Hello friends. If you are here from the Spring craft blog hop welcome, I hope you enjoy, stick around and peruse some more of this here blog. I have some fun things going on! If you have no clue what I am talking about with the blog hop head on over after reading this awesome tutorial packed with love and link up your project. I was asked to take place in a blog hop with 19 bloggers and decided to create this simple and easy Valentines day decor. The holiday is all about love. I am feeling nature right now with my home so I put the two together.
I took a scarp piece of wood. I will not even begin to tell you which project this is from. We have a lot of leftover wood. This is one of them. I cut it into my desired size.
Then broke out my left over stains. One the left is a walnut finish on the right is a beach washed gray. These are the rocks I will be using. I thought the walnut was a little too dark for the rocks. I wanted some variation between the two.
This is after it is stained. I know, not much to show for it. I was looking for a subtle and rustic appeal. I mean I am making a heart out of rocks, obviously it is not a polished look I am going for.
I got these smooth dark gray rocks from Michaels craft store in a bunch. I usually hate buying rocks, but I needed a lot of small ones. Also all of our rocks are covered in snow, so buying rocks it is.
I played around with size and location for the heart. Once I got that right I lined up the rocks in a heart shape outline.
Using my hot glue gun.
Pressing the rock down for a few seconds to make sure it is secure.
Here is the outlined heart. Time to fill it with love, or really just more rocks.
Did I mention Gavin has a obsession with rocks? I could not get this boy away from me during this project. Dale was in the garage working on another project, which usually Gavin is all over. But, I was doing something involving rocks, he was not moving. He kept sneaking small rocks into his pockets when he thought I was not looking. I let him get away with it because he is too cute, and I had a lot of rocks left over.
I then filled in the center. Spreading them all out and flattening them in to make sure there was as snug of a fit as possible. I then went rock by rock and hot gluing them down. It took a while. I got some finger cramps from it. I bleed for home decor people! Well, there was not real blood. I really just had a lot of those pesky strings that are forever coming from the hot glue gun and attaching to everything.
It did not seem done to me yet. So I broke out one of my kids red markers, wrote the word love. Confession time, I eyeballed the Love word, and got it slightly off centered from the heart. I panicked for .2 seconds and then improvised by adding a smaller heart in the right corner of the word. It looks so cute, it can be passed off as intentional. That is my story and I am sticking to it. All of my projects are well thought out masterpieces of perfection. And never a fail that I fix. You guys believe me, right?
With my always planned second heart addition (wink, wink) it is done.
I heart this project, yes I have been trying to figure out a place to say that. I mean it is a Valentines project, with the word love and two hearts in it. I had to do it.
I whipped up a quick little tablescape by shopping my Valentines decor and some wonderful glitter mason jars I created for FancyShanty.com. It was a fun afternoon of me creating as much pink and sparkle that has ever been in my home. I love my little rustic heart piece. It is simple and sweet. Just like love is (wink, wink). I hope you guys liked this, did it get you excited for Valentines day? It made me realize I have a husband that I need to start preparing some kind of gift for. Time to become super wife and make it happen. I hope you head on over to the Spring craft blog hop and see a ton more inspiration. Probably with more talent and less corny jokes then you get with this one. Enjoy!