Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Wreath for All Seasons and Some Hearts


I have been enjoying some time creating these heart pillow/ornaments during our recent cold and storm spell. You see, the frigid cold as in zero temperatures and double-digit below zero wind chill factors does not agree with me at all. The older I get, the less I am able to tolerate that kind of weather. In recent years though, we have been rather spoiled by much milder, winter temperatures and not nearly as much snowfall. I was caught very off guard the week of Christmas with snowstorm after snowstorm and then the frigid temperatures.


I found myself retreating to my sewing area where I discovered that cranking the thermostat and creating hearts from beautiful fabrics, laces and ribbons actually warmed the heart. Sipping nice hot beverages from my collection of sweet little teacups helped too!


I created the two burlap and cotton floral hearts first. I tagged the first one "be mine" which is obviously a Valentine sentiment. The second heart I tagged "love you" which is a little less specific to Valentine's Day allowing its use for other occasions. But truly, either could be used year round depending on the decor. The more I accumulate STUFF, the more I appreciate items that can be used for more than one special holiday or occasion. I simply do not have the space to store single holiday-use items anymore.

You may recall my rag wreath that I made  and posted HERE back in August. I had it hanging on a door in my back hall until December when I decided to move it to my dining room. Talk about a year-round decorative piece. I have had more fun changing the look of it just by adding a small ornament or two.


Here it is all plain and simple. For Christmas, I added an ivory Santa Claus...


and some gold stars....






.....to achieve this white Christmas wreath. I loved it! So after completing some Valentine's Day Hearts it occurred to me that I could easily change up the wreath to become Valentine's Day decor.


This is a heart I made a few years ago....it adds a romantic charm to the wreath.


Then I tried the burlap hearts in the wreath....




and the floral hearts too.





I loved them all! I'm already thinking ahead to Memorial Day/4th of July.  Little did I know while tying all these rag knots to a wreath form, I was actually creating a year round, very versatile piece of decor that will change with the holidays and seasons! My biggest challenge will be keeping it dust free!


Thanks friends for stopping by. For those of you following me on IG, this is all old news but I do appreciate all of your support, likes and kind comments. It's wonderful to have multiple platforms that allow us all to stay in touch and up to date with our latest projects! Have a lovely weekend!

11 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. These are so delicate and beautiful. I especially love the hearts, oh but the wreath is lovely, too. You are so amazing and you inspire me to do better. I'm so happy that I stopped in to visit:)
    Please come visit and get your name in the hat
    for my blogging anniversary Give-A-Way.
    Keep Smiling!
    Connie :)

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  2. Oh my goodness all your hearts are just gorgeous, I love that you have adapted your wreath to work for all the holidays, it sure does make all that hard work even more worth it! Your little tags are so sweet too!
    Hope your enjoying a good weekend!

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  3. Hi! I love the Valentine hearts and so many of the things you have made. I am visiting from dear Connie's blog. What a sweetheart she is and so creative. I love lace and hope to incorporate it into more of the things I make. I have too many interests so don't get enough done it seems. You and Connie are both an inspiration! Hope to be back later to look at more of your posts Nancy at http://cozythymecottage.blogspot.com/

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  4. Hello Linda, just a little shout out from me~
    Your hearts are sooo shabby chic beautiful : )
    Thank you for sharing~ And your wreath is a sensational
    idea! So pretty and versatile. Hope your warming up : )
    I'm living in MT now and really understand what cold is <3
    Take care, Karen O

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    1. Hi Karen, It is so nice to hear from you. Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving me such kind words. I knew you had moved but I must have missed that the move was to Montana. I bet you do understand cold!!! Will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Please stop by again and let me know how you are doing. xx Linda

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  5. Hi Linda,I love the ideas you share it is all so very pretty and you are right about using the same wreath and just changing out the decorations! I am going to go back and see how you made that wreath!!
    Try to stay warm dear friend!
    Hugs, Roxy

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    1. Thank you Roxy! It's an easy project but does take quite a bit of time. Have fun with it! xx Linda

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  6. I've loved this lacy wreath ever since you made it, and how wonderful that it is interchangeable with the different seasons and holidays! I simply adore the hearts that you are making now, and especially the bookmarks made out of burlap. How do you keep them from fraying? They are so lovely, and would make perfect little gifts too. I hope you are staying warm and cozy, while the weather tries to make up its mind, lol. It has been unseasonably warm here, with temps staying in the 30s, while the rest of the country has been frozen over. Hugs to you today dear friend :)

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    1. Thank you Marilyn! I always zig zag around the edges of burlap to keep it from fraying even when I make the hearts or bags. Just makes the sewing so much easier to have a nice straight edge without strings everywhere. It was near 50 here today, very warm. I think tomorrow is going to be on the warmer side too. Course I was still cold, lol! Days are getting longer and I can almost see the light at the end of this winter tunnel!! Hugs to you too!!! Hope it stays warm for you! xx

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  7. What a great way to decrease the holiday clutter with a multi-purpose wreath. It looks great in all its incarnations! The hearts are very sweet. We are warming up here, actually got to 51 yesterday. After our sub-zero temps, it was nice to open the windows for a (very short) time to get some fresh air in here. xo Deborah

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