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January 14, 2012

valentines are all about glitter and lace and curlicues…and goodness knows I love all that.  But I also like the unexpected.  And that’s what happened when I went looking in my craft closet for a lace alternative.  I found these…

mesh produce bags.  They have great texture and the color is so perfect for a home sweet homemade valentine.  They’re  little bit lacy.  If you squint your eyes.

Isn’t this the cutest thing?  Recycled paper topped with the mesh topped with a cardboard heart covered in stripes of ribbon.  It’s my favorite so far.

The paper beneath the mesh is a community map enclosed in our monthly civic association newsletter.  [HOA dollars at work!]  I’ll be making more valentines like these – they’re so stinkin cute.

This valentine is for my sister-in-law.  Thankfully she doesn’t read this blog :)  She loves blue and silver.  I sandwiched two layers of white tulle, as a lace alternative, between the aluminum foil heart and the paper hearts.

Last weekend when I was working on cross stitching I knew as soon as I finished the blue and silver heart I had to fashion it into a valentine for her.

It’s sort of the great thing about making your own valentines.  Just layer together what you have…more is definitely more.

Hope you’re having a wonderfully fabulous weekend!  Thank you so much for dropping by–

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2012 12:19 am

    Diane, these are so stinkin’ cute is right!

    “They have great texture and the color is so perfect for a home sweet homemade valentine. They’re little bit lacy. If you squint your eyes.”

    HA! I squinted my eyes and you’re right….they do look lacy!!

    LOVE the one you made for your sister-in- law. I really like the soft colors and your ingenious use of tulle. I adore tulle!

    Once again, thank you for sharing your creativity, my friend. Always enjoyed and inspiring!

    Hope you’re having a flawless weekend!

    X to you and C!

  2. January 16, 2012 12:50 am

    wow what a great idea! never even thought of that. i have a bag right now from my lil cuties and now im gonna save it instead of throwing it away

  3. January 17, 2012 12:17 pm

    Oh, you are a clever one!

    And I’m pretty sure that x-stitched one will hit the mark with the sister in law just fine.
    Well done, you!

  4. January 18, 2012 8:07 pm

    You use things I’d never think of using, and it always turns out to be so pretty and so unique! I have some mesh bags. :)
    I really like the cross stitching!

  5. January 19, 2012 11:46 pm

    Your blog is so cool and so different. Interesting and intriguing! A must follow. :)

  6. January 23, 2012 7:05 am

    this is so inspiring!!

  7. January 30, 2012 4:31 pm

    What a great upcycle for that red faux lace!!

    A few blog friends and I are hosting our first link party tomorrow to finish off the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge, we go live at 7amET. Today I revealed my project for the challenge, a gallery wall with only one screw in the wall. I’d love if you could come by to check it out and link up! http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/the-one-screw-gallery-wall-is-here/
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog = your newest follower

  8. February 1, 2012 3:48 pm

    those are so cool! thanks for linking up :)

  9. February 1, 2012 6:20 pm

    That’s so cool! I love it! Thanks for linking up with us at the Find Some Love Fest!!

    All The Love In The Universe
    Digger

  10. February 1, 2012 9:00 pm

    S0 cute! We have had so much fun with the Find Some Love Fest link up! It’s a great way to connect and support fellow bloggers.
    We would love for you to visit our blog.

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  11. February 2, 2012 9:36 pm

    literally love these valentines. seriously. you go girl.

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