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I’ve blogged about this site before, but I had so much fun playing with the color recently, I thought I’d share about them again.

Sherwin-Williams has this cool online tool called Chip It! You can upload any image and then paint chips to match it.

For example, I uploaded a photo I posted of Raspberry Muffins.

raspberryLook at all the cool colors that come up with it.

Here’s a wheat photo…

wheat

Love the color options.

Take a look at the photo I posted on the blog yesterday.

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Gorgeous colors, aren’t they?

This would be a great tool if you have a piece of art and are trying to decide what color to paint a wall or if you see a photo you love and want to incorporate the colors from it in your home.

Or if you just like to play around with creative color options!

The service is free and so much fun!

And no, I’m not affiliated with Sherwin-Williams. I just think this is super cool.

She Who Loves Color

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deco heart little rosesIf you are looking for an easy and fun craft idea for Valentine’s Day, here is one you can do in an evening.

deco heart ingredientsWhat you need to get started  are the following:

Mod Podge

Foam Brush

White Glue or a hot glue gun

An 8-10 inch Heart

1 Heart-Shaped Doily

Fabric or printed paper of some sort (I used a paper dinner napkin)

Lace

Assorted notions for trimming

deco heart cut out heartStart by tracing your heart on your paper and cut it out.

Two things I will note here:

First – I couldn’t find any wooden hearts at the craft store so I bought a metal heart at Wal-Mart for $1.97 and spray painted it white.

Second – I used a paper dinner napkin for the patterned background. You can use anything you like from a piece of fabric to gift-wrap, old sheet music or even a piece of newsprint. Whatever strikes your fancy.

deco heart base coatNext, coat the heart with a layer of Mod Podge.

deco heart first layerPlace the paper on top and smooth it out. Let this dry about 15 minutes before moving on to the next step.

deco heart add doilyCoat the front of the heart with Mod Podge, then add your doily (this can be paper or a crocheted doily) and coat it as well. Let dry about 15 minutes.

deco heart add lace with gluePrepare to add the outside trim. Using white glue, or a glue gun, carefully glue it all around the edge of the heart.

deco heart with laceWhen you are done, it should look something like this.

deco heart embellishmentsNext, add your embellishments. I used one bigger rose with a button in the center then added some rosebuds around the sides. I chose colors that coordinated with the pattern in the background.

deco heart button with roseI glued one rosebud on a button, just because it gave it a little more panache.

deco heart bow on topFinish the project by poking a hole through the top and added a ribbon. This makes it easy to hang.

deco heart hangingAnd you’re done! Wasn’t that easy?

She Who Loves Playing with the Hot Glue Gun

 

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If you’re looking for a fun little way to say I love you, how about making a Heart Message Board you can leave love notes on all week.

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Using contact paper and dry erase markers, you can change the message every day.

heart board ingredientsI found this roll of marvelous contact paper at the dollar store. Sometimes the things I find there are quite surprising. You’ll need contact paper, a piece of cardboard, ribbon, trim, glue, scissors and a nail.

heart board cut to sizeMeasure a piece of contact paper to completely cover the cardboard. Leave the side edges long.

heart board taper edge

Cover the front of the cardboard and fold edges around to back. Trim the side pieces at an angle so when you fold them in, they taper out from the center  (like an envelope) and won’t show. I like layering the edges in the center because it keeps the paper from coming loose from the cardboard.

heart board coveredIt should look like this when you finish. Nice and smooth with no wrinkles.

heart board glue trimNext, glue your trim on in a heart-shape. I placed mine then glued a little section at a time. You can use plain white glue, craft glue or hot glue, your choice. I used white glue and held it in place with push pins until it dried.

heart board nailUse a nail to poke two holes, one in each top corner, for the ribbon.

Heart board ribbon cornerAdd the ribbon and knot each end in the back. Trim off excess.

heart board sharpieIf you want, you can write something like “Love You Because” in permanent marker and draw a line then fill in the blank every day, or leave the whole thing blank and write a message every day. Just remember to use dry erase markers for what you want to be able to change daily.

You could also use this as a big Valentine card and could write the message in permanent ink.

heart board finishedYou can hang it up for your true love to see each morning or give it to them as a gift.

She Who Loves Heartsy-Crafts

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I blogged yesterday about hosting a Butterfly Themed Party recently.

Not one to do things by half-measures, not only was the food and decor butterfly themed, but I insisted those attending join me for a butterfly craft.

I hadn’t tried it before, so it was a good thing the process was easy.

You basically need:

a book you don’t mind hacking to pieces

glue (school glue would work fine)

scissors

a marking pen

a butterfly cookie cutter

floral wire

wire cutters

butterfly craft cut outs on pageRip two pages out of the book and, using the cookie cutter, trace your butterfly patter on the page.

butterfly craft cutting out one

Cut out the pattern, making sure you cut both pages together.

buttterfly craft getting ready to glue

Open your butterfly, like you would bread for a sandwich. Measure two pieces of wire to lay cross-wise across your butterfly and cut them with wire cutters. Set the wire aside.

 

butterfly craft gluing sideLiberally apply glue to the edges of one piece of your butterfly.    Place the wire on the glue then lay the top piece on top of the wire (like you were making a butterfly sandwich with the paper and glue – in other words, make sure you get the inside pieces together so the edges match up.)

butterfly craft cut out

Let the glue dry…

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And then you can shape the butterfly however you want.

You can give it a light wash with water color, if you so desire, or poke a hole and tie a thread through it if you want to hang it. If you wanted to make dozens of these and string them together, they’d look really cool hanging from the ceiling.

Set these on a bookshelf, tuck into a corner. I bet if you make one, you’ll find yourself wearing a big ol’ grin when you look at it!

She Who Likes Wordy Butterflies

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