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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Trash to Treasure Valentine Treats

A few weeks ago I talked about how I was making valiant attempts to clean my office/ sewing/craft room. Honestly, it’s going to take me some time.

But I recently created some sweet treats from things I almost decided to throw in the trash.

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If you are a crafter you no doubt have bits and bobs of things sitting in boxes, tins and folders. As I was cleaning I came across vintage doily placemats torn beyond traditional use, old greeting cards, paper that had yellowed, tiny pieces of old fringe as well as bits of scrapbooking paper that were too small for much use.

Why was I hanging on to all this useless clutter???

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A large pile started to grow on the office floor. It was destined for the paper recycler. During this purge my daughter came in to visit and we started talking about the blogger luncheon and Valentine exchange I am hosting this Thursday. (Anyone can come, just email me. :)

I had yet to think about what type of Valentines I would bring to the exchange. Then the lightbulb was lit and the paper punches and a glue stick came out.  

The potential trash was transformed.

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It’s a bit of a trash to treasure Valentine transformation handcrafted with heart.

Even the backs were decorated.

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I also wanted to include an actual sweet treat with the cards and began to consider what I had on hand. I thought back to some things I had bought online that had been a big disappointment.

I once ordered what was advertised as soft pink feathers. I had planned to use them for an Easter craft. But what arrived on my doorstep were bright neon pink feathers. The problem was that it would cost more money to return them for a refund so….into the craft abyss they went.

The clear bags were also an online disaster in that the size turned out to be too small for much good. But when paired with brightly colored Valentine kisses the two previously unused items aren’t so bad.

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Small bits of ribbon also finally found a use.

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So other than the cost of the Hershey kisses I was able to create 12 sets of Valentine goodies for next to nothing.

That is a sweet treat!

Laura

Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Stonegable, A Stroll Thru Life, Savvy Southern Style, Made in a Day, Charm Bracelet Diva, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, Classy Clutter, 21 Rosemary Lane, The 36th Avenue, Craftberry Bush, French Country Cottage, Imparting Grace, The Charm of Home, AKA Design + Life, Tatertots and Jello, The SITS Girls, Funky Junk Interiors, The Dedicated House, Simple Details, Sundays At Home and…

TOHOT

9 comments :

Stacey said...

You're so good! You constantly inspire me to get out my scissors and make something!

Lisa said...

So cute! I like the feathers!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Valentine cuteness!

Botanic Bleu said...

Laura,
So sad to miss the gathering for lunch on Feb. 11, especially after seeing your handmade Valentines and treats. Thinking it's time to "quit my day job" so I have more time for fun with friends. :) Hope to be able to join everyone for the next gathering whenever it is.

Judith

Linda said...

Very sweet and thoughtful as always :)

I put together my Valentine gifts over the weekend and while not exactly "made" - I did make one for my husband - a little drawing of me in a folding frame that has "XO" on the other side. It's something that only really he would get - but, I'm holding a heart that says "STILL NEEDY" (I gave him a similar drawing years ago on a handmade Valentine's Day card that said simply "NEEDY").

Hope you enjoy a wonderful week!
Linda

The Charm of Home said...

Just beautiful Laura! I'll link up to your new party! I just added the link!

my cup of tea said...

Adorable!!
Donna A

Grammy Goodwill said...

You certainly made lovely Valentines from scraps.

Auntie Em said...

Your creations are so cute! There is no such thing as trash to a paper crafter (or any crafter for that matter! lol) Just stuff full of unused potential!

The dainty little Valentine's crafted from the little snips and bits are what Valentines were made out of in my Mother's time. She and her sisters would make pretty ones for their best friends from little pieces they had saved. How much sweeter than the ugly commercial ones the kids pass around now.

Thanks for sharing this sweet ideas! <3