Project Valentine

It is almost the end of the weekend waaahhh. But I really don’t have too much to whine about because I am officially going back to work (as a hairstylist) tomorrow. It’s been over 4 months and to be perfectly honest I can’t tell you what was worse the physical pain from the shoulder surgery or the emotional pain of being housebound with no income. I have worked since I was 13 and I didn’t realize how much value I put on being able to work. There were plus sides too! I started my blog, something I have wanted to do for over a year. I was able to bake Christmas cookies with my kids and their friends since I wasn’t the crazy overbooked hairstylist they have always known in December. I enjoyed time with Kaylee while she was home for the Holidays. So yes my reality changed a lot but it has as much good as it did bad. I can’t wait to see all my clients and catch up on what they have been up to.

Well enough about me, honestly this was supposed to be all about my Christmas Valentine’s project I have been working on and I am soooo excited to share! This project started in my mind in November and they were going to be Christmas presents. I was visiting one of my favorite blogs Shanty 2 Chic and saw Whitney’s Joy Plaques
 I fell in love and thought “hey I could do that”. I ordered the supplies online because a) we don’t have a Hobby Lobby and b) most of our Michaels stores don’t carry a lot but, as Christmas shipping goes I didn’t receive everything until 2 days before Christmas. Since then all the materials have been sitting in my craft cabinet until I had a brainstorm, why not adapt them for Valentine’s day decor. I am very happy with the outcome.

Here is what I started out with:

supplies for Valentine's plaques

Ignore the rock in the background, I didn’t use it. I did how ever use 3 pieces of wood cut from a 2×4, my sweet husband cut them and slightly rounded the corners for me. I used 3 wooden candle sticks 2 shorter and 1 taller. 3 finials and Gorilla Epoxy glue, not gorilla wood glue, it foams up, attaching them all with the epoxy and let them dry for about 30 minutes. Hindsight I think I would paint the pieces individually and then glue them.

unpainted plaque

After the Epoxy dried I spray painted them with Rustoleum Colonial Red. 2 coats

Plaque spray painted with Rustoleum Colonial Red

I then cut out some burlap into rectangles a little smaller than the plaque area, created stencils with my Cricut, using thick card stock so it could be used  as a stencil.

cutout burlap

I was a bad blogger and didn’t take any pictures of me stenciling but I used a Martha Stewart pouncer sponge, black craft paint and then stenciled on a piece of the cut burlap. I used spray adhesive on the back of the burlap and attached it to the painted plaque. To add a decorative touch I used fancy furniture tacks on all 4 corners. Here is the finished project. Do you Lurve them as much as I do???

I Love You Plaques

Buffet Vingette

I Love You Plaque Closeup

I can’t wait to share a few more projects, my Valentine’s mantle, Mister old window dressed up for Valentines Day and a new chalkboard paint project. Sometimes it’s hard to sleep with all of these ideas swimming around in my brain. Do you ever have that problem???


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Martha and Annie work well together

I found this lonely tray at Goodwill  and knew it was meant to be special.

wooden tray before

It was scratched up but it had dove tailed corners and was really solid. Then on a trip to Micheal’s I was looking at all the amazing Martha Stewart Craft Paint, additives and stencils.

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Well a nice stencil caught my eye and they used a stucco additive to the stencil paint to make it appear bumpy like stucco.

Martha Stewart Products I used

Then I got out my favorite new Love….. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.I purchased at Roost here in Napa

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Waxes and Brush

I decided to use Tartan Red in the Martha Stewart Craft Paint and Stucco additive for the stenciled part. First I applied 2 coats of ASCP Old Ochre with a sponge brush.

After 1st coat of ASCP

No sanding before painting and after 2 coats I had great coverage. I sanded down edges to distress it a little, applied the stencil and stucco paint with a Martha Stewart Sponge Dobber (love them!)  Lastly applied a coat of clear wax and a few streaks of dark wax for the aged look. I LOVE the way it turned out!!!! What do you think?

corner and side of wooden tray

wooden tray after

I love the bumpy stucco look of the stencil.

So see how fun it can be to combine your two Crafting loves Annie and Martha!

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My Mini-Martha Moment

I went to a favorite holiday event this weekend. One of my dear friends has an annual wreath making party at her beautiful country home. She hosts this annual event for friends and family on her wrap-around porch surrounded by vineyard. It was a very windy but beautiful day.

Vineyard View

She hosts it open house style with everyone sharing their greenery, berries, flowers and inspiration. Plenty of inspiration from all ages….

this is G and she is a natural at making wreaths


Aren’t these BEAUTIFUL!!!!  I love me some Hydrangeas!

So I decided to try to get my inspiration from wreath.

I loved the 3 wreaths running down the ribbon on the front door.

So I went to work using small redwood branches, pine with mini pine-cones and rose hips. I made 3 eighteen inch wreaths.

my wreath

a little more colorful than Martha’s version but I love it. (I swear it’s round even though it doesn’t look like it in this picture) I had some wired ribbon that was a copy of burlap/jute webbing that I wanted to use.

When I got home I was pooped. All that creative energy is exhausting, I just don’t know how Martha does it. hehe.

So today I got to work, with my sweet husband’s help, hanging the wreaths on the door without using any nails ( no holes in our door).  With a wreath hanger, 2 tacks and fishing line and lots of patience my creation was hung on the door. Please kids no slamming the front door.

Mini Martha front door

Yikes I need to fix that bare spot in the middle one.

front porch

So at least from my front porch “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” Next to conquer is my mantel!!!

This week has been busy….. I am wondering how work is going to start fitting back in my life. The physical therapist and Doctor gave me the go ahead to start in the middle of the month doing 1 client a day, I am nervous and excited at the same time. I miss everyone so much!!! Colton went down to visit his big sis and look at Chapman. Ky had basketball and he and his dad went pheasant hunting early this morning. He got 2. He is definitely a chip off his dads block.

I hope you all had a busy but fulfilling week! Tomorrow is a new week and a fresh start!!!

PS my sweet friend I work with gave me the name mini-Martha so I HAD to use it in my title.