Over the last few weeks there has been a definite increase in heart/pink/red/love themed crafts appearing around the internet which signals St.Valentine's Day is on the horizon once more. Now I must admit I am not really a fan of the commercial aspects of this "holiday" (and since when did it become a holiday? After all no one has the day off work for it do they?). Much as I like many of the constituent parts,chocolate, flowers, teddy bears etc, there is something that really grates with me about most of the valentines merchandise displays in stores (and that's before I see the jacked up prices!). But over the last few years I have discovered there is something that really appeals to me about the heart shape itself. Little gingham hearts, cross stitched padded hearts, crocheted hearts, wicker hearts, blackwork hearts, plaid and stripey hearts.... *ahhhh big contented sigh* I have found myself drawn to many examples of these in magazines & online. I have also been wanting to make a decorative wreath for quite a while so when I came across this project a few weeks ago I decided to take the plunge. I bought a 25cm styrofoam wreath & a ball of Patons Smoothie cotton yarn in this cheerful multi colorway...
One of the things which really appealed to me about this wreath was that you wrap the yarn around the styrofoam form - this took me a few hours instead of the couple of weeks crocheting a sleeve for it would have taken me!
You can find the full (free) instructions for making the little hearts in the four different sizes here, they worked up really quickly! As I didn't have a 12" styrofoam wreath (I could only find 35cm or 25cm so plumped for the smaller one) I used some scraps of DK yarn from my stash instead of the thicker worsted weight listed in the instructions. I also wasn't too sure of what 16 gauge wire might be but some rootling around in the garage produced some green plastic covered garden wire that seemed pretty good thickness wise once the green plastic was stripped off it with a pair of wire strippers. I used pins to arrange the hearts how I wanted, then sewed them together before getting hubbie to help me push the wire through the backs of them. I decided to leave off the printed message (after all I think this will stay up for a while not just St. Valentine's) so a length of ribbon from my stash to hang it up with and voila!
One colorful yarny heart wreath to brighten up a bare space on the kitchen wall :-) This project was super quick so if you fancy giving it a go there is probably still time before St.Valentine's on Thursday. I bought the yarn & styrofoam wreath on the Monday, spent a few hours wrapping the form that night, then a few hours Tuesday & Wednesday nights making the hearts in between playing with the grandbaby & watching TV. Thursday afternoon I put it together & hung it on the wall - job done! (Sorry the colors haven't come out that great, it has been so dull & grey here for weeks!)
Now on to the giveaway mentioned in the title. I have finally gotten organised with some goodies for a giveaway to mark my blogiversary earlier this month. In this little bundle you will find:
2 packets of Madeira thread, one pink, one purple
5 wooden butterfly buttons 24mm wingspan at widest point
5 hand painted wooden buttons 15mm diameter
5 hand painted wooden Hello Kitty buttons 15 mm diameter
30 bright colored plastic buttons 9mm
1 piece of 14ct cream aida approx 19 3/4" x 8 1/2"
1 piece of 14ct peach aida approx 12" x 15"
1 piece of 14ct yellow aida approx 9" x 11 3/4"
2 free cover kits from WOCS magazine
This giveaway is open to all of my lovely followers wherever you live in the world as a thank you for all the interest & lovely comments you have left me over my first year of blogging! If you would like to be in with a chance to win this bundle of goodies please leave me a comment on this post along with an email address (if I don't already have it) where I can contact you if you are the winner. This will be open for two weeks, then on February 25th I will put all the names in a bowl & get my daughter to pick one out. Good luck!