Hearts, hearts, hearts. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love ’em. My daughters do too, but it’s one of those chicken & egg things – I’m not sure if they naturally like them or if I’ve influenced them to like them. Regardless, we do a whole lot of crafts and art around here with heart shapes. Last week, Little C and I made a book page wreath and it was her idea to make it into the shape of a heart to display on our mantel for Valentine’s Day coming up. I never thought I’d be working on a Valentine’s Day mantel design, but the fact that Little C loves V-Day so much makes me excited for a lovey-dovey mantel too!Continue reading
Ah, Pinterest. It’s the biggest time-waster in the world, but it’s oh-so-inspiring, right?
I saw these clever candy cane heart pops via Pinterest on Bird’s Party Blog and I knew I had to try them. I had a case of candy canes in my cupboard from Christmas and they were red and pink – it wasn’t even debatable!
They were a lot of fun to make, and Little C was the official “sprinkler”. I had the candy canes, sprinkles and paper straws on hand so the only thing we had to purchase for the project were the chocolate wafers. Little C picked the pink chocolate wafers, of course.
paper straws or lollipop sticks
waxed paper or parchment paper
Unwrap the candy canes and cut a couple of inches off the bottoms with kitchen scissors. Don’t freak out if you break them – I broke about half of them (argh!), but the chocolate inside will act as a glue to keep them together. Phew!
On the waxed paper or parchment paper, arrange two candy canes side-by-side as pictured to make a heart shape, cut the straws in half (or just use a lollipop stick) and place them in the bottom center with about 1/2″ inside the “heart”.
Melt the chocolate, and then spread it into the heart shapes carefully with a spoon. Make sure it covers the straw well so that it will hold when cooled. Have your little one sprinkle the hearts to their heart’s content before the chocolate cools.
If you have leftover chocolate, you can spread it out (about 1/2″ thick) on a piece of waxed paper, crush the remaining pieces of the candy canes, and sprinkle them on the chocolate to make “Valentine Bark”.
Once cool, the candy cane heart pops are ready to enjoy or give as a fun gift!
Here’s the bark from the leftovers:
What’s your favourite Valentine’s Day themed treat?
There’s something about hearts that just get me (and no, I’m not talking about anatomical hearts – though I think they’re great too). I like heart printed fabrics, heart doodles, heart-shaped candy, hearts on clothes, and heart-themed crafts.
Valentine’s Day gives me an excuse to bust out the heart crafts with no holding back. This adorable, oh-so-cute heart banner is no exception.
I’ve seen crocheted heart banners around the web, but I wanted to make something teeny and cute that wouldn’t take me too much time. This bunting is really simple to crochet – I did it in a couple of evenings. Little C helped pick the colours, and she chose where to hang it at the end. It’s a fun Valentine’s Day decoration, and I also think it would be the sweetest thing to hang in a baby’s nursery all year round!
scraps of yarn in different colours (I made 5 hearts each in 6 different colours with an off-white cord)
size J crochet hook
Crochet 5 hearts each in 6 different colours using the simple directions found here.
Then, with a contrasting yarn, chain 10, [SC in the top middle of the right side one heart, chain 3, SC in the top middle of the left side of the same heart, chain 5], repeat pattern in brackets until you’ve crocheted all of the hearts together. Chain 5. Your simple heart bunting is complete!
Little C had to “model” the banner before we hung it by our front door.
Oh, the cuteness. Don’t you just love her? (I do!)
I had originally heard this old poem from a friend at my first daughter’s baby shower – it’s a poem I often think of when I’m feeling tired and busy. The precious moments with my children will fly by all too quickly, and the moments spent with them are far more important than any other work I could do.Continue reading