Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Have a heart

This year I plan to decorate my mantel differently each month, in as seasonal a fashion as I can.  The plan is to either make things or use what I already have at home as much as possible.

February of course means that Valentines Day springs to mind as a theme for decorating.  A few weeks ago, I showed you this fabric and buttons, they were meant to be main part of my February mantel.


I had planned to make a heart decoration using buttons sewn to a piece of fabric and then displayed in a heart shaped picture mount that I had bought.  It didn't work at all and looked totally wrong.  So I undid what I had started to make and decided that I would just glue the buttons down on a piece of card and put that behind the mount instead.

Before I had chance to start that I saw this wonderful post from Chel and knew straight away what I had to do - copy her!  I hope that you don't mind Chel. I have copied your idea, but to be clear everyone, it is Chel's idea! 

I already had the fabric that I had tried to use to start with and I had an old embroidery hoop tucked away, and of course the buttons.  So taking Chel's idea I started to make a freeform heart and then just kept adding more and more buttons until I had a shape that I was happy with.  I noticed that there was a 3D effect forming so I kept adding more buttons to increase that and give it real dimension.

This is the work in progress.


I have a little bit of shopping the house to do and another couple of things to make and then at the weekend I will make the switch on the mantel from icy and cold January to the warm hearts of February!  The first element is finished though.  Here it is - a button heart!




You can see what I mean about the dimension here.  The back was finished by cutting the fabric in a circle just over an inch larger than the hoop and then I did a running stitch around the edge and pulled the thread fairly, but not too, tight to gather it together.  If I was planning to display this for longer I would then add a backing on to that.


I am so pleased with the way this turned out.  It is much better than my first attempt and just what I wanted - all thanks to you Chel!


Before I end, a last chance for a look at January...


Amy

P.S. Could I have made that any clearer, Chel's idea, not mine!

58 comments:

  1. Lovely Amy and Chel. As I was thinking about doing my mantel for a monthly thing too, I was also thinking Valentine Day, so I'll see what I come up with. Must show my plain old one to start with and hope to change it each month. Can't wait to see yours. Take care.

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  2. It looks brilliant Amy! I love the 3d effect that building up the buttons makes. You did make me laugh with your references to me but you have taken it to a whole gorgeous level. The colours are brilliant and the back of yours is just amazing - a lot neater than mine :-) I'm looking forward to seeing your finished mantel xx

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  3. That is perfectly beautiful Amy and I love your red version. I saw Chel's post and was very inspired by her button heart too. There is definitely room for many button hearts.

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  4. Amy - that's so pretty. Your mantel is going to look great. :) x

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  5. Fabulous. I live this idea. Well done to you both. I maybe making one myself very soon x

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  6. I can't believe January is almost over, where has the time gone? The button heart is beautiful, I am a great fan of buttons and that is a wonderful way to use some up.

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  7. What a lovely idea, and beautifully done. The running stitch round the back to keep it neat is a good way of finishing it. I shall look forward to seeing your new warmer mantel, hard to believe it's almost February. CJ xx

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  8. I love your button heart Amy and I'm looking forward to seeing your February mantel xx

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  9. Lovely idea to do a theme each month, I love the idea Amy and Chel for the button heart, looks brilliant on the fabric and the effect of the 3D brings it to life. Looking forward to seeing your finished mantle xcx

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  10. What a really pretty idea, Amy. I love things made with buttons (of course, I love sewing!). Your red heart is perfect for Valentine's Day, and I really like Chel's heart too. You have probably started a trend which will fly around the world this week :) xx

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  11. Lovely - I'm a big fan of all things heart shaped! X

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  12. Striking Amy! So well done! A touch of color always helps.

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  13. Chel had a wonderful idea and you executed it beautifully! I can't wait to see your finished mantel.

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  14. Your heart is beautiful. I saw Chel's too and it is also lovely.

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  15. I LOVE this - you have the patience of a saint to sew all those buttons! It really does look fantastic, I may be copying this idea!

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  16. Very pretty Amy, just love the red buttons..
    Amanda xx

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  17. So gorgeous - I love it Amy, Kate xx

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  18. What a FAB idea and equally fab execution of it! Your heart looks lovely, so bright & cheery. Can't wait to see your February mantel - although I do sooo love the January pom-pom garland too :-)
    xx

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  19. Your button heart came out beautifully Amy. I saw Chel's that she made too. Such a cute idea. Did you hot glue each button or sew them? It sounds like tedious work to me. lol I'm starting to get some Valentine's decor out too. We're having a blizzard here today. It's wicked outside!

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  20. I love. love. love your execution of Chel's idea!! You made a great team in inspirations!! blessings ~ tanna

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  21. Gorgeous and well made by you! I saw Chels and want to try it too!
    Have a great week!

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  22. What a great idea Amy! It's beautiful and will look lovely on your mantel. Can't wait to see the finished result!

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  23. Buttons in a heart shape are a perfect duo. What a pretty, and simple decoration. Can't wait to see what else you put up on the mantle for February! Wendy x

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  24. Pretty! Looking forward to seeing February's mantlepiece. I miss having a fireplace and mantlepiece, such a nice focal point to have in a lounge :)

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  25. How clever are you (and Chel!!)?
    Jane x
    PS Thank you XX

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  26. love it! I always try to pop up little seasonal bits around the house. Cant believe it is almost February! I hope you have a wonderful week!

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  27. What a clever girl you are with your buttons sewn together. I can't wait to see the entire mantel.

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  28. I wonder who's idea that was, lol. It looks brilliant and I like Chel's too.

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  29. You must have the patient of a saint to have sat and sewn on all those buttons, but the effect is beautiful. Such a talented lot there are in blogland.

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  30. Love the heart, lots of love went into I can tell.

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  31. That button heart is SO cute! I can't wait to see how you decorate your mantel for Valentine's Day.

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  32. It came out really cute. It will be a warm addition to the mantel in the coming month.

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  33. Beautiful Amy! Looking forward to seeing your mantel for February.

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  34. Hey Amy whose idea was it again?!? I'm sorry I'm being a goof ball. Love your heart it's so pretty and cheerful. Your mantel will look so full of heart this month!!

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  35. oh wow very cool! have not seen anything like your heart-love it

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  36. Very pretty and effective!

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  37. Beautiful Amy! Love the dimension to it - it makes my heart go pitter pat. :0)
    Can't wait to see the Feb mantle!

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  38. You do the cutest things! It looks great!

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  39. I love button pictures and the heart is lovely. I'm planning on changing my mantel too in time for Valentine's. I had a blue theme this month prompted by the scavenger hunt - you'll be seeing it when I post the hunt results at the end of the month. x

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  40. Wonderful idea from Chel, wonderfully executed by Amy. Love it!

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  41. I love your heart decoration! It's too cute. That material that you used to back it is gorgeous. I see your pom-pom garland like mine!! (or is mine like yours? Ha.)

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  42. So many read buttons! My email is: emparko@gmail.com . xx

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  43. Very pretty, Amy isn't it wonderful how our fellow bloggers inspire us? :)

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  44. Lovely heart!
    I love button pictures!
    Would you like to follow each other?

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  45. I loved Chel's heart of buttons when she first showed it on her blog and yours is just as pretty. :o)

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  46. January looks stunning can't wait to see Feb, the heart decoration is super cute I do love a button.
    Clare x

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  47. Do you know one of the things I love most about your blog dear Amy? It's that you are always making and creating new things, there is always something fresh and lovely to see and that in itself is inspiring. New ideas, new thoughts. Well done you xx

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  48. Remind me again, whose idea was it?

    It looks lovely, whether it was your idea or an inspired adoption from a blogmate. And I'm looking forward to seeing what the mantelpiece looks like for February.

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  49. I knew the buttoned heart would turn out beautifully. It is a beautiful as I imagined it to be. I want one:)

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  50. So pretty! So is Chel's. I think I'm going to dig out some buttons and start sewing!

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  51. Very adorable Amy....I saw Chel's....it was beautiful!
    You are the crafty one,eh?
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  52. Your January mantel is so frosty-cute. Can't wait to see your buttons up there for February ---- along with all the other February things.

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  53. I LOVE this!!!! It is so festive and happy! I would love for the beans to make a piece like this one! Happy Wednesday buddy! Nicole xoxo

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  54. A lovely project, looking forward to seeing your mantel change through out the year :-)

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  55. Simple but very effective - perfect for Valentine's Day.

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  56. Oh Amy, it's soo beautiful! I really love it! And your photos are wonderful. x

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  57. I also saw Chel's post! I loved hers and I love yours! The fabric especially is gorgeous! I would love that pattern on a blouse or skirt.
    Tammy x

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