEVER set out a single decoration for Valentine’s Day?! Strange huh?! It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore! Especially since I’m all about decorating for various holidays and pink is my favorite color. Well, a Valentine’s Day decorator virgin I am not…anymore.
I made myself a little love note to hang in our dining room, right underneath the lovely little chalk board message that Colby wrote to me…ten months ago…that I can’t bring myself to erase…like ever. #thatchalkboardnotewillbetheretilwedie
The banner was simple and was inspired by some crafting supplies I found in the Martha Stewart aisle of our local AC Moore. I couldn’t help myself. I picked up a punch set (originally $30 but only $18 after using a coupon) and a circle cutter (also originally $30 but only $18 after redeeming a coupon).
Armed with my new Martha goods, some pink and white paper, and enough candy hearts to put an entire third grade classroom into one serious sugar coma (no worries, I restricted myself to only half a bowl), I got to work making my “love-ly” banner.
First step…tracing and cutting the letters “L – O – V – E” out of the hot pink letters.
Hot tip…flip the paper to the back side and also flip your stencil over. That way you don’t have to worry about pen/pencil marks showing after you cut your letters out.
Next step…using the circle cutter to cut a couple of circles out of the white and light pink papers. I ended up setting the cutter to make 8″ white circles and 10″ light pink circles.
Circle cutter, where have you been all my life! I loved it and it was so much easier than my usual “let’s find something around the house that is approximately this size” method. The circle cutter does use a razor blade so be sure to lay down a cutting mat to protect your work surface. I used one meant for cutting fabric and it worked like a charm.
Muhammad Ali would be proud…I was a punching machine! I was worried about being able to lineup the punch correctly and getting a nice and even punch border, kind of resembling a doily. But it was pretty simple to eyeball the right positioning by turning the punch around and lining up where you left off with your last punch with the current punch.
The paper doilies kind of looked a little rough around the edges after punching around the circumference, but it was nothing a little trim trim couldn’t resolve.
And finally it was assembly time. Armed with my hot glue gun (seriously…I’m completely incapable of crafting anything without it), I layered the paper doilies on top of each other, adorning each with a hot pink letter.
And the last step…hot gluing a strand of jute to the paper letters to make a garland. I still have tons of jute leftover from all the wedding craft projects involving jute. Thus why I used this material. But ribbon or bakers twine would also look pretty cute. I’m just a use whatcha got kind of girl.
With the love garland assembled, I simply draped it around the chalkboard in the dining room and tied the jute ends together at the top into a bow so it would stay put.
I love the pops of pink that are going on in our dining room right now, in the “love” banner along and in the pink flowers on the dining room table.
Perhaps our dining room needs more pink? Colby…how do you feel about that? Can I girl up the dining room a bit?! No? Okay. I pick my battles.
Pssst…I’m linking this post up to Carmel’s blog, Our Fifth House, at tomorrow’s link party which is all about love. So stop by and check out all of the crafty projects going on as part of the Dog Days of Winter link parties hosted by Carmel and a few other bloggers. It’s going to be legend…wait for it…dary!