The Sweetest Valentine’s Gifts + Activities for Kids

One of my favorite holidays when I was a kid was Valentine’s Day. I relished writing out each person’s name and dropping them in the little makeshift “mailboxes” we made for the special day. I excluded no one (that would be cruel!) and adored getting little hearts and treats in return. What better way to encourage acceptance, love and friendship with a kid than through Valentine’s Day? I don’t see any reason to fret or feel left out – ever.

I love making Valentines with my niece and I always get her a little treat to celebrate the day. Here are some of my top picks!

bubble-gum-machine-pillowTotally custom! Bubble Gum Machine Pillow, on sale now for $18.90

mla102749_0207_candy_bag_xlWe love custom projects. Include a cute photo of your little ones and make a sweet custom tag for candy-giving.

Valentine-heart-cookies-5Help them make something sweet like these iced heart cookies from Cake Journal

Screen shot 2013-01-17 at 10.22.35 PMChocolate hearts from Dylan’s Candy Bar, $18

frames_horizontal_vday2I Love You frame, on sale now for $16.80 (and it’s made in the USA!)

1Let them pick an adorable Valentine’s Day card from Tiny Prints or make your own!

Five Easy DIY Projects You Do with String, Ribbon and Paper!

I am a craft and art supply hoarder. I can’t help it. I have two entire closets and two bins in the basement of items that I think I will need someday. Because what happens when I need something and don’t have it? I kick myself for not having bought it off the clearance rack. One of the things that you can never have enough of is various strings, ribbons and yarn types. See five great examples of what you can do inexpensively with string!

ombreweddingchairVarious grosgrain and satin string tied around a simple chair achieve a fabulous ombre effect via Wedding Ch

267763Wide, varied and fanciful ribbon make a grandiose backdrop via Style Me Pretty

73563A rainbow of colored ribbons and tissue poms make a real statement against nature via Wed Over Heels

big-fringe-garlandsCut your own crepe paper sheets for fringy fun via Oh Happy Day

mwd106482_win11_bowondress1_xlWho says a corsage has to be floral? Tie on a velvet ribbon corsage via Martha Stewart Weddings

A Yummy DIY for Valentine’s : Creamy Fudge Hearts

I love to cook and I love to craft. So this DIY is the perfect combination project for Valentine’s Day or a wedding favor. Creamy Fudge Hearts are easy to make and look so pretty in a variety of packaging with your colors and themes. See the full instructions via Martha Stewart Weddings.

And Happy Friday, everyone!

candy_01394_xlImage via Martha Stewart

favorboxesFavor box kit includes 20 boxes with coordinating ribbon, $25 for 20

10-1815Sweet little dots for a unique favor box, $9 for

12407450With a large sheet of paper, cut long strips the width of your favor box to size and fold over fudge hearts. Voila! Pretty white blossom paper to line the boxes, $8 per sheet

New Year, New Ideas in Floral

Look Upv43v8zFloral chandelier via One Wed gives the room unexpected wow factor.

Look downflowers-under-glass1I love the idea of flower boxes on the ground via Ms. Brooke Peterson

Look all aroundvert_gardenSucculents are a great greenery for a wall garden via Michelle Kaufmann

#MuseMonday : 5 Minute Do-It-Yourself Projects

These DIY projects are so simple, I don’t know why I didn’t think of them myself!

6a00d8345165de69e20147e0a947a3970b-320wiCone Christmas tree centerpieces via Real Simple.

garlandfeatureaPaper circle garland via Curbly

bowl-ornaments-lPutting ornaments in a fancy bowl? Done! Via Southern Living

Best #BlackFriday Deal of All! 50% off everything :)

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#MuseMonday : Fun Favor Ideas

I sat around for most of the evening preparing favors for my guests at an upcoming party. I collected all my favorite Asian snacks and treats from childhood including Pocky sticks, cute little stick crackers dipped in such delectable things as chocolate, strawberry and even savory salad dressing flavors. I attached cute little cards to them and they’ll double as place cards. 

Here are some other great favor ideas.

Monogram bud vases look lovely with a small bud.

You can get them personalized too!

Fill little pots with candy and label with a chalkboard tag

Three DIYs for Holiday Decorating

With Thanksgiving and shopping season right around the corner, there’s nothing to get you into the holiday spirit like a little home decor – especially if it’s homemade. Here are three that I’m loving at the moment.

I just stumbled across this wreath and it looks too frilly and sweet to pass up. Thanks to Bon Temps Beignet for this very do-able DIY.


Do you love the expensive look of large, metal zinc letters? Achieve the same gifts with some paper macher letters and some metallic paint! See the full instructions at 346 Living. Pop them over the living mantle or hand out monograms to your friends as favors. So simple and inexpensive!

 

Are you having people over for dinner and feeling a little shy in the decor and objects department? Don’t fret! Here’s a fabulous recipe for luxurious looking enamel glass from Sugar and Charm. Groyup small vases together in varying sizes and pair with a contrasting color object like piles of fruit.

These also make wonderful housewarming or hostess gifts. You never have to show up empty handed! Happy Friday and crafting this weekend! xo

 

Thanksgiving Entertaining Like a Pro : Four No-Fail Tips

Place things out for your guests to explore. That makes them feel comfortable and more apt to mingle. Chips and dip or a self-serve bar are easy to do on a tray. West Elm, lacquer tray, $32 Beer flight, personalization available, $49

Make things in advance and wrap them in the bowls they’re going to reheat in. Ovenware products like Le Creuset go from fridge to oven and serve mismatch beautifully.

Easier than keeping flowers alive and pretty enough to eat, place pumpkins or other hearty fruits and vegetables that can double as centerpieces, and later be used for tasty dishes. Pumpkins via The Party Dress

If you’re having more than a handful of people over, doing a seating chart can really help the conversation flow of the evening. You’ll be able to relax more, knowing that your shy cousin isn’t getting bowled over by a boisterous coworker.

 

 

 

 

Very cute DIY via the beauty department : glitter bobby pins

Just had to share this – a cute DIY that you can make for yourself or for your bridesmaids and slip into their thank you bags. It’ll add a little something extra to a bachelorette party or day-after brunch without being too matchy-matchy. All you need is a some glitter, bobby pins and creativity. See the full instructions here.