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Hanging Valentine’s Day Decor

Love this little mobile! It came as just an unfinished wood piece already assembled from Hobby Lobby – couple of bucks regular price and you know how Hobby Lobby is…closer to the holiday the better the sale! It was actually really easy to alter too. I used double-sided papers (from Bo Bunny’s collection from last year) and laid a piece down onto my glass cutting “mat” (ok, it’s just a cheap picture frame glass I pulled out!) and used my Xacto knife to cut in between each section – plenty of room to not be precise. This gave me two options for each size heart. I repeated this with another double sided piece and I had four options for each size heart and I just picked my favorites, lol! It’s meant to kind of spin, so I just made sure no paper was used on two sizes closest to each other. Adhered all the paper with Mod Podge, did my trimming, and voila! It was pretty much done! I added a little bit of dimension with some pearly Scribbles. I was going to decorate them more, but realized that once again, I had something where the paper just seemed like “enough” to me. Plus, because this hangs on its own little cotton cord, care must be taken to get weight evenly distributed, so if you try this yourself, just watch any heavier elements you might add so that it doesn’t hang crooked!

I hit Hobby Lobby last night (finally gave in and got the Basic Grey file set for a project I’ll be posting later) and wanted to share a few cute finds. The first was they had (sorry, last week’s sale but they run it so often I’m sure you can catch it!) these floral bushes on sale for 50% off. Now I LOVE Prima’s flowers, but have zero access to them here in the “sticks”. I’ve been dying to play with some of the bigger ones, but even going over to Champaign, with a Michael’s, a Target and 3 scrapbook stores, still NO decent selection (I saw exactly ONE type in my last trip) of Prima’s! Soooo, I have to make do. This was ONE $7 bush (which I actually thought was kind of ugly as a bush) that was on sale and after a quick check of the construction, I could see it would come apart beautifully. And it did! So for $3.50 I got 8 each of the large (which are 5″ across) in each color and some random smaller ones. As a bonus, the red and pink ones are very lightly flocked! Just enough to be soft. Check your local craft store floral department – especially during sales (which are frequent – especially during season changes!). While not all are suitable for scrapbooking, your options open up dramatically in altering! There are some beautiful colors and textures available and if you especially watch for bushes like these, you can get multiple colors at a time.

This is the other cute find! I have been drooling over all the cute projects I’ve seen done with Say It With Letters’ little wooden houses! Here is a recent one they shared on their blog from Valerie. Cute! Well anyways, I found these teeny tiny ones that Hobby Lobby puts out. There are four in a package. They are tiny (3 3/4″ x 4″), but I can’t wait to do a little playing!

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