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Grapevine Heart

If you visited the Cottage on facebook this week, you saw a 'teaser' for this project.  Go on, go take a peek, I'll wait!  
I don't know about where you live, but, around here, grapevines grow wild all over and, since most of my 'stuff' is still packed in a storage unit, I decided to use what was available.  I grabbed my clippers, went out back, and started clipping long lengths of grapevines.  It was really cold, so, let me tell you, I clipped pretty quickly! They still had some leaves...

And some great curlicues...
I grabbed a few from the pile and made this:
You can't tell from the picture, but this heart is pretty big - about 26" across and 29" tall.  I twisted together three vines for each side.  I used a piece of jute twine to tie them together in the middle, slowly bent the vines until  the were joined at the bottom, where another piece of jute twine completed the heart.  It probably took about 5 minutes, you know, one of those long, involved projects!  😉
The only problem was it was lacking something, so, out came the Cricut to cut a few flowers and leaves to add to the heart.  After curling and gluing the flowers, a few pearls were added to the centers to dress them up.  The leaves were given 'veins' with a stylus and inked for some contrast.  Here are a few close-ups:

You can see the pearls here:
The flowers were attached with hot glue.  They will be easy to remove since I'm not sure if this will be a permanent project...you never know, it may be reinvented into something else!
In the meantime, it dresses up an empty wall and it's perfect for Valentine's Day!

Hope you're staying warm in your part of the world.  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.  Feel free to comment, pin, share, and follow.  (Those 3 little lines at the top right will show you where to find me.)

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  1. That's really pretty! We have lots of vineyards but none just growing wild that I'm aware of!

    Tania

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    1. They're stuck in trees and sometimes on fences around here. The best thing about them is they're FREE!
      Thanks for stopping by Tania - have a great weekend.
      Ann

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    1. I agree, Audra. Thank you for stopping by the Cottage - come back again soon!

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    1. Thank you, Fonda. I' glad you stopped by and hope you'll come back again soon.

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  4. You vine heart is really elegant. Thanks for the idea to put little pearls inside your cricut hearts, it makes such a difference #handmademondays

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    1. Thank you, Louisa. I'm so glad you like the pearls! Glad you stopped by, come back again soon, won't you?

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  5. SOOO pretty, the roses are a lovely touch. You made me laugh with the 'quick clipping' thing, all my gardening this time of year is quick!

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    1. When it's cold outside, I don't dally! Thanks for stopping by, Julie - always a pleasure.

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  6. Way to take advantage of winter's gifts. Very pretty.

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  7. Love the delicacy of your wreathe! This fall I made several grapevine wreathes--several round ones, 1 came out as an oval! My vines were smothering a tree. I figured I saved the tree, got necessary yardwork done, gave my arms a workout and made several wreathes--win-win-win! I also cut some thick "twigs" for cloth pumpkin stems. I like to pick mine in the fall; they are still supple but most of the leaves are off. Somehow I never get around to it in the spring before they leaf out! Got to admit, the commercially made ones are more regular, but the homemade ones are a bit different!

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    1. Thank you, Kathy, I also made a wreath (not decorated or shared yet) and was surprised how easy it was! Mine were also hanging on a tree...hopefully I'll get more soon and make some more things - maybe a basket???
      So glad you stopped by. Come back again soon!
      Ann

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  8. Going to have to see if I can find some vines. Found you on Blogger's Pit Stop Link Party.

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    1. Oh, do! They are a lot of fun to work with.
      Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by - come back again soon!



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  9. So pretty! Love the Cricut roses! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop! Roseann from www.thisautoimmunelife.com

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    1. Thank you, Roseann...happy to share!

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  10. What a sweet little wreath! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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