Step1: I painted the natural frames white to make them pop. A quick coat of acrylic paint (which we already had..cost…$0.00!)
Step 2: Using the mats inside the frames as guides, cut new mats out of pretty, sparkly scrapbook paper. (Cost: $0.89, it only took 1 page to cut all 4 mats.)
Step 3: Adhere vinyl letters to the mats. I used my Cricut Expressions and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. The vinyl was part of the package with the first Cricut I ever bought. (Cost: well, pennies but since I’ve had everything for so long I’m chalking this part up as FREE!!) Place letters in frames. (And this is where my computer got stupid and I lost the last 2 pictures of the process…but I think you can figure it out! lol)
Step 4: I added some 3D felt flowers from Jolee’s to the top left corner of the L frame and the bottom right corner of the E frame. I thought it added a nice touch and a little pop of color.
The right side of the display holds two Conversation Heart Topiaries. But, my stupid computer lost the photos of that process as well so I don’t have any to show you. It was super easy though! I just took two Styrofoam balls (two different sizes), attached them to dowel rods (wrapped with Valentine’s ribbon) cut into two different lengths. Then we put them into foam floral bases and put them into two terracotta pots. The comes the most tedious part…gluing the conversation hearts onto the balls. It wasn’t hard it just took a while. I had to take a few breaks during the process to feed a baby, etc so Steven took over. And I mean he literally took over, finished the smaller ball and did the whole larger ball by himself. He was pretty proud of himself but my stupid computer lost that picture too! (Grrr…I am hating our computers right now! None of them want to work right and it’s making me lose my freakin’ mind!!!) The final touch was to add a little bow to each dowel rod and put more conversation hearts inside the pots to finish it off. They were super cute! I think this whole project cost less than $10. (Styrofoam balls are expensive man! But I did find the floral foam bases at the Dollar Store. I bought 2 but only ended up using half of one so that part only cost me $0.50 and I have more sitting around for future projects! Yippy!) Here’s a closer look at the finished product.
I love them! I need to spray them with something to preserve them before I put them away this weekend. Any suggestions on what to use?
One other little touch that I found at Michael’s are my Lovebirds.
Aren’t they sweet?! They were only $1.99 each AND they were marked down 40%. AND they were in the color scheme of my living room so I just had to have them. I’m thinking they may stay up permantely after Valentine’s Day. They’re just too cute. They are sitting in the open cabinet on the right side of the entertainment center. In that cabinet we keep a picture frame that holds a baby picture of both Steven and I and then a wedding picture, my wedding bouquet and a family Bible. This Bible holds death notices, birth announcements and has a spot for family history. We don’t read from this Bible, it is purely for show (and believe me, we have plenty of other Bibles in the house that can be read from that I don’t mind having a pretty one just for show!)
The open cabinet on the other side holds another wedding photo of us with our maid of honor and best man, a custom candle made using one of our wedding announcements and our cake topper. I absolutely loved my wedding and I feel like keeping these things out and visible at all times gives our children a chance to see how much that day meant to us as the beginning of our family.
So here’s one final look at our Valentine’s Day “faux” mantel. I’m looking forward to changing it up for St. Patty’s Day! Happy Valentine’s Day week everybody! I hope you have someone to hold onto and love!
I am linking this post to Motivate Me Monday over at my friend Kaysi’s blog, Keeping It Simple. Look Kaysi! I’m finally posting something 🙂
|I swear my TV didn’t look that dirty until I was editing the picture! Guess I need to get out the Windex! lol|
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And for those of you wondering if making your own bread really saves you money, I’m estimating that I make this bread for about $0.75 a loaf. Not too shabby seeings that the bread I used to buy was over $3.00 a loaf!!(Again, why so expensive?!? It’s bread for Pete’s sake!!)
4 C white flour (I use All Purpose flour that we have started buying in 25 pound bags from GFS. Have I mentioned my love of GFS lately!?!?)
2 C Whole Wheat Flour (I use King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour. It’s made from white winter wheat instead of red winter wheat which my family prefers. It makes a less dense bread. And it has more of the texture of store bought bread that they are used to. It’s also very good with the red winter wheat. I actually prefer that, but that’s what I grew up with!)
4 TSP salt (Here comes my disclaimer…if you use salted butter like I do at times you will want to reduce the salt by half. Or else you end up with a salty bread. And I don’t know about you but I don’t like salty bread!)
2 1/2 TBSP yeast (I use instant active dry yeast which I keep in a bag in my freezer. I’ve had this yeast for over a year now and it’s still going strong!)
2 1/2 C warm water (be sure it’s warm…too hot and it kills your yeast, not hot enough and your yeast won’t “bloom”.)
sugar (I don’t have a measurement for this…you’ll see why in a minute.)
1/3 C honey
1/4 C butter, softened (salted or unsalted, your choice! Just remember what I said about the extra salt!!)
Alright, here we go!! Put on your apron (no, I’m serious! Making bread is messy, messy work!!) and let’s get to work!
In your mixing bowl add the 2 1/2 C warm water, 2 1/2 TBSP of yeast and a few pinches of sugar. The sugar isn’t 100% necessary but I find it helps the yeast to “bloom” by giving it something to “feed” off of. Another trick I have found: before I add the water I run warm water into the mixing bowl to warm it up. Adding warm water to a cold bowl seems counter productive to me. Just don’t get the bowl too hot or you’ll warm up your water even more and kill your yeast!
|Dough climbing the dough hook! See, I wasn’t kidding! It tries to escape!|
|Perfect! Nice and doughy!!|
**Linking up to the Homemaking Link-Up at Raising Homemakers**
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