Friday Favorites–Valentine Crafts

This isn’t romantic or mushy, but I’m sick.  I’ve been on my couch since last weekend.  The reason I’m sharing this with you is in the hopes you’ll forgive me for the sparse info here today.  I didn’t want to miss the chance to show you the great Valentines crafts out there, but that’s about all I have in me.  While you read this I’ll be taking it easy, watching the blizzard blow in.

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Wonderland Valentine’s Day Tea Party on Catch my Party

Wonderland Valentines Tea Party on Catch My Party

Cinnamon Valentine Caramels from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Cinnamon Valentine Caramels by A Farm Girls Dabbles

Winged-Heart Sachets from Positively Splendid

Winged Heart Sachets by Positively Splendid

Conversation Heart Tree from Amanda Jane Brown

Conversation Heart Tree on Amanda Jane Brown

Victoria’s Secret Bag Heart Banner from R & R Workshop

Victorias Secret Bag Heart Banner on R and R Workshop

Paper Clip Love Birds from The Craft Patch

Paper Clip Love Birds on The Craft Patch

Pink Cinnamon Rolls from Love From the Oven

Pink Cinnamon Rolls on Love From the Oven

Borax Crystal Hearts from Club Chica Circle

Borax Crystal Hearts from Club Chica Circle

Love Note Valentine Bunting from Lil Luna

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Valentine Chalkboard Mason Jars from Plaid

Valentine Chalkboard Mason Jars from Plaid

Before I crash again, I just wanted to let you know that my blog anniversary is next week, so be sure to check back to enter my giveaway!

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Disney Princess Printable Valentine Cards

It’s been several years since my kids were the age to hand out Valentines to all their friends at school.  I actually remember when it ended.  I was sad I’d lost the excuse to go pick out cute, themed little cards.  Yeah, I could say it was about the kids, but lets be honest – it was fun for me too.  And here’s the proof I never really got over it .

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Now, at first glance you may be asking yourself what these are.  It started with Disney princess skirts.  Does that help?  And just in case you’re a little stumped on the who’s-who:

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These are simply print, cut and fold, but I glued on a few embellishments and liked those too.

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You can find the printable to download and more tips on how I made these over at Undercover Tourist today!

Friday Favorites–Will You Be My Valentine?

Before we get into today’s Friday Favorites, won’t you come join me at the Craft Warehouse blog?  You’ll find me there talking about the project I just made for them from the book Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders.  That’s right, a cute bag from only one yard of fabric!  I’d love to hear what you think.

Now, about those favorites – Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and there are so many fun things you can make for it, I decided it deserved two Fridays.  This week, I’m sharing a round-up of Valentines you can make for everyone you <3.

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The Better Martha has some adorable, printable Love Bug mason jar Valentines.  This one just says “boy” to me.

Love Bug Valentines by The Better Martha

There are lots of Valentines out there that incorporate Smarties candies, but I really like this 3-D version from Tip Junkie.

Smarties Valentines by Tip Junkie

Valentines can include food without it having to be sweet, as proven by these Nacho Average Valentines from Skip to my Lou.

Nacho Average Valentines by Skip to my Lou

These Fruit Roll-Up Valentines from She Knows actually look super easy.

Fortune Cookie Valentines by She Knows

This Bubblegum Valentine from Project Denneler is so clever.

Bubblegum Valentines by Project Denneler

These Valentine Arrows from Creative Capital B are a fun change from the usual flat cards.

Arrow Valentines by Creative Capital B

Housing a Forest shows how to make several animals from cut-out hearts, but I especially like this owl.

Heart Owl by Housing a Forest

I haven’t seen the movie Frozen yet, but from what I hear I really need to.  If you’re already a fan, try out these Frozen Olaf Valentines from One Creative Mommy.

Frozen Olaf Valentines by One Creative Mommy

If you and I were in the same classroom I would give you a Sock Monkey Super Hero Valentine from Over the Big Moon.

Sock Monkey Superhero Valentines by Over the Big Moon

You’re going to need something to put all those Valentines into, so how about this cute Valentine Pocket from ThermoWeb?

Valentine Pocket by ThermoWeb

Visit me again next Friday for some Valentine’s décor!

Coffee Cup Sleeve of the Month–Heart and Arrow

It’s almost February, which means love is in the air.  We all know someone whose love for coffee lasts all year, so why not give them a gift to encourage that addiction? 

For this month’s coffee sleeve, I decided to get back to the reversible option that I started out with.  This one looks a little complicated because there are so many corners, but they’re all straight lines, so it’s really just a lot of pivoting.  For you new sewists out there, be sure your needle is down in the fabric when you lift your presser foot to make a corner.

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To make this sleeve, you’ll need this pattern, a small piece of interfacing (if you intend to embellish the heart at all), a 3” piece of elastic cord, InsulBrite and two buttons.  Cut one of each pattern piece from fabric, then flip the pattern over to cut the piece for the back.

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Apply the interfacing to the back of the front heart.  Add embroidery, applique, buttons or whatever trim you’d like.  I just embroidered using a font I had on my computer and a back stitch.

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Stitch the ends of the arrow to the sides of the heart for the front and back.  Also stitch or tie the two ends of the elastic cord together.

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Press the seams away from the hearts.  Using the front side as a pattern, cut a piece of InsulBrite to match.

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Layer the pieces with the front section right side up with the elastic centered on the arrow and the loop to the inside.

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Lay the back section, right side down over the top, then the InsulBrite on top of that.  Pin in place. 

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Stitch around the edge with a 1/4” seam.  Leave one section of the end open for turning.  Clip all the corners.

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Turn right side out.  Use a pointy tool to push out all the corners, being careful not to poke through the fabric.

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Press, turning in the opening.

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Top stitch around the edge of the entire sleeve and down each side of the heart.

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Make a mark 1” from the end of the arrow and centered in the middle.  Stitch the two buttons at that mark, slipping a toothpick under each button.

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Ready to give to your Valentine.

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And don’t forget, when they’re tired of that side, there’s another one to use!

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Friday Favorites–Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is next Thursday.  I say we start a petition to have it moved to the weekend.  How about the second Saturday in February every year?  Better yet, let’s make it Friday so that the kids who are still allowed to celebrate it at school get the opportunity to do so, then take their little sugar-fueled selves home to their parents for the weekend.  What do you think?  Doesn’t that sound like a lot more fun?  Speaking of fun…

It’s a little too late to fully utilize all the ideas in the 14 Days of Love from The Dating Divas, but you can still choose a few of your favorites.

14 Days of Love from The Dating Divas

If you want to have a little DIY feel to your valentines, try these S’More Valentine Printables from Domesticated Lady.

Valentine S'mores from Domesticated Lady

This Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Candy from Chica and Jo caught my eye because it’s just so pretty.

Valentines Day Heart Shaped Candy from Chica and Jo

This I Love You This Much Card from A Day in My Life reminds me of when my kids were little.  They used to say “I love you bigger than the sky” but it sounded like “I love you bigger than this guy.”  Sniff.

I Love You This Much Card from A Day in My Life

These Valentine Chocolate Chip Cookies from Made Famous By have convinced me I need to find neon food dye.

Valentine Chocolate Chip Cookies from Made Famous By

Pizzazzerie shares lots of cute printable Valentines here, but my favorite is the Bee Mine Burt’s Bees.

Valentines Gifts from Pizzazzerie

Playing with Legos while making Valentines with the kids?  I’m in.  Check out these Lego Accessory Valentines from Chez Beeper Bebe.

Lego Accessory Valentines from Chez Beeper Bebe

This Candy Pouch Printable from Melissa Esplin is cute, but simple enough you could make enough for a whole class.

Candy Pouch from Melissa Esplin

The heart-shaped eye patch stitched onto these Pirate Valentines from Mer Mag adds the perfect touch.

Pirate Valentines from Mer Mag

I’m not sure I need to say anything about these Sew Super Cute Printable Valentines from Live Laugh Rowe.  Will you be my Valentine, and will you send me one of these?

Sew Super Cute Printable Valentines from Live Laugh Rowe

Pizza Box Valentine

The one kid I have still living at home full time is a 17-year-old boy.  All of my cute, girly ideas are completely wasted on him.  He’ll smile and nod, but for the most part I feel like he’s just humoring me.  However, there is one thing that he, like most teenaged boys can’t get enough of – pizza.

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So, obviously, pizza was my inspiration for this Valentine project.  It consists of a printable pizza box that says “I want to give you a Pizza my heart, Valentine” and a felt pizza candy pocket.  Please don’t make me explain my pizza pun, like I had to do for my son.

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To make the box, you’ll need this printable.  I printed mine on white cardstock first, then kraft cardstock, which looks more pizza box-ish.  Be sure to figure out which way you need to turn the paper to print the second side with some less expensive paper before you use the cardstock.  When it’s finished, the box measures 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1”.

Cut around the outside of the box pattern.  Cut in at each of the eight dotted red lines.  Score the remaining lines by holding a ruler next to each and running down it against the paper with something dull.  I used the curved end of a paper clip.  Fold up at each of those lines.

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Apply glue to each of the six tabs on the Pizza printed side of the box.  I used those roll-on sticky glue dots.

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Fold the tabs in and stick them to the inside of the box walls.

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Fold the top closed.  You could stop here and fill it with some candy or a cookie.  But I couldn’t let this go until there was a pizza inside.  A cookie made to look like a pizza would be adorable, by the way.

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I made the pizza using felt, embroidery floss and a few buttons.  You’ll find the shapes I used here.  Cut two crusts, one sauce and one cheese.  I also cut a few olive slices and green pepper bits.  If you don’t have buttons the appropriate color you could also cut those from felt.

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You could glue all the pieces together, but I chose to sew them down with embroidery floss.  I found it was unnecessary to stitch the red because the yellow covered almost all of it.

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Stitch the buttons and remaining pieces on with matching floss and simple stitches.

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Stitch across the top edge – I used a blanket stitch, but a simple straight stitch near the end would work too.

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When you reach the top of the heart on the right, as shown above, stack the second crust under the pizza.  Continue stitching through both crusts until you reach where you started on the front.

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Flip it over and finish stitching just the back crust.

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Fill the heart with candy or other small trinkets.

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Pop it into the box…

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Close it up…

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And give it to your favorite pizza-loving Valentine!

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Last-Minute Valentines

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.  Thanks to a pair of early dentist appointments and a full schedule for my husband on Tuesday, we’re celebrating today.  That consists of a trip to Costco, shopping for a television to replace the one that croaked over the weekend and probably lunch somewhere.  Your definition of a romantic date adapts to whatever life circumstances you happen to be in.

Before I go, I thought I’d share a couple of last-minute ideas I found via Pinterest, in case you’re scrambling to find a way to show your affection tomorrow.

Money is always great when you’re short on time, right?  Pretty it up by folding it into an origami heart, as shown on Instructables.

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All you need to do is print out these cute Valentines from Pumpkins and Posies and scribble a little note.

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I love this idea so much I can’t stand it, and found it from both Papervine and Craftster.  It’s a little more time consuming, but could still be finished before tomorrow.

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Maybe the way to your Valentine’s heart is through his or her stomach?  Try these cute kabobs from The Inspired Collection.  They’re really easy, but still look fancy.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

Friday Favorites–Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day used to require a lot more planning on my part.  The kids were small, so there were school parties and Valentines to make, or at the very least write on.  These days it comes a little more quietly.  The down side is that I kinda miss the experience, but there is a plus.  I actually get to remember that I have a Valentine myself.  We’re celebrating with dentist appointments in the morning and working late to make up the time.  Ahh, being an adult is so romantic.

We may not get much time together on Valentine’s Day, but I could still surprise my sweetheart with this Man Candy Box from Frou Frugal.  Click through and you’ll also find directions for matching duct tape roses.

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These Heart Envelopes from Forty Weeks may look somewhat ordinary, but they fold out to reveal a heart shape, perfect for a love note.

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These Arrow Cupcake Toppers from The Sweetest Occasion are also cute embellishments for brownies.

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Originally shared as a Christmas craft, I think this DIY Serving Tray from Tutto Bella would be a perfect Valentine addition.

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I kind of love anything made from branches, so I this Wreath from Tree Branches from Pretty Handy Girl would be great for my front door.

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Zakka Life shares a great video showing how to make these Origami Lucky Hearts.

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It’s not often you see Strawberry Cocoa, but this version from Babble looks fun and Valentiney.

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These Adorable Homemade Valentines from Our Crazy Boys are exactly the kind of thing I miss making.

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Or these Blast Off Rocket Candy Cards from Family Fun

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These Super Valentines from Zakka Life (again!), might push me over the edge.  Somebody is getting a Valentine.

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I Haven’t Forgotten About You

Honest.  I know it’s been a little light on the projects around here lately, but I’ve had two things working against me.  My little Etsy shop was wiped out after Christmas, so I’ve been putting my effort toward restocking.  That said, my effort has been pretty limited because I’ve also been sick more days than I’ve been well since the beginning of October.  Yep, that is a lot of sick.  I’m on my second round of antibiotics, and I’m hopeful I can beat this and move on.

I have a few fun things to share soon, including an expandable bag, a fabric inventory system, and an entire series of book-recycling projects.  I’m anxious to get moving again.

As a consolation, here’s a FANTASTIC round-up of Valentine projects I came across recently from Dani Marie Designs.  If you follow me on Pinterest or Facebook, you’ve already seen this.  My coffee cup sleeves are included, but there are also 100 other great ideas!

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Crafty Love

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Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I want to spread a little love.  You may or may not have noticed the little Crafty Love tab at the top of the screen.  If you’ve never clicked on it, I’ll fill you in.  It contains links to other blogs and websites who have let me share my work.  I found some of them;  some of them found me.  Many of you have ended up here by clicking links belonging to these generous people.

One of my favorite places is One Pretty Thing.  If you’re a craft surfer, it’s a must-see.  Rachel publishes several lists every day, each full of creativity.  There’s always themed lists, related to whatever season we’re in and general round-ups.  I think of her every week when I’m putting together my Friday Favorites.  I can’t imagine being able to come up with that many things every day.

Another place I like to hang out is Totally Tutorials.  Dotty highlights a few tutorials every day, obviously carefully chosen, with great variety.  On a side note, she has an Etsy store where she sells ADORABLE pincushions.

This one isn’t a craft blog, but I’ve found myself there a lot lately.  If you haven’t tried StumbleUpon, I’m not sure whether to tell you to try it or run away.  It’s a real time killer, but I’ve found many great projects and blogs while stumbling.

The ladies at CraftGossip are pretty amazing.  They manage to publish loads of great links every day and always send the cheeriest e-mails.  Their site is divided into categories, making it easy to take in, one bite at a time.

I was so excited the first time I found a link to my blog from a site in a language I didn’t understand.  I felt so international!  10Marifet.org is based in Turkey, and thanks to the Google translate feature, I can tell you they are all over the cute crafty links.  Actually, most of the craft tutorial photos speak for themselves.

Speaking of international, another fun blog I’ve been a part of is Freebies for Crafters.  These ladies are based in Australia and New Zealand.  They don’t post as often, but when they do it’s usually something special.

If you want to just spend some time looking at beautiful things, visit craftgawker.  They are very particular about the photos they publish.  I have a few of mine own there, but I’ve been turned down a couple of times too.  Guess you can’t win them all.

When you have time, visit my Crafty Love page and click on a couple of the links.  There’s a whole world of crafty goodness out there, waiting for you to find it.

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