Felt Heart Garland

Hello, my friends!

I needed something cheery to get me started this week!  Over the weekend, I worked hard on my Valentine's Day mantle.  I needed a garland of sorts.  During the fall, I saw all sorts of felt leaf garlands on Pinterest.  To me, there is nothing more "homey" than felt.  So over the weekend, I sat down and created something to help spice up my Valentine's Day decor.

This was the perfect project to work on while Mr. Oopsey Daisy was out of town. I watched a couple of chick flicks, and hand stitched these hearts together.

You can make your own with some scraps on hand!

Let's get started!

I started with the felt.   I secretly wanted to use all wool felt, but my frugal conscience got the best of me.  So I purchased the red and mustard wool felt, and I had the other colors on hand.  I LOVE the color scheme!  The mustard and turquoise were fun and unexpected pops of color.

Then I sat down and just started cutting out a whole lot of hearts!  I didn't use a pattern--just used the old traditional method of folding the fabric over to achieve a symmetrical heart.  I think I cut out about 90 hearts total.

It was 12:30 AM, and I couldn't thread the yearn through the needle for the life of me.  Finally I tried this trick of taping the end with masking tape. Duh!  It worked perfectly.

I knotted the end of the yarn to prevent fraying and then started stitching!

I made sure that I had plenty of excess yarn so I could sew as long of a garland as possible.  (I didn't want to have to thread that needle any more times than completely necessary!)

I wanted to be unpredictable, so I didn't repeat the colors in any certain pattern.  Crazy, I know!!

I just knotted the very end of the yarn, and started draping!

So what do you think?

Do you want to know something silly?

I really don't have a mantle--just this built-in area for our TV.  I avoid showing pictures of this area for some reason.  This might be its very first reveal on Oopsey Daisy. I am never sure how to decorate this little spot especially with the distraction of the television.  But one of my goals for 2012 is to be more real.  So this is us!

And I love how this little garland make our home so cheery and homey!

Thanks for reading!

Heart-Shaped Brownies {With Strawberry Marshmallows}

Be sure to link up your projects at my Wednesday's Wowzers linky party here.

There is just something about sharing sweets that makes me very happy.  You can't go wrong with a tasty treat!  Today I am sharing my all-time favorite brownies recipe.  We have been making these marshmallow brownies in our family for years.  The original recipe came from a friend of ours growing up in St. Louis, Anita B.  They're not your average brownie... Yummy marshmallows sandwiched between a layer of brownie and scrumptious frosting!

For a fun Valentine's Day twist, I used pink strawberry marshmallows and cut them into heart shapes!  It's a sweet treat to share with someone you love!

My mouth is watering all ready...

Here is how you can make your own!  (Don't forget that you can print your own recipe at the end of the post.)

First the brownie layer!

Brownies

2 sticks margarine

2 c. sugar

1/3 c. cocoa

4 eggs

1 1/2 c. flour

1 1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)

2 tsp. vanilla

1 pkg. miniature marshmallows (I used 1 pkg. of large strawberry marshmallows)

Mix butter, sugar, and cocoa together.  Add eggs; beat well after each egg.  Add flour, nuts, and vanilla.  Spread mixture in a greased cookie sheet with sides (9 x 13).  Bake 25 minutes at 350.

Take out of oven for 3 minutes.  Cool for 1 hour.  I found that I had to break apart the big marshmallows just a bit in order to spread them across the entire pan.  But aren't they so pretty and pink?

Frosting (my favorite part!)

1/2 c. margarine

1 2/3 c. powdered sugar

1/3 c. cocoa

1/2 c. canned milk

Mix and spread on top of marshmallows.


I left them in the refrigerator overnight to be sure everything set up and they would be completely firm before cutting them into heart shapes.  I used the cookie cutter as a guide, and carefully went around the shape with a knife.

Simple and sweet with just a hint of pink!

You can print the recipe for marshmallow brownies here.

While we're talking sweets, you might also like these:

Heart-shaped cake pops with printable tags.

Do you have a favorite sweet treat for Valentine's Day?

Valentine Cards With Sewn Hearts {Easy Peasy Valentines}

Happy Friday!!

Are you ready for another quick-and-easy valentine today?

Here are some simple cards with sweet nothings for someone special in your life.  And they are printable!

I must tell you that I am a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice.  I love me some P&P.  So this card just happens to be my favorite, though I did make a variety.

I created these 6 images using Photoshop.  It was a great chance for me to use as many fonts as possible. :)  Which one is your favorite?

I printed the images on a plain, "brown paper bag" type paper.  There were 6 different cards, so I printed 2 on a page. You can download your own images here if you would like to make your own.

Just cut in half and fold.

I love how the words printed out--they look stamped.  Absolutely lovely!

They were just a little plain, so I sewed a heart to the front of each card.  I raided my pile of scraps to cut out some hearts.  Don't you love using up scraps?!  I do!  These would be much cuter if they were hand stitched.  But, well, I avoid hand stitching whenever possible.

All done!

I'm thinking of giving one to my hubby every day during the week of Valentine's Day.

Have a super weekend!

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