Rem and I exchanged our annual Art from the Heart Valentine projects.
I had my idea but didn’t start on it until the Sunday before Valentine’s Day. Luckily it came together fairly well. My original idea was simply a dartboard with a heart in the center or maybe I should call it a heart-board.
Rem listens to some British radio shows and I heard a chat about darts one day and that got the seed of an idea planted. I picked up some cork tiles and wire and looked up images of dartboards.
This isn’t meant for real games of darts but I wanted to capture the look of a genuine dartboard. It is a little less than 12 inches across (the size of our dinner plates, one of which proved handy for tracing a large circle).
I hadn’t planned on making a dart but when the board was done I realized it needed one to hit the bullseye.
Half of a bamboo chopstick, wire for the point with washi tape and some gold embossing powder for decoration and red paper hearts for the flight – or what I thought of as the feathers at the back end and I had a dart.
Wire numbers and letters spell out the date and my simple message.
I asked Rem about his creation, which he calls the Love Shack.
He was inspired by some aluminum loaf pans we have in the cupboard and he thought of making a little house.
Rem wanted a larger surface to work with than the loaf pans and found disposable aluminum cookie sheets at the grocery store. He liked the textured surface.
A small heart punch (he knows his way around my craft desk) worked well for windows with red and pink paper glued on the inside of the shack.
He devised a series of tabs and slots to hold the folded foil house together.
Both of us spent hours on these creations which will be added to the walls on either side of the bed. Some of the projects over the years didn’t lend themselves to being on a wall, but many are there.
Creations I’ve made for Rem are on his side.
And the ones he’s made for me are on my side.
Rem also made dinner for Valentine’s Day using a recipe from the cookbook I gave him for Christmas, Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything, The Basics. We had Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli (delicious.)
He surprised me with deep, dark chocolate brownies for dessert, also from the cookbook, and homemade vanilla ice cream.
Warm, gooey and really chocolatey.
Which is directly related to my decision to
trot trudge up and down these stairs Saturday morning.
Oh, we also made cards for each other.
Thanks for the visit.