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Best of the Blogs: Valentine’s Day

We’re excited to announce a new post series on Style Spotters that highlights a few of our favorite blogger projects. Every month we’ll share a round-up of ideas we love, focused on a specific topic. Sounds fun right? First up: DIY Valentine’s Day crafts from a few of our friends from Alt Summit!

 

1) We loved Ashley of Sugar & Cloth’s fun Cute as a Button post about wrapping Valentine’s Day gifts!

 

Photo Credit: Sugar and Cloth

 

2) Haeley from Design Improvised reused yarn pom-poms from her Christmas tree to make this festive Valentine Wreath.  What a cute way to recycle crafts! 

 

Photo Credit: Design Improvised

 

3) What a sweet gift! Erin of House of Earnest created this adorable Bee Mine Valentine.

 

Photo Credit: House of Earnest

 

4) Amber of Damask Love showed readers how to create this adorable DIY Paper Ribbon Banner.

Photo Credit: Damask Love

 

5) Jenny from Hank & Hunt went outside of the typical Valentine’s Day color scheme to create this Floating Heart Backdrop.

 

Photo Credit: Hank & Hunt

6) Kelly of Studio DIY gave us great ideas for packaging small Valentine’s Day gifts with her Glitter Heart Bags.

Photo Credit: Studio DIY

7) We think these DIY Painted Cork Coasters from Sarah at Sarah Hearts are perfect for a Valentine’s Day soiree!

Photo Credit: Sarah Hearts

8) And we’ll be definitely be making these cute Heart Clips from Mandy at Fabric Paper Glue!

Photo Credit: Fabric Paper Glue

 

What are you crafting for Valentine’s Day? We love to share something handmade and from the heart with our friends and family. If you have a project you’d like to share with us, send an email to BHGBloggers@Meredith.com for the chance to be featured in our monthly Best of the Blogs series.

 

Happy crafting!

-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor


Style Spotter Editor

BHG Behind-the-Scenes: Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles

As an editor with Do It Yourself magazine and BHG.com Decorating, I’m constantly surrounded with beautifully created items for the home. And being a lover of all things handcrafted, getting the opportunity to check out an independent craft market couldn’t have been a more exciting opportunity for me.

This past weekend, I traveled to sunny California to take in Renegade Craft Fair’s Los Angeles edition, held at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The Saturday & Sunday event brought in makers from all across the country, selling their wares and taking in the vibrant handmade scene. Poppy colors and geometric shapes reigned supreme, but there was a strong showing of organic shapes and natural elements, too. I’ve compiled ten of my favorite booths here (in no particular order)—check them out!

1. Bird and Feather: This terrarium and craft shop also sells gorgeous terrarium-making supplies for those that want to DIY a mini garden of their own. 2. Paper Pastries: The LA-based stationery studio sells fabulous cards and paper goods, but it’s their custom calligraphy rubber stamps that really caught my eye. 3. Kik Design: Handprinted letterpress cards with fun, to-the-point salutations cover almost every special occasion (and even the everyday ones, too). 4. Flock Home: These hand-printed alphabet onesies, as well as the rest of the line’s illustrated textiles, feature eco-friendly linens and non-toxic dyes.  5. Amy Marcella: Illustrated calendars, textiles, and cards that feature modern botanicals would freshen up any space. 6. Eri Sugimoto: This patterned pottery is created using a one-time-use hand-cut pattern, but is microwave and dishwasher safe. Beautiful and usable! 7. Bird Mafia: Cut paper artwork amazes me every time—and this dimensional fox scene was no different. Though small in scale, it was huge on impact. 8. Catherine Reece: Hand-drawn illustrations and patterns decorate her pottery pieces and tableware. Aren’t these teeny vases adorable? 9. JFish Designs: These slipcast ceramic planters would be cool on their own, but those candy-colored interiors really make them shine. 10. The Bocket Store: Sarah rescues vintage vessels and gives them a new life with her signature hand-painted dots.

For the full list of artists that were at the fair, click here and check out their shops.

 

–Alexa Fornoff, Do It Yourself