Chocolate Sandwich Heart Cookies

Earlier I shared with you how I made these fun glittery heart milk bottles.  Bottles that can be used to decorate your Valentine’s Day dinner or party. I had a few of you email me and ask me for the Chocolate Drop Cookie Recipe that I used to make this Chocolate Sandwich Heart Cookies.

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This is one of our favorite drop cookie recipes.  The best part about it is that you can add different chocolate chips like mint, peanut butter, white chocolate, toffee chips, nuts, caramel bits, etc. depending on your mood and taste preferences.  Here is the recipe:

Chocolate Drop Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Shortening or Butter Flavor Crisco
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2/3 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup add ins (ie. choc. chips) (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Beat Shortening and butter with a mixer on Med-High speed for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add half of the flour and mix it with the sugar, brown sugar, milk, cocoa, eggs, vanilla and baking soda.
  4. Beat thoroughly until combined.
  5. Mix in the remaining flour.
  6. Fold in any add ins.
  7. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes till the edges are slightly crisp.
  9. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks.
  10. Makes about 48 cookies.
http://www.theidearoom.net/2013/02/chocolate-sandwich-heart-cookies.html

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After the cookies have cooled completely you can take a heart shaped cookie cutter and cut the cookies into hearts.

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Then slap on some of your favorite frosting between the flat sides of two cookies.  Now…some of my kids don’t love chocolate cookies…I know…weird.  So we had a couple of chocolate chip cookies left over from last Sunday when the kids were craving Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Serve these at a family party or give them away to friends and family!

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How did I make the fun, glittery Valentine’s Day Glass Bottles?  You can find that tutorial here:

 

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Valentine’s Day Crafts gift and milk bottles—Silhouette promotion

 I was recently sent some Double-Sided Adhesive paper from Silhouette and challenged to come up with a creative way to use it and make some Valentine’s Day Crafts.  I have never used this before and I have to tell you, I was really quite surprised with how much I enjoyed it.

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Before we get into my project and how I made it, let’s get the Silhouette February Promotion details out of the way.

This month Silhouette is offering a pretty good deal to The Idea Room readers…

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If you need a Silhouette Portrait, you can get it and the Double-sided Adhesive Starter Kit for a great deal.  Already have a Silhouette?  Then use the code IDEAROOMand get the starter kit for $12.99.  To take advantage of this deal simply click on the following link or the Silhouette Promotion image above and get started on your Valentine’s Day Crafts.

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Alright, now onto how I made these glittery milk and gift bottles.

Directions:

  1. I found some fun heart shapes in the Online Silhouette Store and downloaded them.
  2. Sized them in the Silhouette Software to 1.5 inches in width.
  3. Cut them out according to the directions on the Double-Sided adhesive box.
  4. My settings were:  Speed: 3; Thickness: 33; Blade setting: 6 using my mat and a double cut.
  5. Peel off the back yellow layer of paper on an individual heart.

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  1. Placed onto clean “milk” bottles (which are repurposed Starbucks Frappucino Bottles)
  2. Peeled off the white top layer and made sure all the adhesive was pulled out of the negative space area where I did not want any glitter.
  3. Dust glitter over the sticky adhesive and then using a clean brush, brushed away the excess glitter.

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Then fill the bottles with your favorite drink.  These bottles can be used at a Valentine’s day party in the classroom, or with your friends and family.

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For Valentine’s Day we usually have a nice candle-light family dinner.  I think I will be including these as part of the table settings this year!

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Or you could gift the jars to a special friend as a nice little Valentine’s Day gift along with some VERY RICH chocolate sweets!  Your friends will thank you!

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For the fun Heart Shaped Cookies in the photos, I simply took a favorite Chocolate Drop Cookie Recipe and cut the cookies with a heart shaped cookie cutter.  Then made a cookie sandwich by spreading some delicious Cream Cheese Frosting in between the two layers.

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Cause seriously…if you are going to eat a treat…it might as well be a good one…right?  All things in moderation of course.  So limit yourself to 2…or 3 depending on the type of day your having…haha!

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And just because I am obsessed with making labels lately…I made some fun “Bottled with love” labels.

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You can download them here….

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You have to be a FB fan to gain access to the file.  Click on “Get your free gift” at the top of the FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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You can attach the labels as a fun gift tag, or attach it directly to the bottle itself.

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Pretty fun little gift if I do say so myself.  The best part? You can use this idea for so many different things…a birthday party, gifts, showers, bridal showers…etc.

Oh…where do you get the fun Hershey Kiss Valentine’s Day labels you ask?  You can find them by heading here…

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One last thing…be sure to use the code IDEAROOM get the Silhouette Promotion.  The offer is good through the 14th of February.  You also can only get to this special offer using this link…

Order Silhouette February Promotion

Have any questions about the Silhouette Promotion or Silhouette in general or any question…feel free to ask in the comments!  Happy Crafting! xo

*Disclosure:  I was given a Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive Kit by Silhouette.  However, all statements and opinions are mine.

Valentines Day Crate

I have had this project in my head for a long, long time.  I love, LOVE, LOVE fun containers and wood crates.  If you are new here, and you enjoy wood crates like I do, you might want to check out a couple of my past wood crate projects…vintage wood crate and my table centerpiece wood box.

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Well, this month as one of Lowe’s Creative Bloggers, I was challenged to make something for Valentine’s Day.  I had all these cute tissue paper rosette balls from my past Valentine’s Day décor that I wanted to include in my Valentine’s Day Décor.  I had been placing them in a small wooden tray.

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Then realized that I finally had an excuse to get “motivated” to make this vintage Valentines Day crate with chicken wire I had been wanting to make.  Yay!  I love when I get to make something that keeps swirling around in my head.  Does anyone else have this problem?

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I purchased some wood and some chicken wire from Lowe’s and finally bought myself a staple gun that wasn’t an old hand me down that got jammed with every other staple.

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It was a pretty easy project.  I just built a basic box.  I did want the top to be longer than the bottom so that there were some angles involved that I had to figure out…and it did make my head hurt a little bit.  But I figured it out and only had to use a little caulk in a couple of places to make up for a little wonkiness.

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I love that this wooden crate is so versatile.  I will be able to use it for all seasons and be able to keep it out on display as a permanent part of my living room…which is under a makeover of its own!!  We repainted this room to a nice creamy light gray/bone color…which I LOVE!!!  Hopefully we will be finishing it up here by the end of February! Fingers crossed!

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And…I had to do a little bit of creative cropping on these photos.  My new kitchen table (which we had hoped to get finished before Thanksgiving…ha) is sitting on my living room floor.  We have the top of the table all glued together.  These projects take FOREVER!

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But…one thing at a time right?  Anyways…I will be sharing a full tutorial for this wooden crate later next week.  And, my daughter who was hanging out with me while I was snapping pictures decided to make an appearance when I was shooting.  Ha! I love that girl!

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Thanks Lowe’s!  Be sure to check out Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine and sign up for them if you haven’t.  They are free and have a lot of fun projects in them!

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*Disclosure: Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase this project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

 

Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe

2013 is not getting off to a very good start around here.  When it rains…it pours…right?  So not only am I in the midst of a huge elimination diet due to some newly discovered food allergies/intolerances, but my sweet Mom suffered a stroke on Tuesday morning.  She spent two days at the hospital and we found that she has had some past strokes from her MRI.  She is just fine now with just a few lingering effects and hopefully she should recover fully in time.

Unfortunately, we have been down this road before with my Dad who has also suffered several strokes.  After one particularly large stroke, we discovered my Dad had a hole in his heart.  He had heart surgery to repair the hole about 8 years ago.

Anyways, needless to say I wasn’t around much last week.  Things are getting back to normal and I am trying to get caught up with my life.  I have had this post sitting here half finished, but there were plenty of more important things I needed to attend too.

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to come up with a gift idea you can give to your girlfriends or yourself.  The sugar scrubs I have shared recently have been a big hit.  So I decided to switch things up and go with a Sugar Scrub Cube.

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Sugar Scrub Cubes are fun because they are single serving cubes that have all the same qualities of an awesome sugar scrub in a fun this square.

I looked all over to see if I could find a great recipe, but I couldn’t find anything that didn’t require some special soap base, which I didn’t have.  So I did a little experimenting and came up with a little recipe that I really like.

Here is what you will need:

Almond Oil or Olive Oil or Coconut Oil (or oil of your choice)

White Granulated Sugar

Shredded Bar of Soap or Soap Base

An Essential Oil (I used DoTerra’s Citrus Bliss Essential Oil)

a few drops of Vitamin E oil (optional)

Mixing Bowl

Spoon

Microwave and possibly a double boiler

A square silicon mold or a scoop

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This recipe calls for 1 part oil, 2 parts shredded soap, and 3 parts sugar.

Sugar Scrub Cubes:

1/4 cup Almond Oil

1/2 cup Shredded Soap

3-4 drops of Essential Oil

1 cup Sugar

1.  Pour the oil into a bowl and add the shredded soap of your choice.  Microwave this on high for 10 second intervals stirring in between each.  If this does not work to slowly melt your soap into your oil you may have to melt the soap shaving in a double boiler.  (If you don’t have a double boiler like me, simply place a small bowl over a saucepan filled with boiling water).

2.  When the mixture is melted and and stirred together, add several drops of your Essential Oil.  I used DoTerra’s Citrus Bliss.  {If you have not used DoTerra’s oils, you are missing out!  I love them.  I get mine here.  You can find more information by clicking on the link.  I will be sharing a bit more about my love for doTerra oils in an upcoming post}.

3.  Get your mold ready to go before adding the sugar.  This is important because once the sugar is added the scrub will harden VERY quickly.

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4.  Pour in sugar and stir quickly.  Take mixture and place it into your molds with your fingers.  Or…if you don’t have a mold you can take a scoop and make rounded sugar “cubes”.

5.  Let cubes harden by popping them into the freezer for at least 30 minutes.  Then pop them out of the mold and cut them into fourths depending on the size you would like them to be.

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Then simply throw them into a fun air tight container and add a cute label.

Sugar scrubs smell amazing and gently exfoliate your skin for a smooth feeling.  The fun thing about these sugar scrub cubes is that they also have a fun “cleaning” element with the addition of the soap.  And the citrus bliss smells amazing and has some relaxation and calming benefits which you can learn more about here.

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And…you know I am going to be sharing the fun labels if you would like to make some for yourself.  Click on the link below to gain access to the labels and to the use-age tag so that the gift recipient knows just how to use their fun and personal gift!

Citrus Sugar Scrub Cubes Labels

{click on previous downloads once you are taken to The Idea Room FB page}

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What do you think? Have you ever tried Sugar Scrub Cubes?

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Interested in some of our past Sugar Scrub Recipes? Check these out:

Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub (featured on the Ellen Show)

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Foot Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub with Honey

Bath Salts Recipe



Tic-Tacs Tik-Tok Valentine

Here is another quick and easy homemade Valentine’s Day gift.  This is another simple one that you can simply print the label and paste it right over the existing label of a box of Tic Tac’s.

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It doesn’t get any simpler than that does it?  These could be fun to give to your teacher or your significant other alone or in a gift basket.

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And, of course I am sharing my free labels with you.  Simply click on the image of the label below.  This will take you to my FB download page if you are already an Idea Room FB fan.  Then click on previous downloads.  There you will find the labels to download.

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If you aren’t an Idea Room FB fan, the link will take you to my FB page which you must like first.  Then click on Get Your Free Gift in the upper right hand corner of my FB page.  Click Previous Downloads.

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I have a couple more simple gift ideas coming this week and then I promise to move on to some bigger and better home décor items.  Is anyone else getting tired of the cold at your house?  I have been so unmotivated because it has been so frigid over here!  My pipe in my kitchen sink even froze.  If you follow me on FB you know that we were luckily able to get the pipe to thaw slowly, saving us from a burst pipe.  Thank Goodness!  Those are not fun!

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Valentines Day Gift—I Chews YOu!

I have an entire week of some simple Valentine’s Day Gifts ideas and free printables to go with them coming up!  I meant to get this up sooner…but had to deal with a frozen pipe under my kitchen sink today.  Good news is, we were able to slowly thaw the frozen line and so far things look like a disaster has been averted. Thank goodness!

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Last week I shared with you a couple other Valentine’s Day gift ideas…Crush Valentines Gifts and the Sealed with a Kiss Valentines gift ideas.

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Today I am providing you with this printable “I Chews You!” Valentines day gift tag.  All you need to do is wrap up some gum or a “chewy” candy and add the fun tag.

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To get the free printable you can simply click on the image below.  This will take you to my Idea Room Facebook Fan Page.  You will need to like the page to gain access to the printables.

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(Simply click like and then in the upper corner click on Get Your Free Gift).  Then click on Previous Downloads.  You will be able to click on the label here and print it.  You can resize the labels for you various needs by choosing your printer selections to print at 100% or smaller.

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I have been having a lot of fun lately playing around with and making labels…so don’t be surprised when you see them popping up here this week.  I promise to stop shortly though, cause I have a recent project that I made for my son’s room recently that I am super excited about!

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I just want to be sure to get out these Valentine’s Day ideas so that if you want to use them you will have plenty of time to get them done yourself before Valentine’s Day comes!

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Valentine Specimen Art

Do you guys remember the butterfly specimen art that I made for my daughter’s room a couple of years ago?  Well, I thought it would be fun to make an Valentines Day Craft and decoration using the same concept.

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This is really such a simple craft and décor idea.  Anyone can do it.  Plus, with all the snowy weather at my house…it is fun to sit by the fire and create something pretty!  Seriously, it is snowing like crazy here.  The kids are hoping that school gets cancelled tomorrow…but it takes some serious snow to get school cancelled around these parts. (*Update—School DID get cancelled…haha…and it is still snowing like crazy!)

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Another great thing about this project is that you will most likely have everything you need around the house to make one for yourself.

Here is a list of supplies you will need:

an 8 x 10 picture frame without glass

red cardstock (I threw in 3 pink hearts too)

a heart punch (mine was about 3/4 inch)

mini glue dots (any glue should work though)

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I then measured the inside of the frame area by width and height and figured out how to evenly space out the hearts.  I ended up with 7 hearts across the width and 9 down the length for a total of 63 hearts.  (60 red ones and 3 pink ones).

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This would have been super easy with graph paper and since I didn’t have any on hand…I just drew it out with a ruler.  Then I took a clean sheet of white cardstock and placed it over the top of the lined paper and made a mark where the dots fell so I knew where to place each heart.

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Then I put a mini glue dot on each pencil dot.  I used the glue dots to give the hearts a bit of a 3 dimensional feel because they allow the hearts to sit flush on the paper.  Then I simply folded several of the hearts in half and put the hearts on the paper in a random fashion.

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Is it hard for the rest of you to do a random pattern?  My OCD really flares up and I have to have a little conversation in my head about not making a random pattern that is not really random.  Does that make sense?  I might be a little bit crazy!  Do any of you do this too?

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So simple and easy.  I also like the little punch of color it adds to my entry way!  Don’t you?

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And by the way…I don’t think I ever shared my “new” entry way with you yet.  Gasp!  I know!  This Home Décor blogging is hard!  These projects take FOREVER and then you feel like you have to get it JUST right before you can share it.  Well…we are almost finished in here…so I am allowing you a little sneak peek!

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And I am currently in love with this wallpaper.  I swore 9 years ago that I would never let another piece of wallpaper ever grace the walls of my home after spending an entire year removing wallpaper from EVERY. SINGLE. ROOM of this house when we moved in.  Eighties Wallpaper…need I say more?

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But…It had to be done.  And I love it!

Hope you all have a great weekend.  Here’s to hoping we can dig our way out of all this snow…or stay in and drink hot cocoa!  I like the second part better…’cept for the fact that I can no longer drink hot cocoa.  Darn!

Wondering how to make the little kissing and pomander balls in the wooden tray?  You can find tutorials for the Tissue Paper Rosette Balls and the Pomander Balls by clicking on the blue links.

Sealed With a Kiss—Valentine’s Day Gift

My kids are wondering why we have so much junk food around the house right now…especially when they can’t eat it ;)!  I told you I was going a little crazy around here this year for Valentine’s Day!  Unfortunately I can no longer eat this either…but that doesn’t mean I can’t wrap it up these cute homemade valentines and give them away in pretty packages…right?

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I love gifts that have cute packaging.  Now, I must admit, sometimes I just wrap up a gift in wrapping paper or throw it in a gift bag, cause really…who has time for this sometimes!  But on special occasions, I like to actually take a little time and make something extra special!

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To make this “kiss stickers” simply download and print out this free printable.  Click on the image.  This will take you to my FB page.

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You must be a fan to gain access to the file.  Then click on Previous Downloads.  This should take you right to the labels.

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You can print this onto printable sticker paper if you want to be extra fancy.  But…I didn’t do that.  First of all I was too lazy to actually search out where to buy the sticker paper…and secondly, a glue stick works perfectly.  And I have lots of kidlets who LOVE helping with this kind of stuff!  Gives them something to do other than watch Barbie’s Rapunzel for the 30th time since Christmas Break started….*ahem*!

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Cut the paper into strips and then punch out each circle with a 3/4 inch paper punch.  I used my EK Success punch.  It is the perfect size for the bottom of the Hershey Kisses.

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Click on the label below to download it.  Same rules apply for this label as above.

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I LOVE this clear plastic box.  I found mine at my local craft store, Bennion Crafts.  You should be able to find them pretty easily.  But…if you can’t find them or don’t want to drag your kids out to the store…you can simply use a cellophane gift bag…which unfortunately, is sold right next to the clear gift boxes :)  Or, in a real life scenario…on the morning of Valentine’s Day, you can throw them into a gift bag!

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So…I guess that’s it!  I feel like I am starving…and I can’t look at these pictures of chocolate that I am not supposed to eat according to my newly diagnosed food allergies…and I only ate thirteen err two!  I will give up chocolate tomorrow!

Homemade Valentines–Crush Bottles

I’ll admit…I am looking forward to Valentine’s Day this year.  Last year we were right in the middle of our Kitchen Remodel and so, as you can imagine, we were in a huge mess of dust and chaos.  The Valentine’s Day decorations and homemade Valentines didn’t make much of an appearance.

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Well this year I am hoping to make up for it.  There are so many fun ideas out there that I was excited to get busy creating.  This crush bottle is not a new idea and I have seen some really cute versions floating around the web.  I just LOVED the idea of using the CRUSH soda to give as a gift.  So, I made my own labels that to use as a gift for my daughter’s pre-school friends this year.

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And the best news?  The gifts are ready to go already.  How is that for being prepared?

I made some cute tags too by simply punching out a 1.5 inch circle of scrapbook paper and gluing it onto a scalloped 2 inch piece of paper.  Then wrap some baker’s twine around the neck of the bottle and throw on a cute mini clothes pins which I painted white.  I also added this fun pewter heart!

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I came up with a couple of different labels in pink and blue. The labels look pretty washed out in the photographs but show up darker in real life. They were proving difficult to photograph ;)!

Simply click on each label image to get the download to take you to the download page.  You must be a fan of the Idea Room to get access to the labels.  Click on “Previous Downloads” and you will find each label.

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Give the crush bottles separately as a small gift or give the entire six pack to “your little crush”.

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Fill the bottles with some fun Valentine’s Day Candy and add some fun scrap book paper to the box to jazz it up a bit like I did for these Bath Salts.

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Throw in a fun stripey straw and enjoy!  But beware…when you put a cardboard straw into this Strawberry Crush, the carbonated drink gets a little crazy.  So be prepared for it to come bubbling up.

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Now, I have had more than a few of you ask me how I get my labels to stick to the jars or what paper I print them on.  Great question!  I simply print my labels onto white cardstock paper and then cut them out by hand or with my Silhouette.  Then simply glue them onto the bottles with an old fashioned glue stick.  It works like a charm and leaves no bubbles if you gently smooth out the label with your fingers!

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I have got some more Valentine’s Day posts in the works so be sure to check back in.  I am also struggling to write a pretty personal post about my recent health issues.  Well see if I can get it published here soon.  I’m struggling with finding the right words :)!  Hope you all have a great day! xo

Valentines Day Crafts – Candy Rings

I have actually had these pictures taken for several days and totally forgot to share them with you…womp…womp! So I realize this may be too late for you to make some Valentine’s Day Candy rings this year unless you want to make a fun Valentine Craft with your kiddos and have the supplies on hand or have time to run out and get some quickly.

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They literally just take seconds to make but can be worn to provide a little extra festivity to your day. Or you can whip some up really quickly and give them to someone special. valentines day candy rings 2wm Of course we had some empty ring forms laying around which I found after cleaning up my craft room recently *ahem*!! We simply took some Sweet Tart Conversation Heart Candy and glued them right onto the ring forms with some hot glue. They held up really well and then when my little one wanted to eat her ring, we simply broke the candy off. Part of the candy broke off and left a perfectly good piece of candy for her to eat…sans glue. valentines-day-crafts Now, I personally would not eat the candy after wearing it…but this particular child has no qualms about that sort of a thing… Valentines-Day We also tried our hand at making some jelly candy rings. We just simply stuck the candy right onto a ring pop form like we used on these past Candy Rings. valentines-day-gifts Such a simple idea that your kids can help you create. And would be a fun little gift idea or a party favor for a little ones birthday. Change up the candy and make them fit other holidays too for greater flexibility! Valentines-Day I hope all of you have a Great Valentine’s Day!! Pin It

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