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Friday, February 10

stitching up some love!

There's still time to stitch some handmade gifts for Valentine's Day...these will be ready in no time!

This sweet garland was a gift from Little Man's teacher...she's so thoughtful! Strips of felt become hearts with a simple straight stitch across one end. Then, by turning it inside out and stitching the other end, a heart appears. Slipped on a length of thread along with fluffy pompoms and cheery ribbon, the garland makes for a heartfelt greeting across a door, mantel, or as a runner down the center of a table. Thanks a bunch, Mrs. N!

I made the heart pockets years ago when I was first learning to blanket-stitch (so don't look too closely!)
I cut out felt hearts, then blanket-stitched around the edges...being sure to leave the top open. After adding a bit of chenille rick-rack, vintage buttons, and a few hand-stitched X's and O's, they were ready. Each year they're filled with a variety of favorite candy for the kids, and of course my hubby.

Even old scraps can be turned into something special. Small pieces of a worn quilt become a gift that's sure to be handed down. Cut the fabric into hearts, stitch along the edges, leaving room to stuff the heart with batting, then stitch closed and sew a button in the center.

There's a snow coming, and temps will be quite chilly this weekend, so it's a perfect time to celebrate
Home, Sweet, Home. Let's bring back the days when lovely Valentine memories were made from paper,
lace, crayons, glue, and imagination!


  1. Your hearts are so sweet Mary! Very inspiring. : )

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    2. Hello ! I found your wonderful blog from Dandilion House ! I am a new follower and looking forward to reading more of your posts and seeing your awesome photos ! Sorry about the delete blogger has its moments didnt commment properly ! Have a wonderful day !

  2. Thanks ladies for your kind words...and Country Gal, thanks for visiting! It's always fun to "meet" someone new...I look forward to visiting your blog! -Mary

  3. Mary, I just discovered your blog and LOVE IT!!! Both your stories and photos are wonderful. You're now on my favorite blog list!

    1. Aw shucks, ma'am...you're too kind! Thanks for coming over here to visit. I've read your adventures on GRIT and it's always fun to "meet" a fellow farmgirl!


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