February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day and Hearts

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! Hope everyone is having a nice day with your loved ones. Hearts seem to be my thing these days so I can't let it pass without showing you more hearts I've been making lately. I woke up to find a cup of coffee and roses on my bed side table this morning. DH brings me coffee every morning as a way of getting me out of bed, but not with roses! Thanks my sweet dear!
The roses are from our own garden. There aren't many left due to dry and hot weather we had lately. This weekend though we are blessed with plenty of rain!
Back to my hearts. If you remembered I posted about this heart once before when I took part in Friday Night Sewing Party. On one of my visits to an op-shop (thrift shop) I picked up vintage cushions for only $0.50 each. I've already got the idea that I would look for items with embroidery on them to make more hearts. These cushions are just what I wanted. They are made from a mix of linen and cotton. The embroidery looks faded and used, but it does not matter. I fuzzy cut around the embroidery and got six hearts out of one cushion. I used every bit of it including the two covered buttons from the back.
Here are my six beautiful hearts. I only completed two so far. After it was stuffed I put handmade cord around the seam from the top, all around and ended up with a loop for hanging. I'm so very pleased with my hearts. Have you noticed that the embroidery is in a different position on each heart? I think it makes them more interesting. I can see a vintage tree next Christmas...!
I've got a little bit left to make a fob for my scissors. If you would like a copy of the heart pattern just leave me a comment and I will be happy to send it to you. Make sure to leave your email address.

Enjoy the rest of your Valentine's Day. I will go and get some sewing done before the weekend is over.


26 comments:

Robyn said...

Hi Nat,
Happy Valentines Day to you!!!
Well aren't those hearts gorgeous!!!!!!
What a clever girl you are... I love the idea of using old embroidery to make them.
I suppose you could use doilies too!
Gosh they look great. Thanks for the inspiration and keep 'hearting' :c)
hugs
Robyn xx

PS Beautiful roses and a lovely hubby!

Kaye said...

Your DH is so sweet. I would love the pattern for the hearts, and would appreciate your sending it to me. I am a new follower and do enjoy reading your blog. e-mail is kbartolotti@yahoo.com

suedio said...

The hearts are just beautiful - what a lovely way to re-purpose a cushion. Enjoy your day.

Regards, Sue

Lurline said...

Beautiful Natima - sounds like you are having a very happy day - certainly a nice start, lucky you!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Béa said...

Very beautiful use of old cushion. Have a nice day !

Simone de Klerk said...

Happy Valentine's to you too! Lovely hearts, every single one being unique!

Kathie said...

LOve your hearts! these are just so pretty, would love to see a whole tree decorated in hearts.
would love your pattern
thanks
Kathie

QuiltSue said...

As you know, I love your hearts but these are really special. I love the scissorfob too. I must start looking out for some old embroidery like that.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Cool hearts Nat...and what a great idea!!! Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day...how special to get coffee and roses in the morning...Love Dzintra♥x

Sue-Anne said...

Your roses look wonderful. How sweet of hubby to do that for you. I love the hearts. What a great idea.

Kaite said...

Such pretty, skinny hearts, sounds like you had a lovely day. My Mum's been making hearts half stuffed with lavender and flaxseeds, as little fragrant heart hotpacks.

ria vogelzang said...

Your DH is great!! And I love your little hearts!!
Have a lovely Valentine's day together!!
xxx.

luv2quilt2 said...

What beauatiful little hearts, and what a clever way to get more life out of an old pillow.

paulette said...

What a fantastic idea and your little hearts turned out beautiful!! LOVE them!! And for only pennies too!! Got to love that!!
Also welcome to the Wool Crazy Sew Along!! Your wool looks wonderful and your thread is amazing...can't wait to see what you put together!! Welcome aboard!!
Paulette

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you too Nat. Your hearts are so lovely.

The Quilt Buddy said...

What a way to wake up!Breakfast in bed w/ flowers also!

I love how you recycled the pincushion. Great way to repurpose it. Your Christmas tree will look beautiful.

Enjoy the rest of the day!

asheridan said...

What a beautiful way to use those cushions! I would love a copy of your heart pattern, I am a new reader of your blog.
asheridan@san.rr.com

Nanbon44 said...

How clever of you to turn something old into something so beautiful. Wonderful way to recycle.

lindaschiffer said...

I've been admiring your heart for a while! I'd love to have the pattern. ;) I'm not ordinarily a visitor to thrift shops but I had no idea I could find old linens there -- I've only seen them in antique sales and stores before now. I love hand embroidery -- what great use of old work!

:) Linda

Melinda said...

What a great idea to find embroidered things to make the hearts from. I might have some old embroidered damaged pieces I can use.

Astrid said...

What a great idea to reuse the cushions! The hearts look gorgeous! I wish there were thrift shops here too, but it doesn't excist. I used to go to thrift shops in Norway and there was always something interesting.

Janet said...

What a lovely valentines post. I adore your hearts and the fact that they are recycled from cushions is even better, now why can't I find neat stuff like that?

ivoryspring said...

Hope you had a good Valentine's Day -- your hearts are to die for. I love the French look...

Selvage Quilter said...

Those hearts are lovely. What a good idea to look for an embroidered pillow. I think the fact that it's a little aged makes them more charming. And the cord is a nice touch. I love the heart that you made for me.
How sweet: roses and coffee. Ahhhh.
Karen

Janet said...

What a great idea! You really found the perfect cushion for your project. I think your hearts are wonderful!

ParisMaddy said...

Your purple hearts are very sweet. I love them!

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