Posts Tagged ‘valentines day’

Valentines

Feb
14

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handmade origami love notes. the most decadent, ooey, gooey, chocolate cake ever. valentines for my valentines. how did you celebrate valentine’s day?

Some things I forgot to share

Mar
01

Since Valentine’s Day, it has seemed like the month has just whooshed by. There are so many things I didn’t get a chance to share with you, so many things. Like my yearly Valentine’s Day baking. Chocolate whoopie pies.

And some of the valentines we gifted to friends and family.

Oh so many other things I didn’t finish on time. And in the blink of an eye the month is gone.

Now it seems that March is coming in like a lion, which is fantastic news because that means it will go out like a lamb. And that means a beautiful April. Looking forward to beautiful days ahead.

Mad Love | I Can’t Do This Without You

Feb
13

I think this says everything, everything I would need to express to my love. It’s perfect.

Still need the perfect card for your love? You can download this one at Elisa Mclaughlin Designs.

Crafty Goodness | Sparkly Heart Drink Stirrers

Feb
13

We had friends over on the weekend, so last week I prepared some sparkly goodness to decorate our drinks and table.

Sparkly heart drink stirrers and a little bit of sparkly heart confetti, not crocheted :)

Can you believe I made these little hearts using adhesive backed glittered foam sheets?! Oh yes I did! I stole one of my daughters glittered starbursts and cut it up into little hearts and stuck them onto bamboo skewers. I used a tiny little heart punch to make the confetti, I did not cut that confetti by hand!

I totally want to do this with stars. I think I need to get a star punch.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow friends! Are you ready to share your love?

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Heart Cake Toppers

Feb
10

Oh yes, I have one last idea for how you can use my pattern for crochet heart confetti. And then I’m done. I promise. But if you, like me, like to mix up your crafty goodness, say crochet with baking, here’s another little bit of crafty goodness you can create using these little hearts.

Valentine’s Day cake toppers! Just whip up your favorite cake and frost it using your favorite frosting (my favorite is this Swiss Meringue Buttercream from Sweetapolita). Chorchet a few confetti hearts, slip them onto the pointy end of bamboo skewers ad stick them into your cake. Simple and easy decor for Valentine’s Day!

I must admit, I am falling head over heels for simple cake decor on tall bamboo skewers. How about you?

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Heart I Love You Placecards

Feb
09

How much am I loving these little crochet hearts? Tonnes! Here is yet another sweet idea for using these little bits of crocheted love.

Sweet little placecards for the table. I was brainstorming ideas for decorating each place setting around our table on Valentine’s Day, so I set this up just to see how it would look, and I think I’m loving it. A simple I love you, because well, I love my family.

These hearts have a pinback, so my girls can wear this token of my love. But underneath this little pin is a little surprise.

Will you be dining at home Valentine’s Day? How will you be setting the table?

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Envelopes

Feb
09

Last year when I was planning my daughter’s Alice in Wonderland birthday party, I was brainstorming invitation ideas with a friend when we came up with the idea of putting the invitation in a crocheted envelope and sealing it with a vintage Alice In Wonderland pin. While I didn’t use the crocheted envelopes for my daughter’s brithday party, I have rediscovered their usefulness for Valentine’s Day! How about a crocheted envelope filled with love notes (or heart confetti) and sealed with a heart?

In a crafty household such as ours, these crocheted envelopes are a welcome Valentine gift. One would almost expect a bit of crafty goodness on Valentine’s Day, yes? The great thing about the envelopes is that they aren’t just perfect for Valentine’s Day. They’re perfect for any day you want to gift something a bit crafty to someone you love. You can fill it with just about anything, or use one to store your own love notes and cards. You can make one about 10 times bigger and it would be the perfect wrapping for a tablet or laptop, don’t you think?

The fantastic thing about these envelopes is that you only need to know how to chain and single crochet. Seriously, that’s it! Which kinda makes it a perfect, lovely project for a newbie hooker, besides a basic washcloth. The pattern is just a simple square with four corners folded in to meet eachother. Easy peasy.

I used my crochet heart confetti pattern to make heart pins to seal the envelope. Just add a pin back to the heart and pin the envelope closed. I have two little girls that are going to love these little envelopes sealed with love. How about you? Have a girl, or boy or partner who would love one on Valentine’s Day?

Crochet Envelopes

Materials

  • Any worsted weight yarn in your favorite colour.
  • Size G6 hook.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Scissors.

Finished Measurements

There are 4 different sizes you can make. The envelope in the picture is 4.5″ x 4.5″.

Approx 4.5″ x 4.5″ square, when flap is closed.
Approx 5″ x 5″ square, when flap is closed.
Approx 5.5″ x 5.5″ square, when flap is closed.
Approx 6″ x 6″ square, when flap is closed.

Techniques and Abbreviations

ch (chain)
sc (single crochet)

Crochet Envelope Directions

  1. Ch 26 (28, 30, 32). 
  2. Do sc in each ch stitch.
  3. Chain 1, turn, do sc in each sc.
  4. Repeat step 3 until piece is 4.5″ (5″, 5.5″, 6″) square.
  5. Cut yarn and bind off.
  6. Fold three corners of the square into the middle. Using your tapestry needle and a length of yarn, sew the three corners together to help stabilize the envelope, while you sew together the two seams.
  7. Weave in yarn ends.

Make one heart (you can use my Crochet Confetti Heart pattern from yesterday’s post) in your favorite colour. Using your tapestry needle and a length of yarn, sew a pin back onto the back of the heart. Fill your envelope with treats or sweets or love notes, fold down the top flap and pin in place with the heart.

Happy hooking!

Crafty Goodness | Crochet Heart Confetti

Feb
08

I have been diving back into crochet lately and I have been enamored with these little crochet hearts.

So enamored in fact, I have made so many of them that they have become confetti, of sorts. Hand crocheted heart confetti. I really like that. So I decided I would package up a few in these little glassine bags that I have had since our wedding to give away to those I love for Valentine’s Day. (Oooh these would make cute wedding favors packaged this way!)

Add just a touch of decor tape to close the envelope.

And these little packages are ready to give away. I just love the idea of giving away a pocket full of love. A sprinkling of love confetti. I really just want to throw a sprinkle of these soft hearts high in the air above my girls so they can feel my love raining down on them. Heartfelt and homemade love in tangible form. And these, once you get the hang of crochet, are quite meditative to make.

If you are just starting your hooking career or picking it up again after a long hiatus, the first one may take you a while. I scribbled this little pattern out almost three years ago during my second phase of crochet experimentation. I ended up making a lot of bowls instead and a bunch of deformed hearts until I got the combo of stitches just right. I really wanted to make tiny little hearts, but crochet thread and I don’t get along very well. We still don’t, hence these hearts are made with worsted weight yarn and are about 2″ tall. 

I haven’t really touched a hook since I jotted down this little pattern and made all those bowls (anyone want a crochet bowl?). I had all but lost my crochet abilities, well, almost anyways. To help refresh my memory, I downloaded the Learn to Crochet booklet from Lion Brand to use as a reference when I totally forgot how to make a half double crochet and double crochet stitch. It was like teaching myself to crochet all over again! Needless to say, it took me 45 minutes to make that first heart with all the reading and referring back to the book. But once I regained my crochet muscle memory, each heart took about 10 minutes. Granted, I am slow at crochet, you may very well whip one of these up in half the time. They are really that quick and easy.

So this year, I will be handing out little pockets of heart confetti for Valentine’s Day. I may even make a few extra to hand out to random strangers on the 14th to inject a little surprise love into their day. Yesterday I also had an epiphany thanks to this little blog post. It reminded me of the secret love hunts I used to create using folded heart notes, and I love the idea of using plush hearts instead! Even more, I love the idea of whipping up a batch of the little crochet hearts and tucking them in pockets and laptop cases and glove boxes for my honey to find throughout the month. Or year. We certainly do have an extra mason jar on hand in the cold cellar.

I’ll have a few more ideas about how to use these sweet little hearts in the coming days, but for now, want to try your hand at making them?

Crochet Heart Confetti

Materials

  • Any worsted weight yarn in your favorite colour.
  • Size G6 hook.
  • Tapestry needle.
  • Scissors.

Finished Measurements

Approx 2 inches tall with worsted weight yarn. If you want a smaller heart and those tiny hooks and crochet thread like you, you can make much smaller hearts.

Techniques and Abbreviations

ch (chain)
st (stitch)
sl st (slip stitch)
sc (single crochet)
hdc (half double crochet)
dc (double crochet)

Note

You can tell I was only making bowls when I scribbled this pattern down as this heart is worked in one continuous spiral. There is no joining and no turning, just continue to work around in a spiral.

Crochet Heart Directions

  1. Ch 2.
  2. Do 6 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook. Do not join. Do not turn.
  3. Moving around the circle, do 2 sc in each of the next 5 sc, ch 1.
  4. Do 2 dc in the next sc.
  5. Do 2 sc in the next sc.
  6. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  7. Do 1 hdc and 4 dc in the next sc.
  8. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  9. Do sl st in the next sc.
  10. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  11. Do 4 dc and 1 hdc in the next sc.
  12. Do 1 sc in the next sc.
  13. Do sl st in the next sc.
  14. Cut yarn and bind off.
  15. Using a tapestry needle, weave in yarn ends.

Have fun crocheting your own little confetti hearts! If you decide to whip up some hearts, drop me a line and a pic, I would love to see your creations!

New To Shop | Love Rocks

Feb
07

Do you have a pre-tween or tween searching for just the right valentine to give her/his classmates? Something cool, not too cutesy or babyish, something rockin? I think I may be able to help! My daughter went Radio Gaga over this sheet of Love Rocks Valentines, and I think that your tween-ish kidlet may just do the same.

Oh yes, we are rocking out the Valentines this year! A little modern spin on some old skool classics.

The tween set may not be so familiar with the anthem “You spin me right round baby, right round.” But they do know another like-minded song. A little Round and Round with Selena Gomez for those tween fans!

Who didn’t love to receive a thematic mix tape from their crush?

Remember those massive boom boxes on the tarmac, beside the sheets of cardboard? Add a riff of the Black Eyed Peas, gotta get that boom-boom-boom for today’s kidlets.

The boom box is my daughter’s favorite, but then again she does a love for 80s break dancing movies. I’m praying others get the sentiment. Tell me you do!

If your pre-tweens and tweens want to rock their valentines, the Love Rocks Valentines are ready for ya! Print, cut, fill-in and hand out as-is, or use a hole punch to punch out two holes and slip in a heart shaped lollipop like we did. It’s all about incorporating candy in this household. You could even forget the lollipop and attach a Ring Pop or candy necklace for some good hard, rock candy goodness.

Grab your Love Rocks Valentines in my Etsy shop!

Or for instant downloadable access head to my Scubbly shop!

Freebies | I Like You More Than Chocolate

Feb
06

My eldest daughter has been talking about possibly, maybe, giving out mini chocolate bars to her classmates for Valentine’s Day. Or maybe the Smarties. It’s a struggle. I put together a cute pink eyelet valentine, but I suspect maybe it’s too cute and pretty for a 9yo happy little goth girl?

My youngest loved this one too, so I thought it would be perfect to share with you. Just in case you have some girlie girls who love pink and chocolate! There is ample room to place a mini chocolate bar (I buy mine in bulk) and for all kidlets to address and sign their name, even the kindergarteners new to printing.

Have your kidlet address and sign all the valentines first, then attach the chocolate bars. If you need help, just follow this simple tutorial.

You can get the I like you more than CHOCOLATE Valentines for free on Scribd!

And don’t worry, we didn’t forget the boys. There’s a less girlie version in brown and red just for them :)