Valentine’s Love

I have always loved Valentine’s Day!  It’s by far the holiday I miss the most from my teaching days, and one that I’ve enjoyed since I was a kid.  To me it’s more than showing love to that one special someone in your life (although that’s important too), but to all your special someone’s: your best friends, your kids, parents, siblings, students, or co-workers.  It’s showing a little love and thought to those who mean the most to you all year long.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming, a card, or flower or homemade cookie can go a long way!  This year I’ve had so much fun sharing the Valentine’s Day love with my little one.  Gianna and I took advantage of the much needed rainy days we finally had last week and hung inside creating Valentine’s for our loved ones.

Oh, and when we did go out in the rain she got to wear her adorable rain jacket my parent’s brought back from Italy for her.

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Okay back to crafts..

Cards –

We created cards using a combo of some pinterest ideas I found for toddler Valentine crafts (follow me on Pinterest and see where I got lots of inspiration: ) and a little of my own craftiness.  Here’s what we came up with and how we did it.

I started with the inside of the card and painted G’s hands to make heart shaped hand prints. Now this was fun but messy and a little crazy…some cards ended up with random handprints on them, and there was lots of paint smearing.  I opted to trace where the heart shape was supposed to be as it was a bit hard to tell on some, apparently telling and trying to guide a two year old to put their red painted hand exactly where you want it is a little more difficult than I thought.

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For the outside I wanted to use burlap and some cute V-day scrapbook paper I found at the craft store, but also wanted a way for G to be part of the front of the card.  I used a Pinterest idea of making a heart shaped stamp out of a toilet paper roll for her to use to help decorate the front.  Again, trying to guide her to stamp right where I wanted the stamp didn’t happen but they still turned out super cute.  And isn’t that the point?  Letting go of perfection and letting the little ones create.  A very wise art teacher would tell me students that “perfect art is boring”, and I am finally learning to agree!

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Making our cards not only saved money, which my husband loved, but also saved me the agony of standing in the card aisle with a restless two year old trying to pick the appropriate card for everyone on our list.  Plus it was so fun creating with Gianna so it was really a win for everyone!

Candle Holders –

I saw these DIY candle holders on where else…Pinterest, and knew it was the perfect craft for me this year.  I have tons of mason jars piling up in our garage from parties so I knew I could do this craft for family and friends all with items I had right at home. Here’s the original pin:  and a here’s how mine turned out.

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Just some colored tissue, and a paste (water and Elmer’s glue) to attach the tissue hearts to the glass and then frost the glass with and you’ve got it. They really look awesome lit up!

Wreath –

This was actually my first Valentine’s craft this year and I  was so excited about it I put it up as soon as I got it done, even though it was a few days before February 1st.

I used a styrofoam wreath ring, painted it red and wrapped it in red burlap garland I found way on sale at Beverly’s Crafts.  Side note – the red die from the garland totally dyed my hands, shirt and craft mat red…maybe that’s why it was so discounted…

I bought the wooden x’s and o’s and painted them with craft paint I had at home.  Then I cut the triangles out of burlap and painted a heart on each.  I used red puff paint to outline the heart then brushed the paint in.  I free-handed them and kind of like that they aren’t all the exactly the same.  I used hot glue to attach the burlap hearts to some twine and then tied that into the wreath.

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I hope you enjoy these crafts and they inspire you to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit this week and show a little love for all the special people around you!  Happy Valentine’s Day!


Fall Living

Well, it’s been over a month since my last post (again..) and although I’ve had some great things to share, finding the time to sit down and write has been a challenge.  Between keeping up with my oh so busy 2 year old, finding some time to be crafty, the urge to curl up and nap every time my girl does, and that pesky laundry/household chores thing…it’s been a little crazy. My first trimester pregnancy symptoms are finally starting to subside, even though I am well into my second trimester.  More and more foods are starting to sound good instead of making me gag, and although exhaustion still sets in, it happens closer to 7pm than 2pm.  Also, I am starting to embrace the maternity wear phase!  It makes getting dressed each morning more fun, and less depressing than trying to squeeze into my regular clothes.  I look forward to sharing some of my fave pregnancy fashion with you soon.

baby bump The bump is starting to show!

In other news, as Fall has arrived I have been busy gearing our household up for the season.  We’ve been decorating, costume planning, and cooking warm and cozy meals.

Today I want to share a few of those fun things with you!

A fave easy fall décor item –

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A take on a Pinterest find from –


Also check out this tutorial for the burlap rosettes, it really helped me.

This craft isn’t necessarily fall related, but I made them recently as a housewarming gift for my sibilings who have all moved into new places in the past few months.

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To make –

Wood frame – 4.99 from Beverly’s crafts; paint was left over from the frames I painted for Gianna’s birthday; chalkboard paint for the center, which has become a staple around here (Todd is really into it and made Gianna a chalkboard that he attached to the fence in the backyard); a few screw in hooks on the bottom for keys.  They weren’t perfect as some chalkboard paint got on the boarder and vice versa when I tried to touch it up, but it still worked and looks super cute when wrapped with a few pieces of chalk.

chalkboard at lsHere it is hung at my sister’s place.

More crafts, clothes, and recipes to come (I promise in a more timely manner from now on).  But I couldn’t resist leaving you with a few pics from last weekend’s grape picking, and wine making adventure.  Gianna helped with the final harvest and crush for the amateur wine I’ve mentioned that my Dad makes with his friends.

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Happy Harvest and Happy Fall friends!

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