Monday, January 25, 2016

Shabby Chic Vintage Valentine Display

Valentine Frame

When I announced my "comeback," I expected to have shared much more by the close of this month.  The gross virus that plagued my house had other plans.  My husband and I were super sick which meant I did zero crafting, thrifting, and my cooking/baking was limited to soup-- in the can.  Now that I'm back at it, I'm happy to share this quick project I did the other day while I was really feeling Valentiney vibes.

You will need
  • Wooden frame without glass or backing
  • Paint (optional)
  • Clear spray shellac
  • Chicken Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Staple Gun
  • Washi Tape
  • Mini wooden fence decor
  • A few small nails
  • Hammer
  • Clothespins
  • Vintage Valentines
Vinatge Valentines

  1. Paint your frame. I used Craft Smart brand acrylic paint in "Holiday Red" from Michael's craft store. My frame was originally black, so I used an old crummy brush and long messy strokes to give it a darker and aged feel.  A second coat would give a brighter, fuller paint job.  Let dry.
  2. Flip your frame over and attach chicken wire with staple gun. Use pliers to curl/twist loose wire ends so they won't poke you when handling the frame in the future.  Use hammer to help flatten stubborn wire ends against wooden frame backing. I did this process on my cement garage floor and the movement and pressure rubbed off some of my red paint from edges and corners, giving it an aged and shabby look.
  3. Flip frame back over and spray with shellac to seal paint.  I used Valspar clear satin spray paint which seals and protects.  It gave my paint job a tiny shine to it that I really like.  Let dry.
  4. The frame I used had may ridges, edges, and valleys-- making washi tape placement easy and perfect.  It also helped pull my color scheme together since the valentines are very bright and the painted frame is darker. Washi tape can be expensive, but I always get mine from the Target dollar section and I've acquired a collection throughout the years.  You can't beat a dollar a roll.
  5. Attach wooden fence to front of frame using small nails.  You can use hot glue but nails will make the overall piece sturdier.  Secure the outer two pickets to the frame sides and attach two or three pickets to the bottom of the frame as well.  Use a dab of paint to hide nail heads if desired.  I've purchased most of my picket fencing decor from Jo-Ann stores over the years.
  6. Attach your favorite valentines to your frame using clothespins.  I bought these valentines from San Diego Vintage on Etsy back in 2012.  They're the cutest vintage Hallmark valentines from the '50s.  My mini clothespins came from the dollar section at Target.

    Current Garage

    AND YOU'RE DONE! Pat yourself on the back for another cute project that was fast and easy. This also makes a great homemade gift for the girl in your life who loves all things shabby and vintage.  As you can see, I have more projects up and coming! If you're having a hard time finding frames for projects like this one, try hitting up Goodwill every other Saturday when they do their 50% storewide sales.  I find some gorgeous frames that way.  If I don't need the glass or backing, I'll save it in case I someday find a frame that I'll need it for.  My area also has a Goodwill clearance warehouse where you fill up a cart and pay by the pound.  I found at least a dozen frames, antique dolls, and books and more for only twenty bucks! I also sometimes find "AS IS" frames on an endcap at my local Michael's near their framing department.  They usually are just the wooden frame and can be overpriced, so also keep Goodwill in mind as I mentioned before.

    As always, feel free to ask me ANY questions about this project or others.  I love to hear from you, I promise!

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    Friday, January 1, 2016

    Happy New Year!

    Recipe Box

    I'm back!  Where have I been?  Who do I think I am?  Happy New Year!

    It's been 665 days since my last post-- or 1 year, 9 months, 25 days, which I know because I just Googled to figure out exactly how long it's been.  Did you miss me, because I really really missed you!

    In 2014, I left this little blog for a real job in corporate America.  It was actually really great and I ended up a Communications Coordinator, which to date is the most grown up, adult-esque job I have ever had EVER which also utilized my fancy degree.  I got paid to code html, write, take pictures, design banners, shoot and edit film, etc.  It was an amazing experience that I will always treasure.  I sadly resigned right before Halloween after recovering from a few surgeries and struggling all summer with newly diagnosed post traumatic stress and anxiety disorders.  Leaving my job was a difficult decision but I thank my lucky stars for my amazing husband and family and of course, my best friend, Sarah.

    So for the past two months I have been selling antiques and moonlighting as an Uber driver.  Getting back to my DIY roots and routine has really been a Band-aid for my soul.  Sarah, who is truly more of a sister and second spouse than just a best friend, recently gifted me this amazing box of over 100 mostly hand-written vintage recipes which date from the 1930s-80s (pictured above).  It was just the remedy and kick in the pants that I needed to rekindle my relationship with cooking, baking, and this blog.  I waited for today to make this decision both official and as kind of New Year's Resolution/Goal.

    I'm excited to be back and happy that you're here for the ride.  I love to share my ideas, tips, and glimpses into my little life.  You can always spot me on instagram for your daily dose of Heather.  Happy New Year (again) and stay tuned!

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    Friday, March 7, 2014

    Berry Spinach Smoothie

    Do you follow me on Instagram? If not, you should! I love new followers and I always follow back! Anyway. If you do follow me, you've probably seen me post a photo or ten of my smoothies. Whether online or in real life, people are always asking me what I'm drinking! I drink 2-3 smoothies a day, so preparing and drinking a smoothie like this is a daily thing. Smoothies, such as this one, also helped me to finally kick my soda addiction for good. I've been soda free since New Year's and I definitely couldn't have done it without smoothies.

    Monday, February 10, 2014

    Instagram Photo Frame Collage

    It's hard to believe January has already come and gone! I've been bogged down with doctor's appointments and physical therapy for my injured joint-- both making it difficult to do anything fun or creative, especially the latter.

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

    Red Velvet Pizzelle Valentine Cookies

    Over the years, I've become kind-of obsessed with trying to make pizzelles different colors and flavors. Playing with color is fun but oftentimes you need to omit the yolks-- like if you're making blue pizzelles. Blue food coloring + yellow egg yolks always = green pizzelles. Since it's almost Valentine's day, I picked up some red velvet cake mixes for holiday baking and experimenting. Turning a red velvet cake mix into a batch of pizzelle cookies wasn't what I had in mind. It was definitely an afterthought and even then, I was worried it wouldn't turn out how I had hoped. Amazingly, it worked.

    Saturday, January 25, 2014

    DIY Paint Chip Valentines

    I pulled out my sewing machine, a small stack of paint chips, and got to work on some Valentine's Day Cards. I had everything on hand I needed, so this fun little project didn't cost me a thing (this time). I wish my sewing machine had a longer arm so I could really get creative with the "balloon strings" on the 3D balloon card. I think next time, I'll just make a smaller card so I can really spin it and get some swirly action going on. My sewing skills are so basic and I really have fun sewing paper. I have a few more Valentiney projects and recipes up my sleeves, so stay tuned! You can check out the full tutorials for these cards by clicking here.

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

    Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Pancake Recipe

    The comfort food train continues. My husband and I have been re-watching Lost lately. What are fun mini-marathons without something yummy to snack on? We've watched through the Lost series too many times to count, but I still get anxious and need to nosh while I watch. So I whipped up these pancakes and they came out way better than expected. Of course, I felt bad eating them while everyone in Lost is eating mangoes and fish (spoiler alert: they're about to open the hatch). Check out my full recipe and instructions here.