Almost every time I travel home, after several relaxing days, I inevitably start to itch to do something creative. Without my sewing machine or a place to paint, I raid my mom’s needlepoint stash or hit up a local craft store. On one of my last trips, I picked up this little guy.
You would think after so many trips, I’d start bringing stuff to do. And sometimes I do. Either way, once I get home, life gets busy and whatever project I am working on gets quickly stashed away.
Recently, I came across my little Arizona find and decided it was time to finish it up and get it framed for Valentine’s Day.
This makes me crazy happy to be able to add it to my February decorations.
However, since this isn’t my personal design, I thought it would be fun to send a little love your way with two of my own cross-stitch patterns. I didn’t re-invent the wheel, but I did come up with something that you have my full permission to print and enjoy.
The first is two simple little hearts.
Click for Pattern: Two Hearts
The second is a little XOXO action. Hugs and Kisses from me to you.
Click for Pattern: XOXO
I used leftover aida cloth from my Christmas project and red and pink embroidery floss that I had around. You can use any color for these projects, but I used DMC floss #309 (red) and #335 (pink)
I picked up these teal frames at Target – 2 for $3.99. They are 2.5 x 3.5 inch and perfect for these designs. I also found the white one at Michael’s for $1.49. Tiny frames are pretty easy to come by and the ones from Target come in a variety of colors.
Once the little projects were finished, I ironed them and then popped them into the frames.
These are seriously quick and simple to whip out. I’m still trying to figure out how I didn’t finish the one on vacation. Maybe it’s all the eating and sleeping getting in the way.
I like the variety of color and the opportunity to mix and match them.
Note: I went back to Target for the pink frames and I picked up black ones too.
Every time I walk by this, it makes me smile.
So what kind of Valentine’s craftiness are you up to? Do you decorate for February 14th? Do you get the creative bug on vacation? Tell me I’m not the only one.