Handmade Ribbon

Strips of torn cotton make beautiful, rustic ribbon for gifts or flowers.

Strips of torn cotton make beautiful, rustic ribbon for gifts or flowers.

When our office date stamp reached the end of years (2014) it was headed for the trash bin. But I saw a new opportunity.

When our office date stamp reached the end of years (2014) it was headed for the trash bin. But I saw a new opportunity.

By removing the year altogether, I had a stamp that can be used to personalized hand-made ribbon for any day of the year.

By removing the year altogether, I had a stamp that can be used to personalized hand-made ribbon for any day of the year.

For Valentine's Day I tore long strips of cotton and hand stamped Feb 14 from one end to the other. I wanted a handmade, irregular look so I just eyeballed rather than measuring the spacing.

For Valentine’s Day I tore long strips of cotton and hand stamped Feb 14 from one end to the other. I wanted a handmade, irregular look so I just eyeballed rather than measuring the spacing.

On one of the strips I left it in the simple black date, but on a second strip I employed a heart-shaped stamp I picked up at a thrift store.

On one of the strips I left it in the simple black date, but on a second strip I employed a heart-shaped stamp I picked up at a thrift store.

In addition to days like Valentine's Day, handmade ribbon can be stamped with dates of family and friends' birthdates, weddings, etc.

In addition to days like Valentine’s Day, handmade ribbon can be stamped with dates of family and friends’ birthdates, weddings, etc.

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A Show of Heart

An assortment of framed rustic 3D hearts

An assortment of framed rustic 3D hearts

the glass was removed from each photo frame to allow mounting of the hearts

the glass was removed from each photo frame to allow mounting of the hearts

Seasonal decorating need not be expensive.  It's amazing what we can do by repurposing items we already have.

Seasonal decorating need not be expensive. It’s amazing what we can do by repurposing items we already have.

Rusty wire heart

the rust on these cookie cutters was created by immersing them in a bath of 50/50 bleach and kitchen vinegar for about 24 hours. If you use this solution be sure to use a container that won't be dissolved by the bleach and do it outside for ventilation.

the rust on these cookie cutters was created by immersing them in a bath of 50/50 bleach and kitchen vinegar for about 24 hours. If you use this solution be sure to use a container that won’t be dissolved by the bleach and do it outside for ventilation.

Rusty cookie cutter hearts

Distressed white wooden heart on red gingham

Distressed white wooden heart on red gingham

Framed Valentine's Hearts

Adventures in Valentines

A rusty metal heart-shaped cookie cutter, a scrap of wood and antique dessert forks make this rustic kitchen arrow

A rusty metal heart-shaped cookie cutter, a scrap of wood and antique dessert forks make this rustic kitchen arrow

 

This was a roadside rescue, a heavy maole table with badly yellowed finish and tarnished brass trim

This was a roadside rescue, a heavy maole table with badly yellowed finish and tarnished brass trim

Brass, heart-punched trim surrounds the top of this table

Brass, heart-punched trim surrounds the top of this table

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the frame for the heart-shaped wreath came from the base of a stripped lampshade. Strips of torn white cotton were knotted onto that, and a white silk tassle that I bought at a sidewalk sale for $1.75 finishes it off

the frame for the heart-shaped wreath came from the base of a stripped lampshade. Strips of torn white cotton were knotted onto that, and a white silk tassle that I bought at a sidewalk sale for $1.75 finishes it off

Repurposed antique dessert forks suggestive of arrow feathers

Repurposed antique dessert forks suggestive of arrow feathers

A rusty metal cookie cutter is repurposed as the arrow head

A rusty metal cookie cutter is repurposed as the arrow head