Cupid’s Lair

by Chris on January 25, 2010

I did some thrifting this weekend, and it was euphoric.  I found some wonderful deals, but I can’t show you until my husband goes to work.  Sound familiar to anyone, or am I the only one who doesn’t want to hear, “What in the world did you buy that for?”

However, I can show you a little Valentine’s project that I just completed.  Like my wooden heart?  Me neither.


Hobby Lobby had their jewelry beads 1/2 off this weekend, and I found such a pretty pink mixture that I had to have it—without knowing what I wanted to do with it.


I smeared some craft glue all over the heart, smashed the beads into the glue, (official terminology here) and let it dry.


Combine your new bejeweled heart with a frame from your basement and hot glue that sucker right to the back of the frame.


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Bask in your self-righteousness when your husband sees it on the mantle and says, “Wow?  You made that?  I’m impressed.”  Of course you are, dear.


I will admit that I tried another one with smaller beads that nearly lead to a nervous breakdown.  I wouldn’t suggest using these beads.  Nor do I suggest nervous breakdowns.


No project here.  I simply impaled my fake plant with a pick.  I do love little touches here and there, though.  You have to be careful with Valentine’s decorations.


One too many hearts, and the next thing you know your living room just might look like this.

red-hearts-for-Valentines-Day-3 Be careful.



Aubrey January 25, 2010 at 2:02 am

Very cute!!!

jodi @ Pleasant Home January 25, 2010 at 2:03 am

Love the project! Seriously cute!

SIMPLY SANBORN January 25, 2010 at 2:11 am

Love it! Your living room is far from looking like the last photo I am sure! LOL! Your hilarious!!!

Dorie January 25, 2010 at 2:17 am

That is the cutest! Love your blog, your sarcasm rocks!

Mrs. Dew January 25, 2010 at 2:18 am

OMG how cute is this? Seriously what a subtle touch of love! LOVE it!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z January 25, 2010 at 2:22 am

You are so funny! Hubby is wondering why I'm laughing at my computer. Actually, he says, "Just a Girl?" He knows. Smart man. Why is it that sticking something in a frame ups its cute quotient by approximately 92%? Your hearts are great and although I'm sorry to hear that you were almost carted away in a jacket after making the small heart, I have to admit that it's my fav!

Amy@OCD: Obsessive Creative Disorder January 25, 2010 at 2:28 am

I love the framed hearts! Go you for even attempting to glue beads down! Anything with glue and beads or glitter generally ends in me having a nervous breakdown, a glittery floor, and a furry critter covered in some part of the crafting fiasco! I'm a new follower and absolutely love what I've seen!

(and I love the little red heart that you did with teeny tiny seed beads!)

Melanie January 25, 2010 at 2:47 am

good project.

don't want to do the nervous breakdown one because I am to close to having one myself since we just moved!

The Little Red Shop January 25, 2010 at 2:54 am

No worries, your heart looks quite smart…right there on your mantle.

: )

Julie M.

Jill January 25, 2010 at 3:17 am

Too funny… My hubby really gets annoyed at some of my thrift store finds too. They just don't have the eye of seeing what it can become!

Love your blog!

Kelly January 25, 2010 at 3:18 am

Love the hearts! I am reading my husband your post because it sounds like something I could have written myself! I am so glad I'm not alone.

Veronica King: aka Queen Vee January 25, 2010 at 3:22 am

How adorable! I'm always afraid to decorate with valentine things, cause it can get so tacky. Thank you for showing beautiful and classic ways to add some holiday touches.

Carmen January 25, 2010 at 3:24 am

So I should take down my balloon arch in my living room? haha

Your decorations are very cute! I like that beaded heart frame idea. Man, I keep seeing all kinds of cute ideas for Valentine's. Hopefully I will get at least one done!

Magic Brush January 25, 2010 at 3:28 am

Hey that looks like my prom a few years back… ok, twenty years back. Hahaha. Cute stuff!

Andrea January 25, 2010 at 3:31 am

I literally LOL at that last shot! VERY cute hearts…

1 Funky Woman January 25, 2010 at 3:31 am

Too cute! Love the frame you used for the second one! Love how you just smashed all the beads, maybe that can be considered cheap therapy, lol. I so understand the not taking out until hubby leaves, they just don't get it. They can't visualize like we can!

Carrie Sullivan January 25, 2010 at 3:32 am

I love a cautionary tale!

Jess January 25, 2010 at 3:39 am

See, that's why I love you!
As for husbands, I feel compelled to share, I found an awesome shabby little cabinet last weekend and brought it home…hubby had one look at it and said "you PAID for THAT?" ROTFL gotta love 'em , right?
{note to self: hide items until they are improved upon}

Nikki January 25, 2010 at 3:43 am

I'm not usually one for Valentine's Day decor, that beaded heart is adorable!

Paige January 25, 2010 at 3:46 am

Love this idea! Thanks for getting my creative juices flowing as I have to send a homemade gift to a friend this week.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row January 25, 2010 at 3:49 am

I have a feeling this is going to copied all around the blog world – starting with me.

Pam January 25, 2010 at 3:51 am

Love the beaded hearts.

Christine January 25, 2010 at 3:55 am

I love the projects!! I really wasn't sure where that bird watchers heart was going :)

frillsfluffandtrucks January 25, 2010 at 4:07 am

Cute! It looks like a cookie with sprinkles!

~ Sarah

Country Dreaming January 25, 2010 at 4:10 am

Really pretty and I think I will skip the nervous breakdown.


Stacey January 25, 2010 at 4:10 am

Cute idea! I know what my next valentines project is going to be!

Room to Inspire January 25, 2010 at 4:23 am

Great project – I love how you framed the hearts! Lookin' good.


MaryRC January 25, 2010 at 4:24 am

once again, very nice.

Tales From My Empty Nest January 25, 2010 at 4:25 am

Love your Valentine decorations. Cute! Love & blessings from NC!

Andrea January 25, 2010 at 4:43 am

Love this idea, they are beautiful!

bermudabluez January 25, 2010 at 4:54 am

I really like the colors of your bead mix and would definitely have felt the need to buy them…immediately! And…to hide them til the husband goes somewhere! I love to decorate for holidays….even if they are just one day…and if you don't go overboard! Great project!!

dawn January 25, 2010 at 4:58 am

that came out so, so, SOOOOO cute!

kristin January 25, 2010 at 10:05 am

Love the project, very simple yet very cute. looks like something you'd spend lots of money for at the store. I also like the story that went with it, great for a morning laugh!

Lil' Woman January 25, 2010 at 11:21 am

I love the framed hearts…cute yet very classy! :)

Jessica @ This Blessed Life January 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Don't hate me for saying this but I think I like the tiny one better than the big one! lol They both look great, though.

Katie January 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I love this idea! I LOVE to decorate for the holiday's but have never really thought about decorating for Valentine's day until I really got BIG into crafting last year!

Juggling Thoughts January 25, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Haha, I've never really decorated for Valentine's Day…but the frame is just the perfect touch.

Thanks for the idea!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! January 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm

So funny…the balloons an all!

I love your big and little heart…really makes a sweet statement!

Good on ya!

Kris January 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Love it all! I put a sequined heart pick into one of my plants. I like the little bean one…don't like the breakdown part though. :)

Jill Elaine January 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm

LOVE the heart craft. That is classy. You are so right about valentine decor. Gotta be VERY careful.
And I just gotta mention that the heart made w/ smaller beads is beautiful. And since you, in fact, didn't have a nervous breakdown, maybe it was worth it??!!! So glad I found your blog, a friend shared w/ me on facebook. Gonna add you to my favorites list:)
Jill Flory

Jaime January 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm

So cute, i really like the little one, so know that your nervous breakdown was well worth it!


Card Family January 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm

JUST found your blog this past weekend, and READ THE WHOLE DANG THING! (A first for me :) Love your whit, and your decorating saavyness. Also we have the "nemesis" in common though mine, or my hubbies rather is a 150lb. Rottie, that decided to eat chunks! Yes, CHUNKS! Out of our siding outside and drywall INSIDE!!! He's trying and almost succeeding at eating us out of house and home…ugh…

Anonymous January 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm

This is my first comment on your blog (which I've been loyally stalking for some time now and I love it!). My three year old saw the last photo and commented that he would like to have a house like that. Yikes.

ashley morgan January 25, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Love the little heart especially! So cute.

TwoHeartsTogether January 25, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I love hearts all year round, yay now I have an excuse to love and embrace them!!!

Maggie January 25, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Great ideas!

Kristen January 25, 2010 at 7:07 pm

You've got my address. Please send me the little red heart ASAP. Muchos gracias mi amor.

pam January 25, 2010 at 8:39 pm

that turned out really sweet.

Rocio @ Casa Haus January 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Good thing you didn't lose your patience with the smaller heart, it's my favorite!

Jennifer January 25, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! So cute!

also I'm giving away a little sumthin'-sumthin' on my blog, come see me!

Sara January 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I love all these ideas!! How adorable. I don't currently decorate for Valentines, but maybe I will now!

Amy Kinser January 26, 2010 at 12:08 am

Everything looks so pretty. I love your heart. :)

Danielle January 26, 2010 at 2:41 am

You are one "crafty chick!" I get the best ideas here…so thank you!!

Honey January 26, 2010 at 2:51 am

After seeing this very very cute project you showed us this morning, I went to my local Hobby Lobby and bought some beads (which were not on sale anymore, shoot!) and some little wooden hearts and made some of these for my friends for Valentines day. They turned out super cute and I think they are going to love them! Thanks for the idea! :)

Rachelle January 26, 2010 at 3:53 am

I'm a little offended you used my dining room picture with out my consent Chris. So what if I like pink and red a little too much.

:) Love it!

Of course my favorite is the itty bitty beads.. I mean, why WOULDN'T the hardest one to do be my favorite.

Anonymous January 26, 2010 at 3:55 am

Yay! Made the heart today…..sooooooo cute Thank you for the inspiration :-)

Michelle January 26, 2010 at 4:09 am

Such a cute post! Love the heart! xoxo

design_aholic January 26, 2010 at 4:29 am

I love it! The pink and red are perfect with the black and white photos and frames. Love :)

Maureen January 26, 2010 at 4:41 am

That last picture made me laugh out loud. It reminded me of the Valentine's dinner scene from the Sex in the City movie. Priceless.

Love the framed heart.

Stephanie B January 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm

That heart in a frame is the best idea ever! And it sooo makes me heart swell when I get a "wow that is neat" from my husband!

Ellen January 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm

love thrifting…and bc I do so much of it, I am doing an online swap party. Hope you join us! January 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Oh wow! I love that heart! I'm going to pick up a wooden heart at the craft shop tonight. What a great project! I'll be linking to this.

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating January 28, 2010 at 3:20 am

I love your little beaded heart in a frame! Too cute! I am inspired, thank you! :)

michelle@somedaycrafts January 29, 2010 at 3:51 am

AMazing as always! I'm featuring this at

Debbie January 29, 2010 at 4:13 am

Very cute idea!!~

jenjen January 29, 2010 at 6:15 am

Love your heart art. Very cute! I like the black frames too!


Treasia Stepp January 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I love it.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z January 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Thanks for joining my little party :)!

Crystal January 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm

that's a very cute project!

Sharlotte January 30, 2010 at 12:42 am

These are too cute! I really like both the hearts, it looks like the smaller one is "puffy"…cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

Michelle February 1, 2010 at 4:50 am

Theese are so cute I can't wzit to try this, I already have the beads. I know exactly what you mean about having to wait till your husband leaves to show off your thrifty finds. I try to bring mine in and put them away right away lol. The art work on your mantle is just gorgeous as well.

A Touch of Country February 1, 2010 at 5:02 am

Great job! I love all your creative ideas and touches.

Thanks for being such a great inspiration to us all!

Silvia February 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Nice project!! (the first heart) and very funny your post :)

Beta February 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

Thanks for this beautiful idea! I have thought about sharing it with my readers and I hope you are not sorry if I have inserted her in my post of S. Valentine ( If you had to not make you like I will handle to remove the link to your blog. Regards, Beta

Crazy Daisy January 11, 2011 at 2:50 am

Love the idea of a simple heart in the frame to spice up the space!

Sassy's Ramblin's January 11, 2011 at 3:47 am

Love your blog…and thank goodness only the furry folks are here looking at me strange cause I am laughing at my computer! (good thing they can't tell!)

Krista @ While He Was Napping January 11, 2011 at 7:22 am

This is very cute! I'd love for you to come link it up to my Love Linky Party. It would be a fantastic addition!


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