Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Primitive Valentines Day! Look!

Valentines Day has always, and I mean always been fun for me.  I was the kid cutting out hearts all the time.  Hearts everywhere!!  It took me forever to pick out my Valentines at Ben Franklin.  I wanted the cutest ones.  I demanded to wear red, lots of red!  I oo-ed and aww-ed over anything pink and fuzzy or red and shiny.  Red and Pink construction paper bits everywhere, getting me in trouble at home.  I kept my Valentines hidden, well after the day, so my "purge everything" mama wouldn't throw them away! LOL

And that was just in grade school!

Crafting some Valentines Day goodies early, I have some lovlies in my Etsy shop MaryMQuiteContrary I'd like to share!

I made 2 Primitive Hanging Heart Pinkeeps.  They have 3 hanging felt strawberries that have tiny black bead seeds sewn on.  This is the first one in a blue calico with red flowers and a red pocket made of quality cotton fabric.  The second one is done in osnaburg with a red and white ticking pocket.  Vintage buttons and thread and pins decorate the hearts.  I've included the cutest tiny pair of sewing scissors.  They are brand new but old stock and are extremely sharp and work terrific;  they look vintage.  Both pinkeeps were aged with walnut ink stain.  They hang by a rusty wire.  Liberty Creek Primitives pattern.

Blue Hanging Heart Pinkeep

Osnaburg Hanging Heart Pinkeep

 This adorable pillow pincushion is my own pattern and is 7 inches by 4 1/2 inches.  I used vintage fabric done in a red background with a white print.  Then I appliqued a heart shaped using a white fabric with little red hearts. 

Kitty is sewn securely on.  I made the kitty out of upcycled black wool;  she is a bitty thing at 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.  Her eyes, mouth and whiskers were hand sewn using a linen thread.  Her tail is gathered wool and her ears are pointy!  I tied a strip of the red fabric for a bow around her neck.  The back of the pincushion is made of the black wool.  I've included 2 pearly white heart shaped stick pins.

Black wool Kitty on a Vintage Pincushion with Hearts

Kitty Close-up

Here is the first of the 3 rag dolls I made.  She is 19 inches tall.  You can read all about her on my Etsy shop.  She'd be great as a Valentines Day gift with her little red and white ticking heart in her hand, but she would be great all year, too!  These 3 rag dolls were made using 3 different Bowls N Annies patterns.

Sweetheart Raggedy

 This little lady is wearing a dress made from vintage Strawberry print fabric in red and pink.  She has a bow made from a torn strip of red and white gingham fabric.

Valentine Love Raggedy

 This Vintage looking Raggedy is ready for her Valentines Day card to be signed and given to someones Sweetie!  She looks well-loved and worn.  I made her puffy-sleeved dress from a pink floral vintage childs pillowcase trimmed in stained light pink bias trim, and a vintage doily collar.

Valentines Day Vintage Raggedy

I handmade this little Valentine card with a graphic I printed out and glued to a piece of cardstock.  Inside the heart is a little sailor boy listening to romantic music on a gramophone.  I used both clear German glass glitter and red and gold.  A bow made of tea stained sheet music with a tiny red button in the middle and a red ribbon completes it.  Your own message goes inside and shes ready!
My dear Valentine handmade card

 Here I have 2 Primitive Prairie dolls 11 by 5 1/2 inches.  Each doll has handstitched faces, needle felted flax hair and have been painted, sanded and stained with walnut ink.  They both have round metal rimmed hangtags with short messages on 1 side. A Blue Moon Beginnings pattern was used.

Rosy Prim Prairie Valentine Doll

Sally Sweetheart Prim Doll
  Valentines Day wouldn't be real without some heart shaped pillows!
I used my own pattern to make these 2 pillows.  I used vintage ticking fabric in a tiny red and white stripe.  The picture kinda makes them look pink, though.  I rag stuffed them using sewing table scraps.  I used a small doily with a sprig of Sweet Annie, then tied a strip of fabric in a tie-dyed hot pink.
Each pillow has a different hang tag on it.  They are Vintage looking graphics I printed out featuring little girls with Valentines Day messages.  I glued them onto tea stained big manilla hang tags that are looped to the fabric strip by natural crochet thread. 

I hope you've enjoyed this post featuring some Valentines Day eye candy!!  Visit my Etsy shop MaryMQuiteContrary for more info!  Shop early for your sweetie or sweeties;  I'm already looking for a card for my hunk!  I'll find the perfect 1 for my perfect 1!!

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