Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day and a Valentine's Vase



I still have a bit of a vendetta against V-Day and my bf and I don't celebrate it much. We have 365 other days this year (being leap year) to show each other we care, and that's good enough for us :)

Anyway, I also didn't feel the need to decorate much up until a few weeks ago, when finally all the Vday posts around blogland got to me. So I went to the Dollarama and bought a few things. (I already posted this pic to my Facebook, but since I got a total of 1 follower, I think you haven't seen it lol; like my Facebook page for more sneak peaks!)



Out of that stash, I managed to make the almost pre-made garland, and an other vase. Haven't gotten to painting those wooden signs yet. But then again I was still doing some Christmas crafts last week, so I think I'm gonna get these done this year still lol



After making my previous turquoise vase, I got an itch to try and make it work with a different vase shape, and then I got an idea to make one for Valentine's. And of course it couldn't be as simple as just painting it pink or red...



What I wanted was to make it two or three toned, and have a heart in the center. So basically I wanted to cover a patch the shape of a heart, paint the vase, remove the patch then repaint an other color.



Silly me thought using painters tape would work.



I diluted the paint, in the end non-diluted paint is hard to swish around.



I crossed my fingers that it would work.





Needless to say, it didn't. Oh boy it didn't. After wishing I had a Silhouette to make me a proper vinyl shape that would stick, I just painted the whole thing pink.

And it dried perfectly! The problem with the other one WAS the taper in the vase. This one, with its bigger opening, dried perfectly! Hooray, my idea (simplified) did work.




(It cracked at the bottom, but it's ok no one can see, and that tells you it's finished drying.)

So here's my Valentine's vase in the end:



Yeah, I know it's just a pink vase... Eventually I will put a tree branch in it and hang some hearts from it, like next year because I'm too late now.

Now, I got a lot of comments from my previous vase wondering if it would hold up to water. Though I really didn't want to try adding water to the turquoise vase, I was willing to with this one. I figured if it screwed it up I could just start over.

And screw it up it did. The water made the paint bubble and peel off. BUT, that means I get to start over! With a different idea; or well same idea, different execution. I'm thinking of using contact paper instead to make the stencil, hope that will stick better and not let the paint under. We will see. The other option would be to stamp the heart instead, but that would be no fun, right?

Also...



I know I'm a day late, but we had problems with our internet yesterday and the post just didn't happen. Hope you don't mind ;)



I bought myself this miniature rosebush, not necessarily for V-Day but since it's when they have them in stock... I remember several years ago my dad had bought me and my mom one each for Valentine's Day, and from then on I always said I don't want a guy to get me a bouquet of flowers, a whole plant is much better, lasts longer;) Needless to say, I don't think that plant lived the year, but this time will be different. It's easier for me to take care of several plants than just one.

Thanks for reading!



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9 comments:

  1. I like the end result! Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. You could try a clear coat lacquer spray paint to seal it. When I painted vases in the past I used this. I used spray paint to color the vases (design master) not acrylics so I'm not sure if it will work. BTW love the pink vase w/ branches and hanging hearts idea!!!

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  3. All in all it was pretty vase, but now you can do it how you like. :) You could etch the outside, that would give the heart a definite shape and make it look different. You just wouldn't be able to change it's color. Good luck!

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  4. pretty vase!


    I’d love if you would come link this up at From Scratch Friday!

    ~Christina
    www.marriagefromscratch.blogspot.com

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  5. Love the rose bush. Thanks for keeping it real and showing your creative process!

    We're just starting a new link up party and if you're interested we'd love to have you join in: http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/02/wayward-weekend-week-5.html

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  6. Still turned out adorable!!

    I would absolutely love if you linked this up to my new linky party going on now!!!

    http://www.classyclutter.blogspot.com/2012/02/saturday-spotlight-3.html

    xoxo, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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  7. I love your vase. Thanks for sharing the mess up! Glad I'm not the only one whose projects don't always go as planned. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel

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  8. LOVE it! I love the colorful vase! Thanks so much for sharing at Cutesy Monday! I love seeing what you link up every week :)

    XO! Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

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