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DIY + holiday + Party + Projects + valentine's day / Thursday, 13 Feb 2014

Valentine’s Day planner

Valentine's Day ideas
If you’re anything like me, you need someone to spell out what the expectations are very certain events. And if you’re also like me, you don’t consider the day before last minute. You don’t even consider the day of last minute. You’re just doing things as they come and the day of…well…it’s here and now it’s time to get ‘er done. Thing is, you still want to do a good job and show people that you care so you race against the clock doing a meticulous job with what little you have and you tell yourself “I’m just doing the best I can.” Because you really are.
So, I have spelled it out for you. 
Here’s how Valentine’s Day will go. Because I’m assuming you have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE TO DO. Right? No? Ok, pick and choose or just write a nice letter and print it off. Thing is, that’s still great. 
  1. You’ve gotten some honeycomb diamonds in your party stash maybe? Turn it into a heart once everyone has gone to bed. I LOVE surprises and love nothing more than to wake up to something festive. It creates a magic in the air. Hopefully your local party supply has a stash of these. Honeycomb heart installation by Melanie from You Are My Fave for Julep
  2. Breakfast in bed with conversation heart donuts. Because everyone loves donuts and love. By Kelly of Studio DIY
  3. Arrow and heart oversized balloons. Again, I like me a surprise. Put this outside the door right before everyone leaves. You know you’ll get a few squeals. Heart balloons by Kelly of Studio DIY.
  4. Remember those neighbors or school kids who NEED a Valentine? There is no time to make something crazy from Pinterest but there IS time to print something off and fold them. Origami hearts from You are my fave
  5. Again, there’s not time to get fancy so print off these floral/French Valentines to your loved ones. Printable valentines on Camille Styles
  6. WAIT! You need to wrap the gift you got! Do it fast and with simple paint and X’s and O’s. XOXO gift wrap from Sugar and Cloth
  7. We all know flowers are expected. But don’t try and order from someone fancy. There’s no time. Pick up some roses from the grocery store and put each one in a different vase. 
  8. Guys. I’m NOT a cook. I would NEVER attempt this, but I would think about doing it until I realized I would NEVER do this. Look how yummy and color appropriate it is. Sigh. Ricotta and Sage filled beat ravioli from Sunday Suppers.
  9. I wouldn’t even attempt this although in some alternate universe maybe. Ashley’s dark chocolate pot de cremes. MmmmmmMMMMMMmmmmm. From Sugar and Cloth.
I once had a friend tell me that instead of being disappointed in her expectations not being met for a birthday or other meaningful holiday, she made sure to tell her husband in advance what she wanted. I have a hard time doing this (because can’t they read our minds?!?!) but please pass this onto your significant other for some ideas. Clearly, not all of them (unless he’s really needing to score some points). 

DIY + holiday + Party + Projects + valentine's day / Friday, 7 Feb 2014

Valentine’s Day party heart straws & stirrers

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make a heart stirrer for Valentine's Day party
make a heart stirrer for Valentine's Day
beautiful photography by Trisha Zemp 

When I latch onto an idea I kind of exploit it to its fullest. Exhibit H: Valentine’s Day straws and stirrers. Last week I took the idea of the heart links that’s been floating around the web and then I made it huge and added bows in it. This time I miniaturized it and thought they’d be adorable on straws or a stirrer. Add on a cupid’s area and I die of cuteness. PLUS, it’s SUPER easy and shouldn’t take you much time at all. BINGO.
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Materials: pink or red paper, black paper, scissors, hole puncher for the straws, mini hole puncher for the skewers, straws, skewers, glue

Step 1: Cut out strips for the hearts out of your red or pink paper. I made mine about 5″ long and 1/2″ wide.
Step 2: Fold the strip in half to form a V.
Step 3: Glue the end of one strip.
Step 4: Wrap it around to form a heart and secure together.
Step 5: Hole punch one end of the heart closer to the bottom.
Step 6: Hole punch the other side closer to the top. The top one you will want to give it a slightly larger hole so punch it about 1 1/2 times. This will make it so the heart is not distorted.
Step 7: If you’re just making the straws you’re done! But if you’re making stirrers cut out a tip for the arrow out of black and little strips for the ends of the arrow.
Step 8: Glue the black parts onto the skewers.
Step 9: Trim off the ends of the arrows so they are even.


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 Stay tuned for a whole week of quick and easy Valentine’s Day projects starting on Monday!

DIY + gift wrapping + paper + Projects + valentine's day / Thursday, 23 Jan 2014

3 Valentine’s Day wrapping ideas

photography by Trisha Zemp
Guys. I love wrapping gifts (can you tell?!). I just wish I actually gave gifts more often. Life’s paradox.
I made a few Valentine’s Day gift wrappings that are SO easy. Give ’em a try! First up, ombre wrapping paper…
You will need: paper (white butcher paper is fine), 3 shades of the same color (I chose red, coral bright, and coral from Design Master floral spray)
Step 1: Start at the base of the paper and spray with the darkest color first.
Step 2: Next, go with the next darkest and partially spray into the first and then to about the half way point of the paper.
Step 3: Lastly, use the lightest spray and spray partially into the second color and then nearly down to the edge of the paper. Leave a bit of the white color as the fourth color.
DONZO! So easy, right?
I was making another Valentine’s project with cupid arrows and then it dawned on me to put it into this project as well. DING! I’ve done a pinata gift wrap before but decided to mix it up by doing two layers and cutting one out to reveal the under layer.
Materials to make heart box: two shades of crepe paper (I chose red and pink), gift box, scissors, glue gun
Step 1: With the crepe going against the grain, cut a 1 1/2″ inch wide streamer with your lighter color
Step 2: Fold it in half many times.
Step 3: Cut into it about 2/3″ and about 1/4″ spaced apart.
Step 4: Now you’ll start pinata-ing the box. Start at the bottom and glue a couple of dabs of glue to hold it in place. Do one side of the box.
Step 5: With your darker color, repeat the process for making a streamer.
Step 6: Now you’ll layer the fringe on top of each other as if you were applying it onto a box, but you’re not. You’re just gluing it to itself. Make them longer than the width of the box.
Step 7: Make a template of a heart out of paper the size that you will want cut out.
Step 8: Lay it on the fringe and with an craft knife, cut around it. You’ll have to be very careful so as not to destroy the fringe. I did a light cut and then went back with the scissors.
Step 9: Once the heart shape is in tact, glue it to the box. 
Step 10: Continue wrapping the whole box with your fringe.
Step 11: To apply the arrow, simply cut a hole with your kraft knife and insert the arrow.
NOTE: I will show how to make this ombre arrow next week. STAY TUNED! 
Another easy squeazy wrapping. Takes little time.
Materials: paper (butcher is fine), package of heart doilies, spray paint of your choice, scotch tape
Step 1: Start by putting a bit of tape on all the backs of the doilies.
Step 2: Tape each one down randomly.
Step 3: Spray paint the top.
Step 4: When it’s dray, remove them one by one.
What do you think? Easy and fun? I hope so.

Check out the Valentine’s Day gift wrap I did last year 

DIY + gift wrapping + holiday + Projects + valentine's day / Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013

2 simple Valentine’s Day gift wrapping ideas

Guys! I kind of have a thing for gift wrapping lately and Valentine’s Day is such a sweet time to give cute gifts to your neighbor, teacher, friend, loved one, etc. These 2 gift wrapping ideas are SO easy (you know I like ’em easy) and you probably already have everything you need to do it. Bingo! This first idea is based on an idea I saw for Christmas gift wrap by Martha Stewart, but I added a Valentines spin.

Materials for cut out hearts: x-acto knife, cardstock (or business card), pencil or pen, scissors, wrapping paper, cutting board, secondary color paper (I chose glitter scrapbook paper)

Step 1: Make a template of a heart on a business card and cut it out.
Step 2: With a pencil, use your template to trace around it all over on your wrapping paper. Use a ruler if you want them evenly spaced. (I used a Sharpie in this tutorial so you can see the trace better).
Step 3: With your x-acto knife, cut around one side of the heart from the top to the tip of the bottom.

Step 4: Fold the heart over.
Step 5: Because the glitter paper was so thick I cheated and cut out a strip of paper to line along the backside of the kraft paper gift wrap. If I were to make it super nice I’d probably line the back of the kraft paper. But, then again, I probably wouldn’t.
Step 6: Tape it down.
Step 7: Repeat on all the hearts.


OK, the second one is similar to last week’s polka dot wrapping. But this time you do a little sculpting.

Materials: scissors, x-acto, pen, wrapping paper (I used red art paper instead), stamp pad (white can be hard to find, here’s my recommendation from Amazon)

Step 1: Draw a heart with your pen on the eraser of your pencil.
Step 2: Make simple incisions with your x-acto to chisel the heart. The less strokes the better. Cut it down about half way down the eraser.
Step 3: Stamp away! To get dimension stamp 2 or 3 hearts at a time so the seconds appear fainter.

Done! Tell me those aren’t the easiest things you’ve seen?! And you have all the materials already, right?