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Monday, January 21, 2013

Valentine's Day Peat Pots

Bonjour Mes Amis!
It's a cold and snow dusted day here at the chateau, the perfect excuse to cozy up and work on some fun projects!
I had so much fun creating Christmas peat pot baskets, that I could hardly wait to put together some for Valentine's Day.
Have you caught the peat pot addiction??!

I began by painting the pots a creamy white, with a bit of glitter mixed in for some added sparkle.
I then had fun filling them with various bits and pieces that I had on hand.  I picked up these puffy red glittered hearts at Michael's.  Love!
For the graphics, I printed out these sweet cherub images that I found at Magic Moonlight.   .
Aren't they darling?  I mounted them on chipboard, and glittered them with Stickles glitter glue.  Adorable tiny clothepins were clipped to the corners, to hold various charms such as little keys and a heart. All tied on with baker's twine from Target.
Oh, I first filled the pots with crinkly shredded brown craft paper, and some shredded vintage sheet music.
I left a bit of room inside to tuck chocolates or other yummy surprises.
The hardest part of the project was making the crepe paper ruffles.  Basically you sew a running stitch, being oh so careful not to tear the crepe paper.  Easier said than done!  Then very gently draw it up to create a ruffle, and hot glue to the inside edges.
Isn't the pink felt heart trim the cutest?  Thanks to my blogging friend Kim who gave the heads up when she first discovered it, I picked up a few rolls of it at Target (or "Tar-jay", as I like to call it!).
More chipboard and vintage sheet music were used to create hearts for the front of the pots (glittered, of course!), and were embellished with pretty rhinestone and pearl brads.
I also tucked a few tiny cream silk flowers inside, which I covered in a dusting of glitter.
'Cause you all know my saying:
 "You can never have too much glitter!"

I had so much fun creating these!  
Now the wheels are turning and I'm looking ahead to making some for Easter!

Hope you all have a fun and creative day!
Linking up with Timewashed for Blissful Whites Wednesday
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Musings from Kim K. said...

You know I'm addicted to making these little cuties. Love all your special embellishments...especially the glitter! How's the snow in your area of MI? It's just beautiful outside. Very cold. But beautiful.

Susie said...

Donna, You are really thinking..I love those little pots so much. You could make them to fit into any season. When you get finished , do you sparkle and shine with glitter all over?? I remember spraying a glittery spray outside once and when I go to work, everyone asked about my shiny face. LOL.xoxo,Susie

Pascale said...

They are so great. Really love them. Regards, Pascale

Tete said...

You know I love them, well except for the glitter parts, but I love the ruffle.
Looks like you had fun making them and can't wait to see what you come up with for Easter. Always looking for fun trims to add to things, aren't you?
Hope you have a warm week, even if it is inside.

Trisha said...

I think I need to go out and find some peat pots because these are just way too adorable! I can see that the possibilities are endless!


Bente said...

Hi Donna. I love the gorgeous pots. What a great idea.

Have a beautiful day.


Karen said...

The peats are so pretty, perfect for Valentines day.

Blondie's Journal said...

These are just darling and look so fun to make. I really like the pink heart trim!


Connie said...

I am in love with these. I can not wait to try my hand at making some of my own:)
Thank you for your amazing inspiration.
You're the best!
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

NanaDiana said...

Donna- Those are just darling. You did a wonderful job, as usual!!! Glad to see you are back to glittering~ xo Diana

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Some of the cutest peat pots I've ever seen. Nice job, Donna.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love peat pot pretties...yours are beautiful...and I especially love the charming crepe paper ruffles!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Now how cute are those!!! Love the pink heart trim!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, OMG are these darling. I love them and all the sweet Valentine details you added. Just precious and I can see how much fun they must of been to create. I actually saw these today at the Dollar Tree and after coming home could kick myself for not getting a few. Now you have inspired me.

Hope you had a nice long weekend. We have been crazy busy and finished the bed and bath painting. Back to normal now and hubby back to work. It felt like Monday today. Now my week is off with the extra long weekend.
Happy Creating and have fun.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Sue said...

I was invited to a Valentines lunch for charity and all blog ladies will be there...since we always bring little gifts for all who attend these would be adorable...thank you for sharing....I see you love PAris....my last two posts are all about Paris....we were there for the holidays....please stop by and say hi if you get the chance...

Plumfield House Gardens said...

Adorable!!!! Oh..... where is the time, I have to make some of these, or are you selling them?

Debbie said...

These are so sweet, Donna! You always go the distance when you put things together. Right down to the glitter!

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

These are so cute! Everything about them including the goodies inside, the postcard, the little felt hearts! so pretty!

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

You're so clever Donna! You really pay close attention to detail and prettiness. These peats are neats!
(love that pink heart trim!)

Little Miss Maggie said...

Donna, these are adorable. Perfect for Valentine's Day. Very sweet and festive.

Stacey said...

Those are so sweet! I can imagine sharing those with girlfriends. Only a woman would understand the work that went into them. :)

Debra@CommonGround said...

these are so adorable! I love anything made from peat pots, perfect for a special little gift!