A Valentine’s Day Story

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Our first Valentines Day together was magic. The one you wait for and dream of.

I had clues stashed all around the city. They were located at all the places where we had made significant memories together. First date, first kiss, you know.

My roommate helped me hide the clues. They were big red hearts taped up with red masking tape. They rhymed.

I had ordered his favorite cologne from Germany. A few other things were wrapped and waiting. He was to scour the city following the clues and end up back at my apartment. Dinner was waiting and so was I.

The wait was unbearable. When you are madly in love with someone every minute apart seems like a million years.

I left the door barely cracked open so he could walk right in. Like in the movies. The clues worked and I can still see him walking through the door. He had on my favorite shirt. It was a pink Polo dress shirt. At 6’4″and 220, you can wear pink.

He already knew. He had know for months. He already knew that we would spend forever together. Up to this point, I didn’t know yet.

I knew that I couldn’t breathe without him, but, on the surface we came from very different places.

On the inside we were the same. Our beliefs, our hopes and dreams, we were the same.

As he walked through the door that night, in that moment, I knew too.

He gave me a big hug and kiss. We ate. And then I gave him his cologne. He still has some left. I bought a big bottle and he uses it sparingly. We can’t ever get any more. When he wears it I am immediately taken back to that night.

Then, he gave me a ring. Not a wedding ring. It wasn’t time for that yet. He didn’t know that I “knew.”

It was a beautiful band for my right hand. Three small sapphire baguettes (his birth stone) separated by two small diamonds. It cost him everything he had. He had scrimped and saved. My graduate professor noticed it the next day at school. Or maybe he noticed the giant smile on my face that I couldn’t erase.

Every Valentines Day that memory comes back. The emotions are still tender and real.

We haven’t had a Valentines Day like it since. (They have all been better.)

No scavenger hunts, no dimmed rooms with waiting packages, no pink Polo shirts.

Now, there are five children. First there was one and we took him with us to Valentines Dinner.

Then there were two so we stayed home and I cooked my husbands favorite meal.

Then came three, four, and five.

We eat a special Valentines Dinner the kids will love and cut hearts out of construction paper. There are countdown chains and glue and tape as we make homemade Valentines to be delivered to classmates. There are sugar cookies with pink frosting and too many sprinkles. And a special reading of the Berenstain Bears “Funny Valentine.” followed by the story of “how mommy and daddy met.”

Everyone gets cards. My husband writes in mine. I wait all year to read what he has to say. He knows that. He is really good with cards.

We finish by 6:30 because bed is at 7:00. Teeth are brushed, stories read, more stories read, and our girls usually sleep with their Valentines next to their pillows.

Then my husband and I work to finish dishes, I do laundry and we hope to go to bed early.

On our way to bed we check on the kids again. We straighten them out and cover them back up. We talk about them while we brush our teeth. We talk about how we will get a sitter in a few days and go out just the two of us. The few days usually turns into a few weeks, but we go. It is always special.

Then as I lay in bed I remember THAT Valentines Day. The first one. I am grateful for it. But just as soon as I remember it, it is gone. New memories flood my mind. I KNOW that every Valentines Day since has been better. They have been different but so much better.

Now I really know Valentines Day. Now I really know love. It is our children’s laughter, the crooked red cut out hearts, the messy faces. It is standing by my husband doing the dishes. It is worrying and praying together about up coming decisions. It is being tired from nursing babies. It is trying to juggle schedules and wipe tears (and bottoms). It is the humility I feel when I realize I can do better. It is my husband running into my pregnant round belly and the laughter I just heard from our daughters crib upstairs.

Valentines Day is every day now.

It is every day I get to be a wife and a mother.

It is every day that I get to make our house a home.

It is everyday as I recognize how much love abounds when two people have committed to be together for eternity.

The gifts are different too. Not so much big, shiny or imported. Not just on Valentines Day.The gifts are the kind things we do for one another each and every day.

It is coming home and seeing that my husband has emptied the dishwasher. It is his hard work in supporting our family. It is his listening ear that he willingly shares, even when I tell him the same concern over and over. It is the toothpaste he puts on my toothbrush at night.

The memories are priceless. But that night in my apartment 11 years ago, I thought I had the Valentines Day of my dreams. Little did I know, the best was yet to come.

Now I know what it is like to have a true Valentine. Void of the commercialism, void of gimmicks. My true Valentine and I have a full house and a busy life. Filled with worries and stresses and joy and laughter.

Most of all, my Valentine and I have every day together, filled with love.

I still can’t breath without him. And every minute apart, seems like a million. 

Happy Valentines Day to you and your family.  Be sure you are creating your own Valentine’s Day Story.

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Fruit Valentines


I have another Valentine Day idea that would be perfect for your kid’s classroom valentines or a Valentine’s Day Party…or even a fun birthday party with a colorful rainbow theme.

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A few years I spotted these adorable fruit tag printables from Alpha Mom via Cindy Hooper from Skip to My Lou and have thought about them often.  I even printed them out and used them in my kids lunches a few times.

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Aren’t they so cute?  These would be a fun Valentine’s Day Treat for the health conscious person or food allergy riddled person such as myself…

So I decided to come up with a fun Fruit Valentine for Valentine’s Day using these cute Runts.  Have you seen Runts?  They were one of my favorite candies growing up.  I am not a big “candy” fan now as I prefer to spend my calories on chocolate.  But if I am forced to eat candy then I would choose Runts (or Skittles) except for the bananas…those I am not a fan of!

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Now obviously the sayings I used have pretty much been used all over the place…but here are the versions I chose to use…

You Are Really Grape!

You Are Berry Special!

I Go Bananas For You!

Orange You Glad We’re Friends?

You Deserve The Lime Light!

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If you would like to download the Fruit Valentines, click on the link below.

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It’s important to get your daily servings of fruit ;)!

Valentine’s Day Necklace

I saw the CUTEST gumball necklace a couple of years ago from One Charming Party and LOVED it.  I always wanted to make one.  This year I decided to make a wooden bead necklace that was similar.  I love the idea of giving a necklace that someone could really wear instead of candy.  These Valentine necklaces would be perfect to give to your daughter(s), granddaughter(s) and nieces…or even your girlfriends!

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To make the necklaces all you need to do is paint the wooden beads (in the size or mixed sizes that you want).  I put them on a wooden skewer to paint them easier.  When you have two coats (allow to dry between each coat) you can add a shiny urethane gloss.  I use one that can be found right by the craft paints.

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When the shiny coating has dried you can string them onto a thin ribbon.  Tie a knot at the end of the beads and then tie in a bow.  I burn the edges of the cut ribbon to prevent it from fraying.  The ribbon just melts and seals so it won’t fray.

Valentines-day Add this cute little Valentine’s Day “I LOVE to hang around you” tag to your Valentine’s Day Necklace!

If you would like to download the Necklace Valentine’s Day Tag, click on the link below.

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And…I am participating in a fun new series of Pinterest Parties this year with a group of my favorite bloggers.

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Hosted by…

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We are so excited to be hosting a Pinterest Party to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Help us create the most comprehensive holiday Pinterest board on Sunday, January 26, at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. Central/ 7 p.m. MST/ 6 p.m. PST by sharing your favorite Valentine-themed projects and recipes.

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*Follow the Year of Celebrations Pinterest board 

*Comment on this post and leave a link to YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or recipe.

*Tweet YOUR favorite Valentine’s Day project and/or link using the hashtag #YearOfCelebrations

**Be sure to tweet the hashtag #YearofCelebrations since Twitter is the only LIVE hashtag link we can follow and track

 

*On Sunday, January 26, at the appointed time, watch as we build a board full of amazing ideas – including yours!

*Be sure to follow along during the party to re-pin and comment on the board’s posts using the hashtag #YearOfCelebrations

*One lucky party participant will walk away with…

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We are so excited to PIN and SHARE all of your amazing projects!

I hope you will join us!

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Olaf Finger Puppet Pattern

Thanks so much for all your kind comments on the Olaf Valentine’s Day Printables I shared with you the other day.  I am so glad you guys loved them.  I have gone on a little work trip to a conference that I will share a little bit about with you a bit later on, so I was unable to answer emails and questions, but I am catching up as soon as I can.

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While I am catching up, I wanted to share with you the Olaf Finger Puppet Pattern that I promised you.  You can use these in place of the paper Olaf I shared in the Olaf Valentine Printable…or you can just make one for you kids (or yourself) to play with.

I have one more Olaf Valentine idea coming…so be sure to stick around and see what that one is like!  I couldn’t stop myself because Olaf is just too cute…right?!

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Materials needed:

white felt

black felt

brown felt

orange felt

2 google eyes

3 black mini pom poms (optional)

Hot Glue Gun

Black Sharpie Fine

1.  Cut out the pattern pieces according to the directions on the printable pattern.

2.  Cut out the left and right arm.  Glue to the front of the back body piece on the middle section.  Do this so that the arms will go inside the finger puppet and the front body piece will go over the top of them.

3.  Place glue around the sides and the top of the front piece and the back piece of the body and glue them together.  Be sure to only glue around the edges and NOT glue along the bottom.   This is so you make a hole for the finger puppet.

4.  Glue the cheeks, mouth and teeth to the Olaf.

5.  Take the nose and put a thin line hot glue down one side of the long part of the triangle nose.  Roll the nose into a cone shape and hold while the glue sets.  Be super careful not to burn yourself with the HOT glue gun.

6.  Glue the google eyes onto the top of the cheeks and glue the nose right below them in the middle of the cheeks.

7.  Glue the black mini pom poms on for the buttons or cut the buttons out of black felt and glue in place.

8.  Draw the lines to separate the body (head, middle, bottom and the feet and to draw on his eye brows.

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Pretty easy right?!  Your kids will LOVE it!

If you would like to download the Olaf Finger Puppet Patterns, click on the link below.

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Be sure to stop by again when I share these pencil tags later.  You can put Olaf on the top of a Valentine pencil or a Dum Dum sucker and give it away to your Valentine!

If you like this finger puppet pattern, you might be interested in checking out my past finger puppet patterns:

Animal Finger Puppets

Star Wars Finger Puppets

Thanksgiving Finger Puppet Patterns

Nativity Finger Puppet Patterns

Christmas Finger Puppet Patterns

Valentine’s Day Projects from The Idea Room

I can’t even believe that Christmas has come and gone. Where did it go? I feel like the older I get, the faster time goes…like some kind of weird time warp. (And now I am giving you a peek at my weird inner science geek…)

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon…and a with a crazy, hectic life schedule yesterday and today, I thought I would just share with you some links to my past Valentine’s Day projects. You may have just joined us and might want to see some of the past Valentine’s Day projects I have shared.

This list is always accessible by clicking on “projects” on my top header and then selecting “Valentine’s Day” in the drop menu. In fact, you can find most of my past projects this way (in case you didn’t know) by simply selecting a category you are interested in. Today I will share it with you here in a post. Hope you have a great day! Thank you so much for stopping by and for always being a great support to what I share here with you. You will never know how much your kind comments and interactions mean to me! xo –Amy

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Olaf Finger Puppet | Olaf Valentines

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Valentine’s Day Necklace | Movie Night | Red Velvet Cookies

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Felt Heart Wreath | Kissing Ball Wire Crate | TIssue Paper Kissing Balls

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Sealed with a Kiss | Candy Cane Heart Suckers | Love Potion no. 9

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Just a Little Crush | Heart Bottles and Cookies | Tic Tac Valentines

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I Chews You Valentine | Three Valentine Printable’s | Chalk Board Mug

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Framed Heart Decor | Valentine’s Be Mine Décor | Valentine’s Day Game

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Valentine’s Day Card Ideas | Valentine’s Candy Rings | Valentine’s Day Bingo


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Sugar Cookie Recipe | Handprint Valentine’s | Homemade Sucker Recipe

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Pops | Valentine’s Candy Bark | Heart Shape Pancakes


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Heart Wax Paper | Stenciled Love Towels | Valentine’s Day S’mores

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Valentine’s Day Subway Art | Swirl Cookie Pops | Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

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Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Bears | Valentine’s Décor | Valentine’s Heart Art


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DIY Heart Crayons | Heart Suckers | Sugar Scrub Cubes


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Heart Hair Clips | Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub | Chocolate Sugar Scrub

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Lemon Sugar Scrub | Bath Salts Recipes | Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

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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…

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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.

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.

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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