Sunday, February 16, 2014

Happy Valentine's Weekend!

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!
Whether sharing a romantic dinner, hanging out on the couch, or just spending good times with friends, it is so important to set aside special days that just feed your soul.
And holidays can be the perfect reminder!

For me, I chose to use Valentine's gifting for my husband as way to feed my own artistic needs. Thankfully, he is always appreciative of my gifts (even if our walls are already full). It's so much fun to design and make things myself!

Thanks to Pinterest, I decided to try my hand at printing my own designs on fabric! My hands are slowing down, so this is a great substitute for needlework:

We both love how it turned out -- a sweet remembrance of our summer wedding, and our little family. I designed the tree myself, with a mixture of scanned hand-drawings and vector drawing on the computer. I printed it on a simple muslin fabric and stretched it over a 6-inch embroidery hoop.

I chose to put a little heart 'carving' onto the tree design. Just a simple "J+J" is enough to say "We love each other -- forever!".

Printing out the fabric turned out to be the easiest part of this project. I want it to last our lifetime, so I decided to sew the fabric together in the back. That should help prevent 'slipping' of the fabric. However, it didn't look all that great. After some more Pinterest hopping, I added a white felt backing to finish everything off nicely. I'm really please with how it turned out -- and how easy it is to hang!

All in all, it was a wonderful Valentine's Day for me. I got to make some fun art, my sweet husband wrote and recorded a song just for me, and we dined on Giordano's pizza, which my wonderful husband had shipped as a gift to me! The food was delicious, my single red rose rose smelled beautiful and looks great on our dining table, and I got to take the time for a relaxing bubble bath with candles!

I am so beyond blessed. :)

What fun stories do you have for Valentine's Day (and weekend)?

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