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Valentine’s Day Framed Heart craft – Int’l Bloggers Club Challenge

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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. 
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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.

Fabric Hearts from my favorite shop Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
Fabric hearts Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
hearts and roses Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
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.
framed piece of decoupaged fabric, Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com

​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. 
frame when the center wood is removed, Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
adding the new fabric on top of the decoupaged wood piece, Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
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​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. 
wire heart, Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
twine wrapped wire heart, Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
flowery fabric on wood, placed inside frame, Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
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​With a tiny white ribbon I was able to dangle the twine heart over the frame.
adding a white ribbon to hang the heart, Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
It’s simple with just the right amount of red!  
close up of heart, Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
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. 
close up of frame, Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
wire heart wrapped in twine, Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
The heart may be down to earth with the twine, but it is also strong.  Is it a metaphor?
Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com
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?
Wire heart wrapped in twine and hung over a frame that is covered with a red fabric, Valentine's Day Framed Heart Craft - Int'l Bloggers Club www.theboondocksblog.com

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​And now hop on over to visit my four friends who have also written about the traditions in their countries.  Simply click on the images below my name.  If you’d like to see more past challenges click here
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Carol

Monday 29th of January 2018

I love how you changed everything with the old frame and the jute on your heart is perfect. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Style.

Katrin

Monday 30th of January 2017

Mary it's so you and it's so beautiful, I love that happy flowery fabric, it goes so well with the frame and that sweet heart gives it the special touch!! A quick and easy decor for that special day! Enjoy!

Mary

Tuesday 31st of January 2017

The happy flower fabric really makes it burst I think. See Katrin I am learning from you how to make quick and easy.

Jackie Smith

Monday 30th of January 2017

Mary, I think I would have loved your post, but your left hand pop up with P,F,twitter, google plus, etc. comes up and on a small screen computer blocks out both words and portions of photos. In fact it covers part of the line in the comment section and to move it to the right means the scroll bar disappears on the right hand side. Thought you would want to know.

Mary

Tuesday 31st of January 2017

Jackie I am so sorry to hear that. I don't know what to do. I usually try to keep the screen clutter free. Thanks for letting me know.

Doreen@foxdenrd

Monday 30th of January 2017

Hello Mary! It's so pretty and truly reflects your style. I like how it has dimension, and that you can change it up as needed. I guess your trip is winding down? Hope you have a safe trip home!! XXX

Mary

Tuesday 31st of January 2017

That is the operative word Doreen, I like changing things up. My house is constantly changing. When my daughter's friends come over they look around the house to see what is different this week. Haha! A few more days and I'll be back home. Thanks Doreen.

Kim

Monday 30th of January 2017

Beautiful job, Mary. I love the rustic feel!

Mary

Tuesday 31st of January 2017

Thank you Kim, it was an easy one and with the addition of the twine also fun.

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