January wasn’t the happiest of months for me. A couple of things happened in the last few weeks that upset my perfect little world & put me in a weird funk. So when February hit, I felt like I needed to break out of the sadness & focus on something positive. And for me, that just happens to be decorating. At the end of last year, we bought an electric fireplace (would have preferred gas, but renters can’t be choosers) and now I once again have a mantel to decorate. And so, I put my focus on that project, determined to find a bit of happiness once again.
After scouring Pinterest for a bit, I was inspired to get crafty. Since our fireplace mantel also doubles as a TV stand, I knew I needed to decorate “down” rather than “up,” lest I, gawd forbid, block the *ahem* view, and thus settled on creating a banner for the holiday season, Saint Valentine’s Day.
So I scurried myself over to Michaels (goodness, I love that store) and got lost in there for a few hours. And believe it or not, I emerged with only $25 worth of stuff. Immense self-control, I know!!!
When I got home, I dug out the ol’ glue gun in my craft box, and lo and behold, came across some “love-themed” embellishments from when I used to do old-fashioned scrapbooking. You know, before the days of the digital age. Total surprise for me cuz I nearly doubled my loot for the project. And good thing the color for Vee Day is red, cuz Christmas ribbon helps to save on the budget, too. Wrap it around a candle, glue on a flower or embellishment, and you’ve got yourself a totally cute … spruced up candle!
I found some silver wrapping paper to wrap around another candle (I’m resourceful, I tell you) and added another flower, and from there, it just got out of control. I decorated every candle I could find in red, pink, and silver goodies. It’s very addicting. And therapeutic, too.
At Michaels, I had happened upon a pack of heart-esque card stock with a fancy edge, and I snatched it up, thinking it would save me the time of cutting out a custom edge for the banner.
In hindsight, I would have just bought standard letter-size card stock and made the cuts myself, cuz the hardest part of my project was getting my printer to print on the custom shape. One would think it wouldn’t be hard, but my printer threw a hissy-fit or something. It took many tries to get it right, and I hate wasting color ink even more so than wasting the card stock. Ink is expensive, you know. I got over it though when I saw the final outcome.
(The font I ultimately decided on was Nueva Std, if you’re wondering. And I used Photoshop custom shapes for the hearts.)
And I picked up the clear mini-vase for 99 cents at Michaels. The stones were a bit more pricey at $6.99, but I got a generous amount for the price. More than I needed, actually. They were the most expensive of everything I bought that day.
Here’s a few more candles and stuff …
I am honest to goodness LOVING the final outcome. Although maybe next year, I will splurge on some vases to sit on the floor, flanking the fireplace. But this is a good start.
Oh, and I’m beginning to get out of my funk. Thanks for asking.