Crafty Friday: Valentine Heart Tree Decor

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

Why? Because it’s cool. And because I’m in Florida right now and wanted to share while I’m away.

MAINLY, it’s because Valentine’s Day is totally my thing. I’d call it my favorite holiday, but since I don’t actually have a favorite holiday, I’ll say what I love about it. It’s my favorite holiday for decorations. It’s my favorite holiday for decor in general, and for colors, socks, leggings, shirts, and boxes of chocolate. I have so many stories about Valentine’s Day, but each one deserves its own post. They’re all coming, I promise. I’ll leave you with one Valentine’s Day story today.

I think you deserve that!

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

It was February 9th, 1989 (but who’s counting)? I was settling down for a nice night in front of the TV. Specifically it was TGIF – remember that amazing lineup of shows on ABC? Surely you do! Full House was my personal delight, and I could quote a mean Steve Urkel from my Family Matters love. My sister wanted to go out with friends but my mom said we all had to stay because they were having “close” friends over and these “close” friends had a new baby my parents wanted us to meet. What?? Well, ok. I didn’t question it. I got set up in my TV bliss. Then the guests arrived and came downstairs holding the whitest, fluffiest, cutest puppy I’d ever seen. I just figured, “Oh, ok. They brought their cute puppy AND their baby.”

My mom had tears in her eyes when they placed the puppy on the floor. “Do you know whose puppy this is?” “Yes. Theirs.”

“No, it’s ours.”

Ours.

That was the best valentine I ever did get, especially as a kid. Ours. My parents always told us we couldn’t get pets. Turns out we could. Also, the guests weren’t their close friends (breeders) and there was no baby either. I bet you knew that.

Now, onto Valentine’s Day! It’s NOT too early to decorate. Let it be a month long! Let it be a year long!

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

Valentine Heart Tree Decor:

Materials:

Dead branch with many small limbs
Cardboard
Scissors
Thick yarn
Clear jar of vase
Jewels, stones or sand for the bottom of your clear container
Gold spray paint

Instructions:

1 – Begin by spray painting your tree branch gold. Do this outside and leave it out to dry.
2 – While the branch is drying, cut out some heart shapes from cardboard. You want the heart shapes to be empty inside, as they will act as your forms for making your small yarn heart ornaments for the Valentine tree.
3 – Begin to wrap each of the cardboard heart shapes with thick yarn. You can use any yarn you have on hand, but thick yarn gives better coverage and helps you get the forms covered much faster.
4 – Once you finish wrapping each heart, tie off the end in the back.
5 – Loop a piece of yarn around the top of each yarn covered cardboard heart and tie it in a knot. This will serve as the hanger for your yarn heart ornament.
6 – Fill the bottom of a clear jar or vase with your choice of colored jewels, stones or even sand.
7 – Stick the spray painted branch into the jar and decorate it with your yarn heart ornaments.

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

It's never too early to decorate for Valentine's Day! Not only is this Valentine Heart Tree fun to make, but it's a perfect romantic or snow day project to work on at home. #ValentinesDay #crafty

Enjoy!

Whole Damn Mess: Album Review



This post is sponsored by One2One Network. All opinions are my own.

It's a gift to be able to experience music the way we do, and then feel from it, learn from it, and share it. This is my album review of Whole Damn Mess: The Queen and The Outcast, out TODAY, 1/12/18! Don't wait to download it! #wholedamnmess #ad

I love how music transports you to another place in your head and heart. It’s as powerful as smell for memories.

The first time I knew I could feel music strongly was in high school Music Theory class. Despite having zero musical training like my classmates, I still aced the class. It’s because I could feel it and translate it into feelings and theories. My teacher played a classical piece and asked us what we thought it was about. I raised my hand and said, “It’s running feet. It’s heartbeats.” My teacher got so excited he broke his chalk saying, “YES!” It’s a gift (to us) to experience music like this.

And that’s where Whole Damn Mess comes in. There’s something so familiar about their sound, and it’s not because it’s anything but unique, but it’s because it reminds me of something inside myself. I can see it as GREAT driving music, but also just sitting down. For example, I was able to listen to their new album and it was while we were having our floors refinished in the house. So while the chaos and the noise took over the whole house, I was sitting in the back room listening to The Queen and the Outcast. And a few songs really stood out for me. I LOVE “We Don’t Need a Reason” because of lyrics. I love “a letter and a leap of faith.”

That’s my weakness:

We Don’t Need A Reason by Whole Damn Mess on VEVO.

And you can’t miss “Be Good to Yourself” because the lead singer, Don Miggs, wrote it in response to his wife Lisa’s postpartum depression. Definitely don’t miss it. And I was drawn to the touching and raw emotions of the song, as I have worked with postpartum depression in my early professional life. Probably my favorite song is “Anywhere Without You.” It has a peaceful sound and mentions his wife, Lisa, again! It’s a romantic song about how he doesn’t want go anywhere but with her, and there’s a lyric video to watch too! It’s that great kind of love of someone who completes you and makes you better and is there for you, and makes you want to be there for them too. I liked the lyrics, “She’s Grace” because it gives you a picture of the relationship and how he views her.

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And you can buy the album now! Link, HERE!

TRACKLISTING:

1) And Then They Were
2) We Don’t Need A Reason
3) Be Good To Yourself
4) Anywhere Without You
5) That’s Just How It Goes
6) Maybe We Should Do It
7) Helium
8) Summer Under Covers
9) When She Says
10) Got You Stuck in My Head

Enjoy!

Ready to find out more? Check Whole Damn Mess out on their website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram.