It is my favorite time of the month again when I get to join up with my besties and share with you another episode of The International Bloggers Club. This edition marks our one year anniversary since starting this special challenge and it has been an amazing hear full of fun projects and also a learning experience as we learn about each others' countries.
For those of you who are new here, we are five bloggers who live in different parts of the world and we share our projects and traditions from each of our countries. This month we are focusing on Valentine's Day and a Framed Heart Craft.
Here in Greece Valentine's Day has only become popular since the 1980's. We do not have a St. Valentine in the Greek Orthodox Church so it was a bit strange for us to celebrate him. But like so many other imports from the west, we have come to embrace this special day of romance.
The photos of the hearts are from Varvara's shop, Wedding Planner Shabby Chic.
The young and not so young celebrate by exchanging gifts, flowers or candy. And as Greeks we always look for excuses to go out. In fact the taverns and restaurants are full on this special day.
On a more personal note, my husband and I usually stay in. We light a big roaring fire and have a candlelit dinner. Last year we had a Valentine's Day breakfast, which you can read about here.
Today I'm going to share a quick craft with you. Its a Framed Heart for Valentine's Day. I started out using a frame that I already had. This was from my first project ever on the blog here. You can really use any old frame.
I simply popped out the wooden piece in the center. It was a piece of wood that had been decoupaged with a piece of fabric.
Being the lazy blogger that I am, I didn't even bother to remove the original fabric, I just wrapped a red flowery fabric on top of the original. And then I popped it back in. The reason for this is because after Valentine's Day is over I want my original floral artwork back. No point in gluing it and having to deal with that.
I then found two pieces of wire, I think they must have been from hangers, shaped into a hoop. I bent them into a heart shape. No perfection needed here.
And what did I do? Why I channeled my inner "Twine Lady" and let loose! I wrapped that heart in no time. And with the ends I made a bow on top. You all know how much I love using twine, I have a whole bunch of projects with it. I've even wrapped a storage unit, which you can see here.
Here you can see how the fabric looks with the frame. All I needed to do was secure the twine heart so it would hang in front.
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With a tiny white ribbon I was able to dangle the twine heart over the frame.
It's simple with just the right amount of red!
A little distressing on the frame. Back in the day before I knew what sandpaper was I used a knife to do this. I certainly have come a long way.
The heart may be down to earth with the twine, but it is also strong. Is it a metaphor?
And that wraps it up for this edition of the Int'l Bloggers Club Challenge and my contribution of the Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft. How do you celebrate Valentine's Day in your country? Do you do something out of the ordinary?
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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