I know. I KNOW!! It’s not even Christmas yet and I’m thinking about Valentine stuff!
’tis the life of a crater though. When you start working on Christmas stuff in the summer, you are ready for the next holiday this soon. It’s a necessity really. I do sometimes still crank out a few Christmas items this late in the year, but usually set them aside for a jump-start on NEXT years projects.
The other vendors at the antique mall tend to look at me kind of funny when I am there the day after New Years with my Valentine goods. But HONESTLY, I sell more of the Valentine stuff in January than I do in February.
I was just perusing Pinterest to get my Valentine creative juices going and found pin that I just HAD to share:
Pretty FABULOUS, eh?!?!?
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I actually HAVE all the supplies needed for this project in ‘my stash’. Well the heart boxes ans stickers at least. bought them some time ago and just never came up with an idea for using them. I’ve never worked with gold or silver leaf, so I may have to improvise on that part.
These ceramic cherubs are from DT a few years ago. They usually have ‘some kind’ of white ceramic cherubs every year, and I almost always buy a few. Just don’t always get around to using them right away!
I glued some tea stained crepe paper rosettes to little tea stained paper doilies; then to the top of each box. Then the cherubs. I really don’t like to use hot glue unless I absolutely HAVE to. For these I used my good ole tacky glue, and wrapped a couple of rubber bands around the tops of the boxes and the angel wings to hold them firmly down while my glue set.
On display and for sale in by booth at Stars Antique Mall in Portland, Oregon
So now that I have a few of each in my booth, I can ‘test’ and see which sells better; the white boxes or the tea stained boxes.
Pop over to my Trash 2 Treasure blog to see what I did with these old heart shaped bottles. I collected the bottles from thrift stores and rummage sales throughout the year. Never pay more than a dollar for one!
Here’s one little sneak peek!
Are YOU working on any Valentine crafts of decorations yet?
Not buying much these days (focusing on using up what I have!) but still try to breeze through at least once a week and see what’s new. Gotta ‘watch like a hawk’ for this years new shipment of birds for spring! I have already sold though almost ALL 125+ of the birds I bought last year! Gotta keep a few sets set aside for custom etsy orders.
These little satin trinket boxes were in the $1.00 at Michael’s craft store some time ago. I’m still working away at using up all the craft supplies I have stashed away. Figured I could get away with adding some PINK to my product mix since Valentine’s day is coming. I started with the box, a small tea stained doily, a crepe paper rosette, ribbon and glue.
I trimmed the crepe paper rosette to just a tad smaller than the doily and glued them to the bottom. Then another rosette to the lid. Ribbon around the rim of the box. A tiny nest (purchased wholesale last year; these are MUCH smaller than the more recent ones from DT) And one of the pink glitter bird picks (with pick part removed!) that I got on clearance last week at Michael s.
Of course, I HAD to embellish mine a bit. I think this was an old set of scrapbook stickers from DT, back in the day when they carried scrapbook stuff. They had the ‘foam stickies’ on the back. That stuff does NOT stick to glitter! Pull them off and apply tacky glue to the back of the items you want to add.
The gold embellishment on the front of this one is part of a DT ornament.
The silver embellishment on this one is the other half of the gold one above. And actually the tiny silver flower on the first crown came from that same single ornament too! I just broke it apart to get flat pieces to use on my crowns!
Very simple and sweet. I have to sometimes STOP MYSELF from adding layer after layer after layer of papers and embellishments. While “I” love the look of ‘lots of stuff’; it’s not for everyone. And it IS oftentimes MEN who are looking for Valentine gifts, so less is more!
Completely covering would be a LOT of work, so I kept the original color as my background and used that for my color inspiration for the make over. First I added a hand torn piece of vintage sheet music.
I hunt for empty used heart shaped candy boxes throughout the year at thrift stores. Then I do a bit of collage work on the lids and sell them on etsy and in my booth at the antique mall. These two are the smaller size heart shaped boxes.
First I covered the lid with vintage sheet music, then a red metallic paper doily, then a tea stained white paper doily, then this ready made heart tag. There’s no real method or system to what I layer on top, or when. I just ‘play around’ with the assorted papers that I have and select what I think works best.
Trying to decided whether or not I need to ‘pretty up’ the side of the box too. What do you think? Is just decorating the top enough? Or should the sides be done too? Maybe just the vintage sheet music on the sides?
Yep, I start my Valentine crafting BEFORE Christmas! And I am in the habit of putting my Valentine stuff out in my booth at the antique mall the DAY AFTER Christmas. I know that seems like ‘rushing things a bit’ . . . but when I have been working on Christmas stuff since July, but the time Christmas gets here, I am OVER it!
I started putting my Valentine stuff out right after Christmas ‘back when’ we had our own shop. The week between Christmas and New Years was soooooooooooooooooo slow that I mostly did it just for something to do! Surprisingly, I sold MORE Valentine stuff the first two weeks in January than I did in February. I guess shoppers are ready to be done with Christmas that early too!
So, I had Valentine on my mind the last time I went to Dollar Tree, and look what I found: