Making love go 'round on Valentine's Day~ + FIRST GIVEAWAY!



I hope everyone is having a wonderful Valentine's Day.  This post is a bit heavy with information and may need to be digested bits at a time so here we go:

bit #1: A special thanks to the great people of Mayarts.com for giving me the great opportunity to create "something" with their fabulous ribbons. I'm posting a quick "how to" on brooches for those of you that are in the search for an easy project that's adorable for spring. So here's the quickest how to:

If the pictures are not self explanatory, then the steps are easy as 1,2, and 3. Cut a strand of ribbon any where from 12-18 inches. (the more ribbon, the wavier the frill) either with a sewing machine, or by hand, give it a simple stitch. (you will be pulling on one of the loose strands to make it wavy) cut 2  circles about 2.5 inches in diameter and using a glue gun, glue the ribbon to the felt turning it as you go. Embellish the centers with buttons, clips, pearls, or anything sparkly, and Voila!
Feel free to add feathers, lace or any other decorative embellishments to make your brooch unique!
you can find the backings at any Hobby Lobby or art supply store. Give it a few stitches, and ta da!
I made a handful of these to give away to family, friends and new blogger friends which brings me to...

 Bit #2: I thought of the theme of "Love makes the world go 'round" for this Valentine's Day because of all the chaos I've been hearing on the news. I wanted to give these brooches away as a sign of love and friendship that would be given free as a "pay it forward" if you will. A few of these were mailed out and are still on their way to their destination (thanks to my procrastination and bad weather) but I will be posting about the recipients as I receive the photos. Which brings me to...

Bit #3: Meet Tiffany who's sporting the fruits of my labor! (patting my self on the back, hahaha) Thanks so much for the support Tiffany! I hope you get to wear it often with those awesome looks of yours ;)

And finally (phew!) Bit #4: My first Giveaway! Hooray!

In the spirit of making more of these go 'round, I'm giving one away, so if you want one of these babies, here's what you got to do:

There are TWO entries possible. For each entry, you must leave a separate comment.
1. Comment and tell me how you first heard of my blog. 
(Accident's happen, and my blog could be a happy accident :) )

  2. Follow me with Google friends (if you are there, you're already in the giveaway!)

Good Luck! 
Winner will be drawn Friday February 18th. 
Have a "lovey dovey" day :D

24 lovely comments:

  1. I found your blog because you somehow found mine. It's serendipity!

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  2. Those are some cool brooches.

    windowshopz.com

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  3. Very cool. I found you because you found me. :) I accidentally found all of the blogs I follow.

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  4. I found your blog from your May Arts contest entry. Thanking you for the quick tutorial. I think I'm ready to try one now!

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  5. Hi! I'm your newest follower :) I found you through The Daybook! Happy accident! These brooches are super cute, nice work!
    ~Rachel
    www.silverliningdecor.blogspot.com

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  6. I just found your blog, and I'm your newest follower! I found your blog through a comment of yours on The Daybook!
    I love these brooches, maybe I can try to make some of my own!
    xo Paige Renae
    paigerenae.blogspot.com

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  7. I don't want to enter since you gifted me with one already (THANK YOU!) But just wanted to come here and let you know how much I love it and it's so pretty! Whoever wins one is a lucky girl!

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  8. I heard about your blog from the comment you left one mine. :)

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  9. I'm your newest follower! Your blog is adorable!! :)

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  10. Those are so cute and it looks amazing on Tiffany, of course!

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  11. My friend loves your blog, so I heard about your blog when she told me..

    Love your Blog already.

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  12. I follow you on google friend finder

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  13. Beautiful brooches! I found you through the May Arts blog.
    DeniseB

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  14. I love how creative this is! I'm so happy I found your blog! I'm using this for Valentine's day next year!

    I'm your NEWEST follower! I hope you will visit me and follow me back!

    xx Erica

    www.ericawark.com

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  15. I signed up to be a follower too.
    DeniseB

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  16. I am an avid reader of Tiffany's blog and she mentioned how good you were :)I am a new follower!

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  17. I follow brom Tiffany's blog, I love what yo made for her!

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  18. i found you from tiffany . . . anyone she loves, i love (well, that sounds stalkerish, but you know what i mean:))

    -suzanne

    http://awkwardlychic.com

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  19. i love your pins! i found your blog from tiffany and i'm in love!

    cute and little

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  20. Love love love your creations! So pretty. I found your blog through Tiffany's post, and I'm now a follower :)

    ebrock2007@gmail
    Emily

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  21. Oops, put both my entries in the first comment - so here is my second :) I'm a follower!

    ebrock2007@gmail.com

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