Five on Friday

23rd January  ♥

Thank goodness for Amy at Love made my home, not only for setting up this group Five on Friday, this is my second round within the group, previous Five on Friday can be found  HERE , but without her gentle reminder at the beginning of the week, I would have forgotten it was my group's turn today.  That could have been embarrassing.

What to post is always a bloggers dilemma and none more so when involved in a group posting and being linked to others.  Hopefully readers may discover new blogs and be so enamoured that they come back as regular visitors.  This is always a hope...

Today I turn my attention to HEARTS ♥  I love them and always have.  In actual fact I have had several heart postings over the 12 months of this blog and here I bring you new and old hearts, of course FIVE in total.  Come along for the ride and join me in crafting with hearts.

Quick planning for Five on Friday after Amy's reminder



Adding a touch of colour and love to my home
 Heart twig centre piece




You will need:

a heart template, I used a cookie cutter to draw round
thin yarn
medium thickness card
large eye needle
twigs vase







Draw round the heart template, remember to cut out an even number.

Place one heart on top of the other and with running stich sew along the middle, (see fig 1)  Keep the tail end long as you will bring this up to the top for using as a tie.




Fig 1:  Running stich along the middle of the heart
and then tie ends together as close to the card
as you can.  Can you see how to fold the heart
 from this photograph to create the 3D effect.



Tie a knot at the top of the heart, with the tail end and the end with the needle,  as close to the card as you can.  I made a double knot.  Again tie another knot further up to make a loop for hanging.  Photos should help, if I am not clear!

Fold each side of the heart over so that it creates a 3D heart effect. 

Make as many as you need  and hang on some twigs/branches that you have placed in a vase.


3D paper hearts



Adding colour in Winter
to the home after Christmas


I may keep this up on the mantle
piece for some time to come...
2   Crocheted heart bunting 

This is possibly my favourite heart posting on this blog and it is actually what started me being quite literally 'hooked' on crochet.  This is not a quick make if you make the bunting, but it is a great pick up and put down craft.  Alternatively you can just make one or two hearts as coasters, the ideas and uses are limitless, pop over and see...  Crocheted bunting post




3   Quick Valentine heart cards 

I love Valentines day but not the commercialism of it, we always make our cards and have a good dinner in the evening.  This year we will be with a whole gaggle of family and so we will spread the love... I have made three cards this year...

With a craft knife and some paper it is relatively quick to whip up a card for any occasion.  This was the most time consuming of the three cards, but made in less than half an hour.   Remember if making a card, to draw and cut on the back side, to leave the front crisp and clean looking.


Paper cutting is addictive:  Valentine card


I always have to get yarn in where I can and last year I crocheted hearts and glued them onto card for Valentines Day.  This year the idea is even quicker.  On the wrong side of the card I drew a quick heart out line and then within it drew the squiggle that you see.  At each end that touched the outside heart shape I pin pricked a small hole and this guided me whilst sewing backwards and forwards to create the card you see below.  Very quick, very easy and I believe very effective.


A hand sewn Valentine card, based on a heart squiggle

Not a lover of craft knives or of yarn?   There is still a simple and quick solution to creating your own card.  As with the yarn card, just draw a squiggle heart and job done!


Quickest card ever, same as the sewn card but just drawn!

4   Felt garland 

Last year for Valentines day I shared a quick tutorial on how to make a garland out of felt with no sewing apart form threading.  It was a quick make, my favourite sort, and in actual fact we kept it up in our porch for most of the year.  It was an lovely colourful addition to our house.  So easy, simple and effective... Felt garland post

The beginnings of a very simple felt garland

5   Crocheted heart pillows

Perfect for this time of year as a love token to a friend, a family member or be kind to yourself.  We have three of these in our house now, but looking back at this post, I think I am itching to make more.  These crochet up very fast and cause a giggle whilst crocheting, pop over to see what I mean... Crocheted heart pillows

These heart pillows can be made in a variety of sizes

So Five on Friday all about my passion for hearts, hoping you found something to start your creative juices flowing or failing that, have enjoyed my passion of hearts.  Thank you for popping over, that is what blogging is all about, sharing, communicating, inspiring and being inspired. 

I am joining in Five on Friday, taking five minutes from our day to enjoy five things.  Please go and visit the other people who are also blogging about Five on Friday this week.


Kirstie from http://journeynorthof49.blogspot.co.uk/

Patricia from http://aplacefor-everything.blogspot.co.uk/

Katharine from http://artefactsobjects.blogspot.co.uk/

Selma from  http://eclectichomelife.blogspot.co.uk/

Marion from http://my-two-girls.blogspot.co.uk/

and of course...

Amy from http://lovemademyhome.blogspot.co.uk/

 
♥  Have a wonderful Friday 
Do let me know what you think...

28 comments:

  1. You have some lovely ideas for Valentines day. We don't tend to follow the commercialism trap of it all either but with it falling at the weekend I think a nice meal may be in order. I particularly like your 3d hearts. x

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    1. I love any excuse to dress the house up and eat good food. So valentines is a good a time as any but just in out own way. Enjoy your meal x

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  2. What wonderful hearty things!! A really great idea for your post. I love the hearts on the twiggy arrangement, that is really lovely isn't it. You are so creative! Thank you for taking part - I have posted too even though you didn't put me on the list! xx

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    1. Oh no!!! Don't know how I forgot you. Will go back and change that now. So sorry Amy!

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  3. This post is great, I also love hearts and have done the odd crafty heart project. I might give the heart bunting a go. Thanks for sharing five lovely projects.

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    1. Ooh will pop over and see your posts. Let me know if you make the bunting. I just lived it and bedtime I bring it out my heart sings. I love it.

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  4. What a lovely 5 on Friday post, I have the heart theme going in my whole housexxx

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    1. Thank you. There is something utterly irreparable and the shape of a heart

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  5. Love the hearts!! You've given me several good ideas for projects.

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    1. I am so glad. That is what blogging is all about. Let me know what you do x

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  6. I've enjoyed reading about your love for hearts and your heart-themed makes. They're all lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Marion. It's fun looking at peoples take on hearts.

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  7. I love all your hearts in their various forms. I'm going to try making the 3-D hearts. I've even got some red card stock. Thanks for the instructions!

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    1. Great! Let me know how you get on. Would love to see photos.

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  8. Loved this post!! You've given me lots of inspiration for feb 14th :)

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    1. Ooh so glad. That's what I love. Take an idea and move it forward. Let me know what you do.

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  9. Nice to join you on Five on Friday. Reading this with my 11 year old daughter, we're going to make your first idea. Hearts on twigs, beautiful.

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    1. Fabulous. Perfect family activity. Best of luck. Would like to see them when you've finished.

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  10. Great ideas, Selma, hearts are lovely aren't they? I've enjoyed visiting your blog. I lived and worked in Norway for a summer as a student and your photos reminded me of that! xx

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    1. Thank you Alison. Glad they bring back what I assume are happy memories. Thank you too for stopping by to comment. I really do have a bit of a heart oroblem. Love 'em x

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  11. Lovely post Selma and some great ideas for hearts. I have a passion for them too. Five on Friday is such a great way of meeting like-minded people and look forward to keeping in touch. P x

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    1. Thank you Patricia. I couldn't agree more about Five on Friday and keeping in touch.

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  12. Having read this post, I think I might actually have some of your crocheted heart bunting! I bought some from a local producers fair in Wallingford a year ago (?) and my bunting gets special Valentines outings :) Was this you, Selma.....?

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    1. No it wasn't me. Shame. But I am not brave enough to sell my crochet or sewing makes. Maybe one day x welcome to the blog Sharon x

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  13. Loved them all especially the heart/branch tree. Lovely. Cheers, Beckie

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