First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage. Sometimes it’s easy to start focusing more on the kiddos than the hubby, but really love & marriage were what came first before those precious bundles. I made this simple Valentine’s day card for my hubby as I thought about how far we’ve come together over almost 9 years of marriage (in March!) and how many days we’ve loved each other.Continue reading
I’m trying to think ahead to Valentine’s Day this year and come up with an easy, creative dessert just for me and my hubby. I wanted something that I could quickly and sneakily make after the girls are in bed that we could enjoy together. These 5 minute brownies for two are just the ticket! They turned out moist and yummy, and they seriously took me less than 5 minutes to make.Continue reading
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
Valentine’s Day is this week, and one of the traditions my girls and I seem to be forming for VDay is making simple (but impressive looking!) rose cupcakes. I totally cheat and make cupcakes with a cake mix, and then we stir up some buttercream icing together and pipe it in a beautiful rose shape onto the top of our cupcakes. 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!)
With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, I wanted to share with all of you my very favourite free Valentine’s printables.
There are so many cute & lovely free Valentine’s Day card and treat designs on the web that I found it hard to choose only 9 that I liked the best! The ones that I love are very creative, adorable, and I’m sure Little C will have a blast picking one out and putting it together with me for her little buddies.
For a simple and budget-friendly Valentine for friends and family this year, print out my free bird & cupcake Valentines (found here) and cut them out into squares. You can punch holes in the tops, and tie them to a small bag of treats with raffia ribbon or baker’s twine.
I like to bake my favourite sugar cookie recipe (found here), cut it into hearts and sprinkle with Valentine-inspired sprinkles, and put those in a small bag with jelly beans or cinnamon hearts.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and my girls (and hubby!) and I are really excited to celebrate it this year. I love my little family, and any chance I can get to show them how much I love them is worth spending some time on!
I recently ordered another big pile of fabric from my favourite online place to get it from (fabric.com), and when it arrived via the UPS man (or the “GPS man”, as Little C calls him) I instantly ripped it open and ogled over all of the lovely textiles. This pre-ruffled red fabric was among my treasure. I asked Little C which fabric she wanted a Valentine’s Day dress made out of, and without hesitation she pointed to the red ruffly one. Success!
I made this DIY dress in under a couple of hours. The pre-ruffled fabric made it really easy to get a boutique look with little time involved! The heart applique is optional, so you could save even more time there. The stretchy, ruffly fabric is comfy for a baby or young child to wear (it’s so soft!) and it looks so adorable!
1/4 yard contrasting knit fabric for heart applique if desired
Find a pattern for a slim-fitted peasant dress that is your child’s size (I drafted my own, but you could use this free one) and cut out two main dress pieces and two sleeves. Try to arrange the pattern on your ruffle fabric so that there is a full ruffle on the bottom of each piece (the hem of the dress and the bottom of the sleeve) – be careful not to cut that ruffle off!
Sew down the side seams of the dress, and the underarm seam of the sleeves (I used a serger, but you could also use a regular machine – this fabric doesn’t fray). Sew the sleeves to the dress.
Serge the raw edges of the neckline and sleeves (optional), and then turn each under about 1/2″ and sew to leave a 1/4″ casing. Leave an opening. Thread elastic through the casing (measure your child’s upper arm and where you want the neckline to fall to get the size of elastic you need) and then sew the holes shut.
If you want, you can add a heart applique to the chest of the dress by cutting out a heart shape from a contrasting fabric, pinning it like crazy to the dress, and zig-zagging it in place.
And, there you are! A simple little Valentine’s Day dress that looks much more complicated than it actually is to make. My little ruffle-lover has worn hers for two days straight.
Have you ever sewn with ruffle fabric? What are your tips?
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