"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Friday, January 25, 2013

Hearts and Flowers

I like the rhythm of the seasons and am enjoying Winter...as long as I don't have to drive on ice :)  And I am enjoying learning how you celebrate or dread or just tolerate the change of seasons.

Last year I made my first crocheted hearts using Teresa's well written and photographed free pattern which I found on her blog.  I gave away more than a dozen of the hearts I made last year so have started making more this last week.  

On Jenny's blog, Audrey Finch, I admired some wax paper, crayon hearts she  made and had great fun making some myself.  Two little grand girls helped, and their mom made some, too.  Then a friend spied them on a visit here and made  herself a batch as well.  On a layer of newspaper we laid a sheet of wax paper.  Then we shaved crayon wax onto the wax paper, put another layer of waxed paper on top of the shavings with a sheet of construction paper on top of the top sheet of waxed paper.  I pressed a warm iron on the stack of papers for just a little time.  After the paper cooled I traced hearts shapes on the top waxed paper.  I cut out the hearts and used a needle and thread to position a thread in the heart to form a loop for hanging the heart.    

I hung up three of Teresa's hearts I had made along with the wax paper hearts that I had made.  Then I hung up three of the  wonderful hearts my bloggy friend Sarah had sent me from England.

Then I positioned two of the crocheted flowers, that my bloggy friend Meredith sent me from Florida, on either side of the little pot of blooming crocus I am enjoying inside while I wait for Spring and the crocus outside to bloom.

What is your favorite type of flower? [I am especially fond of Gardenias]



  1. I love the hearts!
    My favourite fliers are daffodils and lillies.

    Have a great weekend, keep warm!

  2. I loooove hearts... Al kinds of hearts....I'm always so happy on valentines becaus eyou see all kinds of hearts everywhere...it's so much fun. I'm making some hearts myself. I'll show it soon on my blog. My favorite flower is the bird of paradise... Just love it how bright and elegant they are.

  3. Love what you've done there - hearts & flowers always bring me joy too. Gerberas, tulips & roses are my favourites.
    Wishing you a happy weekend,

  4. Oh how beautiful, I might try making some of those wax hearts with my daughter, it looks like fun. Petunias are my favourite flowers, so brightly coloured and cheerful, but so delicate and fragile.

  5. hello Gracie such a lovely post. I to love hearts and I like the sound of your wax paper hearts. I may well try that - need to get some waxed paper. I am planning some projects with hearts for a class I am doing on Thursday - eek.
    I find it hard to choose one flower as I love flowers and have so many favourites. Daffodils always cheer me, love tulips and freesias but so many other as well. Have a happy weekend. Love and hugs Anne x

  6. That all looks so pretty, I bet it brings you joy every time you look at it.
    My favourite flowers are roses, especially pink ones. I think I'm just a very girly English girl in that way!

  7. I am so glad your flowers are giving you joy, Mine favorites are gardenias too. I can not get enough of their beauty and smell. I have four bushes and I adore them.
    Happy weekend Gracie,

  8. All the hearts are lovely. :)

    I think my fav flower has to be a camellia. Pink ones. I love how pretty they are on bushes and then when they fall to the ground they are still just as lovely...it's like a blanket of pretty around the bush. :)

    Hope your weekend is filled with many blessings. :)

  9. What a happy, happy window you have Gracie! So cozy and full of warmth and love in what could otherwise be a rather dreary time of year. I love all flowers but the simplicity of daisy's really tug at my heart. Thanks for sharing your corner with us.

  10. What a good question..I Love many flowers but favorites are

    Night blooming Jasmine
    HOlly hock
    and sunflowers

  11. My favourite flowers are .... Peonies, Delphiniums, sweet peas, primrose, snowdrops, oh o could go on and on!!!!

  12. Your window looks fantastic! Very cheerful, colourful and seasonal :)
    I have one of your crocheted hearts hanging up just behind where I have my computer so that I can see it all the time :)
    My favourite flowers are daffodils, freesias and lillies.....foxgloves, dahlias, sunflowers.....peonies, wisteria, cornflowers....I could go on and on x x x

  13. How nice to see green lawn outside, and flowers and hearts inside! I particularly like those crayon hearts - they look a bit like stained glass.

    I love all kinds of flowers - it would be very difficult to choose a favourite. :)

  14. Gracie~
    I was.just thinking about making some hearts for our home...and yours are awesome! Love them :-)
    I adore all kinds of flowers from wildflowers to spring bulbs to miniature roses. Now, you have me yearning for tete a tete daffodils...
    Blessings, Aimee

  15. What a pretty post today, Gracie! I loved seeing your colourful hearts and flowers, so cheerful!
    Wishing you a happy week!
    Helen x

  16. Oh how very pretty. I love different flowers so very much it's hard to choose, but my top favourite flower is the rose (scented).

  17. They all turned out beautifully! Glad your grandkids had fun making the crayon hearts (so easy, isn't it?).


    1. Oh and I forgot to say . . . tulips. I adore them.

  18. Marigolds! Love them so much... :) Gracie, I just adore your window-decor! So sweet and charming. The dreamy little crocheted hearts you sent us last year are always up, always in view. :)

  19. You certainly look ready for Valentines! Such a lovely, colourful window corner Gracie :D


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