All posts tagged: valentines

pip pip hooray!

Earlier this week I had my first crafty biz pop-up of the year at Pippa & Co in Berkeley. It was all the cute. Owner Lisa had the front area of the shop set up with some display items and once I arrived I filled it with all my felt creations. This corner was totes meant for me! It was so fun to hang out in the shop all afternoon. I got to share my creations with the community and got to dream up some new ideas, too. Since it was a Valentine’s pop-up I had lots of love themed goodies. I also had my pennants on demand station up and ready to go for any custom requests. There had been a bloom bar the day before and Lisa paired one of my pennants with this lovely bouquet. It was a semi-gloomy and semi-sunshine kind of day – the lighting was perfect for product photos! And when my friend Masako came to visit, her fancy nails got her recruited as a product model. Can’t get …

heart warming.

Still in the Valentine’s mode. For this year’s third annual Hearts & Crafts event at work we made heart-shaped pocket hand warmers! These are so fun and useful, and you can make and use them not just at Valentine’s time. Materials and tools: Cotton fabric Rice Sewing needle Thread/embroidery floss Scissors Funnel or spoon Pinking shears (optional) Cut two squares or rectangles of relatively the same size. We cut ~4-inch x 4-inch squares. Stack one on top of the other with inside sides facing each other. Fold both squares in half and cut a half heart shape along the fold. Unfold. Thread the needle with the embroidery thread. You’ll use a little more than the perimeter of the heart. Create a double knot at the end of the thread, then begin to sew a running stitch starting from the inside of the heart (i.e. wrong side of the fabric), that way you can hide the knots. Make sure the stitches are fairly small and close to each other. Since we are filling the hearts with …

you make heart skip a (sweet pickled) beet.

You guys. The Valentine puns. 😘 Here’s a love day gift idea and activity: a sweet pickled beets kit! Preserved is amazing and they make it less scary to get into pickling and preserving via classes, the bounty of supplies in their shop, and these fun kits! The sweet pickled beets kit came with a recipe, a pickling jar, and a container of Preserved / Oaktown Spice Shop Sweet Pickling Spice. Oh my gosh, the spice mix smells so good! The process was simple. Boil the beets, peel and cut them. Fill the jar with beets and optional onions. Boil the pickling spice with apple cider vinegar, water, salt, and sugar, then pour into the jar. Seal and wait. The recipe recommends you wait at least one week before tasting your beets. Hubby and I ended up waiting three weeks (we both got sick and couldn’t taste anything for a bit…). Worth the wait, y’all! These were so easy to make and we’ve got the ingredients to make these again a few more times. The taste: sweet! …

put a heart on it!

Hearts for all! I found these super cute crocheted pouches at a craft swap. I snagged a bunch and I had been using them as goody bag pouches for my crafty workshops. With the remaining ones I’m adding a heart and calling it a Valentine’s craft! So easy; so cute! I cut up some hearts out of felt, then hot glued them onto the pouches. AHH, can’t wait to gift these with some sweet treats inside. What are you crafting up for Valentine’s this year? Share below. 

hey hotcakes. 

Mini pancake breakfast time! Last week I got to spend some QT with my sis, bro-in-law, niece, and nephews. And since it was the weekend before Valentine’s Day, we thought we would treat ourselves and have sweets for breakfast! We made a Martha pancake recipe, with blueberry and chocolate renditions. We tripled the recipe. We probably had enough pancakes to feed 8-10 for breakfast; we fed seven, and had plenty leftover for snacking on later in the day. Adult tip to keeping pancakes warm while cooking the rest of your batch: keep them in the oven at 200F. (I feel so grown up!) While we were cooking up pancakes, my nephew and niece personalized each place setting with a handwritten place card and custom chocolate chip or blueberry plate art. We laid out all the toppings: blueberries, bananas, strawberries, almonds, chocolate chips, granola (current fave: Love Crunch with dark chocolate and coconut slivers), syrup, and whipped cream. We had bevvies of choice: guava juice, apple juice, coffee, and tea. Dig in! My niece ‘won’ the pancake challenge …

URAQT.

Happy Valentine’s Day! This year, I decided to keep the tradition alive and host Hearts and Crafts 2017 at work. Thanks to Studio DIY for the inspiration, my co-workers got to craft in style. Conversation heart piñatas for all! These make the cutest Valentine’s decor; and they’re perfect for gifting! Materials and tools: paper mache heart boxes, crepe paper streamers, glue stick, scissors, alphabet stickers. Optional materials and tools: awl, darning needle, ribbon/string. Step one: Cut hella fringe Glue one side at a time from the bottom up. Start by glueing a piece of non-fringed crepe paper to the bottom of heart box lid. Overlap with fringe until you reach the top. Trim excess crepe paper. Repeat for the sides of the lid and the back of the base. For the sides of the base, wrap with non-fringed crepe paper. Add alphabet stickers with your phrase of choice. Optional: Poke a hole at the top of the heart with the awl. Use the needle to string the ribbon through the hole. Tie a knot. All the …

that cupid hit me. mmm mmm.

Love is in the air and Valentine’s crafting is in full swing. Here’s a simple DIY that you can use as a Valentine’s greeting or party decor. Materials & tools: Wooden dowel / pencil / stick Colorful paper Decorative tape Adhesive (glue tape recommended) Scissors Step 1: Cut out two hearts (or two triangles) for the arrowhead and two tail shapes. These can be any size, but note each heart pair and each tail pair should be the same size. Step 2: Glue the arrowhead and tail to the dowel. Attach the corresponding arrowhead and tail so that the dowel is sandwiched. Step 3: Cut the tail fringe. Step 4: Add decorative tape. Add as much or as little as you wish! Step 5: Spread the love. Cupid’s got nothin’ on these arrows!