Tuesday, February 23, 2010

sharing love

for most of you, valentine's day has come and gone and so have your posts about the holiday. I may be a week behind, but I'm excited about the projects I created for love day and want to share a few.

my handmade valentines started as a sketch in my list notebook:
then step by step the pieces combined into a card:

step 1: cut hearts from read felt.

step 2: sew on a button with pearl cotton floss.

3: stamp the inside message.

step 4: sew a straight line down the front of the card to dangle the heart by.

step 5: trim thread on the inside of the card.

step 6: glue heart to the end of your sewn line.
step 7: write your personal message and send off to bless another.
when I realized I didn't have very many valentine decorations, I decided to sew up a few hand towels using this pattern book. I made a total of three towels (two for me and one for a bff). I found the towels at Home Goods and the fabrics at my local quilt shop.once the fabric had wonder under ironed on, I cut out the pieces and ironed them onto the dishtowels, then began the blanket stitch around each section. with the addition of a few buttons, they were ready to decorate the kitchen.I'll be back tomorrow with my words for wednesday and an exciting framed creation for you to try!

13 comments:

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

How creative! The towels really turned out beautifully.

Tom said...

BEFORE I FORGET TO TELL YOU "HAPPY BIRTHDAY ON SUNDAY KRISTYN" Aunt Karen and I love you so much! Have a great time with your family this weekend. Uncle Tom

stitching under oaks said...

Love your love creations. The cards are so simple yet so perfectly wonderful. (the best part of course is the handwritten sentiment) And the towels are adorable. Mine is hanging on the oven door...I let everyone know that it's not for fingers.(but I did find a chocolate smudge on it...stink) Good thing there's tide to go! whew! Thanks for sharing your fabulous creations! LOVE THEM!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Lovely cards and the towels turned out fantastic! Lucky family you have.

Meg said...

The towels are so, so cute! And I love the cards, too!

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Your cards and towels are adorable. I'm glad you shared them. Your stitchery looks picture perfect....Are you a perfectionist? Mine stitching never looks that good! :)

Did I miss your birthday....If so, I hope it was a happy one!

Gigi said...

Oh my goodness Kristyn - you've been a creative dynamo! Love the cards, the towels -- all so sweet and so obviously made with love and care by your sweet self.
Blessings,
G

larissa said...

Kristyn, the cards are absolutely gorgeous - and i should know because i was blessed with one - my daughter has it propped up on her dresser and i do not have to worry about anything happening to it because she LOVES it and handles it ever so gently! i'm telling you this because 5 year olds are incredibly discriminating about what they value - and this card is perfect in every way! your stitching on the towels is so perfect that i had to look closer to see if you used a sewing machine. wow, i already knew that you were a perfectionist but girl - you have amazing skills! and yes they devoured all the chocolate - i'll share pictures soon.

Rebekah said...

these are adorable! you put so much thought and time into these and it really shows!

stringsofpurls said...

Love these! If I can quit knitting long enough, I might give them a try sometime!

Jessica said...

Hey There Friend.
Way to get creative. Love both the cards and the towels-- soooo cute!

So it sounds like you have a B-day coming up...... Yay! I'll be around to wish you a very Happy one soon.

Love hangin on your page. So cosy and uplifting.

xx

a friend to knit with said...

i will treasure mine forever!

love your tea towels. and your thoughtfulness. xx

a friend to knit with said...

oh! i love the picture of your sketch!!!