January 16, 2012

DIY Arrow Valentines

Did you all think I forgot you? Could never happen...you are all so dear to me. But I have been trying to let this broken arm heal and it has made me a bit restless. I actually walked around the block the other day and just basked in the glorious solidarity of it. Meaning...I was alone!! And my girls became dreadfully sick. I truly wish you could see me propelling my one armed self out of bed at all hours of the night. My husband yells at me to lay down but those are my babies...broken arm or not I have to take care of them. :)

So I got in some crafting. I almost did not post these. Taking photos was totally challenging and one arm crafting is just plain hilarious! But then I figured with all the flaws, it might impress some of you that I did these one handed. Well, one handed with some right handed holding of objects. So take these with a grain of salt and hopefully you can at least come away a wee bit inspired. 
These are made with wood dowels painted white. I glued fabric, felt, and lace arrow heads and "feathers" while wrapping the middles with odds and ends like pieces of measuring tape, washi tape, yarn, and ribbon. I love the look of the random numbers from the measuring tape. Really fun.
I attached these painted wooden tags tied on with bakers twine. From left to right the hearts are made from red ticking, pink yarn, red felt, and white lace.
A message is easily written on the back to your special Valentine. These would make great gift embellishments or even use as clues for a scavenger hunt. Leave them around the house attached to little treats for your spouse or kids. They were a ton of fun to make and I bet more so with two hands!
 I have more fun ideas coming...slowly. But they will come. :)


I am also dreadfully notorious for sharing big news here on the blog and then show up with a craft and never mention anything else. So here is the latest on my arm...I have an appointment Thursday and I am praying I can be cleared to DRIVE! I am pain free and can move a lot better but the arm is atrophied so I am working on that. I do not have a true cast. Just a splint and ace bandage that I can take off to shower and work on moving my arm. I am assuming some PT is in my near future.

We have had neighbors and friends blessing our family with meals, driving Cati home from school, and just loving our family up. I am humbled by our friends and church family.

But the reality of it all set in this week when I found out from a neighbor that the paramedics said people typically don't survive a fall like that. Then yesterday my husband was up in the attic and I literally started crying in a full fledged panic. Those who know me in real life know this is not really me. I guess seeing the ceiling move and buckle as my husband walked around that hole FREAKED ME OUT!


I'll catch up with you soon friends. Hugs to each of you!

27 comments:

  1. OH MY GOODNESS -- there you are!!! you will have to check my post tomorrow! you have been on my mind every day and keren fills me in because i don't want to bother you and have you type or disturb a nap -- but WOW am i THRILLED to see you here! doing a dance!!!! so so so so happy and of course even though you are a wounded hero you still create the cutest and most wonderful creations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are just so incredibly amazing!!!! just so great to see you there with your little sling and your precious little angels around you! sending you tons and tons of hugs!!!!!!! just so glad to see you back with us -- but Take care of yourself and don't over do it!!!!! hugs!!!!

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  2. Such cute arrows, Jessica! So glad you're feeling better and healing well!

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  3. Your arrows are adorable! I can't believe you made them one handed! Would you be willing to link up this post to my Valentine Link Party going on now?! I'd love to have your creativity! http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/01/rockin-valentine-valentine-link-party.html
    May your Dr. appointment go well. Healing prayers to you! --Michelle

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  4. I'm so glad to hear you're on the mend! :)

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  5. First of all, these arrows are ADORABLE! I absolutely LOVE them! Second of all, I am seriously impressed with your photography skills! One handed?! You would have never have known!! So glad the arm is healing up well!! Love the pic with you & the girls...so cute! And p.s. if you would have never have mention all the flaws in the background...I would have never noticed! Praying for you my friend!

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  6. Girl no worries! I have been absent too but i have no excuse other than i wanted a break and spend some time with family :) Love them, they came out so cute! Your an amazing woman and God has surely given you skills! Your great at all you do even with one arm! Thank you Lord :) Rest as much as u can and don't over do it. xoxo

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  7. Such a cute project - even better when it is done with one hand! I hope your girls are feeling better and your arm gets its strength back soon! And I do have to agree that you have two super cute little girls! Take care!
    Jenn :)

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  8. Okay so I just finished commenting on Andrea's blog saying how the last time I clicked on your blog I was able to get on... It said Post not found... SOOOOO... I come back and try again... And here it is... LOL!!
    So happy to see you back and that you are recovering.... The arrows are ADORABLE!!!

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  9. Okay that was supposed to be NOT ABLE not WAS ABLE... LOL!!!

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  10. Hi Jessica. We make covers for plaster casts and have a "Tip of the Day" blog for people with injured limbs. We've featured this post today, your positive attitude is a great inspiration.

    I'm also a crafter and broke my right wrist a few months ago...I couldn't do any crafting for a couple of months and it was SO good to get back to it again.... hope all goes well with your recovery.

    Marion & Bob

    Cover My Cast

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  11. Missed you! Glad you are on the mend. And despite the arm, you look really happy. Oh and the fact that those photos were done with one hand is even more amazing. Unless you told us- I wouldn't have known. Which just goes to show, 'you can't keep a crafty girl down!'.
    :) Samantha

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  12. thanks for the update. those girls of your are precious. i am so sorry about your arm... but your latest project is just fabulous and it proves that no broken arm can break the spirit of this amazing creative force!

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  13. I LOVE THESE! You know what would also be cute (if you could find them), is use those straws that are filled with ... hmmm ... flavored sugary powder. Just little ones to hand out to the classmates.

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  14. so great to see you up and creating again! i've missed your brilliance.:D
    those are two sweet little girlies you have there...and my house looks like that everyday so don't feel too bad.;D

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  15. Well, look at those three gorgeous gals in that photo! So glad to see you smiling. Scary stuff Miss Jess but just another example of His hand on your life. Stay well and heal, heal, heal.......love you, sister!

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  16. Hi, Jessica! I just found you through Pinterest. Your Valentine ideas are adorable! Can't wait to make some of these! I'm your newest fan. I love that you love Jesus too! -Holly @ bellanest.blogspot.com

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  17. I am so happy you are getting well. I absolutely can not imagine not having both arms in perfect working order at all times! You are a saint. I look forward to more craftiness!!

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  18. Just stopped in to say a big hello and hope that old arm is healing away! Your arrows were featured on another site yesterday, you blogging rock star!

    Have a great day, hope your keeping warm! We don't seem to be!
    Kate

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  19. Love this idea! I hope you are feeling better! I had to share your Valentine Arrows on my CraftBliss Facebook page and link back to you. Take good care! ~Dee

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing I am seriously lovin these tags. Here's hoping that arm is healing well. My very first visit here I will follow on my way out. Perhaps you will find the time to come visit me soon and do the same. I look forward to engaging more throughout the year and beyond. Take care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  22. OK... Why I didn't hear about this?

    I hope you get better soon.

    Tons of love your way.

    Besos!

    PS: Could you send me your address in an email?
    I would love to send you something ;)

    Desiree

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  23. I sure hope your arm is healing!! Wanted to let you know I linked your blog up at Vintage Revival's "blog crush" party :)

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  24. Alright, FINE. NOW you're linked up at VR. ;)

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  25. Hi Jessica,
    Just wishing you a wonderful weekend! It's dreary and foggy here today but it's a SATURDAY!!! And Super Bowl Party at Lib's tomorrow!
    Kate

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  26. Miss your posts, sweet friend. Hope you are doing well and your arm is healing. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend with your family.

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  27. Hi Jessica, I just wanted to let you know that I included your arrows in a round-up of diy ideas/printables for valentine's day and wanted to share the link with you :)

    -Janelle

    http://leemaemarie.com/2012/02/05/tons-of-free-valentine-printables-diy-crafts/

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