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Friday, January 14, 2011

Valentines Day Mantel...part deux

Hi ya! So i am busy,busy as i am sure all of you are too! So i have decided to try to decorate my fireplace mantel for Valentines Day, this is kind of a first for me. And i have decided to do it piece by piece.. and you guys are getting to follow right along with me.There are some crafty challenges going on right now , the first one is Iron craft.They list a new challenge weekly. Hold on, i am going to side step for a second. Have you ever made anything, or done anything and thought it was pretty good, and really thought it would grab some positive attention? NO? i am the only one huh? Humph. Well, i will admit, i submitted my tootsie roll door thingy and was pretty pleased with my self. Unfortunately i dont think anyone else was.. I guess i just wanted validation for doing something neat and crafty. Dont get me wrong there were some very nice comments, but not the wow that i was expecting. That was my first mistake right? Cant go around expecting things, i will only get disappointed. Okay, i had my crybaby time. Onto the Valentines Day mantle.....
So i dont if i have told you my fascination of sticks...I was picking up the yard a couple of weeks ago and there were tons of little sticks and branches in my yard . As i was gathering them up i just kept thinking how cool they looked all bundled up . So i piled them up and just kept waiting for the right thing to do with them.I decided i was going to make a candle holder out of them. I had bought something from the all mighty dollar tree and i dont know what they are called,so i am donning them the" fake painted sticks". They were a plum color and a brownish color. So i broke up my sticks and glued them together to make my little candle holder. And in my mind, i could see the candle light glowing and shining through the small slits in between the sticks....
But instead i got this. HMMM. I will say it looks really primitive, but not in a pretty way, just in a ugh way. So then i tried to add something to make it go along in my Valentines Day mantle theme, and to try to hide it a bit.
OKAY! How about now??? better?? no? Well i am still gonna use it on my Valentines Day Mantle! Who knows? Maybe when i get it all put together...
Anyway, i used sticks from the back yard, the fake painted sticks from the dollar tree ( i had those for a while) and a peice of red gingham fabric i had since last christmas. I glued every twig.

We all know my pics are super stinky. i ran across this chica who gave some really great insights to picture taking, and i am hoping that if i take her advice my pics will look a little better.Here is her site:
http://shannonsews.blogspot.com/ Go over and check her out!

And i about to do something i said i wouldnt do.. Yep. i am gonna show some of our newest products from Diva babies. My friend Stephanie and i run a hairbow boutique and we do okay on etsy,and we do really well at a local craft mall, but we do great on personal orders sent to us in emails etc. I kind of told myself the blog and the boutique would be seperate, but i have had a change of heart because of Valentines Day ( get it?)
Stephanie just recently made some outstanding bows for Valentines day i just want to share them.

Okay enough sharing! They are cute though!



LITTLE BIT O INFO: I cant really post without trying to spread some news of how to save a little money. And some of the tips i find suprise me,but hey, its worth a shot right? Here is my latest tip. Make sure your tires are aired up correctly! Did you know this?? i sure didnt. here is facts- for every 2PSI (have no idea) that your tires are below recommended level, you lose 1% on gas mileage. Most car tires are 5-10PSI below normal level.So just by airing up your tires you boost your mileage 5%!! And the cost of gas is so high- go air up your tires ladies!!
Got any big plans for Valentines Day?? I would love to hear them, leave me a comment and spill it! take care , hugs!!

19 comments:

Nanny said...

I've seen items like this in the rustic stores up in the Adirondacks. Maybe you could try using a bigger candle, it might give it a little more balance and show what it is. Just a thought. Following back.

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momof4azkids said...

You're bows are GORGEOUS Tina, and I love the candle holder. Good Job!

Jessica said...

The bows are adorable!!

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Shannon said...

You are so awesome! Thanks so much for mentioning my photography tutorial in your post.I hope it's able to help a lot of people. Good luck with your photos!! :)
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Mommying On The Fly said...

Swinging by from the hop.these are awesome..Loving the blog... and I'm your newest follower...

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Robyn said...

I love the bows!! They are adorable! :)

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Grace Matthews said...

I love this..it's so rustic and cute

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Nanny said...

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AmieAnn said...

These are all soo cute! Love the candle.. bringing the outdoors in is awesome! I am your newest follower.. thanks for following me @ Pinkapotamus

Chrissy said...

Love the candle holder. Thanks for being a follower!
I am following you now too!
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Bird in a Tree Creations said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and following me! I am now following you as well! I love the nature candle-bueatiful! Peace, love and light- Kelly

Not a Perfect Mom said...

crafty people always make me feel bad about myself!! haha...
no, seriously, that is so cool how you can do that!
I'm the mom who sets her kids up at the table with some bowls of buttons, macaroni, some scissors, magazines, crayons, and glue and have them go to town...
and I love the bows!! Maybe I should learn how to do that....maybe not...I'll just buy them

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said...

Ok I am not crafty at all! I applaud your efforts! I think the sticks idea is cute but I agree maybe use a larger candle?

Love the bows - so cute!

BTW, I loved the Tootsie Roll thing! :)

new follower
Bernadette
http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com

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